For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Thabi Madiba.
Making headlines: ANC appealing cadre deployment court order; Joburg mayor Amad appoints new MMCs; And, South Africa says its finalising climate plan as Mminele quits
ANC appealing cadre deployment court order
Democratic Alliance MP Leon Schreiber said that the African National Congress is trying to hide its cadre deployment records by appealing the Gauteng High Court order that it must hand over the material to the DA.
Yesterday, Judge Willem Wepener handed down a judgment that ordered the ANC to provide the records to Schreiber within five court days.
This relates to the complete records of the ANC's national cadre deployment committee, including meeting minutes, WhatsApp conversations, email threads, CVs and any other documents, since January 2013. This includes the period President Cyril Ramaphosa was the chairperson of the cadre deployment committee in his capacity as the ANC's deputy president and when state capture was at its height.
The court case came about after the ANC refused Schreiber's request for the records in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act. The court found this decision invalid and unlawful and set it aside.
Shortly after the judgment was handed down, the ANC indicated that it would appeal the decision without specifying any grounds.
Joburg mayor Amad appoints new MMCs
City of Johannesburg mayor Thapelo Amad has appointed eight members to the mayoral committee after extensive consultations with other political parties, with the aim of solidifying the Government of Local Unity partnership in the city.
The new members are Dada Morero as finance MMC, Loyiso Masuku as group corporate and shared services MMC, Jack Sekwaila as environment and infrastructure services MMC, Sepetlele Raseruthe as public safety MMC, Eunice Mgcina as development planning MMC, Nomoya Daphney Mnisi as economic development MMC, Anthea Natasha Leitch as housing MMC and Lubabalo Magwentshu as community development MMC.
Amad has also appointed Kenny Kunene MMC for transport and Ennie Makhafola MMC for health and social development.
And, South Africa says its finalising climate plan as Mminele quits
South Africa is finalising an implementation plan for an $8.5-billion climate finance deal with some of the world’s richest countries even as the head of the Presidential Climate Finance Task Team quit.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Vincent Magwenya said an offer to extend the contract of Daniel Mminele, the head of the team, for three months “is on the table.
Mminele quit after his contract expired as of the end of the year.
The deal, the Just Energy Transition Partnership, was announced at the COP27 climate summit in November and is designed to reduce South Africa’s reliance on coal. It is seen as a prototype for similar agreements with other coal-dependent developing nations. South Africa concluded the agreement with the US, UK, France, Germany and the European Union.
That’s a roundup of news making headlines today
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