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Mixed political reactions on SAA-Takatso Consortium deal
13 June 2021, 10:18 AM

As the debate on the latest developments at South African Airways (SAA) continues to take place – political parties have mixed views on the public-private partnership which saw SAA owning 49% of the company and Takatso Consortium taking the 51% stake.

Some raised questions that politically exposed individuals like Jabu Moleketi and Popo Molefe had influence in Takatso Consortium being appointed as the private equity partner.

Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan has refuted any allegations that African National Congress (ANC) aligned businessmen influenced the deal.

“Minister Gordhan has hindered too shrouded these agreements in complete secrecy but very serious questions remain now that he has made a very general announcement, how these agreements tie in crucially to the PMFA requirements, who benefits from the agreements and particurlary ANC cadres and the conflict of lift. There are many questions here,”  says Chaleb Cachalia, Democratic Alliance.

SAA private sector ownership deal raising concerns

 

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have a standing resolution that SOEs must be squarely in the hands of the government.

“Eskom is collapsing. Where are you? Denel is collapsing where are you? And SAA is dead. SA Express is gone. Mango is gone and yet Pravin is declared the best minister by white owned minister. If it was Gigaba, there would be marches,” says Julius Malema, EFF leader.

The IFP’s Inkosi Mzamo Buthelezi says the party supports government’s move to partially sell SAA shares in order to protect taxpayers’ money from being used further to bail out the airline.

“The IFP welcomes the sale of SAA with 51% equity partner, this a very for tax payers. This is a step in the right direction that government has taken this bold decision in addressing SOEs. We call for close attention on Takatso Consortium,” says Buthelezi.

The political landscape divided over the sale of 51% of South African Airways to Takatso Consortium

Political Analyst, Khaya Sithole says this is a matter of waiting and see how things will turn out at SAA moving forward.

“Talking about what are the possible further challenges that SAA could find itself facing going forward – this after this purchase by Takatso Consortium,”  says Sithole.

Attempts to get a view from the ANC were unsuccessful. However the governing party has a standing resolution of public-private partnerships in order to rescue failing state-owned enterprises like SAA and power utility Eskom.

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G7 Summit to conclude with climate change on the agenda
13 June 2021, 9:12 AM

The G7 Summit will wrap up on Sunday with climate change on the agenda. On Saturday, President Cyril Ramaphosa joined discussions on reviving the global economy.

The COVID-19 pandemic response has been high on the agenda at the summit.

The President was welcomed by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the beach of Carbis Bay. He also used the opportunity to canvas support for the proposal on waiving intellectual property on COVID-19 products.

Ramaphosa was the only African leader invited to this year’s summit.

G7 Summit update with Laura Makin-Isherwood

 

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Maimane to participate in Inquiry into Ensuring Free and Fair Local Government Elections during COVID-19
12 June 2021, 1:45 PM

One South Africa Movement leader, Mmusi Maimane has confirmed that he has been invited by former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke to participate in the Inquiry into Ensuring Free and Fair Local Government Elections during COVID-19.

The inquiry will look at whether or not the upcoming local government elections should take place.

Other issues concerning the elections will also be under the spotlight.

One SA is in favour of the elections taking place in October this year.

Some political parties have voiced their concerns over the elections taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Maimane spoke to the media outside of the Constitutional Court on Friday as the country marked a year since an order to Parliament – that the country’s electoral system must be changed to allow independent candidates to participate in National and Provincial elections.

He says the elections must go ahead.

“We want to be able to make written submissions and we want to make oral submissions. I got confirmation from Justice Moseneke to say, they have invited us now, formally to come and do that. So we are awaiting our date, to be able to come and achieve both those things. Our submissions are done,” says Maimane.

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Another rare blood condition identified as potential side effect of AstraZeneca vaccine
12 June 2021, 10:15 AM

Europe’s drug regulator says it has identified another rare blood condition as a potential side effect of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine.

It said it was looking into cases of heart inflammation after inoculation with all coronavirus vaccines.

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) safety committee said that capillary leak syndrome must be added as a new side effect to labelling on AstraZeneca’s vaccine, known as Vaxzevria.

People who had the condition, where fluids leak from the smallest blood vessels causing swelling and a drop in blood pressure, should not receive the shot.

The committee reviewed six validated cases of capillary leak syndrome in people who received the the vaccine. They were mostly female and one person subsequently died.

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Ramaphosa to attend G7 Summit on Saturday
12 June 2021, 9:32 AM
Ramaphosa was invited to attend the gathering of the G7 group of rich nations by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
South Africa is one of a handful of invited guest nations. The 3-day summit officially kicked off on Friday.
So far, sessions have focused on global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Leaders are also expected to discuss global trade as well as climate change.
The President is accompanied by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor.

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