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09 December 2019 Acting MEC Lesufi will attend to the Residents of Mamelodi ward 28 which have been affected by current rain The Gauteng Acting MEC for Social Development Mr Panyaza Lesufi will today attend to the Residents of Mamelodi ward 28 which have been affected by flooding and loosing asserts. Among others, the MEC will Provide Social Development Support to residents affected. The MEC will be at Mamelodi: Date: 09 December 2019 Time: ‪14:00‬ Place: Ward 28 For more information, please contact the Gauteng Department of Social Development Spokesperson for MEC Thabiso Hlongwane on ‪073 796 4533. Issued by the Gauteng Department of Social Development For media releases, speeches and news visit the Gauteng Provincial Government's portal at www.gauteng.gov.za [12/10, 07:50] Pulane: For immediate release Attention: News Editors Date: 9 December 2019

 

MEDIA STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT, FIKILE MBALULA, ON THE OCCASION OF ADDRESSING PRASA MANAGEMENT AND STAFF ON 9 DECEMBER 2019 AT UMJANTSHI HOUSE, BRAAMFONTEIN This morning I addressed the management and employees of PRASA across all its divisions and subsidiaries. PRASA is an important institution that plays a major role in South Africa’s public transport value chain and its impact on the economy cannot be emphasized enough. Each one of the 16 350 employees employed by PRASA has an important job to do, in ensuring that the wheels continue to turn and those who rely on our trains for their livelihoods are not short-changed. I have no doubt that PRASA is well endowed with men and women who are not only committed to do their best to make sure PRASA succeeds, but who also possess the requisite talent to ensure that we transform the travel experience of our people. During our first 100 days in office, we spent a lot of time tackling pressing challenges that constrain service delivery. These efforts revealed the fault lines in the Transport agenda and enabled us to re-imagine the role of transport in propelling economic activity, while taking strides in advancing social emancipation. It is precisely these fault lines that prompted us to establish the PRASA War Room, which has helped us gain a better appreciation of the magnitude of challenges facing this entity. The continued decline of the quality of service PRASA provides to the commuting public requires urgency in the interventions we put in place. The focus of the 6th administration is on accelerated implementation, working with all South Africans. Our interventions here at PRASA are premised on this. The urgency of addressing PRASA’s turn-around cannot be overemphasized, and tangible results that people can see must be realized in the shortest possible time. In the decade of its existence, PRASA has experienced many challenges that became pronounced in the 2015/16 financial year. While the audit outcome was unqualified with emphasis of matter, the AG flagged serious governance breaches, particularly in the supply chain management. Irregular expenditure stood at R4.1 billion alongside fruitless and wasteful expenditure of R541 million. This period was also characterized by dissonance at the highest levels of the organization, characterized by tensions between the Board and management. The Public Protector also released her report on PRASA titled “Derailed”, which highlighted serious lapses of corporate governance. As a consequence, the National Treasury instituted a forensic investigation on some of the issues flagged by the Public Protector. The Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (“the Hawks”) had also initiated investigations on a number of issues referred by PRASA. The downward spiral continued in 2016/17 where PRASA had 2 Boards in a single financial year. The relationship between Minister Peters and the Board reached an all-time low, resulting in the Minister dismissing the Board, replacing it with an Interim Board in March 2017, which was short-lived. Over this period PRASA lost 1 355 employees, 26.4% due to natural attrition and 16% resigned. This was the first time PRASA received a qualified audit opinion. Irregular expenditure stood at R19.6 billion, an increase from 14.8 billion in 2015/16. The AG reflected that instability in the entity, “including the board of control, negatively contributed to the decline in the financial management, performance reporting and compliance processes and the overall collapse of the internal controls within the public entity as a result of inadequate and ineffective oversight.” Fruitless and Wasteful expenditure escalated to R181 million. In 2017/18, PRASA had 4 Boards in a single financial year. This perpetuated the instability. Over this period PRASA lost 1 246 employees, 27% due to natural attrition and 18% resigned. Once again, the audit outcome was a qualified audit opinion. Irregular expenditure stood at R23.4 billion, an increase from R19.6 billion the previous year. Similarly, fruitless and wasteful expenditure escalated to R1 billion, up from R988 million the previous year. Once again, the Auditor-General sharply raised the concern about instability at PRASA. Minister Nzimande appointed an Interim Board in April 2018 for a period of 12 months, with a mandate to turn around the fortunes of PRASA, as it became evident that the downward spiral was continuing without let. A Shareholder Compact was signed with this Board mapping out priorities they were expected to deliver on. When the term expired in March 2019, it was extended by 6 months. At the end of the 6 months, the term was extended by a further 6 months ending on 30 April 2020 or until a new board has been appointed. This was done to enable us to run the process of appointment of a new Board having duly looked into the affairs of PRASA incisively. Over the last few weeks we have conducted a review on the performance of the Board and of the entity as a whole. This assessment followed the Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) assessment report, compiled after engagements with a number of managers. Based on this report and other considerations, we arrived at a conclusion that PRASA has deep-rooted challenges that require decisive interventions at leadership and management levels. Merely replacing an interim Board with a permanent Board will not address the deep-rooted fault lines at PRASA. The GTAC report highlights the dysfunctionality of PRASA and records non-compliance with financial prescripts that warrant immediate action and intervention, in addition to the initial intervention of the War Room. The Auditor General (AGSA) in its Management report for the 2018/19 financial year raised critical issues on governance, which included a finding that PRASA did not take effective and appropriate steps to prevent irregular and fruitless and