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Lack of planning contributed to collapse of Giyani water project: Mchunu
8 September 2021, 2:35 PM

Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu has attributed the collapse of the R3 billion Giyani water project to a lack of proper planning.

Mchunu says there was poor planning from the Lepelle Northern Water Board that was tasked with implementing the project to supply 55 villages around Giyani with water.

The minister and several municipal officials together with water boards are in discussions to provide solutions to bringing relief to residents.

Mchunu says the multi-billion rand project also lacked monitoring.

“We will of course be resolving the main issue of Giyani water, firstly this scheme according to the report we get from the water board and our offices here, there was no scoping when they started. Lepelle was made the implementing agent, and work was started without scoping, without designs, without a proper budget, it went up to R3.3 billion already spent and no water still. After R3.3 billion, the upper budget they are talking about is R4.1 billion.”

Mchunu has made an undertaking that a newly revised plan for water provision in the Giyani area will start being implemented in a week’s time.

“The timeline is in a week’s time, the plan will be placed before us as the ministry and we will consider it. If we agree on it we will then source money and fund it so that we know that is now the full scope, this is the full budget, while investigations continue but strongly monitored and supervised by us.”

DA reiterates it will challenge IEC’s decision to amend election timetable
8 September 2021, 2:16 PM

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen says the party will not allow the African National Congress (ANC)  and the Independent Electoral Commission to manipulate rules to suit their agenda.

Steenhuisen shared these sentiments when the DA flighted its local government elections posters in Durban.

The DA has urgently applied to the Constitutional Court to nullify the IEC’s decision to reopen the registration process for ward councillor candidates for next month’s elections.

Some political parties have also criticised the IEC’s decision to amend the election timetable, allowing the ANC and other parties to register candidates. P

Political parties react to IEC’s election timetable:

The ANC had missed the August deadline to register candidates in 93 municipalities.

“The presence of our posters here will also serve as a daily reminder that the DA is the only significant party willing and ready to contest these elections.  While the ANC and others have been desperately trying to get the elections postponed because of their internal warfare and scrambling finances have left them in no position to launch a campaign of any sort.  We have also noted down the Constitutional Court judgment intended for the election to take place in seven weeks’ time without banding rules for the ANC candidate submissions. The disastrous preparations and missed deadlines deserve no different treatment to that of the IFP in 2011 and the NFP in 2016,” says Steenhuisen.

ANC’s plans regarding the IEC timetable 

Meanwhile, ANC members have until 11 September to sort out any problems around candidate nomination lists. That is according to the party’s Deputy Secretary-General, Jessie Duarte.

ANC briefs the media on local government elections: 

 

Residents of Mageva village in Limpopo want a permanent solution to their water challenges
5 September 2021, 4:23 PM

Residents of the water-scarce Mageva village outside Giyani in Limpopo are calling for a permanent solution to the area’s severe water challenges. Giyani is still without an adequate water supply despite millions of rands being spent on the Nandoni-Giyani bulk water project.

Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu will visit the project this week during a three-day tour of the area. It was launched in 2014 but is yet to provide supply water to about 55 villages in the area.

Residents say they hope Mchunu’s visit will speed up the supply of clean water to the area.

“I am here to do my laundry. I rely on this water for all my household uses, because in the village we buy water R4 a tub,” says one of the residents.

Another resident says, “We want the minister to resolve the water problem. There are two boreholes that are not electrified. We wish that can be resolved.”

Minister’s nationwide tour 

Water and Sanitation Department Spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau says the minister’s nationwide tour is aimed at assessing challenges that lead to water shortages.

Mchunu has already visited the Free State and Eastern Cape.

Ratau says the minister will also try to establish the reasons behind the delays in the finalisation of the Giyani bulk water project.

