1. Stage 3 loadshedding will continue today, from 08:00 to 23:00. This is the fourth straight day of loadshedding. Around a third of Eskom’s 45,000 MW capacity is offline.  Finance minister Pravin Gordhan says government has asked Italian energy firm Enel for technical assistance.

2. The unemployment rate decreased marginally from 27.5% to 27.1% in the fourth quarter of last year, while manufacturing output rose by 0.1% percent in the year to December.

3. Tshwane has a new mayor, Stevens Mokgalapa. Mokgalapa was elected on Wednesday during a special council sitting - a day after his predecessor, Solly Msimanga, vacated office and took up a new role as one of the DA's members of the provincial legislature. Mokgalapa has vowed to become "Mr Service Delivery”.

4. Spar reported an 8.2% increase in sales over the past 17 weeks, with sales of its liquor business Tops jumping more than 19%. Its share price rose 5% yesterday.

5. The government has shelved a controversial proposed law aimed at regulating infrastructure sharing in the telecommunications sector, Business Day reported.

The 20 most congested cities in the world

Reported by Mark Matousek

The transportation data firm INRIX Research released on Tuesday its annual rankings of the most congested cities in the world.

The company measured the amount of time lost per capita in 2018 due to the difference between traffic at the busiest and least busy commuting times each day. Cities were ranked based on delays caused by congestion, adjusted for each city's population.

Moscow was named the most congested city in the world for the second year in a row, and Europe had more cities in the top-20 than any other continent.

These are the most congested cities in the world.


20. Toronto, Canada

Hours lost in congestion: 164


19. Washington, DC, United States

Hours lost in congestion: 155


18. Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Hours lost in congestion: 202


17. Melbourne, Australia

Hours lost in congestion: 118


16. Paris, France

Hours lost in congestion: 237


15. Berlin, Germany

Hours lost in congestion: 154


14. Singapore, Singapore

Hours lost in congestion: 105


13. Sydney, Australia

Hours lost in congestion: 138


12. Izmir, Turkey

Hours lost in congestion: 154


11. Ankara, Turkey

Hours lost in congestion: 128


10. Rome, Italy

Hours lost in congestion: 254


9. Saint Petersburg, Russia

Hours lost in congestion: 200


8. Boston, United States

Hours lost in congestion: 164


7. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Hours lost in congestion: 199


6. London, United Kingdom

Hours lost in congestion: 227


5. Sao Paulo, Brazil

Hours lost in congestion: 154


4. Mexico City, Mexico

Hours lost in congestion: 218


3. Bogota, Colombia

Hours lost in congestion: 272


2. Istanbul, Turkey

Hours lost in congestion: 157


1. Moscow, Russia

Hours lost in congestion: 210

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