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February 5, 2021

Western Cape moves ahead with plans to bring its own Covid-19 vaccines to South Africa

The Western provincial Cape government says that it will push forward on plans to bring its own Covid-19 vaccines into South Africa as a contingency measure.

In a media briefing on Thursday (4 February) Western Cape premier Alan Winde said that the provincial government fully supports the national vaccine acquisition efforts.

However, he said that there are risks with using a ‘single acquisition vehicle’, especially in phases two and three of South Africa’s vaccine rollout where large numbers of vaccines would be required and have not yet been guaranteed through national procurement.

“Centralised procurement requires a contingency plan that is complementary to [...]

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November 9, 2020

The linchpin of SA’s recovery plan is infrastructure, Cyril Ramaphosa says

The build programme will be an important part of the broader package that the state hopes will raise growth to about 3% on average over the coming decade

Infrastructure will be the linchpin of SA’s economic reconstruction and recovery plan, aimed at helping SA come back from the devastation wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic, President Cyril Ramaphosa told a joint sitting of parliament on Thursday.

The “huge” build programme is aimed at unlocking more than R1-trillion in infrastructure investment over the next four years, and will be one leg in the broader package that the state hopes will raise growth to about 3% on average over the coming decade.

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November 2, 2020

South Africa’s cities to switch to solar as Eskom monopoly ends

South Africa’s biggest cities are preparing to source their own power after the energy ministry this month approved letting them wean themselves off the state utility that’s subjected cities to outages for the past 13 years.

Johannesburg and Cape Town, which have a combined population of about 10 million people, plan to diversify away from the electricity produced mainly from coal by Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd to more sustainable sources such as solar and power generated from landfill gas.

“The City is looking at 300 megawatts of renewable” energy, Kadri Nassiep, Cape Town’s executive director for energy and climate change, said by email. “If all clarity is obtained and [...]

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June 20, 2019

Another Sona? Here’s what you need to know

President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to deliver the first state of the nation address (Sona) of the 6th Parliament on Thursday in Cape Town.

This is the second Sona in just over four months. It marks the start of the 6th  democratic Parliament after the country’s general election in May.

Ramaphosa will deliver the address under the theme “Let’s grow South Africa together as we celebrate 25 years of freedom”, since the country commemorates 25 years of freedom and democracy after the historic 1994 elections.

The celebration is said to reflect on the country’s successes and challenges, as well as find ways to improve the lives of people.

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