R400m to upgrade official residences

2011-10-20 08:48

Cape Town - Renovations to the presidential homes and offices, as well as to the Bryntirion estate in Pretoria where ministers live, will cost more than R400m.

A brand-new dressing room and sauna are part of the interior renovations to Mahlamba Ndlopfu, the president's official residence in Pretoria, of which the total estimated cost is about R169m.

These details are contained in a written reply by Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde to parliamentary questions asked by Athol Trollip, the DA’s parliamentary leader.

Trollip has highlighted the huge expenses at a time when millions of people are unemployed and there is poor service delivery countrywide.

“The state can build 7 000 houses with these millions,” said Trollip.


He says President Jacob Zuma has a poor understanding of the hardships suffered by citizens and little respect for frugality.

“He will live in these houses and has to be accountable for the huge expenses.”

Details of the renovations are:
- Genadendal, Zuma’s official Cape Town residence: R13.5m has already been spent over the past three financial years
- Tuynhuys, Zuma’s offices at Parliament: R24.4m has been spent over the past three financial years and another R780 000 has been spent on office furniture
- Bryntirion estate in Pretoria: The estimated expense is R193m, of which R55m is for a new road to the estate, R42m for a new fence
- Mahlamba Ndlopfu, Zuma’s official residence in Pretoria: an estimated R169m. Maintenance has to be done to the security system, which includes improving escape routes and the installation of an electronic surveillance system

Apart from renovations to wooden frames, balconies, steps, fireplaces and chandeliers at this residence, a new dressing room, sauna and steam room are also being built.

New baths and toilets are being supplied and the house will be fitted with extensive energy saving devices, among them solar water heaters.

Not ordered by president

In response to Trollip’s question on whether the listed expenses were justified, Mahlangu-Nkabinde said the “market determined construction costs” and that the contracts were awarded after a tender procedure.

Presidency spokesperson Zanele Mngadi said none of the work had been ordered by Zuma.

"No, the president never gets involved in renovations," The Star quoted her as saying.

"The department of public works is responsible for managing government property, and procurement is done in terms of its procurement policy."

  • Kala - 2011-10-20 08:54

    It would appear that Malema is running a bit low on cash and needs to get some tender deals lined up as the cost of building his mansion has exceeded the original quote. Once again more proof that the ANC doesn't really give a hoot about the poor in this country.

      Dirk - 2011-10-20 09:10

      People must understand that whenever money is spent by government, someone along the supply chain, is getting back handers. Its absolutely disgraceful and disgusting and dont be fooled into believing that SA can afford it.

      Ann - 2011-10-20 09:21

      What is the point of having jacuzzi's and other luxuries that are above the "norm" in the residences when the president only spends minimal time there? HERE'S AN IDEA FOR YOU: How about down-scaling totally by showing goodwill to the poor who have been waiting for houses for 17 years you greedy bunch. After all they are the ones who have put you in the plushy positions you currently occupy. Should you not take this "gap" you may find yourselves in the same situation as Egypt, Lybia, etc Give most of this money for the building of houses and redeem yourselves and your party!

      Paul - 2011-10-20 09:31

      @KALA Are you supprised only now. The truth is that as with everything about this government they are more perturbed with appearance. Pity the same effort is not applied to ACTUAL WORK. A shame like everything else the ANC does , just window dressing. No REAL SUBSTANCE. You can polish a turd to look good but its still a turd at the end of the day!!!!

      Nosiphom - 2011-10-20 09:33

      @msedi at the very least, the Govt of the Western Cape has been modest even as far as MEC cars are concerned. You don't have to justify the spending if you happen to be a beneficiary of the contracts. Just enjoy the ill gotten taxpayers money whilst it lasts, and remember that had you not bribed anyone and inflated the pricing, you would not have gotten he contract.

