Sunday Times Politics Weekly

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The weekly political show by top journalists of the Sunday Times discussing the week's biggest stories, toughest topics in a tight and guided conversation.

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Masualle on why Ramaphosa must go, ANC factions, NEC, Mkhize as president

Public enterprises deputy minister Phumulo Masualle, chatting to Sunday Times Politics Weekly, says some candidates for the ANC top six don’t deserve support.
He motivates why President Cyril Ramaphosa's time in office has expired and rallies behind former health minister Zweli Mkhize. Ramaphosa and Mkhize are the only candidates running for presidency next month when the party elects new leadership.
Masualle has received most support for his bid to be the next ANC secretary-general from KwaZulu-Natal, while most of his home province, the Eastern Cape, supports former KZN secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli.
He prides himself on his “absolute” integrity and says he does not have sleepless nights over “shady dealings” during his tenure as Eastern Cape premier. Masualle alleges people tried to tarnish his name by depositing funds meant for former president Nelson Mandela's funeral into his personal bank account. Reports suggest the amount deposited was R250,000.
He reflects on his leadership legacy in the Eastern Cape.

Podcast hosted by Mawande AmaShabalala, production by Bulelani Nonyukela.

Mdumiseni Ntuli diagnoses the ANC, chats Zuma incarceration fabrications

ANC “top six” contender Mdumiseni Ntuli spoke to Sunday Times Politics Weekly.
He assesses the governing party and speaks about “lies” he found himself embroiled in with former KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala, including plotting to have former president Jacob Zuma incarcerated.
Ntuli is running for the secretary-general position. He is confident he will receive the support of most provinces at the December elective conference and is prepared to declare his financial statements.
He says the ANC will have no future if its leadership is not changed.
Ntuli, now former ANC KwaZulu-Natal secretary, also speaks about “negative campaigns” against him before the 2017 conference at Nasrec.
He joins the host of the episode, Kgothatso Madisa.
Production by Bulelani Nonyukela.

Mashatile talks positions, SOEs, Phala Phala, former presidents

Paul Mashatile hosted the Sunday Times Politics Weekly team at his home to chat, rolling up his sleeves to be “hands on deck” if elected ANC deputy president next month.
He is ANC treasurer-general and speaks about his rise to the position. The governing party will elect its new leadership at its elective conference from December 16 to 20 and Mashatile has been nominated for deputy president, along with Ronald Lamola, Mmamoloko Kubayi, Senzo Mchunu, Phumulo Masualle and Oscar Mabuyane, among others.
South Africa has been hit hard by load-shedding this year, but Mashatile said solutions are being implemented and load-shedding will end, but it needs the private sector to come on board.
The host of the special edition of the podcast is Sunday Times journalist Kgothatso Madisa, produced by Bulelani Nonyukela.

Mokonyane alleges assassination attempts, talks contestation, weeps over Duarte

ANC deputy secretary-general hopeful Nomvula Mokonyane opens up to Sunday Times Politics weekly about dirty politics, why she is contesting and corruption-accused Bosasa.
She is hoping to win an ANC secretary-general position when the party holds its elective conference next month.
The former environmental affairs minister hosts Kgothatso Madisa at her home and reflects on her relationship with late ANC acting secretary-general and anti-apartheid activist Jessie Yasmin Duarte.
Mokonyane describes herself as a community activist and wants the party’s headquarters, Luthuli House, to be a vibrant house full of activists.

We need to transition from generation that fought for freedom, says Lamola

ANC deputy president hopeful Ronald Lamola talks to Sunday Times Politics Weekly about his personal life and politics.
In conversation with special edition host Kgothatso Madisa from his home, Lamola focuses on his life before politics and what he can offer should he pin down the position. 
The ruling party is expected to hold its national elective conference next month, at which its new top six leaders will be elected. Nominations close on Monday.
The justice and correctional services minister says Cyril Ramaphosa should return as president as he has rebuilt SOEs and laid a foundation for the ANC's renewal.

I need to put on my big girl panties and keep going: Phalatse

Recent political events in coalition-run municipalities have cast doubt on the viability of such governments. A prime example is Johannesburg, whose mayor Mpho Phalatse and speaker Vasco da Gama were removed last month after no-confidence motions.
Phalatse was ousted by an ANC-led coalition that included the EFF and Patriotic Alliance (PA). 
Sunday Times Politics Weekly hosts the mayor, who has since been reinstated and says she still believes in coalitions, but that the ANC bloc is focused on corruption.
On the possibility of being voted out again, Phalatse says anything is possible in politics, but tough as it may be, she is not bowing out of it.

