What you may have missed over the holidays

From Eskom’s power woes to Malema’s nuptials, here’s what you might have missed while you were relaxing.

CAPE TOWN - While you were relaxing on the beach, or starting the braai fire over the festive season, the world of news was rolling on.

As people head back to work, Eyewitness News put together some of the big festive season news you might have missed.

LOAD SHEDDING WINS AND WOES

As millions prepared for a relaxing holiday, Eskom was promising to keep the festive season lights on.

After a year of power cuts and chaos, they managed to keep their word.

Sadly, the high was short-lived and Eskom announced more load shedding was on the cards as businesses get back to work in January.

The utility has been battling to keep the grid stable since a coal silo collapsed at the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga last year.

According to the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci), the country's power woes have directly affected business confidence, which fell to 88.3 points in December.

Sacci said businesses were worried by the erratic power supply, which many economists said could hinder the country's economic growth ambitions.

THE BIGGEST SINGLE FUEL PRICE DROP IN MORE THAN A DECADE

We might be bracing for more dark nights, but at least there was some good news for the economy, in the form of a massive drop in the fuel price.

The Energy Department announced a drop in the price of petrol which has decreased by R1,27 a litre while diesel decrease by R1,05 a litre.

It's the biggest single drop in the price of fuel in 16 years, and is largely due to falling crude oil prices.

MEET THE CLASS OF 2014

It was good news and bad news the Basic Education Ministry, as Minister Angie Motshekga released the 2014 matric results statistics.

The nation's matric pass rate dropped from 78.2 percent in 2013 to 75.8 percent in 2014.

Gauteng was the best performing province with a pass rate of 84.7 percent, followed by the North West in second with 84.6 percent.

KwaZulu-Natal saw the largest decline in the pass rate with a drop of 7.7 percent.

The Correctional Services Department had something to celebrate with the overall matric pass rate of the country's prison inmates increasing to 68.9 percent.

ANOTHER PLANE CRASH TRAGEDY IN ASIA

As matrics celebrated the end of their school careers, Asia was rocked by yet another plane crash tragedy.

On 28 December, an AirAsia passenger jet plunged into the Java Sea. It was en route from Indonesia's second-biggest city Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people on board.

So far, 46 bodies and debris from the plane have been recovered from the surface of the waters off Borneo.

Authorities are now trying to locate the plane's black boxes to understand what lead to the crash.

PROTEAS ROCK NEWLANDS

Newlands Cricket Stadium packed out with sun lovers, as the traditional New Year's test got underway.

The Proteas wrapped up a 2-0 test series win over the West Indies following an 8-wicket win in the third test match at Newlands.

LIFE WITHOUT GERARD

This piece of news had Liverpool fans crying in their lager.

The team is preparing for a life without Steven Gerrard.

He brought the curtain down on a glittering Anfield career that spanned nearly 17 years and included 10 trophies.

A CA MAKES AN HONEST MAN OF MALEMA

He's known as the enfant terrible of South African Politics, a walking advert for Breitling bling, and a polarising figure in the news landscape.

Now South Africa's favourite Economic Freedom Fighter, Julius Malema can add "husband" to his list of titles.

He tied the knot with his long-time sweetheart Mantwa Matlala.

Before he celebrated his nuptials in his hometown of Seshego in Limpopo, the controversial politician informed the general public, "If you don't have an invite then you're not welcome to attend the wedding."

What you may have missed over the holidays

CAPE TOWN - While you were relaxing on the beach, or starting the braai fire over the festive season, the world of news was rolling on.

As people head back to work, Eyewitness News put together some of the big festive season news you might have missed.

LOAD SHEDDING WINS AND WOES

As millions prepared for a relaxing holiday, Eskom was promising to keep the festive season lights on.

After a year of power cuts and chaos, they managed to keep their word.

Sadly, the high was short-lived and Eskom announced more load shedding was on the cards as businesses get back to work in January.

The utility has been battling to keep the grid stable since a coal silo collapsed at the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga last year.

According to the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci), the country's power woes have directly affected business confidence, which fell to 88.3 points in December.

Sacci said businesses were worried by the erratic power supply, which many economists said could hinder the country's economic growth ambitions.

THE BIGGEST SINGLE FUEL PRICE DROP IN MORE THAN A DECADE

We might be bracing for more dark nights, but at least there was some good news for the economy, in the form of a massive drop in the fuel price.

The Energy Department announced a drop in the price of petrol which has decreased by R1,27 a litre while diesel decrease by R1,05 a litre.

It's the biggest single drop in the price of fuel in 16 years, and is largely due to falling crude oil prices.

MEET THE CLASS OF 2014

It was good news and bad news the Basic Education Ministry, as Minister Angie Motshekga released the 2014 matric results statistics.

The nation's matric pass rate dropped from 78.2 percent in 2013 to 75.8 percent in 2014.

Gauteng was the best performing province with a pass rate of 84.7 percent, followed by the North West in second with 84.6 percent.

KwaZulu-Natal saw the largest decline in the pass rate with a drop of 7.7 percent.

The Correctional Services Department had something to celebrate with the overall matric pass rate of the country's prison inmates increasing to 68.9 percent.

ANOTHER PLANE CRASH TRAGEDY IN ASIA

As matrics celebrated the end of their school careers, Asia was rocked by yet another plane crash tragedy.

On 28 December, an AirAsia passenger jet plunged into the Java Sea. It was en route from Indonesia's second-biggest city Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people on board.

So far, 46 bodies and debris from the plane have been recovered from the surface of the waters off Borneo.

Authorities are now trying to locate the plane's black boxes to understand what lead to the crash.

PROTEAS ROCK NEWLANDS

Newlands Cricket Stadium packed out with sun lovers, as the traditional New Year's test got underway.

The Proteas wrapped up a 2-0 test series win over the West Indies following an 8-wicket win in the third test match at Newlands.

LIFE WITHOUT GERARD

This piece of news had Liverpool fans crying in their lager.

The team is preparing for a life without Steven Gerrard.

He brought the curtain down on a glittering Anfield career that spanned nearly 17 years and included 10 trophies.

A CA MAKES AN HONEST MAN OF MALEMA

He's known as the enfant terrible of South African Politics, a walking advert for Breitling bling, and a polarising figure in the news landscape.

Now South Africa's favourite Economic Freedom Fighter, Julius Malema can add "husband" to his list of titles.

He tied the knot with his long-time sweetheart Mantwa Matlala.

Before he celebrated his nuptials in his hometown of Seshego in Limpopo, the controversial politician informed the general public, "If you don't have an invite then you're not welcome to attend the wedding."