      Myvision - 2011-10-20 09:37

      @ Nosiphom, you can't simply draw a line and say whoever doesn't see wrong doing in this is a beneficiary. We need to understand if all these upgrades were necessary

      rbphiri - 2011-10-20 09:41

      Renovations to the presidential homes and offices, as well as to the Bryntirion estate in Pretoria where ministers live, will cost more than R400m. This is a clear indication that we have a self serving Government, the only thing civil society has received from the government is poor service delivery, broken promises and nothing more than corruption. Schools and hospitals need renovations. Alternatively revamp corrupt officials in parliament. Sometimes i fail to understand why people still cheer for the very people destroying our moral fibre.

      Walter - 2011-10-20 10:04

      Well, it IS a difficult decision to make, 7,500 houses for the poor, or saunas with steam rooms or new furniture or a number of new bath or, or 7,500 houses for the poor, really difficult...

      nasheenar - 2011-10-20 10:20

      Jack you left out Fat and ugly...LOL, it never ends hey??????????????? just live off us and bleed the country dry

      Herman - 2011-10-20 10:41

      The Zoomer783 administration has already wasted R1,5 BILLION in 2010/2011 AND they're WASTING MORE???? "...and another R780 000 has been spent on office furniture" - THAT'S almost double of what my two bedroom flat cost!!!! WTF?????

      johanvdberg - 2011-10-20 21:55

      Come on, Black brothers .. when will you finally wake up????????? These people you have voted for are fleecing you into more poverty than you can even imagine. And there the main moron actually says he is not aware of what "they" want to improve on his houses. This is the ultimate insult and sickness: his houses get improved on with millions of Rands but .. "it is none of his concern". If I was the country's chief and hear the amount of 400 million rands for improving my and some other houses whilst half the population is unemployed and lives in poverty, I'd certainly make sure that this action is stopped with immediate effect .. instead of turning my back to it and saying that I had nothing to do with it. AGAIN: WAKE UP MY FRIENDS, they are fleecing you and laughing at you! But knowing you, you'll vote for them again next time round, so all this serves you right and you should all get very sick and perish in your misery and poverty because it's all self-created by you.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2011-10-20 08:55

    You better build fast and don't forget the electric fences and get some big dogs and private security just in case the poor and the hungry come knocking

      Mandla - 2011-10-20 09:28

      And boy won't that be a glorious day!

      Janneman27 - 2011-10-20 10:19

      I can't wait for that day: the day that black and white stand together against the scum of this country, the retards that chop away at our moral values and feed poverty, not starving revolution!

  • Omrisho - 2011-10-20 09:04

    what a freak show, 400m to me sounds extravagant and unnecessary expenditure - how about upgrading the lives of so many of the poor instead

  • Tebogo - 2011-10-20 09:06

    this is sick...

  • Alan - 2011-10-20 09:12

    This is sick i don't mind them maintaining the places and looking after the properties. Spending 400 Million rand in tax payer's money which could go into service delivery, building houses and the list goes on, what are you thinking! This is gross miss appropriation of funds.

  • ubreytenbach - 2011-10-20 09:13

    Animal Farm.... What a disgrace.... how disconnected and what a freak show! This on top of the R1M A DAY that it costs the tax payer to keep his herd of wives and children and fat security guards. ANIMAL FARM. This is disgusting.

      Jerhone - 2011-10-20 10:44

      if i'm not mistaken it cost the apartheid government R1M a day to run the border war, this shows you how this lot wastes money that is not theirs

      ubreytenbach - 2011-10-21 09:06

      We are all equal, but some are more equal than others.

  • Thabiso - 2011-10-20 09:14

    Anyone out there in the law fraternity knows if there is a legal way to curb spending by gorvenment officials?

      Rob - 2011-10-20 09:32

      Yes, vote them out when it comes to election time.

      Stephen - 2011-10-20 10:25

      Yes. At election time, you go and vote. Very simple.

      Had - 2011-10-20 11:55

      Thabiso - my thoughts as well. Maybe a class action suit. Things cannot carry on like this.

