Just a Moment News - 2024-06-13


Hello, everyone! Welcome to ‘Just a Moment News.’ I’m your host, Erika, and today’s date is June 13th, 2024. Let’s dive into some of the intriguing news stories making headlines today.

First up, South Africa is witnessing a significant political development with the formation of a Government of National Unity, or GNU. This new coalition government includes five parties: the ANC, DA, IFP, Patriotic Alliance, and Rise Mzansi. Together, they command 68.4% of the national vote. The GNU is set to tackle major issues such as energy, logistics, crime, and corruption, with a focus on social democratic policies. It’s interesting to note the IFP’s shift away from a potential alliance with Jacob Zuma’s MK party, and how the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government’s negotiations are still ongoing.

Switching gears, let’s talk about a milestone in South Africa’s Parliament. The country will welcome its youngest ever Member of Parliament, 20-year-old Cleo Wilskut from the Patriotic Alliance. This development comes as female representation slightly decreases from 45% to 43.5%. The age range of MPs now spans from 20 to 76 years, highlighting a diverse age demographic. However, youth representation remains low, with only 3% of MPs in the 20 to 29 age group.

In the corporate world, MultiChoice Group has reported a 9% drop in its subscriber base over the past twelve months, with significant declines in South Africa and other African countries. This is attributed to economic pressures such as severe load shedding and currency volatility. Despite these challenges, the company has seen some positive developments, including a 35% increase in insurance premium revenue and strategic cost-cutting measures.

On a related note, Canal+ is making big moves in the entertainment sector with its acquisition of MultiChoice. This deal positions Canal+ among the top five global entertainment companies and marks the largest merger and acquisition of the year. Canal+ plans to enhance its presence in Africa by investing in local talent and content, and by transitioning from traditional satellite broadcasting to internet streaming.

Turning to energy news, South Africa is experiencing a significant slowdown in solar installations. This comes after a period of stable power supply from Eskom, which has repaired its coal-fired stations. The demand for solar installations has cooled, with a notable drop in installed capacity and imports of photovoltaic cells and modules.

Lastly, let’s delve into a fascinating scientific discovery. For the first time, genomes from ancient Maya children, believed to be sacrificial victims, have been sequenced. This research provides new insights into ancient Maya rituals and shows a strong genetic link between the ancient Maya and modern populations near Chichén Itzá.

And in a rather unusual political development, an AI-powered candidate named VIC is running for mayor in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Created by Victor Miller, VIC aims to provide data-driven insights to improve city governance. However, this raises legal and ethical questions about the role of AI in political leadership.

That wraps up our discussion for today. Thank you for tuning in to ‘Just a Moment News.’ I’m Erika, and I hope you found today’s stories thought-provoking. Join us next time for more insights into the world of news.

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