If we are serious about growing the economy and creating jobs, we need to support these young people – even though they don't seem to expect any help or handouts, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
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Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille has launched a "full-scale investigation" into the department's failure to pay some of its service providers within 30 days.
The Public Service Commission has requested an extension to submit a report on the appointment of Boitumelo Mokgoro as chief financial officer at an entity of the Public Works department.
Six axed trustees of the Independent Development Trust (IDT) board have threatened to drag Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi to court if he does not overturn their dismissal.
Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi has expressed shock at the R34.9bn in irregular expenditure uncovered by the department, going back as far as 2001.
Millions of rand in taxpayers' money has been paid for government leases for unoccupied properties, says Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi.
In the 2017/18 financial year R45.8m was spent on the maintenance of ministerial houses in Pretoria and Cape Town, but hundreds of months back rent is still outstanding.
The rand briefly broke below R14.00 to the US dollar following the news that Parliament's portfolio committee on public works withdrew its expropriation bill on Tuesday.
Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi has highlighted cases of employees who have been sacked because of fraud, after reporting billions of wasteful expenditure.
Cabinet has approved the establishment of a body to improve management of state properties, save money and create jobs, says Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi.
An additional R4.8bn has been allocated to the expanded public works programme to aid employment.
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