  • Willie - 2011-10-20 09:15

    This is sick,let the poor eat the cake,the vuvuzela hearsay brigade should be happy about this. Poor schools do not have proper facilities and yet the goverment see it fit to spend this money R169m for renovation?????? this is sick ,sick,sick and sick again

      Godesha - 2011-10-20 10:23

      @Willie. Well we all know what happened to Marie Antoinette. Let's hope the same happens here, figuratively speaking of course.I for one firmly believe that they are giving themselves a lot of rope and soon they will hang themselves. People cannot stay ignorant for too long.

      Willie - 2011-10-20 12:18

      @ Godesha true my friend

  • Greg - 2011-10-20 09:15

    What -are we now supposed to congratulate them?! This while RDP houses fall apart and also end up being occupied by foreigners.

  • Mandla - 2011-10-20 09:16

    The President didn't order this apparently guys. Public works is doing it out of the goodness of their own hearts. Banana anyone?

      Con - 2011-10-20 09:27

      Haha Mandla, still smiling at this one.

      Greg - 2011-10-20 09:37

      Well said Mandla...

      sandimzilikazi - 2011-10-20 09:53

      hahahahaha ja neh, they take us for such fools!

      Bryan - 2011-10-20 10:18

      Bwahaha..nice Mandla!!

      Thembeka - 2011-10-20 13:41

      Public works is not even in a position to do anything. They have just wasted enough money that they can't account to. So to hell with them too.

  • janjac.gilbert - 2011-10-20 09:19

    Rather upgrade the poor.

  • Ben Nel - 2011-10-20 09:20

    I assume the "extensive energy devices" are there to save money?

  • Steven - 2011-10-20 09:22

    “The state can build 7 000 houses with these millions,” said Trollip. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Sir, How many RDP houses have been turned into spaza shop or have been sold to the foreigners? Let him use money for himself. Please people don't compare Zuma with Thomas Sankara.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-10-20 09:57

      Oooo please!!! How did you manage to put the PC on?????

      Mantsho - 2011-11-06 00:12

      We need to vote for DA to come to power,get rid of this people.

  • Marion - 2011-10-20 09:23

    ... the writing is on the wall but unfortunately the majority of the South African population is being kept illiterate so cannot read it. What has been done with the annual maintenance budgets for the past 17 years that everything has deteriorated to the point where R400 million is needed for maintenance to a few properties. In any business there is an annual budget for maintenance. My foster child's mother lives in a squatter camp and has been for the past 17 years. She is unlikely to live long enough to enjoy an RDP house but Jacob and the forty thieves live in decadent luxury while she, and millions like her, freeze in winter and get flooded in summer and in between the two lose everything in fires. A pox on the government for being so disrespectful of the poor as to justify obscene maintenance like this.

  • BrAd - 2011-10-20 09:23

    this make me sick....could have built 7000 houses for the poor. I wish someone could inform all the poor out there of this situation and explain to them that this is what their goverment thinks about them....Nothing, they'd rather have a fence worth R42million than build them a new house.............president or not this is absolutely not on !

  • Myvision - 2011-10-20 09:23

    Its difficult to tell whether these are market related costs or whether this has been a trend since the days of Verwoed

      Silver - 2011-10-20 09:36

      What’s wrong, your vision a little blurred?

      Myvision - 2011-10-20 09:44

      I hope you're not the silver stripes on the buttocks

  • Philip - 2011-10-20 09:25

    How many houses could they build for the poor for this type of money. How many roads and streets can be build? Well at least 800 houses of R500,000 each or abiut 134km of highway!

  • Rob - 2011-10-20 09:26

    Why waste this money, does not make sense. Saunas etc are not needed.

      Bryan - 2011-10-20 10:22

      Rob..Have you seen how overly obese some of these government ministers are? As much as I hate to admit it... they need the sauna's bru!!

