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21
JAN

Concern about lack of energy sector experience in new Eskom board members

An independent energy expert says although he welcomes the appointment of a new Eskom board, he is concerned that most of the board members do not have experience in the energy sector. Jabu Mabuza will head up the board appointed by government in the hope of restoring confidence in the parastatal. The announcement came after a meeting with President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba on Friday. The board has been instructed to appoint a permanent CEO and remove executives facing allegations of corruption and acts of impropriety. Our presenter Elvis Presslin spoke to independent energy expert Ted Blom.
21
JAN

Lesufi holds meetings this week to address protests at schools in the province

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he will be meeting with all stakeholders this week in order to address the violence that took place outside Hoerskool Overvaal in Vereeniging this past week and at other schools in Soweto. Members of the ANC and the EFF protested outside Hoerskool Overvaal following the Afrikaans medium school's court victory against the department which sought to have 55 English speaking learners placed at the school. The court said the department did not follow due process and also highlighted that there were places available for the learners at nearby English medium schools. At the same time, thousands of learners are yet to be placed. Our presenter Elvis Presslin spoke to MEC Panyaza Lesufi.
07
JAN

Cosatu repeats its call for President Jacob Zuma to step down

Labour federation Cosatu has repeated its calls for President Jacob Zuma to step down. The federation's secretary general Bheki Ntshalintshali reiterated the call during an event to mark the 23rd anniversary of the passing of Communist Party leader Joe Slovo in Soweto. He called on the ANC to pay special attention to the two centers of power that have been created following Cyril Ramaphosa's election as party president last month
07
JAN

Learners wishing to further their studies at institutions of higher learning but did not apply in time, will be assisted

Learners wishing to further their studies at institutions of higher learning but did not apply in time, will be assisted. The Department of Higher Education is calling on them to apply to the Central Applications Clearing House, which falls under the department. This comes as the EFF Student Command has called on students, including those who did not apply, to report to their preferred institutions of higher learning to register. This is in response to President Jacob Zuma's announcement last month that tertiary education will be free in 2018. However, authorities say there is no need for students to go to tertiary institutions in person, but rather use the online services. Acting Deputy Director General of Department of Higher Learning, Dr Diane Parker tells Safm's Weekend AM Live show more about CACH....
06
JAN

Parenting issues around discipline

In October 2017 the Johannesburg High Court ruled that it's now illegal to spank your child. The judgment means that parents who hit their children will no longer be able to raise a special defence if they're charged. Family First New Zealand has warned this will do more harm than good instead of addressing the real issue of child abuse. Many parents feel frustrated with how to raise children who seem to have a sense of entitlement. The question needs to be asked - who is to blame for what we find in our societies and families in general? Discusing this is Doctor Shandrey Thumbran, Executive and Relationship coach, speaker, author and blogger and his wife Pastor Reyhana Thumbran....
24
DEC
2017

Christmas fever is in the air but where did it all begin?

The Christmas fever has hit many homes across the country, with some residents going all out to decorate their homes in celebration of this holiday which is being celebrated tomorrow. Reverend Mantima Thekiso of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa spoke to our presenter Elvis Presslin about the history of how Christmas became a Christian holiday.
24
DEC
2017

Khoisan Mass Movement is sticking to their guns about Zuma or Ramaphosa receiving their memorandum

The Khoisan-four who have undertaken a three-week journey walking from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to demand recognition of their culture and language, say they are willing to wait as long as it takes to meet either President Jacob Zuma or his Deputy Cyril Ramaphosa. They say they will not allow any other government official to receive their memorandum of demands. They want to be recognised as the first nation of South Africa and to have their languages recognised officially. Meanwhile the South African Council of Churches has urged national leaders to meet members of the Khoisan Mass Movement who are on hunger strike.Our presenter Elvis Presslin spoke to John Van Rooyen the Chairperson of the Gauteng Khoisan Council.
23
DEC
2017

Relief for some indebted consumers

A draft bill giving the National Consumer Tribunal the power to cancel debt in certain circumstances has been released for public comment by Parliament's trade and industry committee. The draft National Credit Amendment Bill also provides for mandatory credit life insurance on all credit agreements longer than six months with a value of less than 50-thousand-rand. Our presenter Elvis Presslin spoke to Lesiba Mashapa, company secretary at the National Credit regulator.
23
DEC
2017

The public as well as the business sector have confidence in Ramaphosa-Economist

Economist and Senior Lecturer at Wits University Lumkile Mondi says newly-elected ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa's role as a former unionist and businessman has gained him confidence from the both members of the public and the private sector. Ramaphosa was voted into the position during the ANC's National Conference in Nasrec, south of Johannesburg this week. He pledged to fight corruption when addressing delegates at the conference. Our presenter Elvis Presslin spoke to Mondi.
10
DEC
2017

High court ruling makes it difficult for parents to discipline children

The The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) says the ruling by the High Court is making it difficult for parents to discipline children. In October the High Court in Johannesburg ruled that corporal punishment in the home is illegal and unconstitutional and parents who hit their children could face assault charges. Children Rights groups met recently to discuss alternatives to corporal punishment. The CRL commission's deputy chairperson, Professor David Mosoma elaborates...

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