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SACP seeks reform in Tripartite relations
10 December 2019, 7:09 PM

South African Communist Party (SACP) General Secretary Blade Nzimande has reiterated the party’s call for a change in the manner in which the tri-partite alliance operates.

He has told the SACP’s Special National Congress that the party must not hand the ANC a blank cheque ahead of the 2021 local government elections.

Nzimande has also cautioned against the fight against state capture and corruption becoming a pretext for government pushing forward with privatisation.

The party is meeting for a mid-term review of its policies following its July 2017 14th Congress.

In presenting his Political Report, Nzimande told the nearly 800 delegates attending the party’s Special National Congress, that while the SACP in principle should continue to provide electoral support for the ANC, they must hold the ruling party accountable for its conduct with regards to how a re-configured alliance should work.

Nzimande outlined the key challenges facing the country’s working class and the party’s efforts to advance a socialist agenda. Amongst these, he said was the push for privatisation of the country’s state-owned assets.

Nzimande cautioned that the effort by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government to cleanse the country of corruption may be used by some to re-establish a neo-liberal agenda for the country as was witnessed in the 1996 Growth, Employment and Redistribution strategy.

He says this policy framework is at the heart of many of the problems plaguing the country today.

“Even in the early 2000s, we were told that Eskom power stations must be maintained, must be renewed and that we must also build extra generation capacity. We did not do that because we wanted to privatise. So, today we are sitting now in the middle of load shedding. It does not come from the top there. It is our own failure that has led to this load shedding. You know, Comrade Jessie, today, you deployed me to be Minister of Higher Education. You know, why there was fees must fall, because we did not invest in infrastructure including student accommodation because of neo-liberal policies.”

Efforts to transform the country’s financial sector, a long-time programme of the SACP, should be intensified according to Nzimande.

He said workers must ensure that they have a say in how their resources are invested.

“This is why the PIC has been funding some of the shenanigans, because the working class has just allowed its own resources to be invested without itself making a say on how it must be invested. What is it that is driving the Johannesburg Stock Exchange? It’s your own insurance policies and your pension and provident funds. Look at Old Mutual. Now, there are these little fights, skirmishes. The working class is folding its arms watching and yet, it is your funds that make 12% of Old Mutual.”

Nzimande also said that the Congress should also discuss whether state-owned enterprises should not go back to their policy departments instead of being located within the Department of Public Enterprises.

To advance working-class power, he said that the SACP will engage with Cosatu to convene a meeting of all trade union federations in the country, regardless of political affiliation.

The Special Congress enters its third day on Wednesday.

Centurion floods claim one life
10 December 2019, 2:30 PM

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says the body of the person that was swept by floodwaters in Centurion south of Pretoria, has washed up. She added that another person has been electrocuted.

The Minister and Gauteng Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Lebogang Maile visited Mamelodi east of Pretoria earlier on Tuesday and addressed the media.

Over 900 displaced people have been accommodated in various community halls and churches as hundreds of shacks in the Eerste Fabrieke informal settlement were swept away.

Dlamini-Zuma says government will assist with blankets, healthcare, and try to relocate those who remain in flooded areas.

Meanwhile, the South African Weather Service has forecast more wet weather conditions, compounded by thunderstorms in some parts of Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Forecaster Mkhushulwa Msimanga says the rain is expected to subside on Thursday.

“ I must indicate that we’ve issued a severe thunderstorm warning over the central part of North West, going to the central and western part of the Free State during the course of this afternoon and evening. I must also indicate that the situation might start improving tomorrow where we are expecting only isolated thunderstorms in parts of Limpopo and Gauteng, Mpumalanga as well as KwaZulu-Natal but with scattered showers are possible mainly along the coast. But the situation will start improving from tomorrow.”

 

Orlando Pirates appoints new coach
10 December 2019, 2:00 PM

Soweto giants Orlando Pirates have appointment German Josef Zinnbauer as the club’s new head coach on a three-year deal.

He replaces Milutin Sredojevic who left the club to go to Egypt but has since been fired by Zamalek. Zinnbauer’s last stint as coach was at Swiss Super League side, FC St. Gallen between 2015 and 2017. Pirates chairperson Irvin Khoza said he has high hopes for the club’s new appointment after a disastrous start to the 2019/2020 ABSA Premiership season.

Rulani Mokwena will continue as interim coach until Zinnbauer’s work permit is granted.

Mokwena will then return to his position as assistant coach alongside Fadlu Davids.

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COGTA EC warns traditional leaders amidst initiate deaths
9 December 2019, 5:25 PM

Eastern Cape Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Xolile Nqata has warned that the continuing rise in the deaths of initiates in the province will force them to cut salaries of traditional authorities.

Nqata says traditional leaders are the custodians of the custom.

He visited initiation schools in the Chris Hani District, where seven of the 17 initiates who died in the province come from.

Nqatha says they will have no option but to take drastic measures. “We are going to get into a process to review the legislation as a provincial government so that there are consequences for traditional leaders, the custodians of the traditions and customs. We cannot find tragedies such as these we are facing in the province. There must be an impact in your salary because you must work for what you are earning. They cannot continue to be paid without that.”

Cape Town offers free vehicle inspection to motorists ahead of holidays
9 December 2019, 3:44 PM

The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service is offering free vehicle checks to motorists before they hit the road this holiday.

This includes the checking of tyres, brakes, lights and wipers.

The free service will be available at most vehicle testing centres daily until this Friday.

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith says: “Road safety isn’t about enforcement only, but also education and awareness. By offering the free vehicle safety checks, our staff are able to help motorists identify issues that they were not even aware of, so I encourage the public to make use of the opportunity. While the checks are offered with long distance trips in mind, anyone can take their vehicle in. I’d actually encourage that, even if you’re just spending time around Cape Town this festive season.”

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