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AUG
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Clarity on the demerit system

The new demerit system has now come into effect. President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the document into law. This will see motorists who do not adhere to the rules of the road have points deducted, with their driving licences eventually suspended should they exhaust all their points. This is aimed at encouraging more responsible driving as South Africans continue to die in high numbers on the roads largely because of driver fault.

Guest: The Registrar of the RTIA Japh Chuwe.
23
AUG
1am

Zuma defamation court case to be heard

The High Court in Durban is set to hear the case against former president Jacob Zuma regarding a defamation claim. Derek Hanekom who is an ANC MP is suing Zuma after he making a claim that he is “an enemy agent”. Hanekom says the comment has damaged his reputation and wants Zuma to pay R500 000.

Guest: Independent advocate Ben Winks.
23
AUG
1am

NUMSA and employers reach a deadlock

Trade union NUMSA says the main cause for the current deadlock in talk with employers is their alleged refusal to make concession regarding night shift allowance and the peace clause. The union also wants an increase of 12% but the Fuel Retailers Association of Southern Africa and the Retail Motor Industry Organisation are offering only 5%. NUMSA says their members deserve a decent wage that will improve their living conditions.

Guest: The spokesperson for trade union NUMSA, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola
23
AUG
1am

Ramaphosa responds to questions about CR17 campaign donations

A political analyst says the way president Cyril Ramaphosa and opposition parties in Parliament handled themselves during the question and answer session in Parliament is a victory for democracy. Ongama Mtimka from Nelson Mandela University says Ramaphosa handled the questions in a dignified and respectful manner. Opposition parties were asking questions about the controversial CR17 donations during Ramaphosa’s campaign for the ANC presidency.

Guest: Political analyst from the Nelson Mandela University Ongama Mtimka
23
AUG
1am

ANC KZN nominates two candidates for as mayoralty in eThekwini and UMsunduzi

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal says the eThekwini and UMsunduzi Municipalities are important for the economy of the province therefore it is important to appoint leadership that can run those municipalities well. The party has nominated Mxolisi Kaunda and Mzimkhulu Thobela as mayors for the eThekwini and UMsunduzi municipalities. The ANC says the mayors need to take the province forward.

Guest: The secretary of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal, Mdumiseni Ntuli.
23
AUG
12am

The South African Health Products Regulator Authority has launched operation backlog

The South African Health Products Regulator Authority has launched operation backlog in an attempt to clear the 15-year backlog in the registration of medicine. It says there has been 16 000 applications that have not been attended to yet. SAHPRA says it has had to re-open the resubmission window so that applications that have been abandoned can be noted.

Guest: Project Manager: Backlog at the South African Health Products Regulator Authority David Mahlatjie.
23
AUG
12am

Multi-Choice workers embark on a strike

Call centre and walk-in centre employees at pay-TV service provider Multi-Choice will be going on strike this afternoon. They are protesting over the planned retrenchment of more than 2000 people. The Information Communication Technology Union says it is confident that its strike will be effective. The union also says it is expecting other workers to engage in a sympathy strike.

Guest: Lead negotiator on the retrenchments and the media officer of the Information Communication Technology Union, Thabang Mothelo
23
AUG
12am

#UniteBehind stages a protest in Cape Town

Leaders of the campaign #UniteBehind say it is possible to fix the current problems at PRASA which are causing problems with trains. They will stage a protest in Cape Town today to demand safe and reliable trains. #UniteBehind says people who have crippled PRASA through corruption must be held accountable and that people with the relevant skills must be the ones who steer the ship.

Guest: #UniteBehind organiser: Zuki Vundla
22
AUG
2am

The Mediated Conversation - A discussion on the AARTO system

A discussion on the AARTO system, also known as the demerit system has come into effect. It is aimed at getting motorists to comply with the rules of the road in order to reduce the carnage on South African roads.
Guests: Author of the Road Traffic Legislation (AARTO), Alta Swanepoel
Transport expert from the North West University, Ofentse Mokwena and AA spokesperson Layton Beard
22
AUG
2am

Lying about your qualifications could result in jail time

Those who claim to have certain qualifications could face prison time. This is according to the National Qualifications Framework Amendment Act, which came into effect this week. Training institutions that make claims of offering accredited courses will also be prosecuted. Scores of people even at those occupying high offices have previously been found to have lied about their qualifications.
Guest: Joe Samuels, the CEO of the South African Qualifications Authority

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