“The project is part of what the SIU is looking at, yesterday the minister and the deputy ministers had a meeting with the SIU where the SIU was taking the minister into confidence in terms of the work that they are doing. Therefore, I believe that the minister needs to familiarise himself with where the project is to understand what the hiccups are, basically what the minister is looking for is to see how quickly the issue can be resolved.”

Mantashe describes Maphatsoe as an ANC loyalist and peacemaker
5 September 2021, 4:04 PM

African National Congress (ANC) Chairperson Gwede Mantashe has described the late former MKMVA President Kebby Maphatsoe as a true ANC loyalist and a peacemaker who advocated for peace when conflict arose.

He was speaking at Maphatsoe’s funeral currently under way in Soweto. The 59-year-old Maphatsoe died of a heart attack on Tuesday.

One of his last wishes was that Mantashe be one of the speakers at his funeral.

Maphatsoe worked with Mantashe as the ANC Secretary-General in the early years of the formation of MKMVA. Mantashe says they were discussing an all-inclusive unity conference of former MK combatants.

ANC NEC member Ayanda Dlodlo, who also spoke at the funeral, decried disunity and factionalism in the governing party saying members are no longer genuine when calling each other comrades.

Dlodlo who revived the MKMVA with Maphatsoe says these days it is difficult to trust each other.

Maphatsoe letter on Zuma’s incarceration

During the funeral, former North West, Premier Supra Mahumapelo read a letter that Maphatsoe wrote expressing his dissatisfaction in how the matter of former president Jacob Zuma was handled.

Zuma is serving a 15-month jail term for contempt of court for ignoring an order to appear before the Judicial Inquiry into State Capture.

“The fifth command, he said he’s hurt; under democracy, you can have people being incarcerated without a trial and the example he made is that of JZ (Jacob Zuma), to say it shouldn’t be because he’s president Zuma. No, as a democracy, we shouldn’t have a situation where the courts are going to arrive at a decision to put you in jail without a trial. Those things only happen under apartheid. So, it shouldn’t just be about president Zuma. Every citizen of this country should not face what president Zuma is facing now.”

Kebby Maphatsoe’s funeral service :

 

Two injured in heavy gunfire near Guinea’s presidential palace
5 September 2021, 3:38 PM

At least two people were injured as heavy gunfire broke out near the presidential palace in Guinea’s capital Conakry on Sunday morning, while military vehicles patrolled the streets, witnesses said and videos shared on social media showed.

It was not clear who was exchanging fire. A senior government official said 83-year-old President Alpha Conde was unharmed but gave no further details.

A military source said the gunfire involved angry members of the special forces, an elite army corps. The source did not say what caused the anger.
Another military source said the only bridge connecting the mainland to the Kaloum neighbourhood, which houses most of the ministries and the presidential palace, had been sealed off and many soldiers, some heavily armed, were posted around the palace.

Three witnesses told Reuters they saw two civilians with gunshot wounds. “I see groups of soldiers heading towards the presidency. There has been a lot of shooting,” said Ousmane Camara, a resident of Kaloum.

A Reuters reporter saw two convoys of armoured vehicles and pick-up trucks heading towards Conakry Autonomous Port, also near the palace. The convoy was accompanied by a white vehicle that appeared to be an ambulance.

Conde won a controversial third term in October after changing the constitution to allow him to stand again despite violent protests from the opposition, raising concerns of a backslide in a region that has seen coups in Mali and Chad in recent months.

Footage shared on social media, which Reuters was not immediately able to verify, showed heavy gunfire ringing out over Conakry, and vehicles full of soldiers approaching the central bank, close to the palace.

“President Alpha Conde is doing extremely well… the situation is under control,” an ally of the president said in a video shared on Whatsapp.
Guinea has seen sustained economic growth during Conde’s decade in power thanks to its bauxite, iron ore, gold, and diamond wealth, but few of its citizens have seen the benefits.
Critics say the government has used restrictive criminal laws to discourage dissent, while ethnic divisions and endemic graft have sharpened political rivalries.

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