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LIVE: State Capture Inquiry, 11 March 2020 – PT2
11 March 2020, 3:11 PM

The State Capture Inquiry hears testimony from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Autopax, Tiro Holele. It is also expected to hear testimony from Prasa’s General Manager for Group Compliance, Jacob Rakgoathe.

Teachers Union issues stern warning to Mboweni
29 February 2020, 6:32 PM

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) says Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, must desist from cutting the public sector wage bill.

Sadtu secretary-general, Mungwena Maluleka, says the corrupt, not civil servants, should be liable for the current situation the public sector is facing.

Responding to recent statements by Mboweni suggesting that the public sector wage bill must be cut, Maluleka said civil servants had nothing to do with the current economic situation the country was facing.

She says those who have brought the country to the status quo must face the music.

“We are saying to the minister of finance must stop his political gimmicks and engage the workers. Therefore we are not convinced that the workers in the public service have got to sacrifice for corruption that has happened and the wastefulness that is happening in our government, the luxurious cars that they are driving and to Parliament.”

Video below:

Anger over wage bill cut proposal

Mboweni, this week during his budget speech, announced a proposal to cut the state’s wage bill by R160.2 billion over three years. To do this, Mboweni said the government will legislate a remuneration framework for public entities and SOE’s.

Speaking at a media briefing before his budget speech, the minister said the framework is expected to improve and align pay scales within the public service and contain excessive salaries.

The plan has sparked angry reaction from labour. Unions have threatened to embark on protests, saying the government wants to renege on the terms of a public sector wage deal struck in 2018. They say officials informed them on Tuesday that they could not afford to pay public servants wage increases that were meant to come into force in April 2020, for the final year of the three-year deal.

Economists have long argued that the government should take a tougher line with unions given the severe fiscal constraints.

Ratings agency Fitch says public sector wages account for around a third of consolidated government expenditure.

In the video below, Cosatu’s Spokesperson Sizwe Pamla says Mboweni’s proposal is an attack on workers…

Sadtu’s 30th anniversary  

The union launched its marathon 30th birthday celebrations in Kuruman in the Northern Cape on Saturday.

Established in October 1990, its aim is to eradicate discrimination in the education sector and create free education for all. 30 years on, the struggle for that and many other challenges still rage in schools. Like school killings.

Maluleka says there’s a need for stakeholders to work together to ensure the safety of learners and teachers at schools.  “We need to work together with the police, we need to work together with the communities and say enough is enough, how long do we continue to bury young who are killed in our schools, how long can we bury our teachers whose suppose is to build our nation and we are doing nothing.”

The union has also launched the national I AM SCHOOL FAN campaign, which aims to involve community members in efforts to stop violence in schools countrywide. Teachers have welcomed the initiative.

Sadtu will have provincial celebrations in all other eight provinces which will lead to a national event to be held in October in KwaZulu-Natal.

Proteas Women off to a flying T20 World Cup start against England
23 February 2020, 7:23 PM

The Proteas women cricket team got their T20 World Cup campaign off to a winning start with a 6 wicket victory over England in Perth. It’s a famous win and also their first against England in a major ICC tournament.

At the WACA in Perth, the Proteas women bowlers restricted England to 123 for 8 in their opening group B world cup match. South Africa’s batting line-up then went about chasing down the total. Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp put on 84 for the second wicket to lay a solid base.

Van Niekerk scored 46 off 51 while Kapp contributed 38 off 33 balls.

Disaster struck when the pair lost their wickets four balls apart. Kapp was caught and bowled by Sarah Glenn, and van Niekerk found Tammy Beaumont at point.

The big-hitting Chloe Tryon put in a cameo with 12 from 12, including a six and a four, before Du Preez, playing in her 100 T20 international, took the Proteas over the line with a massive six and a four to seal a six wicket win with 2 balls remainin – South Africa’s first T20 World Cup victory over England.

Du Preez says the team wants to do something special in this T20 World Cup campaign.

“It’s amazing. I’ve played in all seven World Cups and we’ve never come this close. So, for us to actually really stick up and we said we want to do something special this year and I think this is just the start of something really special. We are going to go all the way and bring the trophy home.”

Next up in group B for the Proteas is Thailand on Friday in Canberra.

Meanwhile, the Proteas men’s cricket team levelled the three match T20 series against Australia at 1-1, with a 12 run victory in Port Elizabeth. The series will be decided in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Looking to get back into the three match series after a disastrous 107 run loss at the Wanderers on Friday, Quentin de Kock spearheaded the fightback in Port Elizabeth, playing a captain’s innings, full of intent.

De Kock hit four sixes and five fours as he scored 70 runs off 47 balls. His partnership with Reeza Hendricks contributed 60 runs, and then for good measure he put on another 40 with Rassie van der Dussen as he proved he was one Protea that was not going to go down without a fight.

Van der Dussen was the other batsmen to put up a decent score with 37 off 26 and the Proteas posted 158 for four in their twenty overs, a score that would be hard to defend against the Australian batsmen.

Chasing the series win, Australia was methodical in their approach. When Steve Smith joined David Warner at the crease, the Proteas bowlers knew they were in trouble. The pair put on 50 runs for the second wicket, but almost immediately, Faf du Plessis took an incredible catch for a major breakthrough, with Smith departing, having scored 29 off 26 balls.

The drama kicked up a gear. Australia needed boundaries, South Africa needed wickets. Australia were getting the rub of the green until Lungi Ngidi found the leg stump of Alex Carey, gone for 14 off 10 balls.

The Proteas were putting on an exhibition in the field with Faf Du Plessis and David Miller combining to see the back of Mitchell Marsh. Matthew Wade met his fate at the hands of Kagiso Rabada, who found the leading edge. Australia was on 139 for 5.

Anrich Nortje was tasked with bowling the final over. He took the wicket of Ashton Agar to put the Aussies on the ropes. Australia finished on 146 for 6, with the Proteas winning by 12 runs to level the three match series at 1 match apiece.

The action moves to Cape Town on Wednesday.

WATCH | President Ramaphosa replies to SONA debate
20 February 2020, 2:13 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa is replying to questions posed by Members of Parliament after two days of debating his State Of the Nation Address in the National Assembly.

WATCH SONA reply below:

WATCH: SONA 2020 Debate
18 February 2020, 2:49 PM

Members of Parliament are debating this years’ State Of Nation Address delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday, 13 February 2020. Ramaphosa is expected to reply on Thursday, 20 February 2020.

Watch the debate on the link below:



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