| Africatime
Sunday 26 March 2017
(The Citizen 03/23/17)
Free State and Limpopo’s provincial executive committees have also endorsed Ramaphosa. The Gauteng chapter of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has joined the increasing number of the federation’s structures to endorse ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed Jacob Zuma as the party’s next president and subsequently president of the republic. Cosatu Gauteng provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile said the provincial executive committee agreed with the decision of the federation’s central executive committee, which identified Ramaphosa to take over from Zuma. Free State and Limpopo’s provincial executive committees also endorsed Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa is earmarked to contest the post against Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The contest has divided the ANC into two groups, each supporting one...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke at the end of a two-day visit to Chad where she sought to outline her policies regarding the continent, which has long held an important place in French foreign policy. "It was only in coming here and explaining that I...
(AFP (eng) 03/20/17)
Nelson Mandela's eldest grandchild has publicly ditched the ruling African National Congress party over its damaging and seemingly endless scandals. Nelson Mandela led the ANC from 1991 to 1997, carrying the party to an historic election victory at the end of apartheid when he became South Africa's first black president in 1994. "I will not be voting for something that does not resonate with me anymore, and does not resonate for what granddad and his comrades fought for," Ndileka Mandela,...
(Bloomberg 03/20/17)
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will chair an inter-ministerial committee set up to ensure social grants are paid to recipients on time after the government was criticized for leading the system close to failure. The committee will consist of ministers including Pravin Gordhan, minister of finance, and Bathabile Dlamini, minister for social development, who has been criticized for her handling of the payment process, the government said Saturday in a statement. It will ensure the government implements a court order...
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
South Africa's main opposition party was plunged into a racism dispute on Thursday after a provincial leader tweeted that colonialism had brought benefits including clean water. Helen Zille, former leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) party and the current premier of the Western Cape, apologised for the tweet, which unleashed fierce criticism from her own party and opponents. "For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water," she wrote on Twitter. The DA, which won 22 percent of the vote in 2014's general election, has been gaining popularity and trying to shed its image
(Bloomberg 03/16/17)
One of the most influential leaders of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress backed a suggestion by President Jacob Zuma that the state be allowed to expropriate land without having to pay for it. The ANC in Kwazulu-Natal, which has the most ANC members of the nine provinces, will be pushing for the sanctioning of land seizures at a party policy conference that begins June 30, said Sihle Zikalala, the party’s regional chairman. “As KwaZulu-Natal, our proposition is expropriation of...
(eNCA 03/15/17)
The National Assembly will deliberate on the recommended members for the SABC's interim board on Wednesday. Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications has proposed that Khanyisile Kweyama be the chairperson of the provisional body. Kweyama is the former CEO of Business Unity SA. Veteran journalist Mathatha Tsedu has been recommended as Kweyama's deputy. The committee has now formally put forward five names to serve on the board. The other names to serve on the board are: former ANC MP Febe Potgieter-Gqubule,...
(Eye Witness News 03/15/17)
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma wrapped up her duties as head of the AU on Monday and is expected to re-enter the South African political landscape. Dozens of African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) and ANC Youth League supporters gathered at OR Tambo International Airport on Wednesday where former African Union (AU) chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was expected to touch down from Ethiopia. Dlamini-Zuma wrapped up her duties as head of the AU on Monday and is expected to re-enter the South African political...
(Xinhuanet 03/13/17)
South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) announced on Sunday a discussion document with a view to generating some policy changes in improving the ruling party's social, economic and political performance. The Economic Transformation Discussion Document, currently inviting public comments, will be on the agenda of the ANC's 53rd National Policy Conference, schedule from June 30 to July 5, ANC Head of Policy Jeff Radebe said at a press conference. He explained that the party would now see the shift from political emancipation to social-economic freedom, which could be achieved through radical economic transformation.
(Bloomberg 03/13/17)
South Africa’s ruling party said the nation’s presidency should have stronger powers to drive government policy and allocate budget resources. “The presidency must be strengthened as the strategic center of power in the state,” the African National Congress said in a discussion document released Sunday before a June 30-July 5 policy conference in Johannesburg. It must drive the “planning and policy, resource allocation and enforcement,” the party said. The release of the document comes in the wake of a feud...
