DA and UDM confirm coalition talks underway with opposition and ANC

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has confirmed that it has met with most opposition parties they are interested in forming coalitions with since they obtained significant wins in at the 2016 local government elections recently.

South Africa's leading opposition party claimed victory over the country's liberation party African National Congress (ANC) in Nelson Mandela Bay and City of Tshwane, signalling a new political landscape for South Africa since the 1994 era.

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) led by Bantu Holomisa, also confirmed separate talks with the ANC and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in various areas.

702's Nikiwe Bikitsha (standing in for John Robbie) spoke to the DA's Federal Chairperson, James Selfe, regarding the latest developments in coalition talks.

He said that are areas that are "vital" to not negotiate, but also that there are some areas where they are willing to compromise.

Listen to the interview below:

There are broad points of departure, and what we're doing today is having 3 sets of meetings at which we hope to become more specific about what it is exactly what we want to achieve in those metropolitan councils.

James Selfe, DA Federal Chairperson

Bikitsha also spoke to Holomisa regarding recent developments in possible coalition talks with the governing party, the official opposition of the country and the red berets.

Listen to the interview below:

Read More
Major medical breakthrough: New gene pegged as cause of heart attacks in youth

Major medical breakthrough: New gene pegged as cause of heart attacks in youth

This is being called the biggest medical advancement in South African cardiology since Dr Chris Barnard's first heart transplant.

Parents urged to check tertiary institutions are legit before registering kids

Parents urged to check tertiary institutions are legit before registering kids

The Council on Higher Education says parents need to be wary of the increasing number of fly-by-night tertiary institutions.

New app to detect hearing loss

New app to detect hearing loss

University of Pretoria has developed a new app which uses a smartphone to detect hearing loss.

What we can expect from SABC after inquiry consolidates

What we can expect from SABC after inquiry consolidates

SABC's leadership and parliament has come under fire since the inquiry into the board's fitness to hold office.

LISTEN: Radio veterans, Gordhan, sports stars, celebs say bye to John Robbie

LISTEN: Radio veterans, Gordhan, sports stars, celebs say bye to John Robbie

John Robbie's 30-year run in radio has come to an end with friends, callers and colleagues wishing him a heartfelt goodbye.

2016 news wrap: A look back at the stories that grabbed SA's attention

2016 news wrap: A look back at the stories that grabbed SA's attention

Barry Bateman spoke to Stephen Grootes to unpack the meaning behind the stories that dominated the headlines in 2016.

Popular articles
Cape Town's flexi work hours an 'absolute hit'

Cape Town's flexi work hours an 'absolute hit'

Tax advisory company Grant Thornton has extended remote working and flexible staff hours since the City's announcement.

Read Spur CEO Pierre van Tonder's open letter to Solidarity's Dirk Hermann

Read Spur CEO Pierre van Tonder's open letter to Solidarity's Dirk Hermann

"Dear Dirk, I refer to your open letter published on Maroela Media on 23 May in which you make some contentious statements..."

Grade 6 pupil falls to his death at Edgemead Primary

Grade 6 pupil falls to his death at Edgemead Primary

MEC for Education at Western Cape says an investigation will be launched into the school tragedy.

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

These are the emergency numbers you should have on your cellphone and this is what you must understand about how they work.