Author: Lizeka Tandwa

It is concerning that ‘a national chair of the ANC’ holds the view that Mantashe has expressed on the DA federal council chair’s actions, says Zingiswa Losi 22 July 2024 – 21:31 By Lizeka Tandwa The president of the trade union federation Cosatu, Zingiswa Losi, has defended DA federal council chair Helen Zille, asserting her right to hold DA deployees in government accountable. In a surprising turn of events, Zingiswa Losi has voiced support for Helen Zille, the controversial DA federal council chair. Amidst growing tensions between political parties, Losi has stood up for Zille’s right to keep DA members…

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The recent lekgotla focused on strategies to boost the economy, create jobs, and collaborate with businesses to build a capable development state. Key discussion points included reforms to unlock the economy, challenges in water, electricity, and energy sectors, as well as disaster relief efforts following recent flooding in parts of the country. Various ministers held media briefings, with Energy Minister Ramokgopa addressing the critical issue of energy’s impact on economic growth. He highlighted challenges in electricity distribution, underscoring the need for sustainable solutions. Municipalities’ inadequate investment in grid maintenance was seen as a key problem. Minister Hlabisa emphasized the importance…

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South Africa’s International Relations and Co-operation Minister Ronald Lamola has pledged unwavering support for Palestine, vowing to fight against occupation, oppression, and human rights abuses. Speaking at a symposium on national interests and global advancements, Lamola emphasized South Africa’s commitment to standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people. Highlighting the country’s efforts at the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court, Lamola reiterated South Africa’s stance against apartheid and genocide in Palestine. The minister also expressed support for Western Sahara’s quest for self-determination. Despite opposition from political parties like the DA on issues related to Israel and other…

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Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has clarified the policies cabinet members in the government of national unity (GNU) will implement, emphasizing reliance on the national development plan (NDP). She highlighted the importance of the two-day cabinet lekgotla for setting priorities and making decisions. New ministers are advised to engage with directors-general (DGs) before the lekgotla to shape discussions. Ntshavheni emphasized the importance of focusing on the NDP’s goals and targets for effective governance. Despite the NDP’s economic targets missing the mark, the government is committed to achieving Vision 2030. Ntshavheni’s statements imply possible reversals of previous decisions, including one…

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In a dramatic turn of events, talks between the DA and the ANC in Gauteng for a government of provincial unity have failed. The DA is expected to make an official announcement following a meeting with the ANC on Tuesday. The DA sent an advisory to the media titled ‘no deal in Gauteng’ after the two parties could not come to an agreement over a power-sharing deal. This impasse arose after ANC Gauteng premier Panyaza Lesufi postponed the announcement of his executive due to disagreements with the DA. Despite Lesufi’s willingness to appoint the DA to three posts in his…

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Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi faced a deadlock with the DA, leading to the postponement of his executive announcement for the second time. Lesufi was willing to appoint the DA in three posts in his executive, but the party demanded more, causing negotiations to fail. While the ANC in the province explored talks with the MK Party, which seconded its speaker in June, the DA instructed its leaders to boycott the announcement. Despite the setbacks, the ANC remained firm in its commitment to engaging with other parties for a government of unity, refusing to be held at ransom by any party.…

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As the DA demands control of the basic education ministry, tensions rise between political parties following the election results. The ANC’s stronghold weakens, prompting negotiations with potential partners like the DA and IFP. Key members from various parties secure positions in Ramaphosa’s cabinet, sparking debates over portfolio allocations. Contention arises as the DA pushes for proportional representation in cabinet posts, while the ANC aims to maintain control based on electoral mandates. The parties engage in intense negotiations, leading to deadlocks and delays in government formations. Despite challenges, a government of national unity is eventually formed, reshuffling key ministries to address…

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25 June 2024 – 06:46 By Lizeka Tandwa An intriguing offer letter from the ANC to their government of national unity (GNU) partner, the DA, has brought to light the DA’s request for 12 cabinet posts in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration. There’s never been a more important time to support independent media. From World War 1 to present-day cosmopolitan South Africa and beyond, the Sunday Times has been a pillar in covering the stories that matter to you. For just R80, you can become a premium member (digital access) and support a publication that has played an important political and…

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24 June 2024 – 11:56 By Lizeka Tandwa President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to meet with DA leader John Steenhuisen on Monday following a deadlock in power-sharing negotiations over the weekend. There’s never been a more important time to support independent media. From World War 1 to present-day cosmopolitan South Africa and beyond, the Sunday Times has been a pillar in covering the stories that matter to you. For just R80, you can become a premium member (digital access) and support a publication that has played a vital political and social role in South Africa for over a century of…

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