What’s in City Press: Ramaphosa goes for broke; SIU seizes Transnet exec’s houses; R900 million blown on Treasury’s consultants

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City Press | August 16 2020
City Press | August 16 2020

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Lockdown level 2 | Ramaphosa goes for broke 

Covid-19 recovery rate that is moving close to 80%; reduced hospital admissions; a lower infection rate; and the need to resuscitate a struggling economy are some of the main reasons that President Cyril Ramaphosa announced sweeping changes to the lockdown regulations last night. 

Read | #Level2: Alcohol and cigarettes return, but curfew remains

Brand SA tried to pay for former CEO’s silence 

Brand SA allegedly wanted to offer an “inducement” payment of close to R1 million to its former chief executive officer Kingsley Makhubela in a handshake deal aimed at “silencing” him about allegations against its senior executives and board members. 

SIU seizes Transnet exec’s houses, a farm and 35 cars 

A total of 35 vehicles, including bakkies, SUVs, sedans and a sleek Italian sports car, as well as several properties in upmarket gated communities and a farm, have been seized from a Transnet executive and his family. 

SA population to rise by 18.7 million by 2040 

South Africa’s population is estimated to be about 77.6 million in 2040 – a sizeable increase from 58.9 million this year. This is according to a report on population and household projections that was released last month by the Bureau of Market Research at Unisa, which has projected that the population of people 15 and older will increase from about 41.1 million to about 54.1 million by the middle of 2040. 

400 youth left high and dry 

What was meant to be a life-changing opportunity for a group of 400 young people from Mpumalanga and Limpopo has turned out be a nightmare. 

Mkhwebane accused of purging whistle-blowers 

The Public Servants’ Association, the majority union in the office of the Public Protector, has accused the office of “purging their union’s shop stewards”, who have been key in exposing maladministration. 

A fighter for human rights 

Armed with a burning desire to become a human rights advocate, Mpho Nefuri left her home in Siloam village in Nzhelele, Limpopo, for Gauteng in 2005 after receiving a letter of acceptance from the University of Pretoria. 

Ekurhuleni’s first female city manager cracks the whip 

August, being Women’s Month, sees the metro celebrating commendable success when it comes to the recruitment, placement and promotion of women under Dr Imogen Maboikanyo Mashazi’s watch. She is proud to whip out statistics and facts to support her claim. “If you look at my previous position, my three divisional heads were women.” 

SA women, our first line of defence 

Even during these perilous times navigating the coronavirus pandemic, women are still leading from the front. Whether as part of the predominantly female nurses in the country working directly at the coalface of the virus, or as counsellors and supportive figures prioritising the mental and emotional stability of others, women healthcare workers have stepped up to the many challenging tasks presented by the pandemic. 

Living in fear 

Widows living in Nyanisweni village in Qumbu in the Eastern Cape have fallen victim to ruthless stock theft and are living in fear that their kraals will be empty in the morning – their sheep, cattle, goats and horses all stolen. They lie awake every night fearing that heavily armed stock thieves will pounce, again. 

August gimmicks won’t stop violence 

Women activists believe that Women’s Month will remain meaningless in South Africa as long as it is marked by speeches against femicide and gender-based violence without any real accompanying action. 

DA’s virtual conference still a sore point 

The DA federal council’s unanimous decision to  hold a virtual conference has been criticised by some party leaders, who are still concerned that the conference will greatly disadvantage poorer constituents and perpetuate the view that the DA is a middle-class party. 

Gauteng and Life Esidimeni families in fight over payments 

Families and survivors of the Life Esidimeni tragedy are threatening to drag the Gauteng government to court over outstanding compensation payments. 

8 years later, miners’ families await justice 

The sight of a blue police uniform is a disturbing reminder to Sebolai Liau that someone wearing the same apparel pulled a trigger that released a bullet that took his father’s life in Marikana. 

R900 million blown on Treasury’s consultants 

National Treasury has spent more than R900 million on a programme in which specialised skills advisers support struggling municipalities countrywide, but the continued regression of audit outcomes raises questions about whether the expenditure leads to value for money. 

Sisulu, DG at odds over probe 

Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has been mentioned as directing and controlling what is supposed to be an “independent” investigation into the financial affairs of Lepelle Northern Water in Limpopo and Amatola Water in the Eastern Cape. 

The 1994 election was … rigged? 

South African film makers Richard Poplak and Diana Neille’s Influence opens in South Africa on Wednesday as part of the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. 

Meet the creators behind Erased 

Bongi Ndaba and Mpho Lengane need no introduction. They’re strong, powerful and fierce women who are working behind the scenes to tell authentic stories and make a difference in the male-dominated creative industry. 

Wabantu still loves hard 

Despite all the drama in her life regarding her ex-Ben 10, controversial dancer and entertainer Zodwa Wabantu still believes in love. In fact, the 34-year-old says she’s already moved on from her previous younger boyfriend, Vusi Buthelezi. 

Stone age beds rocked 

There was no tog rating on a duvet, and an electric blanket was definitely out of the question, but Stone Age mattresses were far comfier than the era’s name might suggest – and they were even designed to keep the bedbugs at bay. 

‘I am not perfect’ 

The life of Babes Wodumo is far from perfect, and has at times resembled an overly dramatic film that we can’t look away from. The controversial qgom queen’s life has always attracted bad publicity, but last year was the most dramatic for Babes. 


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