United Nations agencies and aid groups analysis in Ethiopia’s conflict-torn Tigray region have estimated that about 350,000 persons are in famine conditions.
According to an internal U.N. document seen by Reuters on Wednesday the analysis, which diplomats said could be released publicly as soon as Thursday, found millions more across Tigray required “urgent food and agriculture/livelihoods support to avert further slides towards famine.”
On Thursday, Mituku Kassa head of Ethiopia’s National Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Committee said a declaration of famine would be incorrect. He accused the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) of attacking aid convoys.
He told a news conference “We don’t have any food shortage,” adding more than 90 percent of people have been provided with aid by five operators.
Kassa accused TPLF remnant forces of attacking personnel saying “they attack the trucks with foo.”
TPLF officials are yet to respond to the allegations.
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South Africa To Investigate Deaths Of 20 Persons Found At Vacant Gold Mine
South African police says it is investigating the deaths of 20 persons suspected to be illegal miners, whose bodies were discovered in two locations, in the gold mining town of Orkney. 14 decomposing bodies were found near a railway line on Wednesday. Five more bodies were discovered outside an old unused mine shaft on Tuesday.
The police believes the deceased, who were found wrapped in white plastic bags, were illegal workers, commonly known as ‘Zama Zamas’. Security agents say the deceased had severe burns on their bodies and autopsies were being done to identify the cause of death.
The South African police say the incident could be linked to a video on social media where a man was seen pleading for assistance at a mine shaft.
South Africa Electricity Under-Performing
South Africa’s electricity company, Eskom, has continued to experience shortfalls in providing power to its consumers. The company has had to implement rolling blackouts because of a high demand for power. The government said it will end existing red tape to deal with power blackouts.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a major shake-up in the energy sector that will allow private power companies to generate more electricity without red tape, to deal with the blackouts. The limit on the self-generation of electricity without a licence has also been lifted from 1mw to 100mw
For years, the state-owned power utility, Eskom, has struggled to meet the demand of one of Africa’s biggest economies.
Ramaphosa says the partial liberalization introduces a new era for South Africa’s troubled energy sector.
These changes will make it easier for independent power providers to generate electricity and sell it back to the grid.
Firms will still need to obtain some licenses, like a grid connection permit.
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