Morning News Wrap Up – 6 May 2015
The City’s attention will be on Joburg mayor Parks Tau today.
Tau is to tell residents and businesses about progress and the city’s plans for the coming financial year when delivers his state of the city address in Braamfontein this morning.
His speech will be delivered under the theme turning challenges into Opportunities,
As KayaFM’s Khayelihle Khumalo reports the mayor will also touch on the implementation of programmes such as the 10-year R100 billion capital investment programme.
Scholar transport is expected to be high on the agenda in Parliament today
This when Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga tables her education budget for the 2015/16 year
The issue of scholar transport has come under the spotlight, after several accidents involving children were recorded this year.
Motshekga is also set to outline the progress made in the last financial year and address other issues including school infrastructure.
Equal Education spokesperson , Nombulelo Nyathela says more needs to be done in schools.
The DA says there is something very fishy with the dismissal of provincial finance department head Stuart Lumka.
The opposition says Lumka never received a fair disciplinary hearing and the process was delayed until his contract expired last month.
Gauteng premier David Makhura has dismissed Lumka for corruption after he was found guilty on two charges which amounted to over R50 million.
Lumka was found guilty of paying R48.8 million to Shimo IT Solutions when the department had no legal obligation to do so.
He further caused the department to suffer irregular expenditure of R2.1 million when he signed the Shimo Project charter.
Mike Moriarty is with the DA….
South Africa could suffer a big blackout as early as the beginning of the winter period.
Eskom is warning that the demand for electricity has sharply increased.
As it currently stands the power utility is facing shortage of generating capacity.
Businesses and households may be asked to shut down during peak hours to ease the strain on the powergrid.
Eskom’s spokesman Khulu Phasiwe says the winter evenings are the time when the country will be most at risk.
The United Nations has raised concerns over the ruling of Burundi’s Constitutional Court validating President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial bid to seek a third term.
The UN is also worried about reports that a senior judge in the Constitutional Court has fled the country after refusing to sign the judgment.
Under the constitution, presidents can only be elected to two terms in office
However it was argued that his first term does not count as he was appointed by parliament.
The announcement has led to renewed protests in the capital.
Stephanne Dujarric is the UN spokesperson.