Midday Live

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Breaking news of the day.
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The area of Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape continues with its shutdown today as businesses including banks, shops and some government offices remain closed. Residents looted shops belonging to foreign nationals yesterday during a standoff with police which left two people injured and two suspects arrested. The Sterkspruit Civic Association is demanding water and a proper health system among other things. The chairperson of the Sterkspruit Civic Association Mncebisi Mkotjho gave us an update on the situation.
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The debate over whether to decriminalise sex work continues to rage on. The South African National Aids Council (SANAC) has brought together stakeholders to discuss the matter in the context of public health. The discussion took place this morning in Rosebank, Johannesburg and included representatives from government and other interested NGO's. We spoke to SANAC Acting CEO Dr. Constance Kganakga.
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Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says the EFF has done very well as a new political party even though many people wrote it off. Mathekga's comments comes as the party celebrates the fourth anniversary since its formation today. This will be followed by a party in KwaZulu Natal this weekend, a province which EFF leader Julius Malema says they have to make headway. Malema has emphasised once again that the constitution has to change if black people are to get their land back. The land issue is the at the core of what the party calls non-negotiable pillars. Malema established the party after his explusion from the ANC in 2012 over a statement he made over the land issue and for calling for regime change in Botswana. Mathekga has been more success than other parties that broke away from the ANC.
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JUL
Lawyers for Human Rights have slammed Joburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba for saying foreigners are not the responsibility of the city but rather of national government. Mashaba said he will only provide accommodation for South Africans, adding that it is national government's responsibility to address the issue of foreigners in the country. Stephen Kirker speaks to the Constitutional Expert Professor Pierre de Vos
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JUL
National Union of Mineworkers to challenge the retrenchment of more than 2500 people at Bokoni Platinum Mine in Limpopo. The company is citing profit losses for the decision. This will increase the number of people losing their jobs in the mining sector. Stephen Kirker speaks to The National Union of Mineworkers Limpopo Secretary Phillip Mankge.
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More than two and a half thousand people are set to lose their jobs at Bokoni Platinum Mine in Limpopo, when the mine temporarily goes on a maintenance break in two months time. The company is citing profit losses for the decision. This will increase the number of people losing their jobs in the mining sector. Last month mining company AngloGold Ashanti announced that it was considering laying off eight thousand workers. The National Union of Mineworkers says it is concerning that so many people will lose their jobs. Stephen Kirker speaks to Joel Kesler, spokesperson for Bokoni Platinum Mine.
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JUL
The late government communicator who was also an anti-apartheid activist Ronnie Mamoepa, has been praised for his contribution to the liberation of South Africa. Mamoepa died over the weekend at Unitas hospital in Pretoria after suffering a stroke last month. Mamoepa, an ANC member was imprisoned on the notorious Robben Island by the apartheid government, on terrorism charges. He was only eighteen years old at the time. He was part of the group known as the "Atteridgeville Nine". Dan Montsitsi who inducted new prisoners on Robben Island says Mamoepa persevered throughout all the hardships of prison life.
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JUL
A United States‚ Manhattan District Court has ordered an 81-year-old Cape Town businessman Arnold Bengis to cough up $37-million (about R483-million) for illegally fishing in South African waters. The Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries appeared before the Court to argue and convince the Court to order forfeiture of proceeds that he acquired as a result of poaching West Coast Rock Lobster from the South African ocean and illegally exporting that rock lobster to the US in violation of both U.S. and South African law. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan also sentenced him on Wednesday to more than four years' imprisonment. Acting Chief Director for Monitoring Control & Surveillance at the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, Thembalethu Vico says they had to pursue this matter until the end in order to send out a strong message.
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The International Monetary Fund IMF has forecast global economic growth of 3.5 percent this year and 3.6 percent for the year 2018. The IMF says the world economy is making steady progress as it recovers from the financial crisis which happened under a year ago. It has raised its predicted growth for many Euro-zone countries but lowered it for the US. The IMF's forecast for South Africa remains bleak at 1 to 1.2 per cent, despite a slight uptick. Chief Economist at Pan African Capital Holdings, Dr Iraj Abedian gave us his perspective on the issue.
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The South African Reserve Bank has launched the Monetary Policy Committee Schools Challenge in Pretoria. Learners will be given an opportunity to become central bank governors for a few months setting policy and analysing markets. The programme aims to empower learners who study economics and maths at schools. It was first tested in Gauteng and will now be rolled out countrywide. Our reporter Maluti Obuseng was at the launch.
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The South African Reserve Bank has launched the Monetary Policy Committee Schools Challenge in Pretoria. Learners will be given an opportunity to become central bank governors for a few months setting policy and analysing markets. This programme is targeting learners who are studying Mathematics and Economics. It was first tested in Gauteng but will now be opened to schools nationwide. Our reporter Maluti Obuseng was at the launch.