Daily podcast - 30/07/2009

30th July 2009 By: Amy Witherden

Thursday, July 30, 2009
From Creamer Media in Johanneburg, I'm Amy Witherden.
Making headlines:
Opposition parties assert that President Jacob Zuma has made a mistake in appointing a political ally with no professional crime-fighting experience as the new National Police Commissioner.
Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) spokesperson Velaphi Ndlovu says that Bheki Cele's appointment "is nothing more than a political promotion for one of Zuma's closest allies". The Democratic Alliance (DA) says that Zuma is repeating the mistake that former President Thabo Mbeki made when he appointed Jackie Selebi, a political associate, as Police Commissioner. The Congress of the People says that it does not trust Cele to be impartial. United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa says that Selebi's stint as Commissioner proved that appointing a civilian to lead the police was bad for morale, and the Freedom Front Plus is disappointed that Zuma did not make an appointment from within the ranks of the police.
The African National Congress and the South African Communist Party, on the other hand, have welcomed Cele's appointment, with his experience "in the forefront of fighting crime in KwaZulu-Natal."

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has announced that it will mobilise up to $17-billion in new resources to lend to 80 of the world's poorest countries that are most at risk from the global economic crisis.
The IMF says that demand for loans from poor countries, mostly in Africa, has exceeded its projections, as government revenues have been strained by a sharp decline in global trade and investment as well as volatile commodity prices.
The fund says that it will substantially increase resources for low-income countries by up to $17-billion over the next six years. In the first six months of 2009, the IMF has lent or committed about $3-billion, which is more than the last three years combined.
IMF MD Dominique Strauss-Kahn says that this is an unprecedented scaling up of IMF support for the poorest countries in the world. The fund has transformed its relations with low-income countries and responded directly to an international consensus on how to deal with the global crisis.

The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) says that the importance of media freedom has been upheld by a court ruling allowing media access to the Judicial Service Commission's (JSC's) preliminary inquiry into allegations against Cape Judge President John Hlophe.
News editors involved in the court application, say that the judgement is an endorsement of the Constitutional role of the media.
Advocates for the Mail & Guardian and e.tv, argued that the original decision to exclude the public from the JSC hearing, breached fundamental principles of the Constitution and administrative justice.

Also making headlines:
The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform says that it will review its 'use or lose' land policy.
Analysts think that statistics released yesterday indicating a slowing in inflation to 6,9%, may reopen debate for more rate cuts.
President Jacob Zuma urges teenagers at a Youth Leaders Summit to do everything they can to succeed.
And, World Trade Organisation DG Pascal Lamy says that political promise must match negotiating performance if a Doha trade deal is to be agreed.

That's a roundup of news making headlines today.