December 12, 2018


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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Top academic pleads for respect, unity


As the Free State Central University of Technology joins Africa Day celebrations … The Central University of the Free State is committed to contributing to a better Africa and better world through tolerance of diversity and respect of fellow beings regardless of race or social standing. These were the words of Vice-Chancellor and Rector at the university, Professor Henk De Jager as the institution joined the rest of the continent in celebrating the continental yearly calendar day. He called on students and members of the public in attendance to join hands in building a better and united country for all…

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