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WATCH: State Capture Inquiry, 17 February 2020 Part 2
17 February 2020, 3:59 PM

The State Capture Inquiry continues with testimony from Mr X. The witness previously implicated former president Jacob Zuma and South African Airways (SAA) former board chair Dudu Myeni in his testimony.

 

Audit firm to investigate allegations of Lottery fraud
3 February 2020, 7:42 PM

The board of the National Lotteries Commission has appointed audit firm Sekela Xabiso to conduct an independent investigation into allegations of improper use of funds.

The investigation follows allegations of fraud and corruption involving lottery grants running into hundreds of millions of rands.

The commission, which is an agency of the Trade and Industry Department, has invited the public to bring forward evidence of any wrongdoing.

The commission’s spokesperson, Ndivhuho Mafela, says the aim of the investigation is to get to the bottom of the allegations.

“The Board of the National Lotteries Commission has appointed an audit firm Sekela Xabiso to receive all complaints against the NLC in terms of maladministration and all other issues that have been raised. The company has been tasked with receiving all of these and investigate the veracity of all allegations.”

 

SAPS recruits
SAPS recruitment drive receives over 500 000 applications
3 February 2020, 4:28 PM

The South African Police Service (SAPS) says the screening and selection process for the Basic Police Development Learning Programme (BPDLP) for the 2019/2020 financial year is still under way.

Applications closed on 31 October 2019.

Only qualifying candidates who conform to the basic enlistment requirements are currently being subjected to thorough screening processes to determine their eligibility to serve as men and women in blue.

According to SAPS, a total of 535 993 applications to date have been registered at 1 154 police stations nationwide.

A number of applicants have already undergone psychometric assessments. These include measuring an individual’s emotional stability and ability to function in the community service centre and within the broader SAPS community.

SAA cancels more flights
30 January 2020, 7:07 PM

South African Airways (SAA) has announced that it continue its efforts to save costs, despite a cash boost from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).

The national carrier has cancelled and consolidated selected scheduled flights, where there is low demand

Earlier this week, the SAA business rescue practitioners secured a funding commitment of R3.5 billion from the bank.

The cash will be used to facilitate the development and publication of the Business Rescue Plan by the end of February for presentation to creditors.

Business Rescue Practitioners, who are currently taking care of the affairs of the airline, will continue to review all third party contracts with the entity, with the intention to cancel or renegotiate them.

SAA has also announced the cancellation and consolidation of selected scheduled flights where there is low demand.

Universities SA CEO calls for solution to student protests
29 January 2020, 4:51 PM

The CEO of Universities South Africa Professor Ahmed Bawa says a sustainable and concrete solution is needed to deal with demands by students countrywide.

Professor Bawa’s comment comes amid protests and suspension of classes at some tertiary institutions.

He says negotiations are under way between universities, representatives of students and government to resolve the ongoing impasse.

“Most of the issues that have been raised by students are issues that can be resolved. The issue of historic debts … that could be resolved at the universities and that can be resolved at the national level. So, then what I know is that every single vice chancellor’s team, is talking to students. There is no university that communication is not taking place. So, I think we really have to try and find other ways of solving these problems. It is not going to be solved by shutting down the universities.”

Earlier, scores of students at the North West University’s Mahikeng campus picketed at the main entrance of the university.

The students brought registration to a halt on Monday as part of the South African University Student Union’s (SAUSU) call for a seven-day national shutdown of all public universities.

The union is demanding the eradication of debt, free registration for the poor and a revision of guidelines for accreditation of student accommodation.

The students have vowed to continue protesting until their demands are met.

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