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The President ahead of #SONA15, load shedding update, Ivory Coast Afcon Champs

Ahead of #SONA15: Zuma looks to Mbete

EWN's Stephen Grootes and Masa Kekana on this story: President Jacob Zuma says if Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema asks him a question during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) he’ll be directed by the speaker as to what to do. Malema has said he’ll disrupt the speech on Thursday night to demand that Zuma pay back the money spent by government on his home at Nkandla. Zuma says it’s up to the speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, to say whether a question is in the rules if Julius Malema does stand up on Thursday night. Zuma also says the EFF said it would go to Parliament to misbehave and that’s what it’s done.

Meanwhile, regarding the power crisis, the President says that government and poor leadership are not to blame for the current power crisis in the country.

Read the President's comments on the power crisis here.

Consumers, load shedding possibilities are high

EWN's Thando Kubheka on this story: South Africans may have to brace themselves for more power cuts this week Eskom says there's a high probability of load shedding this week as the power grid remains severely constrained due to a number of its generators still offline. South Africans experienced rolling blackouts for most of last week as the utility battled to keep up with electricity demand. Eskom had to implement stage 2 load shedding again over the weekend to try and stabilise the grid. The parastatal’s Khulu Phasiwe says the power grid will be under severe pressure until a number of its generators come back online and that South Africans may have to brace themselves for more power cuts this week.

Congratulations to Africa's champions: the Ivory Coast

EWN Sport via Reuters on this story: Ivory Coast finally won the African Nations Cup after a decade of close calls as they edged neighbours Ghana 9-8 on penalties after a goalless draw following extra time in Sunday's final at Estadio de Bata. Goalkeeper Boubacar Barry converted the decisive spot kick to deliver the trophy for a country who had been heavily fancied for the previous five tournaments but flopped in all of them. It was a second title for Ivory Coast whose only previous success came when they also beat Ghana in a similar post-match marathon shootout 11-10 in Dakar in 1992. Their triumph came on a night when 22 people died outside an Egyptian soccer match after security forces barred fans from entering the stadium, the public prosecutor's office said. Most of the dead were suffocated when the crowd stampeded after police used teargas to clear the supporters trying to force their way into a league match between two Cairo clubs, Zamalek and Enppi, doctors and witnesses said. The trouble highlighted the problems facing African football and overshadowed the thrilling climax to the Nations Cup tournament in Equatorial Guinea, who stepped in as hosts after Morocco was stripped of the hosting rights.

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