Cape Town — Police Restore Calm Following Protest in Johannesburg CBD
A protest that resulted sparked by the death of a 28-year-old migrant killed during a police search has been stopped, Eyewitness News reports. Demonstrators blocked Nugget Street and Mooi Street with burning tyres followed by clashes between migrants and police. The victim's name is unknown and police have begun an investigation into the incident.
Eskom Issues Mild Reprieve in Power Cuts
Eskom has announced that it will be instituting Stage 4 load shedding between 05:00 to 16:00 on Tuesday followed by Stage 5 from 16:00 on Wednesday. According to Business Tech, the embattled power utility has depleted its funds for securing diesel for its generators and is currently using an emergency supply of 50 million barrels secured from PetroSA in late 2022. This lifeline has to last until March 2023 when the financial year ends before an appeal for a greater diesel allowance from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa can be made.
Load Shedding Putting Food Security at Greater Risk, Farmers Warn
The Transvaal Agricultural Union has called on government to exempt farmers from load shedding as recent intense power cuts have put food security at risk, IOL reports. Producers of temperature regulated products said that shelf life cannot be guaranteed. Irrigation has also been affected due to lower diesel supplies, ending production for some potato farmers.
Hout Bay Reopened Following Temporary Closure Due to Sewage Spill
The City of Cape Town as elected to reopen Hout Bay Beach after water quality testing revealed e.coli levels to be within the minimum requirement, Eyewitness News reports.
A sewage spill caused by faulty sewer pumps affected by load shedding prompted the precautionary measure to close the beach. An investigation also found that reticulation pipes were blocked by by foreign objects such as carpets, tin, and animal carcasses.
Water Supply Limitations Loom Due to Load Shedding, City of Cape Town Warns
Prolonged power cuts have prompted the City of Cape Town to call on residents to restrict their water usage to prevent supply limitations in high-lying, mountainous areas, News24 writes. According to acting mayoral committee member for Water and Sanitation Siseko Mbandezi, extended Stage 6 power cuts have affected reservoirs which cannot fill up fast enough, as well as water treatment plants.