NEWS: Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi along with Eskom’s acting CEO Collin Matjila are expected to answer tough questions regarding the sale of an old Cosatu building and the purchasing of a new one in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, The Star newspaper reports. Vavi was implicated in an audit that was done by SizweNtsalubaGobodo. Vavi and Matjila are accused of not doing due diligence during the purchasing and the selling of the buildings. Vavi’s spokesperson John Dludlu has said this is just inside politics at play at the federation and that there are people within Cosatu who are trying to destroy Vavi’s reputation.
BUSINESS: Newly appointed Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi has said he will be appointing an inter-ministerial task team that will try and help resolve the labour dispute between the platinum mining companies and their workers. Ramatlhodi told Talk Radio 702’s John Robbie that he wanted to intervene to end the four-month-long labour strike. This comes as talks between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and the mining bosses have deadlocked again.
POLITICS: South African taxpayers will be forking out more than R1 billion for President Zuma’s new cabinet. According to Times Live, the expansion of the cabinet will cost the country more as it is one of the biggest cabinets in the world. Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille has said that adding more ministers will not be effective, as what the country really needs is a leaner cabinet that will better serve the country’s interests.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS: A Sudanese woman on death row gave birth to a baby girl in a Khartoum prison on Monday. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim has been sentenced to death for apostasy – renouncing the muslim faith. The 27-year-old was raised by her Ethiopian Orthodox mother as a Christian because her Sudanese Muslim father left the family when the girl was six. Ibrahim will be allowed to nurse her child for two years before she is hanged.
SPORT: Banyana Banyana will be representing the country in the ninth edition of the African Women’s Championship to be held in Namibia from 11 October. The team qualified after they beat the Comoros 13-0 last Tuesday. The Comoros was supposed to play Banyana Banyana on 7 June but decided to withdraw. “It is very unfortunate that Comoros had to withdraw from the qualifiers as it is not very good for the development of football in Africa. Even though I understand where they are coming from, I believe coming here to play their match would have been more beneficial for them as they would have learned a few other things,” said Banyana Banyana head coach Vera Pauw.
Additional reporting: Sapa