Maimane: Eskom must declare national energy crisis – Mail & Guardian Online

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The DA’s parliamentary leader also said that government should follow a “World Cup approach” to completing the Medupi and Kusile power stations. The DA has demanded that President Jacob Zuma sign the Ismo Bill into law, which will open the electricity grid to independent power producers. (Delwyn Verasamy. M&G) Eskom must declare the rolling blackouts a national crisis, Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said on Tuesday. Maimane was speaking outside the offices of the public enterprises ministry in Pretoria where he handed over a list of demands addressed to minister Lynne Brown. “The president, the public enterprises minister and Eskom must come clean and acknowledge that load shedding is indicative of a national…

HRC gives Mpumalanga until March to fix health crisis – South African Broadcasting Corporation

The Commission conducted an investigation after receiving a complaint from the DA (SABC) The South African Human Rights Commission (HRC) has given the Mpumalanga Department of Health until the end of March next year to improve the standards of Health care services rendered. The Commission conducted an investigation after receiving a complaint from the Democratic Alliance in 2012 that hospitals did not have adequate infrastructure, doctors and facilities. HRC spokesperson, Isaac Mangena, says Rob Ferreira Hospital in Nelspruit, Matibidi Hospital in Bushbuckridge and Bernice Samuel Hospital in Delmas have been sampled and been found to be in a dire state. Mangena says the situation in Mpumalanga’s hospitals is a reflection of what South Africa’s hospitals…