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Trevor White
PwC auditor testifies about tender irregularities at KZN Health Dept
22 January 2020, 1:55 PM

Executive staff at the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) health and local government departments collaborated to inflate prices and forged documents related to tender for the supply of water purification and oxygen plants.

The State Capture Commission continues to hear testimony from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) forensic auditor Trevor White. White has told the commission that no due diligence was followed for the tenders worth R10 million.

He also said there was no need for a water purification project something that the KZN health department created a need for. White is expected to wrap up his testimony on Wednesday.

“Correct chair if one just looks Dr Nyambezi didn’t care because she is personally manipulating the procurement process. She didn’t care because she was already instrumental in asking quotations from the supplier that she wants to win the work.”

White has accused various politically-connected business people and politicians in KwaZulu-Natal of corruption and fraud.

Former KwaZulu-Natal MECs and former treasury boss Sipho Shabalala allegedly benefited millions of rands through kick-backs from tenders. They relate to the supply of the water purification and oxygen plants. White says Shabalala also allegedly donated some of the kick-backs to the ANC.

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Mkhuleko Hlengwa.
‘Placing quota on employment of foreign nationals will help quell xenophobia’
22 January 2020, 12:33 PM

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) says their plan to introduce a bill on placing a quota on the employment of foreign nationals is intended to help quell xenophobic tensions in South Africa.

The IFP says this follows complaints by several South Africans over a lack of employment due to job opportunities being given to foreign nationals.

IFP Member of Parliament and national spokesperson, Mkhuleko Hlengwa, says the main purpose of the bill would be to eradicate the high unemployment rate.

“What this seeks to do is to quell the xenophobic tensions which exist in SA, because we are finding that unemployed South Africans are viewing in a dim light the fact that foreign nationals are getting jobs and not them. So if we are to integrate that in a constructive way, you are able to bridge the gap. Of the things it will seek to do is to push the department of home affairs, amongst other things, to ensure that the registration of foreign nationals is done in a manner that inspires public confidence and preserves the integrity of the movement of people.”

The graph below tracks unemployment stats from 2016 to 2019

 

The party says they intend to engage in discussions with South Africans and foreign nationals over the country’s future employment opportunities.

Hlengwa says they also intend to help quell xenophobic tensions in South Africa.

“We condemn any action of xenophobia and violence and we certainly believe that this action step, this bill, is going to bring people together. We want to enter into a discussion with South Africans and foreign nationals on the best possible ways to structure the placement of people in the workplace. This is not to antagonise foreign nationals or to isolates them, but what it does do is say let us bring South Africans back at the centre of development and opportunity.”

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Telkom store
‘Telkom requires less staff as they embark on modernising technologies’
22 January 2020, 12:19 PM

Fixed-line operator, Telkom, is starting a consultation process with labour unions on Wednesday over its plans to retrench 3 000 employees. Telkom, in which the government holds a stake of about 39%, has over R11 billion worth of debt and is struggling with declining performance in fixed voice and fixed data services.

 Telkom spokesperson, Noma Faku says, “As things stand right now, the consultation process is starting with the trade unions. It is facilitated by the CCMA and that process will come out with a final number. Part of that process, we have put forward a number of 3000 as part of the review which takes 60 days. So if the trade unions come up with alternatives that they will table through the CCMA process in the next few days, that number may change. In the conversations that we are starting today, we are looking at Openserve and the consumer division.”

Faku says the firm requires less staff as they embark on modernising technologies.

“Our organisation operates in a very tough environment as does everybody else. But in particular Telkom has invested heavily in changing technology and modernising technology. So when you do that the unintended consequence is how you service the new technology vs old tech, which requires in some instances less people. So our customers will be much happier because we will have less fault lines on fibre vs copper which we had previously. So you need significantly less people to service the network in that instance. As we improved services for our customers it changed the nature of our business and that is what we are reviewing today.”

The graph below tracks unemployment stats from 2016 to 2019 

 

 

Parktown Boys High School
Mpianzi’s family reiterates call for justice for their son
22 January 2020, 6:18 AM

The family of 13-year old Enoch Mpianzi says all it wants is to see justice being served for the boy’s death. On Tuesday, the family together with the South African Human Rights Commission went to the Nyati Bush camp site in Brits in the North West to conduct an inspection. However, they were denied access to the facility and were forced to enter the premises, by jumping over the gate.

The Parktown boys high school learner drowned in the Crocodile River while attending a grade 8 orientation camp at the facility last week. It’s understood that Mpianzi was swept away after the makeshift raft he built together with other learners capsized during an activity. Mpianzi’s father Ekhila Guy says he’s devastated.

“It’s very painful. Very painful, even you, I don’t know how you will feel if they brought you to see where your son or your brother or your relative dies in such a condition, how will you feel, it is very painful. We are seeking for justice, we are seeking for justice.”

 

Meanwhile, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) Gauteng Manager, Buang Jones, says they want the police to issue a warrant of arrest for the owner.

“The owner has not granted us access, the gate is still locked. We are told by the manager that the owner is consulting her lawyers. We have asked the SAPS to consider issuing a warrant of arrest because they have obstructed and interfered with our lawful investigations as a Chapter 9 body. The conduct of the owner amounts to a criminal offense from the proper reading of our act.”

Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago
Positive structural reforms matter to potential investors: Lesetja Kganyago
22 January 2020, 5:47 AM

Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago says team South Africa plans to demonstrate to potential investors what progress government has made to implement structural reforms.

He was speaking at the World Economic Forum which started in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday. Some of those attending are using the forum to seek private investment and make business deals. Kganyago says positive structural reforms matter to potential investors.

“South Africa has got excellent tourism assets inspite of our previous efforts in which we made it difficult for tourists to come to South Africa. We have made it easier for tourists to come to South Africa through relaxing the visa regulations. We have seen government talking about this and it is part of the structural reform programmes and the work that has been done from the treasury side small as they might look like – actually would raise the potential of South Africa’s economy,” says Kganyago.

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