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MAR
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Unions at the SABC say the retrenchment process at the public broadcaster has been flawed

Unions at the SABC say the retrenchment process at the public broadcaster has been flawed. The Section 189 process was meant to be completed at the end of February, but unions say that key positions in the coporation's new structure have not yet been advertised. The public broadcaster had indicated that it wants to cut just over 300 permanent jobs as part of its restructuring plans. Unions however claim that almost double that number will find themselves without jobs.
01
MAR
11pm

Prima facie evidence exists to institute removal proceedings against Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane

The independent review panel, appointed by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Thandi Modise, has found that prima facie evidence exists to institute removal proceedings against Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Chaired by Justice Bess Nkabinde, alongside Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza and Advocate Johan de Waal, the panel had to investigate whether there is proof of incompetence or misconduct by Mkhwebane. The DA brought a motion to Parliament for Mkhwebane's fitness to be tested, following several damning court findings against her.
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FEB
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Cosatu has vowed to convene a Special Central Executive Committee meeting soon to review its support for the ANC

Cosatu has vowed to convene a Special Central Executive Committee meeting soon to review its support for the ANC in the forthcoming local government elections. The labour federation says it will also have a bilateral meeting with the SACP with a possibility of supporting the party in future elections should its planned meeting resolve to withdraw support for the ANC. This is part of the resolution taken at the end of its three-day meeting held earlier this week.
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Ramaphosa has called on private sector corporates to help government in growing and developing small business

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on private sector corporates to help government in growing and developing small-to-medium and micro-enterprises or SMMEs in South Africa through capital support, skills development and access to markets. Ramaphosa was addressing entrepreneurs and cooperatives during an SMME focused webinar hosted by the Department of Small Business Development this afternoon. Ramaphosa encouraged SMMEs to take advantage of the Africa Free Trade Agreement to access new markets on the continent.
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FEB
11pm

Mpumalanga Premier fires four members of her Executive

Mpumalanga Premier, Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane has made four changes to her cabinet. The new members are Nkangala ANC chairperson, Speed Mashilo, responsible for Human Settlement. Former Deputy Speaker of the Legislature, Vusi Mkhatshwa is now MEC for Finanace, Economic Development and Tourism, while ex-Speaker Busi Shiba presides over Co-operatives Governance and Traditional Affairs. Mohita Latchminarain is MEC for Public Works, Roads and Transport.
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FEB
11pm

Mboweni should rather focus on keeping spending low in order to make fiscal room to fund an effective vaccination

Economists say Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is unlikely to increase taxes in order to finance the country's vaccine rollout programme. Their comments come as Mboweni is expected to table the 2021 Budget THIS AFTERNOON. Experts say Mboweni should rather focus on keeping spending low in order to make fiscal room to fund an effective vaccination programme. Other experts say the minister should lean more on the private sector for support.
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FEB
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Opposition parties have expressed doubt over the ability of government to address the country's economic crisis

Opposition parties have expressed doubt over the ability of government to address the country's economic crisis. This comes as Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is set to table his much-anticipated Budget Speech TODAY (24 February). Mboweni's 2020/21 budget will be the toughest ever presented to Parliament - as the country is still reeling from the prolonged COVID-19 lockdown which has caused an economic bloodbath - with many businesses shutting down or shedding jobs.
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FEB
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May 17th the start of the corruption trial of former President Jacob Zuma

The Pietermaritzburg High Court has set May 17th as the start of the corruption trial of former President Jacob Zuma and the French arms company Thales*. Zuma and Thales are facing corruption, racketeering and money laundering charges linked to South Africa's multi-billion rand arms deal in 1999. By agreement with the state, Zuma and the Thales representatives were not present in court when Judge Nkosinathi Chili certified the case trial-ready.
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FEB
11pm

The pass rate for the Class of 2020 is 76.2%

The pass rate for the Class of 2020 is 76.2%. Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, says although the national pass rate dropped below 80%, with a drop of 5%, it is much better than she expected. She announced the pass rate in Pretoria.

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