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Brian Molefe: I have no regrets that I knew the Guptas

9th March 2021 Former Transnet chief executive Brian Molefe insisted before the commission of inquiry into state capture on Monday that he was not betrayed by the Guptas, and challenged those who felt that his relationship with the controversial family was wrong to present evidence of wrongdoing. Molefe was on... 

Shock new numbers show how South Africa’s train service went off the rails – even before Covid hit

8th March 2021 The total number of daily train commuters in South Africa has dropped to its lowest level on record since the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS), compiled by Statistics SA, was first introduced in 2003. The latest study shows that travelling by train is by far the least popular mode of... 

Taxpayer loses as multimillion-rand investment collapses amid allegations of fraud, mismanagement

8th March 2021 The KwaZulu-Natal Growth Fund (KGF), Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and private investors have burnt their fingers and lost more than R330-million in an ill-fated cookware-manufacturing plant which has now been liquidated. INSA, in which the KGF, IDC and private funders had invested... 

De Ruyter: Suspension of procurement chief will not hobble department

5th March 2021 Eskom CEO André de Ruyter told Parliament on Friday morning that the suspension of the power utility's chief procurement officer, Solly Tshitangano, will not compromise Eskom's ability to stay on top of its procurement deviations and expansions. Tshitangano was suspended for poor performance. On... 

Labour Court dismisses SAA pilots' application for leave to appeal lockout

4th March 2021 The Labour Court has on Thursday dismissed an application by the SAA Pilots Association for leave to appeal a prior judgment in December 2020 which held that the lock-out of the pilots was lawful and protected in terms of the Labour Relations Act. SAAPA members have been locked out since 18... 

'Unwarranted attacks' against Eskom could distract management from getting it back on track

4th March 2021 The Eskom board has claimed that a number of allegations made in the public and media, including against its CEO Andre de Ruyter, are aiming to influence internal operations and good governance processes at the state power utility.   These allegations and what the board regards as accompanying... 

Gauteng govt calls for scrapping of e-tolls

4th March 2021 The Gauteng government believes it can resolve the e-tolls matter "once and for all". The topic, which arises every election cycle, has been raised by Gauteng Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo who on Wednesday restated the long-standing position of the province and its opposition over the operation of... 

Suspended Eskom procurement chief raises allegations against De Ruyter in letter to MPs

3rd March 2021 The Standing Committee on Public Accounts has received a letter from Eskom's suspended chief procurement officer Solly Tshitangano which levels allegations against CEO André de Ruyter. As a result the committee decided not to proceed with a scheduled meeting on Wednesday, in which it was to be... 

Brian Molefe adamant that Ramaphosa's 'influence' was used to seal dodgy coal deal

2nd March 2021 Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has told the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture that the allegations he made against President Cyril Ramaphosa should not be swept under the carpet, as he continued to pick at the business links the president once had with Glencore. On Tuesday, Molefe... 

Glencore 'used relationship' with Ramaphosa to 'extort' Eskom, former CEO Brian Molefe claims

2nd March 2021 Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has told the State Capture Inquiry that Glencore used its relationship with President Cyril Ramaphosa, who used to be the chairperson of its Optimum coal mine, to try to extort money from the power utility as it renegotiated the terms of its contract. Optimum, which... 

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