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Daily Podcast – April 22, 2024

Daily Podcast – April 22, 2024

22nd April 2024 Making headlines: ANC will appeal court ruling to stop “unlawful” use of its trademarks by MK Party; Ramokgopa describes IPP surpluses as... 

ANC will appeal court ruling to stop 'unlawful' use of its trademarks by MK Party

ANC will appeal court ruling to stop 'unlawful' use of its trademarks by MK Party

22nd April 2024 The African National Congress (ANC) announced on Monday its intention to appeal the judgment of the High Court, in Durban, after losing another... 

South Sudan at a crucial point towards consolidating democracy – Ramaphosa

South Sudan at a crucial point towards consolidating democracy – Ramaphosa

22nd April 2024 President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Monday that South Sudan is now at a crucial point in its journey towards consolidating democracy, saying... 

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Judgment excluding parties from election ballot a significant setback for parties, supporters – Holomisa

Judgment excluding parties from election ballot a significant setback for parties, supporters – Holomisa

18th April 2024 The United Democratic Movement on Thursday said it is imperative that political parties explore avenues to support and facilitate the participation... 

Home Affairs publishes final White Paper on Citizenship, Immigration and Refugee Protection

Home Affairs publishes final White Paper on Citizenship, Immigration and Refugee Protection

17th April 2024 Minister of Home Affairs Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Wednesday the publication of the final White Paper On Citizenship, Immigration and... 

DA wants Public Protector to investigate ANC’s campaign, outlandish promises, warns of EFF-ANC tie-up

DA wants Public Protector to investigate ANC’s campaign, outlandish promises, warns of EFF-ANC tie-up

17th April 2024 Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen has urged the Public Protector to urgently investigate the African National Congress’s abuse of... 

Labour Party approaches ConCourt to postpone election date

Labour Party approaches ConCourt to postpone election date

17th April 2024 The Labour Party of South Africa on Tuesday noted that owing to Electoral Court delays in its case to reopen the Independent Electoral Commission’s... 

Daily Podcast – April 16, 2024

Daily Podcast – April 16, 2024

16th April 2024 Making headlines: PSA advises Ramaphosa to delay signing NHI Bill into law; IEC says no need for Commissioner Love’s resignation; And, Treasury... 

PSA advises Ramaphosa to delay signing NHI Bill into law

PSA advises Ramaphosa to delay signing NHI Bill into law

16th April 2024 Given the uncertainty surrounding the political landscape after the May elections, the Public Servants Association (PSA) has advised President... 

No need for Commissioner Love’s resignation – IEC

No need for Commissioner Love’s resignation – IEC

16th April 2024 Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) CEO Sy Mamabolo said on Tuesday that there is no basis for IEC commissioner Janet Love to... 

Consultancy urges local production of ARVs

Consultancy urges local production of ARVs

16th April 2024 Health security and medicine supply consultancy MMH & Partners Africa co-founder and CEO Michael Mynhardt says there is no reason why local... 

Daily Podcast – April 12, 2024

Daily Podcast – April 12, 2024

12th April 2024 Making headlines: IEC appeals Electoral Court’s Zuma judgment; MK Party calls for IEC commissioner’s resignation, threatens legal action; And,... 

ANC insider predicts party support won’t fall below 50%, raises coalition concerns

ANC insider predicts party support won’t fall below 50%, raises coalition concerns

12th April 2024 Political analyst and African National Congress insider Oscar van Heerden is predicting that the ANC's electoral support will not fall below 50% in... 

Public can now petition Parliament directly

Public can now petition Parliament directly

12th April 2024 The National Assembly has adopted an amendment to the House's Rules and Guidelines for Petitions, which now allows members of the public to... 

MK Party calls for IEC commissioner’s resignation, threatens legal action

MK Party calls for IEC commissioner’s resignation, threatens legal action

12th April 2024 The uMkhonto weSizwe Party on Friday called for the immediate resignation of Independent Electoral Commission commissioner Janet Love, warning that... 

DA, ActionSA want Nzimande to resign amid NSFAS ‘crisis’

DA, ActionSA want Nzimande to resign amid NSFAS ‘crisis’

12th April 2024 In light of the resignation of National Student Financial Aid Scheme chair Ernest Khosa and the dissolvement of the NSFAS board, the Democratic... 

SA concerned about Mexican Embassy attacks, calls for diplomatic solution

11th April 2024 The South African government on Thursday called for an amicable diplomatic solution between the Mexican and Ecuadorian governments, in accordance... 

Daily Podcast – April 11, 2024

Daily Podcast – April 11, 2024

11th April 2024 Making headlines: ANC’s Nkosindiphile Xhakaza is new Ekurhuleni mayor; FW De Klerk Foundation wants Ramaphosa to send Expropriation Bill back for... 

Prof Maano Ramutsindela appointed Future Africa Research Chair in Sustainability Transformations

Prof Maano Ramutsindela appointed Future Africa Research Chair in Sustainability Transformations

11th April 2024 The University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of Pretoria (UP) have announced Professor Maano Ramutsindela as the Future Africa Research... 

FW De Klerk Foundation wants Ramaphosa to send Expropriation Bill back to Parly for reconsideration

FW De Klerk Foundation wants Ramaphosa to send Expropriation Bill back to Parly for reconsideration

11th April 2024 The FW de Klerk Foundation has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to exercise the powers the Constitution has given him to send the Expropriation Bill... 

DA to take legal action against CoJ ‘coalition of corruption’ for abuse of public funds

DA to take legal action against CoJ ‘coalition of corruption’ for abuse of public funds

10th April 2024 The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced its intention to urgently launch legal action against what it calls the African National Congress... 

