NewsWrap: President Ramaphosa affirms government’s commitment to eliminating patriarchy

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President Ramaphosa affirms government’s commitment to eliminating patriarchy 

During the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, President Cyril Ramaphosa affirmed the government’s commitment to eliminating patriarchy at the African Union’s 3rd Men’s Conference on Positive Masculinity. Responding to a report by Police Minister Bheki Cele revealing over 10,000 rapes between July and September, Ramaphosa emphasized the need to teach young boys that women are not objects and challenged harmful assumptions and traditions. He cited success in addressing harassment at higher learning institutions through men’s dialogues, despite overall crime stats indicating challenges in the fight against gender-based violence.

Opposition parties oppose Iran joining BRICS 

During a parliamentary debate on the recent BRICS Parliamentary Forum, the ANC criticized political parties opposing Iran’s inclusion in BRICS, labeling it as hypocrisy. The DA raised concerns about the ANC’s alignment with nations of what it says are “dubious backgrounds,” while criticisms of South Africa’s delegation included poor attendance, unpreparedness, and inconsistent decision-making during the September BRICS parliamentary gathering. The DA questioned Iran’s inclusion based on its human rights record.

NSFAS warns students of bogus websites 

NSFAS has warned students who will be applying for funding to be on the lookout for bogus websites.
Nsfas says it has identified an app that is operating under its name and asking students to submit their personal information.
The scheme has provisionally approved funding for 76-thousand students who will study next year. Nsfas says it is looking for a permanent solution to deal with scams.

SAA at breaking point – Aviation Analysts 

Aviation analysts say SAA is at a breaking point as the airline fails to grow and compete with local and international airlines.
SAA told Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) that putting the carrier on business rescue was the best decision.
The carrier has reported major financial losses in the past 15 years despite receiving over 50-billion rand in bailouts.
SAA has not released its annual financial statements for the last five years.

Written by: Keenan Williams

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