Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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Retaining Mboweni, Gordhan Key To Rooting Out Rot At State Owned Enterprises

President Cyril Ramaphosa has reorganised his economic ministries, keeping Finance Minister Tito Mboweni at Finance, while Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is set to continue his clean-up of state-owned enterprises. Retaining Mboweni in Finance and Gordhan at Public Enterprises are key to rooting out the rot at state-owned enterprises and overhauling Eskom.

ANC Alliance Partners Pleased With Ramaphosa’s Cabinet Consultation Process

African National Congress (ANC) alliance partners said they were happy with the process of consultation that led to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet. The president announced 28 ministers and 36 deputy ministers in what he calls a journey to eventually trim the executive. The South African Communist Party’s Solly Mapaila said that the consultation included the appointment of Good party leader Patricia de Lille as Public Works and Infrastructure Minister.

Business Welcomes Ramaphosa’s New Cabinet

Business has given President Cyril Ramaphosa the thumbs up following his Cabinet announcement, with Finance Minister Tito Mboweni keeping his portfolio. On Wednesday, Ramaphosa announced he would be reducing his Cabinet from 36 to 28 ministers. Business Leadership South Africa’s Bonang Mohale said they were confident Ramaphosa’s team had the necessary tools to adequately tackle the country’s challenges.

Springs Police Declare Etwatwa Off-Ramp High-Risk Crime Area

Police in Springs on the East Rand have declared the N12 Etwatwa off-ramp a high-risk crime area following a spate of murders, hijackings and robberies. Last week, a 19-year-old man and a woman in her 20s were murdered in an attack by at least three gunmen near a bridge above the N12. The Springs police station’s Johannes Ramphora has urged road users not to stop in the area.

Transnet Manufacturing Facilities Relocation Costs Hiked From R9M To R300M

The state capture commission of inquiry has heard how the quoted cost of relocating Transnet train manufacturing facilities from Johannesburg to Durban grew from R9 million to more than R300 million. MNS Attorneys’ Thobani Mnyandu made the submission at the public hearings in Parktown on Thursday.  Mnyandu presented the findings of the investigation into the relocation of train facilities.

Amplats Illegal Strike Ends, Sacked Miners Reinstated

An illegal strike that led to the dismissal of over 600 employees at the Mototolo mine run by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has been resolved and the workers will be reinstated, the company said on Thursday.  Workers belonging to the General Industrial Workers Union of South Africa (Giwusa) downed tools on 12 May following a dispute over the employees’ medical scheme, despite an interim South African court interdict against any strike action.  In response, Amplats fired 643 underground workers after its appeal to end the strike was ignored.

Trevor Manuel Wins Defamation Case Against EFF

Trevor Manuel has won his defamation case against the Economic Freedom Fighters on Thursday.  The Gauteng High Court found the statements made by the EFF to be defamatory and false and that the publication of the statement was unlawful.  The EFF has been given 24 hours to remove the statement from all of their media platforms.

Martin Bester Brings Opera-singing South African Uber Driver To Tears

A talented Uber driver made headlines over the weekend for making someone’s day with his talent. This morning, Martin Bester returned the favour. Davey was so impressed with his voice that she recorded him and posted it on social media. She captioned the post: “My Uber driver this morning in Durban, Menzi Mngoma, a 27-year-old musicology graduate, sang opera to me on the way to my meeting! Made my day! No opportunities for him in South Africa, he has resorted to being an Uber driver to earn a living. What a talented and special human being. Any agents out there who could assist him in making his dreams come true, message me.”

What to Look Out For:

Ramaphosa’s Dream Team: 5 New Cabinet Members To Watch Out For

In announcing his Cabinet, Ramaphosa said he undertook several factors into account, including experience, continuity, competence, and generational mix, among other things. The president said the new ministers would be closely monitored against specific outcomes, and action would be taken if they fail in their departments. These are five ministers and deputies to look out for in the sixth administration:

Reward Offered For Information On Mistakenly Released Convicted Murderer

Police have offered a reward for information that could lead to the rearrest of a convicted triple-murderer.  Phelo Mtala has been on the run ever since he was mistakenly released from custody at the Wynberg Magistrates Court last week. But Mtala managed to fool court officials when he posed as another accused who was actually to be released.

EFF To Appeal High Court’s Ruling On Manuel Defamation Case

Former finance minister Trevor Manuel on Thursday welcomed the ruling by the Johannesburg High Court against the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) that comments the party made about him were defamatory and false, saying the red berets cannot be allowed to get away with spreading lies without consequences.  Meanwhile, the EFF has said it would not retract its “correct observation” and would appeal the ruling.