/ 15 July 2013

M&G Newsroom: A Cabinet reshuffle, Medupi and a Sars resignation

M&g Newsroom: A Cabinet Reshuffle, Medupi And A Sars Resignation

The M&G Newsroom is hosted this week by deputy online editor Verashni Pillay and reporter Faranaaz Parker. 

Several ministers breathed a sigh of relief last week after President Jacob Zuma reshuffled his cabinet for the fourth time since taking office. Erstwhile communications minister Dina Pule can put up her red-heeled feet after being relieved of her post following a scandal involving her significant other, while the energy and transport ministers did a straight swop. 

Why two capable ministers should suddenly drop what they're doing and dive off the deep end into an entirely new portfolio is anyone's guess – the presidency has said there's no need for Zuma to explain his reasoning on this to anyone.

Needless to say, the Weekly Choon on this edition of the Newsroom is dedicated to the president. 

Meanwhile, the departments of energy and public enterprises have been left red-faced following news that Eskom's Medupi power station is only set to come online in a year's time. What went wrong, and how will Eskom bridge the 700MW gap they need to fill in the interim?

Mail & Guardian business reporter Lisa Steyn and public enterprises spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete join us to tease out some of the challenges facing the parastatal.

And in other news Oupa Magashula resigned from his post as head of the South African Revenue Service following an inquiry into allegations of improper conduct. The details will shock you and we'll have them for you right here on the show.

Catch all the news you need to know on the M&G Newsroom between 1pm and 2pm on 2OceansVibe radio.