JOHANNESBURG – The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) said it was celebrating President Cyril Ramaphosa’s firm commitment to SA’s renewable energy procurement programme (REI4P), which he announced during his State Of the Nation (SONA) address in Parliament on Thursday evening.
SAWEA said the decision showed that Ramaphosa had prioritised regaining investor confidence and specifically set an investment growth target of R1 trillion over the next 5 years, which the REI4P would help deliver.
“The industry is immensely relieved to receive such strong support from the president, who acknowledged the key role that the country’s renewable industry has to play in delivering power,” said Ntombifuthi Ntuli, chief executive of SAWEA.
SAWEA has asked for clarity on the planned sequence, to ensure that momentum is not lost.
“We now await the promised Ministerial Determination and a clear timeline to kick-start increased renewable power generation,” added Ntuli.
As stated by the president, the Section 34 Ministerial Determination will give effect to the Integrated Resource Plan 2019, enabling the development of additional grid capacity from renewable energy, but it is only the first step in delivering new power into the grid.
Thereafter, the industry will wait for a Request for Proposals (Bid Window 5 of the REI4P), the announcement of a preferred bidder, and financial closure period (which takes about 12 months), before the power purchase agreements are signed.
Thereafter, construction can commence, with new projects reaching commercial operation date within 18 to 24 months. In addition to driving REI4P by opening bid window 5 it has been announced that the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy will work with energy producers to accelerate the completion of window 4 projects which are expected to start coming on stream during 2020.
Additionally, short term measures will also go a long way to help alleviate economic pressure brought on by the current shortage.
Government is expected to initiate the procurement of emergency power, following the recent request for information, to which the wind industry submitted a large number of proposals.
The industry association is also appreciative of the fact that government has listened to its call to lift the Maximum Export Capacity (MEC) on operating wind farms, which caps the amount of energy that operational renewable energy projects can export into the grid.
“We are pleased that government is committing to negotiate supplementary PPAs to acquire this additional capacity for existing wind and solar projects” Ntuli said.
SAWEA has called the announcement that municipalities will be allowed to procure their own power from independent power producers a game changer and welcomes the decision that government has taken to relook at how energy is supplied in South Africa, as the current supply system needs to evolve and adapt.
“To shift away from a centralised monopoly to a more efficient decentralised generation model will increase competition and drive down energy prices, which will ultimately stimulate the economy and support the growth that South Africa is seeking,” Ntuli concluded.
Ever wondered why chickens scratch the ground? Well, there are many theories behind this adorable behaviour.
While they peck at the ground, they use their feet to scratch the surface underneath, but strangely they are not solely focused on the ground, they keep looking up. Why?
In her latest production of "The Hen That Lost Hawk’s Needle", which makes its return to The South African State Theatre this month, playwright and director Letlhogonolo Riba tells the story behind this fascinating folk tale.
A long time ago Hen and Hawk were best friends. Their friendship changed the day Hawk lent Hen his magical needle, who then lost it. Hawk promised Hen that if she did not return the needle, he would eat her chicks.
To this day, chickens scratch the ground looking for Hawk’s needle, with mother Hen always looking up to protect her chicks against Hawk’s lethal claws.
Hen, played by rising star Hlobisile Mahlangu, is attending a wedding, and she goes to Hawk (Boikie Mogorosi) who is a fashion designer, to make an outfit for her. Once the outfit is done, Hen takes it home. Hen is a bit disappointed that the dress is ill-fitting.
"She takes the dress back to Hawk but her bestie is too tired to make the alterations. So Hen says to Hawk: “Lend me your needle, I’ll fix the dress myself.”
Back home, Hen pins her extravagant gown on to Rooster so she can alter it properly. Rooster, played by Rapelang Sindane, reluctantly puts on the dress to help Hen fix it. She then realises she had lost the needle. Now Hen is frantically looking for Hawk’s needle because Rooster can’t get out of the dress.
