Daily Podcast – January 19, 2017

19th January 2017 By: Sane Dhlamini - Creamer Media Researcher and Writer

Daily Podcast – January 19, 2017

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande
Photo by: Duane Daws

January 19, 2017.
For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Sane Dhlamini.
Making headlines:

Zuma signs Higher Education Amendment Act

DA wants government to summon Gambian ambassador

And, ANC youth league wants government to stop banking with Absa

 

President Jacob Zuma has signed the Higher Education Amendment Act, which gives Minister Blade Nzimande greater powers to intervene in university matters and furthers the government's higher education transformation plans.

The central theme of the act, signed into law on Tuesday, was to make universities more inclusive, and to move away from old patterns of universities based on racial or language lines and to recognise African schools of thought and knowledge.

 

The DA international relations spokesperson Stevens Mokgalapa yesterday asked the government to summon Gambia's ambassador to South Africa over that country’s President's attempt to stay in power "at all costs".

Gambia had been in a state of emergency since December 1, after President Yahya Jammeh lost an election and then decided not to step down.

Department of International Relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela said the request by the DA was premature.

 

The ANC Youth League will intensify calls for the government to stop banking with Absa, it said yesterday.

The league’s spokesperson Mlondi Mkhize said they will continue to take strong political action and radical campaigns to have the government withdraw its accounts from Absa, just as they are pursuing them to repay the money that they are holding onto.  

The league was reacting to the contents of a leaked Absa draft document from the Public Protector’s office last week.

 

Also making headlines:

The human rights group said Nigerian authorities should provide compensation to victims of the recent bombing of a refugee camp in Rann, Borno State.

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That’s a roundup of news making headlines today