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July 24, 2014

Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille has just taken the stand at the Seriti Commission of inquiry to testify on the 1999 arms deal.  

De Lille was the initial whistle blower calling on President Jacob Zuma to investigate corruption in the multi billion rands deal at the time she was a Pan Africanist Congress Member of Parliament.

The second phase into the hearings resume today, after losing bidder and arms deal critic Richard Young failed to appear before the commission on Monday.

July 23, 2014

Opposition parties are expected to debate President Jacob Zuma's budget speech, that he is currently delivering in parliament.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane and EFF commander in chief Julius Malema, will be among the MP's to take a jab at Zuma's outline of plans, including the implementation of the NDP.

President Zuma says he is encouraged by the overwhelming support for the National development plan since the last parliament sitting.

July 16, 2014

From the start of 2016, parents will have only 30 days to register their newborns or risk their child not being recognised as a citizen, it was reported on Wednesday.

Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced that his department intends ending all late registration of births by the end of December 2015.

Parents will have 30 days from the birth of the baby to register them, the Times reported Gigaba as saying.

June 20, 2014

President Jacob Zuma has responded to critcism on his State of the Nation Address after two days of heated debates in the National Assembly.

Zuma says government would ensure all levels of administration prioritise the management of complaints, to improve the quality of service delivery across departments.

Zuma re-emphasised that government would bridge mzansi's skills shortage through training 30 000 artisans by 2030 supporting higher education and training and focus on job creation.

 

June 18, 2014

Power utility Eskom is warning consumers of more possible load reductions scheduled this evening from 5:30 to 6:30pm.

Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger says the power cuts  implemented are because the power system remains severely costraints.

Last night, during the state of the nation address President Jacob Zuma announced government has embark on plan to restructure the energy sector.

Zuma says progress at the multibillion Medupi power station will be accelerated to ensure its power delivery - by the December 2014

June 17, 2014

President Jacob Zuma is expected to make his first public appearance in over a week when he delivers his seventh state-of-the-nation address on Tuesday evening.

Parliament is expected to be a hive of activity as workers cleared the ceremonial path Zuma is expected to walk before he enters the National Assembly.

Zuma is expected to be escorted through the streets of Cape Town by the military and mounted police.

June 17, 2014

President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address is crucial for the economy as investors are growing worried about a lack of direction and the strike in the platinum sector.

The five month strike is seen as a symbol of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union's growing strength in the mining industry.

June 13, 2014

Its all systems go for the State of The Nation address on June 17 , despite concerns around President Jacob Zuma's health.

The ruling party says they are confident the president would be able to carry out his duties, highlighting the country's growth path for the next five year.

Zuma has however had to cancel several engagements because of exhaustion.

June 12, 2014

The memorial service for former president Thabo Mbeki's mother, Epainette Mbeki, will be held at the King Hintsa FET College in Dutywa in the Eastern Cape at noon on Thursday.

MaMbeki died in a private hospital in East London on Saturday after a short illness.  Mbeki (98) will be accorded a Special  Provincial Official funeral at her home in the Ngcingwane village of Dutywa on Saturday.

The Presidency says the honour is reserved for distinguished South African citizens who have made a meaningful contribution to nation-building.

June 11, 2014

President Jacob Zuma is to provide parliment with a comprehensive report on the security upgrades at his Nkandla homestead within the next 30 days.

Zuma announced the move in a letter to the speaker of the national assembly Baleka Mbethe, that was published in parliament papers.

Government and the public protector have been at loggerheads over the contents of the report into the R246 mil Nkandla upgrades,with the matter to be heard in court.

Madonsela announced in March that she found that Zuma unduly benefitted from the upgrades.

June 5, 2014

No South African pupils were tested in the reasearch conducted by the World Economic Forum which claims Mzansi has one of the worst maths and science education

Newly appointed Science and technology Minister Naledi Pandor expressed her dissapointed in the forum yesterday saying that infact maths and science education is progressively improving in the country

June 4, 2014

Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson advocate Pansy Tlakula will this morning formally respond in the Electoral Court, to claims that she broke the law and behaved improperly in a headquarters leasing deal.

Last year, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released a damning report on the procurement process of the commissions R320 million Centurion offices from property developer Abland.

