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Tuesday, 07 July 2009 18:58

Odendaal quits Cope

Written by Paul Bedford
Lynda Odendaal, the party's second deputy president, has resigned from both the Congress of the People and parliament. Her resignation has been confirmed by the party's national spokesperson Phillip Dexter.
Thursday, 25 June 2009 13:13

DA 4, ANC 2 in KZN by-elections

Written by Paul Bedford

The Democratic Alliance won four of the six by-elections held in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday with the other two going the way of the African National Congress. Speaking after the results were announced DA caucus leader in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature Johan Steenhuizen said that the results were an indication that his party was the only alternative to the ANC.

The DA was victorious in three of the four by-elections in Durban and one in Pietermaritzburg. The ANC added Dannhauser in northern KZN to its win in Durban.

Cope, who put up a good showing in Durban North in the general election in April could only garner just over one percent of the vote despite Terror Lekota spending the day prior to the by-election campaigning in the area.

Friday, 12 June 2009 18:39

KZN speaker to go on trial in August

Written by Paul Bedford

Peggy Nkonyeni, the speaker of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature, will go on trial in August for corruption. Earlier today Pietermaritzburg regional magistrate Chris van Vuuren set the matter down for trial from 13 to 18 August.

Nkonyeni is alleged to have accepted kickbacks amounting to R20 000 and free accommodation at Steenberg Boutique in Constantia in return for influencing the provincial health department to buy equipment from one of her associates at an inflated price.

Lindelihle Nkwanazi, the manager of Rowmoor Investments, and Mduduzi Victor Ntshangase, the head of the supply chain in the KwaZulu-Natal health deparment, will appear in the dock alongside Nkonyeni.

Tuesday, 02 June 2009 23:37

ANC MP fails in bid to delay Travelgate trial

Written by Paul Bedford

Senior ANC MP Nyami Booi has failed in his bid to get the start of his Travelgate trial delayed. Cape High Court Judge lee Bozalek rejected Booi's urgent application to delay the start of his trial shortly before 7pm this evening.

Johannesburg mayor Amos Masondo today announced wide ranging tarrif increases in his proposed budget for the next financial year.

Should the budget be accepted by council tomorrow, Johannesburg rate payers can expect an 18% increase. Electricity charges are budgeted to increase by 30% with water up 18%.

Major allocations in the R26.3 billion budget are:

  • Housing - R358.5 million
  • 2010 Soccer World Cup projects -  R346.1 million
  • Transport, mainly theRea Vaya Bus Rapid Tranist project - R144.8 million

Wednesday, 20 May 2009 20:55

R15.4 bn Budget for City of Tshwane

Written by Paul Bedford

The Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality Gwen Ramokgopa today presented a R15.4 billion budget for the next financial year. Ramokgopa expained that the proposed budget focusses on improving service delivery and investing in a sustainable future for the municipality.

She said two major concerns in the budget were the proposed 34% increase in electricity tariffs and the municipal cash flow problem.

More details will be revealed during the budget speech tomorrow. 

Saturday, 09 May 2009 14:15

Zuma sworn in

Written by Paul Bedford
Jacob Zuma became democratic South Africa's fourth president when he took the oath of office this morning. In a ceromony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria he declared, "I, Jacob Zuma solemnly swear..... that I will observe and maintain the Constitution of the Republic and I solemnly and sincerely promise that I will always promote all that will advance the public and oppose all that my harm it."
Friday, 08 May 2009 18:26

Mbete to leave government

Written by Paul Bedford

The African National Congress has just confirmed current Deputy President Baleka Mbete, who was not sworn in when the other members of parliament took the oath of office on Wednesday, will not remain in government.

Mbete will be working full time at the party’s headquarters at Chief Albert Luthuli House in Johannesburg clearing the way for President Kgalema Motlanthe to become deputy president.

Friday, 08 May 2009 17:48

Mashatille out

Written by Paul Bedford

Former Gauteng premier Paul Mashatile was not included in new premier Nomvula Mokonyane's executive team that she announced earlier today. Mokonyane said that after consultation with the ANC, it was decided that Mashatile would not be part of the executive and his "deployment" would be announced at a later date.

Mokonyane announced that current finance MEC would remain in his position. Firoz Cachalia will move from community safety to economic development. Former agriculture MEC Khabisi Mosunkutu will take over from Cachalia while former sports, arts and culture MEC Barbara Creecy will move to education.

The local government department has been merged with housing and will be headed by former social development MEC Kgaogelo Lekgoro. Nonhlanhla Mazibuko will head the newly created infrastructure development portfolio with the combined health and social development portfolios in the hands of Dorothy Mahlangu.

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 09:20

New MPs to be sworn in today

Written by Paul Bedford

Members of South Africa's fourth democratically elected parliament will be sowrn into office today when the National Assembly sits for the first time. The MPs will be sworn into office in groups of 10 in a ceromony presided over by Chief Justice Pius Langa.

ANC President Jacob Zuma will be among those sworn in although his tenure as an MP is lekely to be short. Zuma is expected to be elected as South Africa's president and once he is, he will immediately cease to be a Member of Parliament.

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