Metros Not Paying for e-Tolls

Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, has disclosed in Parliament that Gauteng municipalities owed the South African National Roads Agency a total of R2.4 million‚ triggering an outcry from politicians and glee from anti-tolling activists.

The Ekurhuleni Metro is the biggest offender with arrears of R1.838 million‚ followed by Tshwane (R351 644) Emfuleni Local Municipality (R127 685) and Lesedi Local Municipality (R111 000).

Deforestation to Blame for Climate Change

Deputy Agriculture Minister, Bheki Cele, says combating global warming should be the responsibility of all South Africans.

Addressing delegates at the Forestry Indaba in George, Western Cape, Cele, who is of the view that deforestation is partly to blame for climate change, stressed that it is important to preserve forests for future generations.

“Global warming is part of us. Mess up with the world and I can assure you the world is not going to pardon us…,” he warned

SADC Focuses on Gender Role in Politics

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) parliamentarians have bemoaned the lack of gender parity in the political systems of some member countries at a plenary session of the SADC Parliamentary Forum in Durban.

Speaker of the Lesotho parliament, Nthloi Motsamai, says, "We feel that women are an endangered species in the politics of Lesotho. By the look of things, one can tell that we are heading towards a situation where we are only going to have 20 women out of the 120 members in the House."

Municipality Closes Last Refugee Camp

The eThekwini municipality has announced the closure of the last camp in Durban for those displaced by xenophobic violence.

The Chatsworth camp was home to foreign nationals who were displaced during the violent attacks earlier this year.

City spokesperson, Tozi Mthethwa, says the foreign nationals were informed about the closure, adding that, “The aim of establishing the interim shelter was to protect the displaced African immigrants from the then volatile situation they faced back in their communities."

Lotto to Go Ahead Despite Judgment

National lottery operator, Ithuba, says the Pretoria High Court's overturning of the awarding of its licence will not affect its operations.

This follows a ruling by Judge Neil Tuchten that the decision of the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, to award the tender to Ithuba is invalid and the licence issue done by the minister is set aside, provided that the operation of the order is suspended for a month.

Govt Allocates R204m to Black Farmers

Multi-million rand funding for emerging black farmers has been approved by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.

Thirty-one projects valued at R146 million have been earmarked for farm recapitalisation.

According to the department, land has been acquired across all nine provinces under the Proactive Land Acquisition Strategy (PLAS) and “This development was expected to benefit 5 108 applicants.”

Xenophobia Discussed at SADC

South Africa has continued to face questions about the recent xenophobic violence directed at African immigrants.

The issue was raised during a discussion on migration on the side-lines of the 37th Session of the South African Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum meeting in Durban.

SANRAL Denies JPSA’s Licence Claim

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) has scorned claims by Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) that a motorist was allegedly prevented from renewing his licence disk due to an outstanding e-toll debt.

In a press statement, SANRAL points out that, “Justice Project South Africa has become aware of the fact that members of the public are being refused licence disc renewals for their vehicles and that misinformation and often outrageous explanations as to why this is happening are prolific.”

OUTA Slams New e-Toll Tariffs

The new e-toll tariffs kicked in on Thursday, 2 July 2015, but only about seven percent of freeway users will benefit from the new rates, according to opponents of the scheme.

Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, says while the cap had been halved, this reduction would not affect more than 93 percent of freeway users.


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