The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is battling to cope with bruising budget cuts and a rising wage bill, which threaten its ability to protect SA’s borders. The Department of Defence has been among the departments hit hardest by the government’s belt-tightening and is projected to have its annual funding slashed by R5bn in the next five years. The SANDF has resolved to do its maintenance in-house in order to stay afloat.
The South African Council of Churches and the State Capacity Research Project are set to get things started at the committee. The parliamentary inquiry is part of a broader series of inquiries by the National Assembly into state capture announced by chairman of committees Cedric Frolick. The committee’s inquiry is due to start in August but Rantho said it had emerged during preparations that the committee may have had inadequate information to start the process and may also have been misled.
Mathews Phosa has indicated an appetite to run, an Eastern Cape region has put forward Dr Zweli Mkhize’s name while Lindiwe Sisulu has thrown her hat in the ring. Despite this, political pundits maintain that the contest remains one between Dlamini-Zuma and Ramaphosa. Dlamini-Zuma has support in the Free State and North West, and the party’s youth and the women’s leagues. Mpumalanga, previously part of the premier league faction that is pro-Zuma, is now considered to be a swing province.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".