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Suspend Advocate Mkhwebane pending inquiry into her fitness to hold office, says DA

Democratic Alliance (DA) has on Wednesday called on President Jacob Zuma to suspend Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane from her position as Public Protector, pending Parliamentary inquiry into her fitness to hold office. DA Shadow Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Glynnis Breytenbach said President Zuma was empowered to suspend Advocate Mkhwebane. “Now that the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services …

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MDDA prioritises filling of key critical positions

Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) is working towards filling vacancies in order to improve governance and operational performance at the entity. The Minister said this when she led the presentation of the entity’s 2016/17 annual report at the Old Assembly on Tuesday. “MDDA was supposed to have filled 90% of the approved positions …

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No conflict of interest with Minister’s Dubai trip

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula’s trip to Dubai – with his family – while still Minister of Sports and Recreation was a private family trip and was not sponsored, his office said on Tuesday. The Ministry was responding to an Eyewitness News report alleging that Minister Mbalula received a travel sponsorship of a total of R680 000 from a company that …

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Inquiry into Advocate Mkhwebane’s unfit to hold office

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services on Tuesday resolved to agree to a request by Democratic Alliance (DA) to hold an inquiry into Adv Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office. Committee chairperson Dr Mathole Motshekga proposed the matter be referred back to the speaker of the National Assembly, adding that Ad Havoc Committee be appointed to deal with the …

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NUM calls on Eskom to reinstate Dladla

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called on Eskom to reinstate former acting CEO Jonny Dladla to his position. The Eskom Board announced on Friday it has removed Dladla and appointed Sean Maritz as the interim Group Chief Executive to ensure exposure. Eskom said the decision to rotate the interim Chief Executive position was taken with the approval of …

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Due diligence process in place for SABC board appointments

The Presidency has expressed concern about the rumours and gossip in the media that continue to flourish with regards to the SABC Board appointments. The media is reporting that the appointments have not been made yet because President Jacob Zuma has certain preferences or “does not like” certain candidates or that he has an interest in the appointment of SABC …

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Premature termination of SA weather service CEO great concern

The Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs has noted the irregular expenditure incurred by the SA Weather Service as a result of the premature termination of the employment of former Chief Executive Officer Dr Linda Makuleni. The Chairperson of the Committee Phillemon Mapulane said the hurried nature of Dr Makuleni’s exit is of great concern. He asked the Board to explain …

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Khulubuse Zuma claims he is bankrupt

Khulubuse Zuma, former Director of the liquidated Aurora Empowerment Systems claims he is in serious financial trouble, saying he is aware that  he is facing sequestration because he didn’t comply with the terms of a repayment agreement entered into with the Aurora liquidators. He told Solidarity General Secretary Gideon Du Plessis in a telephonic conversation that he won’t be able …

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SABC media report misleading

Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has noted a misleading report by The Times Newspaper regarding appointments at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). The Times report alleges that “President Zuma missed the deadline for appointing an SABC chief operating officer because none of the candidates met expectations”. “This is a highly confused and misleading report,” a statement issued by the Government …

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Minister Gigaba requests PIC to provide beneficiary list

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has requested the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) to provide a list of all its beneficiaries and the investments it has made, which he intends to make public. In a statement on Friday, the Minister expressed concern about the politicising of the PIC, which is one of the largest investment managers in Africa, managing assets of over …

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