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McKinsey to pay back Eskom’s R1 billion

McKinsey will pay back the R1 billion paid to it by Eskom under the Turnaround Programme, said the power utility.

On Friday, the utility finalised a settlement agreement that will see McKinsey pay back the R1 billion paid to it by Eskom under the Turnaround Programme.

This is a significant milestone for the Board as we seek to fulfil what we see as our non-negotiable mandate to root out financial mismanagement and malfeasance as a critical foundation to restoring transparent and effective governance, said Eskom board Chairman Jabu Mabuza.

Since the appointment of the current board of Eskom early this year, focus has been on among others addressing governance related matters with urgency.

Eskom said while the process has taken longer than what would have been ideal, it was of importance that it ensures that an appropriate and transparent legal process was followed.

Eskom Group Chief Executive Phakamani Hadebe said that he was pleased that positive results were obtained in the matter.

We are equally appreciative of the support and cooperation we have received from McKinsey and the Asset Forfeiture Unit. This for us further demonstrates that we are serious about consequence management and achieving a renewed culture of accountability and good governance which is key to our sustained success, said Hadebe.

Turning his focus to Trilian, Mabuza said the company was not party to the settlement.

As Trillian was not party to the settlement, Eskom will continue to pursue the recovery of the remainder of the payments made to Trillian through the legal review process that was launched earlier this year.

Whilst this is the first, it certainly will not be the last as we are committed to continue to deal decisively with improper and irregular contracts, said Mabuza.

In October last year, Eskom sought McKinsey and Trillian’s cooperation in respectively returning R1 billion and R564 million, which appears to have been unlawfully paid out to the companies in 2016 and 2017.

Source: South African Government News Agency

St Francis Bay police probe house robbery

St Francis Bay: Police are searching for six suspected robbers, after they allegedly robbed four women inside a house in St Francis Bay today.

Today at around 03:00, it is alleged that six men stormed into a house in Poivre Crescent, St Francis Bay through an unlocked back door. The six men were wearing balaclavas, and two armed with firearms held the four victims inside a house at gunpoint. Suspects stole gadgets such as iPads, laptops and cellphones before fleeing the scene. No person was injured during the incident. Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects is urged to contact the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Jannie Meyer at 071 604 6336.

Source: South African Police Service

CABINET APPOINTS TEAM TO ENGAGE SOUTH AFRICA’S TRADITIONAL CHIEFS OVER LAND CONCERNS

PRETORIA– The Cabinet has appointed a team of Ministers to engage with South Africa’s traditional leaders on their concerns on land expropriation and to seek an amicable solution to their areas of concern, says Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.

She told a media briefing here Thursday that the Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Zweli Mkhize, would be the convener of the ministerial team and would be supported by Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and herself.

The establishment of the ministerial team is in response to the various concerns raised at the start of Parliament’s public participation process to review Section 25 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa of 1996 to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.

Parliament set up the Constitutional Review Committee to conduct public hearings countrywide after passing a motion on the expropriation of land without compensation, a move aimed at redressing injustices resulting from past actions by colonial administrations to evict indigenous South Africans from the land they had historically lived on, without compensation.

However, the traditional rulers and chiefs, who own vast tracts of land, fear that their land might also be expropriated by the government, without compensation.

The public hearings on land expropriation kicked off on June 26 in the Namakwa District in Northern Cape Province. The hearings will take place in all nine provinces and continue until August 2018. The last public hearings will be on Aug 4 in Western Cape Province.

The Cabinet calls on all interested parties to participate peacefully in these hearings and appeals to the public to remain tolerant of varying views that may be expressed, in order to ensure that all have a fair opportunity to participate in the hearings, said Mokonyane.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

CUBA, SOUTH AFRICA TALK ABOUT INCREASING BILATERAL COOPERATION

HAVANA–The Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez today received the Minister of South African Presidency, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in this capital, with whom he discussed bilateral cooperation in several sectors and means to increase it.

According to a note published on the website of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, both agreed that relations between the two countries are in a good state.

During her work visit, Dlamini-Zuma, also in charge of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, will attend the commemorative act for the Centennial of the South African leader Nelson Mandela’s birth.

On that occasion, there will be a farewell for 700 South African medical students finishing their fifth year in Cuba and returning to their country to conclude the speciality.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Ad Hoc Committee to Inquire into the Intervention in the North West Province to Be Briefed by National Treasury and Auditor-General

Parliament´┐Ż The Ad Hoc Committee to inquire into the Intervention in the North West provincial government in terms of Section 100 of the Constitution will tomorrow be briefed by National Treasury, the Auditor-General and the North West provincial government on its fiscal position.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa