While Mandela certainly deserves the amount of praise he has received in the past few days, there is also plenty of credit that is due to those people who were behind him all the time. People like Zelda La Grange.
We were hoping the day would never arrive. Alas, Transport Minister Dipuo Peter confirmed that e-tolling of Gauteng’s roads will officially start on Tuesday, 3 December. Just in time for the festive season.
The South African Minister Of Arts And Culture is a super frugal guy. His department spent R3,125 to hire the P-meister an Audi A5 for a total of two days last year. Our selfless servant of the people put the luxury sedan to excellent use, and drove a staggering 1,000 metres in it for the 48 hours in which it was in his department’s hire.
If you live in Joburg, you may want to pay attention. The City of Joburg (CoJ) has come under scrutiny because of a massive security flaw that shows your municipal invoices to anyone with an internet connection. These invoices include names, addresses, account numbers, PIN codes and financial details. MyBroadband was made aware by a [...]
The Free State Government has reportedly spent R140 million to redesign their website over a period of three years. The deal was signed off by director general Elzabe Rockman, who now claims that the tender was for R40 million and not the reported R140 million. The basic WordPress theme on which the site was built costs [...]
Several roads will be closed and parking restricted around Parliament during the State of the Nation address on Thursday, 14 February 2013. The closures and parking restrictions will take place from midnight on 13 February until 01h00 on Friday, 15 February. A rehearsal will be held in parts of the Central city from 11 to [...]
Gasp, horror, shock. The poor government didn’t see that vast amounts of jobs would be lost as a result of their poor management of an on-going crisis in the mining sector in South Africa.
Over the past few weeks the government departments financial results have been doing the rounds in Parliament and, amongst other findings, it was revealed that local goverment has spent R4,67 billion on food, entertainment and travel and accommodation.
Following the landmark decision made in Australia recently, South Africa is looking to implement a similar strategy of reducing cigarette packets to nothing more than a box with text. This is part of government’s new plan to bring South Africa’s smoking regulations in line with “international best practice.”
The moratorium on shale gas exploration, which was imposed in South Africa last April, was recently lifted, effectively opening the door for fracking in the Karoo region. Since the first mention of possibly using fracking as an extraction technique, debate has raged, with many calling into question the environmental impact it may have.
This time last week, we told you all about how the VIP protection unit had racked up massive speeding fines well in excess of R100 000. Public reaction wasn’t exactly favourable, and the waiver of the penalties was questioned by a lot of people. Government took the opportunity on Sunday to clarify the legal position.
The provincial council of the ANC in the Western Cape are again pointing fingers at the DA, this time for not making use of its full capital budget. This is the same issue raised last year by the ANC, when the Western Cape only spent 75% of its budget.
As the American government continues its internal adoption of cloud computing services, Google and Microsoft have been scrambling for contracts – what with their being lucrative and influential and such. Sucks to be Google, then, because the FAA just awarded $91 million to Microsoft to have their platform transition to the Microsoft Office 360 cloud service.
President Jacob Zuma’s office has not been very good recently at complying with all the laws and regulations imposed upon it, according to Auditor General Terence Nombembe. And the problem of non-compliance is prevalent across national government departments.
In the US, you can drive a car, go to war and get married, divorced and re-married before you can legally have a beer, at the age of 21. But there may be some merit in that. Two in three South Africans polled on the issue think so, anyway.
A new levy for the mining industry is currently under consideration by Government. The purpose of the tax would be to finance the clean up of toxic acid water which rises and flows out of abandoned mines. Pollution from acid mine water is a major problem in Gauteng. Very unpleasant.
Which puts us behind Iran. The Global Peace Index, put together by the Institute for Economics & Peace, is apparently made up of a couple of factors – including levels of democracy and transparency, education and national wellbeing. Top three are New Zealand, Iceland and Japan, with Iraq coming in last (149th place).
If you say the word ‘protest’ too frequently in a cell-phone conversation in Beijing, your call gets cut off. No spice. We have pretty strict phone etiquette policies here at 2ov, granted, but generally we allow calls, once placed, to proceed without Big Brother intervention.
In a press conference in Dharamsala, India, His Holiness the Dalai Lama announced that he’d be stepping down as political leader of the Tibetan government in exile, to make way for an elected representative. He will be retaining his position as Tibet’s spiritual leader.