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An investigation by the North West government and verification of its workforce has revealed that the province has been paying salaries to 36 000 public servants who cannot be accounted for. This is happening in a province whose public servants salary bill was R19 billion a year – the lion’s share of the provincial budget of R26 billion. Only R3 billion a year was channelled towards service delivery in the mostly rural province, many areas of which are in need of basic services such...
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A violent protest by those against new municipal boundary determinations has once again swept through Vuwani in Limpopo, where the community is demanding the reversal of a decision to include their area in a new municipality that will also include Malamulele. Police said rubber bullets were used to disperse crowds earlier today. A bar lounge was allegedly torched by protesters. Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Elijah Malatji said the road passing through Vuwani from Elim to Malamulele...
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Johannesburg:Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo has accepted that the current process used by the department for housing applications and issuing of tittle deeds is not reliable and is also open to manipulation and corruption.  Many people in Gauteng have complained that they have been allocated houses, but their houses are occupied by other people.   In some instances people who recently registered for houses are given houses whilst those who have been on the waiting list...
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The Gauteng department of human settlements had virtually no good news for the provincial legislature portfolio committee that oversees its work when it reported to the committee in Tshwane yesterday. It admitted that it had failed to meet most of its targets - but promised an improvement. The department spent only 11% of its budget instead of the required minimum of 25% for the first quarter of the 2015-2016 financial year, which ended on June 30. The acting chairman of the Gauteng...
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The amount paid on salaries for municipal employees across the country increased by nearly R7bn between 2013 and 2014, Statistics South Africa said on Tuesday. This was despite the fact that the number of municipal employees had decreased by 1 229, from 307 216 in 2013 to 305 987 in 2014, Statistician General Pali Lehohla told reporters in Pretoria. Lehohla said the drop in positions was due to some employees being moved to provincial government as well as the termination of some vacant and...
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The municipal infrastructure grant model would be revised after the state discovered some municipalities were using their allocations to pay salaries, Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday. His department had conducted a review and found that cash-strapped councils were using the funds to pay operational costs. The grant is the largest source of infrastructure funding for municipalities and has disbursed more than R100bn to councils in...
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The Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Pravin Gordhan, has warned that if the government fails to deal urgently with corruption, other political parties will capitalise on the situation. Speaking at the launch of Gauteng's back-to-basics document within local government, Gordhan told mayors and city managers that more people were raising their voices on corruption "than ever before". "At least the reality is coming home, but the culture of corruption...
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The ANC suffered a humiliating defeat this week when ward 30, which it previously controlled, was taken away by the UDM at the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro by-elections today.  The win by the United Democratic Movement narrows the gap of the ruling party’s three-seat majority to only just two at the hotly contested council.  The ward become vacant following the death of veteran ANC councillor Mike Tofile, who died in May.  According to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC...
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The Constitutional Court has sent out a strong message to the Department of Land Affairs, which favoured traditional authorities over communities, through a landmark judgment, says Centre for Law and Society director Aninka Claassens. The court on Thursday handed back mineral-rich land to a North West community that had been locked in a dispute with its traditional authority, ending a long, hard-fought battle that played out on multiple legal fronts. The Constitutional Court ruled that the...
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Jubilation filled the Constitutional Court on Thursday after the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Tribal Communal Property Association won a hard-fought and contentious battle for platinum-rich land in the North West. When Justice Chris Jafta handed down judgment on Thursday, he ended the long struggle within the association, which consists of 32 villages in the Moses Kotane local municipality, the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Tribal Authority and Kgosi Nyalala Pilane. The community was dispossessed of its land,...
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