Spoiler alert: once the outfit is on, only the magic needle can be used to remove it. This is one of the reasons roosters are so vibrant and colourful. Rooster is still stuck in Hen’s designer gown.
Riba says that like all folk tales, the story carries moral lessons and important traditional values that are passed on from generation to generation. The Soshanguve-born creative says she hopes the audience will learn from this rich literary heritage, which provides a window into different cultures.
She explains: “We are using moral lessons to bring the story to life and make it relevant to the audiences. Though the play is a children’s theatre production, the message extends to adults as well.
“The moral of the story is accountability. For instance, never borrow anything you can’t return.”
Narrated by Robin Matlhabane, the 50-minute production features a lot of games, song and dance. “The show is light, colourful and fun… and what is also interesting about it is that there’s a lot of audience interaction. The play allows the performers to engage with the audience,” says Riba.
Riba says the show had an incredible debut last year, and this year she is hoping for an even bigger and warmer reception. The Children’s Theatre practitioner says she plans to take the production across the country, but this is dependent on funding.
Among other productions Riba has produced and directed are The Ungrateful Lion, Zandile, Joys of War, The Hungry Earth and Gangsters. She performed in a play, She Cold, which went on to showcase at the Protest Arts International Festival (PAIF 2014) in Harare.
Her published works include a monologue featured in Between the Pillar & the Post, A Multilingual.
All cast and crew members are Tshwane University of Technology graduates.
"The Hen that Lost Hawk’s Needle" takes centre stage at The South African State Theatre from February 19 to March 8. Tickets are R100.
Baking is an art, and there’s nothing more frustrating than wasting time, money, and dishes for cookies or cakes that aren’t up to par.
According to Gillie Houston on My Recipes, below are common baking mistakes you might be making the most.
Your oven is not at the right temperature
One of the most common baking crimes is one that you probably didn’t even realize you were committing: baking at the wrong temperature.
While in a perfect world, we’d all be able to trust the temperature displayed on our ovens, the reality is that each oven heats differently and unevenly, and the only way to guarantee that it’s set to the perfect temperature for your given recipe is to invest in an internal oven thermometer.
Your dough is not rising
If you’ve given your dough ample time to rise and it still doesn’t appear to be growing in size, give your yeast a boost with this trick.
Heat a cup of water in the microwave, then place the dough next to the water and close the microwave to use it as a makeshift proof box and speed up the rising process (just make sure not to microwave your dough with the water). If your dough still doesn’t rise, chances are the yeast you used is expired and you’ll need to start over.
Your dough is tough and chewy
When the gluten within your dough or batter has been over-activated, it can lead to a tough, dense dough that will result in unpleasantly chewy baked goods. To correct this, mix your dough on a slower level until your batter or dough has just been combined, rather than mixing on high.
The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Parktown, Johannesburg, will on Tuesday continue to hear evidence of how some government officials in KwaZulu-Natal allegedly benefited from corrupt deals.
There have been far too many incidents of drowning along South Africa’s coastline since the start of the summer, making the work that the NSRI does even harder.
“The NSRI plays a critically important role in keeping holidaymakers and locals safe all throughout the year, but especially over peak season,” said Pieter Twine, General Manager of MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet.
“The company has been a long-time beneficiary of the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet community loyalty programme and it’s great to see how supporters continue to nominate this organisation as their beneficiary of choice because, as we have already seen this summer season, every cent is needed towards resourcing and maximising the safety of those who use our beaches.”
Craig Lambinon of the NSRI believes that with adequate education and information, everyone can be safer on the beaches this summer.
“Every year we do our best to ensure that everyone who uses the beach is armed with as much information as possible when it comes to water safety,” said Lambinon.
“This, along with our teams having a physical presence at various beaches, is all part of our effort to ensure that locals and visitors alike have a fun, safe and happy seaside escape in South Africa.”
Below are some of Lambinon’s top tips:
Choose a beach where lifeguards are on duty and while you are there, always listen to the lifeguard and take their advice.
