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National Disaster Management Centre grants Cape Town R20.8m for drought relief

24th August 2017 The City of Cape Town has been granted R20.8-million from the National Disaster Management Centre to mitigate the effect of the ongoing drought, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Wednesday. The National Department of Cooperative Governance said the funds should solely be used for emergency relief... 

Gordhan calls for urgency on State capture probe as Guptas dump assets

23rd August 2017 Pravin Gordhan, former finance minister and current African National Congress MP, asked Parliament on Wednesday to look into the disposal of assets by the Gupta family as part of its inquest into State capture. Although Gordhan did not mention any names, it can be assumed that he was referring to... 

Guptas sell Tegeta to Swiss owner

23rd August 2017 Gupta-owned Oakbay Investments has sold Tegeta Exploration and Resources to Swiss-based Charles King SA for R2.97-billion, it announced on Wednesday. This is the second sale announced by the Guptas this week. They announced on Monday that Oakbay would sell its media assets, broadcaster ANN7 and... 

Mokonyane blames municipalities' R7bn debt for her dept's financial woes

22nd August 2017 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane had laid the blame for her department's ailing finances on ill-equipped municipalities who could not implement their projects. Mokonyane on Tuesday appeared before the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) to account for R2.5-billion in... 

Guptas sell ANN7 and The New Age to Mzwanele Manyi

21st August 2017 A firm owned by Mzwanele Manyi has bought Gupta-owned media units ANN7 and The New Age, it was announced on Monday. Gupta-owned Oakbay Investments said in a statement that Manyi-owned Lodidox bought ANN7 (Infinity Media) for R300-million and The New Age (TNA Media) for R150-million. 

Gordhan declaratory relief application dismissed

18th August 2017 A court has ruled that former finance minister Pravin Gordhan's application seeking declaratory relief from having to intervene with the banks has been dismissed. Judge Aubrey Ledwaba read out the order at the North Gauteng High Court on Friday. 

Cape Town reveals sites of proposed new water desalination plants

18th August 2017 Cape Town's Granger Bay, Hout Bay and Dido Bay may soon be home to three proposed new desalination plants that the city intends commissioning to make extra drinking water for its residents and visitors, according to tender documents issued this week. Earlier on Thursday Cape Town Mayor Patricia... 

Govt denies rumours of 'super presidency' taking over budget process

17th August 2017 Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo on Wednesday downplayed suggestions that government wants to create a so-called super presidency by having a hand in budgetary processes. During a media briefing following the Cabinet meeting, Dlodlo said Cabinet approved the mandate paper for the 2018 Budget. 

Enviroserv officials in the dock over 'big stink'

17th August 2017 EnviroServ CEO Dean Thompson and four other officials from the waste management company are now personally facing criminal charges relating to allegations that their Hillcrest landfill site is causing a noxious "big stink" in the area, west of Durban. The alleged gases emanating from the site are... 

World treaty to ban and reduce mercury poison comes into force

17th August 2017 It is rated as one of the top ten chemical poisons endangering human health and the natural world. Tiny drops of this poison can be found in human teeth, in fresh fish, in light bulbs, paints, batteries and even cosmetics. And it is in the air, water and soil everywhere, in varying amounts. 


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