Friday news

Missed out on any news stories this Friday? Don’t worry, we’ve got you sorted with five of the most important stories that made headlines today.

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What you should know about the new law Ramaphosa’s Political Party Funding Act

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President Ramaphosa introduced a new law today, The Political Party Funding Act, which will regulate public and private funding of political parties.

“The implementation of the Political Party Funding Act will have far-reaching consequences for good governance and ethical political activity. It will strengthen the confidence of citizens in the democratic political process and enable them to assert their right to information.

“The implementation of the Political Party Funding Act will have far-reaching consequences for good governance and ethical political activity. It will strengthen the confidence of citizens in the democratic political process and enable them to assert their right to information.

“At the same time, through the establishment of the Represented Political Party Fund, which provides public funding to parties, and the Multi-Party Democracy Fund, which funds parties from private sources, the Act seeks to ensure that all represented political parties receive sufficient funds for their work in a fair and equitable manner,”

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

Read more on BusinessTech.


Covid-19 Death Rate Higher In Africa From “Second Wave”

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Due to a lack of resources, such as ventilators and other lifesaving equipment in Africa, the death rate from the hard-hitting “second wave” is significantly higher than the global average

“You’re overwhelming the ability of nurses, doctors to manage patients. Because of that there will be inadequate attention and care… to patients because we have limited beds, limited supplies.”

Africa CDC director John Nkengasong

Read more on eNCA.


KZN To Be Hit By Tropical Cyclone This Weekend

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KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has placed disaster management teams on alert as tropical storm Eloise approaches southern Africa.

“Eloise now presents a serious threat to Mozambique’s coasts for the weekend. Eloise is in fact expected to become a very dangerous cyclone (intense cyclone stage possible) with impacts that can be felt at a distance from the center. A significant deterioration in the weather will set in from Friday and continue this weekend, with a landing scheduled for Saturday. Residents of the area are invited to immediately follow the instructions issued by the local authorities,”

Météo-France

Read more on IOL


Courts Dismissal Of Thales Challenge Could Pave The Way To Take Zuma To Court

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French arms firm, Thales, has had its motion to dismiss the fraud and racketeering charges against it, in relation to the Arms deal, rejected. This could pave the way for Jacob Zuma (the co-accused) to be brought to justice.

Why does the State want to charge Thales with Zuma when they do not know anything about these payments? Shaik conducted that enterprise which engaged in a pattern of racketeering activities. From 1995 to March 2000 there is no evidence that Thales was aware of these payments [to Zuma] let alone that it participated.”

Barry Roux SC

Read more on News24 & Daily Maverick.


Chaos In Senate Could Slow Biden’s Agenda

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While Joe Biden tries to unify America, the US Senate is pre-occupied with Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial which could prevent the new president from passing meaningful legislation any time soon

“If and when our Democratic friends depart from common sense, when they retreat from common ground, when their proposals would harm the common good — then we’ll use the power the American people have given us to push for what is right.”

Senator Mitch McConnell

Read more on The Hill.


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