wasteful expenditure, as required by law. The majority of the irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure disclosed in the financial statements was caused by non-compliance with supply chain management prescripts, as well as payments made, where the value derived could not be justified. The AG also highlighted in the report that there has been no progress in addressing the significant deficiencies noted over the oversight by the accounting authority and senior management regarding financial and performance reporting, compliance and related internal controls. This is evident from the regressed audit outcomes. There is no doubt that the Board is responsible for the systems of internal control. These are designed to provide reasonable, assurance as to the reliability of the annual financial statements, to adequately safeguard, verify and maintain accountability of assets, and to prevent and detect material misstatement and loss. Since the interim Board’s appointment, the affairs of the entity have not improved but have regressed instead as evidenced by the disclaimer, following two financial years of stagnant audit outcomes position of “qualified with findings”. Having considered all these issues and other aspects of the AG’s report, the delivery against the signed Shareholders Compact, the PFMA and King IV code, I arrived at a conclusion that a more incisive intervention that enables quick turn-around times in decision-making with a view to stabilise operational performance is more urgent that an appointment of a permanent Board. This view was supported and agreed to by Cabinet. I have therefore decided to dissolve the Interim Board and place PRASA under administration with immediate effect. The Administrator will run the affairs of PRASA as a de facto Board of Control as envisaged in the PRASA founding law and as an Accounting Authority in terms of the PFMA. In order to enable swift and rapid decision-making as well as build management capacity to decisively manage turn-around interventions, the secondment of the Acting Group CEO, Dr Sishi, is withdrawn with immediate effect. The role of the Group CEO will be integrated into the role of the Administrator as an integral part of the intervention. Thank you Dr Sishi for your contribution and efforts in addressing challenges at PRASA. This intervention will continue for 12 months, after which a permanent Board will be appointed to run the affairs of PRASA. We will ensure that the process to recruit a permanent Board is initiated at least 6 months into the tenure of the Administrator to ensure a seamless transition at the end of the intervention. I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Bongisizwe Mpondo as the newly-appointed Administrator of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, with immediate effect. I have no doubt that Mr Mpondo has the right credentials to tackle the challenge of turning around PRASA, address its operational deficiencies and tackle intractable challenges confronting its Divisions and Subsidiaries. In the coming days, we will be concluding a Service Level Agreement, which will outline in detail the terms of reference for his engagement. Among the Administrator’s key priorities are the following: • Addressing all matters raised in the Auditor-General’s report and ensure that there are no repeat findings. • Accelerating interventions aimed at improving operational performance. • Expedite implementation of the modernisation programme, with priority focus on fencing, signalling, perway and station upgrades. • Security interventions across all corridors. • Urgently developing capacity to manage PRASA’s capital programme, working with other state entities in the short term. • Build capacity to support interventions aimed at recovering the system by establishing requisite supplier panels through competitive bidding or other means permissible. • Attend to issues that require engagement with Transnet in order to unlock blockages that negatively affect operations. • Ensure effective consequences management and provide support to investigations currently underway by law enforcement authorities. • Undertake a review of PRASA’s organisational design and business model. Mr Mpondo is an entrepreneur who has an extensive record in corporate governance and working with public institutions to improve operational efficiencies. He has served on the Boards of many public entities which include • East London Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) • South African Express • South African Airways • Cross-Border Road Transport Agency He has published many papers and articles covering topics as diverse as freight logistics, aviation, cost of increased demand for transportation, land use and sustainable development. He has led a diverse range of projects that include project management for the Department of Transport for the 2010 World Cup, serving as a transaction advisor for the Housing Development Agency and many others. Mr Mpondo will put together relevant teams with the requisite skills and capacity to support him in the undertaking of his work. Issued by: Fikile Mbalula Minister of Transport More information: Ayanda Allie Paine 074 823 7979 [12/10, 07:50] Pulane: *Premier Makhura to brief members of the media* Gauteng Premier, David Makhura will on Wednesday, 11 December 2019 address members of the media on the work done by the sixth administration. The Premier will brief the media on a wide range of issues that cover: the 100 days programme based on the State of the Province Address commitments, the implementation of the Growing Gauteng Together Plan as well as give clarity on the Executive Council decision on the City of Tshwane. *Members of the media are invited as follows:* *Date:* Wednesday, 11 December 2019 *Time:* 10h00 *Venue*: Emoyeni Conference Centre, 15 Jubilee Rd, Parktown *For media enquiries contact Vuyo Mhaga, Spokesperson for the Premier on 076 636 5193 or on Vuyo.Mhaga@gauteng.gov.za.* Issued by the Gauteng Provincial Government For media releases, speeches and news visit www.gauteng.gov.za [12/10, 07:50] Pulane: Today (09 Dec) at 12h40 in Benoni area during the crime prevention operation, the EMPD Drug Enforcement Unit Members approached and body searched two (2) suspicious looking males found idling outside a fast food restaurant, at the corner of Bunyan and Elston where narcotics were discovered. The suspicious pair, who are 25 and 37 years of age, were handcuffed and taken to Benoni police station, after Officers uncovered 1x block of khat, 1x quarter moon of cocaine, 1x piece of rock, 25x knotted plastics of nyaope valued at R3400 and R1370 cash. Possession and dealing in illicit substance/s charges, were registered against the twosome and they will appear at the Benoni Magistrate’s Court soon. [12/10, 07:50] Pulane: To: All Media;

