Bribery, intimidation claims ‘not formally reported’

Bribery and intimidation claims in the allocation of state-owned farms have been brought to the attention of the department of agriculture, land reform and rural development, but Minister Thoko Didiza has said that no case had been formally reported. The minister said there have been allegations that government officials have[…]

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Government wants to change how police, security and neighbourhood watches work – but there are problems

The Western Cape’s head of Community Safety Albert Fritz has raised concerns with provisions of the South African Police Service (SAPS) Amendment Bill – specifically around neighbourhood watches and changes to the police service. Fritz said that the bill wants to integrate law enforcement officers into a municipal police service,[…]

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Government commits to increasing energy capacity by 30%

The Department of Energy has gazetted new regulations outlining their commitment to sourcing over 11 800 MW of power for Independent Power Producers (IPPs) over the next few years. This new energy will be procured from diverse sources, including solar, wind, gas, coal and storage. While meeting the country’s energy[…]

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Ramaphosa on easing more lockdown rules in South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa says that the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) is evaluating a number of proposals around the further easing of lockdown restrictions in South Africa. The president told the South African National Editors’ Forum on Wednesday evening (9 September) that one of the requests he received was from[…]

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French reform proposal for Lebanon delves into details

French President Emmanuel Macron, in a visit to Lebanon, has offered to help provide the crisis-hit nation with vital aid if its politicians make good on long-overdue reforms. Speaking at the palatial French ambassador’s residence in Beirut from where Greater Lebanon was proclaimed by colonial France 100 years ago, Macron[…]

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