ARTICLES RELATING TO PUBLIC WORKS

Nkandla documents

2013-07-05 14:02

The public works department has released 42 files with over 12 000 pages on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead upgrade. See the documents here.

R117m spent on Nkandla security - DA

2013-03-14 20:30

Contractors were paid R117m in total for security installations at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead, Democratic Alliance MP Anchen Dreyer has said in the National Assembly.

R49m spent on Nkandla consultants - DA

2013-03-12 20:09
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More than R49m was spent on consultants involved in building projects at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead, Democratic Alliance MP Anchen Dreyer says.

Still long way to go for public works

2013-03-06 18:50

The public works department is taking steps to curb corruption and collusion, Minister Thulas Nxesi says.

Nkandla spending grotesque - Cosatu

2013-01-29 18:06
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The R206m security upgrade to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home, in KwaZulu-Natal, is "grotesque", Cosatu says.

R65m renovations our call - public works

2013-01-21 22:24
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The department of public works has confirmed that it spent R65m on renovating ministers' houses, adding that the spending was the department's decision, and not the ministers'.

Nxesi waiting for Nkandla report

2012-11-23 18:04

The public works department will only comment on the security upgrade at Nkandla once an investigation into the matter completed, Minister Thulas Nxesi says.

R1.4bn upgrades to ministers' homes

2012-11-09 08:34
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The official residences of the president, deputy president and Cabinet ministers in Pretoria and Cape Town are currently being upgraded at a cost of approximately R1.4bn, documents show.

Come clean on Nkandla, Zuma urged

2012-10-17 20:03
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President Jacob Zuma should answer all the questions surrounding the costs of his private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, the DA says.

Nxesi: Nkandla upgrade not unique

2012-10-05 15:00
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The development of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla compound is by no means unique, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi says.

Nkandla: DA wants answers from public works

2012-10-02 17:58

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi must be called to Parliament to account for the money spent on upgrading President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home, the DA says.

Flawed leases could cost govt billions

2012-08-22 22:35

Financial losses due to fraud and corruption regarding leases could run into billions of rand, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi says.

Cele latest high-profile lease saga victim

2012-06-12 22:55

Bheki Cele has become the latest high profile casualty of the police lease saga, after two previous public works ministers were also axed by President Zuma.

Public works turnaround 'on track'

2012-05-08 22:40

Great strides are being made with the public works department's turnaround strategy, Minister Thulas Nxesi says.

Board keeps open mind in Cele probe

2012-03-30 21:09

The board of inquiry into suspended police chief Bheki Cele's conduct will retain an open mind until the last minute, says chairperson Judge Jack Moloi.

Ministers' housing to cost nearly R6bn

2012-03-12 07:23

New housing and offices for ministers, their deputies and members of Parliament will cost nearly R6bn now that the Cabinet has expanded, according to a report.

ICD stops paying rent for contentious HQ

2012-02-21 22:43

Police watchdog, the ICD, has stopped paying rent for its ill-suited Pretoria headquarters, pending the outcome of a probe into the lease with businessman Roux Shabangu's affiliates.

Police in the dark on HQ case

2012-02-14 16:25

The police have told MPs that they have been excluded from legal action to end the controversial Pretoria headquarters lease deal, even though they will have to pay R600m in rent if the case fails.

Protector probing Shabangu, Vukela

2011-12-07 10:07

The public protector is investigating the relationship between businessman Roux Shabangu and suspended acting public works DG Sam Vukela, which "may or may not be improper".

Police lease debacle gets new spin

2011-12-04 21:30

The basis of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s findings on the controversial R500m police headquarters lease has been repudiated.

Probe into dubious ICD lease underway

2011-11-17 19:01

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's office has started its probe into the ICD's lease deal with controversial businessman Roux Shabangu.

Roux Shabangu willing to co-operate

2011-11-03 16:23

Businessman Roux Shabangu says he will co-operate with the public protector should she probe another lease agreement involving the public works department and himself.

Shabangu lets building to police watchdog

2011-11-02 11:37

The public works department has made a multi-million rand lease agreement with businessman Roux Shabangu, this time for the head office the police watchdog body.

Two Gauteng officials suspended

2011-10-11 16:37

Two Gauteng government officials have been suspended over alleged irregularities, says Gauteng Arts and Culture MEC Lebogang Maile.

Minister hampers public works, DA says

2011-10-03 21:22

Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde's continued presence at the department is preventing it from completing the reforms needed to turn it around, says the Democratic Alliance.

