South Africa: Load Shedding Back With a Vengeance This Weekend! – South African News Briefs – November 24, 2023

Cape Town —  

New Update:

Hello Darkness, Load Shedding Is Back

Load shedding has been ramped up from Stage 4 to Stage 6 from 12pm today, Friday November 24 to 5am, Monday, November 27, 2023. This is due to a loss of five generating units over the past 24 hours resulting in a shortage of generation capacity, as well as the need to replenish our emergency reserves, Eskom said.

The announcement coincides with Black Friday – as consumers are expected in their droves at various retail outlets, in search of bargains.

Stage 6 load shedding means households and businesses will be plunged into darkness for longer periods.

Is SuperSport Snubbing African Football in Favour of European Football?

SuperSport has not secured the rights to broadcast Africa’s 2026 World Cup qualifiers, which has been said to suggest a shift in focus towards European football, reports TimesLIVE. The channel,  which is televised in many African countries, has not secured rights for various African football events, including the CAF Champions League, CAF Confederation Cup, and potentially the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). The pay channel has said that it remains committed to broadcasting African football, but its failure to secure the rights to these competitions has angered football supporters and officials in West Africa.

Snakes on the Loose! Warm Weather Brings Surge in Sightings

Snake catchers are overwhelmed by increasing snake appearances in human habitats due to warm weather and ample food sources, alarming residents, reports News24. In KwaZulu-Natal, snake handler Nick Evans has observed snakes, particularly black mambas, surfacing on numerous properties. Recent heatwaves seem to have prompted more snake activity, with over 20 snakes, including Mozambique spitting cobras and a green mamba, removed in two weeks. Evans highlighted the prevalence of gravid black mambas during this time, narrating an encounter with a 2.6-meter female black mamba. Meanwhile, in Cape Town, rising temperatures have brought out Cape cobras, prompting residents to share sightings. Reptile expert Tyrone Ping emphasised the danger of Cape cobras’ venom and advised against engaging with snakes, urging people to contact professional snake catchers.