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Daily Podcast – August 07, 2023


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Daily Podcast – August 07, 2023

7th August 2023

By: Halima Frost
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For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Halima Frost.

Making headlines: Premier Winde says Western Cape govt to pursue legal action in taxi strike; Blade Nzimande plans to place Unisa under administration; And, new Treasury director-general Duncan Pieterse emerges as frontrunner;



Premier Winde says Western Cape govt to pursue legal action in taxi strike


Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says the provincial government is pursuing legal action and an interdict against striking taxi operators, along with the City of Cape Town.

The taxi operators have been protesting since Thursday, with widespread torching of buses and City resources.

Today Winde chaired a special cabinet meeting to discuss the ongoing taxi strike and report back on the various engagements and interventions since the beginning of the strike.

He said that despite the "urgent negotiations" since Thursday, there was still no resolution.

On Sunday, Golden Arrow Bus Services was granted an interdict by the Western Cape High Court against the South African National Taxi Council and its affiliates.

Two people were shot in separate incidents during the taxi strike in Cape Town this morning.


Blade Nzimande plans to place Unisa under administration

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has announced that he intends to place Unisa under administration after a report revealed "financial and other maladministration" at the institution.

Nzimande wrote to Unisa council chairperson James Maboa on Friday to inform the council of his intention to appoint an administrator to the institution.

Nzimande's spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said the decision followed reports by independent assessor Professor Themba Mosia and a ministerial task team chaired by businessman and academic Vincent Maphai.


And, new Treasury director-general Duncan Pieterse emerges as frontrunner;

Treasury's head of asset and liability management, Duncan Pieterse, has emerged as the top contender for the director-general position.

Following interviews, Pieterse has been tipped as the preferred candidate. But his appointment must still be approved by Cabinet and is subject to other processes like security clearance.

Pieterse is expected to replace Treasury stalwart Ismail Momoniat, who was acting in the director-general role after Dondo Mogajane left the post on June 7 last year, when his contract ended. Mogajane is currently CEO of the controversial Moti Group.

Pieterse joined Treasury a decade ago as a director for microeconomic policy. Six years later he was appointed as deputy director general of economic policy. He is currently head of assets and liabilities, and is in charge of Treasury’s debt and funding programme.

He played a key role in establishing the Eskom Debt Relief Bill.



That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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