 

Nkandla documents released

2013-07-05 12:01
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The public works department has released 42 files with over 12 000 pages on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead upgrade, after a request for information.

Parliament set for Nkandla report

2013-03-13 21:07

The report of the public works department's task team appointed to probe spending at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead is to be tabled in Parliament soon.

IFP wants public works recovery plan

2013-03-08 22:14

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi must explain how he will recover the millions of rands lost due to corruption in his department, the Inkatha Freedom Party says.

Nkandla letter questioned

2013-01-29 22:32
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The authenticity of a letter purportedly sent to President Jacob Zuma by the department of public works in 2010 has been questioned.

Nkandla: The letter that proves Zuma knew

2013-01-28 20:17
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City Press is in possession of a letter that proves President Jacob Zuma was aware of the extent of upgrades to his Nkandla residence paid for by the state.

Public works wants findings 'clarified'

2012-11-28 16:40

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi plans to meet the public protector to "clarify" findings in a report relating to the accommodation of Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

Nxesi: Public works over-prices

2012-11-23 16:14

Ineffective procurement processes, over-pricing, fraud, and corruption need to be addressed in the public works department, Minister Thulas Nxesi says.

Apartheid-era laws being used - expert

2012-10-19 22:14
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The media coverage of the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home required government to "dust off" apartheid-era legislation, media law expert Dario Milo says.

Nkandla upgrade costs soar to R247m

2012-10-17 08:40
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New information shows that improvements to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla compound have already cost the taxpayer far more than the original budget of R23m.

Zuma doesn't own Nkandla compound

2012-10-05 08:01
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President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla compound is built on community land owned by a trust - which the department of public works is trying to lease, potentially for just R1 000 a year.

Financial chaos plagues public works

2012-10-01 22:20

Financial chaos continues to dog the public works department, according to the auditor general, despite various changes and turnaround plans in the department in the past few years.

Suspended public works DG loses court bid

2012-06-28 19:20

An additional affidavit in a public works department application to set aside a police lease deal with businessman Roux Shabangu has been denied.

Legal battle over Roux Shabangu tender

2012-05-21 20:47

The public works department and suspended deputy director general Sam Vukela are at odds over an application to set aside a police lease agreement with businessman Roux Shabangu.

Public works a mess, minister admits

2012-04-20 08:03

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi has admitted there are serious problems of mismanagement in the department, and that at least 4 000 leases will be reviewed.

Witness avoiding Cele hearing

2012-03-15 22:14

The public works ministry will to be asked to help ensure the appearance of a key witness in an inquiry into the conduct of suspended national police commissioner Bheki Cele.

Home affairs paying R33m a year for HQ

2012-03-05 19:08
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The home affairs department is paying R33m a year rental for its new Pretoria headquarters, more than one-and-a-half times what it previously paid for office space.

Public works 'under administration'

2012-02-21 17:21

The public works department is "technically under administration", Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi says, adding "we are calling for help until we are able to walk on our own".

AG must probe public works' wasteful spending: DA

2011-12-15 08:32

The DA is asking the auditor general to investigate wasteful spending on public relations firms "hired" by the public works department to "salvage the image" of the beleaguered former minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde.

Shabangu takes on protector in lease saga

2011-12-06 22:35

Businessman Roux Shabangu says it is "common practice" for the department of public works to award deals without a tender process as he challenged the protector's findings.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde 'spent R500k on PR'

2011-11-30 10:49

Sacked public works minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde spent almost R500 000 on public relations consultants in the weeks before her axing, according to a report.

Minister ignorant over 'astronomical' fees

2011-11-04 17:53
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When Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson booked into a Sandton luxury guesthouse for 28 days, she had not "wildly imagined" it would cost taxpayers R420 000.

Calls for probe into new 'dubious' lease deal

2011-11-02 22:25

The DA will ask Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to probe another "potential lease scandal" involving the public works department and businessman Roux Shabangu.

Shabangu unmoved by Cele suspension - report

2011-10-26 15:00

Property tycoon Roux Shabangu is unmoved by the suspension of National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele, according to reports.

Minister and Cele escape scrutiny, again

2011-10-07 18:32

Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde and General Bheki Cele will no longer appear before a scheduled joint meeting of two parliamentary committees in connection with the police lease deals.

Amnesty call centre waste of money - DA

2011-09-29 21:03

An amnesty call centre set up by the department of public works is a waste of money, the DA says.

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