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State guaranteed loans could fund varsity fees

The Heher commission has recommended that all tertiary students in South Africa be given access to State guaranteed bank loans, which they would only pay back once they start earning a certain income. The Commission of Inquiry into the feasibility of making higher education and training fee-free in South Africa …

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DA filed papers in court to demand answers from President Zuma

President Jacob Zuma has been served with court papers following his failure to answer a Parliamentary question put to him by Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane. This is a sequel to President Jacob Zuma’s refusal to answer question posed by Maimane in the National Assembly to determine how much …

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ConCourt gives SASSA December deadline

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has welcomed the Constitutional Court’s directives to the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) to deliver a comprehensive plan to the court by 8 December 2017, detailing how it will pay more than 17 million grant recipients. According to the Social Development Department, the Minister …

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Maimane to view President Zuma’s declaration of interests documents

Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader Mmusi Maimane is heading to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to go through President Jacob Zuma’s declaration of interests documents. “I will be viewing the President’s declaration of interests documents, with a particular eye on whether he declared the R1 million per year salary he received …

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Deputy Minister refutes Gupta meeting claims

Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Ben Martins has rebutted a testimony by Eskom’s suspended company Secretary and legal services head Suzanne Daniels that he attended a tea party that was also attended by, among others, members of the Gupta family. The Deputy Minister briefed the media at the Imbizo Centre in …

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Former Eskom Finance Director, Tsholofelo Molefe was suspended for not playing the ball

Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on Wednesday heard evidence from two witnesses. The former Finance Director Tsholofelo Molefe and Group Executive Legal and Compliance Suzanne Daniels gave evidence during the inquiry into Eskom’s mismanagement of public funds. Daniels described to the Committee payments made by Eskom to Trillian and McKinsey …

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“Sassa-Sapo agreement does not mean Minister Dlamini is off the hook”

An agreement still to be finalised between South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and South African Post Office (sapo) “does not mean Minister Bathabile Dlamini is off the hook”, according to Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Deputy Minister of Social Development Lindy Wilson. Wilson said in a statement shortly after Minister …

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Breakthrough in payment of social grants

The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Comprehensive Social Security has announced that government will fast-track the introduction of an integrated payment system for the payment of social grants. Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe, who was appointed as the chair of the IMC by President …

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Eskom paid R1, 2 million per breakfast event, the Committee was told

Portfoio Committee on Public Enterprises heard on Tuesday there was turmoil within Eskom Board members over a range of governance issues, more expecially around procurement. Briefing the Committee in Parliament during the inquiry to probe mismanagement of funds at the state-owned parastatal, former Eskom CEO Tshidiso Matona said when he …

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DA welcomes a commission of inquiry into Sars

Democratic Alliance has welcomed Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s announcement on Tuesday that President Jacob Zuma will appoint a Commission of Inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration at the South African Revenue Service (Sars). DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Finance Alf Lees said although issues were not new and that they …

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