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*EXECUTIVE MAYOR MASINA TO HOST THE OFFICIAL RENAMING CEREMONY OF THE GERMISTON CIVIC CENTRE AND THE GERMISTON THEATRE*

The Executive Mayor, Cllr Mzwandile Masina will on Tuesday, 09 December 2019, host the official renaming ceremony of the Germiston Civic Centre, the Administrative Building (EGSC) and the Germiston Theatre. The Germiston Civic Centre and the EGSC building will both be respectively renamed the Oliver Reginald Tambo Government Precinct. The Germiston Theatre will be officially opened and renamed the Dumisani Masilela Theatre, in memory of the late Ekurhuleni born soccer player, singer and actor, who was brutally murdered in a botched hijacking in August 2017. On 19 September 2019 the City of Ekurhuleni Council approved a resolution to rename forty six geographical name features within the City. These include municipal facilities and roads, including provincial and national roads. The process was done in line with the South African Geographical Names Council act 118 of 1998 and Ekurhuleni Geographical Names Policy. The City’s objective is to honour individuals who played an important role and contribute to development of the City of Ekurhuleni in politics, civil society, arts and culture, sports, business and medicine. *Details of the renaming ceremony are as follows:* Date : Tuesday, 10 December 2019 Time : 09:00am Venue : Germiston Civic Centre Members of the media are hereby invited to attend and report on the event. A light lunch will be served after the renaming of the Germiston Theatre. END For more information, please contact the Spokesperson to the Executive Mayor, Phakamile Mbengashe on 082 850 6084 *Issued by the Office of the Executive Mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni* For media releases, speeches and news visit the City of Ekurhuleni’s website at www.ekurhuleni.gov.za [12/10, 07:50] Pulane: MEDIA STATEMENT SCOPA WELCOMES THE DISSOLUTION OF PRASA INTERIM BOARD Parliament, Monday, 9 December 2019 – The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) welcomes the dissolution of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) Interim Board and also welcomes the move to place Prasa under administration. Following the hearing Scopa has held with Prasa on 20 November 2019 as a result of the disclaimed audit opinion the entity received for the 2018/19 financial year, which was a regression from prior years, it became clear that the Interim Board was failing on accountability and bringing stability in the entity. During the hearing with the now dissolved Interim Board, it became clear that the root causes of the challenges plaguing Prasa were not being dealt with. Scopa believes that the decision taken by the Minister of Transport to place Prasa under administration is the first step towards bringing stability at the Agency. Scopa commends the urgency in which the Minister of Transport dealt with this matter, and will continue to monitor closely the performance of the Administrator as it deals with the issues that are plaguing the agency. Furthermore, Scopa would like to see the governance situation turned around at Prasa and wishes the Administrator well as it begins its work. ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF SCOPA, MR MKHULEKO HLENGWA. For media enquiries, please contact the Committee’s Media Officer: Name: Ms Faith Ndenze Parliamentary Communication Services Tel: 021 403 8062 Cell: 081 377 0686 Email: fndenze@parliament.gov.za

 

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The South African Airways will undergo radical restructuring.

