South Africa pledges $4.9 bln Eskom bailout
22 February 2019 | 8:27 am
South Africa will give state power utility Eskom 69 billion rand ($4.9 billion) over three years, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said while delivering the key part of the country's budget on Wednesday.
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Former president FW de Klerk, the man who freed Nelson Mandela, has died. The last apartheid president passed away at the age of 85 after a battle with cancer.
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The COP26 climate conference in Glasgow is entering the final hours of what are likely to be tough negotiations. In order to reduce carbon emissions, one key objective is putting an end to coal power. South Africa is among the countries that have pledged to progressively phase out this highly polluting fossil fuel. But on the ground, coal mines are booming. Our correspondents Caroline Dumay, Stefan Carstens, Nadine Theron and Sophie Lamotte report.
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