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Poll shows decrease in support for ANC: Ipsos
7 September 2021, 12:17 PM

Market research firm, Ipsos, says a recent political opinion poll has shown a possible decrease in support for the African National Congress in the upcoming Local Government Elections.

The opinion poll revealed that 49-percent of people chose the ANC, 17.9 percent went with the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters received 14.5 percent.

In the 2019 national election, the ANC received 57.5 percent of the vote, the DA 20.8 percent and the EFF 10.8.

Ipsos Director Mari Harris says people were picked at random to participate in the survey.

“It was done via computer-assisted telephone interviewing. We phone from our centre, but we programmed the computer to randomly select phone numbers in the country but a person does the interview. We did 1501 interviews in 5 days – from the 16 to 20 August – and theoretically, everybody in the country had a chance to be selected, everybody with a mobile phone that is.”

‘ANC will be more divided going into the local government elections’ – Analyst

Political analyst Prince Mashile says the ANC will be more divided going into the local government elections.

He says the party’s brand has been damaged and people will be reluctant to vote for them.

Mashile says after the ANC’s NEC Lekgotla, President Cyril Ramaphosa made a promise that the governing party is looking at expanding and extending the Social Relief of Distress grant to cushion the poor and unemployed from the devastation caused by COVID-19.

Bonginkosi Khanyile granted bail of R5 000
7 September 2021, 12:11 PM

Fees Must Fall activist, Bonginkosi Khanyile, has been granted bail of R5 000 by the Durban Magistrate’s Court.

Khanyile is charged with inciting public violence, holding an illegal gathering and not wearing a face mask while in public.

All charges relate to the recent unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. The case has been postponed to September 23.

Magistrate Vincent Hlatshwayo handed down judgment on Tuesday.

“Bail is granted in the amount of R5000. The conditions attached are once bail has been paid the applicant will be released but he must attend this matter until it is finalised. He must report to Hillbrow Police Station twice a week. A further condition is that he has to suspend and or not use his Twitter account for the duration of this matter. The accused is warned that should he breach any of these conditions, the State has the right to bring his application to have his bail cancelled and that he be kept in prison until the matter is finalised.”

Bonginkosi Khanyile granted R5 000 bail

The widespread violence and looting claimed over 350 lives in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

At the last appearance, the court was shown videos showing Khanyile addressing people saying they should support former President Jacob Zuma who had been arrested in an undemocratic manner.

It is believed that the footage was posted on social media during the unrest.

El Salvador becomes the first country to use Bitcoin as currency
7 September 2021, 11:02 AM

El Salvador has become the first country in the world to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender.

The plan, spearheaded by President Nayib Bukele is aimed at allowing Salvadorans to save on 400 million dollars spent annually in commissions for remittances, mostly sent from the United States.

Polls show that Salvadorans have voiced cautious optimism over using bitcoin with some wary of the volatility of the cryptocurrency.

In the run-up to the launch, the government has been installing ATMs of its Chivo digital wallet that will allow the cryptocurrency to be converted into dollars and withdrawn without commission.

Bukele has defended the legislation.

“Millions who send and receive remittances know that high costs have to be paid to send them. This will benefit those who send remittances as well as those who receive them. Millions of people will benefit from not paying these prices but also because they will receive them immediately without any minimum.”

 

IEC’s decision to emend election timetable gives ANC a lifeline: Analyst
7 September 2021, 10:00 AM

Political Analyst Professor Susan Booysen has described the move by the Electoral Commission of South Africa to amend the election timetable, allowing parties to register candidates ahead of the Local Government Elections next month as a critical lifeline for the African National Congress.

The ruling party missed the August deadline.

The IEC made the announcement in Johannesburg on Monday after the Constitutional Court rejected its bid to postpone elections to February next year.

While the move has raised questions among some political parties around the integrity of the elections, Professor Booysen has called into question the Constitutional Court’s ruling.

“It is most definitely the biggest lifeline the ANC has received in a very long time because, without it, the ANC stands a chance of losing its majority in quite a few municipalities, in other cases would have heard they negotiate their way into power through new coalitions. It might not have lost across the board, but in quite a number of significant places. Non-nomination of candidates or PR candidates has really left a dent in the ANC support.”

