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Department of Water and Sanitation blames municipal debt, budget cuts for huge debt

28th February 2018 A full parliamentary inquiry into the finances of the Department of Water and Sanitation has been instituted after it conceded to being billions of rand in debt. The department presented itself before Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on Tuesday where its overdraft,... 

Icasa chairperson to be removed after conviction

28th February 2018 Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications announced on Tuesday that it would institute a process to remove Rubben Mohlaloga as a member and chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). Mohlaloga, who was appointed chairperson of Icasa in December 2017,... 

DA welcomes Makhura's admission that e-tolling has failed

27th February 2018 The Democratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed Gauteng Premier David Makhura's admission that e-tolling has failed and that he will be meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa to devise a more suitable funding model. The DA's Gauteng spokesperson on roads and transport, Fred Nel, said the party had been... 

Mokonyane lambasted for 'collapsing' water dept: Scopa decries reshuffling and calls for charges

27th February 2018 The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) expressed concern over the reshuffling of former minister of water and sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane to the ministry of communications. Scopa chairperson Themba Godi has called for a full parliamentary inquiry and for criminal charges to be opened... 

Ramaphosa says new Cabinet 'a transitional one'

27th February 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa says his new Cabinet should be seen as a "transitional" Cabinet. Speaking to eNCA journalist Annika Larsen outside the Old Assembly chamber on Tuesday morning, shortly before addressing the House of Traditional Leaders, Ramaphosa claimed he did not have to compromise on... 

Parliament to decide on expropriation without compensation

27th February 2018 On Tuesday, the National Assembly will decide whether to proceed with a process to amend the Constitution to make expropriation of land without compensation possible, as the Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF's) motion in this regard is expected to be debated. The draft resolution, brought by... 

Fuel price to drop in March – AA

26th February 2018 Fuel prices are set to drop in March as South Africans benefit from a stable exchange rate and lower international fuel prices, reports the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel data released by the Central Energy Fund. The AA says: "The Rand was trading at... 

More Gupta-owned companies apply for business rescue

23rd February 2018 More Gupta-linked companies have filed for business rescue, company documents show. This comes shortly after the family's Optimum mines filed for business rescue earlier this month. This leaves their creditors holding a particularly busy bag of cats. 

Public Protector finds Brown 'inadvertently' misled Parliament about Eskom-Trillian

23rd February 2018 The Public Protector has found that Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown misled the National Assembly when she denied there were engagements between power utility Eskom and the Gupta-linked company Trillian Capital Partners. This is according to a report issued by the Public Protector Busisiwe... 

Ramaphosa must fire Brown 'immediately' – DA

23rd February 2018 The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday said it was vindicated by the Public Protector's finding that Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown was guilty of misleading Parliament after she failed to disclose business dealings between Gupta-linked Trillian and Eskom. Natasha Mazzone, DA public... 

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