Daily Archives: April 10, 2018

Nersa to hold public hearings into Eskom’s RCA

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) will hold public hearings into Eskom’s Regulatory Clearing Account applications across the country, starting next week.

The Regulator will be holding public hearings in all nine provinces on Eskom’s Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) applications for financial years 2014/15 to 2016/17 from 16 April to 11 May 2018, said the regulator.

Eskom’s applications total R66.6 billion.

The regulator published Eskom’s third multi-year determination (MYPD3) Regulatory Clearing Account applications for year 2 (2014/15), year 3 (2015/16) and year 4 (2016/17).

The public hearings will kick off at the Cape Town ICC in the Western Cape on Monday, followed by the Eastern Cape Training Centre (ETC) in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

The public hearings will then move to KwaZulu-Natal’s International Convention Centre in Durban on Thursday followed by the North West’s Matlosana Civic Centre in Klerksdorp on 23 April.

On 3 May, the public hearings will take place at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre in Kimberly in the Northern Cape.

The public hearings then move to Protea Hotel in Bloemfontein in the Free State on 4 May, followed by the Orion Hotel in Nelspruit in Mpumalanga on 7 May.

The Nersa hearings then move to Garden Court in Polokwane on 9 May, with the last public hearings to be held at Walter Sisulu Square in Soweto on 11 May.

The RCA is a monitoring and tracking mechanism that compares certain uncontrollable costs and revenues assumed in the MYPD decision (made by Nersa) to actual costs and revenues incurred by Eskom.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Committee Congratulates Caster’s Games Record-Breaking Performance, and Team SA’s All-Round Performance

Parliament� The Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation congratulates Caster Semenya for breaking the 1500m record, an event she has just started participating in.

The Chairperson of the committee, Ms Beauty Dlulane said a double is possible and is there for South Africa’s golden girl to take. The committee is extremely proud of the achievements on the field in the 2018 edition of the Commonwealth games in Australia. South Africa’s flag is flying up there with other nations, Ms Dlulane said.

The committee is extremely happy as this is an indication of the work SA has been doing over a number of years in athletics. This performance needs to be repeated and sustained, she said.

Team SA has received 9 gold medals and there is a possibility of receiving more. Ms Dlulane said the double is possible as Caster is yet to race in the 800m.

But also the Committee is impressed with the victory of Akani Simbine, and Henricho Bruintjies in the 100m an event, for far too long dominated by Jamaicans.

Our athletes have delivered on what they had promised on, and I will be speaking for every South African when I say the nation is excited.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Stop illegal occupation of buildings

Gauteng Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements MEC Dikgang Uhuru Moiloa has renewed calls to owners of private buildings to work with authorities to prevent the illegal occupation of buildings.

MEC Moiloa’s call follows the tragic death of three children aged three, five and 10, who passed away when a dilapidated building they were in collapsed on Monday.

Members of Emergency Medical Services and Urban Search and Rescue services were called out to the scene after the collapse of the structure in Doornfontein, Johannesburg.

According the provincial department, the building was illegally occupied by about 100 families at the time.

It is not only sad and tragic that yet another set of children had to die under such horrific circumstances, as a clear reminder of the social ills of illegal occupation. It was established that the building was illegally occupied and not suitable for human habitation, said MEC Moiloa.

Following the removal of the children’s bodies, Urban Search and Rescue Services, together with other emergency workers, put measures in place to have all the illegal occupants removed and the rest of the dangerous structure demolished in anticipation of further collapses.

MEC Moiloa has requested the Disaster Management Centre to mobilise the building control authorities to further the investigation into the cause of the collapse.

The MEC also warned strongly against the occupation of abandoned structures and the exploitation by greedy slumlords, who take advantage of vulnerable families.

Not only is this practice extremely dangerous, but it is also criminal, said MEC Moiloa.

The MEC has sent his heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of three children and arrangements are underway to secure alternative accommodation for the current occupants.

The entire building remains in an unstable condition and poses several safety risks due to the heavy rains, the illegal water and electrical connections and the overall structural state of the building, said the MEC.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Stop illegal occupation of buildings

Gauteng Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements MEC Dikgang Uhuru Moiloa has renewed calls to owners of private buildings to work with authorities to prevent the illegal occupation of buildings.

MEC Moiloa’s call follows the tragic death of three children aged three, five and 10, who passed away when a dilapidated building they were in collapsed on Monday.

Members of Emergency Medical Services and Urban Search and Rescue services were called out to the scene after the collapse of the structure in Doornfontein, Johannesburg.

According the provincial department, the building was illegally occupied by about 100 families at the time.

It is not only sad and tragic that yet another set of children had to die under such horrific circumstances, as a clear reminder of the social ills of illegal occupation. It was established that the building was illegally occupied and not suitable for human habitation, said MEC Moiloa.

Following the removal of the children’s bodies, Urban Search and Rescue Services, together with other emergency workers, put measures in place to have all the illegal occupants removed and the rest of the dangerous structure demolished in anticipation of further collapses.

MEC Moiloa has requested the Disaster Management Centre to mobilise the building control authorities to further the investigation into the cause of the collapse.

The MEC also warned strongly against the occupation of abandoned structures and the exploitation by greedy slumlords, who take advantage of vulnerable families.

Not only is this practice extremely dangerous, but it is also criminal, said MEC Moiloa.

The MEC has sent his heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of three children and arrangements are underway to secure alternative accommodation for the current occupants.

The entire building remains in an unstable condition and poses several safety risks due to the heavy rains, the illegal water and electrical connections and the overall structural state of the building, said the MEC.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Meeting Cancelled after Summonses Issued

Parliament� On 13 March 2018, the Portfolio Committee of Public Enterprises resolved to summons Ms Dudu Myeni, Mr Ajay Gupta, Mr Atul Gupta, Mr Rajesh Gupta and Mr Duduzane Zuma to appear before the committee’s oversight inquiry into the mismanagement of state funds in state-owned enterprises.

The committee summonsed the above persons to address allegations made against them by various witnesses who had testified before the inquiry.

The summonses were duly issued by the Secretary to Parliament in terms of the Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act, 2004.

On 4 April 2018, the Sheriff attempted to serve the summonses on Mr Ajay Gupta, Mr Atul Gupta, Mr Rajesh Gupta and Mr Duduzane Zuma at their respective last-known places of residence. With regard to the Guptas, the Sheriff could not serve the summonses at their residence.

Chairperson of the Inquiry, Ms Zukiswa Rantho said, the committee will engage with other law enforcement agencies such as the Hawks to assist in locating the witnesses so that the summonses can be issued by the Sheriff.

On 4 April 2018, the Sheriff served the summons on Ms Dudu Myeni at her last known place of residence by affixing the summons to her outer main gate. This was done after the security guard at the residence refused to take receipt of the summons.

In light of the witnesses apparently not being present at their places of residence, Ms Rantho decided not to proceed with its scheduled meeting on 11 April.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa