May 28, 2017

ANC and DA agree: Farm attacks must stop


There is at least one thing on which the African National Congress and the Democratic Alliance agree: The killing of farmers and farm workers must stop. When presenting his budget to Parliament, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana asked for a moment of silence for farmers and farm workers who have lost their lives. “We need to protect farmers and farm workers,” Zokwana said amid cheer of “hear! hear!” from the DA benches. He said the debates about agriculture should not be politicised and called for an end to racism. “If we want to succeed, let’s embrace transformation.” He…

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Water dept scrambles to pay off R1.5bn debt


The water and sanitation department has to reprioritise money earmarked for municipalities in order to pay off R1.5bn debt, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said yesterday. On top of that, a wish list of future projects worth R2.2bn for the upcoming financial year was under pressure due to the current budget crunch. Mokonyane tried to convince MPs that the R1.5bn being taken from the regional bulk infrastructure grant’s R6bn budget was not urgently needed and would not affect crucial projects. “All our programmes stretch beyond one financial year. Others even backdates from the previous administration,” she told the water and sanitation portfolio…

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This is not a game: Ace


Premier vows radical social and economic transformation unstoppable as FS government engages media as partners in development and pledged continued support . . . Government’s feisty radical social and economic transformation juggernaut accelerated in earnest on Tuesday when the Free State Premier Ace Magashule threw jabs at officials who lack consciousness when dealing with their own people. Magashule said he would not tolerate politicians and officials who always found reasons not to support anything Free State. He told the Premier’s Co-ordinating Forum in Parys attended by senior media personnel, government communicators, municipal managers and mayors, “When some of you officials…

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