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Daily Podcast – October 05, 2021

5th October 2021

By: Thabi Madiba
Creamer Media Senior Research Assistant and Reporter

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

Making headlines: IEC responds to ActionSA, saying party did not abbreviate its name; More than 18-million vaccine doses administered in South Africa; And, Mboweni says rats and mice' acting as leaders have worsened the economic crisis

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IEC responds to ActionSA, saying party did not abbreviate its name

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The Independent Electoral Commission has responded to ActionSA’s claim that its name was intentionally omitted from draft ballot papers for Gauteng ward candidates.

The IEC said the party had elected not to register an abbreviated name or acronym when registering.

Ward ballot papers usually show the name of the candidate, a photograph of an independent candidate, the party’s logo and the registered abbreviated name of the party.

On Monday, ActionSA said it would head to court after the IEC failed to meet the party’s 10:00 deadline to add ActionSA’s name to ballot papers for the upcoming local government elections.

The IEC said that the insinuation that the Commission is acting without due impartiality is “without foundation and mischievous”.

 

More than 18-million vaccine doses administered in South Africa

More than 18-million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in South Africa.

The vaccination programme numbers were bolstered by the Vooma campaign held from Friday to Sunday, which saw more than 300 000 people receiving jabs over the weekend.

The weekend campaign aimed to deliver jabs to as many people as possible to ensure full vaccination before the festive season. Those who received their first jab as part of the Vooma campaign will be eligible to receive their second dose in early December, meaning they will be fully vaccinated before the festive season.

Despite the high number of vaccinations, the campaign fell short of its target of vaccinating 500 000 people against Covid-19 in one weekend.

 

And, Mboweni says rats and mice' acting as leaders have worsened the economic crisis

Former finance minister Tito Mboweni has likened his time in office as being in a war - where he had to guard public resources from corruption.

Mboweni resigned from his position as finance minister in August.

He said values-based leadership should be distinguished and distinguishable from the rats and mice that masquerade as leaders in the world and eat away the country’s future.

Global leadership must be believable and trusted by the people, he said.

Mboweni spoke out against the harsh effects of corruption on economic growth, and the need for leaders to live "simple" lifestyles and being connected to the society they serve.

 

That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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