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Making headlines: Ramaphosa says government continues to work to fulfil Biko’s principle of human dignity, President to visit diamond slimes dam disaster area and, suspended property regulator boss and axed head of news crack SABC board shortlist
Ramaphosa says government continues to work to fulfil Biko’s principle of human dignity
President Cyril Ramaphosa said today that government continues its work to fulfill the basic rights of every South African to ensure quality lives free of disease, hunger and deprivation.
Ramaphosa said this as the country marks 45 years since anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko died in police custody.
In his weekly letter to the nation Ramaphosa wrote that policies implemented by successive democratic administrations had tried to salvage the lost dignity of South Africa’s majority by providing education, health care, housing and basic services.
Ramaphosa pointed out that 28 years into the country’s democracy, South Africa was confronted with poverty, unemployment and inequality, which was often disheartening to citizens who then lose sight of how far they have come in giving effect to the principles on which the country’s Constitution is founded and that anchored Biko’s thought and teachings.
President to visit diamond slimes dam disaster area
Ramaphosa will visit the Jagersfontein-Charlesville area in the Free State, today, where a diamond tailings deposition dam has burst its banks, destroying homes, and killing at least one person.
Four people have been reported missing following the incident on Sunday while twenty-three people have been treated for hypothermia and four for broken bones.
The Department of Cooperative Governance said multi-disciplinary teams consisting of the South African Police Service, emergency medical services, health, disaster management, social development, search and rescue personnel and engineers from the mine are on the scene, where search, rescue, immediate relief, and stabilisation operations are underway.
Suspended property regulator boss and axed head of news crack SABC board shortlist
Suspended Property Practitioners Regulatory Authority CEO Mamodupi Mohlala and the SABC's axed head of news, Phathiswa Magopeni have made the shortlist to fill vacancies at the State broadcaster's board.
A subcommittee of Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications will officially kick off its interviews of 37 candidates to fill 12 vacancies on the SABC board.
The interviews are set to take place between Tuesday and Friday.
While the current board's term is set to expire in October, at least five of the shortlisted candidates to be interviewed this week, including Mohlala, are currently serving on the outgoing board.
That’s a roundup of news making headlines today
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