  • Thulebona - 2011-10-20 09:30

    Where do you want the President to live? In a can? Ya'll make me puke

      Omrisho - 2011-10-20 09:51

      bet you the president sleeps in a warm bed every night, with a full stomach, unlike many of the population... there are so many other priorities or can you not see that - this bs makes me puke

      Peter - 2011-10-20 09:52

      Answer this... how long has he spent in those residences???? He never seems to be around

      Peter - 2011-10-20 09:54

      And the ministers estates - nearly each have there own houses anyway so why upgrade the "estate" when they do not even stay there????

      msendi - 2011-10-20 09:54

      If the story is from those Afrikaans newspapers and people like Athol Trollip are involved… don't believe it… R400 000 000 for renovations. Only a fool can believe that story…

      Yar - 2011-10-20 10:04

      Thulebona Heads of state have been living there in the past with no problems. I seem to remember that Thabo had the place overhauled a short while ago. This is just waste, on a grand scale. Time for politicians to learn that they work for us, the taxpayers, and we say NO.

      Marion - 2011-10-20 10:06

      No one begrudges the president of a country a lifestyle in keeping with his status as president. What we object to is him getting twice the salary his predecessors did because he has four times the wives and about ten times the number of children. What we object to is him accepting such excessive expenditure as necessary when some of it is for things like a new dressing room and a sauna and a jacuzzi etc., What we object to is the fact that approx. one hundred informal settlements could be eradicated simply by spending this money on building RDP houses. This is the same president who said that the people in Sweetwaters live like pigs while he accepts that spending money like this on 'official' residences is acceptable. Oh, wait, the poorest of the poor like their leaders to live in the lap of unnecessary luxury so that they have something to aspire to one day! FMG Thulebona where is your ability to reason for yourself that people are starving / unhoused / uneducated in this country and taxpayers money should go to helping them, not excessive expenses like these. Not much difference between this behaviour and Bheki Cele's i.r.o. police headquarters imho. IRRESPONSIBLE to say the least.

      Gail - 2011-10-20 10:08

      @thulebona - Don't be stupid man, nobody said that zuma should live in squallor. What IS being said here is that the upgrades that are being done on these properties are a total waste of taxpayers money!!! Most of the people here, including myself, live in decent houses, have jobs, food on the table, able to educate their children in decent schools etc etc...our concern is for the poor, YOUR brothers, sisters, grandmothers and so on. The people YOU should be fighting for. I don't understand your mentality!!!!!

      Jeffrey - 2011-10-20 10:48

      @Msendi, The story comes directly from the mouth of the ANC government. Read the damn article properly. The ANC were replying to Trollip's parliamentary question. You're like the little kids at the school where I volunteer. You can read the words, but you can't understand what they mean.

      Myvision - 2011-10-20 11:38

      @ Yar, do you have any records on the money spent by the previous heads of state at the residences?

      Jason - 2011-10-20 13:43

      Thulebona - your an idiot with your brains fitted in your a$$ - the ANC makes me puke!! Millions of starviung families out their, BUT lets upgrade, f&*k the poor and starving is what this looks like - catch a wake up yo ignorant idiot!!

      ubreytenbach - 2011-10-20 15:49

      And when this Zuma fool is replaced by another fool in 2014.... he would want to make all his(?) houses his kind of pretty for another R400M. Pretentious incompetent useless self-referential fools. Banana anyone?

      reynard.j.debeer - 2011-10-21 02:52

      If the ANC claimed to be representing the poor, they would not live in such a lavish lifestyle heh? Just a thought, I mean in can live in a nice house not a f%$king mansion!

  • lisa.evansdominick - 2011-10-20 09:33

    this is just sick, we must have the most expensive overpaid government in the world. if the country was cash flush it would not be a problem but millions are starving and homeless... this is a total disgrace!!!!! they are public servants not royalty....

