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Daily Podcast – February 13, 2020

13th February 2020 BY: Sane Dhlamini
Creamer Media Researcher and Writer

For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Sane Dhlamini.

Making headlines: ANC chief whip highlights priorities ahead of SoNA, Motshekga instructs schools to enrol undocumented children after court ruling and, Eskom to offer voluntary retrenchment packages to some staff

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ANC chief whip highlights priorities ahead of SoNA

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Seven months after President Cyril Ramaphosa tabled the first State of the Nation Address after last year's elections, the ANC is expecting a progress report on how he is faring in delivering their manifesto, especially in terms of economic growth.

ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina highlighted the priorities she wants to hear tonight, including investment, youth unemployment, drought, gender-based violence and femicide, state-owned enterprises, health and education.

Ramaphosa's address will take place as two of South Africa's largest state-owned entities, South African Airways and Eskom, continue to struggle. 

 

Motshekga instructs schools to enrol undocumented children after court ruling

Following a ruling by the Eastern Cape High Court in Makhanda on December 12, that schools should admit undocumented children, the Department of Basic Education has now issued a circular instructing schools to comply with the ruling.

Education Minister Angie Motshekga sent a circular to provincial education departments, heads of provincial government sections, district directors, school governing bodies, school principals, all South African schools and governing body associations to follow the precedent set by the court.

However, at the start of the school this year, it has been reported that schools were still turning away undocumented immigrant children despite the ruling.

 

Eskom to offer voluntary retrenchment packages to some staff

Cash-strapped Eskom will start offering a voluntary retrenchment package to managers in non-core operations, as well as employees over the age of 60.

Eskom said that the window for applications will open in the third week of February 2020, with "employee exits planned for end of April 2020".

Last month Eskom's new CEO, Andre de Ruyter said there would be no forced retrenchments at the beleaguered power utility.

The power utility came close to not paying employee salaries in April 2019, after previously announcing it could no longer afford salary increases.

 

That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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