Swim between the flags. When there are lifeguards on duty, they will put up flags over a short distance demarcating the area in which swimmers should swim. Lifeguards are always watching the swimmers between these flags.
Don’t drink and swim. Consuming alcohol before you dive in could affect your ability to swim properly and you could end up in a difficult situation in the water.
For parents – get off your phone. If you are supervising children, keep your eyes on them at all times. Don’t get distracted and drawn into your phone.
Do not go into the water to rescue someone unless you are trained and have flotation. For those not trained in rescue, call for help (Google Sea Rescue or call 112) and throw something that floats to the person in distress.
Dutch deep house maestro, Sam Feldt returns to SA playing his signature groovy sound and will be entertaining crowds in Cape Town with Corona Chasing SunSets on Sunday, December 15.
Some may say that electronic music DJ Sam Feldt’s rise to fame was serendipitous. One day, on a whim, he mailed a track he was working on to Dutch label Spinnin’ Records. Less than three hours later he received a phone call that changed his life.
"After DJing a lot in the neighbourhood and making my own music at home, I found my own sound,’ says Sam. ‘I decided to make a bold move and see what happened. I didn’t think I’d be offered a contract a few hours later."
Sam started out making and playing music at a very young age. ‘Back in the day, I had my own drive-in show and my dad used to drive me around in my hometown of Boxtel in the Netherlands to play at clubs and community centres,’ he explains. ‘When signing my first contract at Spinnin’ Records I truly felt acknowledged, because they were the first “outsiders” that really appreciated my music on a professional level. They believed in me enough to take a risk and invest in me and my career.’
Fast forward a few years and Sam has now shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the music industry, and released many of his own tracks.
And he’ll once again be bringing his melodic deep house tunes to Cape Town and Joburg as part of the Corona Chasing Sunsets series this season.
DURBAN – An employee in the eThekwini municipality’s finance department was shot dead execution style as a colleague dropped him off at his home in Shallcross, Chatsworth, late on Thursday afternoon.
Fifty-year-old Colin Pather was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.
His body was handed over to Chatsworth police who are investigating his murder.
Emergency services were called out 4.48pm to Olympia Street in Shallcross and arrived at the scene within minutes.
Witnesses at the scene said Pather was shot at the gate of his home while being dropped off by a colleague on Thursday afternoon. Initial reports stated he was shot in the face, but emergency services confirmed he died from a single bullet to the back of the head.
The motive for the shooting is unknown at this stage although the suspects only shot Pather and no valuables were taken. His colleague who was driving the vehicle was not attacked.
Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said: "On December 12 at 16:50, a 50-year-old man was opening the gate of his house at Olympia Street in Shallcross when he was attacked by unknown suspects travelling in a vehicle. They fired shots towards him and he sustained a gunshot wound to the face. He was declared dead at the scene by paramedics. A case of murder has been opened for investigation by Chatsworth SAPS."
The Shallcross community is in shock over the murder.
In a Facebook post, Pather’s sister confirmed that his funeral would take place tomorrow. "It is with a very broken heart we extend the funeral notice of the Late Colin Pather. His body will lay in state from 11.30am to 3pm before proceeding to Clare Estate Crematorium between 4pm to 5pm," it read. The service is in Hall 3.
Twenty-six-year-old Zozibini Tunzi from Tsolo in the Eastern Cape is the pride of South Africa after she was crowned Miss Universe. But she is not the only African to win this prestigious crown.
Here are the five African women who have been crowned Miss Universe:
Miss Universe 1978 – Margaret Gardner (South Africa)
Margaret Gardiner won the Miss Universe crown in 1978. At the age of 18, she became the first South African woman to win the title.
Miss Universe 1999 – Mpule Kwelagobe (Botswana)
Mpule Kwelagobe was the first black African woman to win one of the Big Four international beauty pageants (Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth) and the first woman from Botswana to win.
Miss Universe 2011 – Leila Lopes (Angola)
Leila Lopes was 24 years old when she was crowned Miss Universe in São Paulo, Brazi. She is currently the 60th Miss Universe titleholder and is the first Angolan woman to win the crown.
