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Mabuza’s witness reveals alleged plot to kill Phosa

The man who once accused former Mpumalanga premier, Dr Mathews Phosa, of authoring a report which claimed that the current premier, David Mabuza was an apartheid-era spy, now claims there’s a plot to kill Phosa. Jan Venter, once employed as ...

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Deputy ANCYL boss denies HR director appointment was a dodgy affair

Mpumalanga education authorities have denied suggestions that the requirements of a director’s post in the Department of Education were lowered to suit newly elected deputy president of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), Desmond Moela. Provincial department spokesman Jasper Zwane said ...

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ANCYL leader in court for murder

An ANC Youth League (ANCYL) regional leader in Mpumalanga has appeared in court in connection with murder. Bheki Lubisi, 28, who is chairman of the ANCYL in the Ehlanzeni region, was initially arrested along with four community members at Driekoppies ...

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Premier’s office dismisses “zombie” claims

The office of Mpumalanga Premier David “DD” Mabuza has denied the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) public statements that the premier is using civil servants and political leaders, including President Jacob Zuma, as his political zombies. EFF provincial secretary Alfred Skhosana ...

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Bank silent on possible ANC fraud

First National Bank is refusing to answer media enquiries regarding a teller who has been appending the bank’s official stamps on blank ANC membership forms, which are believed to be used in manipulating the ANC’s membership system. The teller may ...

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Farm worker’s story goes to Broadway

South African playwright Athol Fugard so loved the story of a Mpumalanga farm labourer who devoted all his spare time to painting, that he’s written a play about it. Called “The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek”, the play focuses on ...

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Why Government can’t communicate?

With my past experience as a government communicator, I find it very frustrating by the way the government of the day is communicating messages. During the Mbeki era Government Communication & Information Systems (GCIS) was strategically positioned in the Presidency ...

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HOD mum over security clearance

Mpumalanga provincial government’s head of treasury has failed to answer media questions whether she has a security clearance or not. This follows the emergence of allegations that the head of department for provincial treasury, Nombedesho Nkamba, does not have security ...

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Troubled MEGA gets new CE

The Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency has a new chief executive officer, affectionately known as Mr X, and this is the man that the leaders in the province believe will finally find the solution to the troubled parastatal. Xola Sithole was ...

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ANC’s cash man mum on R2m tender in wife’s dept

Mpumalanga’s overgenerous ANC regional deputy chairman Siphiwe Nathaniel Mashile has refused to comment on a R2 million tender he received from the same provincial department where his wife is an official. Mashile, of the Ehlanzeni regional ANC structure, made headlines ...

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