August, 04 2016.
For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Sacha-Lee Solomons.
DA wrests Kouga from ANC in the Eastern Cape
Ebola after-effects threaten food shortages in West Africa
And, SABC not above the law says Stella Ndabeni
The Democratic Alliance has won the Kouga Municipality from the African National Congress in the Eastern Cape in the 2016 local government elections.
According to the results, the DA has 57.04% of the vote, while the ANC has 40.1%.
News24 Elections analyst Dawie Scholtz said this was an interesting win because the demographics in the municipality were similar to hotly contested Nelson Mandela Bay metro.
With the vote count still coming in, the DA is currently leading in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Farmers in West Africa still reeling from the impact of Ebola, urgently need help or they could be forced to leave their farms to seek work elsewhere, the International Fund for Agricultural Development said.
During the epidemic, many farmers in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia were unable to grow or sell their crops because of measures to contain the virus, including travel restrictions, border closures and quarantines, as well as fear of infection.
Rice, cassava and other crops went unharvested. Food production in Sierra Leone's bread basket and epicentre of the epidemic stalled, and weekly markets ceased trading because there was nothing to sell, according to the World Bank.
Although the epidemic has ended officially, experts are concerned about its long-term effects on food production and agriculture in the region.
Nobody must be victimised at the SABC, deputy minister of communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams told journalists on Wednesday during her visit to the Independent Electoral Commission centre in East London.
Ndabeni-Abrahams said the communications ministry was waiting for a report from the board on the situation at the SABC.
Ndabeni-Abrahams promised the ministry would act accordingly against any transgressors at the SABC.
The SABC has been criticised after its chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng decided to stop airing footage of violent protests.
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa ordered that the SABC reverse its decision following a court application by the Helen Suzman Foundation. Icasa has since said that the SABC had agreed to abide by Icasa's order.
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Maimane says South Africans are defining the kind of country they want to live in
And, DA claims Midvaal victory
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