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New home owners not liable for historical debt, ConCourt rules

29th August 2017 The Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled that new home owners are not liable for historical debt taken over from previous owners. Municipalities such as Tshwane, eThekwini and Ekurhuleni – as well as the cooperative and governance minister - argued against a landmark high court judgment in 2016,... 

Disaster relief money starts flowing into Western Cape

29th August 2017 The Western Cape government has received the first tranche of the money it needs to cope with the devastating drought and fires in the province, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Des van Rooyen said on Tuesday. The first tranche of R34 866 263 was transferred on August 21... 

Transport Minister distances himself from e-tolls 'dismal failure' report

29th August 2017 Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi on Tuesday refuted a media report that government has proposed new laws "following the dismal failure of e-tolling revenue collection from Gauteng motorists who owe more that R6-billion in unpaid tolls". Maswanganyi was responding to a front page article... 

Swapping 'rubbish' for food in Dunoon

29th August 2017 Every Tuesday morning between 09:00 and 11:00, a handful of Dunoon residents gather at the Recycle Swop Shop at Inkwenkwezi Secondary School, bringing material for recycling. In a long steel container, food and household items, toiletries, and donated clothes line the shelves, GroundUp reported. 

Gauteng residents, businesses owe Gauteng municipalities R49bn – MEC

28th August 2017 Gauteng municipalities are owed approximately R49-billion by residents and commercial customers, Finance MEC Barbara Creecy said on Sunday. A household debt of R31.8-billion, for services and taxes by residents, was the largest amount outstanding. 

Govt urged to sell loss-making SAA

25th August 2017 Government should get out of the commercial airline space and sell the loss-making South African Airways (SAA), according to Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Janine Myburgh. “SAA has become a black hole that is simply consuming the resources of the country, and it would be... 

No quick fix for Cape Town’s trains, commuters told

25th August 2017 There is “no quick fix” to the problems with Cape Town’s trains, says Metrorail’s Riana Scott, in response to a letter from eight train commuters complaining about constant delays and shortages of trains on the southern line, GroundUp reports. In the letter, sent on August 17, the commuters... 

SA has a role to play in the Middle East - Zuma

25th August 2017 South Africa can play a role in the Middle East and will help resolve conflicts there if given the opportunity, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. “This world must be at peace with itself and I hope there will be more time to discuss the solutions,” he said while receiving letters of credence... 

Land redistribution must go beyond populism - Jonas

25th August 2017 Land redistribution must be a product of inclusive growth and not a response to populist calls for expropriation without compensation, former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas said on Thursday. Direct redistribution of assets, such as land, could improve economic growth, but only if done... 

Environmental watchdog group approach Equality Court against 'company employees'

24th August 2017 Environmental watchdog group Upper Highway Air NPC - the main lobbyists against the alleged “big stink” from waste management company Enviroserv’s Shongweni/Hillcrest landfill site - have approached the Equality Court claiming company employees are harassing residents in the area. The landfill... 

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