July 22, 2018

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown looks as if she is walking the path to the end of her political career.

The number of informal settlements is growing. There is also very little capacity in government to implement informal settlement upgrading effectively.

The recent changes in Zimbabwe could make an enormous impact on the number of international asylum seekers. This conclusion can be drawn from a seminar held at Parliament.

Parliament faces a bill of R550million for completed, ongoing and proposed work on what it calls its Prestige Programme, which falls under the Department of Public Work (DPW).

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.

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