Miss Universe 2017 – Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (South Africa)
Hailing from Sedgefield in the Western Cape, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Miss South Africa 2017.
Nel-Peters graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business management and entrepreneurship from North-West University just days before winning the Miss South Africa 2017 crown.
Miss Universe 2019 – Zozibini Tunzi (South Africa)
Zozibini Tunzi was accepted as one of the top 26 semifinalists of Miss South Africa 2017 but never made it through to the twelve finalists. She returned to to the pageant in 2019 and went on to win Miss South Africa and Miss Universe three months later.
CAPE TOWN – He kept South Africa’s corporate world riveted throughout 2019 after a boardroom corporate governance fall-out saw him haul the country’s biggest insurer to the South Gauteng High Court, and win, not once but twice, after they fired him.
Former Old Mutual chief executive Peter Moyo’s wrestle with the company catapulted him from an ordinary business executive into one of the country’s top resisters, easily making him Business Report’s Newsmaker of the Year.
Last week Moyo suffered a slight glitch in his bid to return to the helm of the insurer when Judge Brian Mashile, who twice ruled in his favour against Old Mutual, decided to recuse himself from the case.
But the fight is far from over.
And depending on how the court proceedings unwind next year, he may still turn out to be South Africa’s biggest whistle-blower yet on governance failure in the South African corporate world.
“He has made serious allegations (about corporate governance failures), he has tested the board, he has influenced the future of the group and he has used the courts to take them on… It’s certainly unprecedented for such a case to have gone on as far as it has through the court, and for so long,” said one JSE analyst who chose to remain anonymous, when questioned about the impact of Moyo on Old Mutual and the local corporate world.
The spat between Moyo and an Old Mutual board that is led by former finance minister Trevor Manuel, has, according to many commentators, tarnished the image of a group that has invested deeply over more than a hundred years to build a reputation of a safe and exemplary repository of people’s savings, pensions and investments.
It is a story that has all the hallmarks of a blockbuster thriller.
Old Mutual suspended Moyo in May on claims of conflict of interest relating to his position as a co-founder of investment company NMT Capital.
Moyo claimed that he declared his shareholding in NMT Capital when he was hired, but the group argued that he disbursed dividends to shareholders while Old Mutual preferential dividends, an institutional investor, were in arrears. Old Mutual claims that Moyo personally benefited from approximately R30.6million.
In May the insurer suspended Moyo and fired him in June.
Moyo took to court and Mashile ordered that he be reinstated to his position.
But in August, the company fired him again in an open letter to shareholders, where it said it had become clear that a continued employment relationship with Moyo was untenable.
Moyo took to court to challenge his dismissal.
The shareholders have certainly paid for the spat.
Old Mutal’s shares have plummeted, wiping off billions in the company’s market capitalisation..
Last week Mashile threw in the towel, deciding to step down from the case after, according to Old Mutual’s evidence, Moyo’s legal team had “introduced allegations that Old Mutual was scandalising the court, putting the judge in an untenable position.”
This followed a public apology by Manuel, after he described the judge in a derogatory fashion as “a single individual who happens to wear a robe.”
Moyo’s legal team has consistently argued that he was being persecuted for raising concerns around Manuel’s alleged conflicts of interest on the boards of Old Mutual and Rothschild & Co, an international advisory firm that had previously been contracted to counsel the insurer on its managed separation process from the UK, that was completed in 2018, a claim Old Mutual has staunchly disputed. Moyo now wants all 14 of Old Mutual’s board members declared delinquent and has filed a R250m damages claim.
With Mashile recusing himself, a different judge now needs to be appointed as the legal proceedings drag on into 2020.
Describing Moyo as “brazen“, the analyst said that there is no doubt in his mind that this court case has damaged Old Mutual’s reputation, and it has given space for competitors to chip away at their market share.
