Social Grants Crisis: Sassa fails to respond to ConCourt questions, CPS contract now deemed ‘interim’
With 17 days before the current CPS contract dies a natural death, Sassa’s legal teams have worked overtime in an attempt to mop up the colossal mess caused through months of lies, deceit and obfuscation by the agency and Minister Bathabile Dlamini. On Monday, Sassa missed its deadline to answer ConCourt's detailed questions. This renders the agency technically in contempt of the highest court of the land. By MARIANNE THAMM.
The African National Congress on Sunday presented the party faithful (and, by extension, the media) with a “road map” to the National Policy Conference, which will be held in June 2017. They dumped nine hefty policy discussion documents on their beleaguered comrades, the upshot of which was: the president does not have enough power. And so the first act of a monster movie unfolds, during which the nutty National Executive Committee crosses a crocodile with an Airbus A380, and mayhem ensues. By RICHARD POPLAK.
Passing the Buck, Mbete-style: Suppliers for Post-SONA Speaker’s Ball are still unpaid, still afraid
The bills for National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete’s “The Speaker’s Ball 2017” remain unpaid more than a month after the post-State of the Nation Address (SONA) event. Four service providers for the function, the luxury Cape Town hotel that was the venue and a subcontracted events company contacted by Daily Maverick on Monday, all confirmed they are still waiting for the money. But with the exception of the two smallest Cape hinterland based companies, no one wanted their name in the media. Apparently raising a public stink over not being paid, particularly for an event involving government people, is not good for business in the small and not-so-small business world of fear and loathing. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Another weekend of fire in the Western Cape saw at least nine people perish and thousands left destitute. The worst affected area was Imizamo Yethu, the informal settlement outside Hout Bay, where an estimated 15,000 people lost homes and possessions. It’s a pattern repeated year after year, but can anything be done to stop the cycle? By REBECCA DAVIS.
Four women rape survivors recount in intimate detail their stories. From the horror of the act, through the years of trauma and stigma to where they are now – these are survivors who have taken back their lives and can even forgive the men who raped them. By STREET TALK.
Our racial fault lines stay with us. They run all the way under the ivy-covered brick buildings, past the meth labs in the mountains and the Amish horses and buggies. They run all the way, this chilly spring, to the White House. By GLEN RETIEF.
The large island south-east of the foot of India is capable of becoming to the subcontinent what Hong Kong is to mainland China. Sri Lanka’s government is easing trading conditions to encourage investment in the hope that following “a new path” could reap dividends. By GREG MILLS.
The UNSC resolution 1540 comprehensive review highlights the active role played by the African Union (AU) but points out that much more remains to be done through continuous efforts at the national, regional and international levels. By Nicolas Kasprzyk for ISS TODAY.
The Blitzboks faltered against their bogeyman-team in the final of the Vancouver leg of the World Series Sevens yet again. And while they maintain a lead at the top of the overall log, they may have to head to Singapore and Hong Kong with some young recruits after a number of key players picked up knocks over the weekend. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
by Alice RITCHIE / with Mark MCLAUGHLIN in Edinburgh Parliament gave its approval Monday for Prime Minister Theresa May to start Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, even as Scotland signalled its opposition by announcing plans for a fresh independence vote.
by Michael Mathes Fourteen million fewer Americans will have health insurance next year under the Republican plan to replace Obamacare, a nonpartisan congressional analysis projected Monday, heaping pressure on President Donald Trump to make good on his pledge to broaden coverage.
The one party that has remained deadly silent in the raging Sassa debate has been Grindrod Bank. They have shied away from all publicity and their part in the Sassa and Net1’s Cash Payment Services debacle, choosing to stay in the shadows. I thought it would be worthwhile to give Grindrod Bank their moment in the spotlight. It also offers the Board of Directors of Grindrod an opportunity to step in and do the right thing.
Why are immigrants to South Africa more successful than locals? A new report from the Institute of Race Relations attempts to answer this question by implying that South Africans don’t work hard enough. But perhaps it was the research that was lazy.
A new study claims to have found a link between flame-retardant chemicals in furniture and textiles and a range of behavioural problems in children. Instead of jumping on the hysteria train with a ban hammer, join me for a case study in bad science.
by Stuart WILLIAMS with Raziye AKKOC in Ankara Turkey on Monday said it was suspending top-level ties with The Netherlands and blocking the return of its ambassador in a spiralling crisis over the holding of rallies abroad ahead of a crucial referendum.