Discussing Cape Town Airport’s name change

Cape Town, June 4, 2018 –  A public meeting is being held to discuss the proposed name change of Cape Town International Airport. Nelson Mandela, Robert Sobukwe and Albertina Sisulu are other names being considered. Airports Company of South Africa, however, says suggestions are still being accepted. Cape Town International Airport is one of four airports that are going to be renamed as part of the Transformation of Heritage Landscape government programme. eNCA’s Pheladi Sethusa is attending the meeting and brings you the latest.

It wasn’t long before tension in the room grew to a fever pitch.

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The Spotlight: Memes

Cape Town, May 26 2018 – Did an event even happen if there aren’t memes about it? The Royal Wedding wasn’t even over yet and timelines across the world were flooded with quirky reactions. My colleague Pheladi Sethusa rounds up the funniest ones and delves into meme culture.

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Parliamentary work on land expropriation starts

Cape Town, 11 May 2018 – The parliamentary process for land expropriation without compensation, will start in earnest in mid-July. That’s when the window for public written submissions closes. The Constitutional Review Committee has now even pushed back their report back date, as their first mammoth task is sifting through thousands of submissions. eNCA’s Pheladi Sethusa reports.

Get ready to pay more for South African wine

Cape Town, 9 May 2018 – Wine producers in the Western Cape have suffered a 200-thousand ton loss, as a result of the ongoing drought. This year’s harvest is the lowest in12 years. Industry experts say this is why consumer prices have to be increased. eNCA’s Pheladi Sethusa reports.

Cosatu’s Western Cape chairperson steps down

Cape Town,  1 May 2018 – With a career in activism spanning more than 40 years, Cosatu’s Western Cape Provincial chairperson says it’s time to leave his position. Tony Ehrenreich says his activism began when he was just 13, at a solidarity march after the 1976 massacre in Soweto. On this May Day, eNCA’s Pheladi Sethusa takes a brief look at his career. Watch the full story here. 

Philippi Horticulture Area still under threat

Cape Town, 29 April 2018 –  It’s been called Cape Town’s own vegetable basket, in the heart of the city. The Philippi Horticultural Area contributes almost one-billion rand to the local economy, and indirectly employs 30-thousand people. But the most productive part of this urban agricultural hub, is under threat from development. eNCA’s Pheladi Sethusa explores.

Reaction to progress towards free higher education

Cape Town, 24 April 2018 – Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor, earlier today gave feedback on government’s progress towards implementing free higher education. For some reaction, eNCA reporter, Pheladi Sethusa, speaks to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s Lauren Kansley.

Cape Town underspends allocated budget

Cape Town,  19 April 2018 – Close to R2-billion of the 2017/2018 budget that has been allocated to Cape Town has not been spent, even though the city is in the grips of its worst drought ever. Mayor Patricia de Lille has vowed not to let this money be misspent. Watch full story here. 

[EXCLUSIVE] Former apartheid agent speaks about targeting #WinnieMandela

George, Western Cape, 8 April 2018 – Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was the target of the apartheid regime’s most concentrated propaganda campaign. A former security operative of Stratcom has said there were spies planted in the Mandela Football Club. Paul Erasmus has now also claimed, for the first time, that the entire club and others close to Winnie Mandela were spies. Xoli Mngambi sat down with him.

NOTE:  Was lucky enough to help with interviewing Erasmas for this piece, unforgettable experience hearing all he had to say.

 

No April fools as SA reacts to VAT increase

Cape Town, 1 April, 2018 – The recent VAT increase will take its toll on low-income households, which often use most of their money on consumable goods.

Unions and NGOs say the planned review of zero-rated goods is necessary to offset the financial burden of the increase.

There are 19 basic food items that are not affected by the VAT increase.

They include brown bread, milk powder, maize meal and vegetable oil.

This list is meant to be a way of reducing the VAT burden on low-income consumers. Watch full story below.