What’s in City Press: Ace’s pals score big; How Mabuza fought back; Brand SA is rotten to the core

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City Press August 09 2020
City Press August 09 2020

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Ace Magashule’s pals score big

As outrage grows over allegedly corrupt personal protective equipment tenders, City Press can reveal that, in the Free State, they were not only handed to ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule’s sons, but also to a number of people who are his close allies in the province.

How David Mabuza fought back

Deputy President David Mabuza gave the ANC integrity commission a tongue-lashing last year when he was called in to answer to allegations that were levelled against him.

This resulted in the postponement of his swearing-in as an MP.

Women speak up on Kaya FM boss: ‘We have been dying in silence for many years’

At least four women, current and former staffers at Gauteng’s adult contemporary radio station Kaya FM, have accused station boss Greg Maloka of sexual harassment.

Maloka voluntarily stepped down yesterday to allow for “a smooth and uninterrupted internal process and investigation” after the allegations surfaced.

Miss SA: The public has spoken

“It feels surreal. Every moment feels like a memory my mind wants to pause and capture so that it can be engraved forever.” This was Shudufhadzo Musida’s reaction after she made the Miss SA beauty pageant top 10.

The collapse of Brand SA: Former CEO gives damning account of corruption, abuse of power

Former chief executive Kingsley Makhubela lays bare shenanigans at Brand SA in a document sent to the minister in the presidency and Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture.

Abuse of power, corruption, maladministration and lack of proper governance were allegedly behind its collapse.

‘Operation vat alles’: Politicians score hospital food contracts in Limpopo

A company owned by the son of a deputy minister is among the new companies awarded contracts by the Limpopo health department to supply food to hospitals.

Now other local suppliers are taking legal action, alleging that the supply chain guidelines were flouted, resulting in politically connected individuals benefiting at their expense.

R50bn Transnet tender battle

A lucrative R50 billion Transnet tender for the manufacture and supply of rails is at the centre of a legal dispute with allegations that the bid evaluation and adjudication process was “hijacked by external forces” in the advanced stages of the bidding process.

Nurses battling to cope with Covid-19

Inadequately trained, South Africa’s severely distressed health professionals are living in fear of contracting a deadly virus and then passing it on to their families.

This is how the country’s healthcare workers, particularly nurses, feel when it comes to the national response to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic and their role in it.

Wage agreement would plunge state into R37.8bn in debt

Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu and Treasury director-general Dondo Mogajane have reiterated that implementing a wage increase clause in the collective Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council agreement of 2018 would not be financially feasible, as the cost of enforcing it would see the fiscus plunged into R37.8 billion worth of debt.

Cosatu feels the heat from affiliates on Ramaphosa

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union, the largest public sector union in the country, with a membership of about 235 000; the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union, the largest trade union for teachers in the country; and other affiliate unions have turned up the heat in calling for Cosatu’s leadership to not sit idly by while allegations of corruption go unpunished under the ANC-led government.

No clarity on SA’s donations to Cuba

Government and the ANC remained tight-lipped this week about who sanctioned the generous donation of tens of millions of rands worth of medical supplies and food that were sent to Cuba last month.

Inside the Eastern Cape hospital where doctors use bathrooms and showers as consulting rooms

“Deplorable” is the most appropriate way to describe conditions under which healthcare workers at St Patrick’s Hospital Gateway Clinic in Mbizana, Eastern Cape, are forced to work.

They use a bathroom and showers as consulting rooms and storerooms because there isn’t enough space for their requirements.

Toe the line or lose, says Zanu-PF

“When we get to work, we find soldiers already there, beating up people in the community and the marketplace for not wearing masks properly, and chasing away others, using sjamboks and wielding guns.

We have people collecting money on behalf of soldiers and the Zimbabwe Republic Police, and this abuse we’re experiencing is at the hands of the security forces.”

Former top cop Khomotso Phahlane fired for contract he didn’t sign

The SA Police Service bought the wrong forensic cameras for R92 million in a deal involving a retired senior officer, and it failed to take steps to set the defective decision aside.

It also did not bother to defend a R24 million lawsuit for breach of contract – which was settled without a single camera being delivered.

Winning Women | Bringing the ancient sangoma traditions into the new age

While those her age were having typical teen experiences, 15-year-old Nomfundo Dhlamini went through experiences she could not – and did not – comprehend at the time.

The now 29-year-old traditional healer sits down with City Press to talk about her initially troublesome life as a teenager unaware of her “calling” to become a sangoma, and her journey to becoming a respected healer while climbing the corporate ladder.

Doccie dives into PR nightmares

A revelatory and brilliant documentary by South African film makers Richard Poplak and Diana Neille will open in South Africa soon.

Called Influence, it profiles “morally slippery” British reputation manager Lord Timothy Bell as he recounts work done by his infamous public relations firm Bell Pottinger, including a campaign run for the Gupta family in 2016.

Covid-19 victim’s family seek answers

A Gauteng hospital’s Covid-19 prevention and control measures are being questioned by a family who believe their loved one contracted the virus while admitted there.

Covid-19: ‘I’m back from the dead, alive by the grace of God’

Welcome Hlatshwayo went to battle with a monster and narrowly escaped the clutches of death.

This is how the 46-year-old described his recent three-week battle with Covid-19, which virus that has infected more than 538 000 people in the country so far and had claimed more than 9 600 lives by Friday.

Zim activists castigate ‘heavily militarised’ state

Zimbabwean human rights lawyer Doug Coltart, who is representing detained journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and activist Jacob Ngarivhume, believes that the country’s justice system is too compromised for the accused to get a fair trial.

Youth structures oppose ‘rigged’ NYDA board list

At least five of the seven candidates who will be appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to serve on the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) board for three years were recommended as preferred candidates by the ANC National Youth Task Team prior to the selection interviews.

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams at war with the Post Office

Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams is allegedly at loggerheads with the SA Post Office board over the payments and distribution of the R350 Covid-19 relief grants and the appointment of a new chief executive officer, among other things.


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