MAVERICK INTERVIEW: Ayanda Dlodlo: In the trenches of public service and administration – and reconfiguration of government
Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo does not mince her words. Asked whether she’d step down now that Nhlanhla Nene has resigned as finance minister over a series of meetings with the Guptas he had lied about, she asked ‘why?’. The 2015 stopover in Dubai was not paid for by the Guptas, and when asked about it, or meeting the Guptas, she answered truthfully. Dlodlo holds the line.
Ten years ago, in the wake of the global economic recession, the 2009 elections proved to be about the economy. There is little doubt that next year’s elections will be about the economy as well and it is for this reason that the ANC has ensured that creating jobs remains as a priority as is its unity and renewal.
As the world watched Washington go to war over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the US Supreme Court, it is worth thinking about the ways in which our own method of appointing judges — the Judicial Service Commission — may be improved.
There’s nothing particularly amazing about the new Honda Amaze. It’s a small sedan, designed and developed in Southeast Asia, and built in India. But with keen pricing, low running costs, loads of spec and a fair-sized boot, it might just become a sales hit in South Africa, too.
THEATRE REVIEW: Zakes Mda’s play ‘You Fool, How can The Sky Fall’ exposes our insatiable need for a leader
It is evident that throughout history there have been far more bad leaders than good. Those who attempt to live up to the moral and ethical ideals of society are so rare that we cling to them feverishly when they appear, seemingly out of nowhere, to lead. And yet with so many bad examples of leaders and with the current zeitgeist of populism brought back by history’s cyclical movement, Zakes Mda interrogates the reason we keep searching, tirelessly, for a leader.
The EFF and its Deputy President Floyd Shivambu have benefited financially from the VBS Mutual Bank scandal, sources claim. Shivambu, who is said to have received about 10 million VBS-rand through his younger brother Brian, has for months tried to suppress the investigation into VBS by casting shadows over the integrity of officials in National Treasury and the Reserve Bank. Since the VBS report, titled ‘The Great Bank Heist’, was released on Wednesday, the EFF has retracted into a stony silence. A tame media statement on Wednesday evening, released just before 21:00, reiterated the party’s position ‘that all who are responsible and illegally benefited from the fraud must be criminally prosecuted immediately’. While details are still somewhat sketchy, this is what we know so far:
Just a week after Zimbabwe's Minister of Finance Mthuli Ncube and its Reserve Bank Governor Dr John Mangudya announced new fiscal and monetary policies, prices of basic commodities have soared in Zimbabwe and the black market rate of the US dollar to the bond note rocketed to more than 300% and continues to rise.
The VBS Mutual Bank heist might not have been sophisticated, but it might be one of the most brazen in the country's history, said a report commissioned by the Reserve Bank, released on Wednesday. It said almost R2-billion was stolen to fund a corrupt spending spree.
PARLIAMENT: Budget office is director-less 4 months after contract extended and R265,000 bursary recipient is also departing
Four months after the contract of the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) director was extended by a motion in the House, the post is empty. That vacancy in the statutory office established to provide “independent, objective and professional advice and analysis” on budget and related matters comes at a critical time in Parliament, as committees are ploughing through departmental and entities’ annual reports and audited financial statements. Questions are being asked.