September 26, 2018

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.

Oversight visits by the Portfolio Committee of Health to National Health Insurance pilot sites provided very little clarity on progress made.

The Portfolio Committee on Police called on SAPS and its related entities to report on what they have done to address the concerns raised in the Auditor General’s (AG’s) recent report.

A parliamentary task team has been established to pursue the formation of an all-encompassing parliamentary “super” human rights body.

The Department of Human Settlements admitted in Parliament this week that it has largely failed the residents of Cape Town’s informal settlements, especially when it comes to service delivery.

The Western Cape government needs another half a billion rand to deal with the current water crisis.

It is business as usual for the Ad Hoc Committee on the Funding of Political Parties, which will resume public hearings next month.

The Auditor General of South Africa (AGSA), Kimi Makwethu, reported to Parliament this week that “contestation” is becoming an increasing problem.

By this he meant that every year AGSA encounters more and more attempts by government departments and their related entities to interfere with the auditing process, even with personal threats and intimidation.

As this year’s annual report season draws to a close, the official opposition is reeling at the amount of irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure that has been incurred by government.

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