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Nhlanhla Nene’s resignation is a blow to Parliament

The resignation of former Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene, after a long and distinguished career in the finance family is a blow to Parliament. The former minister paid a high price for doing the right thing and speaking truth to power, and in the end sacrificed his seat because he was not prepared to sacrifice…

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Visa regulations: DHA announcement too little, too late

Today’s announcement by the Departments of Home Affairs (DHA) that the it will be relaxing some of the job-killing visa regulations it introduced last year does not go far enough to restore South Africa as a tourist friendly destination. Instead of announcing an E-visa system in line with the recommendations by the United Nations World…

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DA welcomes Gordhan’s hint at Eskom privatisation

The Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomes the remarks by Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, in favour of the partial privatisation of Eskom. The DA has long held that the Eskom monopoly should be broken and more competition introduced into the South African energy sector. Eskom has proven that it cannot fix itself on its own; neither…

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BOKAMOSO | Nkandla is about much more than paying back the money

Nkandla is well established as the prime symbol of corruption and wasteful expenditure in SA. But it is the DA’s intention that the saga will ultimately serve to confirm the legal authority of the Public Protector, one of the most important institutions of our democracy. Next Tuesday, 9 February, the Constitutional Court is set to…

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Minister must immediately table plan to prevent Zika virus outbreak

I will today write to the Chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Health, Mary-Ann Lindelwa Dunjwa, to request that she summon Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, as a matter of priority, to brief the committee on South Africa’s readiness to deal with the Zika virus. This comes after the World Health Organisation, this week, declared…

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102 000 students still waiting on certificates

More than a hundred thousand graduates from Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges are still waiting on their certificates, Parliament was told yesterday. To make matters worse, Parliament was also told that many TVET courses are so inadequate, outdated and lacking in terms of practical components that even should the certificates ultimately be received,…

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