Malusi Gigaba – Prepare for a tough budget

President Cyril Ramaphosa has been pressuring the finance ministry to reduce spending and increase revenue, and South Africans should thus prepare for another tough budget, finance minister Malusi Gigaba told the Mail & Guardian.

Amid speculation that Gigaba could be reshuffled out of the paramount ministry by Ramaphosa after his takeover as head of state,
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Only stagnant pools remain after the Zunami

Former president Jacob Zuma’s rambling monologue on the SABC on Wednesday afternoon wasn’t just an arrogant, delusional act of defiance in the face of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) instruction to step down as head of state.

It was his final act of working outside the structures of the governing party, and of the state, and of using the resources that his deployment to government had enabled him to pursue his own agenda, often to the detriment of both.
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ANC caucus prepares to remove Zuma from office

The ANC caucus in Parliament will meet on Wednesday to discuss a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma in case he refuses to step down in line with the ANC’s instruction.

The Mail & Guardian reported on Tuesday that the ANC NEC resolved that it would table its own motion of no confidence if Zuma failed to heed its call to resign.

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Bathabile Dlamini (SASSA) will not say why ‘trusted’ subordinates too kept her in the dark

Social development minister Bathabile Dlamini on Wednesday declined to tell an inquiry why she thought two of her most trusted officials apparently hid a looming crisis from her for months. Dlamini has persistently blamed two different officials, then social development director-general Zane Dangor and then CEO of the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) Thokozani Magwaza, […]
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Bathabile Dlamini’s former advisor accuses her of thwarting ConCourt ruling

One of Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini’s closest aides has accused her of trying to thwart the Constitutional Court’s rulings on Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) in a revealing affidavit filed with the high court in Pretoria. Sipho Shezi was Dlamini’s full-time adviser from 2013 until she fired him last year. He had worked with Zane […]
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Listeria outbreak: Why your back-to-school lunch box staples may be dangerous

Worried your child could be at risk of contracting the bug as they head back to school? You might have to leave polony off the menu. South Africa’s ongoing spate of listeria cases has claimed more than 60 lives in what the World Health Organisation (WHO) is now calling the world’s biggest outbreak of the […]
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Sassa wants CPS for 6 more months

The invalid Cash Payment Services (CPS) contract may be extended for a further six months if the South African Social Security Agency’s (Sassa) gets its way — yet the Constitutional Court ruled that the contract is to end on March  31. The extension is contained in the latest Sassa report to the Constitutional Court, filed less […]
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UDM wants urgent explanation of free higher education

The UDM wants President Jacob Zuma and his Cabinet to urgently spell out his plan for free higher education to avoid a “commotion” at registration. “One can argue that President Zuma’s announcement of free tertiary education for students who can’t afford it, is a populist Hail Mary pass; but the United Democratic Movement (UDM) believes […]
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The ruling party moves for land, and the Reserve Bank

The ANC will seek to amend the constitution of the country to allow for expropriation of land without compensation and will also nationalise the South African Reserve Bank, the party announced on Wednesday night. The contentious announcement was made just before the close of its 54th national conference on Wednesday night. The sectoral commission on […]
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South Africa’s race relations laid bare in Steinhoff scandal

South Africans are fond of debating whether public or private sector failings are the bigger problem. It does not take too long to realise that they are really talking about race. This is evident as the country faces an unusual scandal – one involving a private company called Steinhoff. The multinational furniture company is in […]
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All is well at SABC: Spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago

The SABC and unions have entered conciliation talks at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) as strike action at the SABC continues a day ahead of the ANC elective conference. SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago has confirmed that staff members are still picketing outside the SABC but that, despite this, programmes have not been […]
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Steinhoff implosion staggers SA

The collapse of Steinhoff International’s share price this week, following allegations of accounting fraud, is being described as the biggest corporate failure on the JSE so far, but it may just be the tip of the iceberg. On Thursday afternoon, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said he supported a decision by the Financial Services Board (FSB) […]
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Protesters gather outside Durban ICC over city’s proposed ‘secrecy’ law

Civil society organisations staged a protest outside Durban’s International Convention Centre on Wednesday against a controversial set of rules proposed by the eThekwini municipality which‚ critics say‚ seeks to ban the public and the media from attending meetings and accessing information. The organisations have described the proposed Rules of Order Amendment By-law as unconstitutional and […]
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Sisulu shapes up as Cyril’s Number 2

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has emerged as the favourite for the position of ANC deputy president despite Cyril Ramaphosa publicly endorsing Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor for the number two position. Although Sisulu’s presidential campaign may be flagging, she has harshly criticised the prevalent bribing of delegates, which she says has undermined the […]
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Fate of DA mayors Mashaba and Trollip rests in EFF’s hands

The leadership of two DA mayors – Nelson Mandela Bay’s Athol Trollip and Johannesburg’s Herman Mashaba – will be put to the test on Thursday when they face votes of no confidence along with their speakers. And while it seems that the EFF is in a powerful position to decide the fate of Trollip and […]
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