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NewsWrap: OUTA calls on South Africans to ignore Ramaphosa’s SONA to protest the governments lack of accountability

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OUTA calls on South Africans to ignore Ramaphosa’s SONA to protest the governments lack of accountability

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) is calling on South Africans to ignore President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Sona tonight and to protest the government’s lack of accountability. According to Outa, Sona has become an event of political posturing and empty promises. Outa’s CEO, Wayne Duvenage, says the President will not address critical issues affecting the nation but will once again deliver empty promises to us the citizens.

EFF criticises new rules to end disruption in the NA, saying its targeting their party 

The EFF has criticised Parliament’s new joint rules to end disruptions in the National Assembly.
The new rules aim to make it more difficult for Members of Parliament to disrupt the president during his address.
The EFF says the rules were made to target the party.

EC Court orders police minister to act against taxi operators attacking Intercape buses 

The Makhanda High Court in the Eastern Cape has ordered Police Minister Bheki Cele to act against taxi operators attacking Intercape buses.
The high court found that Cele, the police, the Hawks, the National Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola and the provincial commissioners of the Eastern and Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and North West had failed the luxury coach company.

Treasury calls on government to amend rules for pension funds 

The National Treasury has called on the government to amend rules for pension funds urgently.
According to the National Treasury, government employees could be left out of the two-pot retirement system if the rules are not amended.
The two-pot retirement system will allow members of retirement and provident funds to withdraw a once-off 25-thousand rand from their savings from September.

Meta looks to detecting AI generated images

In a world where artificial intelligence is being used and abused in every sphere of society, its often difficult to detect what is real and what is not. Now tech giant, Meta is working with other tech firms on standards which they aim will better help dete ct and label AI generated images. Meta, which is the owner of Facebook and Instagram along with other tech platforms are under pressure to keep tabs on AI generated content with fears that bad actors will ramp up disinformation, with elections due in South Africa and other parts of the world this year -misinformation may become the norm of the day. Meta says that it had so far implemented visible and invisible tags on images created using its own AI tools since December and is broadening its perspective by working with other companies to maximise the transparency, to protect the information consumers are fed through social networking sites.

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