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Daily podcast - July 23, 2009

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23rd July 2009

By: Amy Witherden

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Thursday, July 23, 2009
From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I'm Dennis Ndaba.
Making headlines:
South Africa can become a wealthier, safer place if partnerships are utilised, said African National Congress treasurer-general Mathews Phosa at a leadership summit yesterday.
"There needs to be partnerships between government and business, government and the opposition, government and labour, government and civil society," he said. Both government and the private sector have a responsibility to create a future for all the citizens of South Africa.
For such partnerships to flourish, Phosa emphasised the need for transparency, accountability, ethics, and a policy of zero tolerance towards corruption.
"There just has to be a common goal of contributing to South Africa," he said.

Pressure on policymakers to resort to contingency measures and other trade-restricting actions, is likely to increase going forward, particularly if unemployment rates continue to grow, said World Trade Organisation (WTO) director-general Pascal Lamy yesterday.
Speaking at the launch of the WTO's 2009 ‘World Trade Report', in Singapore, Lamy emphasised that well-balanced trade contingency measures could act as safety valves to help WTO members deal with a number of unanticipated market situations. However, these measures have to be "used with care", especially during the crisis.
The report highlights that the response of governments around the world will play a big role in determining the magnitude and the duration of the decline in trade volumes.
The WTO has further revised its forecast for world merchandise trade, to a decline of 10% for 2009, compared with its previous estimate of a 9% decline. It predicts that Asia will be the first region to emerge from the crisis.

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Court papers are expected to be filed shortly, to prevent the appointment of a permanent successor to axed National Prosecuting Authority boss Vusi Pikoli.
It was reported yesterday that the Presidency had informed Pikoli that a permanent successor would be appointed, despite Pikoli challenging his dismissal in court.
Pikoli has written to Judge President Bernard Ngoepe of the High Court in Pretoria, asking for a court date for his case, in which he is challenging his dismissal on the grounds that it was unconstitutional and "flawed".
The Democratic Alliance says that President Jacob Zuma should not proceed with the appointment of a permanent successor until the matter is finalised.

Also making headlines:
The Water and Environmental Affairs Department is to propose a basic refuse removal policy to assist communities that cannot afford waste removal services.
President Jacob Zuma and businessperson Richard Branson agree on the establishment of a disease control centre in South Africa, to be initiated and largely funded by Branson's Virgin Unite foundation.
And, Zimbabwe raises wages for State employees by one-half, in the hope of slowing a drain of skilled workers.
That's a roundup of news making headlines today.

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