City Press 9/13/2020

City Press is a Sunday newspaper founded in 1982 in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is an agenda setting publication, which specialises in politics, investigations, football, and leading opinion and business pages.

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6 min
corruption: anc plots defence

The Auditor-General’s damning report on Covid-19 funds abuse has caused trepidation within the ANC, particularly its parliamentary caucus, which is now planning a series of measures to obviate “the negative narrative” that will most likely prevail when committee meetings resume next month. The party held a virtual caucus meeting on Thursday, chaired by chief whip Pemmy Majodina, which sought to ensure that all MPs of the governing party were prepared to face opposition party members. “The report affects us negatively as the ANC. We’re approaching by-elections and the negative narrative that’s out there will have a negative impact on the ANC,” Majodina told the meeting. The plans drafted by the caucus included rejecting a request for an ad hoc meeting to deal with the looting of funds, and getting ministers to collaborate with…

3 min
cosatu takes on the state

The challenge in the labour court by the Public Servants Association (PSA) against the department of public service and administration over its failure to implement the final year of the 2018 wage agreement has received a boost, with Cosatuaffiliated unions now set to join the fight after arbitration failed. Cosatu public sector unions; the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu); the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa); the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru); and the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) had initially chosen to negotiate with the department for it to honour the final year of the multiyear wage agreement through the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council. However, following months of negotiations, the unions have thrown in the towel after the bargaining council dispute resolution efforts between the…

1 min

City Press apologises to Reshebile Aviation and Protection Services for reporting as fact and not as allegations that its taxes were not in order in “Fat tender for firm with tax question mark [print] / Umgeni Water awards R220m contract to ANClinked firm with tax question mark [digital]” (City Press, April 14 2019). Reshebile complained to the Press Council that the story was false and misleading and malicious, and that City Press failed to approach the SA Revenue Service to verify the company’s tax affairs, causing it “severe reputational harm”. An adjudication panel convened by the press ombud found that City Press transgressed the Press Code by stating as fact that Reshebile’s taxes were not in order. The panel also found that the headlines in both the print and the online editions…

1 min
is there a story that needs to be heard?

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5 min
sabc must act now to prevent ‘collapse’

A confidential document paints a bleak picture of the SABC’s future if it doesn’t act urgently to prevent its “collapse”. The document also suggests that the public broadcaster is pushing ahead with retrenchments, despite the ANC’s strenuous objections to this process. According to the 68-page presentation by the SABC management last month, seen by City Press, revenue for the past financial year was R1.7 billion below budget. To make matters worse, the anticipated impact of Covid-19 on revenue is estimated to be R2 billion for this financial year. As a result of this bleak picture, coupled with the precarious position the SABC was already in, the public broadcaster was continuing with the section 189 consultation process with relevant stakeholders. However, the SABC board and executive seem to be considering a new organisational structure and…

6 min
level 1: here we come

SETUMO STONE, JUNIOUR KHUMALO, MANDISA NYATHI and VUYO MKIZE When President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation later this week, it is highly likely that the national lockdown will be eased again, this time to level 1, which will reduce restrictions, but will keep the usual health protocols in place. However, health and infectious diseases experts have cautioned that we’re not yet out of the woods. The strongest hint of a lockdown level de-escalation was given by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize earlier this week. “We didn’t have any increase in the number of cases when moving from level 3 to level 2, which was good news for us because we do want to get to normal activity. We will have to move to level 1 and get closer to normal activity, and we hope…