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Women should own land: Ramaphosa
9 August 2019, 2:46 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says government is working on the liberation and economic emancipation of women.

Speaking at the Women’s Day celebration at the Vryburg showgrounds, President Ramaphosa says women should own and have access to land.

Women’s Day is celebrated annually to remember the 1956 women’s march against pass laws.

Ramaphosa has recognised what he referred to as the determination of the women who participated in the march.”As we pay tribute, as we fondly remember what these women did for us in 1956. Today we also pay tribute to the women who have taken the baton to ensure patriarchy is eradicated. ”

He has recognised Dr Ruth Mompati as one of South Africa’s greatest heroes and visionary leader.  “She served without expectation of any form of recognition. ”

The President also acknowledged Banyana Banyana as one of the shining examples of women doing well in South Africa. “Banyana Banyana must go coach Bafana Bafana.”

South Africa has made progress in ensuring that women have access to education, says Ramaphosa. “We have managed to make a difference in the lives of women. Fifty-eight percent of those who are enrolled in tertiary are women.”

The President has condemned violence against women.

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Petrol price to decrease by almost R1 in July
28 June 2019, 9:06 PM

Semenya to compete in IAAF Diamond League meeting in Morocco
14 June 2019, 6:58 PM

Organisers of Sunday’s IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rabat in Morocco, have made a u-turn and extended an invitation to South Africa’s 800 metres Olympic Games gold medalist and World Champion, Caster Semenya.

Organisers refused her entry on Tuesday, but on Wednesday, the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland rejected an urgent request by the IAAF to have its controversial new ruling reinstated pending the outcome of Semenya’s appeal hearing before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

The ruling the federation wants to introduce, will prevent female athletes with high testosterone levels from competing internationally in events between 400 metres and a mile.

After a meeting earlier Friday, the organisers said they were happy to confirm that Semenya had been invited to take part in the 800 metres race.

Significant fuel price drop forecast for July
13 June 2019, 8:00 PM

Crude oil prices are plummeting raising hopes of a significant fuel price drop.

Oil prices have decreased by 4%. This is the highest drop since January this year, on fears of slow global growth and escalating trade conflict between the US and China.

The drop in crude oil prices, spells good news for local motorists.

Motorists have experiencing petrol increases since the beginning of the year totaling nearly R2.

According to the Central Energy Fund, if the oil price stays this low, the price of petrol could drop by an estimated R1 per litre come July.

The price of diesel could decrease by over 70 cents a litre.

Scuffle between ANC, EFF MPs erupts during induction session
12 June 2019, 7:00 PM

A physical confrontation has taken place in Parliament in what seemed to be a fight between the African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs during an official induction session for new and returning MPs.

The incident was captured in a video that was posted online and apparently taken from the Old Assembly.

In the video Speaker of the National Assembly Thandi Modise is seen intervening to try and diffuse the situation.

More than five EFF members in their red overalls are seen standing in front of the ANC benches pushing other MPs around and waving their arms.

It is not clear what the conflict was about.

Both the ANC and EFF spokespersons were not available to give clarity.

Statement by National Assembly Speaker:

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SPEAKER REBUKES THE UNRULY BEHAVIOUR OF MEMBERS

Parliament, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 –   The Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Thandi Modise, has commiitted that this morning’s incident at Parliament, involving a clash between certain Members of Parliament during today’s induction programme, will be investigated to avert any recurrence in future. 

Ms Modise has strongly denounced the conduct of a handful of MPs involved in the incident as unbecoming and uncharacteristic of honourable Members of Parliament. 

The Speaker, who was in attendance but not chairing the session, took to the podium and appealed to Members to adhere to the decorum and respect the authority of the Chairperson of the Session. She stressed that while it was normal and acceptable for difference of views to arise from time to time, it was inappropriate to allow emotions to get the better of public representatives in such fashion. 

Other than the unfortunate brief incident, the week-long induction and orientation programme, in both the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, is proceeding well and will conclude on Thursday. 

The programme is intended to ensure capacity for MPs to discharge their Constitutional roles and responsibilities as elected representatives. These programmes cover their constitutional functions, legislative processes, House rules and policies, amongst others. 

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