Home affairs to get clarity on auctioning off of Lindela Repatriation Centre
8 December 2019, 9:25 PM
The Department of Home Affairs says it was left reeling by news of the sale by auction of the Lindela Repatriation Centre on Thursday. The centre, which houses undocumented migrants, was auctioned for R60 million, with a starting bid of R30 million.
The Krugersdorp-based centre, was run by African Global Operations, formerly known as Bosasa.
The auctioneer stated that there was currently a lease of one million rand a month with public works.
Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille was with her counterpart at home affairs when news of the auction broke.
Home Affairs Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi says”… but the contract of ownership, we still have 11 months to make sure that this property is disposed of. Then we will get the first right of refusal that there was going to be an auction. I and minister Patricia De Lille only heard it on Wednesday when we were in parliament in Cape Town and we started phoning around to find out what was happening. So that’s the part that we don’t understand, that we are trying to find out what has happened.”
Bloem Celtic beat Polokwane City for first away win
30 November 2019, 8:47 PM
Polokwane City FC have suffered their seventh successive loss in the league after losing to Bloemfontein Celtic at the Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane.
Celtic beat City FC by one goal to nil.
City FC coach Bernard Molekwa says he cannot say anything about his future.
Listen to Molekwa on the audio link below:
Meanwhile, Celtic coach Lehlohonolo Seema says they are delighted to get their first away win.
“It’s our first away win this season and we are quite pleased with the win under such conditions. It was very scorching, it was very hot but credit must go to the guys, they kept on pushing.”
Three injured in gas explosion at Sandton shopping complex
30 November 2019, 4:42 PM
Three people have been injured in a gas explosion at a shopping centre on Rivonia Boulevard in Sandton, north of Johannesburg.
The injured have been hospitalised after a gas explosion which caused a fire at a restaurant in the shopping complex.
Spokesperson for the Johannesburg Emergency Services, Nana Radebe says investigations are underway.
“The City of Joburg EMS received a call about a structural fire in Rivonia. On arrival, we found that a restaurant was alight. A number of people have been taken out. Three have been taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition.”
See tweet below for more:
《Rivonia》#M07, #TM2 responded to a gas explosion on Rivonia Boulevard. Multiple patients with serious injuries were treated and transported. The Netcare helicopter was activated to airlift the patient. Authorities and the fire department are still on scene.@Netcare911_sapic.twitter.com/ppO4f9DNZl
Exclusive leases in retail malls need to end: Competition Commission
25 November 2019, 9:21 PM
Anchor tenants at retail malls and exclusive leases could be on their way out. Property owners have often given exclusive deals to retailers like Pick n Pay or Shoprite to get shoppers to their centres.
But that has made it harder for other retailers to negotiate good spaces.
The Competition Commission has released its final report of the grocery retail market inquiry that began in 2015.
The report has found that exclusive leases and unfair practices hinder competition from smaller retailers in favour of big and established grocers.
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SABC rejects misleading Sunday Times article
24 November 2019, 10:42 AM
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has rejected claims published in a Sunday newspaper article that the public broadcaster intends to spy on its staff. The article in the Sunday Times alleges that the State Security Agency has been brought in to spy on staff members in order to stem leaks to the media.
The public broadcaster has slammed the reports that the SABC Board took a decision “to spy on its staff members”. In a statement the SABC says the claims that the board took the decision are totally false and no such decision has been taken.
The statement further expressed concerned that the newspaper used confidential board minutes to sensationalise and deliberately distort information, thereby causing panic and a trust deficit between the SABC Board and employees.