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Finish power stations: ANC

The ANC on Tuesday called on Eskom to fast-track the construction of the Medupi and Kusile power stations to alleviate the strain on the grid that has seen rolling blackouts. “The last meeting of the national executive committee of the African National Congress held in November this year was instructive[…]

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No clarity from Dirco on Korkie

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on Tuesday failed to clarify whether her department knew that Pierre Korkie’s release had been secured. “I had given you… specifics on what we did and knew about this particular case, from the time the hostages were taken to our interaction with the Yemeni government[…]

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CTown, Izmir sign agreement

The City of Cape Town and the Turkish city of Izmir signed a co-operation agreement on Tuesday. “In terms of our co-operation agreement, this means a cultural exchange,” Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said in a speech prepared for delivery in the Izmir metro municipality. “It means learning from[…]

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‘Truth commission’ to begin in Israel

On Wednesday, International Human Rights Day, the Israeli non-profit Zochrot will host the country’s first unofficial “public truth commission”, modelled on South Africa’s post-apartheid truth and reconciliation process. Israelis who served in the Negev Desert during the country’s War of Independence and Palestinian refugees uprooted from the area between 1947[…]

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Strikes on Gaza high-rises were ‘war crimes’

Israeli airstrikes on four multi-storey buildings towards the end of its 50-day military assault on Gaza this summer amounted to war crimes, rights group Amnesty International has said. A new report released by the London-based rights organisation on Tuesday claimed that the attacks on the civilian buildings on the last[…]

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Relief and sadness for Korkie family

“I love you and tell the children I love them” — These were Pierre Korkie’s last words as he held his wife Yolande for the last time while in captivity in Yemen. “At least I got to say goodbye. They [the couple’s two children] never got to say goodbye. I[…]

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Too much mercy for Oscar: Nel

The High Court in Pretoria showed “too much mercy” to Oscar Pistorius in sentencing him to five years for shooting dead Reeva Steenkamp, the State argued on Tuesday. “I say with utmost respect, too much mercy is shown,” prosecutor Gerrie Nel argued in the State’s application for leave to appeal[…]

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Korkie’s body arrives in SA

The body of slain teacher Pierre Korkie has arrived in South Africa, the Gift of the Givers said on Tuesday. “The body arrived at 7am and is being taken for a post-mortem,” the organisation’s founder Imtiaz Sooliman said. “Yes, Yolande [Korkie’s wife] was there. She left to go there at[…]

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No daytime load shedding on Tuesday: Eskom

Power utility Eskom says South Africans can breathe a sigh of relief on Tuesday as no power cuts were expected during the day but things could change in the evening. “We are not expecting load shedding during the day but we could be constrained in the evening,” spokesman Andrew Etzinger[…]

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