South Africa 8.3.2016 03:45 pm

Motswaledi addresses Mbeki Aids denialism saga

FILE PICTURE: Parliament, in Cape Town. (Photo: DoC)

FILE PICTURE: Parliament, in Cape Town. (Photo: DoC)

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Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana again said gov would not declare the drought a national disaster.

SA’s agricultural sector has so far accrued losses in the region of R16 billion as a result of a drought that continues to devastate farm lands across the country.

The statement by government’s economic sectors, employment and infrastructure development cluster was handed out at a media briefing by various government ministers in Parliament.

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16:14 Minister Nzimande thanks the Sitas and TVET colleges for their career guidance programmes.


During motions without notice DA MP John Steenhuisen heckled the EFF speaker Phillip Mhlongo saying he needed to take his medicine.

This prompted a furore in the house with the Mhlongo vehemently and angrily arguing that Steenhuisen was not a doctor and therefore could not make any statements on his health.

Mhlongo also charged that a white MP had called him a “piece of sh*t”.

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16:02 Minister Motswaledi addresses the DA on the Mbeki Aids denialism saga. He says SA has the world biggest Aids programme.

16:01 “The quality of roads in Limpopo has improved,” says the ANC.

15:58 The ANC talks about its achievements in Limpopo. Which they say includes the building of Limpopo High Court.


Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan is set to miss the debate on the Budget scheduled to take place on Wednesday in Parliament as he is abroad on an investor roadshow.

National Treasury confirmed on Monday that Gordhan was visiting the United Kingdom and United States this week for discussions with investors, following his annual Budget Speech tabled two weeks ago.

The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) in Parliament was not happy about this.

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15:54 The ANC slams the DA over the education quality in the Western Cape. ANC says the DA has proved that the white vote counts but that of black people doesn’t.

15:53 Cope says the Tlokwe elections were not free and fair. The party says this casts doubt on the integrity of the IEC

15:51 The ANC congratulate Zuma on UN appointment. “The international community continue to acknowledge African leadership.”

15:45 The IFP talks about the drought. They also make mention of lack of voting districts in KZN. “The integrity of the voters roll is in question.”

15:44 DA slams former president Thabo Mbeki for his HIV/AIDS debate. The party says Mbeki claims to be a scientist.

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