Here’s what is happening in and affecting South Africa today:
- President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken a swipe at the Zuma government, saying that the country has been saved from a downward spiral of corruption. Ramaphosa is on the campaign trail ahead of the 2019 elections. He said the last 9 years were lost to corruption. [EWN]
- The ANC’s head of election, Fikile Mbalula said that the party has become sensitive to receiving funding from “dubious individuals” and is pursuing what it calls ‘clean funding’ for the 2019 elections. The party is expected to launch its 2019 election manifesto this Saturday. [City Press]
- Unisa has been forced to shut down its Sunnyside campus in Tshwane due to student protests. Students want to meet management over academic programmes and financial aids, but failed to get an audience. Unisa encourages students to register online. [ENCA]
- Woolworths staff have been banned from handling shoppers’ bank cards at till points as a new security measure to prevent fraud. The retail group has rolled out new point-of-sale devices, and encourages shoppers to handle their own cards when paying. [BI]
- The South African rand strengthened against the dollar on Monday, adding to strong gains last week as dovish comments by the Federal Reserve chair hurt the US currency. On Tuesday the rand was at R13.94 to the dollar, R17.79 to the pound and R15.95 to the euro.