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No nonsense approach to all motorists

Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi says traffic officials must desist from taking bribes and adopt a no-nonsense approach to all motorists and road users this festive season. Speaking at the department’s festive season campaign launch in Bela-Bela township, Limpopo, on Tuesday, the Minister said law enforcement officials and the public must work together this festive season to reduce road carnage. As …

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Listeriosis outbreak in SA kills 36

Government says it is investigating an outbreak of Listeriosis in the country which has caused the deaths of 36 people. At a media briefing in Pretoria on Tuesday, Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, said the source of the outbreak is likely to be a food product consumed by people across all socio-economic groups. From 1 January to 29 November 2017, …

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Petrol price to increase by 71 cents

Consumers will have to dig even deeper into their pockets this festive season as the price of petrol goes up by 71 cents a litre this week. The Department of Energy (DoE) on Monday announced that the price of a litre of 93 (ULP and LRP) and 95 (ULP and LRP) will each increase by 71 cents. The increase that …

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Disgraced Myeni must stay away from SAA  

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the party finds it strange, the proposed decision to move embattled South African Airline from National Treasury to Transport department. DA said the choice undermines the hard work being done to save the loss-making national carrier. Deputy Shadow Minister Alf Lees said to make matters worse is the news of SAA ousted Dudu Myeni’s new appointment …

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Mahlobo: Halt R2.1 million gratuity to Joemat-Pettersson

The Democratic Alliance says it has written to Energy Minister David Mahlobo requesting him to suspend his Department’s R2.1 million “once-off-gratuity” to former Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. DA Shadow Minister of Energy Gavin Davis said his party believed this R2.1 million payment should not proceed at least until such a time that Joemat-Pettersson was cleared of wrongdoing for the sale of …

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Community media stifled

It is quite clear the government has forgotten about the essential role being played by community media, more especially in rural communities. Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Deputy Minister of Communications Veronica Van Dyk said instead of supporting community media, the government is suppressing their voices. Van Dyk’s comments is a sequel to a reply to DA Parliamentary question. Communications Minister, …

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SA to observe World Aids Day

South Africa will tomorrow [Friday] observe World Aids Day 2017 under the theme: ‘It is my right to know my status. Prevention is my responsibility’. The theme encourages South Africans to make their actions count and to take personal and collective responsibility to prevent new HIV and TB infections. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the national commemoration event at …

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Court wants details on mooted grant payment methods

The Constitutional Court wants Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to give reasons — if any — the alternative grant payment systems described in the Auditor General’s report are not feasible. “The Minister of Social Development and the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) are directed to include in their quarterly report, due …

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Safety for Parliamentary Committees

Parliament says on Wednesday it is setting up security measures to ensure safety of members of the National Assembly including staff involved in the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises inquiry into governance at Eskom. This follows recent reports of threats made against Members of Parliament including Zukiswa Rantho, Natasha Mazzone and the Committee’s eovidence leader Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara. Deputy Speaker …

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Eskom threatens Tegeta with legal action

Eskom has threated to take legal action against Tegeta Exploration and Resources. This follows a warning by the company [Tegeta] on Friday last week to shut down the conveyor belts that supply coal to Eskom’s Hendrina Power Station in Mpumalanga. Tegeta is owned by the Guptas, Trillian founder Salim Essa, and the president’s son Duduzane Zuma. The amaBhungane revealed on …

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