DAWN hails Maintenance Amendment Act

The Democratic Alliance Women’s Network (DAWN) has hailed the signing of the Maintenance Amendment Act by President Jacob Zuma as a victory for women in South Africa, with the changes set to enforce strict measures on defaulters who fail to pay up on maintenance. DAWN has been one of the[…]

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Maintenance non-payers to be blacklisted

Maintenance defaulters may soon be at risk of credit blacklisting after MPs within the Justice Portfolio Committee adopted several new amendments to the Maintenance Act this week. Should the bill acquire approval from the National Assembly, defaulters may see their informational passed onto credit suppliers for blacklisting. The move is[…]

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Eskom resumes load shedding at 6am

Eskom will resume power cuts for the sixth day in a row when it starts implementing stage 1 load shedding from 06:00 on Friday morning. This is likely to continue until 22:00 this evening, the utility said. Load shedding started on Sunday and was kicked up a notch on both[…]

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Stage 1 load shedding cancelled

Stage one power cuts, which were implemented earlier on Tuesday morning, have been cancelled, Eskom said. “This is due to the significant drop in electricity demand since we issued warnings early this morning that the system was under strain,” the parastatal said. Earlier, Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said the blackouts[…]

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Power grid under pressure: Eskom

The power grid is under pressure on Monday after one of Koeberg’s units — which produces 900MW — has been taken out of service, Eskom said. “Unit one is out of service because of a technical fault,” Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said. “The power system is relatively stable, but the[…]

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WCape maintenance defaulter abandons bail

A Western Cape man who owes R113,600 in child maintenance abandoned his bail application in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, the justice department said. “[He] will remain in custody until his next appearance on 9 January 2015,” said regional department head Hishaam Mohamed. Last week the court heard[…]

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WCape man owes R113,600 in maintenance

The Western Cape’s top child maintenance defaulter, who owes R113,600, appeared in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, the justice department said. The court heard that Faizel Petersen, 39, had not paid maintenance for his four minor children since last year, said regional departmental head Hishaam Mohamed. Petersen was[…]

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DoJ to intensify campaign against defaulters

Ahead of the annual 16 Days of Activism for violence against women and children, the Department of Justice is intensifying awareness around its Operation Isondlo. The campaign seeks to tackle maintenance defaulters, by enforcing stricter regulations that ensure individuals are unable to forgo their financial and parental obligations. Department regional[…]

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Pay maintenance: Zuma

President Jacob Zuma received applause and cheers when he called on fathers to pay their maintenance on time at the Women’s Day celebrations at King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban on Saturday. “We appeal to the working parents, especially the fathers, to support their children without the involvement of the courts.”[…]

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