July 21, 2017

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UFS QwaQwa campus calls for patience

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As students, staff members press for urgent action The principal of the University of Free State’s (UFS) QwaQwa campus, Professor Prakash Naidoo, has called on students and staff members to be patient with the management as it is working hard to address problems that led to the college’s closure on March 28. Naidoo was responding to academic and non-academic staff who marched to his office on Wednesday to hand over a memorandum of demands. He said due to the potential threat to the safety of staff and students on the campus, the senior leadership had decided on March 28 to…

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Judge finds officials personally liable after R80m tender bungle

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The court has ordered that, collectively, 16 of them pay the municipality 50% of the costs it was ordered to pay Westwood, and that South West pay it the other 50% A Durban High Court judge has slammed city officials involved in awarding an R80 million tender and found 16 of them – including the city manager who confirmed it – personally liable for the costs of subsequent court action brought against the municipality. The judgment, handed down on Wednesday, comes after Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini was asked to explain why she personally should not pay costs in the…

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Blazes leave SANParks with R3.4m bill

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Wildfires in the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) region have cost SANParks R3.4 million this year. Since last month there have been 24 fires in the area compared with 11 during the same period last year. SANParks spokesperson Merle Collins said most vegetation fires were started by humans, either deliberately or negligently. “Due to the increase in fires, the cost of fighting the fires with aerial resources also increased drastically, and so far the cost amounts to R3 364 780.” “This figure translates into 13 111 helicopter hours, and 32.1 spotter flying hours. TMNP contract crews were supplemented by the…

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