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GovChat meets WhatsApp for better service delivery

South Africa has launched the world’s first citizen engagement platform that makes use of popular messenger WhatsApp. Speaking at the launch of the GovChat Community Engagement Platform in Cape Town on Tuesday, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Deputy Minister Andries Nel explained that the platform is the world’s first …

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DA requests ANC head honchos to give testimony at the Commission

Our attorneys have kept in touch with Secretary of the Commission into State Capture, Dr Khotso De Wee, asking for affirmation that Gwede Mantashe, Jessie Duarte, Jacob Zuma, Cyril Ramaphosa, Mosebenzi Zwane, Malusi Gigaba, Des van Rooyen, Lynne Brown, Tom Moyane, Arthur Fraser, David Mahlobo, and David Mabuza to give declaration …

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Lifestyle audits to strengthen financial disclosures, fight corruption

President Cyril Ramaphosa says lifestyle audits will strengthen the system of financial disclosures by Ministers and civil servants and also contribute greatly in the fight against corruption. He said this when he responded to oral questions in the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday. The President’s remarks come after he …

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Alleged fake and expired foodstuff under the spotlight

The Health Department is to look into the safety of alleged “fake foods” following various videos which have been widely circulated on social media. “Due to the high volume of complaints received by the department in the past few days, we take these allegations seriously as potential for danger to …

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Eskom signs wage agreement with unions  

Eskom has signed a wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA), it said on Thursday. “The agreement was reached at 2am this morning. It entails a 7.5% wage increase for this year and a 7% wage increase …

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DA to submit Gupta’s “fake B-BBEE certificate” to the Commission

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it will submit proof of possible counterfeit B-BBEE certificates to the State Capture Commission of Inquiry utilised by Gupta-owned companies to secure lucrative Eskom contracts. Deputy president Justice Ramond Zando is the chairman of the Commission. According to DA Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry, Dean …

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Aretha Franklin “regenerated our hearts with hope”

Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa has expressed sadness at the passing away of legendary American singer and songwriter, Aretha Franklin. “Her voice regenerated our hearts with hope of a brighter day like the sunrise, yet it still produced the calming effects of a sunset. But even the sun …

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Eskom declares a dispute with trade unions

Eskom has declared a dispute following a demand by trade unions to drop disciplinary hearing against their members who took part in industrial action. In a statement on Wednesday night Eskom Group Executive for Human Resources Elsie Pule announced that in terms of the Labour Relation Act, the Commission for …

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President Ramaphosa appoints acting NDPP

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Dr Silas Ramaite as Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) following this week’s ruling by the Constitutional Court on the appointment of Adv. Shaun Abrahams. On Monday, 13 August 2018, the Constitutional Court declared as invalid and unconstitutional the appointment of Adv. Shaun Abrahams …

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Constitutional Court dismisses Shaun Abrahams’s appeal

The Constitutional Court has ruled that as the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP)  Shaun Abrahams’s appointment was constitutionally invalid and has subsequently dismissed his appeal with costs. Abrahams and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) this morning appealed the order setting aside his appointment. Justice Mbuyiseni Madlanga on Monday said …

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