Having indicated in previous answers to parliamentary questions that the Department of Minerals and Energy was considering the possible impact of introducing daylight-savings time, Minister of Minerals and Energy Buyelwa Sonjica has now said that it is not on the agenda.
The upcoming summer season will have unusual weather conditions, and farmers need to have contingency plans, the Agriculture and Land Affairs Department said on Tuesday. Spokesperson Steve Galane said wet and warm conditions are expected over South Africa's summer rainfall areas.
As the state wrapped up its case in the Najwa Petersen murder trial on Monday, Najwa's advocate said no decision had been taken on whether she would testify in her own defence. "I've still to consult with Mrs Petersen," said senior counsel Klaus von Lieres und Wilkau. "We will make up our minds in the course of the coming week."