For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Thabi Madiba.
Making headlines: Zondo to rule on Zuma’s recusal application on Wednesday; Eastern Cape coronavirus resurgence driven by cases in Nelson Mandela Bay metro; And, Government and industry sign the sugar master plan
Zondo to rule on Zuma’s recusal application on Wednesday
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said he would deliver judgment on Wednesday on the application for him to recuse himself from the state capture inquiry brought by former president Jacob Zuma’s testimony.
Zondo announced that he was hoping to give judgment this morning but he was still working on it. He said he had quite some documentation to go through carefully.
The deputy chief justice gave Zuma permission to be absent from the inquiry on Wednesday, after the former president’s representatives said he was dealing with a bereavement.
Zondo on Monday heard arguments from Zuma’s legal representatives on why he should not preside over the commission. Proceedings of the day began with Zondo reading a statement in which he outlined his every past interaction with the former president.
Eastern Cape coronavirus resurgence driven by cases in Nelson Mandela Bay metro
The resurgence of cases in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro is largely the driving force behind the new cases found in the Eastern Cape.
According to newly instituted criteria from the national Department of Health, a resurgence is when a province or district shows an increase of more than a 20% in new cases when daily cases are mapped on a seven-day moving average.
In the first two weeks of November, the Eastern Cape saw an increase in the positivity rate from 20% to 26% and it is now up to 34.5%. This, the Eastern Cape health department report said, represented a "rapid increase of cases".
Between 1 and 16 November, there were a reported 12 318 Covid-19 cases in the province and 405 deaths.
And, Government and industry sign the sugar master plan
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel; Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza and sugar industry stakeholders have signed the Sugar Industry Master Plan.
As part of the master plan, industrial users and retailers have agreed to minimum offtake of sugar for a period of three years, with at least 80% of sugar consumption to come from South African farms and millers during the first year, increasing to 95% by 2023.
During this period, the sugar industry has agreed to price restraint and to begin a process of managed restructuring for the industry to help diversify revenue sources.
That’s a roundup of news making headlines today
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