Zulu impis will cling to power in 2019

Zulu impis will cling to power in 2019

RW Johnson predicts tough times – but all may not be lost.

The really big difference arising from South Africa’s recent local government elections is that they considerably weakened President Jacob Zuma’s ability to control the succession race – and dispense patronage.

Zuma’s hopes for his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to succeed him could well have been dashed – leaving Zweli Mkhize (ANC Treasurer and former KwaZulu-Natal premier) as his most likely successor.

This is the view of political scientist and author RW Johnson, interviewed by Noseweek in his office at his home in Constantia, Cape Town.

“Many people feel that Zuma cost the ANC a lot of votes – which he did,” said Johnson. “The ANC lost something like 1,000 council seats around the country in the election. And those are not the only losses. Many ANC people working in the administrations of Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria will now lose their jobs because they are ANC cadres whose positions were based only on tenders and contracts. They were damn useless at their jobs.

“Add all that up and thousands of people in the ANC will lose their jobs and salaries as a direct result of these elections.

“In other words, Zuma’s decline has now cost them enormous amounts in patronage.”

What's cooking with ANC's Teflon Two?

What's cooking with ANC's Teflon Two?

The mega-millionaire Mpisanes time and again escape prosecution because the State's all tied up and captured.

Durban’s Lamborghini cop, Sgt S’bu Mpisane and his spouse Shauwn have made their fortune on the back of state housing contracts totalling more than R1 billion, often awarded without any tender processes. 
 

But the Mpisanes are not rated leading members of Durban’s ignominious Teflon Club for nothing.

From the recent findings of a an internal inquiry held by the NPA, however, it appears that the Mpisanes’ defence lawyers, SARS and the NPA, collaborated in a scheme to discredit  and destroy the career of the prosecutor in the case, Advocate Meera Naidu as a means to get the Mpisanes off the hook.

Stench warfare rages on

Stench warfare rages on

Residents around EnviroServ’s Shongweni landfill have accused environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa of stonewalling investigations into a toxic dump.

Vastly different communities in the Hillcrest/Shongweni area of KwaZulu-Natal have pledged solidarity in their drive to close down a toxic dump owned and operated by EnviroServ, one of the country’s self-proclaimed leaders in hazardous waste disposal.

Complaints have been lodged with the eThekwini authorities and the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) after residents asked renowned activist Desmond D’Sa for assistance. D’Sa has since been mobilising the affected communities to assert their Constitutional rights and fight for their health. In the process he has become a thorn in the side of EnviroServ, as well as local and national authorities. 

After months of denying any responsibility, EnviroServ eventually accepted partial blame for the odours in the area.

Why are we waiting?

Why are we waiting?

President Zuma is holding off signing the new Fica bill passed by Parliament. 

For months, South Africans have watched the standoff between the Treasury and the Presidency unfold, with much of the public’s focus on Minister Pravin Gordhan’s longevity in Cabinet. This has more broadly resulted in a crisis in government – one which has slowed its attempts to pass more comprehensive legislation to tackle financial crime and the financing of terrorism.

The Financial Intelligence Centre Act's Amendment Bill, intended to update South Africa’s anti-corruption and anti-money-laundering laws, was passed by both the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces in May, but has still not been signed into law by President Jacob Zuma.

This is despite concerns that South Africa’s current legislation may not meet obligations set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – a multinational anti-money-laundering body of which South Africa is a member – and that terrorist groups may be accessing funds and recruiting members in South Africa.

In addition to this, in March 2014 the bribery working group of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) raised concerns over the limited investigation and prosecution of foreign bribery in South Africa. 

Bridges of size

Bridges of size

Controversial Sanral CEO Nazir Alli has retired, to be succeeded by former fellow board member Skhumbuzo Macozoma. As a welcoming gift,  John Clarke offers a story for him to ponder …

The story starts by calling to mind Sydney harbour bridge, in which Australians take great pride because of its grand design – and because it is so huge. Bill Bryson in his book Down Under describes the structure: “From a distance it has a kind of gallant restraint, majestic but not assertive, but up close it is all might. It soars above you, so high that you could pass a ten-storey building beneath it, and looks like the heaviest thing on earth. Everything that is in it – the stone blocks in its four towers, the latticework of girders, the metal plates, the six-million rivets (with heads like halved apples) – is the biggest of its type you have ever seen... This is a great bridge.”

