June 19, 2019

It’s the stuff of Kafka short stories. Notes from the House has kept a diary, if for no other reason than to make sure we don't forget.

This is no idle question. The financial reverberations are significant as service providers wrestle each other to gain desperately needed revenue, and debts mount in municipalities.

Up to R2.5-billion have been lost in illicit contracts with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) which National Treasury has kept under wraps for almost a year.

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”.

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