Today's Big Stories

Is the ANC losing the plot in Parliament?

Parliamentary pains: it's been a stormy and difficult week in Parliament, with session going late into Thursday night, as MP’s from various parties tried to reach some sort of agreement to get the National Assembly working again. At issue was a budget process that had to be voted on by MP’s to make sure government departments could spend their budgets. But the EFF, the DA and other opposition parties also wanted to stop the ANC from pushing ahead with its plans to suspend the EFF MP’s for their role in chanting 'pay back the money' to President Jacob Zuma last month. In the end, the ANC had to compromise. Independent Political Analyst, Dr Somadoda Fikeni:

I do think they (the ANC) realise that the numbers alone are not the way to go because other parties could use the rules and other ways including filibuster to hold Parliament. A party as big as the ANC does have some kind unanimity on some issues and some division on others within the caucus. They have seasoned politicians are dealing with new terrain in the area of the EFF, which needs new approaches and innovation to address them. We see the EFF - despite their lower numbers - being very active and the DA has had to up their game and it would seem they have had to be bed fellows, in adopting similar strategy to put pressure on the ANC.

Post Office strike latest: confirmation from the Communication Workers Union (CWU) that neogiations to resolve the almost four month strike have broken down once again. CWU President, Clyde Mervin:

We started engagements on Wednesday and the company took time out to consult the principles and we have taken it down to 7,5% and later down again to 7% (increment). If they want to pay the back date, they can spread it over a period of three months.

What happened at the Business Day with Petro SA CEO?: news breaking during the Money Show on Thursday night is that the new chair of Petro SA Tshepo Kgadima had to be ejected from the offices of the Business Day newspaper after he started threatening journalists. Business Day Editor, Songezo Zibi:

I'm bemused and puzzled by what happened at my office. We didn't expect that kind of behaviour from someone who heads up an institution such as Petro SA. We'd been looking for him without much success, he wasn't returning our calls. When he later presented himself to my office, he asked me if he could record our conversation and he proceeded to take video of me while asking questions such as 'Are you the editor of the Business Day?', 'Are you a member of SANEF?'. It was bizzare. But he continued recording the entire encounter until I called security to escourt him out of my office.

Foodie battles - Cape Town or Joburg?: the final ceremony this week in the annual Eat Out Awards saw special awards being given to eateries in Joburg and Cape Town. Editor of Eat Out, Abigail Donnelly:

It's a huge challenge and a humbling experience to judge these restaurants that are pushing boundaries and doing well. It's an emotional journey, but at the end of the day, we have a score card. I know my favourite places within Joburg - it's a different eating environment (to Cape Town). As much as I love it back home in Cape Town, I do enjoy the energy in Joburg.

SA middle class doing well?: a comment by former Business Day Editor Peter Bruce in his column today is that the position of the South African middle classes hasn’t actually changed that much over the last few years while the position of many middle class people in Europe and the US has deteroriated because of the great recession. Chief Economist at Stanlib, Kevin Lings:

The situation for middle class in SA is not too bad, but you've got to consider the picture, provided that the person has got a job. Property prices have done well, and where a person has been gainfully employed, they've definitely been living a better life better than someone in Europe.

TB a no show: in Nigeria, Founder and Head of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Pastor TB Joshua now faces arrest after failing to appear before an inquest into the church collapse that killed 81 South Africans. EWN Nigeria Correspondent, Samson Omale:

That's the question that remains to be answered, because yesterday was the second day he was summoned to appear at the inquest and he wasn't. The coroner got angry, because it's always his lawyers that appear in court and not him. So an arrest is unlikely.

Google bobbing about remote areas: news that a sheep farmer has found what looks like a massive Google balloon in the Karoo. MD of World Wide Worx, Arthur Goldstuck:

Project Loom is an attempt by Google to provide internet access to remote areas in developing countries and even in developed countries, such as New Zealand, which also has a lot of rural areas despite its developments. It's equivalent to satellite technology such as 3G in speed, which isn't very encouraging. It is possible for them to get wide reach, but as the Karoo crash has shown us, it isn't a very reliable piece of technology.


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

ANC vets want civil society groups present at the consultative conference, which they want held separately from another meeting.

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

EWN's Gaye Davis summarises the evidence of the SABC journalists who appeared before the ad hoc committee in Parliament.

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

A criminal lawyer explains what leg citizens can stand on if they witness a child or pet locked in a vehicle in risky conditions.

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

The DA's James Selfe says it is not clear whether SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng will be either fired or suspended pending an inquiry.

Tweeps throw shade as court shows Motsoeneng the door

Tweeps throw shade as court shows Motsoeneng the door

A judge has ruled that Hlaudi Motsoeneng should not hold any position at the SABC and Twitter has wasted no time reacting.

Why family traditions matter

Why family traditions matter

Whether it's breaking bread or celebrating through song and dance, family rituals and traditions can create a sense of belonging.

Popular articles
The UAE is pumping billions into the Horn of Africa

The UAE is pumping billions into the Horn of Africa

The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviews Africa correspondent Lee Kasumba

Bob Martin’s new adverts celebrate how good pets are for humans

Bob Martin’s new adverts celebrate how good pets are for humans

Bruce Whitfield asks branding and advertising expert Andy Rice to critique the week’s advertising “heroes” and “zeroes”.

'Minnie understood he might become a target'

'Minnie understood he might become a target'

Marianne Thamm wrote the forward to 'The Lost Boys of Bird Island' and worked with Mark Minnie in editing the controversial book.

[WATCH] Dad dresses up as a mom so his sons don't feel left out on Mother's Day

[WATCH] Dad dresses up as a mom so his sons don't feel left out on Mother's Day

Khabazela shares Facebook posts, YouTube videos that have gone viral including one with the smartest dogs.

[LISTEN] Is your phone listening in on your conversations?

[LISTEN] Is your phone listening in on your conversations?

MD at World Wide Worx Arthur Goldstuck explains how your phone may record your voice conversations.

JHB CBD muggings - Where are the police ?

JHB CBD muggings - Where are the police ?

City of Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba says undocumented people living in the city make it difficult to combat crime.

'Black Tax'... working hard, earning well, but struggling financially

'Black Tax'... working hard, earning well, but struggling financially

Young(ish) South Africans tell stories of the mixed emotions they feel when supporting family members, and tips from an advisor.

Castro bodyguard shares tales of dictator’s double life and breath-taking wealth

Castro bodyguard shares tales of dictator’s double life and breath-taking wealth

Juan Sanchez shares stories of Fidel Castro that’ll make you re-examine everything you thought you knew about the Cuban dictator.