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  • Picking Up Stompies: Weekend Edition 8/12/2014
    Posted by on Dec 8th, 2014

    Eskom total blackout warning. Over the weekend Eskom implemented stage 3 load shedding, and Etzinger highlighted that there is still the option to move to stage 4 if needed. However, if Eskom does not manage the situation, there is a risk of a blackout. Etzinger said that in South Africa it will possibly take weeks to re-start the grid after a complete blackout. [Mybroadband]

    Eskom has called for calm, stating there will be no countrywide blackout after rumours of a mass power outage went viral on social media at the weekend [Cape Times]

    Eskom’s latest power crisis is set to plunge some South African suburbs into 54 hours of darkness this week – and the chaos is likely to continue into the new year [TimesLIVE]

    Libya’s trillions stored in SA.  As much as R2 trillion in US dollars as well as hundreds of tons of gold and at least six million carats of diamonds in assets belonging to the people of Libya is reportedly being stored at seven heavily guarded warehouses and bunkers in secret locations between Joburg and Pretoria [iol]

    South African hostage Pierre Korkie killed during crossfire when American Special Forces were attempting to free a US hostage from al-Qaeda militants in Yemen [EWN]

    Blitzbokke win Dubai Sevens in spectacular fashion [Supersport]

    Wait over for Dewani. The Western Cape High Court is expected to decide today ( Monday) whether British businessman Shrien Dewani’s application to be discharged of killing his wife Anni has been successful [News24]

    Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said former President Nelson Mandela would have been embarrassed about the disorder taking place in Parliament [Mail & Guardian]

    Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson becomes first black woman to win world swimming title. She made history with triumph in world record time in the 100m breaststroke [Telegraph]

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