South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Thursday 13 February_1

Never miss a beat when it comes to the latest news in South
Africa – review all major headlines on Thursday 13 February.


All eyes turn to parliament today, as political pomp and ceremony
of the State of the Nation Address precedes critical announcements by President
Cyril Ramaphosa, while the threat of disruptions in the National Assembly
reaches a climax. In sports news, the Proteas celebrate their nail-biting
victory over England in their first T20 encounter of the year.

Today’s latest news in South Africa, Thursday 13 February

Less talk, more
action: What South Africans want from Ramaphosa


Later this evening, South Africans from all walks of life
will be tuned into watch President Cyril Ramaphosa make his State of the Nation
Address (SONA) in the National Assembly chamber. While Ramaphosa is likely to
feel the pressure of an entire nation on his shoulders, as state owned entities
crumble and South Africa’s economy shudders under the weight of extreme
unemployment, his biggest battle is set to come from the benches.


The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), who have been embroiled in a bitter war of words with Pravin Gordhan, have vowed to disrupt the president’s speech in protest against the public enterprises minister.


The Red Berets are, however, likely to be met with force by
parliamentary protection officers and an alleged contingent of undercover cops.
The last time Julius Malema and his cohorts were violently ejected from
parliament was during the era of former President Jacob Zuma.


Parliament has condemned the EFF’s plan to disrupt proceedings
today.


If you live in Cape Town, remember to take note of the SONA-related road closures.


Find out what South Africans are expecting from this year’s address by watching the video below:

Zuma a no-show at
SONA, declines parliamentary invite


Former President Zuma will not attend the State of the Nation Address, despite an earlier statement released by parliament which indicated the contrary.


Parliament has been left red-faced, after announcing, with
much glee, the attendance of Zuma, who has been thrust back into the spotlight
after numerous judicial defeats and controversial courtroom avoidance due to ‘ill-health’.


The Zuma foundation, along with long-time ally, Carl
Niehaus, was quick to dismiss parliament’s statement as ‘fake news’ – confirmed
that the scandal-ridden former head of state would not grace the half of the
National Assembly.

Nersa welcomes court
decision on Eskom


The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has welcomed the decision by the High Court in Pretoria to dismiss an urgent relief sought by Eskom.


Eskom sought urgent relief to allow them to increase tariffs
by 16.60% for the 2020/21 financial year, and by 16.72% for the 2021/22
financial year.


The High Court dismissed Eskom’s application on Monday for
urgent relief.


“This judgement means that the Energy Regulator’s decision, made on 7 March 2019, regarding Eskom’s fourth Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD4) for the control period of 2019/20 to 2021/22, remains in force,” NERSA said.


The regulator said it’s cognisant of the fact that the
hearing of Part B of the review of the Energy Regulator’s decision on Eskom’s
MYPD4 revenue application is still to take place. (Source: SAnews)

WHO puts 13 African
countries on high alert for coronavirus


The World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified 13 top
priority countries in Africa, which due to their direct links or high volume of
travel to China need to be particularly vigilant for the novel coronavirus.


The countries are  Algeria, Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.


The WHO said while there were no confirmed cases of novel
coronavirus reported in the African region, it was strengthening its support to
countries in the detection and management of suspected cases and in ensuring a
robust response, should a first case be detected. (Source: ANA)

South Africa defeat
England by one run in T20 thriller


South Africa beat England by one run in the first Twenty20
international at Buffalo Park on Wednesday.


Brief scores:


South Africa 177-8 (T. Bavuma 43, Q. de Kock 31, H. van der
Dussen 31; C. Jordan 2-28) v England 176-9 (J. Roy 70, E. Morgan 52; L. Ngidi
3-30, A.Phehlukwayo 2-32, B. Hendricks 2-33).


Result: South Africa won by 1 run


Series: South Africa lead the three-match series 1-0


Toss: England.


Remaining matches:

February 14, DurbanFebruary 16, Centurion

Pitso Mosimane tips
Kaizer Chiefs to win league title


Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes Kaizer Chiefs will take some chasing, as far as the league title is concerned.


The former Bafana mentor has led his side to two straight
league titles, but they now find themselves well behind the eight-ball in their
pursuit for a third consecutive crown.


This is after Ernst Middendorp man opened a considerable gap
in the standings between themselves and their rivals, which they maintained
past the halfway mark of the 2019/20 season.


However, Mosimane has admitted that his side have not given
up on what would be an unprecedented tenth league title in the PSL era, but
admitted it would be difficult to wrestle top spot away from Kaizer Chiefs.

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