December 17, 2017

It was the textbook-perfect exercise in how South Africa’s legislative process should work, until it hit the snag of a rampant budget.

South Africa runs the risk of becoming the next Colombia if illicit financial flows and illegal mining continues at this rate.

Few parliamentary committees have grabbed the public’s attention like the parliamentary investigation into Eskom. Now civil society movement Unite Behind has upped the ante by launching the Eskom Monitoring Project, with the slogan “Get involved! The corruption at Eskom has gone on too long”.

The Standing Committee on Finance is concerned that the relatively small increase allocated in the mini-budget has mostly been allocated to bailing out SOEs.

The Commission on Gender Equality (CGE) has completed an investigation into transformation in the mining industry ‑ and found few signs of change.

A report tabled in Parliament this week on the most recent “Taking Parliament to the People” (TPTTP) contains an appendix listing citizens’ appeals for help.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) came under fire from MPs on Tuesday for not providing accurate information on the number of learners needing transport.

Dramatic financial shortfalls for the provision of child welfare services by non-profit organisations (NPOs) have emerged.

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s Medium Term Budget Policy Statement made it clear that nuclear energy was ‘unaffordable’. Minister of Energy, David Mahlobo, said there was finality and the nuclear build would proceed. Who to believe: Mahlobo or Gigaba?

"In regular visits to South Africa – most recently last month – I have been stunned by the systemic transnational financial crime network." Lord Peter Hain speaks out.

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