The bridge finally opened on 19  March 1932. At 505 metres, it was aiming to become the largest single- span-arch bridge in the world. Alas, just before the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon, Bryson wryly records that “the Bayonne bridge in New York quietly opened and was found to be 6.35cm – 0.121% longer.”

This story is told mainly for the benefit of Mr Skhumbuzo Macozoma, the man appointed to take charge of the South African National Roads Agency Ltd, (Sanral) to replace its long-serving founder, CEO Nazir Alli. 

The mystery of Castlepines' billions

The mystery of Castlepines' billions

You have probably never heard of Castlepines Corporation. Yet every year, says its chief executive David Grose, pension funds and insurance companies offer him so many billions of dollars to invest that he can’t place it all. Does that sound too good to be true?

Prof Girish Modi, distinguished head of neurology at Wits University, must be wondering whether he had a brainstorm when he handed over R1.5 million in US dollars to a company called Castlepines in Sydney, Australia.

Castlepines Global Equity, registered in the British Virgin Islands, doesn’t publish its annual accounts for public scrutiny, despite being apparently entrusted with billions of dollars annually – in insurance and pension funds dollars – to invest in massive private and governmental projects around the world. Its associated Castlepines Corporation (Australia) Pty Ltd, is just as reticent.

With a tiny staff – one man in Joburg for Africa and the MidEast, working from home – Castlepines flies so far under the radar that some speculate that it doesn’t even exist.  Certainly, for the press, they’re a bunch of unapproachable, hard-to-tie-down curmudgeons.   

Compliance notice issued for toxic fumes company

Compliance notice issued for toxic fumes company

The Green Scorpions have tightened the noose on a hazardous waste landfill in Hillcrest over concerns that there might be a correlation between malodours from the site and hundreds of complaints from surrounding communities alleging adverse health effects caused by toxic emissions.

EnviroServ was issued a Compliance Notice...

Farewell Hlaudi

Farewell Hlaudi

Farewell Hlaudi...or is it?

 

 

 

 

 

OUTA TO FIGHT FOR RATIONAL ENERGY PLAN

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has reacted with outrage and disappointment to the content of the long-awaited Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), published today in Cape Town. The latter has been six years in the making and four years late, and comes at a time when profound questions are being
 

Not laughing all the way to the bank

Not laughing all the way to the bank

Tshwane’s new DA Mayor, Solly Msimanga, is drowning in the sea of corruption left behind by his ANC predecessor. The looting of Pretoria’s municipal coffers did not stop when the DA won the recent local elections. ...
 
Zulu impis will cling to power in 2019

Zulu impis will cling to power in 2019

RW Johnson predicts tough times – but all may not be lost. The really big difference arising from South Africa’s recent local government elections is that they considerably weakened President Jacob Zuma’s ability ...

What's cooking with ANC's Teflon Two?

What's cooking with ANC's Teflon Two?

The mega-millionaire Mpisanes time and again escape prosecution because the State's all tied up and captured. Durban’s Lamborghini cop, Sgt S’bu Mpisane and his spouse Shauwn have made their fortune on the back of state ...

Stench warfare rages on

Stench warfare rages on

Residents around EnviroServ’s Shongweni landfill have accused environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa of stonewalling investigations into a toxic dump. Vastly different communities in the Hillcrest/Shongweni area of KwaZulu-Natal have pledged solidarity in ...

Why are we waiting?

Why are we waiting?

President Zuma is holding off signing the new Fica bill passed by Parliament.  For months, South Africans have watched the standoff between the Treasury and the Presidency unfold, with much of the public’s focus ...

Bridges of size

Bridges of size

Controversial Sanral CEO Nazir Alli has retired, to be succeeded by former fellow board member Skhumbuzo Macozoma. As a welcoming gift,  John Clarke offers a story for him to ponder … The story starts by calling ...

The mystery of Castlepines' billions

The mystery of Castlepines' billions

You have probably never heard of Castlepines Corporation. Yet every year, says its chief executive David Grose, pension funds and insurance companies offer him so many billions of dollars to invest that ...

Compliance notice issued for toxic fumes company

Compliance notice issued for toxic fumes company

The Green Scorpions have tightened the noose on a hazardous waste landfill in Hillcrest over concerns that there might be a correlation between malodours from the site and hundreds of complaints from ...

Farewell Hlaudi

Farewell Hlaudi

Farewell Hlaudi...or is it?           ...