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Daily Podcast – March 15, 2019

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Daily Podcast – March 15, 2019

15th March 2019

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje
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For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Mc’Kyla Nortje.

Making headlines: Van Rooyen and Nhleko not in ANC top 100 list, ex-president Banda pulls out of Malawi presidential race And, Eskom confirms rotational powercuts for second straight day

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Van Rooyen and Nhleko not in ANC top 100 list

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Controversial former ministers Nathi Nhleko and Des Van Rooyen have been left out in the cold as the ANC seeks to make room for new members in its parliamentary caucus.

This is according to a list submitted by the ANC to the Independent Electoral Commission on Wednesday and released by the political party late on Thursday evening.

Embattled former North West ANC chairperson Supra Mahumapelo is destined for the national assembly’s benches.

The ANC has already been chastised over its decision to stick with controversial leaders such as Nomvula Mokonyane, Malusi Gigaba, Bathabile Dlamini, Faith Muthambi and Mosebenzi Zwane, a decision which was defended by the party’s secretary general Ace Magashule.

 

Ex-president Banda pulls out of Malawi presidential race

Malawi's scandal-hit ex-president Joyce Banda has withdrawn her presidential bid and endorsed opposition front runner Lazarus Chakwera.

Banda, who served as president between 2012 and 2014 and was accused of abuse of office and money laundering during her term, had been set to run for the role again in elections in May.

Opinion polls had previously tipped the ruling Democratic Progressive Party of President Arthur Peter Mutharika to win, but he now faces strong opposition which could reduce his chances of an outright victory.

 

Eskom confirms rotational powercuts for second straight day

South Africa's State-owned electricity utility Eskom today said it would implement Stage 2 rotational powercuts or load-shedding from 8 am to 11 pm due to a shortage of capacity.

Eskom generates, transmits and distributes approximately 95% of the electricity used in South Africa and about 45 percent of power used on the African continent, but has struggled to meet demand.

Eskom has urged consumers to switch off geysers as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to help reduce demand.

 

That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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