Public Investment Corporation is only place government can get bailout funds for SOEs:Journalist, Sikonathi Mantshantsha
South Africans continue to mull over recent media reports that there is a plan to oust Public Investment Corporation's CEO, Daniel Matjila, to replace him with former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. Rumour has it, that there is an attempt to make changes at the Public Investment Corporation, to make way for the controversial Gupta family who are allegedly eyeing the investment arm's billions. The PIC board met last week, amid continuing denials that it's been captured. The board also issued a statement rejecting media reports that its members are influenced by the Gupta family. On the Forum@8 we ask what is going on at the Public Investment Corporation with Financial Mail deputy editor, Sikonathi Mantshantsha...
On the Forum@8 this morning, we look at the commuter rail services in South Africa, which are meant to provide poor communities with essential public transport.Commuter action groups continue to call for safe and reliable passenger trains, while many commuters believe that even with the latest upgrades, the train services are as dysfunctional as before. Issues range from passengers having to wait hours for a train, arson and vandalism, lack of security on trains, signal problems and cable theft. Cleanliness on trains is apparently also a problem. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Marketing & Communications at Metrorail, Tony Games and spokesperson for non-governmental organisation, Public Transport Voice, Dalton Ndongeni.
Human rights groups have accused Myanmar 's government of ethnic cleansing and human rights violations. This follows violence in the north-western state of Rakhine, resulting in up to 400,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing to southern Bangladesh. At least 400 people have been killed, and thousands of homes and villages have been torched since the military launched a counter-offensive against Rohingya insurgents in late August. The Bangladeshi government has since announced plans to build shelters for the refugees. Calls have also been made to end the violence. On the Forum@8 this morning Sakina Kamwendo spoke focused the situation of Rohingya Muslims and calls to end the violence in Rakhine State with Protect the Rohingya's Advocate Shabnam Mayet and Senior Reseacher in the Asia Program at Human Rights Watch, Tejshree Thapa
Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) has conducted oversight visits to four state-owned companies in Gauteng. The members visited South African Airways (SAA), SA Express (SAX) and the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) as well as the South African Post Office (SAPO) headquarters, to assess the latest developments in the companies' financial management and turnaround strategies. Scopa's meeting with SASSA and SAPO was a follow-up on the commitments by the two state institutions to enter into a contract for the distribution of social grants. The discussions included details on how the contract will be fulfilled. On the Forum@8 this morning, Sakina Kamwendo looked at the progress made so far, with regard to the take-over of Grants payment from CPS to SCOPA Chairperson, Themba Godi and SASSA National spokesperson, Kgomoco Diseko
We host Thando Manana, the third black African player to don a Springbok jersey after the establishment of a unified, non-racial governing body for the sport in 1992. He has written his first book entitled Being a Black Springbok, the Thando Manana Story. The book takes us through his humble beginnings in New Brighton township in Port Elizabeth, to becoming one of the grittiest, loose-forwards of South African rugby. Manana discovered rugby late in his teenage years, and his book takes us through his rugby journey and outlines why it has been difficult for black players to be regulars in the Bok team.
@benchmarks16 finds some community houses in SA still contain asbestos despite it being banned since March 2008
A recent study by The Bench Marks Foundation has found that some community houses in South Africa, still contain asbestos, despite the building material having been banned since March 2008. Entitled "Waiting to inhale", it shows the impact of over a century of mining activity in Johannesburg. The study reveals that 97% of roofs in Riverlea Zone 1, are still made of asbestos. In Diepkloof, the occurrence of asbestos roofing in housing is 66%, while in Meadowlands it is 53%. The Bench Marks Foundation has now called for a parliamentary enquiry into compensation for residents of those communities. They also recommend that Parliament, through its portfolio committee for environmental affairs, investigates why so many communities remain exposed to asbestos, despite its banning. On the Forum@8 we unpack the findings of a new study by the Bench Marks Foundation.
On the Forum@8 this morning, we focus on the AARTO amendment bill, as passed by the National Assembly, and what it means for motorists. The National Assembly passed the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences amendment bill last week, paving the way for the national rollout of the AARTO Act, and the implementation of the points-demerit system. It will become law, once endorsed by the National Council of Provinces and then signed by President Jacob Zuma. Some commentators believe the passing of the Amendment Bill, has serious implications for holders of driving licenses and/or owners of motor vehicles. We speak to interested parties on this matter. We interrogate the issues around the new demerit system….; How is it going to work….What are some of the Amendments to the bill? - Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Japh Chuwe (Registra: Traffic Infringement Agency, which manages South Africa's road safety and driver compliance) and Howard Dembovsky (National Chairman: Justice Project South Africa)
Today marks 40 years since the death of struggle activist Bantu Stephen Biko. Biko died on the 12th of September 1977 in a prison cell in Pretoria. He was a founding member of the South African Students' Organization in 1968, subsequently spearheading the nation's Black Consciousness Movement, and co-founded the Black People's Convention in 1972. On the Forum at 8 this morning we look at the life and times of the anti -apartheid hero with Dr Millard Arnold, Editor of two books of Steve Biko's writings, No fears expressed - Quotes from Steve Biko and The testimony of Steve Biko .
We host The African People’s Convention (APC) President, Themba Godi, says South Africa could save millions of rand if government is restructured into two spheres. He proposes that administrations at provincial level, and district municipalities should be scrapped, leaving only national departments and local councils. Godi says this will improve budget spending and service delivery. He was Speaking at his party's 10th anniversary celebrations in Johannesburg. The APC leader says his proposal is will be debated in Parliament next month.
What is point of giving people liberation and then destroying everything you worked for : Professor Patrick Lumumba
On the Forum@8 this morning we host, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya School of Law, Professor Patrick Lumumba ahead of his delivery of the fifth edition of Ong-kgo-po-tse Tiro memorial lecture at the University of Limpopo. Professor Lumumba has served as an Advocate of the High Courts of Kenya and Tanzania as well Director of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission. He is also a staunch Pan-Africanist and has delivered several powerful speeches alluding to African solutions to African problems. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to him on what Africa's prospects are.
Bafana Bafana has lost two games against Cape Verde, which would have seen them qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Bafana Bafana suffered an embarrassing 2-1 defeat to the Cape Verde Islands at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Tuesday. If Bafana Bafana can win their last two games, they can only end on 10 points in their group, and according to analysts, even that may not be enough. Their last two matches against their Group D rivals, Burkina Faso‚ here at home next month, and an away game against Senegal in November, will not make it any easier. On the Forum@8 we ask what needs to be done with Bafana Bafana? Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Deputy Sports Editor at Sowetan, Nkareng Matshe; SABC sport deputy editor, Janet Whitton and SABC sport commentator and author of the politics of South African Football, Oshebeng Alpheus Koonyaditse
The Constitutional Court heard on Tuesday an application by opposition parties for Parliament to institute proceedings against President Jacob Zuma following an earlier ruling on the the Nkandla matter. The parties applied in March to compel Parliament to hold the president accountable for violations to the Constitution as well as for violating his oath of office. On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo hosted Retired Secretary to National Assembly, Kasper Hahndiek on the relief the opposition parties are seeking from the Court in this regard and should they succeed, what process are likely to unfold
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