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Daily Podcast – December 09, 2022


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Daily Podcast – December 09, 2022

9th December 2022

By: Halima Frost
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For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Halima Frost.
Making headlines: Organised business urges government to fund Eskom diesel, Mashaba and Steenhuisen meet to discuss ways to destabilise ANC ahead of 2024 elections and, Uganda will not renew Eskom's hydropower licences next year



Organised business urges government to fund Eskom diesel

Organised business has called on government to fund adequate and reliable diesel supply for the country’s national peaking generators, which it describes as critical


In a joint business statement on loadshedding, the Energy Council of South Africa, Business Unity South Africa and Business Leadership South Africa said that, while they recognise diesel generation to be a short-term measure, it was nevertheless “an important bridge for the ongoing maintenance work and unplanned outages over the next six months”.

In a separate statement National Treasury indicated that “Eskom did not apply for funding through the budget process and Eskom management should therefore take all necessary steps to ensure they secure the diesel needed to avert severe loadshedding”.


Mashaba and Steenhuisen meet to discuss ways to destabilise ANC ahead of 2024 elections

Leadership of the Democratic Alliance and ActionSA have put their differences aside and carved out a way to collaborate with “other like-minded political parties” ahead of the 2024 elections following what they term the country's being "in depression” and President Cyril Ramaphosa's recent farmgate saga.

Party delegations led by DA leader John Steenhuisen and ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba assessed the current state of politics in the country following Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala saga, and held discussions around electoral pathways to remove the ANC from office in the 2024 national and provincial elections.

Both parties resolved to a process to facilitate better ongoing collaboration.


Uganda will not renew Eskom's hydropower licences next year

Uganda said it would not renew Eskom's licences to run two hydropower stations when they expire in March next year, as part of plans to bring the electricity sector under government control to reduce costs to consumers.

The government will create the Uganda National Electricity Company Limited, a state-run company to manage the generation, transmission and distribution segments of the electricity sector, the ministry of energy and mineral development said.

President Yoweri Museveni has repeatedly complained that expensive private capital was responsible for high electricity tariffs in Uganda, which makes it unaffordable for consumers.

That’s a roundup of news making headlines today
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