Cabinet reshuffle talks, ANC January 8 celebrations and e-toll scrapping

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Daily news update – 4 January

ANC will respect whatever decision Ramaphosa takes on Cabinet reshuffle, says Mbalula

With growing calls for President Cyril Ramaphosa to reshuffle his Cabinet following his re-election as ANC leader, the governing party’s top seven officials say they will respect whatever decision Ramaphosa takes relating to his national executive.

ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula, along with the party’s first deputy secretary-general Nomvula Mokonyane and second deputy secretary-general Maropene Ramokgopa, briefed the media in Johannesburg, on Tuesday, on the state of readiness for the party’s upcoming events.

The looming Cabinet reshuffle was among the questions asked by journalists now that Ramaphosa received a fresh mandate from ANC branches to lead the party after his re-election for a second term at the ANC’s 55th national conference in December.

All systems go for ANC conference, January 8 Statement celebrations – Mbalula

Daily news update - January 8
ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula at the governing party’s 55th national conference at the Johannesburg Expo Centre. Photo: The Ciziten/Nigel Sibanda

The African National Congress (ANC) says it’s all systems go for the resumption of its 55th national conference this week.

ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula briefed the media in Johannesburg on Tuesday, on the state of readiness for the governing party’s upcoming events.

The ANC is set to continue its national conference on Thursday, through virtual platforms after it was adjourned on 20 December due to logistical issues.

‘Frustrating, but not surprising’: Outa slams delay in scrapping e-tolls

Daily news update - E-toll
An E-toll gantry is seen along the N1 near Roodepoort, 28 February 2021. Picture: Michel Bega

Wayne Duvenage, the CEO of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), said he is not surprised the deactivation of e-tolls has been postponed, but he added there is no good reason for government’s delay.

The deadline for the deactivation was 31 December 2022. The gantries, however, are still active.

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi said the delay was “due to the need to finalise key components of the MOU between the national government and the provincial government”.

In November, it was announced that Gauteng was expected to contribute 30% of the R43 billion that Treasury needed to decommission e-tolls. This means that Gauteng would have to pay R12.9 billion.

‘A lot of work has been done,’ says Mapisa-Nqakula a year after Parliament fire

Parliament fire: Rebuilding National Assembly to cost over R1bn
Parliament was gutted by fire in January 2022. Picture: Gallo Images/Brenton Geach

It’s been just over a year since a fire gutted parts of Parliament although repairs are yet to begin.

The 2 January blaze left the National Assembly and the Old Assembly wing severely damaged prompting Members of Parliament (MPs) to hold their sessions at the Cape Town City Hall.

Speaking to eNCA on Tuesday, National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula noted that much progress has been made since the fire gutted the buildings after the National Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) expressed concern about delays in finalising the report into the fire. 

‘I want a family, not an institution’, Prince Harry says in new interview

Daily news update - Prince Harry

Prince Harry sees “no willingness to reconcile” in a palace rift where leaks portray him and his wife Meghan as villains, according to interview extracts released Monday.

Harry, 38, said he would nonetheless like to get back his father King Charles III and brother William, heir to the British throne, according to extracts from a television interview to be aired Sunday, days before the prince’s memoirs are published.

Harry and Meghan, 41, lifted the lid on their experiences in the British royal family in a Netflix docuseries last month about the reasons behind their stunning 2020 departure for North America.

Chiefs out for birthday boost against Sekhukhune

Daily news update - Itumeleng Khune
Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune will miss next week’s Carling Black Label Cup. (Gavin Barker/BackpagePix)

Kaizer Chiefs will celebrate their 53rd birthday on Saturday and will hope they can do it with another victory, after starting 2023 in some style.

Amakhosi picked up a 2-0 victory at Golden Arrows on Saturday, to give them hope as they look to mount a DStv Premiership title challenge following the lengthy break for the Fifa World Cup finals.

Still plenty of points behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, Chiefs will have to keep pushing, and their next chance comes on Saturday against Sekhukhune United.

Siya Kolisi released by Sharks to join Racing 92

Siya Kolisi Racing 92
Sharks and Springbok star Siya Kolisi will join Racing 92 in France later this year. Picture: Steve Haag/Gallo Images

Springbok and World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi will play for French club Racing 92 after the World Cup in France later this year.

This was confirmed by the player, the Sharks and Racing 92 early on Tuesday.

Kolisi, who led the Boks to World Cup glory in 2019 in Japan, will be granted an early release from his Sharks contract. Kolisi joined the Durban-based team in 2021 after initially playing at the Stormers.





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