South African government “has no plan” to stop massive petrol price increases

The failure of officials from the Department of Energy to attend an Energy Portfolio Committee meeting on the petrol price shows its lack of plan to deal with rising fuel prices, said DA MP Gavin Davis. “This no-show by a government delegation was disrespectful to Parliament and disrespectful to the millions of South Africans who are struggling with the high cost of living,” said Davis. Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy

Massive government bailouts planned for SABC, Post Office, SAA

The SA government plans to spend R59 billion on bailouts for the SABC, Post Office, SAA, and Sanral, according to a report in the Sunday Times. Sources told the newspaper that the rescue plan was recently discussed by cabinet, with President Cyril Ramaphosa present. If the organisations are not given the funds, they may collapse or default on current outstanding loans. The report further stated that: Sanral needs cash as it

We tested the South African Post Office – and the results were pathetic

The South African Post Office (SAPO) has a reputation of slow delivery times and lost packages, which means South Africans avoid using the service unless they have no other choice. To see whether the Post Office’s poor reputation is deserved, MyBroadband tested its letter delivery service. For the test, MyBroadband members sent letters from across South Africa to the Lyttelton Post Office – and we tracked how long these letters

Water Wednesday: Residents warned not to drink heavily polluted water from the Vaal River

The Vaal River is a major water resource around the country. Since the drought relief in the past year its water levels have been recorded at full capacity but despite this, the river has been in crisis mode for some time. According to Maureen Stewart of Save the Vaal raw sewage has been flowing directly into the Vaal because of mismanagement by the Emfuleni and Ngwathe local authorities. Reports of

Cattle intended for poor farmers was sent to Jacob Zuma

Cattle intended for poor farmers was sent to Jacob Zuma, according to a report by the Sunday Times. The cows were purchased with public money and meant to benefit emerging Eastern Cape farmers, added the report. However, these cows were reportedly diverted to Zuma, ANC politicians, and Eastern Cape royalty. The report stated that former OR Tambo district municipality mayor Zoleka Capa revealed the diversions when she admitted to giving cattle to Zuma.

Water Wednesday: Water restrictions across SA are still in place despite dam levels improving

The Department of Water and Sanitation published a report that painted a stable picture of the water situation around the country but has emphasised that South Africa is not out of the woods just yet. Recent rains around the country have given a glimmer of hope that the days of the water crisis might soon be over even though it is too early to consider lifting water restrictions. Gauteng takes

Water Wednesday: Day Zero could hit Makhanda (Grahamstown) in two months

The Deputy Minister visited Makana Municipality in Makhanda, Eastern Cape to assess progress made in the provision of water and sanitation services. The city, which has faced many water challenges over the years, is home to Rhodes University‚ several prestigious schools‚ the city’s prison‚ industrial area‚ army base‚ suburbia and township areas. The Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation HON. Pamela Tshwete on the occasion of the Stakeholder engagement at

The number of days Home Affairs is offline every month will shock you

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has released a media statement on his department’s “war on queues”, and how they plan to improve service delivery. “Today’s media briefing reports on progress since launch of War on Queues campaign, in April, to improve on waiting time at Home Affairs offices,” said Gigaba. The statement covered various aspect of the campaign, including the appointment of Dimension Data to assist in assessing the networks of 184 live capture

How many people live in South Africa – Latest 2018 stats

Statistics South Africa has released its mid-year population estimates for 2018, revealing how many people live in the country. The report details population figures for the country, its provinces, and by gender and race. Statistics South Africa stated that there are 57,725,600 citizens in the country. Of this figure, 14.7 million live in Gauteng, while 11.3 million live in KwaZulu-Natal. The Northern Cape had the smallest population amongst the provinces,

Top-secret spy project turned out to be a R10-million mansion for minister

A “top-secret” state spy fund project has turned out to be the purchase of a mansion in Pretoria for the minister of state security, according to a report in the Sunday Times. The report stated that a spy fund was used to buy Minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba to buy the mansion, after she rejected the house the government gave her. The minister was allocated a house by the Department of Public Works,