Politics

iMaverick: South Africa, Friday 26 August

By iMaverick Team 26 August 2011

Eskom tells South Africa to 'switch off'; Jimmy Manyi says he speaks for the cabinet, not individual ministers; land-reform green paper ready for comment, almost; and why Cosatu is in a good mood. By iMAVERICK TEAM.

‘SWITCH OFF,’ SAYS ESKOM

Eskom needs you. That’s the message from its Thursday press briefing, so please listen up. By REBECCA DAVIS.

A BRIEF LOOK: MINISTERS TOLD TO HOLD BACK ON LABOUR LAWS

Government spokesman Jimmy Manyi has denied a tiff between ministers about labour laws, or rather, he didn’t confirm one. But when Cabinet voluntarily clarified some issues to journalists, the hacks started asking questions. CARIEN DU PLESSIS reports.

LAND REFORM GREEN PAPER OUT, AT LAST. ALMOST.

Government’s long-awaited green paper on land reform has been approved by Cabinet and will be available for comment next week. CARIEN DU PLESSIS had a sneak preview and there were no surprises. At least no new ones.

REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: COSATU’S FEELING GOOD

There’s been so much attention focused on those “right wing demagogues” of late, that we’ve all forgotten that the other side of the equation has been rather quiet. Since Cosatu’s central committee meeting six weeks ago, we haven’t really heard from them. But on Thursday the federation’s top officials emerged, fresh, strong and united, from a meeting of its central executive committee. Well, fresh and strong perhaps. And there is also a hint of victory in their eyes. By STEPHEN GROOTES.



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