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Daily Podcast - March 07, 2017

7th March 2017

By: Thabi Madiba
Creamer Media Research Assistant and Reporter

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March,07 2017.
For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Thabi Madiba.

Making headlines:
Parliament to consider final SABC inquiry report
Trump signs new Muslim travel ban excluding Iraq
And, Dlamini to face Scopa over grants crisis

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Parliament will today consider the final report of the ad hoc committee looking into the South African Broadcasting Corporation board’s fitness to hold office.

The debate in the National Assembly will be one of the final steps before the recommendations contained in the report can be implemented. The document was tabled last week.

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After weeks of hearings and intense days of finalising the recommendations, the committee resolved to leave Communications Minister Faith Muthambi’s fate in the hands of President Jacob Zuma.

 

US President Donald Trump has signed a revised travel ban that will temporarily halt entry to the US for people from six Muslim-majority nations.

Under the order announced yesterday, a 90-day ban on travel to the US will be imposed on citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

Unlike the previous ban, the new directive does not include Iraq in its list of countries targeted, following pressure from the Pentagon and State Department, which had urged the White House to reconsider, given Iraq's key role in fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group.

Travellers holding pre-existing visas would still be allowed entry, according to the new order.

 

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini is expected to face Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts today, to discuss the impending social grants crisis.

Yesterday, the South African Social Security Agency project leader Zodwa Mvulane told reporters that they had entered into a new contract with Cash Paymaster Services.

In April 2014, the Constitutional Court instructed the Department of Social Development to take over the payments of grants by the end of March 2017, after it found irregularities in the appointment of CPS, the company responsible for grants distribution. It declared the contract invalid, but suspended the order until a new arrangement had been made.


Also making headlines:
WHO says urgent aid needed to prevent famine in Somalia


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