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To solve financial problems at Eskom, ANC considers selling it

ANC considers selling parts of Eskom

To ensure Eskom financial crisis comes to an end, African National Congress (ANC) is considering over a policy which will outline the sale of a part of Eskom to raise funds. Currently, Eskom is seeking an additional increase from the National Energy Regulator (NERSA) which could see electricity costs increasing to 25.3% .

702/CapeTalk’s Stephen Grootes asked Enoch Godongwana on what dsecission have been made regarding the sell off of Eskom?

Last year in the ANC lekgotla amongst other things the ANC lekgotla decided that in order to deal with the cash flow problems Eskom is facing one of the things we need to explore is, can’t we utilise the pension funds including led by PIC to put some cash injection as equity in Eskom. That sentiment was carried through to January in the Lekgotla this year.

According to Godongwana the decision was not implemented because government still needed to evaluate the practicality of the proposal. But he said the scheme should result in the state retaining a controlling stake.

Tutu’s granddaughter to hand herself in

The granddaughter of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Ziyanda Tutu, is expected to hand herself over to police. The criminal charge that the 30 year-old faces is said to be of malicious damage to property.

EWN Reporter, Lauren Isaacs with details on the story:

We’ve just learnt that a charge of malicious damage to property was laid against Ziyanda Tutu on the 7th of May. Police say the docket was opened at the Milnerton Police Station, but that is really all the information they are willing to share with us. At this stage we have no idea when she is expected to hand herself over to police. According to information on her Twitter page, we believe Ziyanda is based in Johannesburg. A statement was released yesterday, making it public that a charge was being laid against the Arch’s first grandchild, with her grandparents saying that they are heartbroken that the situation has come to this. She’s taken to Twitter this week with a range of comments. Ziyanda says she’s been receiving requests for interviews, but that she is too emotional at the moment. She has, however, promised to speak to us when she is ready

NPA - To prosecute or not to prosecute?

Eyewitness News has reported that it has in its possession, an internal National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) memorandum which has exposed just how sensitive the Zimbabwe rendition case is, with no prosecutor seemingly willing to take a decision on whether or not to prosecute those implicated.

Former Hawks boss Anwa Dramat and the unit's Gauteng head Shadrack Sibiya have been implicated in the rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

To get insights to story, 702/CapeTalk’s Stephen Grootes speaks to Eye Witness News Barry Bateman

It is office known that it was compiled by two senior prosecutors and it is addressed to few seniors including Mxolisi Nxasana. The concern is that the docket on the rendition matter, and this is the matter in which Anwa Dramat and Shadrack Sibiya were implicated in the rendition of five Zimbabweans suspects in 2010, they say that this docket has been passed around between the Norther and South Gauteng jurisdictions because the case has been opened in Diepsloot so there were concerns whether it fell under South or North Gauteng but it was passed around and also been given to the national director and it appeared nobody wanted to make a decision on the matter whether to prosecute or not to prosecute and it notes in this particular document that ‘This is a hot potato and its been sent from pillar to post

Pretoria community files court interdict to erect boom gates

In a bid to reduce crime, residents in Brooklyn, Pretoria have gone to court to force the City of Tshwane to put up booms in the area. Werner Bornman, Chairman Brooklyn Security Village, spoke to Stephen Grootes about the process they underwent to erect the booms.

We actually submitted our application in November of 2012, and after almost three year they haven’t gotten to a final decision on our application. So we went back to the residents and told them that we have to get action from the City of Tshwane, and that’s the reason for the court application. We did everything according to the book; and according the Act that allows us to erect these booms, but the committee had to take almost six months to go to 15 different departments to get their approval. All the 15 departments approved us. I don’t know who is running an agenda. We waited and the Strategic Land Development Tribunal was postponed again, and again. We eventually had a hearing and they asked us to do another presentation, which was completely out of the normal regulation we follow. And there has still been no final decision that has been taken

Sipho Hotstix on BB King's passing

The American Blues' legend BB King died on Thursday night at his home in Las Vegas. He was 89 years old. Even though he was living with diabetes, King spent about half the year on the road.

702/CapeTalk’s Stephen Grootes speaks to South African jazz legend Sipho Hotstix Mabuse:

Many of us would remember his guiter playing in particular. I must say that in most cases it is very rear finding musicians living up to 90 but the blues musicians always live longer through life and through their music, they outlive everything. As a musician I feel sad but also happy that he has left a great legacy that we can try and emulate as musicians as well

Mining report questioned by Chamber

It is reported this morning that the mining industry is outraged by a decision by Minister of Mineral Recourse, Advocate Ngoako Ramathlodi to release the department findings on whether the industry had met the targets of the 2014 Mining Charter. The Chamber of Mines say that there was an agreement not to release the findings of the report at this stage. Ramathlodi joined Stephen Grootes on the line to explain his decision:

You will remember that we have released a report in phases. We have released the first and second section. I have stated clearly that party still needs to verify the facts, and if they’re in accord with their interpretation. There is no train smash, as far as I am concerned. Parties are allowed to comment and form their opinions on that report. From our part, we have completed portion. I think I always try and keep my stakeholders well informed. The deadline was the 31st of March, because we calculate from when the Mining Charter came into effect. I’ve released the documents for comment, which was my understanding

Several mining companies have objected to the findings in the report, which conclude that the industry has not sufficiently met BEE targets. Many in the industry are challenging the formula used in the findings:

The numbers were given by the individual mining companies, which were provided by them on the template agreed upon by us. I’m aware that there are debates around which methods we used, or did not used, to weigh the outcome. Secondly, there is also an issue with the principle of ‘once empowered, forever empowered’ – these are the things I want clarity on

President Zuma is still processing the Marikana Report

President Jacob Zuma on Thursday said he will release the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's report on Marikana once he's done processing its findings and recommendations. The president refused to be drawn on speculation about the findings or when he will make its report public. The Economic Freedom Fighter also commented that they want the report released as soon as possible.

702/CapeTalk’s Stephen Grootes speaks to Eye Witness News Gia Niccolaides:

What we’ve heard from President Zuma is that he is processing it because there are serious recommendations. Now we don’t know exactly what’s in the report but if we look back at evidence leader's report they strongly suggest that national police commissioner Riah Phiyega be investigated to determine if she is fit for office. A lot of calls are coming out about Riah Phiyega and when asked yesterday in terms of Phiyega’s positions and if her job is at stake, he said jhe would not be drawn on to any question or speculations at this point. but it may seem at this particular stage that he might have to take some sort of action. Now we’ve heard from Julius Malema he believes that the responsibility and the accountability strongly lies just on one person and that is Cyril Ramaphosa.

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza back in charge

The International Relations Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane,is giving a briefing in Pretoria about recent international relations issues, including the attempt overthrow Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza. An army chief recently announced that he had led a coup d'état against President Pierre Nkurunziza, in light of Nkurunziza’s bid to stay in power for a third term, but EWN reports that he has since been arrested. EWN’s Africa Correspondent, JJ Cornish on the press briefing:

She’s noted with concern, the recent attempts to seize power through unconstitutional means. She did stop short when asked if President Pierre Nkurunziza, now back at the helm, should serve a third term – which is against the terms of the treaty negotiated and mediated by our own President Jacob Zuma. She said Burundi would have to deal with aspects and interpret the constitution, but then reiterated the fact that we cannot have constitutional differences leading to unconstitutional changes to government and loss of life. This is what they were deploring. She supported all the efforts by the East African community to settle what was happening in Burundi. She says that South A has played a critical role in the Burundi peace process and says that we will lend support to the efforts of the East African community

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