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July 23, 2014

JOHANNESBURG - In an intervew with eNCA, deputy speaker for the Gauteng legislature Uhuru Moiloa said Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema should be brought to book for damage caused during an EFF sit-in.

We are relentless with our commitment that Mr. Malema and his group are brought to book, said Moilao speaking to eNCA on Wednesday.

The EFF sit-in turned violent on Tuesday and police struggled to control the gathering outside the Johannesburg legislature.

July 9, 2014

The Gauteng Department of Education failed to spend more than R130 million for Further Education and Training (FET) colleges between 2010 and 2013.

The department also fell short of targeted numbers for learners enrolled for National Certificate Vocational courses as well as those who successfully completed the courses.

This emerged during an analysis of the department's budget for the 2014/15 financial year by the Portfolio committee on Education in the Gauteng Legislature.

July 8, 2014

Johannesburg - Various areas of Soweto were hit by power outages on Monday evening, Eskom said.

"We are currently experiencing multiple failures resulting in power supply shortages," Gauteng spokesperson Reneiloe Semenya told Sapa.

The affected areas were Dobsonville, Zola, Molapo, Mapetla and Protea North.

"Eskom is working on the problems. Our technicians are on site trying to diagnose what the problem is," she said.

June 26, 2014

Today is the last day for residents in Gauteng to send in their suggestions for Premier David Makhura ahead of his State of the province address tomorrow.

Makhura says Service delivery will be at the top of is agenda  in efforts to improve the lives of all GP residents and sustain it as the economic hub in the country.

June 23, 2014

In the build-up to the State of the Province Address (SoPA), the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) is inviting the residents of the province to offer their suggestions on what they think Gauteng Premier David Makhura should include in his very first address next Friday.

The Pointers for Premier campaign aims to solicit ideas from ordinary residents of Gauteng on service delivery matters they wish Premier Makhura to address in his first SoPA scheduled to take place on 27 June 2014.

June 20, 2014

The City of Johannesburg has embarked on collaboration with the CIDA City Campus University that will enable the training of 3000 Digital Ambassadors to assist with the role-out of 1000 free WiFi hotspots around the metropole.

Currently in the Big Apple, Mayor Parks Tau signed a memorandum of understanding with New York-based firm Africa Integras that will fund the initial phase of the training.

The Mayor is concluding a week-long visit to the United States where he also attended the New Cities Summit in Dallas, Texas.

June 12, 2014

Gauteng schools are set to take part in a public speaking competition under the theme "Youth celebrating 20 years - of Freedom and Democracy"

This is part of commemorating youth month aiming to encourage young people to engage in topics that are aligned with Mzansi's history.

The competition is expected to take place in Saint George Hotel on June 14 , where schools will go head to head.

June 4, 2014

Rea Vaya strike is still on after Management of PioTrans, Rea Vayas operating company and South African Municipal Workers Union SAMWU failed to come to a conclusion on the way forward

Rea Vaya spokesperson Benny Makgoga said the negotiations began early yesterday morning.

May 30, 2014

Newly appointed Gauteng MEC of Health Qedani Mahlangu, has admitted to the shortage of doctors and nurses at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

Mahlangu was visiting the hospital for site inspection this morning, and committed herself to addressing the issues at SADEC's biggeest hospital

The Chris Hani hospital has been marred with issues of overcrowding, power outages and failure in equipments in the last year.

 

 

May 27, 2014

Nine political parties are expected to go head to head in tomorrow's by elections for six municipal wards in four provinces.

The two by-elections are set to take place in Gauteng, where one ward was previously represented by ANC -after the councillor got arrested.

 The second ward in Tshwane became vacant , after their DA councillor resigned.

IEC spokesperson - Kate Bapela says voting stations will be open form 7am in the morning until 9pm in the evening.

May 23, 2014

The Gauteng department of education is suspending an Orange Farm school  pupil, accused of sexually assaulting schoolgirls.

