EldosFM News Wrap Week Ending 2 March 2018 FeaturedWritten by EldosFM News Desk
In our News Wrap this week we bring you all the headline stories & pictures as Petrol Prices are set to come down; we have more news on SASSA Grant Payments while the ConCourt decides on SASSA's fate; The annual Township Marathon was once again a huge success; Another Rehab Center is opened; The Gauteng Premier speaks on the land question in his SOPA; New SA President Ramaphosa reshuffled the cabinet and Schools across the province are gearing up for SGB elections. Read all the details and check out the images further below.
26 February 2018
23rd Township Marathon a success
The 23rd Township Marathon took place on Sunday February 25th 2018.The marathon started as well as finished at the Eldorado Park Stadium in Cumming road. distance options for the participants were between 21,1km and 42.2km for registered athletes, and 60 year-olds and older, had the option to run between 4km and 10km.
Mayor Mashaba and health MMC present at Tladi Rehab opening
Mayor Councillor Herman Mashaba alongside Doctor Mpho Phalatse MMC for health and social development attended the opening of the Tladi Community Based Substance Abuse Treatment Center today. These centers are all in effort to assist vulnerable communities to reduce the substance abuse statistics. These centers will compliment services rendered by private and public rehab institutions which are not accessible and affordable to financially strained residents.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura says SA needs fresh approach regarding the land question during SOPA
During the State of the Province Address earlier today Gauteng Premier David Makhura says he welcomes the African National Congress (ANC) resolution to confiscate land without compensation, he however says South Africa needs a fresh approach to the land question and that it needs input from political parties, civil society and businesses to address the injustice. The premier also touched on problems around youth unemployment, crime and healthcare but says significant progress has been made.
Meanwhile the EFF protested outside the provincial parliament demanding the premier answer for the deaths of patients at Life Esidimeni.
27 February 2018
Ramaphosa reshuffles his cabinet
The South African president Cyril Ramaphosa reshuffled his cabinet last night. Prior to his cabinet reshuffle the rand was stronger against the dollar. The cabinet has seen some ministers going back to their previous positions. Malusi Gigaba will take the reins again as the Minister of Home Affairs, while Bheki Cele has returned to his post as the Minister of Police and Blade Nzimande is the new Minister of Transport. Nhlanhla Nene *will be sworn in as the Minister of Finance. Ramaphosa says those who have not been sworn in will be sworn in today or during the coming week.
Petrol prices set to drop in March
Motorists can look forward to a drop in fuel prices in March. Thanks to a stronger Rand petrol prices are expected to drop by 38 cents a litre and diesel by 47 cents. It is reported that if the rand maintains the current stability against the dollar the petrol prices will keep on decreasing.
01 March 2018
Con Court to decide SASSA's fate on March 6th
Pearl Bhengu interim CEO of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) unravelled that the Constitutional Court will make a ruling on March 6th based the agencies request to extend their contract with Cash payment services by an additional six months. Yesterday Bhengu and the newly elected Social Development minister Susan Shabangu appeared in parliament to update members of parliament on the department’s decision to move the social grant scheme from CPS by April 1st. The agency now has less than 31 days to migrate from CPS. Bhengu yesterday told parliament that there were essential developments last week after they had requested to extend their contract with CPS earlier last month.
02 March 2018
SGB’s play a pivotal role in schools
As Public schools across the country are set to elect their SGBs from the first to the 31st March the Gauteng Basic Education Department says school governing bodies play a major role in the functionality of schools. Spokesperson Steve Mabona says SGBs assist the department with the governance, financial administration, maintenance and appointment of staff at the school.
SASSA says they making progress with in-sourcing grant payments
With doubts and questions still swirling around the South African Social Security Agency's ability to pay social grants, the agency says it's making progress with in-sourcing grant payments. The agency says it's on course to achieving its goal of ensuring that social grant payments are in-sourced as they have already made transfers to over two million personal bank accounts for this month. Spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi has advised beneficiaries to ignore claims that the current Sassa card has expired as the life span of the card has been extended to December 2018. The Constitutional Court is due to rule next week Tuesday on whether it will allow Sassa to extend its contract with Cash Paymaster Services for another six months as it works to migrate the social grants scheme.
More images from the 23rd Annual Township Marathon
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