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29
JUL
7am

Duma Gqubule reacts to IMF's R70 billion Covid 19 emergency loan

SAfm — Various organisations, political parties and economist say the government has made a massive mistake by seeking the R70 billion Covid-19 emergency funding from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) . The IMF board yesterday approved the R70 billion support package to help the country weather the economic storm brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.The loan comes with an interest rate of around 1% and much less stringent condition than the IMF usually attaches to its financing, But Duma Gqubule,Economist and founding director at the Centre for Economic Development, says it is huge mistake.
29
JUL
3am

IMF Grants $4.3 Billion Coronavirus Loan to South Africa- Is this a step in the right direction?

SAfm — Various organisations, political parties and economists say the government has made a massive mistake by seeking the R70 billion Covid-19 emergency funding from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) . The IMF board yesterday approved the R70 billion support package to help the country weather the economic storm brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.The loan comes with an interest rate of around 1% and much less stringent condition than the IMF usually attaches to its financing, But the EFF is convinced that this is a huge mistake... we spoke to EFF's Head of presidency- Sinawo Tambo and Economist and founding director at the Centre for Economic Development Duma Gqubule.
23
JUL
7am

KZN Education MEC releases forensic report into school sanitary pads corruption

SAfm — KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC, Kwazi Mshengu, says officials - implicated in corrupt activities over a surplus supply of sanitary towels at schools - have been suspended. Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, ordered the forensic investigation in 2018 after two teacher unions raised red flags that over 100-million rand was spent on the supply of sanitary towels. Mshengu was providing a report of the provincial forensic investigation - during a media briefing in Durban. Mshengu also says that he doesn't understand why the sanitary pads were procured for grade 4s as well. According to him, grade 4 learners dont need sanitary towels.
22
JUL
7am

Tributes pour in for struggle stalwart and the last surviving Rivonia Trialist Andrew Mlangeni

SAfm — Tribute continue to pour in for Struggle stalwart and the last surviving Rivonia Trialist Andrew Mlangeni. This after the struggle veteran passed away overnight at the age of 95. He was admitted to 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria last night following an abdominal complaint. Mlangeni was the last surviving Rivonia Trialist - who spent more than 20 years on Robben Island after his conviction at the Treason Trial in 1964. As we remember Mlangeni, our reporter Zinziswa Mani, takes a look at his journey.
22
JUL
7am

Professor Salim Abdool Karim shares his views on the rising number of covid-19 infections in South Africa

SAfm — The World Health Organisation has warned that the high number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa must be taken seriously. WHO's Emergencies Chief, Dr Mike Ryan earlier this week said he is very concerned that there is an acceleration covid-19 in South Africa, he says until recently, South Africa had remained relatively unscathed by the pandemic compared to the rising numbers seen in other parts of the world.Chairperson of the COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee,Professor Salim Abdool Karim shares his views on the rising number of infections in South Africa
17
JUL
7am

Government considering universal basic income grant for unemployed South Africans

SAfm — The Department of Social Development is discussing a possibility of a universal basic income grant for South Africa's poor. Speaking during a government social cluster briefing on Monday, Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu, says the Covid-19 pandemic, had spurred discussions on how the poor will continue accessing support once the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant is discontinued. The grant will cover people between the ages of 18-59 and who are falling in-between the cracks. We spoke to the Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu.
17
JUL
7am

DA files urgent court bid to interdict ‘unlawful’ SAA bailout

SAfm — The Democratic Alliance has filed an urgent application to interdict Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's authorization of funds for South African Airways' (SAA) restructure using his emergency powers under Section 16 of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA). This comes after the Department of Public Enterprises confirmed that the government had met the business rescue practitioner's July 15 deadline to provide a letter committing to "support and source funding" for the airline's restructuring needs. The DA's Shadow Minister of Finance, Geordin Hill-Lewis has asked the court for an interim interdict to stop the minister's emergency authorization to use public funds to fully or partly fund the rescue plan pending a review of the decision...he spoke to us.
16
JUL
7am

COSAS shuts down schools in Mpumalanga and Polokwane

SAfm — Students' organisation COSAS in Mpumalanga will today embark on a process to shut down all public schools in the province. This as teachers' unions intensify their call for schools to close down in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The Congress of South African Students in Limpopo says it also plans to shut down schools at Seshego outside Polokwane on today. COSAS says it is not satisfied with interventions by the Department of Education in the province at schools. We spoke to our reporters is Mpumalanga and Polokwane, Motsebi Monareng and Katlego Nyoni, respectively.
16
JUL
7am

Human Rights Commission supports opening of schools

SAfm — The Human Rights Commission has come out in support of South African schools staying open and more children returning, saying it supports findings from Unicef that more damage is done to children by not returning. The commission says it had become aware of studies that showed children were suffering more while at home, having lost between 20% and 50% of their scheduled schooling since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. We spoke to Commissioner Andre Gaum, of the South Africa Human Rights Commission.
16
JUL
7am

COSATU to submit Section 77 application at Nedlac following the decision by President Cyril Ramaphosa to allow the taxi

SAfm — The Congress of South African Trade Unions says it intends to submit a Section 77 application at Nedlac following the decision by President Cyril Ramaphosa to allow the taxi operators to fill their taxis to full capacity. The Federation is pursuing the Section 77 of the Labour Relations Act which covers a viable protest action to promote or defend socio-economic interests of workers. We spoke to Cosatu's National Spokesperson Sizwe Pamla.
16
JUL
7am

Public Enterprises welcomes commitment to source funding and support new SAA

SAfm — The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has welcomed the commitment by National Treasury that government will support and source funding for a business rescue plan for South African Airways (SAA), which will result in the emergence of a new viable, sustainable, competitive national airline. On Tuesday, 86% of SAA creditors voted in favour of the proposed business rescue plan. A 75% vote was needed for the business rescue plan to be adopted in order to save SAA from going to liquidation. We spoke to Aviation Expert, Linden Birns.
15
JUL
7am

More pressure from Teacher Unions for Schools to close amid increasing cases on Covid 19

SAfm — More and more teacher unions are calling for schools to close. They want schooling suspended until after the COVID-19 peak has passed. Over 1,500 pupils and teachers have contracted COVID-19 since schooling resumed. The World Health Organisation has also warned against the re-opening of schools while local transmissions of the coronavirus are on the rise.However,The Council of Education Ministers has hit back, saying only the Cabinet can decide whether schools will stay closed or not. The council said groups and individuals who are not empowered by law do not have the authority to close schools. We spoke to Allen Thomspon, President of the National Teacher's Union (NATU) and got reaction from Elijah Mhlanga, Spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education.

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