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Was there a signal block? That is the question

From #PayBackTheMoney to #BringBackTheSignal. What did parliament think of the #SONA2015?

Nikiwe Bikitsha stood-in for Stephen Grootes and spoke to EWN parliamentary senior reporter Gaye Davis on what the different parties thought of the #SONA2015. The world witnessed everything from chants to chaos, but through the noise and the fashion crime, what did everyone think of President Jacob Zuma's #SONA2015?

The speaker says the scrambling device doesn't belong to parliament, and claimed that the device was there but there is an explanation as to why it was there and who placed it there and it was not placed there to stop journalists from reporting

Nikiwe also spoke to Lechisa Tsenoli , Deputy Speaker of National Assembly about the signal glitch during the #SONA2015. She asked him why there was a glitch and if it can be explained, and also why the police were in plain uniform.

The signal jam was a glitch, we don't know why. Why do you think we would know that? Are you thinking we are that crazy to jam the president's microphone? Security services as defined in the law, means the police. Their operational way of working is determined by them, so we cant tell them how to dress, they decide.

With unemployment at an alarmingly high rate, does Telkom plan to cut jobs?

Nikiwe Bikitsha connected with Telkom's media relations head Jackie O' Sullivan about the possibility of Telkom cutting about 10 000 jobs. Jackie clarified the rumors, but she refused to confirm any numbers.

We don't deny that there would be restructuring, we are looking at options on how we can maximize operations. When those projects progress, we'll notify unions we are dealing with. There's no confirmation of any official number of retrenchments because we can't speculate when dealing with people's livelihoods

Nikiwe also spoke to Solidarity Union's spokesperson Marius Croucamp who confirmed communication from Telkom, albeit unclear and worrying.

We received two notifications yesterday, the big worry is that those notices do not specify the number of job cuts. There's a massive distrust between unions and Telkom

EFF suspends Andile Mngxitama

If there's one thing EFF knows how to do, it is keeping themselves in the news. Commissar Andile Mngxitama tried holdning a press briefing before #SONA2015 but members of the party sang a different tune and blows were exchanged. Fast forward to today and the leader has now been suspended. EWN reporter Mia Lindeque reported on the latest, as she [spoke](<iframe width="100%" height="20" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/191568458&color=ff5500&inverse=false&auto<i>play=false&show</i>user=true"></iframe>;) to Nikiwe.

Andile claims that there are plans by EFF members to assassinate him. He also claims Julius Malema is using EFF funds to fund his lifestyle and bankroll Floyd Shivambu, who allegedly drives a Porsche. He says he has proof but no journalist has seen any of it.

Does your own medicine leave a bitter taste in your mouth?

Every weekend, many townships resemble a movie set, with cameras flashing and tourists pilling up like school kids on a science project. It fascinates many people to visit townships and take pictures of what is to many, a normal life. Does this intrusive behavior make life a little awkward for township dwellers? What if the roles were reversed? Live Mag put the camera on the other eye, so to speak. Nikiwe Bikitsha spoke to Sabelo Mkhabela, journalist at Live Mag about this social experiment and what they thought of the reaction they got.

We were not surprised by their reactions, we knew exactly how they would react. They've been treating the township like a zoo, taking pictures of these people in their houses, invading their privacy. This was not a racial issue, we didn't decide to go to white people, we decided to try out a rich suburb irrespective of what race of people live there.

Noeleen 3Talk ends a 12 year run

Queen of SA talk Noeleen Maholwana-Sangqu, presenter of 3Talk for the last 12 years has reached the end of an era. Noeleen will be saying her popular phrase "Do join me" one last time this April. She spoke to Nikiwe Bikitsha about the reasons the show is coming to an end and what her future plans were.

It's been 12 years Nikiwe, at some point you get to a point where you just have to let go. Its like using botox every day and one morning you just accept and let be. I've had great moments and fashion regrets. Some times I wondered why I asked certain questions or wore a certain outfit


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