ARTICLES RELATING TO GOVERNMENT SPENDING

Gambling board blew R4m on trips

2014-10-24 14:14

The suspended National Gambling Board has spent R4.1m on foreign travel in the past three years, almost a quarter of it on a trip to Las Vegas.

Nkandla project manager 'won't take the hit'

2014-10-01 10:16
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The public works department's Nkandla project manager says he is determined not to take the fall for somebody else's transgression relating to the R246m upgrade.

ANC govt has history of kleptomania - EFF

2014-09-29 18:30
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EFF says the irregular expenditure in the department of public works amounting to R34.9bn indicates a culture of kleptomania in government.

Officials, not politicians blamed for Nkandla

2014-09-14 11:23
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Three former directors-general and at least 12 senior officials are set to take the fall over the Nkandla drama, while the politicians involved will probably get off scot-free, according to a report.

SANDF chief under fire over R100k first class flight

2014-08-26 11:37
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The chief of the SANDF, General Solly Shoke has been criticised after allegedly spending more than R100 000 on a first class ticket to attend a conference in Malaysia in April.

SIU hands over final Nkandla report

2014-08-21 13:42

The Special Investigating Unit says it has handed over its final report on Nkandla to President Jacob Zuma.

The Nkandla 'hit list'

2014-08-15 09:40
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President Jacob Zuma's report on the Nkandla scandal hints at who will take the fall, with 19 department of public works employees set to face charges.

Gauteng to get 11 new 'smart' schools

2014-07-29 11:43
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Eleven new "smart" schools will be constructed in Gauteng this year and some will be ready next year, the province's infrastructure development MEC has announced.

Costs a consideration in arms deal - Mbeki

2014-07-17 14:50

Costs were always a consideration during the arms procurement process as "you need to pay for everything", former president Thabo Mbeki has told the Seriti inquiry.

Taxpayers' millions wasted on vacant properties

2014-07-16 19:08

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi has announced that millions of rand in taxpayers' money has been paid for government leases with the private sector for unoccupied properties.

Cops spent R45m on accommodation, meals

2014-07-09 14:41

The SA Policing Union has urged Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko to take drastic steps against those involved in a R45m police accommodation and meals scandal.

Official spends R17 000 a month on 'entertainment'

2014-07-02 19:27

A State Security Agency official has spent over R17 000 on "entertainment" in less than a month, it has been revealed.

Release of Nkandla report delayed - SIU

2014-06-27 10:04
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The Special Investigating Unit says the release of its report on the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's private homestead has been delayed due to circumstances beyond its control.

Emergency relief for Eastern Cape farmers

2014-06-19 05:00

The Eastern Cape rural development department will provide emergency relief support to farmers affected by veld fires.

Speaker waiting for Zuma's Nkandla response

2014-06-12 14:23

Speaker Baleka Mbete says she will decide how to handle the findings of the Nkandla expenditure once President Jacob Zuma hands her his response to investigations into the controversy.

KZN MEC spent R4m on cars - report

2014-05-23 11:24
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A KwaZulu-Natal MEC has come under fire for spending about R4m on vehicles over the past four years, it has been reported.

Left-over funds used for MEC's R940K car - dpt

2014-05-16 18:19
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Left-over funds have been used to buy a R940 000 vehicle for North West Health MEC Magome Masike, his department says.

Gauteng premier abusing state resources - DA

2014-05-02 13:18
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The DA says Gauteng has seen immense abuse of state resources under Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.

Public money wasted too often - DA

2014-04-25 16:04

The DA says there is an increasing trend that public money is being spent improperly and wastefully by the department of public works under the guise of "security upgrades”.

Scopa trying to attack ANC - Uys

2014-04-23 16:08

Former health MEC Pierre Uys says the Western Cape public accounts committee has a political agenda and is misusing government structures.

Hawks probing theft from Mandela burial funds

2014-04-07 19:10

The Hawks are investigating reports that the girlfriend of an Eastern Cape ANC official received R350 000 from funds earmarked for the burial of former president Nelson Mandela.

Gigaba: Zuma concerned about Nkandla costs

2014-04-07 09:47
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President Jacob Zuma is concerned about the escalation in costs of security upgrades at his private home in Nkandla, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba says.

Nkandla officials must be held accountable - Cosatu

2014-03-27 12:16

Cosatu has called for action against anyone guilty of wasting or mismanaging public funds in the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead.

What will Freedom Day money be spent on?

2014-03-24 08:05

Millions of rands have been budgeted for Freedom Day celebrations but it is unclear what the money will actually be spent on, a report says.

Nkandla report will hit investor confidence

2014-03-20 18:09

The Nkandla report will severely impact international investors' confidence in the government, says the National Employers' Association of South Africa.

