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Eskom in Trouble, 30 year sentence for rape, SAA's 90 day recovery plan

South Africans can expect further load shedding well into March 2015:

EWN on this story: Eskom released their interim results yesterday, which painted a very bleak picture for the future of electricity supply, which will last well into the new year. They have warned that until its generating abilities and finances have improved, people can expect more load shedding. According to them, the grid is under great pressure and load shedding will increase as long as it's necessary. Eskom has urged South Africans to be patient and to work with them until overcomes its financial constraints, fuel shortages and operational problems.

30 years for the 'Corrective Rape' of Duduzile Zozo:

Lekgoa Lesley Motleleng was sentenced to 30 years for the rape and murder of Duduzile Zozo, a 26-year-old black lesbian, by a South African court.

The gruesome details of her death brought national attention to an epidemic of sexual assault targeting black lesbians in South Africa and the failures of the criminal justice system to respond to them. While there are no reliable statistics on how frequently black lesbians are targeted for so-called “corrective rape,” a 2013 study found that almost one in three lesbian or bisexual women in South Africa reported being the victims of rape.

Although many believe that 30 years is not an adequate sentence, and that Motleleng should have received a life sentence, there is still hope in light of the 16 Days of Activism, that the justice system is beginning to take these crimes more seriously.

SAA's 90 day recovery plan:

FILE: A South African Airways flight takes off as another one is parked in a bay on the tarmac at OR Tambo International airport in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP

South African Airways's Acting CEO, Nico Bezuidenhout has been under the spotlight over allegations that he lied about his qualifications. The Sunday Times reported on Sunday that Bezuidenhout was the latest in a series of high-profile executives and politicians who had been exposed for overstating their qualifications. However, in an interview with John Robbie this morning, Bezuidenhout said that he had never claimed to have a degree, and that Mango had always know that he doesn't have these degrees. Bezuidenhout believes that his performance takes precedence over his qualifications, and has a 90 day recovery plan to put SAA on the right path and to restore the business. He was called in to take remedial actions and ensure the successful running of SAA. Included in this plan, is Bezuidenhout's suggestion that SAA must be given the correct space from Government.


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