What’s in City Press: ANC factions to back Ramaphosa; ‘The only way out was death’

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ANC factions to back Cyril

President Cyril Ramaphosa will be fully supported by the ANC’s MPs when he faces a vote of no confidence brought by the African Transformation Movement this week, two of the party’s national officials have said.

Battle for control of R130bn lotto

The struggle for control of the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) between Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel and the board of the entity has intensified as the regulator kick-starts the process to award a licence to operate the lottery, an operation said to be worth R130 billion.

SABC: job cuts or bailout

The SABC board is set to defy ministers and go ahead with its planned retrenchments early in the new year. This week, Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi told the board to halt retrenchments and look for alternative cost-cutting measures.

Irreconcilable differences: ANC and PA part ways

The ANC in Johannesburg has based its reasoning for severing ties with the Patriotic Alliance (PA) on the latter’s failure to separate party from state. The ANC argues that its own ideological outlook is poles apart from the PA’s.

That’s not a frog in your throat

Working from home is giving people a sore throat, scientists claim, because they are having to continuously raise and strain their voices during virtual meetings.

How to save 14 500 meals a day

There is abundance in our food production. A day at Chefs with Compassion shows how it can be shared with those who are experiencing food scarcity. Gayle Edmunds meets the people saving and sharing food every day.

Suspended public works DG wins first round against De Lille

Samuel Vukela, suspended department of public works and infrastructure director-general, has got one over on his boss, Patricia de Lille. Vukela has managed to persuade the General Public Service Sector Bargaining Council to adjudicate at his disciplinary hearing, instead of having a chairperson handpicked by the minister do so.

Public service unions take on government in court

The legality, or lack thereof, of government’s implementation of the final phase of public servants’ salary increases, in terms of resolution 1 of 2018 of the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council, will take centre stage at the labour court on Wednesday.

Change of behaviour will beat Covid-19

The fight against the Covid-19 pandemic will be fought and won in communities, not in health institutions. This is according to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, who was speaking in Port Elizabeth on Friday afternoon after he wrapped up his two-day visit to the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality as the province experiences a surge in infections.

Traditional leaders fume over initiation suspension

Government seems to be reconsidering its decision to suspend the summer initiation season after receiving a backlash from traditional leaders who raised their concerns about the ban.

‘The only way out was death’

After a long day working a piece job she had secured to support herself, her jobless partner and their five children, Bernice went home, only to find she had been locked out by her partner. “I asked him to kindly let me in. He refused and said: ‘Take your children and go find another place to live. You are not getting in here.’” The last thing she saw before blacking out was a brick speeding towards her head.

Former Westcol head faces heat from Hawks

Louis Coetzer, former principal of Westcol Technical Vocational Education and Training College in Gauteng’s West Rand area, may have dodged a bullet when he took early retirement, but Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande says the Hawks could be breathing down Coetzer’s neck once a forensic investigation by PwC has been concluded.

ANC flip-flops on rape accused reinstatement

Mpumalanga Finance and Economic Development MEC Pat Ngomane is set to speak to an ANC provincial executive committee member accused of raping his eight-year-old twin daughters about his future as a board member at a state-owned enterprise.

Samro ‘never been loyal to artists’

In less than two weeks, the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (Samro) will hold its annual general meeting, with many grievances by local artists over the payment of royalties still unresolved. Now Eugene Mthethwa has taken the fight to Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel after demands to have the royalties mess rectified were ignored.


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