Today's Big Stories

Load shedding from 10-to-10, who's wasting power, Curro's teacher struggle

Load shedding back on today:

EWN's Lauren Isaacs on this story: Eskom has announced that from 10am to 10pm today, stage 1 load shedding will be implemented across the country. Rolling blackouts have plunged the country into darkness on a number of occasions this year. Compounding the situation is a technical fault at the Koeberg Power Station which led to one unit having to be taken offline. The utility's Khulu Phasiwe says the power system is severely constrained again.

To check when your area will be affected, use EWN's load shedding schedule tool here.

Who is saving electricity? Follow EWN's investigation:

Telkom's offices in Pretoria had all of its lights on despite Eskom pleading for companies to conserve energy. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

EWN's Barry Bateman and Dineo Bendile on this story: while Eskom has appealed for all South African consumers to conserve electricity, Eyewitness News has checked whether government, parastatals and corporates are heeding the call. While several government buildings in Pretoria had as many as a third of the buildings’ lights burning, Telkom’s two towers were the biggest culprits. Just after 8pm, Telkom’s two towers in the Pretoria inner city have just about every light switched on, on each of its 26 floors. Telkom’s Ian Russell says this is not according to the company’s policy. “It’s been a really useful wake-up call and we will definitely try to take some corrector steps to improve what we can do in that building in the short term.” Russell says the company takes electricity conservation seriously. “Telkom has invested over R150 million in energy saving initiatives in the last two years.”

Curro school's struggle to recruit black teachers:

EWN's Govan Whittles on this story: the Curro Foundation School in Roodeplaat outside Pretoria says it has started working with five of the country's universities to recruit non-white teachers and says it’s struggled to get people to apply for these positions. On Monday, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi raised concerns that the school has failed to appoint a black, coloured or Indian teacher and questioned the impression it creates on pupils. Last week, EWN revealed that a group of parents were concerned the school was splitting classes along racial lines, but Curro has denied that it racially segregated its classes and kept black and white children apart. The school's chief operating officer, Andries Greyling, says top university students will soon start teaching at their facility.

Listen to 702's John Robbie reflecting on diversity and racism in the context of the Curro School dilemma:


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