  • Nomfezeko - 2011-10-20 09:35

    I am sure this money could be well spent in renovating public hospitals, upgrade justice systems etc. BUT our country!!! I am sure if I go outside i will be scared to reveal my nationality.

      msendi - 2011-10-20 09:47

      Don't believe everything you read Nomfezeko. R400 million for renovations is impossible. The opposition will always come with this confusing stories. Don't be ashamed to be a South African…

      Omrisho - 2011-10-20 10:13

      @ msendi, you have had the wool pulled over your eyes, there is no trying to justify it... 30 billion missing, come on, catch a wake up already

      Marion - 2011-10-20 10:22

      @Msendi - What part of this statement do you not understand? "These details are contained in a written reply by Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde to parliamentary questions asked by Athol Trollip, the DA’s parliamentary leader." The Public Works Minister provided the DETAILS IN WRITING. Oh, wait the opposition confused her. Is this the same minister who approved the police rentals? Wonder who confused her then.

  • Jaco - 2011-10-20 09:36

    For R 169 mil (upgrading of security systems as listed above) you can build a brand new luxury 5 star hotel of over 5000m² (which usually includes security, cctv, lifts, access control, swimming pools, furniture, professional fees, etc, etc, etc Somebody is getting a huge kick-back here!! I would really like to see the tendering procedure that was followed...

      Werner - 2011-10-20 10:01

      What tendering procedure, these fools cant even count, show us the tender invitation ?

      Jan - 2011-10-20 15:20

      And who were awarded the tenders

  • Samantha - 2011-10-20 09:40

    400m, are u f#$king kidding me, !!!!!- how about taking that money and spending it on the schools and hospitals, service delivery, housing, ...... i wonder what all those wonderful supporters now think, where they are living in squalor , their president is lounging in a sauna,

  • pmogala - 2011-10-20 09:41

    What a better life for a few and political elite. Better life for all will never be experienced by all South Africans.

  • Hannetjie - 2011-10-20 09:42

    I am sure a lot of this money can be used to erect houses for the thousands of SA citizens who live in shacks. When is the government going to get their priorities right and start eradication poverty and stop these extravagant spending?????

  • Hilette Hyland - 2011-10-20 09:48

    This makes me sick to my stomach!!! How many people don't have a bed, running water, food??? How many RDP houses could be built with R400m?? How many jobs could be created with R400m???

  • robert.krumm - 2011-10-20 09:50

    South Africa's indignant protests should be aimed at govt, not the JSE... We should be talking about occupying parliament.

  • kobus.erasmus - 2011-10-20 09:51

    There is no more fresh drinking water in Parys, (e-nuus) last night, raw sewrage is running into the Vaal - but they are spending R400 million on residences ? That makes perfect sense - banana republic in action ....

  • thabo.mokgolo1 - 2011-10-20 09:52

    I for one can't wait to see the R42 million rand fence. Now, all i want to know is who got the tender this time?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-10-20 10:04

      The biggest pity will be to see how disgruntle people kick down a R49 million fence and it's coming, if we go on like this.

      MsMoagi - 2011-10-20 10:08

      Is this fence made out of 18ct gold? Really, fence 42M.

  • Samantha - 2011-10-20 09:56

    Dear Jacob and lot, please go and tell that poor little boy who lost his legs why u cant afford to build him a decent school but u can afford to spend 400m of the taxpayers money on renovating your homes, - explain why he has to go to school in a container instead of decent solid class rooms which could have saved him from this horrible ordeal- tell the people living in shacks why they have to freeze at night and get water from rivers to bath and drink when u lounge in your sauna, - explain to the people dying in the poor excuse for hospitals why they are struggling to get decent medical help while u are prancing in your new mansion- and then explain to the rest of us tax payers why WE have to fork out for you to live in luxury while many of us struggle to get by each month-

      catsliz - 2011-10-20 11:08

      Well said, I will second that

  • Jerhone - 2011-10-20 09:58

    whats in his dressing room and sauna? solid gold toilet seat covers, champagne in his sauna,anti retro virals coming out of his shower,i'm sure the old apartheid government must be kicking themselves for stealing such a little from the tax payers those days, these clowns have set sky high standards

  • Dave - 2011-10-20 10:01

    Let them eat cake. The famous words before the french revolution

  • Gavin - 2011-10-20 10:05

    Wow, I was so worried that the he'd have to live like the rest of us peasants.