June 3, 2014

South Africa's investor confidence has slightly grown with mzansi climbing up two spots to be the 13th most attractive destination for foreign direct investment.

Mzansi's political stability and the appointment of new finance minister Nhlanhla Nene by President Jacob Zuma, are some factors that attributed to the improvement.

Meanwhile, The United States ranked top, with China and Canada in second and third respectively.

May 29, 2014

The Department of Home Affairs is to improve its services after more than 100 000 cases of problematic identification documents and passport issuing were reported

Newly Appointed Minister of Home Affairs,  Malusi Gigaba says there needs to be a sense of protection of the national registry for critical documentation

May 23, 2014

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will probe the development of a R2 billion town in President Jacob Zuma's home village of Nkandla.

Lobby group AfriForum lodged a complaint with the Public Protector in 2012, asking her to probe the Umlalazi Nkandla Smart Growth Centre project, dubbed "Zumaville".

More than R1bn of taxpayers' money is reported to have been  directed into the development, while a further R1bn would be raised from the private sector.

May 22, 2014

Thousands of people are expected to attend the ceremony of re-elected president Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday

Yesterday  Zuma was elected as president of the country by National Assembly after Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng dissmissed the DA's objection of Zuma's nomination

May 21, 2014

A number of dignitaries have started to arrive at the Parliament in Cape Town for the sitting of the national assembly

400 new faces are expected to be sworn in today by chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, after which the president would be formally elected

The deputy Speaker of parliament is also expected to be elected this morning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 21, 2014

New and old members of parliament  are being sworn in by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng presiding over the country's fifth parliament.

 MP's who have taken oath so far are President Jacob Zuma -deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa,EFF leader Juliuas Malema and the DA's Mmusi Maimane amoung many.

Zuma is expected to remain as an MP until he is formally elected for a second term by members of the National Assembly.

 

 

May 15, 2014

Tight Security measures are being Implemented to ensure the instability in the Rustenburg platinum belt doesn't affect the upcoming inauguration ceremony.

President Jacob Zuma will be sworn in for his second term at the union buildings in Pretoria next Saturday.

Violent protests and killings in and around Marikana have led to tensions in the area with rising fears the situation may worsen further into clashes between SAPS and striking AMCU member

May 15, 2014

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane is expected to hold a briefing this morning, on the Presidential Inauguration taking place on May 24.

On Wednesday, new members of parliament will be sworn in by Cheif Justice Mogoeng Mogeon and then elect President Jacob Zuma for a second term.

The ANC will hold 249 seats in the National Assembly while the DA holds 89 and are followed by  EFF with  25 seats.

 

 

 

 

 

May 15, 2014

The security cluster on the Nkandla report is taking public protector Thuli Madonsela to the high court on grounds with which she conducted her investigations.

The ministers say Madonsela's findings and recommendations for president Jacob Zuma are irrational and trespass section 198 of the constitution.

The ministers legal team has prepared and filed a review papers which will be taken to court.

Madonsela found that  Zuma had unduly benefited from the security upgrades and ordered him to pay a portion of it.

May 14, 2014

Members of Parliament expected to represent the newly elected parties will be sworn in next week Wednesday.

The IEC is expected to hand over the list of MP's to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and sit in Parliament where President Jacob Zuma would be elected for a second term.

The ANC will hold 249 seats in the National Assembly while the DA will hold 89  and EFF 25 seats.

April 24, 2014

The Ad-hoc committee expected to consider President Jacob Zuma's response to the public protectors findings of the Nkandla report will continue on Monday.

The 12 member committee chaired by Cedric Frolick sat for the first the time today and is expected to finish with their report on April 30.

Public Protector Thuli Madosenla found the President unduly benefited from the R246 million upgrades made at his Nkandla homestead.

April 24, 2014

Icasa is expected to hear a complaint laid by the SA Police against the DA's election advert that was previously banned by the SABC.

SAPS argue the Ayisafani television advert which shows a policeman pointing a firearm at a person would incite violence against the police.

The advert which was banned by the public broadcaster is currently being aired after a public hearing on the matter was held

DA leader - Helen Zille spoke to the public broadcaster