January 17, 2018

2017 was a bumper year of parliamentary business, court battles, internal squabbles, jousting, brinkmanship, attempts to remove the President from office, dissolve Parliament and parliamentary inquiries, as the Parliamentary Monitoring Group saw it.

Twenty-four hours after Energy Minister Mahlobo stood his ground saying that nuclear energy was inevitable, Finance Minister Gigaba seems to have changed his mind on whether we can afford it.

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

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

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?

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