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Was Defence Intelligence’s secret R1.4 billion Russian Kondor-E “spy satellite” launched this morning in Kazakhstan?

Roscosmos announced that a Kondor-E earth observation satellite was launched this morning from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Kondor-E satellite was scheduled to be launched at 06h43 (South African Time) this morning. The launch was initially scheduled to take place at 06h55 (South African Time) on Thursday 18 December 2014, but was reportedly delayed…

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DA welcomes Ellen Tshabalala’s resignation

Ellen Tshabalala’s resignation as SABC Chairperson today is to be welcomed. It means that we no longer have to wait for Parliament to remove her from office, a process that could only have happened in February when the House reconvenes.   Tshabalala’s resignation is also an elegant solution for President Zuma who was under pressure…

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Minister Peters must take serious action this festive season

The National Department of Transport estimates that road trauma costs the South African economy R 306 billion a year, which is money that should be directed to improving levels of service delivery. The situation simply cannot continue unabated and urgent action is needed from all stakeholders and citizens, in partnership, to curb the carnage on…

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Will Defence Intelligence’s top secret R1.4 billion Russian Kondor-E spy satellite be launched tomorrow morning?

Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency, has announced that a Kondor-E “earth observation satellite” will be launched, using a Strela rocket, at 07h55 Moscow Time (04h55 GMT) on Thursday 18 December 2014 from Site 175 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.   We cannot be sure, but the Kondor-E satellite, which will be launched at…

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Ramaphosa must clarify new load-shedding threat

Eskom’s announcement this morning of the “loss” of 4 power generating units is ominous news for South Africans as we enter the festive season.   Eskom has been promising South Africans that the power grid is stable and that there will be enough electricity to see us through this period.   How is it possible…

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