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Mpofu on Marikana report, WCape govt ending red tape, Tovey's new Safa role

Image: South African police arrest a miner in Marikana on September 15, 2012. A year after police shot dead 34 strikers and wounded dozens at South Africa's Marikana platinum mine, survivor Mancwando Malala is plagued by painful injuries, little money and a fear for his life. - Copyright : AFP/File Alexander Joe

'There are significant points where their evidence is simply ignored' - Mpofu on Farlam Report

Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: Sunday saw lawyers for the families and widows of the injured and arrested Marikana miners as well as Amcu (Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union) briefing their clients about the Farlam Commission's report on the events of August 2012 in Marikana. One of the legal representative for the injured miners, Advocate Dali Mpofu:

My own reaction was kind of sceptical at first, but I think yesterday's event was quite a deal-breaker for me, it was quite an emotional session we had yesterday (the session where the report was being explained to the families of the injured and arrested). I haven't even been able to sleep since then. (What the families had been expecting) I think they had been expecting that their evidence would be taken into account - obviously, they weren't expecting that everything would be 100% according to their version - but I think there are very significant points where their evidence is simply ignored, for lack of a better word.

This morning, EWN will be hosting a Marikana Debate from 10 am to Midday at Primedia Place on Gwen Lane, Sandown. The panel taking part will include Cosatu, the EFF, Amcu and the Institute for Security Studies amongst others. The ANC, NUM and Lonmin have also been invited. Catch the livestream here

Winde to table successes in WC on ending 'red tape' in govt

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Heard on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies: three years after having launched the Red Tape Reduction Unit, Western Cape MEC for Economic Opportunities Alan Winde will be tabling on their successes with regards to this initiative. Winde has been vocal about the need to tackle red tape to improve the environment of doing business in local municipalities, where red tape is said to have particularly affected small and medium sized enterprises. Between the years 2013 and 2014, the unit received more than 1000 queries, with a 90% resolution rate:

You always hear about this and three years ago when I started this unit called 'The Red Tape Reduction Unit', and it doesn't matter where you are in the world, all politicians talk about it and it gets measured all around the world in different ways. What I'm after is that over time, we build a brand which says that if you come to the Western Cape or internationally, they can say 'that very Southern tip of Africa - gee, that's a very easy place to do business!' We've got a long way to go because red tape is that thing that we've - and when I say 'we' I mean us as politicians, we are called 'legislator lords', we write laws, we pass them and enact them and they get in the way of us achieving what we need to achieve - and I think so often we don't do regulatory impact assessments or we don't ask ourselves the question often which is 'why did we put this rule in place?'

Tovey's new placement as Safa Technical Director and what this means for our soccer

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Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: one of Bafana's longest-serving captains and soccer legend Neil Tovey has been named the South African Football Association (Safa)'s new Technical Director. Tovey unpacks what the role means not only for him but for football development in South Africa:

I'm pretty confident, but it's a huge task. There are obviously areas of priority that I need to address and try to get our football to another level. (On what the position of Technical Director entails) there are a lot of areas to cover; people have linked the technical director to looking after the national team, but there's a lot more than that. There's a whole lot of different spheres to it, there's the development, there's the youth development, there's the coaching of the coaches, there's even the refereeing to a certain degree, there's competitions and quite a few levels that we need to get our younger teams in there and put academies together in the provinces and get these youngsters at age 13, 15 to play at a higher level.


This article first appeared on 702 : Mpofu on Marikana report, WCape govt ending red tape, Tovey's new Safa role


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