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Minister Sisulu refutes EFF Gupta deal claims

22nd March 2016 Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Tuesday denied claims by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) that she was moved from the defence department to her present post as minister of human settlements after she allegedly refused to lease aircraft from the controversial Gupta family. “The... 

Summonses to be issued in Gauteng for outstanding e-toll bills, warns Sanral

22nd March 2016 Businesses in Gauteng and motorists who have boycotted payment of e-tolls can expect civil summonses from sheriffs of the court in the next few days, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has warned. Sanral said the decision to issue summonses came after an extensive period of... 

One family can’t control 55-million South Africans – Gordhan

21st March 2016 No single family should determine the fate of all South Africans, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Sunday. Speaking at the African National Congress-organised “Opinion Makers’ Forum” at his former school, Sastri College in Greyville, Durban, he said there was a “desperation in modern... 

DA asks Madonsela to probe Zuma over ties with Guptas

18th March 2016 The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Friday urged Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to launch an investigation into alleged abuse of power on the part of President Jacob Zuma, following claims this week that he had allowed the Gupta family to pick cabinet ministers. “These revelations directly... 

DEA hosts public meetings on proposed Marine Protected Areas

18th March 2016 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) hosted a public participation meeting in Port Elizabeth on Thursday to discuss draft regulations around 22 proposed Marine Protected Area (MPAs) nationally, which form part of the Operation Phakisa initiative. The aim of these proposed MPAs is to... 

Zuma sidesteps questions on Guptas, Maimane ejected from sitting

17th March 2016 President Jacob Zuma on Thursday batted away questions on the Gupta family’s alleged meddling in ministerial appointments with a chuckle and a vague denial. Zuma asked by opposition leader Mmusi Maimane about Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas’s confirmation that he was offered the post of... 

Gupta-owned media reports of plot to overthrow Zuma

17th March 2016 The New Age newspaper and ANN7 news channel, both owned by the Gupta family, on Thursday reported that a plot within the ranks of the African National Congress (ANC) to oust President Jacob Zuma had been revealed. They reported that an ANC faction was using ruling party deputy secretary general... 

Lower-than-average rainfalls a concern, says water affairs department

17th March 2016 The Department of Water and Sanitation said on Thursday that the current rainfalls were having “some slight impact on the country’s dam levels”, but more rain would be welcome to counter the effects of the drought. Department spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said the current rains had raised dam levels... 

Former Minister Hogan says Zuma interfered in Public Enterprises

17th March 2016 Former Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan on Thursday said President Jacob Zuma meddled in her portfolio and pressed her to appoint and retain people in key positions at state-owned enterprises, including a compromised individual. Asked by eNCA whether Zuma interfered while she held the... 

No arrest yet in Kroondal mine shooting

17th March 2016 North West police were on Thursday still searching for men who killed a mineworker and injured three others during a shooting outside Bambanani shaft of Aquarius Platinum Mine in Kroondal near Rustenburg. Police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said unknown armed men shot and killed a... 


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