“Old Mutual is large, slow moving and they needed to prove they had the right team in place post the de-merger, which they obviously hadn’t. The longer they take to appoint a new chief executive, the longer it is going to take to rebuild,” said the analyst.
Another insurance sector analyst said “the longer Moyo drags out the case, the more he stands a chance of securing a settlement out of court,” because not only has Moyo suffered reputational damage to his future career prospects after a previously highly successful career, but Old Mutual’s shareholders need this issue to go away as soon as is possible.
The analyst said that the management conflict in Old Mutual had resolved in his firm’s mind once and for all as investment managers, that there is no difference between conflicts of interest and potential conflicts of interest, at management and board level.
“We won’t invest in companies any longer where there is even a potential for conflict of interest,” he said. In Old Mutual’s case there had been potential for conflict of interest with both the chairperson Trevor Manuel and the chief executive Peter Moyo, and both these potential conflicts of interest had subsequently hurt the group.
“They (the Old Mutual board) thought they could manage these potential conflicts of interest, and for a while they did, but it caught up with them in the end,” the analyst said.
Moyo’s legal representative Eric Mabuza was not immediately available for comment.
And yesterday Old Mutual closed 0.86percent higher on the JSE at R18.80. But in the year to date, the group has lost more than 15percent of its value in the market.
Manager of the Cartel Division at the Competition Commission, Makgale Mohlala has argued that the commission has jurisdiction to prosecute over 14 international banks, which allegedly colluded in manipulating the rand-dollar exchange rate.
Taylor Swift and her former record label traded barbed accusations on Friday about her rights to perform her old songs, winning support from singers like Selena Gomez and Sara Bareilles but silence from many of the big hitters in the music business.
CAPE TOWN – Pan African telecoms group Liquid Telecom said it was working with Microsoft to a launch new enterprise cloud service to improve business collaboration, productivity and drive growth on the continent.
The announcement was made at this week’s annual AfricaCom conference in Cape Town.
The Azure peering service uses Liquid Telecom’s fibre network, strategically located data centres and cloud architecture to provide organisations with optimised, reliable internet connectivity to Microsoft services such as Microsoft Office 365, chief digital officer David Behr said.
"The launch of these new services marks an exciting new chapter in the trusted collaboration between Liquid Telecom and Microsoft, and act as a catalyst for business growth across Africa,” said Behr.
“Liquid Telecom is the first choice for organisations wanting fast, reliable and scalable connectivity to their Microsoft services. With the new Microsoft Azure peering service, the two organisations are transforming connectivity to services like Microsoft Office 365, increasing business agility, innovation, and growth.”
Liquid Telecom chief executive Nic Rudnick said the company was one of Microsoft’s fastest growing network connectivity partners in Africa.
“The scale and reach of our fibre network, data centre infrastructure, local knowledge, and expertise enable Microsoft enterprise customers to realise their business objectives more quickly and effectively," he said.
"Together, Liquid Telecom and Microsoft are creating a modern business foundation for customers across Africa, one that inspires innovation, cloud-paced change, compliance, and business growth.”
AfricaCom touts itself as Africa’s biggest telecoms, technology conference where industry experts and leaders from across the continent gather to discuss digital connectivity.
For the next seven days, South African football fans will be treated to a double dose of Soweto derby as archrivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will be battling it out in the Telkom Knockout quarterfinal on Saturday in Durban and in the next weekend.
Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has announced the national team that will face Japan in the International Friendly match on Sunday the 10th of November. The 22 player’s squad will play at the Kitakyushu Stadium in Fukuoka.
South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus’ outstanding rugby brain and ability to sell a game-plan to his players has been the catalyst for a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for the Springboks, according to former teammate Robbie Fleck.
Eddie Jones says England are bracing themselves for a massive physical assault from South Africa in Saturday’s World Cup final but added that he expected the odd twist too from the Springboks after they won a turgid semi-final against Wales on Sunday.
Police Minister Bheki Cele has highlighted the negative impacts of purchasing counterfeit goods and the illegal downloading of online content – saying it has the potential of destroying legitimate businesses.