  • Sibongile - 2011-10-20 10:12

    Halala to you. People have no jobs, no food, no houses etc. This is what you can come up with, renovating your homes for what. Do you really think that people are stupid. Ngigezizandla.

      J.J.Loubser - 2011-10-20 10:55

      for once the most common thread from all sides of the spectrum (rainbow) is the same: how come this R400 mil is not being used for the poor people Why is it that this has been the common thread from the DA for years following TravelGate, OilGate, ArmsGate, TenderJuju, ShaikGate(open) etc. etc. etc, and only now are we seeing more of the rainbow asking the same question. It is a pity that some people like Msendi Omkhulu still refuses to believe that the Great Exhalted Chief and other Leaders of the Government (ANC) would be party to this blatant thievery and indulgence, as his vote, based on blind and indoctrinated bias will keep the Status Quo and allow the current conditions to continue, thereby keeping the Millions Illiterate, Uneducated, Uncared for living in Poverty on Empty Promises

  • Lloyd - 2011-10-20 10:14

    a lot of people could be sheltered with this sad

  • Doug - 2011-10-20 10:16

    Unacceptable - R400,000,000.00 well managed could bring a passive R50,000,000 per year to spend on maintenance and funding of small businesses . Could also provide R500 to 100000 people which could be pushed back into the low income economy ... what the hell are they thinking ??? where are the brakes ??? just some thoughts.... obviously more complicated ...

  • Peter - 2011-10-20 10:17

    Time to stop calling these things "residences". Surely "PALACES" would be more appropriate. R42 million for the fence alone. Reminds me of the days we used to laugh at rulers to the north of us installing Gold Toilets. Suddenly we realise that no laughing matter. "No, the president never gets involved in renovations." So his minions develop palaces of extreme luxury behind his back? No wonder our rulers don't like to let go.

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  • hester.ferrezuelo - 2011-10-20 10:21

    Unbelievable!! Amazing how they can maintain homes but when it comes to essential services such as roads, sewer and water reticulation systems, then nothing gets done and the excuse is always that the ANC inherited these old systems. What the heck???

  • Marion - 2011-10-20 10:26

    R400 million doesn't sound too bad. Rolls off the tongue quite nicely. R400 million. Almost half a billion doesn't roll off my tongue as easily. R100 million short of half a billion. And we all know that by the time the job is finished it will have escalated to about 2 billion for reasons no one can explain.

  • Roberta - 2011-10-20 10:43

    A new sauna, with shower for our 'highly esteemed' president? Don't these people realise the hardships that people are suffering under in the real, outside world? Living in the lap of luxury, grossly overpaid for the little they do, and giving the poor peasants two fingers! Makes one want to throw up (in their new jacuzzis preferably!)

      Marion - 2011-10-20 16:10

      ... I wonder how many of the shacks the poorest of the poor live in would fit into the sauna... or the dressing room... Oh, scrap shack, I wonder how many RDP houses could fit into the sauna or the dressing room...

  • Sean Newton - 2011-10-20 10:55

    They are just getting it all up to Julius' standard so he is comfortable when he takes up office!!!!

  • Clive - 2011-10-20 10:55

    And the poor vote for this to happen daily, maybe they enjoy living in shacks. Viva Anc corruption Viva, Viva abuse of our hard earned money Viva.

