Music to the tune of more than R300 million – our tax money?

Alex Rose-Innes Under Minister Nathi Mthetwa, it was a golden time to fund music stars to the tune of a suspicious R100 million.  SCOPA and the Auditor-General have now been asked by the Democratic Alliance to delve into the cookie jar and see who okayed the dodgy deals. According to African News Agency, Ladysmith Black Mambaso received R36 million green backs to teach traditional Zulu songs (to whom?) and make an album especially with Zuma. That explains why the former prez now sings and dances at every opportunity he gets.…

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Welcome back Lesetja

The reappointment of Lesetja Kganyago as Governor of the South African Reserve Bank is seen as a major improvement and with the Bank as ANC battlefield, Solidarity called her re-appointment a Ramaphosa breakthrough in “the savages at the gate”at bay. “Over the past few weeks, the Reserve Bank has become one of the ANC’s ideological battlefields. This move by President Ramaphosa strengthens  Kganyago’s hands so that he, in the interests of all citizens, can keep the ‘the savages at the gate’ away from the Reserve Bank,” said Connie Mulder, head…

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Netherlands parliament speaks out against SA land expropriation

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The Solidarity Movement welcomed the adoption of a motion on the expropriation of land by the Dutch parliament this week. The motion speaks out strongly against steps that are being taken to allow for expropriation of land in South Africa. A majority of members in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament voted in favour of the motion and thereby instructed the Dutch government to take a clear stand on this issue through bilateral and other processes. The motion was tabled by Martijn van Helvert of the Christian Democratic Appeal…

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Ministerial handbook to be scrutinised

Dr Leon Schreiber MP – DA Shadow Minister of Public Service and Administration said in a statement that the The Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomes Public Service and Administration Minister, Senzo Mchunu’s, willingness to revisit and improve the reviewed Ministerial Handbook. This follows years of sustained pressure by the DA in pushing for curbed luxuries for politicians as contained in the ‘confidential’ guide. This is to reduce “cabinet benefits and expenditure.” The fact that the formulation of the handbook was done without consulting Parliament, is a smack in the face of…

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Corruption Watch report finds revised Mining Charter isn’t working.

Billions in Mining Royalties Intended for the Poor Squandered, Stolen or Diverted That’s the conclusion of Mmashudu Masutha and Deborah Mutemwa-Tumbo, authors of Corruption Watch’s Mining Royalties Research Report 2018, which examined communities in Limpopo and North West provinces and found that the payment of royalties to affected communities was mired in “greed, competition for a finite financial resource, deliberate exploitation, mismanagement of funds and resources, poor administrative oversight and a lack of will, accountability and commitment on various levels to repair and transform the pay-out of mining royalties.” One of…

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Finance MEC for Mpumalanga, Ngomane, disappointed with latest audit report

After the 2016 report which showed Mpumalanga in a more than positive light with regards to a Treasury audit, the Auditor-General of South Africa, Kimi Makwetu had burst the bubble for the provincial treasury. One can only wonder if this is part of the era of reality under Ramaphosa? Ngomane has however assured all role players that the necessary corrective steps will be taken to ensure a more positive outcome.  

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