Parly committee will no longer investigate Mapisa-Nqakula for corruption

Parly committee will no longer investigate Mapisa-Nqakula for corruption

10th April 2024 Parliament’s Powers and Privileges Committee said on Wednesday that as former Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has resigned as a Member of... 

E-tolls scrapped but gantries will remain, accounts up until April 11 must be paid – Minister

E-tolls scrapped but gantries will remain, accounts up until April 11 must be paid – Minister

10th April 2024 Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga noted on Wednesday that while Gauteng roads are no longer going to be tolled, the e-toll gantry lights and... 

Successful DA case for more voting stations abroad an 'enormous victory' – Helen Zille

Successful DA case for more voting stations abroad an 'enormous victory' – Helen Zille

10th April 2024 The Democratic Alliance has won its case against the Independent Electoral Commission to ensure there are more voting stations abroad ahead of the... 

Motsoaledi rubbishes rumours of cancellation of Critical Skills Work Visa

Motsoaledi rubbishes rumours of cancellation of Critical Skills Work Visa

9th April 2024 Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Tuesday denied that his department has cancelled the Critical Skills Work Visa, emphasising its... 

Mashaba promises ActionSA govt will prioritise student funding ahead of other govt spend

Mashaba promises ActionSA govt will prioritise student funding ahead of other govt spend

9th April 2024 ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba notes there is an urgent need to address tertiary education funding, alongside reforms to the country’s institutions... 

SIU emphasises need for involvement of all stakeholders to prevent corruption in border management

SIU emphasises need for involvement of all stakeholders to prevent corruption in border management

9th April 2024 The Special Investigating Unit on Tuesday praised the launch of the Border Management and Immigration Anti-Corruption Forum, emphasising the need... 

Daily Podcast – April 08, 2024

Daily Podcast – April 08, 2024

8th April 2024 Making headlines: Ramaphosa says world cannot ignore atrocities in Gaza as it did the Rwandan genocide; Eskom defends pollution record, saying it’s... 

UFS to confer honorary degrees on Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Prof Salim Abdool Karim

UFS to confer honorary degrees on Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Prof Salim Abdool Karim

8th April 2024 The University of the Free State has announced that it will, during its April graduation ceremonies, taking place on the Bloemfontein and Qwaqwa... 

World cannot ignore atrocities in Gaza as it did the Rwandan genocide – Ramaphosa

World cannot ignore atrocities in Gaza as it did the Rwandan genocide – Ramaphosa

8th April 2024 President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Monday that with the advent of 24 hour news, the proliferation of social and community media and the speed with... 

Daily Podcast – April 05, 2024

Daily Podcast – April 05, 2024

5th April 2024 Making headlines: Steenhuisen urges voters to prevent ANC-EFF-MK ‘doomsday coalition’; Nersa approves revised NRS electricity loadshedding code of... 

Steenhuisen urges voters to prevent ANC-EFF-MK ‘doomsday coalition’

Steenhuisen urges voters to prevent ANC-EFF-MK ‘doomsday coalition’

5th April 2024 The Democratic Alliance on Friday called on voters to prevent what it termed an African National Congress-Economic Freedom Fighters-uMkhonto... 

Outa says omission of ‘draconian provisions’ in Intelligence Bill a victory for civil society

Outa says omission of ‘draconian provisions’ in Intelligence Bill a victory for civil society

5th April 2024 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse noted on Friday that although the current version of the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill is a major... 

SA has debt, growth problem – economist

4th April 2024 Rand Merchant Bank chief economist and head of research Isaah Mhlanga noted on Thursday that looking at the emerging economies of neighbouring... 

Political parties welcome Mapisa-Nqakula's resignation, DA wants urgent election of new Speaker

Political parties welcome Mapisa-Nqakula's resignation, DA wants urgent election of new Speaker

4th April 2024 Opposition parties have welcomed the resignation of National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, with the Democratic Alliance calling for the... 

DA calls on Ramaphosa to hand over full cadre deployment records after winning court case

DA calls on Ramaphosa to hand over full cadre deployment records after winning court case

3rd April 2024 The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to hand over all of his personal emails, WhatsApp’s and other communication... 

ActionSA promises to investigate Ramaphosa, Mashatile if it takes office

ActionSA promises to investigate Ramaphosa, Mashatile if it takes office

3rd April 2024 ActionSA president Herman Mashaba announced on Wednesday that in the first 100 days after taking office he will immediately launch a Special... 

Corruption Watch reaffirms commitment to fight corruption

Corruption Watch reaffirms commitment to fight corruption

3rd April 2024 Non-profit organisation Corruption Watch (CW) highlights that poor leadership and lack of accountability have eroded public trust and confidence in... 

Amnesty International stresses need to uphold human rights during elections

3rd April 2024 While global movement Amnesty International South Africa wants political parties to sign its pledge on human rights, it is also calling on voters... 

Daily Podcast – April 02, 2024

Daily Podcast – April 02, 2024

2nd April 2024 Making headlines: Speaker loses bid to stop arrest over alleged graft; Pro-Russia X accounts tout Zuma’s party, CIR says; And, Parties petition... 

Parties petition Ramaphosa not to sign Electoral Matters Amendment Bill

Parties petition Ramaphosa not to sign Electoral Matters Amendment Bill

2nd April 2024 Ten opposition parties, currently represented in Parliament, have petitioned President Cyril Ramaphosa to not sign into law the Electoral Matters... 

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