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Municipalities not paying Eskom lose out on key funds

18th May 2015 The government has resorted to withholding payments to municipalities that owe Eskom money in an effort to stabilise the finances of the state utility. Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said Treasury had taken steps to persuade municipalities to conclude payment plans and repay Eskom debts. 

Eskom apologises to Soweto for power cuts

15th May 2015 Eskom said the infrastructure upgrades in Soweto were aimed at minimising the need for load shedding and to stop the debt of R4bn from increasing any further, the utility said on Friday. Eskom acting CEO Brian Molefe apologised to the residents of Soweto for the inconvenience caused by the... 

Sars denies bullying Gordhan

15th May 2015 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has denied reports that it bullied Minister Pravin Gordhan into testifying against senior officials in a disciplinary hearing regarding the so-called rogue unit. This followed a City Press report last week that Gordhan would soon receive a letter from... 

Bokoni mine operating again after protests

15th May 2015 Bokoni Platinum mine workers returned to work after three days of violent community protests which halted the operations at Atok in Sekhukhune, Limpopo. The protesters were demanding to meet with the mine management, government and members of Community Trust entrusted to guard community interests... 

More wasted on Zuma's Russian jaunt

14th May 2015 More money was wasted on top of the more than R2-million which the state had to pay for the empty plane that was sent to fetch President Jacob Zuma after a weekend visit to Russia. It has now emerged that four officials had to be sent home on hastily booked commercial flights. 

Millions of households could lose out on municipal services

14th May 2015 Great concern was expressed in Parliament over millions of households which could be without services due to a decision by Treasury to freeze funds to municipalities which owe money to Eskom. This national grant to municipalities funds - among others - basic services. Municipalities with a small... 

SA marine patrol tender up for grabs

14th May 2015 The controversy-dogged fisheries department's marine patrol tender is up for grabs again. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries director general Edith Vries told a media briefing on Wednesday - ahead of her department's budget vote in Parliament - that the request for proposals would be issued "in... 

Plane drama sees millions extra spent to hire jets to get Zuma home

13th May 2015 Millions of rands extra had to be spent to get President Jacob Zuma back to South Africa after an official visit to Moscow. By late on Tuesday, it was still not clear when he would land at Waterkloof air force base. 

Public sector pay deal by Friday

13th May 2015 By Friday, most public sector unions should have received mandates from their members whether to accept or reject the latest - and apparently final - pay and conditions offer from government. Indications so far are that the offer made on Monday, and which is still based on an estimated 4.8%... 

City of Cape Town hits back at Sanral over toll plans

12th May 2015 The City of Cape Town has hit back at the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral) attack on the state of the Mother City’s roads, saying the agency is relying on a congestion survey to justify toll plans. This after Sanral described the N1 and N2 as "virtual parking lots" after... 

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