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Minister Gordhan discusses SOEs
5 November 2019, 8:57 AM

The implementation of urgent economic and fiscal reforms is needed to turn the country’s economy around.

South Africa’s State Owned Entities (SOEs) continue to be under scrutiny as they place a huge burden on the fiscus.

Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan, has called for a sense of urgency among all stakeholders of state owned enterprises – saying SOEs cannot solely rely on government for financial sustainability.

Last week Minister Gordhan released a Special Paper on Eskom, setting out the entity’s road to recovery.

Eskom, South African Airways (SAA), DENEL, and Transnet, are some of the examples of the country’s struggling SOEs in constant need of bailouts, prompting questions about whether these entities should be privatised.

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, discusses these issues below:

Investigation into Free State crash underway
4 November 2019, 7:02 AM

An investigation is under way into the cause of a crash in which nine people, including foreign nationals were killed on the R74 road between Harrismith and Qwaqwa in the Free State on Sunday.

The deceased, seven adults and two children, were burnt beyond recognition in the collision between two vehicles.

Free State Emergency Services spokesperson, Sipho Towa says preliminary investigations reveal that one vehicle attempted to overtake colliding with an oncoming vehicle.

“It’s a Navara double cab that collided with another vehicle, and after they collided they also caught fire. In the Navara there were two occupants and were declared dead; five occupants in the other vehicle were declared dead on the scene. All in all we lost nine lives in the accident.”

 

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Motshekga to be acting President
1 November 2019, 5:56 AM

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga will be South Africa’s Acting President from Friday until Sunday. This is due to the simultaneous working visits of President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Deputy, David Mabuza this weekend.

Ramaphosa has travelled to Yokohama, Japan, to lead the nation’s support for the Springboks in their Rugby World Cup final against England.

The game will be broadcast live on SABC 2 as well as on 11 of the public broadcaster’s radio stations.

Kickoff is at 11am Saturday morning.

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Prof. Anton Harber on the AIJC 2019
31 October 2019, 10:57 AM

African and international investigative journalists (AIJ 2019) have gathered in Johannesburg this week. Hosted by Wits Journalism, the annual event gives an opportunity to the professionals to learn new skills, discuss top investigative stories and share their experiences.

Some of the topics included verifying videos and fact-checking social media.

Professor Anton Harber, Head of the Journalism and Media Studies Programme at Wits University spoke to Morning Live about the gathering.

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DBE allays fears on Life Orientation curriculum
31 October 2019, 10:50 AM

Concern has been raised by some educators, parents and governing bodies regarding the Basic Education Department’s planned Life Orientation curriculum that will be implemented in 2020.
On Wednesday Morning Live spoke to the Association of School Governing Bodies and the Suid-Afrikaanse Onderwysers Unie or SAOU who voiced their concerns.

The department says its disappointed the public has been misled with wrong information about the subject matter.

Elijah Mhlanga, who is the spokesperson for the Department told Morning Live on SABC what the Life Orientation curriculum is. “The first thing we would like to correct is that there is no new curriculum. The second thing is that we are implementing next year which is also not correct. That has been at the core of the confusion and panic that has been taking place. All we are doing is we are piloting scripted lesson plans which are meant to empower teachers and improve the way they have been delivering life orientation as a subject at schools.”

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