News wrap-05 October
EXTREME POVERTY TO FALL BELOW 10%
The World Bank has said that for the first time less than 10 percent of the world’s population will be living in extreme poverty by the end of 2015. Reducing poverty in the East Asia and Pacific region was highlighted as being key to global progress. In the region, 82.6 million are projected to be living in extreme poverty by the end of this year. This represents a fall from 7.2 percent of the population in 2012 to 4.1 percent this year.
SURGICAL BACKLOGS AT HOSPITALS
In a bid to address surgical backlogs and improve efficiency, The department of health in gauteng has embarked on a week long cataract and athroplasty procedure blitz. This innitiative is aimed at reducing waiting lists at major hospitals like the Chris hani Baragwanath, Steve Biko and Charlotte Maxeke academic.
PAROLE BOARD MEETS ON PISTORIUS RELEASE
The parole board is expected to make a decision on whether to give Oscar Pistorius an early release from prison. The board is meeting today at an undisclosed venue to further discuss the matter. It met last month in Durban – but postponed the hearing for two weeks.
JOBURG ECOMOBILITY TRENDING
Joburg Eco Mobility trended for most of the morning because of its innovative breakthrough. This programme kicked off in the heart of Sandton which is known for its extremely high traffic volumes. Smart transport, public transport usage such as the Gautrain, taxis, park and ride facilities and tuk-tuk taxis are the only mode of travel available.
CONCERN OVER COAL STRIKE
The country’s electricity production will soon be under severe pressure due to the indefinite strike action in the coal sector. Thousands of coal workers affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers started the strike last night. Salary negotiations collapsed last week. The union is demanding a wage increase of 14 percent but the employers are offering between 5 and 8.5 percent. Coal accounts for 94 percent of South Africa’s energy production.
M AND G EDITOR IN CHIEF SPEAKS
The newly appointed Mail and Guardian editor in chief Verashnie Pillay says she wants to attract more modern audience to read her publication. Pillay has been appointed to the post after acting as a deputy editor for a while. She also worked closely with previous editors Ferial Haffajee, Nic Dawes and others. Mail and Guardian has also gone through a rough ride lately.
ANC IN KZN DISTANCES ITSELF FROM SUCCESSION DEBATE
The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has distanced itself from reports suggesting that it supports a call for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa not to succeed President Jacob Zuma. Media reports have increased speculation that KwaZulu Natal is backing Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to succeed President Zuma. Refuting such reports the ANC in that province says it has not yet entered into the succession debate.
D-DAY FOR SA TO SUBMIT EXPLANATION TO THE ICC
South Africa has until end of business today to explain to the International Criminal Court why it did not arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir – when he attended the African Union Summit in Sandton in June. In an order made by the ICC last month, – the Registrar of the ICC, reminded the South African government of the commitment the country has to the Rome Statute. Al-Bashir has been wanted since 2009 on charges of crimes against humanity.
VAVI ARRESTED FOR SPEEDING
Former Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi was reportedly among six people arrested on the R24 for speeding in Edenvale yesterday. Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department could not reveal the names of those arrested before they appear in court. All of them were handed over to Edenvale and Boksburg police stations. Vavi was reportedly driving 207km/h in a 120km/h zone and has been released on bail.
NICO’S TRIAL POSTPONED
The trial of Nico Henning, accused of conspiring to murder his wife Chanelle, has been postponed to June 6 next year. Judge Mahomed Ismail postponed the trial following an agreement between the prosecution and the accused’s legal team. Chanelle was gunned down in a drive-by shooting near her son’s crèche in Faerie Glen on the morning of November 8, 2011. Henning gave himself over to the police shortly after his former friends Andre Gouws and Ambrose Monye,made full confessions to the police about hiring them as hitmen.
LIMPOPO TWELVE PRISONERS ESCAPE
A manhunt has been launched for twelve awaiting prisoners who escaped from two Limpopo police stations. Six escaped from the Mecklenburg police station’s cells and six from Tubatse. In both cases they sawed through the wire mesh roof of the exercise room. Acting provincial police commissioner major-general Lesiba Mashilo has ordered an investigation into both escapes.
3 GOLD SECTOR UNIONS ACCEPT SALARY OFFER
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union is at it again. While mine workers union Solidarity and NUM accepted a three year salary deal made by mines in the gold sector – AMCU has rejected the offer. But under South Africa’s Labour Relations Act – the increase agreed will be extended to all employees – regardless of union affiliation. Global gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti says NUM and Solidarity collectively represent the majority of employees at its operations.
ISRAEL BANS PALESTINIANS IN JERUSALEM
Israel has banned Palestinians from entering Jerusalem’s Old City for two days. The announcement was made yesterday when violence erupted two Israeli’s were stabbed to death. Only Israeli’s, tourists, residents of the area and students will be allowed into the area.
SA REFUTES GLOBAL EDUCATION REPORT
The department of basic education says the latest Global Competitiveness Report is flawed and lacks credibility. The report released by the World Economic Forum is ranking South Africa last out of 140 countries in mathematics and science education. The department says although the level of South Africa’s performance in these studies is cause for concern, we are clearly not the worst in the world.
FLASH FLOODS IN FRANCE
Four people were still missing after flash floods on the French Riviera killed at least 17 people over the weekend. That prompting the government to declare a natural disaster in the southeastern tourist region. Some 5 000 homes were still without electricity after as many as 70 000 suffered blackouts the previous evening. Some 300 police and 543 fire officers were still carrying out search and rescue operations across areas affected by the floods. President Francois Hollande says the government will approve natural disaster status for the area at Wednesday’s cabinet meeting and pledged relief payments to help cover damage within three months.