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WATCH | SAA addresses union claims on flight safety
17 November 2019, 5:55 PM

South African Airways (SAA) addresses members of the media  on allegations by unions that it is unsafe to fly the airline.

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Legal counsel cautions on Section 25 amendment
13 November 2019, 6:24 PM

Parliament’s Senior Legal Adviser Charmaine Van Der Merwe has cautioned against taking away the powers of the court when it comes to expropriation of land without compensation.

Van Der Merwe presented the various proposals that were made by different stakeholders during last week’s constitutional dialogue with the Ad Hoc Committee to amend Section 25 of the Constitution.

During the talks, Cosatu said the courts should not be given the function to determine how much compensation should be granted when land is expropriated.

It wants that function to rest with the Office of the Valuer General.

Van Der Merwe, advising the Ad Hoc Committee, says, “The one thing that we must just be cautious about – and I did not get the impression from the persons who proposed this that they had in mind to totally oust the powers of the court – that is just the one thing that we must have in mind. We cannot oust the powers of the court to review or to consider on appeal. So, we can provide for a first body of instance as long as it can go to the courts. But other than that there is not something really that we can say in law about this. In the end, it is a policy decision whether it should be included or not.”

Buffalo City evicts illegal occupiers of RDP houses
13 November 2019, 3:44 PM

The Buffalo City Municipality in the Eastern Cape is evicting people who illegally occupied RDP houses at Fynbos in East London.

They began the evictions on Monday and the process is expected to be concluded on Wednesday.

In June, the municipality tried to evict occupants but it was unsuccessful as people moved in overnight.

Buffalo City Municipality spokesperson, Samkelo Ngwenya says this time they will make sure that the evictions are concluded.

“This time around we are with law enforcement agencies and we are also putting in the due beneficiaries onto the houses as soon as we evict those that have been occupying the houses illegally. We’ve provided trucks for those that are being evicted so that we can store their furniture.  We know that the issue of housing is a very sensitive issue however we cannot tolerate the issue of illegal invasion of homes.”

Minister of State Security Ayanda Dlodlo
Dlodlo highlights challenges to her authority at SSA
11 November 2019, 1:17 PM

Minister of State Security Ayanda Dlodlo has spoken out on the fierce opposition she is getting within the State Security Agency (SSA) in her efforts to bring change in the running of the organisation.

According to a report in Sunday newspaper, people have made up claims that she was planning to assassinate certain people.

The Minister says there are seven Deputy-Directors general who are earning salaries, but not doing the work that people in that position should be doing.

Dlodlo says she is facing lies, gossip, and challenges to her authority in trying to restructure the SSA.

“When people resist leaving positions of acting, positions that they’re not entitled to, for me it raises red flags. I am inundated with messages and calls from members in the organisations who are saying when are you implementing what you had committed yourself to implement? What will they think of me as a Minister if I cannot be firm on stances and decisions that are taken in the organisation?” says Dlodlo.

Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa says Free Trade agreement is a game-changer
11 November 2019, 1:05 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa, speaking at the second Africa Investment Forum in Sandton, called on investors to invest on the African continent

Ramaphosa says the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AFTCA) will be a game changer for investment and business opportunities in the next 10 years for Africa.

The President says the agreement, which has been signed by 44 African countries, will in the next 15 years increase intra-Africa trade by more than 20 percent.

He said when fully running, it will create a tariff free continent and will help in job creation.

“Consumers will benefit from the removal of trade barriers, business costs will be removed but by far the most significant potential of the AFTCA will be to increase the value of intra-Africa trade which by some estimates in to increase between 15 to 20 percent by the year 2040 by doing so the free trade area will create greater reliance.”

 

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