Ramaphosa Q&A: Parly hears of SAA bailout bombshell - AS IT HAPPENED

2017-08-23 14:46

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa had to field tough questions in the National Assembly with the DA claiming that a secret document purports plans to give SAA another bailout.

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23 Aug 17:21

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa had to field tough questions in the National Assembly with the DA claiming that a secret document purports plans to give SAA another bailout.

Ramaphosa also said the ailing economy is facing a plethora of issues, noting that it isn't failing because of a single problem.

The deputy president reckoned there is no witch-hunt aginst ANC MPs who voted to oust President Jacob Zuma and he also repeated the government's rationale for granting Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity.

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23 Aug 17:04
Ramaphosa's answering questions in Parliament is now over.

23 Aug 17:02
Ramaphosa admits some SETAs are troublesome.

23 Aug 16:58

MPs heckle Ramaphosa as he defends Grace Mugabe decision

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was booed by opposition MPs as he repeated government's rationale for granting Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity.

Inkatha Freedom Party MP Liesl van der Merwe put Ramaphosa on the spot during a question session in Parliament, asking his opinion on what the decision will mean for gender violence and gender relations in the country.


23 Aug 16:55

RECAP: Bailout for SAA?

“I have in my possession a document, marked secret, saying that Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba is planning to give SAA a R10bn bailout, primarily by selling Telkom shares. Do you support the sale of a good asset to save a bad asset? And has Cabinet approved this move?” the DA's Alf Lees asked Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. 


23 Aug 16:51
Ramaphosa: Through the envisaged Youth Employment Service, government and business are collaborating to give youth quality work experience.

23 Aug 16:47

23 Aug 16:47
Mbete disagrees with Kwankwa, says table staff are acknowledging question requests as they come in.

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23 Aug 16:42
Ramaphosa says it is government's work is to ensure that there are opportunities for youth.

23 Aug 16:41

23 Aug 16:41
Ramaphosa: A lack of education is a hurdle for many to getting jobs

23 Aug 16:40
Ramaphosa now quoting some figures on employment stats in SA. Unemployment amongst graduates holding degrees is just above 7%

23 Aug 16:38
Last question now...

23 Aug 16:34
Ramaphosa: The government is worried about job losses, but is also working on creating and saving jobs. 

23 Aug 16:33
Ramaphosa says SA's ailing economy is facing a plethora of issues, adding that it isn't failing because of a single problem.

23 Aug 16:27
Ramaphosa: "I take comfort in the fact that the President has said he will appoint a commission of inquiry."

23 Aug 16:26
Ramaphosa says the question about the inquiry is not just legal but also constitutional.

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23 Aug 16:23
The EFF's Floyd Shivambu asks Ramaphosa if it is rational, on a legal basis, for President Jacob Zuma to appoint a commission of inquiry.

23 Aug 16:21
Ramaphosa says concerns about the Mining Charter must be addressed through consensus

23 Aug 16:19
Ramaphosa says jobs losses in all sectors is a concern

23 Aug 16:18
DA leader Mmusi Maimane wants to know if Ramaphosa will support a call to scrap the Mining Charter.

23 Aug 16:17
Ramaphosa says the private sector has contributed R1.5bn to this fund.

23 Aug 16:17
Ramaphosa: The ease of doing business has improved with the establishment of Invest SA and the special economic zones.

23 Aug 16:16
Ramaphosa: In addressing workplace conflict, we have reached groundbreaking agreements with our social partners on labour stability.

23 Aug 16:16
Ramaphosa: In line with the plan, we have largely addressed the energy constraints the economy was facing two years ago.

23 Aug 16:15
Ramaphosa says the 9-point plan announced by President Zuma in the 2015 is being implemented and yielding results.

23 Aug 16:15

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23 Aug 16:11
Ramaphosa says  government, cabinet and  committees continue to discuss various matters.

23 Aug 16:10

23 Aug 16:09
The DA's Alf Lees says he is in possession of a secret document purporting that Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba could sell assets in Telkom to give SAA a R10b bailout.

23 Aug 16:01
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Nldozi wants Ramaphosa to ask questions more firmly.

23 Aug 16:00

23 Aug 16:00
Ramaphosa says the President is in the process of applying his mind...

23 Aug 15:59
The EFF's Floyd Shivambu wants to know how realistic it is for Presidnt Jacob Zuma to establish the commission of inquiry into state capture if he too is implicated through his involvement with the Gupta family. 

23 Aug 15:56
Ramaphosa says once these SOEs are streamlined, they will be able to produce benefits that will involve the majority of people.

23 Aug 15:56
Ramaphosa: SOEs must focus on advancing the economic interests of black-owned small-medium enterprises.

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Ramaphosa: Through the work of the IMC on SOE reform, we are confident that we will soon be able to more effectively realise the potential of SOEs.

23 Aug 15:52

23 Aug 15:51
Ramaphosa: Cabinet has considered guidelines for the remuneration of SOE directors and executives and a guide for the appointment on SOEs

23 Aug 15:51
Ramaphosa: The Inter-Ministerial Committee chaired by the Deputy President has developed several measures to advance the reform of SOEs

23 Aug 15:50

23 Aug 15:49
Ramaphosa says reforms of state-owned enterprises is one of the ways to improve the state of SOEs.

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