(Bloomberg 03/10/17)
South Africa’s ruling party said mining companies should seek agreement with the government over ownership rules rather than challenging them in court because even if they win a legal battle, legislation can still be changed to further the aim of spreading wealth to the nation’s black majority. The Chamber of Mines of South Africa, which represents companies including Anglo American Plc and Glencore Plc, has asked the High Court to back its view that a set of regulations known as...
(Bloomberg 03/10/17)
South Africa’s ruling party will accelerate the transfer of land to the black majority to help reduce inequality and avert future protests, the African National Congress’s spokesman Zizi Kodwa said. “If you don’t deal decisively with the issue of land, you may have to deal with a bigger problem,” Kodwa said in an interview at the party’s head office in Johannesburg on Wednesday. President Jacob Zuma has vowed to step up wealth distribution in South Africa in his final year...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/08/17)
South African authorities have been asked to appear at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on April 7 over the failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir during a visit two years ago, a senior official said on Wednesday. Ayesha Johaar, the acting chief state law adviser, said Pretoria was asked to appear at the Hague-based court for failing to comply with a cooperation request from the tribunal, contrary to the provisions of the treaty establishing the court and which...
(Bloomberg 03/08/17)
Continued political instability that hurt investor confidence and saw South Africa’s economy expand at the slowest rate since 2009 last year could threaten a recovery in 2017, economists said. Gross domestic product expanded 0.3 percent last year, the statistics office said in a report released on Tuesday in the capital, Pretoria. That’s less than the National Treasury’s forecast of 0.5 percent and the slowest rate since a recession in 2009. Policy uncertainty caused by political turmoil, including the now-dropped fraud...
(AFP (eng) 03/07/17)
A South African court Tuesday issued an order banning radical political leader Julius Malema from calling on supporters to seize land, as he faces two charges for ordering illegal occupations. The High Court in the capital Pretoria ruled that Malema, head of the radical Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, could face arrest if found guilty of contravening the order. The ruling followed an application by an Afrikaner lobby group, AfriForum, which voiced concern over Malema's calls for seizure of white-owned...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/07/17)
South African President Jacob Zuma on Monday nominated Mandisa Maya to become the first woman president of the Supreme Court of Appeal, the nation's highest court on non-constitutional matters. Maya is currently deputy president of the court, which made world headlines in December 2015 when it upgraded the verdict on Paralympic "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius to murder from manslaughter for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Maya, if approved, will replace Lex Mpati, who is retiring. Her appointment will have to...
(Xinhuanet 03/06/17)
South African President Jacob Zuma on Monday nominated Justice Mandisa Muriel Lindelwa Maya as the President of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA). Justice Maya will fill the vacancy that has occurred following the discharge from active service of Justice Lex Mpati. The nomination will make Maya the first female SCA President in South Africa. Maya was appointed as an Acting Judge of the High Court in 1999 and a fulltime Judge the following year. She has acted as a...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/04/17)
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma will not suspend the head of the prosecution service for laying and then withdrawing corruption charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, the presidency said on Friday. State prosecutor Shaun Abrahams in October dropped fraud charges against Gordhan related to his time as head of the revenue service just weeks after they had been filed, drawing criticism from opponents who said it was part of a politically-motivated "witch-hunt". The charges had heightened concerns among investors about...
(Bloomberg 03/04/17)
South African Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said she took responsibility for the failure of the country’s welfare department to comply with a ruling by the nation’s top court. The Constitutional Court in 2013 said a contract between the South African Social Security Agency and Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc. was invalid and a tender should be held to secure a new service provider to make welfare payments to more than 17 million people. The Net 1 contract expires this...
(Bloomberg 03/04/17)
South African President Jacob Zuma contradicted senior members of his ruling African National Congress on Friday in calling for the constitution to be changed to ensure greater access to land for the nation’s black majority and indicating that the government may consider expropriating land without paying for it. “We must undertake a pre-colonial audit of land ownership, use and occupation patterns,” Zuma said in an address to traditional leaders in Cape Town on Friday, referring to the time before European...

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