September could see another petrol price drop
As petrol and diesel prices are set to drop on Wednesday, the Automobile Association (AA) says there is potential for another price drop in September – if current conditions persist.
Drivers will feel a slight relief at the pumps tomorrow as petrol is to decrease by R1.32 for both grades of fuel, while diesel will drop by between 88c and 91c a litre.
Speaking to eNCA on Tuesday, AA spokesperson Layton Beard said while it may be early to tell, oil prices have dropped under $100 a barrel which could indicate a downward trend.
The Department of Minerals and Energy also announced a reduction in the price of illuminating paraffin and an increase in the price of gas by 57c.
Stage 2 load-shedding expected at short notice
Eskom has announced that it might be forced to implement stage 2 load shedding at short notice due to a shortage of generation capacity.
The struggling power utility said the implementation might take place between 4pm and 12am over the next three days.
Eskom said it had 2 986MW of planned maintenance, while another 15 513MW of capacity was unavailable due to breakdowns.
“The delay in returning a generation unit to service each at Arnot, Kusile, and the Koeberg power stations, as well as the failure of a generation unit each at Medupi, Hendrina, Camden, and two units at Majuba Power Station, have exacerbated the capacity constraints,” said Eskom in a statement.
Forensic investigation underway after 3 000 “ghost employees” uncovered at Prasa
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is conducting a forensic investigation after it was uncovered that there were 3 000 unverified “ghost” employees on its payroll.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced that Prasa had initiated Operation Ziveze to physically verify employees, but after the headcount 3 000 were unverified.
“Since the freezing of salaries, more employees from those previously not verified came forward. A forensic investigation is underway,” he said.
He said action would be taken once the investigation was concluded and that identified ghost workers must be terminated from the payroll, and culpable officials would be disciplined.
August is organ donor and tissue awareness month
Local organisations are raising awareness of the National Organ and tissue awareness month in South Africa.
Non Profit Organisation, TELL (Transplant Education for Living Legacies)
By becoming an organ and tissue donor, one person has the potential to save nearly 50 lives.
August is National Organ and tissue awareness month in South Africa, and the organisation TELL is highlighting why organ and tissue donation is important.
One organ donor can save up to eight lives and change the lives of up to 72 people.