What could be the reason for government's refusal of a visa to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama? NUMSA General Secretary Irvin Jim didn't stray too far from attributing this to China-South Africa economic relations, calling in to Overnight Live with Sebenzile Nkambule, saying:
If this man was here when Madiba was here, are we kicking him out now because suddenly, we were taught by the Chinese that socialism isn't poverty and poverty is not socialism? I'm very suspicious on this - if I go through the African continent, what I simply see is railway lines, patch-up jobs; they (the Chinese) take over. I think that the Imperialism of America is not different to the Imperialism of China.
Meanwhile, US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has teamed up with South African Airways (SAA) to develop jet fuel from a tobacco plant as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions and promote green energy in South Africa. Speaking to 702's John Robbie, the head of SAA's Group Environmental Affairs Ian Cruickshank also highlighted widespread job creation opportunties the endeavour will realise, stating they hope the first set of planes to start using the fuel by the end of 2017:
National Secretary of the South African National Defence Union (SANDU), Advocate PikkieGreeff has meanwhile defended reports stating that nearly 500 SANDF soldiers have been charged with crimes ranging frommurder, fraud and dealing in narcotics. These are crimes charged over the last three financial years, as revealed by Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula in Parliament.
Advocate Greef spoke to Koketso Sachane on Early Breakfast, to unpack the situation from their perspective: