South Africa: Load Shedding Is 2022 ‘Word Of The Year’ – South Africa News – Oct 17, 2022


Cape Town –

Update as in SAST

With cargo shedding on everyone’s lips, that has to be the word of 2022 too!

Load shedding has been declared the South African word of the year 2022, Eyewitness News reports. With the amount of cargo shedding (and more to come) in this year, it has overtaken words like Phala Phala (President Cyril Ramaphosa’s gambling farm where millions of undeclared US dollars were stolen), gaslighting (manipulating someone to make them question their own reality) and Inganekwane (a Zulu word for a story or fable – a fictitious narrative to enforce some useful truth or precept).

Gasoline price hike looming for November

The Automobile Association reports that consumers should brace for more expensive fuel in November as mid-month data from the Central Energy Fund (CEF) shows all fuels are likely to rise in the new month. The main factor contributing to the increases is higher average international oil prices and, to a lesser extent, the weaker Rand.

Government creates war room to tackle Gauteng’s dwindling water supply

Minister of Water and Sanitation Senzo Mchunu announced today that he has set up a “water war room” to mitigate the province’s shrinking supply problems. Gauteng has had a supply problem that has been exacerbated by unprecedented heat waves.

Transnet workers strike continues as unions reject latest pay offer

The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) has rejected employer Transnet’s 6% wage offer. The United Transport Union (Untu) and Satawu embarked on a strike after his calls for a wage increase of 13.5% and 12%, respectively. This was rejected by Transnet, who offered a 4.5% increase after an initial 3-4% offer. Untu and Satawu have been expecting a rise above the 7.6% inflation rate. Since the strike began ten days ago, the unions have been asking for an offer commensurate with the cost of living, eNCA reports.