Local Government Elections registration weekend scheduled for September 18 and 19: IEC

The IEC says a registration weekend for the Local Government Elections is scheduled for September 18 and 19.

Eligible citizens will be able to register or update their details ahead of the Local Government Elections.

Voting stations will open from 8am until 5pm to allow for registration.

The date of the election will then be announced on September 20. The IEC says it has communicated its preference of November 1 to government.

Video: The Independent Electoral Commission announces the LGE 2021 electoral programme

The Democratic Alliance says it will take legal action against the Electoral Commission of South Africa’s decision to reopen the candidate registration process for political parties ahead of the Local Government Elections.

The IEC on Monday briefed the media in Johannesburg on candidate nominations after the Constitutional Court dismissed its application to have the municipal elections postponed until next year.

Last month, the ANC missed the deadline to register some of its candidates. The party then approached the Electoral Court asking for an extension of the deadline but later withdrew that application.

DA Federal Council Chairperson Helen Zille says they do not believe the elections are free and fair.

“The latest developments actually underscore that my suspicions and my speculations were right from the start. They were entirely correct. The ANC withdrew its appeal to the Electoral Court because they had another plan. We certainly don’t believe that the elections are free and fair if there’s one rule for every other party but the ANC and if the IEC or anybody else bends the rules to fit the ANC’s circumstances, that is not our definition of free and fair.”

DA, PAC react to IEC announcement on Local Government Elections timetable:

Vaccinations numbers increase in City of Tshwane
7 September 2021, 7:02 AM

The City of Tshwane says there’s been a steady increase in the number of people receiving COVID-19 vaccine in the city.

Around 612 000 people have been vaccinated in the capital with almost 425 000 fully inoculated.

Tshwane spokesperson Selby Bokaba says in the week leading up to the third of September, more than 19 000 people aged between 30 and 39 received a jab, with the 20 to 29 age group following closely behind with more than 15 000.

The age category 60 and above remain the most vaccinated. Bokaba says the city has increased the number of vaccination sites to ensure that residents have easy access.

“The City has added two more vaccination sites to its current list bringing the total number to 45. The two sites, Ramotse Civic Hall in Hammanskraal and Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (formerly MEDUNSA) in Ga-Rankuwa, will be operating on weekdays from Monday to Friday.”

Vaccine hesitancy stems from lack of information: Psychologist

Psychologists say vaccine hesitancy stems from several factors including a lack of information.

According to the Health Department, more than 5 million people in South Africa have been fully vaccinated so far.

Psychologist Lerato Motsalane-Wana says more needs to be done to address vaccine hesitancy in the country.

“I am of the opinion that people’s reluctance or hesitancy to vaccinate is actually valid when viewed from their perspective or context. When you got no knowledge of vaccination, it’s going to sound like a crazy idea. The hesitancy or reluctance may not only stem from limited information but also from an understanding of that information. Once we have that information, do we trust the person who is giving it to us? Do we trust the actual information?”

Vaccine hesitancy is one of the global health threats: WHO

Psychologists say vaccine hesitancy stems from several factors including a lack of information as well as group thinking influence. The World Health Organization (WHO) says vaccine hesitancy is one of the global health threats.

Psychologists say more needs to be done to address vaccine hesitancy in the country.

South Africa launched its vaccination programme in February this year. The aim was to vaccinate 70% of the population, or 28 million people, by end of the year. To do this, 250 000 jabs a day would need to be administered.

However, since the end of last month, only 200 000 people a day were vaccinated as vaccine apathy began to set in.

“I’m not willing to vaccinate because I’m not sure if this thing is going to work. At first, they said you only have to vaccinate yourself once, after that they came with other stories that you have to vaccinate twice,” are some of the reasons cited.

“My parents at home are scared to vaccinate because of fake news they heard from people that you tend to get side effects or die after getting a jab. My plea to government is to go to our parents and teach them about vaccination, instead of just telling them to get vaccinated,” said another person.

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