Debate - Ministers salaries may be market competitive, but have they earned it?

While many taxpayers struggle to make ends meet, ministers and their deputies — who earn a salary of between R2.5 and R2m a year — do not pay a cent for municipal services such as water and electricity at their official residences. 
City Press reported that the ministerial handbook has been amended to remove a cap on municipal utilities for ministers and deputy ministers. According to the previous handbook, the public works department was responsible for providing water and electricity, provided the cost is limited to R5,000 per month.
In this enthralling debate our panel discusses the contentious issue of the renumeration regime for public office bearers, notably cabinet ministers. Is the amount ministers are paid reasonable, in light of their role? Are they performing well enough to deserve the remuneration and perks they are given? And is the amount they are compensated considered market competitive? 
This week, our host Mike Siluma, is joined by Dr. Mark Bussin, Chairperson at 21st Century (Pty) Ltd, Reuben Maleka, Acting Deputy GM with Public Servants Association of South Africa and Mawande AmaShabalala senior Sunday Times journalist.

Infighting in Gauteng’s coalition metro’s and the ANC’s leader ship race

In this episode of the Sunday Times Politics Weekly, we discuss what has been happening in Gauteng’s metros of Joburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni, caught up by coalition government infighting. We also take a look at the latest in the ANC’s leadership race ahead of the parties national conference in December. 

Our host Mike Siluma is joined by Sunday Times Politics editor, Sibongakonke Shoba and Sunday Times Politics writer, Mawande AmaShabalala. 

The panel discusses how coalitions in the three metros have been faring considering that they seem to have more problems, especially instability, than solutions, where the shortfalls of this governance model arise, how it has impacted on governance and service delivery to their residents, and if they are an unavoidable governance model for the country. They also unpack the top contenders in the ANC’s much contested leadership race, what positions are they vying for, what these contenders stand for and how they fare in comparison to their predecessors. 

Eskom’s new chair makes coal costs first target

Mpho Makwana, the new chair of Eskom, has backed incumbent CEO Andre de Ruyter and set his sights on bringing down the price of electricity by reducing the cost of coal supplied to its plants while also improving the quality of the fuel it receives.
In an interview with Business Times this week, Makwana spoke about the link between Eskom’s climate commitments and the cost of coal supplied to the company. The vast majority of Eskom’s power-generating plants are fired by coal — most of them have outdated, less efficient emission-filtration systems — and the state-owned company has come under particular scrutiny in light of SA’s global commitments to reduce carbon emissions.
“The reality is that we will have to fulfil our climate-change reduction commitments in line with what the country is capable of delivering, given where we are,” Makwana said.
One of SA’s advantages, he pointed out, was that “the quality of our coal is low in sulphur content”. 

New board chairperson says he plans to restore Eskom to an award-winning utility

Today on the Sunday Times Politics Weekly, we give you a sneak-peak into our discussion with veteran business leader Mpho Makwana, who is Eskom’s new chairperson. 

Makwana gives us insight into his perspectives on Eskom and the seemingly insurmountable energy crisis the country faces. Having worked at the utility before, Makwana says he is lucky to benefit from institutional knowledge and hopes to restore the utility to it's - once award winning - "legacy". 

Eskom - The 'dark side' of political power

In this episode of the Sunday Times Politics Weekly, we discuss the politics which has historically shaped, and which continues to shape SA's energy crisis.
Our host, Mike Siluma is joined by Prof Mark Swilling chair of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and professor at Stellenbosch University and Prof Mazwe Majola, CEO of  the Worldwide Institute of Leadership.
The panel discusses the factors that have caused Eskom to become the monumental failure it is, while comparing its past performance. They explore the factors that got us here, why the situation continues to decline, where are the shortfalls are, what can be done to rectify the who the responsible parties are and who is needed to pull us out of the current crisis. 

The ANC's new electoral rules and their continued shortfalls 

By all indications, the ANC’s leadership succession race well underway. This week on the Sunday Times Politics Weekly, we assess the likely effectiveness of the party’s new campaign rules, which, on the surface, seek to improve the quality of its leadership.
We will also look at the leadership candidates that have emerged so far, and what these rules mean for their various campaigns. Are the new rules truly transformative and are they enough to claw back the ANC's reputation ahead of its December elective conference and more importantly, ahead of the 2024 elections? 
For this week’s conversation, our host Mike Siluma is joined by Sunday Times politics writer Mawande AmaShabalala and political analyst Dr Ntsikelelo Breakfast. 

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