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MEC unhappy with pace of municipal spending and dodgy appointments
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9:26In this episode, Daron Mann speaks exclusively with Zolile Williams, the Eastern Cape's MEC for cooperative governance, who this week warned the province's municipalities sternly about missing spending targets and, in some cases, hiring inept employees who are being investigated for crimes. At a MuniMec held in East London on Tuesday, Williams was told that the municipalities had failed to meet their targets to spend 16% of their grants for the first quarter of the financial year. His department wants municipalities to have spent 60% of the money by the end of this year but to date, they have only spent 8%.
High anticipation for the intended collaboration between business and Border Cricket
6:51In this episode, Ted Keenan chats to CEO of Border Cricket and Eastern Cape, former Cape Cobras and Lions batsman Omphile Ramela. On Thursday last week, Ramela made several announcements at the CEOs Business Breakfast including plans to bat for a major share of the Cricket World Cup in 2027. Ramela said he's main objective in the next five years is improving the infrastructure in the Eastern Cape to world standards.
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Boks will win World Cup if they reach quarter finals - Nkumane
16:30Daron Mann speaks with rugby analyst Owen Nkumane on the Springboks' chances of making it to the World Cup finals following their strong performance against Scotland. The Springboks will be aiming for a win in their second match in Pool B against Romania on Sunday.
New categories for upcoming Radio Awards
8:05Listen as Daron Mann talks to Taryn Westoby about the eagerly awaited Radio Awards in this latest episode of That Weekend Feeling. For more than 10 years, the Radio Awards have recognized outstanding achievements in the South African radio industry, and this year's edition has added new categories including Online radio and the Podcast category. According to Westoby, there have been about 50 judges and over 700 000 votes cast so far. The #MyStationCompetition's voting entries must be received by September 27.
NPO opens hearts and wallets to give babies the Breath of Life
9:43In this episode, Daron Mann chats to Daily Dispatch Local Hero for 2022 Tubs Lingham as he shares about his NPO'S ambitions to get businesses to help sponsor one child for a year, at a cost of R1,000 a month. The faith-based NPO, Breath of Life house situated in Selborne, East London, cares for 12 babies under the age of two , and has been struggling under the financial weight of daily childcare costs and emergency renovations — but its staff have never given up hope.
Baydu Adams pens new book on radio experiences
17:54Join us in this latest episode of That Weekend Feeling with Daron Mann as he chats to former radio presenter and media personality, Baydu Adams. Adams has just released his first-ever book, a biography “The Cruel & Beautiful World of Radio”. With over 20 years experience in the radio industry, his last radio gig was last year as the Programming Manager at Algoa FM in Gqeberha.
BCM’s failure to give ratepayers warning of deductions unlawful, court rules
10:04The East London high court has found that the Buffalo City municipality’s failure to give ratepayers 14 days’ written notice before implementing the 80/20 deductions on their accounts was unlawful. In March, BCM implemented a new credit control policy wherein ratepayers who owed the city for rates, like water and fire levies, would have 80% of their electricity purchase deducted to service their arrears and be given units worth 20%. In this episode, Daron Mann chats to Nico du Plessis, director at NJ Du Plessis & Associates Inc as they unpack the latest high court judgement.