Presidency rubbishes Zuma Davos no-show report

The Presidency on Thursday said an article published on, reporting that President Jacob Zuma withdrew from the CNBC Africa debate in Davos at short notice was false. The site’s editor and publisher, Alec Hogg, wrote, “Last night Zuma withdrew from the panel, offering his able and recently re-instated Finance[…]

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Round-table will aim to resolve Marikana claims

Government lawyers will invite legal representatives of all claimants involved in the Marikana civil claim to a round-table discussion, the presidency said on Tuesday. “The meeting will be aimed at discussing the process to resolve the claims in a manner which is transparent, effective and expeditious,” spokesperson Bongani Majola said[…]

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Presidential Handbook officially made public

The Presidential Handbook is now a public document, the Presidency announced on Friday. Acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams said in a statement: “The Presidential Handbook provides guidelines for the administrative, logistical, security and general support services to be rendered by the state to the President, his or her spouse and[…]

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Reports Abbas may step down

Questions remained on Tuesday whether Mahmoud Abbas is planning to step down as Palestinian president in the coming months, with PLO officials strongly denying the claims, while sources close to the embattled president did not deny the possibility. On Sunday, Israel’s Channel 1 cited unnamed Palestinian Authority sources as saying[…]

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Ramaphosa declared properties: presidency

The two Cape Town properties bought by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa have been declared to Parliament and the Cabinet, the presidency said. It was responding to a report in City Press which stated Ramaphosa’s new luxury mansion will be built at the foot of Lion’s Head in Cape Town on[…]

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Presidency hits back at EFF Ramaphosa claims

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa does not benefit from any processes associated with government’s plan to fix problems at Eskom, the presidency said on Wednesday. “In view of claims made by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs in the National Assembly against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa today… the Presidency wishes to reiterate[…]

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R2K pushing for Marikana report release

The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) is leading a bid to force President Jacob Zuma into releasing the Farlam Commission Report on the Marikana Massacre; more than two and a half years after 44 striking miners were tragically shot and killed by SAPS officials at the North-West based mine. Along with the[…]

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Presidency rejects Cabinet reshuffle rumours

The Presidency on Saturday dismissed rumours that President Jacob Zuma would reshuffle the Cabinet following the death of Minister Collins Chabane. “Should the president decide to effect any changes to the national executive, he will make a public announcement,” spokesperson Harold Maloka said in a statement. “The Presidency will not[…]

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Maharaj’s last day in office

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj will leave his office on Thursday for the last time and start his retirement. Maharaj announced earlier this month that he would be retiring after four years as President Jacob Zuma’s spin doctor and special advisor. He was appointed presidential spokesperson in June 2011. At the[…]

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