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The Minister who cares

October 15, 2019

Our newly appointed Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has brought to the attention of the public a scarcely known but highly endangered mammal, the pangolin. This odd-looking creature happens to be the world’s most trafficked animal and Minister Barbara Creecy warns this is a very lucrative illegal trade.

Should the SARB be proactive and intervene in our current economic crisis to promote transformation or should it remain defensive, leaving investment, growth and development to government? Ben Turok, director of the Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA), warns that this debate will not go away and is a discussion that South Africans need to tackle head-on.

The family of Lennox Garane, the parliamentary manager who last September shot himself in a “protest suicide” over parliament’s bullying and abusive management, has declared itself “disappointed” at the decision by the legislature’s oversight committee to absolve two senior managers who had been identified as complicit in the tragedy. The Joint Standing Committee on the Financial Management of Parliament announced at its most recent meeting on 9 October that it had decided to overrule some of the recommendations of the Public Service Commission (PSC), which had been called in to conduct an independent investigation into the tragedy.

Tracking our taxes

October 15, 2019

Not all of our tax is spent on paying off the interest of Eskom’s debts. The “Policy on the Benefits of Executive Office” confirms what we have suspected all along. Yes, taxpayers do continue to support past presidents and deputy presidents for the rest of their lives. This is generally known, but the details have been kept under wraps, until now. Using the Promotion of Access to Information Act, the DA successfully has made this policy public.

PROFESSOR BALTHAZAR (not his real name), in a Daily Maverick article, refers to comments by the chief justice that the work of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) cannot be measured by conviction rates. True, but less learned citizens are not looking that far ahead. As the Zondo Commission daily reveals what look like indisputable cases of serious corruption, they want to see at least a start made in a prosecution process. Before there can be convictions, charges have to be laid.

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