September 10, 2012
From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Motshabi Hoaeane.
President Jacob Zuma calls on politicians to resist the temptation to hijack labour disputes.
Somalia will vote for a new President amid fears of fraud in the elections.
And, policy chief Catherine Ashton says the European Union needs to help stem regional water conflicts.
President Jacob Zuma has called on "politicians" to resist the temptation to "hijack" labour disputes for their own purposes.
He said that incitement and inflammatory talk is unnecessary at this stage, as it is not good for the processes currently under way at the conflict-ravaged Marikana mine, nor is it good for our country.
Expelled African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema has addressed the miners at Lonmin since the unrest started about a month ago. He called for a revolution at mines countrywide.
Zuma called on "all stakeholders" to participate in peace talks,which are set to continue. The talks are intended to end the strike at Lonmin for significantly higher wages, and create stability in the area.
Members of Parliament in Somalia will vote for a new President in the first vote of its kind in decades amid fears that the historic election will be rigged and do little to alter the political landscape.
Billed as a milestone in the war-ravaged country's quest to end two decades of violence, graft and infighting. The newly elected Parliament will convene at the police academy in Mogadishu to vote for the next head of state by secret ballot.
More than two dozen candidates are vying for the position. This includes the current President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed and Prime Minister as well as prominent Somalis who have returned from overseas.
The vote is the first to take place in Somalia in decades. It has been made possible by the African Union, as well as Kenyan and Ethiopian troops who have pushed al Qaeda-linked militants out of more areas. As a result, many Somalis have felt it is safe enough to return to rebuild their country.
The European Union's (or EU’s) policy chief Catherine Ashton says European governments must wield their influence and direct engineering skills more effectively to prevent conflicts over water supply that could threaten global security.
The EU has a strategic interest in ensuring stability in regions with some of the world's biggest water problems. This includes North Africa, following the Arab Spring revolts and Central Asia, which holds crucial energy reserves.
Ashton said the Nile basin was a particular concern and if it is managed well, the Nile holds the potential to catalyse regional integration and to help bring prosperity and stability to a vast area.
Water shortages, poor water quality, droughts and floods are likely to affect many places over the next few years. This can lead to instability and insecurity, which could have a direct bearing on Europe, Ashton said.
Also making headlines:
Business Unity South Africa identifies the need for South Africa to redefine corporate success to include a generation of social value.
The trial of Muammar Gaddafi's son in Libya will be delayed by five months.
And, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says South Africa’s health care is declining.
That’s a roundup of news making headlines today.