Reporter’s Parliamentary Notebook – the Budget Votes Burst Forth, but Little New Emerges

[Daily Maverick] Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize emerged as an exception during the current round of budget votes in Parliament. On Wednesday she announced there would be a discussion document on repositioning her department as a security entity …

[Daily Maverick] Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize emerged as an exception during the current round of budget votes in Parliament. On Wednesday she announced there would be a discussion document on repositioning her department as a security entity - the decision was taken by Cabinet last year and re-affirmed earlier this year - and that the department issued 498,000 more smart ID cards than planned, reaching a total of 6.8-million to date. It was a rare glimpse into government policy, programmes and initiatives among t

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City Budget – the Great Unholy Tshwane Alliance Brings Us Pretoria-On-the-Rhine

[Daily Maverick] Can German-style social democracy work in South Africa? Tshwane Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga, of the Democratic Alliance, thinks it can. His party has formed a coalition on the council, backed up by the Economic Freedom Fighters. And…

[Daily Maverick] Can German-style social democracy work in South Africa? Tshwane Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga, of the Democratic Alliance, thinks it can. His party has formed a coalition on the council, backed up by the Economic Freedom Fighters. And yet, this unlikely gang will be implementing a straight-up version of the ANC's National Development Plan. Can "growth" and "job development" happen in Zuma's downgraded backwater? Msimanga's new city budget, tabled on Thursday, means that we're about to find out. By RICHARD

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Death Rate Doubles for Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon

[IRIN] Beirut -A woman with a pink cloth wrapped around her head climbs out of a window on the fourth floor of a residential building. She peers at the ground far below, clutching onto the window ledge as voices in the background yell at her to come in…

[IRIN] Beirut -A woman with a pink cloth wrapped around her head climbs out of a window on the fourth floor of a residential building. She peers at the ground far below, clutching onto the window ledge as voices in the background yell at her to come inside. Instead, she jumps, her scream lingering for four seconds before she hits the ground.

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National Youth Development Agency Expresses Shock and Dismay On Killing of Young Women and Children

[Govt of SA] The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) expresses its shock and dismay on the sustained killing of young women and children. Synonymous to the passing away of Karabo Mokoena, Lerato Moloi, the young Nombuyiselo Nombewu from Jourbeton,…

[Govt of SA] The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) expresses its shock and dismay on the sustained killing of young women and children. Synonymous to the passing away of Karabo Mokoena, Lerato Moloi, the young Nombuyiselo Nombewu from Jourbeton, Klerksdorp; Bongeka Phungula and Popi Qwabe is the fact that their bodies were found burnt and dumped in the bushes; the latter raped and shot dead.

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Silence, Interrupted – Ngoako Ramatlhodi Has a Story to Tell

[Daily Maverick] On Tuesday EWN started to run stories produced by the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism quoting the former Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi, who appears to have provided the missing piece of the puzzle that wa…

[Daily Maverick] On Tuesday EWN started to run stories produced by the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism quoting the former Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi, who appears to have provided the missing piece of the puzzle that was set out by the former Public Protector's State of Capture Report. Which means it must now surely be agreed by everyone: Ramatlhodi was fired so that Mosebenzi Zwane could put pressure on Glencore because the Guptas wanted their coal mine, and at a good discount. They really

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Q&A – Exploring South Africa’s Proposed Nuclear New-Build

[Daily Maverick] In an exclusive interview, CHRIS YELLAND, investigative editor at EE Publishers, posed a number of questions to Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) CEO Phumzile Tshelane and Chairman Dr Kelvin Kemm, to explore issues sur…

[Daily Maverick] In an exclusive interview, CHRIS YELLAND, investigative editor at EE Publishers, posed a number of questions to Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) CEO Phumzile Tshelane and Chairman Dr Kelvin Kemm, to explore issues surrounding the science, engineering and law aspects of nuclear fuel production and the proposed nuclear new-build in South Africa.

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Unburdening, Uncapturing – Sacc and SACP Take Leadership While ANC Dithers

[Daily Maverick] With 36 member churches and organisations representing millions of Christians, the SA Council of Churches (SACC) is arguably the biggest organised formation in the country. A pastoral letter to be issued across congregations reflecting…

[Daily Maverick] With 36 member churches and organisations representing millions of Christians, the SA Council of Churches (SACC) is arguably the biggest organised formation in the country. A pastoral letter to be issued across congregations reflecting on state capture and the report of their Unburdening Panel could have massive political consequences. The ANC had the opportunity to "unburden" itself of state capture and did not. So for the first time since the height of apartheid, the church is intervening to take on "a g

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A Lesson for Cyril Ramaphosa, From Hillary Clinton

[Daily Maverick] Ahead of its National Elective Conference later this year, the race to become the next President of the African National Congress (ANC) is taking shape with Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma emerging as the main contenders. Wi…

[Daily Maverick] Ahead of its National Elective Conference later this year, the race to become the next President of the African National Congress (ANC) is taking shape with Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma emerging as the main contenders. With the provincial support Dlamini-Zuma recently received, ascending to the forefront of the party won't be easy for Ramaphosa. But, the example of Hillary Clinton's failed campaign against United States President Donald Trump, could provide a lesson. By DAVID REIERSGORD.

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