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Daily Podcast - October 31, 2016

31st October 2016

By: Thabi Madiba
Creamer Media Research Assistant and Reporter

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October 31, 2016.
For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Thabi Madiba.

Making headlines:
DA to report Van Rooyen to Public Protector
South Africa's AMCU to sign wage deals with platinum trio
And, South African prosecutor to brief media amid speculation on Gordhan charges

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The Democratic Alliance plans to report Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, it said.

This comes after an explosive Sunday Times report that Van Rooyen visited the Gupta compound in Saxonwold seven times in the days leading up to his appointment as finance minister by President Jacob Zuma for what turned out to be just a weekend in December 2015.

The DA said it would also be submitting parliamentary questions to Van Rooyen to determine if there had been any discussions with two parties allegedly implicated in allegations of related impropriety, Eric Wood and Ian Whitely, regarding the use of municipal assets to secure private debt financing for municipalities; the nature of Van Rooyen’s relationship with the Guptas and their known associates and if he met with the Guptas in the week prior to his appointment.

Van Rooyen recently withdrew his request for an interdict of the Public Protector’s office’s ‘State capture’ report after receiving an assurance from it that it made “no adverse findings” against him.

 

South Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union said on Sunday it is ready to sign three-year wage deals with the country's big three platinum producers.

AMCU said on Thursday it had agreed a pay rise deal with Anglo American Platinum, but had yet to say whether it would agree to deals with Impala Platinum and Lonmin.

Amplats and AMCU agreed to pay hikes of between 7% and 12.5% annually over the next three years, depending on the level of employment.

AMCU, known for its militancy and aggressive stance in wage talks, had pushed for wage hikes of close to 50%.

 

South Africa's State prosecutor will hold a media briefing today, his office said in a statement, amid speculation that fraud charges against embattled Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan may be dropped after a review.

National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams said on Sunday he had yet to decide whether to proceed with the charges against Gordhan and two co-accused.

Gordhan, business leaders, the opposition and several senior figures in the ruling African National Congress have dismissed the charges as frivolous and politically motivated.

The charges against Gordhan, who is widely respected in financial markets, have also weighed on South Africa's currency and government bonds.

 

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That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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