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Business against looting, Eskom's maintenance woes, Bafana's Afcon prospects

Local business reacts to spread of xenophobic looting to Alex:

EWN Correspondent Masego Rahlaga on this story: Local businesspeople in Alexandra have come out in support of foreign shop owners in their area, pleading for a stop to looting and violence. For more than a week now, foreign business owners have been targeted in areas including Soweto, Kagiso and Langlaagte, six people have died. On Sunday night community members tried to loot a foreign owned shop in Alexandra but police rushed to the scene and managed to disperse the crowd.

No clear end in sight for Eskom maintenance backlog:

EWN Correspondent Emily Corke on this story: Eskom still has a major backlog of maintenance to carry out which means load shedding is here to stay. There are warnings that Eskom still has a major backlog of maintenance to carry out which means stage three load shedding will be a reality for the foreseeable future. On Monday, the power utility implemented stage two load shedding citing technical problems and a constrained grid. Energy expert Chris Yelland says planned maintenance done during the festive season was simply not enough, as Eskom didn’t shed enough load when the demand was low. Yelland says the cash-strapped utility was unable to do the necessary maintenance to prepare for the industrial year to begin.

Read more on the different stages of load shedding and what they mean

Bafana's stakes ahead of tonight's Afcon clash:

EWN Sport on this story: Bafana must win tonight and hope that Senegal beat Algeria to have a chance to go through. Bafana Bafana’s starting 11 for tonight’s crunch African Cup of Nations (Afcon) game against Ghana in Group C is out. Coach Shakes Mashaba has made four changes in total. For the 3rd game in a row, a new stopper will be blocking the goals as Brilliant Khuzwayo takes over from Jackson Mabokgwane. Rivaldo Coetzee has been declared fit and will start alongside Eric Matoho in central defence. Mandla Masango starts in midfield at the expense of Oupa Manyisa. Up front Bongani Ndulula starts alongside Tokelo Rantie.


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