May 29, 2017

Ministers‚ MECs and MMCs meet to deal with Gauteng protests

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Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Thursday met with various spheres of government to address the protests that have engulfed certain parts of Gauteng over housing problems. Sisulu met with Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Des Van Rooyen‚ Gauteng MEC of Human Settlements Paul Mashatile‚ executive mayors Solly Msimanga and Herman Mashaba of Tshwane and Johannesburg respectively‚ and members of mayoral committees to try to find lasting solutions to the problems raised by the residents. In a joint statement released late Thursday‚ the leaders acknowledged that the issues behind the protests were “genuine and deserving a response that…

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ANC councillors defy

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 . . . Councillors, officials accused of flexing muscles and influencing awarding of tenders to line their pockets as residents cry for development Mohokare Local Municipality in Xhariep District in the Free State is suffocating under a myriad of challenges amidst growing public discontentment and allegations that some councillors are working in cahoots with council officials and the opposition to flex their muscles and influence the awarding of lucrative tenders in a bid to line their pockets. Two of the councillors, Lefa Lekhula and Chabeli Phatsoane, have been accused of blatantly undermining the ruling ANC by defying its regional caucus…

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Tripartite Alliance moots harmony indaba

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Partners mull an urgent meeting to iron out differences afflicting and threating the alliance and hope to emerge a stronger and more coherent unit. . . The premeditated ambush on President Jacob Zuma and other senior leaders who were scheduled to give speeches at a May Day rally in Bloemfontein on Monday has raised the need for serious engagement among the Tripartite Alliance members. Sources said Zuma trekked to Bloemfontein for the workers’ commemoration despite a presidential intelligence report predicting that some members of the Cosatu affiliates would disrupt the event and embarrass the leaders. The sources noted that after…

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