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SASSA Officials Criticised Over 'Unlawful' Deductions

The Congress of the People (COPE) party says it will lay charges against alleged corrupt officials of the South Africa Social Security Agency (SASSA) in KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga, who have allegedly been making unlawful deductions from grants.
 
COPE spokesperson, Dennis Bloem, says it has come to the party’s notice that SASSA employees are deducting money from pensioners at pay points.
 

NPOs Fail to Comply With the NPO Act

The Zuma family-linked Non-Profit Organisations have almost without exception breached the law on filing financial and other documents with the Department of Social Development.
 
President Jacob Zuma's first wife and childhood sweetheart, Sizakele MaKhumalo-Zuma, is the registered director for the Sizakele MaKhumalo-Zuma Foundation, which has not submitted financial reports since it was registered.
 
Nompumelelo Ntuli, Zuma’s current second wife, chairs the MaNtuli-Zuma Foundation which was registered in 2011, has not submitted reports since March 2012.

JPSA Slams SANRAL Over ASA Ruling

The Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) has ‘extended its sincere gratitude’ to the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL)‚ its spokesman Vusi Mona and its public relations company, Meropa Communications, for “discrediting themselves even further by reacting in such a childish‚ emotional and grossly uninformed manner.”

This follows what the JPSA described as their “temper tantrum over the banning of yet another one of its e-tolling advertisements” by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) this week.

Infrastructure and the Question of PIDA: Time for a Change?

It is no secret that African countries suffer from an infrastructure deficit. So far, Africa’s potential in infrastructure has not been met and the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) has not done enough to address all infrastructure difficulties that Africa faces. This article looks at whether there is a need to convert PIDA into an African Infrastructure Bank in order to help Africa achieve its infrastructure and developmental goals rapidly.

Global Peace Index Released

South Africa ranks 136 out of 162 countries in this year’s Global Peace Index (GPI) and 37 out of 44 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

According to the index, the economic impact of containing and dealing with the consequences of South Africa’s levels of violence was estimated to cost the national economy US$66.7 billion in 2014.

Published by the global think tank, Institute for Economics and Peace, the index also finds that escalating civil strife and the consequent refugee crisis have been among the key drivers in increasing the cost of global violence containment.

NERSA Urged to Reject Eskom’s Tariff Bid

South Africa’s Catholic bishops say it is unfair to pass on the burden of Eskom failures to customers‚ especially the poor.

For this reason‚ the church’s Commission for Justice and Peace is calling on the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to reject Eskom’s electricity tariff request 25.3 percent for the 2015/2016 financial year.

“Eskom’s crisis is a result of poor management and cumulative lack of political will to tackle the energy crisis in a comprehensive and sustainable manner‚” says commissioner chairperson, Bishop Gabuza.

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