 

16 million get social grant - minister

2014-10-20 22:04
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Just under 16 million South Africans are receiving some form of social security grant from government last year, according to Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

Nkandla files laptop stolen

2014-09-30 10:12
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The office of the man representing the 12 public works officials implicated in the Nkandla upgrade has been burgled, with thieves making off with his laptop containing "valuable information".

Nkandla landscaping cost R16m

2014-09-15 08:11
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More than R16m was spent on plants, paving, lighting and irrigation at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home - with R1.6m spent on trees alone, according to documents.

Defence dept 'obstructing' Sisulu flight probe

2014-09-02 15:39

The defence department is obstructing an investigation into money spent by its former minister Lindiwe Sisulu for chartered flights on a Gulfstream jet, the DA says.

SIU: No obligation to make Nkandla report public

2014-08-22 18:57
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The Special Investigating Unit says it does not have to make its report on security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's home public.

Ramaphosa prefers home over state house

2014-08-17 14:19

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa prefers to live in his own house in Hyde Park, Johannesburg rather than move into a state house.

Nkandla project manager knows 'real truth'

2014-08-14 12:48

The project manager of the security upgrade at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla residence says he knows "the story behind the story" and hopes the truth will emerge.

SABC defends paying R42m in bonuses

2014-07-19 23:07
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The SABC has defended paying around R42m in bonuses to its staff and middle management, saying it has overcome its financial difficulties and can afford to do so.

Zuma 'still working' on Nkandla report

2014-07-17 12:31

President Jacob Zuma is still working on a report on costly upgrades at his Nkandla home, and is waiting to receive all the necessary information required for the report, his spokesperson says.

SIU to probe KZN Treasury

2014-07-10 16:50

President Jacob Zuma has authorised the Special Investigating Unit to investigate irregular expenditure by the KwaZulu-Natal provincial Treasury.

Chief justice's office has R89m budget shortfall

2014-07-08 13:49

The fledgling office of the chief justice faces a budget shortfall of R89.5m over the next two financial years, MPs have heard.

Maternal, child health key to equity - Ramaphosa

2014-06-30 13:14

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the health of mothers and their children is key to achieving development and equity.

Zulu king questions amounts spent on izimbizo

2014-06-25 22:15

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini says a lot of money currently used for izimbizo can be channelled to helping the most vulnerable of KwaZulu-Natal's citizens.

ANC calls for govt help in KZN wildfires

2014-06-18 21:54

The ANC has urged government and the private sector to help areas in KwaZulu-Natal affected by wildfires.

North West premier puts the sting in bling

2014-05-28 14:57

Newly sworn-in North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has told his MECs to stay away from bling and extravagance.

Work on king’s cultural village to start soon

2014-05-20 10:16
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The first phase of the construction of a R300m cultural village at King Goodwill Zwelithini’s palace in KwaZulu-Natal is set to start soon, according to an official.

Funds for Mandela's funeral not misused - ANC

2014-05-13 14:52

Government funds meant for former president Nelson Mandela's memorial and funeral have not been misused, an ANC official in the Eastern Cape says.

Work on official residences part of 'master plan'

2014-04-25 22:46

The construction under way at the Bryntirion Estate in Pretoria is part of a "multi-phase master plan", the public works department says.

Mapisa-Nqukula admits military meltdown

2014-04-23 20:36
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The SANDF is in urgent need of investment to ensure it can meet its international commitments after two decades of budget cuts have left it under-equipped, the defence minister says.

Arms deal cost R46.6bn - report

2014-04-10 08:37
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A Treasury official has revealed that South Africa's controversial arms deal cost over R46.6bn, according to a report.

Gordhan: No wasting of taxpayers' money

2014-04-07 14:17
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The government owes it to taxpayers to spend their money wisely, honestly and efficiently, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Gordhan: No money for govt perks

2014-04-02 05:30
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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has cracked the whip on state spending, saying government should live modestly and no extra money will be provided for new perks.

Defence man set to be 1st Nkandla scapegoat - report

2014-03-27 12:09

The defence department will probably be the first government department to take internal disciplinary steps against one of its senior generals in the aftermath of the Nkandla scandal, according to a report.

KZN unauthorised expenditure jumps 352%

2014-03-20 20:45

KwaZulu-Natal showed a 352% increase in unauthorised expenditure over the previous year from R265m to R1.2bn, according to the SA Institute of Race Relations.

ANC won't apologise for Nkandla - Mantashe

2014-03-20 12:13
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The ANC says it will not apologise for the findings of the Nkandla report as this is not related to the ANC itself, but if an apology is needed, it can come from the president or relevant ministers.

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