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan announced that there was no other way to save the struggling national carrier. This followed last month’s crippling weeklong strike that cost the airline fifty million Rands per day. Management admitted that the labour action brought the SAA to the brink of collapse. eNCA reports that the airline will remain open for business during the restructuring. # Two people arrested on terrorism charges are expected to appear in the Middelburg magistrate’s court in Mpumalanga today. The self-professed leader of the National Christian Resistance Movement, Harry Knoezen, was arrested last week when the Hawks uncovered a possible explosives factory and an unlicensed firearm and ammunition at his home. The group allegedly planned to target national key points, shopping malls and informal settlements. Another member, Riana Heymans, was apprehended in Kliprivier, Johannesburg, together with two other people charged with harbouring her. They will also appear in the same court. # Western Cape MEC of Agriculture, Ivan Meyer, is calling on all major retail companies who benefitted massively from Black Friday to help government in drought relief efforts. Last year alone South Africans spent 2.9 billion Rands on Black Friday. Meyer says 37 per cent of rural communities are currently affected by drought, with the Western Cape, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and Limpopo being hit the worst:

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PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA WARNS CORRUPT POLICE AND ABUSIVE MEN.

The African National Congress President, Cyril RAMAPHOSA has urged the community to live in harmony with foreign nationals. Speaking in Katlehong this afternoon Ramaphosa says everyone who lives in this country must abide by the laws of the country. He says socio economic challenges such as lack of jobs and poverty will be addressed by government. Ramaphosa's visit to the area comes violent attacks against foreign nationals. The President cancelled his United Nations trip, saying he needed to attends to domestic issues such as gender based violence and xenophobic attacks. Meanwhile President Ramaphosa has warned corrupt police officers who work with criminals, saying they are going to be arrested. Earlier the President met with Jabu Baloyi's family and named him a hereo. Baloyi was apparently shot by a foreign national who was selling drugs in the street in Pretoria CBD last month.

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THE OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR DISTANCES ITSELF FROM FAKE EMAILS CIRCULATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA

The Office of the Executive Mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni, has noted a string of fake emails circulating on social media. In the fake emails the Executive Mayor, Cllr Mzwandile Masina is portrayed to be soliciting favours from the City Manager, Dr. Imogen Mashazi and the Group Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Kagiso Lerutla. The bogus emails are being sent from the email address, ap124794@gmail.com. The Office of the Executive Mayor condemns the fake emails with the strongest contempt and wishes to distance itself from these fraudulent the documents. The Executive Mayor’s official email address is openly available on the City’s website at, www.ekurhuleni.gov.za. We wish to advise the public to refrain from engaging with any unofficial emails claiming to be from Senior Government Officials in the City. All official emails contain the City’s official digital signature and utilise the domain, @ekurhuleni.gov.za. An investigation is currently underway to find the source of the fake emails and necessary legal action will be taken against the individuals once they have been apprehended. For more information, contact the Spokesperson to the Executive Mayor, Phakamile Mbengashe on 082 850 6084 Issued by the Office of the Executive Mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni. For media releases, speeches and news visit the City of Ekurhuleni’s website at www.ekurhuleni.gov.za.

 

The Independent Electoral Commission confirmed that

Sheila Senkugube who resigned as mayoral committee member of the Tshwane metro in Pretoria last week, was a South African citizen. This followed allegations that she was not yet a naturalised citizen when she was elected as councillor. Senkugube’s resignation followed the leaking of an audio recording allegedly proving that she had a sexual relationship with mayor Stevens Mokgalapa, who was suspended in the meantime. # Equal Education says safe and conducive school infrastructure is a critical component of ensuring quality education in the country. It has been six years since the Minimum Uniform Norms and Standards for Public School Infrastructure was signed into law. Equal Education’s Noncedo Madubedube says when they started their #FixOurSchools campaign, over three thousand schools had no access to electricity and two thousand-402 schools had no access to water:

 

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