Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief
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FlySafair Passenger Dies While Boarding Plane

A man has collapsed and died while boarding a FlySafair flight at OR Tambo International Airport. The airline said the passenger, who was en route to Cape Town on Tuesday, didn’t look well and medical help was sought for him. But he died on the scene an investigation was launched. FlySafair’s Kirby Gordon said they were saddened by the news.

Study: Average Workforce Salary In SA Is R6400 & Not Enough To Live On

While unemployment in South Africa was at an alarmingly high rate at 27.6%, some employed South Africans faced many challenges including earning a salary that wasn’t enough to get by on, despite being part of those fortunate enough to have a job. According to a new study by automated recruitment platform, Giraffe, 29% of working people earned less than the national minimum wage of R3,500 a month. For those earning above the minimum wage, the average salary was R6,400, which was not quite enough to get by on a monthly basis.

MP’s Debate President Ramaphosa’s SONA

The National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces would hold a joint sitting on Tuesday to debate President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (Sona). Ramaphosa delivered his third Sona last week, which focused mainly on the country’s ailing economy. He outlined his vision of a better South Africa which included the creation of two million jobs for young people in the next 10 years.

Sona Debate: EFF’s Chirwa Forced To Withdraw Ramaphosa Comments

Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) MP Naledi Chirwa has been forced to withdraw a statement she made during her maiden speech in the National Assembly. Chirwa was taking part in Tuesday’s debate by parties of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address on Thursday.

Sona Debate – Honorable President, You Are A Prisoner Of The ANC: Freedom Front Plus

Opposition MPs are tearing into President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) for being long on dreams and short on practical steps how to turn the country into the one he imagines possible. Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Groenewald claimed Ramaphosa was essentially a hostage of the ANC.

Sona Debate – Come Clean On Bosasa Or It Will End Your Presidency: Malema

Members of opposition parties have called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to come clean on his Bosasa dealings. Members of Parliament were in a joint sitting in the National Assembly, debating Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (Sona). They criticised Ramaphosa’s speech as uninspiring while calling for an investigation into his Bosasa dealings. Opposition MPs were not the only ones wanting answers from Ramaphosa on Bosasa.

Sona Debate -SA Needs Concrete Action, Not Dreams : Maimane

Members of Parliament have been debating President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (Sona). Last Thursday, the president outlined his plan to take the country forward. But opposition MPs want a clear, bold plan. Opposition MPs picked up from where they left off on Thursday after Ramaphosa’s address. They dismissed his ‘dream’ of a building a new city and a high-speed bullet train.

PIC Inquiry: Matshepo More Gives Details On PIC Relationship With Ayo Technologies

Suspended acting CEO of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) Matshepo More has told the PIC inquiry that while she signed off on the payment of the Ayo Technology Solutions deal, she did not approve or disapprove of the transaction. More has been testifying for a second day at the inquiry into alleged impropriety at the PIC. The R4.3 billion Ayo Technologies deal was in the spotlight with allegations that the company flouted procedure to secure the deal.

What To Look Out For

SABC: Salaries Will Be Paid Despite Financial Crisis

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Tuesday assured its staff that salaries would be paid at the end of June following reports that the broadcaster was struggling to find money to pay employees. Workers union Bemawu said their members were assured that their salaries would be paid.