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- President Tayyip Erdogan has admitted there were problems with his government’s initial response to a devastating earthquake in southern Turkey. The combined death toll in Turkey and neighbouring Syria has increased to past 12-thousand.
- It’s all systems go for the State of the Nation Address tonight. That’s according to National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and National Council of Provinces Chairperson Amos Masondo. They inspected the SONA venue yesterday and gave it a thumbs up. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to highlight the extra measures that government will put in place to end rolling blackouts and boost economic growth when he delivers the State-of-the-Nation-Address this evening.
- This year’s address comes on the back of the country’s worsening energy crisis which has been blamed for a lack of economic growth. Eskom has implemented Stage 3 and Stage 4 rolling blackouts for the current week. Six Eskom power stations have been identified as the main cause of the country’s rolling blackouts. This was revealed by Eskom’s executives during their briefing to parliament. Eskom told MPs that any improvement in these identified power stations will stabilise the national grid. However, Eskom warned the public to brace for more loadshedding this year.