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Daily Podcast - October 05, 2016

5th October 2016

By: Thabi Madiba
Creamer Media Research Assistant and Reporter

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October, 05 2016.
For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Thabi Madiba.

Making headlines:
Wits closes again, this time until Monday
SABC board to be grilled in Parliament
And, Gauteng households need to save more water, says Minister

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The University of the Witwatersrand will suspend its academic programme until Monday.

The decision followed fresh discussions with former leaders of the Black Student Society and the Student Representative Council, supported by clergy, on Tuesday, the university’s senior executive team said in a statement.

The announcement was made a few hours after an earlier statement in which the university said it would be open on Wednesday, following more than a week of suspended academic activity.

It agreed to withdraw police to the perimeter of its campuses under the express commitment from all parties that there would be no violence or intimidation of students and staff.

Student leaders and clergy would lead talks between student groups and university management in the hopes of holding a general assembly on Friday. This would be chaired by Vice Chancellor Adam Habib and aimed to reach agreement on access to higher education.

 

The South African Broadcasting Corporation board will face a grilling in Parliament today over the reappointment of former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng, Icasa's ruling on its protest policy, and the Public Protector's report.

The Portfolio Committee on Communications is holding a special sitting into the public broadcaster this week, while the rest of Parliament is on recess.

MPs will hear the reasons behind and processes followed in reappointing Motsoeneng as group executive for corporate affairs. This followed the Supreme Court of Appeal rejecting his bid to appeal a November 2015 Western Cape High Court ruling declaring his appointment as COO irrational and setting it aside.

Today's agenda will also include a board update on the implementation of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's recommendations in her 2014 report into the broadcaster, entitled  When Governance and Ethics Fail.


Gauteng’s water supply levels are so low that they are virtually at the point of no return, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said on Tuesday.

The Vaal Dam – one of Gauteng’s biggest water sources - was currently at 30.1% capacity and losing about 0.8% every week, she told reporters in Johannesburg.

If consumers and municipalities failed to adhere to the demand to cut water use by 15%, the dam’s level could drop to 25% by November 14, she said.

The system sourced water from 14 dams and supplied water to roughly 13-million people in Gauteng and parts of the North West and the Free State.

Due to the danger of the declining water levels at the dam, the department had gazetted a 15% restriction on water usage. However consumers had failed to adhere to this. It was gazetted on August 12 and implemented on September 6.


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