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Denosa wants Motsoaledi’s intervention in nursing students’ protest
10 April 2018, 3:47 PM

The nurses union, Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) has again called on Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to intervene and resolve the protest by student nurses over non-delivery of books.

Student nurses at Ann Latsky Nursing College in Johannesburg are protesting over the non-delivery of books four months into the academic year.

Denosa says the students have been locked out of the college premises. It says that 2017 students only received their books in September, a month before they were due to sit for their final exams.

Denosa’s Gauteng Secretary Dimakatso Sebopa says, “In our engagement we have been told consistently those students are provided with such material which is not true. Students are correct to demand that they be provided with such material. That is why we think probably the government will start acting because their representatives in other forum are obviously not truthfully and honest.”

City of C Town injects R17 million to revamp community facilities
10 April 2018, 3:34 PM

The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department says it has budgeted R17 million for the upgrade of various community and sports facilities in Manenberg and Gugulethu on the Cape Flats.

The upgrades will include refurbishment at the Downs and Duinefontein Community Centres and the Manenberg swimming pool.

Mayoral Committee Member for Social Services, JP Smith says, “Quality recreational spaces are crucial to helping communities thrive. Not only do they provide an outlet to young people to engage in constructive activities, but it is also an opportunity for communities to reclaim their spaces that are often turned to wastelands by those with criminal intent.”

“The projects in Manenberg and Gugulethu hold great potential and I encourage the relevant communities to be part of the process. But also to take ownership of these facilities once they are revamped,” adds Smith.

Energy expert ready to fight Eskom over tariffs
10 April 2018, 1:33 PM

South African energy expert Ted Blom says on Tuesday that he would be representing 80 000 citizens from all provinces in the country at the provincial electricity tariff negotiations with the national energy regulator and power utility Eskom.

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) hearings on Eskom’s 33 percent tariff increase application are due to kick off early next week, beginning with Cape Town in the Western Cape province.

Nersa will hold public hearings on regulatory clearing account on the second, third, and fourth, multi-year price determination application (MYDP) across nine provinces in three weeks, beginning on 16 April until 14 May 2018.

Members of the public were given two months to provide written comments on Eskom’s RCA applications, from 23 January to 23 March 2018, while public hearings will provide stakeholders and the public with the opportunity to make oral presentations on the applications.

Blom, a partner at Mining & Energy Advisors and Energy Expert Coalition (EECO), estimates that Eskom’s fourth multi-year price determination application later this year could see another tariff hike exceeding 50 percent as Eskom needs more money to satisfy its activities amid falling electricity consumption.

Blom has been extremely critical of Eskom’s increases which he believes are just another ploy to fund corruption.

He was the first analyst to blow the whistle on Eskom’s corrupt practices back in 2009, some of which was confirmed by the Public Protector in 2016.

“This conveniently excludes three of the biggest and most corrupt deals in the history of South Africa – the contracts to build Medupi, Kusile and Ingulla,” Blom said referring to new power stations.

“The cumulative cost of these corrupt deals have cost South Africa and the electricity consumer over R250 billion more than it should have – and construction is only around halfway. The public cannot be expected to fund this through tariff hikes.”

Blom said that Eskom had killed hundreds of thousands of jobs by prematurely forcing hundreds of business and mine closures through excessive electricity tariffs.

He has called for support and input from electricity users as he prepares for presentations and arguments to Nersa at upcoming hearings.

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‘No confidence vote’ on Trollip collapses again
10 April 2018, 12:24 PM

The motion of no confidence vote in Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, Athol Trollip has collapsed in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday. Speaker Jonathan Lawack has adjourned the meeting permanently.

Opposition parties have refused to leave council chambers while the coalition councillors have left the chamber.

Opposition parties during the course of the meeting would not allow Democratic Alliance Provincial leader Nqaba Bhanga to pay tribute to the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

They also ignored calls from the speaker to please quieten down; this finally resulted in the collapse of the meeting.

Mayor Trollip has called an immediate media conference.

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Swaziland denies purchase of luxury cars for King’s birthday
10 April 2018, 11:14 AM

Swaziland’s Ministry of Public Works and Transport Principal Secretary Makhosini Mndawe has denied that the government bought a fleet of cars worth $7.5 million ahead of King Mswati III’s 50th birthday, Richard Rooney from Swazimedia.blogspot reported.

However, Mndawe’s denial contradicts a report from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

Swaziland marks the King’s birthday and the 50th anniversary of Independence from Great Britain on 19 April 2018 in the so-called 50/50 Celebration.

According to Swaziland’s Sunday Observer, a newspaper owned by the king, Mndawe said dignitaries at the party would be chauffeured in top-of-the-range BMW 740i sedans that were purchased for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit held in 2016.

But the independent Times Sunday reported the Ministry of Public Works and Transport had announced the Emalangeni 89 million ($7.5 million) purchase of the luxury BMW cars in a report tabled in parliament, said Rooney.

“It said the cars would be used by the Close Protection Unit which is responsible for protecting dignitaries.”

There were no further details as to how the vehicles, which were bought through Mbabane’s Central Transport Administration (CTA), were provided.

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