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SANDF chief clarifies situation regarding Cuba flight

By: News24Wire      1st August 2018 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) chief General Solly Shoke reiterated on Tuesday that reports about the smuggling of arms to Cuba on a chartered South African Airways (SAA) flight were misguided and sensationalist. Speaking at an SANDF media briefing in Centurion, Shoke said the... 

Striking Gupta mineworkers demand answers about their future 

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2018 Striking mineworkers at Gupta-owned Optimum Coal Mine have demanded to know the "truth of the sale" of the mine. Workers downed tools on Wednesday morning, saying there was uncertainty over their jobs and the future of the mine. 

NPA eyeing prosecution over PRASA billions

By: News24Wire      10th July 2017 The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) may decide at the end of July whether or not it will prosecute anyone over allegedly corrupt contracts worth billions of rands awarded by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The NPA has told News24 that its Specialised Commercial Crime Unit... 

Board 'vindicated' by PRASA court ruling – Popo Molefe

By: News24Wire      3rd July 2017 PRASA board chairperson Popo Molefe says the State-owned rail entity’s board feels vindicated by Monday’s High Court judgment to review and set aside the company’s controversial contract for new locomotives. Johannesburg High Court Judge J Francis on Monday ruled that PRASA’s R3.5-billion... 

Denel tells Gordhan: We are not arrogant and belligerent 

By: News24Wire      5th May 2016 Denel’s board said Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s accusation that the board and executives are “arrogant and belligerent … are unsubstantiated, baseless and unfounded”. Gordhan made the accusation during his Treasury budget debate in Parliament on Wednesday. This follows a statement in April,... 

DA calls on the Hawks to widen investigation into PRASA's money trail 

By: News24Wire      1st February 2016 The DA has called on the Hawks to widen their investigation into the R80-million paid to Angolan businesswoman who is close friends with President Jacob Zuma, and to a controversial lawyer who is the business partner of one of his sons.  According to DA Shadow Minister of Transport Manny de... 

Safety body releases report on PRASA’s Afro 4000 locomotives 

By: News24Wire      3rd December 2015 A report into the controversial Afro 4000 locomotives has confirmed that they are at times too high for South Africa’s railway network, but shows they can still operate without causing any safety issues. The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) published its report this week into the 13 locomotives... 

Construction, lack of communication likely caused derailment – PRASA 

By: News24Wire      19th August 2015 Construction work and a lack of communication was likely the cause of a train derailment outside Kimberley late on Tuesday night, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) said. Repair work, which was meant to have been completed early on Wednesday, was being done on that section of the... 

PRASA 'engineer' charged with fraud, uttering 

By: News24Wire      30th July 2015 PRASA's head of engineering services Daniel Mthimkhulu appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's court on Wednesday on a charge of fraud and uttering relating to his qualification, the National Prosecuting Authority in Gauteng said. Uttering is the crime of using a forged document and is usually... 

Afro 4000 train locomotives perfect – Prasa 

By: African News Agency      13th July 2015 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) insists media reports on its Spanish-manufactured Afro 4000 diesel locomotives were incorrect and misleading. On Monday, Prasa Rail chief executive Mosenngwa Mofi told reporters in Pretoria that the gap between the minimum contact wire and the... 

PRASA, Transnet had concerns over locomotive height – documents 

By: News24Wire      13th July 2015 PRASA’s own engineers warned in a report that its new Afro 4000 diesel locomotives, which were bought from Spain at a cost of R600-million, could come so close to overhead power lines in certain parts of the country’s poorly maintained railway lines that they could pose a significant safety... 

New PRASA trains meet safety, technical requirements – Montana 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2015 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on Monday moved to assure South Africans that, despite contrary claims emerging in Sunday newspaper Rapport, its new – and growing – fleet of Afro locomotives were running on the nation’s expansive railway lines without fault. Showcasing videos... 

Deadline for KZN park mine bid looms

By: Sapa     12th May 2014 The deadline for comment on a provisional environmental-impact assessment for a coal mine next to the Hluhluwe iMfolozi nature reserve is Monday, according to Rapport newspaper. This was according to Karl Wiggishoff of Jacana Environmentals, which has been appointed by the mine's owners, iButho... 

Railway Safety Regulator Response to Rapport Article

12th March 2014 The Railway Safety Regulator has in the past weeks been receiving media enquiries from the Rapport pertaining to allegations at Transnet. The allegations relate to Safety Critical Grades which the Rapport claimed to have evidence on.  The latest media enquiry received from the Rapport was on... 

Railway Safety Regulator Response to Rapport Article

11th March 2014 The Railway Safety Regulator has in the past  weeks been receiving media enquiries  from the Rapport pertaining to allegations at Transnet. The allegations  relate  to Safety Critical Grades which the Rapport claimed to have evidence on.  The latest media enquiry received from the Rapport was on... 

Subsidy won't stop unemployment – report

By: Sapa     6th January 2014 The youth wage subsidy will only bring temporary relief and not reduce the high number of unemployable young people, according to Sunday's Rapport newspaper. CEO of labour broker Adcorp, Richard Pike, said the subsidy would advantage matriculants and temporarily slow the trend of replacing people... 

Pelindaba radiation scare uncalled-for

By: Kelvin Kemm     29th November 2013 Nuclear radiation is mysterious and by far the majority of people have no idea what it is. Much of this attitude is understandable and it should be a signal to nuclear professionals that they should do something about the lack of public understanding. Worldwide, over the last half century,... 

WBHO denies allegations of criminal behaviour

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th February 2013 Construction group Wilson Bayly Holmes Ovcon (WBHO) on Monday “strongly” rejected any suggestion of criminal behaviour as media reports emerged over the weekend claiming extensive fraud, corruption and “illegal business operations” within the construction sector. The South African construction... 

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