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Smoke and mirrors with new Border Authority Act 

.......article first appeared 2 February 2021........ Chair Bongani Bongo calls for oversight...... The controversial Border Management Authority (BMA) law, which was first tabled in Parliament in 2016, passed its final law-making hurdle in March...

Eskom, Mantashe spurn DA electricity plan

.....article dated 20 October 2020..... State zaps idea of independent power purchaser..... Minister Pravin Gordhan put any idea of private sector participation in an independent power purchasing plan firmly to bed by labelling any proposals as a...

Road to Africa: new border facilities planned

......article 20 August 2020..... The road to Africa: six new border facilities Department of Home Affairs has briefed Parliament on the final plan for the construction of six new modern facilities at South Africa’s border posts, part of a major...

Post Office calls for R4.1bn to get through year

.... article dated 1 October..... Treasury reports of poor management at SAPO.... The parlous situation at the SA Post Office (SAPO) came under the microscope during a meeting of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Appropriations, during which it...

Funny business at the National State Lottery

.........article 25 July 2020........ NLC Commission finally to be investigated... For both the years 2018/9 and 2019/2020, Parliament has been unable to obtain from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) any official list of beneficiaries and any...

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Economic Regulation of Transport Bill plans for future

  .......article 15 July...... Its all about regulating prices, says govt.... The Economic Regulation of Transport Bill, now in final process in Parliament, represents the complex task of bringing together a multitude of factors governing the...

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Battle of the Bulge

.......editorial .....August 2020....... What size the SA public service? It is plain to see that the country’s major liability in terms of over-expenditure is the massive public sector wage bill which, by any standard, is totally out of proportion...

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Eskom starts internal overhaul

.....July 7 article..... De Ruyter keeps his cards close  When asked by parliamentarians if Eskom would be calling upon retirees and ex-employees to assist with the Eskom recovery plan, CEO André de Ruyter told a joint Public Enterprises meeting...

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NECSA says nuclear will come to SA

......may 15 2020...... A damaged NECSA plans its energy future ..... The South African Nuclear Corporation (NECSA), with an employee role beyond its capacity as a result of waiting  for a R750bn nuclear programme which never arrived, might be...

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Hopes pinned on PetroSA comeback

...... may 15 2020..... CEF outlines plan to save PetroSA ...... In a series of statements to Parliament’s Mining and Energy Portfolio Committee, acting CEO of Central Energy Fund (CEF), Lufuno Makhuba, surprised many with a promise of not only...

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Parliament goes virtual for lockdown

....20 May 2020... SA first with virtual e-debate ....At the same time as the venerable British Parliament was tackling what seemed to them a totally invasive idea of a virtual e-Parliament, South Africa was simultaneously tackling the same subject...

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Draft climate change strategy in Parliament

.......article June 2019..... Plan to counter climate change underway... The inevitability of climate change and the need to plan for its effects on the lives of South Africans is now to be tackled, according to the Department of Environmental...

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