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Irregular spend by municipalities up 75% to R28.4bn as audit outcomes regress

23rd May 2018 Audit outcomes for municipalities have continued to regress, with irregular and fruitless and wasteful expenditure each ballooning more than 70% for the 2016/17 year. This is according to the audit results for the country’s municipalities for the 2016/17 financial year, released by... 

Water officials responsible for irregular spending to get second chance – Nkwinti

22nd May 2018 Water and sanitation officials who were involved in dodgy practices that contributed to the department's R6.7-billion in irregular spending last year are to be given a second chance, Minister of Water and Sanitation Gugile Nkwinti said on Tuesday. But he will be watching them. "Part of our... 

Ramaphosa appoints new presiding officer for Tom Moyane disciplinary inquiry

22nd May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed advocate Azhar Bham, SC, as the presiding officer into the disciplinary charges against suspended South African Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane. Ramaphosa had initially appointed Judge Kate O’Regan to do the inquiry. 

Western Cape's mounting rubbish problem

21st May 2018 "We have a serious waste problem in the Western Cape. We are running out of landfill space," MEC for environmental affairs Anton Bredell warned in a press release. The Western Cape generated approximately three million tonnes of waste in 2017 according to the government. The City of Cape Town... 

Global effort against climate change cannot be postponed – Basic countries

21st May 2018 The Basic countries, comprising Brazil, South Africa, India and China, have reiterated that the global effort against climate change is an irreversible process that cannot be postponed. This was said following the 26th Basic Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change, held in Durban over the weekend.... 

Government wage deal to go ahead, despite urgent call for more consultation

21st May 2018 The Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) will on Monday morning present the agreement to trade unions and government to be signed, as the Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) has called for a postponement and asked for more time to consult with members. Fedusa’s... 

VVIP presidential jet still an option even though defence's budget is cut by billions

18th May 2018 Despite a budget cut amounting to billions, the purchase of a VVIP presidential jet by the South African Defence Force is not off the table. In her speech in the debate about the South African Defence Force budget on Friday, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said:  "I must now report to... 

Nzimande urges SOEs to plug leaks

18th May 2018 Transport Minister Blade Nzimande called for an end to warring board members and executives at entities within his department, urging them to prioritise turning the organisations around. Nzimande was speaking ahead of his budget vote at the Old Assembly chamber in Parliament on Friday morning.... 

Zuma's presidency was a total disaster – Trevor Manuel

17th May 2018 The presidency of Jacob Zuma was a total disaster for South Africa, former finance minister Trevor Manuel said on Wednesday night. "I make no apologies for sharing my view that the presidency of Jacob Zuma was a total disaster for South Africa," said Manuel. Manuel delivered the keynote address... 

South Africa working on Climate Change Bill

17th May 2018 A Climate Change Bill is on the cards for South Africa. Speaking at a press briefing before introducing her department's budget to the National Assembly on Wednesday, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said in addition to finalising the National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the... 

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