The 14-year old boy is facing disciplinary hearing , after allegations of him pulling girls into a toilets and harassing them surfaced.

Gauteng education department spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane says, counselling will be offered to the learners

May 15, 2014

Gauteng finance MEC Mandla Nkomfe has resigned from both the provincial government and legislature.

This comes after Nkomfe's name had been mentioned as one of the candidates expected to take over from the current Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane.

GP Governemnt has confirmed Nkomfe is not on the ANC's legislature list and will not be part of the the new Gauteng government.

May 14, 2014

GP premier Nomvula Mokonyane's fate will be known today after an ANC provincial executive committe meeting.

This comes amid speculation Mokonyane will be shown the door after her stint  as premier of GP.

Media reports claim  the PEC Alternatively named secretary-general David Makhura, Education MEC Barbara Creecy and Finance MEC Mandla Nkomfe as their preferred candidates.

ANC Gauteng Spokesperson -Nkenke Kekana

May 9, 2014

The DA has maintained its majority in the Western Cape, growing at about 40% in Gauteng and 33% in the National polls.

May 8, 2014

With Gauteng being the most prized province for political parties the slow pace of vote counting is keeping party agents on the edge of their seats.

The slow pace is attributed to the unavailability of data for the City of Johannesburg which is the country's popular metropolitan area.

With more than 6million registered voters over 290 000 national ballot and 280 000 provincial ballot vote

April 25, 2014

The Gauteng department of Health is closely monitoring airports in the country in efforts to reduce and prevent importation of viral diseases from abroad

The department has setup clinics at the major airports where passengers of international arrivals are screened 24hours

Gauteng Health Spokesperson Simon Zwane

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April 23, 2014

The Gauteng infrastructure department has suspended one of its officials for allegedly using goverment land for private use.

The woman allegedly erected shacks at the Roodeplaat Nature Reserve in Pretoria and is renting them out to her employees.

The department is currently conducting investigations and she could face a displinary hearing.

Corruption Watch spokesperson- Big Boy Maubane

April 10, 2014

Gauteng is expected to get a face lift - when the new Modderfontein city
worth R84billion is completed in the next 15 years.


Modderfontein - which is currently used as a manufacturing
area outside Sandton - is set to gain a university, a business
district aswell as its own Gautrain station


This comes as Shanghai Zendai Property plans to
begin with construction at the site this year - by building 3000
houses.


 


 


 


Modderfontein will be the new Manhattan if Dai Zhikang, chairman of China's
Zendai Group, gets his way.
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And the city he wants to see
rise on the largest stretch of vacant land between OR Tambo International
Airport and Sandton, Johannesburg, will keep the name Modderfontein because Dai
likes the sound of it.

Zendai bought the land from industrial chemicals
company AECI last year.

The Chinese investor yesterday promised to start
construction of 3000 houses on the site within months .

Modderfontein
will dwarf Rosebank and Sandton, Dai told politicians, community members,
businessmen and reporters at the site, where construction work on the
R84-billion project is due to start this year.

This new city will have
its own university, five schools, shops, skyscrapers and a Gautrain
station.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said the new development would
benefit adjacent communities such as Alexandra, Ivory Park and
Tembisa.

Dai forecast that the city will have as many as 300000 people
living and working in it in 20 years - 100000 residents and 200000 employees in
the office towers the development promises.

Zendai CEO Fujie Wang said
that the goal was to create as many as 50000 jobs.

The project will
consist of nine "functional areas" in 16km² of development and there will be a
6km² wetland park.

Zendai calls it "a harmony city of
dreams".

Mokonyane denied suggestions that the government gave land to
the Chinese company.

"It was a sale. AECI was the seller," she
said.

Zendai is not investing the full R84-billion over the next two
decades. It says it is waiting for partners.

The company wants the area
declared a special economic zone, which would make it more attractive as an
investment destination.

"Modderfontein has been sleeping for more than
100 years," said Dai, who now plans to rouse it.