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DA to lead meeting with Vice-Chancellors and Opposition Parties

Tomorrow evening I will be meeting with Professor Adam Habib, Chairperson of Universities South Africa (formerly Higher Education South Africa), and Dr Ahmed Bawa, CEO of Universities South Africa and Chairman of its Finance and Investment Committee, in order to address, among other things, the funding crisis that has shut down the country’s universities, the…

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SAA fails to table 2015/16 Annual Report

South African Airway’s long awaited Annual Report for 2014/15 has now been tabled by the Minister of Finance, containing a further revision to the net loss for the group, which now amounts to R 5.62 billion rand. But it should come as no surprise that the 2015/16 Annual report is nowhere to be seen, and…

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DA calls for Department to revitalise hundreds of state-owned tourism assets

As South Africa marks the last day of Tourism Month today, the Department of Tourism is falling far short of its mandate to maximise our country’s tourism potential, especially with regard to domestic tourism. Specifically, the Department has failed to adequately invest in, and optimally utilise, approximately 700 state-owned tourism assets identified in an audit…

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SABC increases Hlaudi’s salary. Again.

Former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s salary was increased by almost half a million from R 3 784 000 to R 4 197 000 during the 2015/16 financial year, making him the highest paid executive at the SABC. This is over and above the almost R1 million increase he received during the 2014/15 financial year. The…

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DASO appeals for support for UL students after campus shut-down

The University of Limpopo has indefinitely suspended all academic activities due to the protracted violent student protests on the campus. Students were instructed to leave residences by 17h00 yesterday. This means that poor students and their families will now have to find additional finances to transport their children home or find temporary living arrangements for…

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SAPS spend more than R100k on catering every day

The SAPS Annual Report for 2015/16 has revealed that our police service spent more than R100 000 on catering every single day. The report, released today, shows that R39.5 million was spent on Catering for Departmental activities during the 2015/16 financial year. This exorbitant amount is shameful, especially when one takes into account the chronic…

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Labour Department’s qualified audit catastrophe should see Oliphant fired

The Department of Labour received a qualified opinion – the worst possible outcome – in this year’s Annual Report. This catastrophic performance was explained by: The costs of sales being understated by R8 million; Inventories being understated by R3.3 million; Cash flow concerns; and Issues with receivables of R4 million. It was also revealed in…

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