  • Pamela - 2011-10-20 10:57

    Wt a disgrace to our leaders they are busy renovating their palaces while ordinary people who voted for them are suffering with no basic needs eg water,houses,sanitation also no employment.Also I do not have respect for Ms Nkabinde Mahlangu she does not have any respect for Black professionals especially in the Civil Engineering field. I have listened to her several times in SA Fm she prefers to work with white companies rather than giving an opportunity to young Black consulting Firms, and also they serve the department right to hike the construction of their renovations. Our Government have not learned from the construction of stadiums,Gau Train , N1 tolling system ,the white companies hiked prices so as to get more profits but still we trust them,They see black officials as stupid & naive for they believe what ever the white men says is right.

      cameronrh1 - 2011-10-20 11:32

      My dear Pamela, in this day of BEE and AA, the governemt has to award the tender to a BEE run company, so do ur homework, its not a white company which got awarded the tender, its a BEE based company, so a predominantly black run company which is doing these renovation, find another excuse than blaming it on white people that out government it keeping the poor, poor.

      Pamela - 2011-10-20 13:50

      @Cameron before a tender goes out a request for proposal is sent out to professional service providers such as Quantity surveyors,Architects, Engineers and those are the people who provide the government departments with estimates for the cost of works, And that is where our government is being robbed by white companies,why? our old black government officials are naive they think that what ever is done by a white person is right. And dont realise that white pple are sell outs look @ Jacky Selebi now

      Pamela - 2011-10-20 14:32

      What is BEE (Black ecomic Empowerment) ,surely you need to check who is benefiting more from this BEE thing. And who introduced it,its one of the regulations used by white also use desperate greedy black people as window dressers in their companies

      deeps1910 - 2011-10-20 15:54

      @ Pamela. I am an engineering consultant and you are speaking utter nonsense. I am an Indian and I mostly only work with Black owned companies on all my government projects. Forget the race issues and let's just leave it as friends of Government okay.

      Ntombizethu - 2011-11-24 13:12

      Pamela, what have you been drinking, thruth be told black people have no money sense, i work for a BEE run construction company and the boss buys 5 cars in a month and his staff is not paid and no explanation is given,he even buys his girlfriend cars.And these so called engineers i work with are so dull,they cant even construct a sentence in English,and becuase South African education system is pathetic, i am sending my child to Zimbabwe for her primary and secondary education.

  • pmogala - 2011-10-20 11:01

    Mr President I challenge you to put a stop to this renovations.

  • Jerhone - 2011-10-20 11:10

    where is the communist party when "THE PEOPLE" are being screwed? not a peep,not a peep. Where is the trade unions when THE WORKERS are being screwed? not a peep, not a peep, they are they are just as corrupted and asleep, asleep.

  • Christopher - 2011-10-20 11:17

    what is this government thinking come on wake up

  • Had - 2011-10-20 11:19

    Enough is enough. Surely we can institute a class action suit against the Government / ANC to stop this rot. Can any body give a legal opinion on this? Have any of you got the skill to create a website dedicated to highlight corruption & incompetence & keep a scorecard of these events & any action taken. Please respond to my Facebook account or my email

  • ana.curcic - 2011-10-20 11:25

    No matter what fence they put up, it will not help to hide their disgraceful treatment of people, neither will the saunas and bathrooms wash away their greed, selfishness, lack of care for their people, corruption and all the other wrongs they are acused of.

  • luyolo.mgodi - 2011-10-20 11:28

    The day we all stop defending Malema's action because he's black, The day we all stop defending UTB's actions because he was white.That will be a glorious day for the whole nation. Where all Black, White, Colored, Pink,blue stand together and fight this mediocre government and the micky mouse house that is the cabinet. We need LEADERS to lead the nation!

      Had - 2011-10-20 12:09

      Well said Luyolo

      rugbyworld.worldrugby - 2012-11-12 05:25

      Not many whites have ever supported UTB and I just hope that not many blacks support Malema. They will all have their supporters and the media will always make it seem like everyone is supporting them.