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DA to ask public protector to investigate Eskom acting CEO’s R1bn deals to stepdaughter

27th March 2017 The Democratic Alliance will ask Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to launch an investigation into Eskom acting CEO Matshela Koko for allegedly awarding tenders worth R1-billion to Impulse International, a company of which his stepdaughter is a director, the party said on Sunday. “Impulse... 

Slow progress in payouts to former miners – Oliphant

24th March 2017 Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant on Thursday conceded that efforts to reach out and compensate former mineworkers, many of whom from neighbouring countries, have not been satisfactory. In his keynote address at the Southern Africa Trust summit on social security and compensation... 

Kibo Mining positions for power purchase agreement with the Tanzanian government

23rd March 2017 Kibo Mining said on Thursday that it was well placed to conclude negotiations on a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Tanzanian government following the completion of restructuring and policy changes at the State-owned power supplier. This comes after Tanzania president John Magufuli in... 

Coal transporters take Eskom, government to court

23rd March 2017 The Coal Transporters Forum (CTF) has approached the high court, seeking an interdict to bar Eskom from entering into contracts with renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs) as envisaged by government. At a press briefing in Pretoria on Thursday, CTF spokesperson Mary Phadi however... 

Government confirms lawsuits from Marikana victims total close to R1.2bn

15th March 2017 Government has been served with summonses of claims of over R1.1-billion in compensation from the victims of the Marikana massacre, which claimed the lives of 34 people on April 16, 2012, and ten others in the preceding week, it emerged in Parliament on Tuesday. Briefing Parliament’s portfolio... 

Oakbay Resources' CEO resigns

15th March 2017 Oakbay Resources and Energy, which is owned by the controversial Gupta family, announced on Wednesday that its CEO Jacques Roux had resigned with effect from the end of this month. Roux took over from Varun Gupta in May last year. 

Free State court hands down lengthy jail terms to 22 illegal miners

15th March 2017 The Virginia High Court on Tuesday, imposed lengthy jail sentences to 22 convicted illegal miners, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) said. “Lovemore Chaba Mlambo, 35, the man behind all illegal operations in Masimong mine, will serve 25 years imprisonment as the charges... 

Bleeding at South Africa’s State-owned oil company continues, MPs told

14th March 2017 State-owned oil company PetroSA is set to suffer a projected devaluation of assets of R1.1-billion this financial year in addition to the R14.5-billion impairment it suffered in the 2014/15 financial year, MPs heard on Tuesday. Briefing parliament’s portfolio committee on energy, PetroSA board... 

Police swoop in on illegal gold and platinum lab in Joburg

9th March 2017 An illegal gold and platinum processing laboratory was shut down in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, following a raid in which officers seized precious metals and manufacturing equipment worth approximately R5-million, South Africa’s specialised police unit, the Hawks, said on Thursday. In a... 

Brown calls for Eskom to bring Dentons report to Parliament

8th March 2017 Eskom should be called before Parliament to brief MPs on the Dentons report, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said on Wednesday. “Eskom should come and run you through the report,” the minister told the portfolio committee on public enterprises after she was asked for her view on the... 

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