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South Africans Are Angry After Load Shedding Leaves the Country in the Dark

The national power utility, Eskom, has implemented stage-6 load shedding which effectively means it has lost close to half of its generating capacity.

Since last week, South Africans have been experiencing stage 4 load shedding which saw 4000 MW being shed from the national grid in an effort to cope with shortages.

Eskom, the country's embattled state-owned power utility, has recently implemented stage-6 load shedding which is reportedly meant to end today but South Africans are not having it.


Earlier this year in February, Eskom brought back stage-4 load shedding after rampant corruption has left the power utility unable to carry out simple maintenance work on crucial coal-powered stations and in constant need of billion rand bailouts from the government with South Africans having to bear the financial brunt of it. According to energy analyst Chris Yelland who spoke to Fin24, stage-6 load shedding indicates that Eskom has lost 40 percent of its generating capacity—catastrophic in his view.

Naturally, the load shedding has caused a national uproar with South Africans fed up with corrupt government officials, a ruling party which they feel does not prioritize the interests of its citizens and more simply, having to navigate through daily life in the dark.

To make matters worse, President Cyril Ramaphosa left for Egypt shortly after Eskom announced its plans to implement stage 6 load shedding. This drew considerable criticism from South Africans across the board.


John Steenhuisen of the Democratic Alliance (DA), the country's main opposition party, called on Ramaphosa to return home. "The president must come clean on exactly what the structural problems at Eskom are and how his government plans to address them within the coming days. Steenhuisen added that, "There is severe trouble at home, and Ramaphosa must attend to that ahead of all other engagements." EWN reports that Ramaphosa has cut his trip to Egypt short and is now returning to South Africa to address the national power crisis.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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