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Matjhabeng and Lekwa municipalities on the spotlight

SALGA in Mpumalanga is calling for the dissolution of the Lekwa Municipality. The municipality has seen a spate of protests action by residents and also the workers of the municipality. The workers were calling for the removal of the municipal manager while workers are concerned about lack of service delivery. We spoke to Muzi Chirwa, SALGA provincial spokesperson in Mpumalanga…

Meanwhile The handing over of land by Free State Matjhabeng municipality to Eskom has left many unanswered questions about how much land government really owns. This follows Eskom's announcement, earlier this week, that the municipality (which includes Welkom) had "agreed to hand over … 139 farms" as security for its R3.4 billion debt. Eskom values the farms at R2,5 billion, or R18 million each on average. We spoke to Betrus Maritz, Legal Adviser to Matjhabeng Municipality..
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SAA's creditors meet to discuss liquidation

SAA's creditors are meeting today to possibly discuss liquidation, should government fail to provide the airlines business rescue practitioners with the necessary confirmation. Government has until today to indicate if it's managed to secure the required funds to save South African Airways from possible liquidation.We spoke to our reporter Amina Accram. We also spoke to our reporter, Mbali Mthethwa
about The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) and South African Airways (SAA) staff picketing outside Airways Park to demand funding for SAA today.
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EC Health MEC faces the Special Tribunal today over controversial scooter project

Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba is answering questions before the Special Tribunal today. This follows allegations of financial irregularities involving her department's controversial R10 million scooter project. The Special Investigative Unit (SIU) alleges that the contract was "awarded in an unusual and unexplained haste". We spoke to Adv. Selby Makgotho- Spokesperson for the Special Tribunal.
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SA Express staff make daring bid to buy the airline to save their jobs

SA Express employees are bidding to buy the state-owned airline in an attempt to save jobs and to prevent the carrier's final liquidation. A bid for the airline's assets would be backed by private investors and Fly SAX, with the employees as the owner. Last week the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria granted an extension for SA Express's final liquidation to the 28th of October. Fly SAX Spokesperson, Thabsile Sikhakhane says employees who have not been paid salaries since February want total ownership of the airline. She spoke to us.
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Former Prasa security guards are demanding their jobs back

Former Prasa security guards are demanding their jobs back. This follows the appointment & insourcing of 3 100 PRASA security personnel as part of the plan. A protest ensued just before the launch of the Ministerial Security Plan started by Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula. Angry security guards say PRASA needs to respect the court order which says service providers must go back work. We spoke to Andries Potsane, national organizer of the South African Cleaners, Security and Allied Workers Union (SACSAWU).
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Eskom submits supplementary tariff application to Nersa

Eskom has submitted a R5.4 billion supplementary tariff application to energy regulator Nersa, and for the first time it has also included interest – to the tune of R1.3 billion – in the application.
This is over and above the R27 billion application Eskom made for its Regulatory Clearing Account. Eskom won a court case against Nersa after the regulator unlawfully and irrationally truncated Eskom's application to R13 billion We spoke to Hasha Tlhotlhalemaje, General Manager of Regulations at Eskom.
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Health Department responds to undertaker's national strike

The Health Department says it will take legal action against funeral undertakers who contravene the law as undertakers started a three-day strike action yesterday. Government mortuaries are starting to take strain as the strike gains momentum. Undertakers are currently protesting over their working conditions and remuneration. They are also demanding the out-sourcing of mortuary facilities. The strike has affected the movement of dead bodies between homes, hospitals and mortuaries nationwide. We spoke to Murdock Ramathuba, National Director responsible for Environmental Health at the Department of Health.
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Funeral Undertakers down tools nationally

More than 3000 funeral industry employees are on strike, saying all members of 17 black funeral associations and forums are non-operational in all provinces from today. This after they and the National Health Department failed to reach an agreement on the outsourcing of mortuary facilities owned by black funeral undertakers to be recognized and legalized amid the Covid-19 lockdown. We crossed live to our reporters is various provinces.
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Who is behind the stealing and destruction of our railway network and how do they operate?

Economists and transport experts warn that cable theft and vandalism of Metrorail's commuter rail network is economic sabotage. Stations are bricked up, hacked-off cables dangle over the lines, and the tracks are just open land for people 's makeshift homes. Just seven of Metrorail's 34 commuter lines are currently operating countrywide with only reduced services. As The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) grapples with the results of large-scale looting by cable thieves, we look at the criminal activity behind this destruction and what the modus operadi of these thieves is. We spoke to anti-crime campaigner, Yusuf Abramjee.
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Economist lambasted Stats SA for using unrealistic method to portray GDP data for the second quarter

The current decline of Growth Domestic Product (GDP) is at 17.1% instead of the 51% proclaimed by Stats SA. That's according to an economist, Dr. Roelof Botha, who is an economic advisor at Optimum Investment Group. Botha has lambasted Stats SA and says the figure given by Stats SA is woefully misleading, and is not reflective of the state of the economy at all. He spokes to us.
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Tribute to Human Rights Lawyer,Adv. George Bizos

Tributes continue to pour in for Human Rights Lawyer Advocate George Bizos who passed on yesterday. George Bizos, died at the age of 92 in Johannesburg. From a teenager forced to flee war in Greece, Bizos became a South African lawyer of international standing. Let me take you down memory lane when I hosted him on the 16th of March 2018 on the Forum at 8 .
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Worldwide launch: Economic Freedom of the World: 2020 Annual Report

South Africa is now ranking 90th out of 162 in the Economic Freedom of the World annual report of 2020. An improvement from previous years. In 2000 South Africa ranked 58th. Free Market Foundation has just released the report. Leon Louw, CEO, Free Market Foundation says South Africa can achieve more economic freedom if it wants to and is serious about it....he spoke to us.

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