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Malema sticks to 'disruption plan' for #SONA15

Malema sticks to 'disruption plan' for #SONA15

Julius Malema still plans to disrupt tomorrow’s State of The Nation Address, while staff at Parliament are now also threatening to not work tomorrow as part of an action led by the union Nehawu. At the same time, an alternative State of The Nation Address is being held by the organization the United Front, while the Democratic Alliance (DA) is holding a march in Cape Town ahead of tomorrow’s speech. EWN Parliament's Gaye Davis:

I know the previously, the Sona rolled around with all it's predictable pomp and ceremony; the hype in run up to this Sona has eclipsed any other - certainly since the early nineties.

Gaye Davis on Malema's comments about sticking to disrupting the Sona:

I don't see how he cannot go through with it, because he's said all along that he will. It is tricky and yes, asking questions at the State of The Nation is out of order, because what is happening tomorrow is a joint sitting of Parliament, it isn't the National Assembly alone (which is where questions can be raised).

Meanwhile, DA Leader Helen Zille is leading a march through Cape Town ahead of the Sona:

It's very important this is going to be the 8th State of The Nation that I will be listening to; it will be a laundry list of things that won't come to fruition. It's been 7 years since President Jacob Zuma has been ducking and diving around his corruption charges and he should be in court, not Parliament. We aren't a 'one hit wonder' party; we are consistent with raising the issues, holding people accountable and addressing corruption. All these 'one hit wonder' parties like the UDM and others are just a blip and the DA will stand the test of time.

Joburg authorities to clamp down on window washers

At this lunchtime, is a briefing about a new initiative to curb aggressive behaviour by people who wash windows at intersections. EWN's Mia Lindeque:

The JMPD together with the City of Joburg have launched this joint operation, but this is nothing new as they launched a similar operation a few years ago, but they say this time, they will be targeting hotspots. Officers will also be deployed to these hotspots to see what is going on there, with people forcefully washing windows, with people feeling vulnerable in their cars.

Glencore divesting Lonmin stake

News breaking this morning is that Anglo-Swiss mining company Glencore is divesting its stake in Lonmin. As of 2014, it ranked tenth in the Fortune Global 500 list of the world's largest companies. Lonmin meanwhile is the third-largest producer of platinum globally. The announcement happened while the Africa Mining Indaba takes place in Cape Town. EWN's Govan Whittles:

The announcement was expected at the Indaba, with many saying it was long overdue. The real question is whether Lonmin's shareholders will sell their share after the divestment. The divestment will be finalised in the AGM in April.

Commonwealth Games shift towards SA

News breaking this morning is that the Canadian city of Edmonton has pulled out of its bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022. This means that the only city still bidding is Durban. EWN Sport's Jean Smyth:

Edmonton say overnight that they have decided that due to the global decrease in the oil price, they will now opt not to host, as this will have a strain on their economy, since this is a central part of their economy. They will now be focusing on their bid for 2026. Durban is positioned for hosting, but the numbers have dwindled, while there's a huge cost to hosting - this leaves a huge financial risk in deciding to host.

Mzantsi cop arrest for drug distribution

In Hong Kong, South African police officer Sgt. Busiswe Zungu is still being held after being accused of drug trafficking. EWN Hong Kong's Steve Vines:

She was caught at the airport and it's alleged that she had something like 2,3 kg of cocaine. The street value of that is said to be R3,2 million. The maximum penalty is life imprisonment while the lowest penalty is HK$ $5 million; it's a very serious charge, but she hasn't come to trial yet. This is, unfortunately quite a common occurrence in Hong Kong.

Nguni accounting videos to be developed

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Accountancy Department is now offering videos in isiZulu and isiXhosa as part of a bid to help students understand accountancy terms. Associate Professor at UCT's College of Accountancy, Jacqui Kew:

One of the things we've recognised is that a number of our students have developed a problem with having a proper understanding of the complex concepts of accountancy when they don't speak First Language English. The videos are meant to be a conversation with our students, they are not meant to develop a new language for our students within the context of accounting.

The 'Joburg hustle' at sea

A claim in the Business Day suggests that a group of people in Knysna have found a way to make it appear is if they're working in Joburg. The group is an institution called The Director’s Club. The club's CEO is Andrew Page Wood:

I've been down here for about 7 years now - starting a community project - and I looked at all these people, their lifestyle and was concerned about living with a bad back in Joburg and retiring like that. I'm still in Joburg every couple of weeks, but I'm mostly here (in Knysna) with my family and the beach. Our whole drive is to create a paradigm shift in business, as a club of people who believe that the whole corporate world is still geared towards the 20th century model, which is 'you have to go to work', when actually, you're more productive at home. If you're on a cellphone with an iPad and a 3G card on your laptop, you don't need anything else.

Jozi on heat!

Confirmation today is that the last two days in Johannesburg have been among the hottest on record and that this afternoon we could actually see the hottest recorded temperature in the city - ever. Forecaster at the SA Weather Service, Elizabeth Webster:

It has been very hot for most of Gauteng really, since Saturday: we've had a heat wave. Reaching record temperatures isn't necessarily going to be happening. We're only forecasting 34/35 degrees for Johannesburg and the hottest temperature is definitely higher than that.

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