South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Saturday 21 May 2022

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We’ve got the latest news stories and headlines in South Africa on Saturday 21 May.

A beloved father, Petrus Roets (60) was brutally gunned down in his vehicle during peak traffic in Gonubie, East London, on Thursday afternoon.

According to police spokesperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana, the shooting happened at around 15:30 on Thursday.

Meanwhile, South Africans should be prepared for load shedding from 17:00 until 22:00 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.

Looks like South Africans will have to continue paying more as fuel price is expected to skyrocket. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe has confirmed that the general fuel levy reduction on fuel will not be extended beyond May. 

It may have only been a light dusting, but the Western Cape has now recorded its first snow of 2022, after temperatures plummeted in certain parts of the province overnight. More flurries are expected to make landfall in the coming days.

And lastly, disaster management teams in KwaZulu-Natal are on high alert following a level 4 weather warning issued for disruptive rain in parts of the province. The warning has gone up to level 5 by Friday afternoon. 

TODAY’S LATEST NEWS IN SOUTH AFRICA, Saturday 21 May

Beloved father brutally gunned down during peak traffic in East London

A beloved father, Petrus Roets (60) was brutally gunned down in his vehicle during peak traffic in Gonubie, East London, on Thursday afternoon.

According to police spokesperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana, the shooting happened at around 15:30 on Thursday.

“At approximately 15:30 on Thursday, the victim was allegedly shot by unidentified suspects near Gonubie offramp while stopping at the traffic lights.”

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Lights out! We’ve got 15 hours of load shedding this weekend – here’s the schedule

Due to the shortage of generation capacity, Eskom will be implementing stage 2 load shedding in the evenings over the weekend.

Load shedding is expected to take place from 17:00 until 22:00 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. 

“Eskom will continue to closely monitor the system, adjust and communicate any changes as may be necessary,”  

said the power utility.

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June fuel price: Mantashe confirms ‘worst news possible’ for motorists

Looks like South Africans will have to continue paying more as fuel price is expected to skyrocket. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe has confirmed that the general fuel levy reduction on fuel will not be extended beyond May. 

Finance Minister, Enoch Godongwana announced that the general fuel levy which is R1.50 will be reduced from the price of fuel as a form of relief to motorists for April and May. 

Mantashe said the fuel levy reduction will not be extended beyond May, however, his department still has to consult with the National Treasury on the matter. 

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Here’s where the Western Cape’s ‘first snow of the year’ landed!

It may have only been a light dusting, but the Western Cape has now recorded its first snow of 2022, after temperatures plummeted in certain parts of the province overnight. More flurries are expected to make landfall in the coming days.

If you’re familiar with the geography and weather patterns of the Western Cape, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that the snowfall was reported at the top of the mountains in the Matroosberg Reserve.

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KZN Disaster Management teams on high alert – Level 4 weather warning

Disaster Management teams in KwaZulu-Natal are on high alert following a level 4 weather warning issued for disruptive rain in parts of the province.

KZN DISASTER MANAGEMENT TEAMS READY

The MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Sipho Hlomuka, urged residents to exercise extreme caution.

“Residents are urged to exercise extreme caution following a weather advisory that indicates that a cut of the low-pressure system could bring light snowfall, freezing temperatures, and severe thunderstorms in parts of the country, including KZN, from Thursday going into the weekend.”

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