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Transparency demanded in mining community commission reports

Photo: James Oatway for the Centre for Environmental Rights By Matshidiso Dibakwane First published in The Star Despite several commissions of inquiry set up both at national and provincial level to investigate and establish lawful traditional leaders in terms of customary law and the Constitution, mining communities in the North West still await justice. Although Read more >

NW silence on Mafereka report infuriates mining communities

Sibanye-Stillwater mine in Marikana, in the North West. Photo: Sibanye-Stillwater. By Kwazi Dlamini The mineral-rich Bapo Ba Mogale community in the North West (NW) is still looking for answers from the premier’s office regarding the delayed release of the report of the Mafereka Commission of Inquiry. The final report was handed to then premier Thandi Read more >

Local govt going back to basics

The second presidential local government summit (PLGS) promised action in transforming the performance of municipalities from mediocre, in many cases, to excellent, and ensuring that efficient municipalities remain that way. Ministers, premiers, mayors, executive mayors, municipal managers, speakers, chief whips, technical officers, traditional leaders, and other senior local government officials convened in Midrand on 18 Read more >

Good and bad of audit reports

  By Valencia Talane Depending on which way you look at it, the municipal audit report for the 2012/13 financial year offers either a positive or a miserable outlook for South Africa's local government landscape. The report was published last week by the auditor-general, Kimi Makwetu. As Pravin Gordhan, the minister in charge of local Read more >

Gordhan questions the rules

Valencia Talane The one-size-fits-all approach to the governance standards of local government does not work and needs a rethink, according to Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan. Gordhan, who was responding to the latest auditor-general report on municipalities on 30 July, said that the standard requirements for metro municipalities, for example, could not Read more >

Jobs drive leaving poor in the lurch

By Valencia Talane Corruption Watch recently spent time chatting with Simphiwe Hlafa, a coordinator in the Gauteng Community Work Programme (CWP) run by lead agent Mvula Trust, an NGO. He said at the time of our interview, beneficiaries had still not been paid for the previous month’s work, with many taking their anger out on Read more >

Top govt jobs drive under threat over R30m Mvula tender scandal

A company subcontracted irregularly by Mvula Trust to implement a flagship anti-poverty and job-creation programme for government is threatening to pull out, a move that could see thousands of people dependent on the project losing their source of livelihood. The threats are contained in an extremely disturbing email in Corruption Watch’s possession. The email is Read more >

Probe news sparks worry as poor go unpaid

An anonymous source has leaked Corruption Watch the details of a probe that Minister of Cooperative Governance Richard Baloyi plans to launch into the awarding of tenders for the Community Work Programme (CWP), including that won by Mvula Trust. What Corruption Watch finds strange, though, is that the probe is being overseen by an in-house Read more >