Daily Archives: March 16, 2018

South Africa’s Zuma to Be Charged With Corruption Over Arms Deal

Former South African President Jacob Zuma will be prosecuted for corruption relating to a 30 billion rand ($2.5 billion) arms deal in the late 1990s, chief state prosecutor Shaun Abrahams said on Friday.

“After consideration of the matter, I am of the view that there are reasonable prospects of successful prosecution of Mr. Zuma on the charges listed in the indictment,” Abrahams said.

Zuma disputes all the allegations against him, he added.

Source: Voice of America

Water and Sanitation holds media tour at Roodeplaat Dam, 22 Mar

Members of the media are invited to a media tour to profile the work of the Roodeplaat Dam in light of the recent declaration of drought by the Interministerial Task Team on Water as a national disaster.

The Roodeplaat Dam plays a central role in supplying water to farmers and therefore is vital for sustainable food production. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) purification works at Temba supplies 2, 6 million m3 of potable water per annum to, amongst others, the towns of Temba and Hammanskraal and the Wallmmannstal Purification Works.

As the drought is still gripping pockets of the country, part of the tour will be to ensure that communities are encouraged to conserve water to prevent the possibility of facing the situation which is currently being experienced in other areas.

Source: Government of South Africa

Umzimvubu Communities Threaten Not to Vote If Lives Are Not Improved

Parliament� The slow pace of service delivery, lack of clean running water, the poor state of sanitation, impassable access roads, dilapidated schools and poor early childhood development facilities, dominated discussions during the Taking Parliament to the People (TPTTP) visit by Parliamentarians in uMzimvubu this week.

In a public meeting held at the Mount Frere Community Hall by a delegation of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), the delegation leader, Mr Mntomhle Khawula said: The issue of underdevelopment in this area is a matter that government must take note of. It’s a matter that is beyond the scope of the municipality. Swift intervention is needed by the government to develop this region. The passion in their demand for development must be commended.

Mr Khawula also expressed concern about the irony of water shortages in a region that has water in abundance with good seasonal rainfall. The uMzimvubu Local Municipality pledged to assist communities through rain harvesting projects and connecting various villages to the water grid.

The Departments of Education, Health and Social Development also made tangible commitments with specified timelines to address service delivery issues at different sites that were visited by the NCOP delegation.

Despite threats by some community members that they would not vote if their lives are not improved, Mr Khawula described the Mt Frere public meeting as fruitful and characterised by robust engagements that demonstrated the passion with which the rural communities pursued development. He said rural areas facing huge development backlogs should receive better attention. In the future, the choice of sites will need to be considered carefully. There was an outcry in this meeting that we focused more on sites that were closer to towns, that are better off than the ones in deep rural areas, said Mr Khawula.

The NCOP members, supported by their counterparts in the Provincial Legislature of the Eastern Cape, concluded their three-day visit aimed at conducting in loco inspections of development projects, to assess progress made in addressing citizens’ concerns and to report back on the outcomes of their 2016 visit under the auspices of the Taking Parliament to the People campaign. The Umzimvubu group of NCOP members was part of seven delegations that crisscrossed the Alfred Nzo District and Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipalities this week as part of the report back campaign following their 2016 visit.

Taking Parliament to the People, is a flagship programme, that is driven by the NCOP to bring Parliament closer to the people and break distance and poverty barriers between the electorate and their parliamentary representatives for the sole purpose of improving service delivery and people’s quality of life.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Media 24 admits to price fixing

Media24 has admitted to price fixing and the fixing of trading conditions, says the Competition Commission of South Africa.

The company has agreed to pay nearly R14 million in a settlement agreement entered with the Commission.

Media24 is part of 28 media companies referred to the tribunal for prosecution. The case relates to a November 2011 investigation which found that, through the Media Credit Co-Ordinators (MCC), various media companies agreed to offer similar discounts and payment terms to advertising agencies that place advertisements with MCC members, the Competition Commission said in a statement on Friday.

MCC accredited agencies were offered a 16.5% discount for payments made within 45 days of the statement date, while non-members were offered 15%.

In addition, the Commission’s investigation found that the implicated companies, as MCC members, employed services of an intermediary company called Corex to perform risk assessments on advertising agencies for purposes of imposing a settlement discount structure and terms on advertising agencies.

The Commission found that the practices restricted competition among the competing companies, as they did not independently determine the discounts and thereby fixed the price and trading terms in contravention of the Competition Act, the Competition Commission said.

Media24 has agreed to pay an administrative penalty amounting to R13 828 892.26, in terms its settlement agreement.

Furthermore, Media24 has agreed to contribute R4 978 401.21 to the Economic Development Fund over a three year period.

The company will also provide 25% bonus advertising space for every rand of advertising space bought by qualifying small agencies, over three years and capped at R35 000 000 annually.

In addition, out-of-home advertising firm, Provantage Media has also admitted to price fixing and fixing of trading conditions. The company has agreed to pay R1 094 222 as part of its settlement agreement. The two agreements have been referred to the Tribunal for confirmation, the Competition Commission said.

Settlement agreements

To date, the following media companies have concluded settlement agreements with the Commission and agreed, among others, to pay administrative penalties:

Caxton and CTP Publishers and Printers Ltd agreed to an amount of R5 806 890.14 ;

Independent Media (Pty) Ltd agreed to pay R2 220 603; and

DStv Media Sales (Pty) Ltd agreed to pay R22 262 599.

The Competition Commission said on 27 February over 20 media companies were referred to the Tribunal for prosecution on charges of price fixing and the fixing of trading conditions in relation to this matter.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Murder suspect arrested

Mamelodi East – A 24 year, old suspect was arrested yesterday afternoon in connection with the alleged brutal murder of his father.

It is alleged the deceased overheard suspect and his mother arguing inside the house when he attempted to intervene to calm the situation.

The suspect allegedly became more angered and grabbed a spade and hacked his father to death. The deceased was rushed to a local hospital and he allegedly died on arrival.

The suspect is arrested for murder and he will appear in Mamelodi Magistrate’s Court soon.

Source: South African Police Service