George Claassen asks if it was unfair to name Mallett at all in a case of alleged misconduct that clearly has no relevance to him?
Government will continue with its strict cost containment measures in the 2017/18 financial year, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has said in his 2017 Budget Overview.
The financial corrosion at Prasa could be significantly more than the R14.6bn of irregular expenditure incurred in the 2015/16 financial year.
The R171m tender the Department of Energy awarded to President Jacob Zuma’s friend’s son makes up 80% of the department’s tender costs for nuclear-related service contracts.
Kenneth Brown is at the apex of a procurement function which controls R500bn a year in state spend - a juicy prize for cronies in Zuma’s well documented patronage network.
In the latest revelation on advertising spend into The New Age, the higher education and training department says it has spent over R2m on adverts in the newspaper.
The government has spent more than R30bn on consultants and outsourcing in the last financial year, with the defence department being the biggest spender.
The report on national and provincial audit outcomes shows that consultants cost the country R12.1bn last year, says auditor general Kimi Makwetu.
Cutting rather than freezing the size of government’s bureaucracy is beyond the mandate of the National Treasury, says Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.
Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi has highlighted cases of employees who have been sacked because of fraud, after reporting billions of wasteful expenditure.
The public works department has lost nearly R35bn to wrongful and wasteful construction or leasing of buildings in the last five years, says a newspaper report.
Despite cost curbing calls from the finance ministry, entities that report to the communications department spent a whopping R19m on travel over two years.
Rail agency Prasa has conceded a “general collapse in controls” which led to irregular expenditure of R14.6bn in the 2015/16 financial year.
Procurement Tsar Kenneth Brown is tasked with securing savings of a staggering R25bn a year by 2019.
The justice minister says his department has spent R1.5m on advertising in The New Age, taking total spend by six government departments to R8.2m.
The ballooning public sector wage bill, which stands at R450bn annually, is in the spotlight ahead of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's budget speech.
Corruption has cost South Africa R700bn over the last 20 years, according to the Institute of Internal Auditors.
President Jacob Zuma's personal costs are responsible for a significant percentage of the total R1.6bn a year to the executive running, according to a report.
South Africa faces a further credit downgrade because government is actively destroying capital in the region of R100bn annually, says chief economist Dawie Roodt.
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.
The country could reach a level of 60% debt to GDP and the credit downgrades which are sure to keep coming will drive away investment capital, says an economist.
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