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11
OCT
7am

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed is awarded the The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize

The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed. He is the 100th winner of the prize - which was awarded for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation. Ethiopia reached a peace deal with Eritrea last year, ending a 20-year military stalemate following their 1998-2000 border war. A total of 301 candidates had been nominated for the prestigious award. We speak to our Foreign Editor Sophie Mokoena
11
OCT
7am

Dr Iqbal Survé: I have been put under severe pressure by Pravin Gordhan over past few months

Chairperson of Sekunjalo Investment Holdings, Dr Iqbal Survé says the recent raids at his offices are aimed at intimidating him and discrediting his companies, because certain politicians say he cannot “control” his journalists. Dr Iqbal Survé says there is nothing untoward in the business of Sekunjalo Investment Holdings and the raid was uncalled for. He says he has been put under enormous pressure by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan over the past few months. Dr Survé says Gordhan confronted him on 2 occasions regarding Independent Media journalists "not towing the line. " We also spoke to Gordhan's Attorney, Tebogo Malatji
10
OCT
8am

Constitutional rules that Stellenbosch University's language is constitutionally justifiable

The Constitutional Court has ruled that Stellenbosch University's language policy which stipulates using English and Afrikaans inter-changeably as mediums of instruction is constitutionally justifiable. The former Afrikaans university says the aim of its language policy is to ensure equal access, multilingualism and integration. Pressure group, Gelyke Kanse (Equal Opportunities) is opposed to the policy. Take a listen to Justice Johan Froneman reading out the judgment
09
OCT
8am

SAA believes it had been infiltrated by an international crime syndicate which looted millions of rands

South African Airways (SAA) says it believes that it had in the past been infiltrated by an international crime syndicate which looted hundreds of millions of rands through corrupt tenders in the procurement of aircraft parts. SAA says some of this dates as far back as 2015/ 2016 . The airline says it has launched an investigation to look into whether it had been supplied with dodgy parts that failed to meet industry standards. We spoke to Aviation Expert and SA Flyer Magazine Managing Editor Guy Leitch.
We also spoke to Numsa's National Spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi- Majola regarding SAA managing to interdict the planned strike by Air Chefs staff members. The court says NUMSA may return at the end of November to argue why the interim order should not be made permanent. Air Chefs employees are not happy because the anniversary bonus was unilaterally withdrawn by management.
02
OCT
7am

Drought threatens businesses in PE

Business owners in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality say they may have to shut their doors as a result of the persistent drought. Companies in the metro say they would be forced to shed thousands jobs leaving breadwinners without their sources of income. The municipality is experiencing a devastating drought as five of its dams run critically low. The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber has accused the municipality of failing to implement water saving measures or bring in additional water supply to communities. We spoke to Business Chamber CEO, Nomkhita Mona
01
OCT
7am

Investigation into the final Fellowship of the College of Surgeons exam to be launched

An investigation looking into whether there was nothing irregular in the final Fellowship of the College of Surgeons (FCS) exam will be launched. This comes after only fifteen of the 46 candidates from eight universities who sat for the FCS exams passed. Candidates from Wits University, University of Cape Town (UCT), University of Pretoria, Walter Sisulu University and University of the Free State who sat for the Fellowship of the College of Surgeons (FCS) exam results a week ago failed. We spoke to the President of Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA), Dr Flavia Senkubuge and Vice-Chairperson of South African Registrars' Association (SARA), Dr Lucky Kambule
27
SEP
8am

Basic Education Department considers introducing a General Education Certificate

During an address at the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU)'s elective conference, the minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga announced that the department is looking into introducing a General Education Certificate (GCE). Motshekga says the planned introduction of the GCE forms part of the initiative to deal with the quality and efficiency through the implementation of standardized assessments. We speak to Spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education, Elijah Mhlanga and Dean of Faculty of Humanities for the Central University of Technology, Free State , Professor Nosisi Nellie Feza
26
SEP
8am

Banking sector strike called off

The Labour Court in Johannesburg has interdicted South African Society of Banking Officials (SASBO) 's planned nationwide protest. Judge Hilary Rabkin-Naicker says the unions failed to comply with section 77 of the Labour Relations Act. She says that COSATU and its affiliate SASBO should not entice workers to participate in the strike as it is deemed unlawful. The matter comes after Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) applied for an urgent interdict to stop the protest action by COSATU and SASBO. BUSA argued that the period between the notice to the National Economic Development Labour Council and the protest action did not satisfy the requirements of a protected action. SASBO's Deputy General Secretary Ben Venter says they are very disappointed at the ruling and they will review the full judgement and consider their legal options going forward.
26
SEP
8am

Chinese nationals bust with SA driver's licence and ID

Operation #OkaeMolao by Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) stopped Chinese nationals who they suspect are in the country illegally. While being interrogated on the spot they confirmed to have paid R5000 for the documents they had in their possession. Operation Okae Molao has uncovered corruption at some testing stations around the city of Joburg. Here is an audio recorded at one of the road blocks....
18
SEP
8am

Constitutional Court rules that the President does not have to provide reasons/ records on minister appointments

The Constitutional Court has ruled that the President does not have to provide reasons nor a record of his decision to hire and fire ministers. In a judgement today the court found that rule 53 that regulates the review of applications before the courts does not apply to the president. The matter had been brought to the High Court by the DA after the dismissal of then Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in March 2017 by President Jacob Zuma. The apex court also declared the matter moot as there was a new president and a new cabinet. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng delivered the judgement...
We also spoke to our Senior Political Reporter, Busi Chimombe and Democratic Alliance Federal Executive Chairperson, James Selfe.
18
SEP
7am

Constitution Court ruling on disciplining children

The Constitution court has ruled that the common law defense of reasonable & moderate parental chastisement of children is unconstitutional. This comes after a man convicted for assaulting his 13-year-old son argued in his defence before court that he administered moderate and reasonable chastisement under common law. The case was brought before the apex court by Freedom For Religion South Africa. Here is Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng reading the judgement...
We also spoke to Freedom For Religion South Africa legal advisor Daniela Ellerbeck
29
AUG
7am

Catzavelos apologises and agrees to R150 000 fine + Community Service

Businessman Adam Catzavelos has agreed to pay a 150-thousand rand fine and issue a public apology over his racial outbursts in August last year. He has reached a settlement agreement with the Human Rights Commission in the Equality court sitting in the Randburg Magistrates court north of Johannesburg. The Human Rights Commission brought the application after a self-recorded video of Catzavelos emerged in which he allegedly utters the K-word while on holiday in Greece in August last year. Here is what came out of court a few minutes ago. Catzavelos also publicly apologised during the court proceedings.

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