Governance and democracy

ARE FOREIGNERS STEALING YOUR JOBS AND HEALTHCARE? FIND OUT

A 'foreign threat’ could be a convenient boogeyman in an election season where politicians will face questions about their failures. Or not?

Last week, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi claimed in a speech at the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union’s (Nehawu) Nurses’ Summit that undocumented immigrants are flooding South Africa and overburdening clinics and hospitals.

When immigrants “get admitted in large numbers, they cause overcrowding, infection control starts failing”, he said.

Supreme Court of Appeal gets a new deputy president, five new judges

2 April 2019
 

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has a new deputy president in Xola Petse after the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Tuesday found that Petse — nominated for the post by President Cyril Ramaphosa — was suitable for appointment.

The JSC further recommended five candidates for appointment to the appeal court, with all the women candidates who were interviewed getting the nod.

Eskom's Medupi and Kusile to cost R36bn to complete

4 April 2019 
 

Construction on the Medupi and Kusile power stations will go ahead as the cost of halting the projects will not benefit the economy, the Chairperson of the Eskom board Jabu Mabuza has said.

The power plants are expected to cost R18 billion each.

Mabuza was speaking at a media briefing on the state of SA's power supply on Wednesday along with other Eskom executives and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

IEC launches groundbreaking website to tackle disinformation

01 April 2019

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) and Media Monitoring Africa have partnered to fight disinformation in the run-up to the elections, chief election officer Sy Mamabolo said on Monday. 

The website Real411.org.za will deal with complaints about language that incites violence, discrimination and the publication of false and defamatory allegations about parties.

Nuclear deal with Russia would have solved electricity crisis

22 March 2019 

Former president Jacob Zuma has defended his lobby for a proposed R1tn nuclear energy deal with Russia, saying it would have solved the country’s electricity crisis.

“The fact of the matter is nuclear could solve our problems, once and for all. Now we are in deep [trouble]. We are therefore increasing the debt of the country with no hope to bring it down. That’s a problem,” he told Business Day in an exclusive interview with Karyn Maughan, published on Friday.

A deal with Russia’s Rosatom would have been in SA’s best interests, he added.

Mokgoro inquiry: Jiba did not lie about her qualifications or mislead NPA - lawyers

11 March 2019 

There is no evidence that suggests that suspended deputy prosecutions boss Nomgcobo Jiba " in any way misled" the NPA when it came to her appointment as deputy director of public prosecutions (DDPP) in 2001.

This was the submission which Jiba's counsel made to the Mokgoro inquiry, which is determining her fitness to hold office as well as that of suspended special director of public prosecutions, Lawrence Mrwebi.
 

R1.4bn cash injection for Gauteng's e-government

The Department of e-Government, the division focused on ICT and innovation in Gauteng, will receive R1.4 billion this year to fund key projects.

So said finance MEC Barbara Creecy, delivering the fifth and final budget of the current administration, as well as the medium-term projections for the next three years.

The budget allocated to the e-government department this year is a R400 million increase compared to the R1 billion in 2018.

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