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Media reports that Eskom inflated purchase of office chairs misleading

Eskom rejects as malicious and misleading, media reports that the Power Utility had “wildly-inflated contracts” for the purchase of its meeting room and office chairs. The electricity giant also dismissed suggestion as incorrect that the National Treasury had approved the purchase of only 500 chairs out of the 9 270 requested. “In a letter dated August 7, 2017, the National Treasury …

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Spy Tapes: Zuma loses, South Africa wins, says DA

President Jacob Zuma will now face 783 charges of corruption, fraud and racketeering. This follows Judgement by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein on Friday. Justice Eric Leach has dismissed an appeal by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and Zuma against North Gauteng High Court order which set aside the decision last year to drop charges against the president. …

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Six expelled “Fighters” lost a fight in court to protect their salaries

The South Gauteng High Court has dismissed with costs a case by six expelled Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to stop Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) removing them from Mogale City Municipality. EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement on Thursday, the leadership decided to sack six of its nine councillors after they defied the party’s decision and voted with the …

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Acting SABC appointments extended

Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has extended the appointments of the three acting SABC executives as of today. The appointments of the Group Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operations Officer and the Chief Financial Officer were due to expire at midnight. The extension will apply until the vacancies are filled on a permanent basis. “I hope this will enhance the stability, ensure …

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New Eskom boss keen to perform his duties

Eskom’s new interim Group Chief Executive Sean Maritz has asked for space and time to focus on executing his duties as mandated by the power utility’s board with the support of Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown. In a statement on Thursday, Maritz said the executive management team remains focused on its five priority initiatives, namely: increasing demand for electricity; reducing …

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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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