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Eskom and the question of privatisation, Morsi death sentence, drone regulation

The question around privatisation and Eskom

Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: Economist Xhanti Payi thinks that the ANC's consideration of selling off parts of Eskom should be taken as seriously as Telkom took the move to privatise, leaving a trail of reaped rewards in investment:

It's quite difficult, Eskom is always able to rely on government and often gives the sense that government would be able to pay back the Eskom debt. Privatisation has always been on the cards, going back to the year 2000 and about 10% of Eskom was supposed to be privatised and the need to attract external investment should be looked into, like how Telkom was able to recover after it was privatised.

Egypt: Morsi death sentencing 'meant to intimidate populace' - analyst

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Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: an analyst maintains the sentencing to death of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi is being done to intimidate the people of Egypt. Over the weekend, an Egyptian court sentenced the Islamist leader to death over jail breaks during the 2011 uprising. Executive Director of the Afro-Middle East Centre, Na'eem Jeenah doubts the sentencing will be carried out:

I'm not sure that it will, for two reasons, because the Mufti of Egypt has to ratify it and I doubt he will. Part of it is to buy the President the opportunity of a pardon. Part of the reason for these kinds of judgements is to crush descent, and intimidate the populace and it's not really working. Egypt has become quite a mess and the military is trying very hard to keep things in tact. Since the mid-2013 coup, the economy has been surviving basically on handouts because tourism was heavily affected.

Regulations for mini-aircraft enthusiasts implemented in July

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Heard on Cape Talk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies: the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) announced on Sunday that new regulations on the use of drones in the country will be introduced in July. The SACAA has said that the new regulations have been signed by Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. The regulations state the requirements for people to be eligible to fly drones. The regulations also deal with rules for operating drones. SACAA's Senior Manager for Aircraft Certification, Subash Devkaran:

The kind of aircraft we are looking at regulating are the remotely piloted aircraft - these are strictly toys used by kids, but with very limited capability. They do present quite a significant risk to the public and to the person that is operating it, because these can weigh up to 7kg. Imagine having a 7kg dumbbell falling onto your head or one crashing into a car that's driving on a road. This new technology being implemented would be a first for South Africa, with technology flying over the heads of people, within a 50 m distance. What caters for the safety and security risks is we've made a requirement that those operating these machines should have knowledge of air laws and a Remotely Piloted Aircraft certificate. We've also mandated that every remotely piloted aircraft must be registered with the SA Civil Aviation Authority.


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