Senior Gauteng public official suspended after CW probe

A senior public official at the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (GDID), managing the Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve, north of Pretoria, was suspended after a Corruption Watch investigation found she was using government land to run a private resort without authorisation. The investigation follows an anonymous tip-off sent to Corruption Watch, alerting the organisation to Read more >

Misusing public property for personal gain

The acting manager of the Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve outside Pretoria has been suspended by the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (GDID) for using government land to run a private business without authorisation. Roodeplaat is a well-known destination for bird watching, game viewing and a range of water sports including fresh water angling. In the Read more >

Poorly managed water project no boon to community

By Gcina Ntsaluba In the heart of KwaZulu-Natal’s Zululand district, high up in the valleys and mountains, rural settlements nestle. They’re cut off from a vital necessity, access to water. In a province where many rural communities have no access to running water, the people of KwaNsinde tribal authority – ordinary village folks with little Read more >

KZN water crisis: too little too late

By Gcina Ntsaluba With about 14 % of its people having no access to clean water, in this respect KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is one of the worst affected provinces in South Africa, according to a water and sanitation report released earlier in March 2014 by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). While the national average Read more >

Pikitup board to discipline Nair

The Pikitup board has decided to take action in the irregular R260-million three-year tender awarded to Aqua Transport and Plant Hire, a company which had previous negative findings against it in a forensic investigation. The board is said to be instituting disciplinary procedures against Pikitup MD Amanda Nair for her part in the dubious deal. Read more >

Millions spent – but toilets for schoolkids still not finished

By Valencia Talane Protests and dissatisfaction centred on poor service delivery are nothing new in South Africa – in fact, they are now commonplace. A recent Corruption Watch report on water reveals that, although the government claims improved access to water and sanitation, this is often far from being the case – and the reason Read more >