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Mathews Phosa denies spy claims against Mabuza

Former ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa has denied having a vendetta against Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza or circulating a document alleging that Mabuza was an apartheid spy. African Eye News Service spoke to Phosa following an urgent press conference held by ...

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ANC money man says giving dancers cash is culture

Mpumalanga ANC deputy regional secretary in Ehlanzeni Nathaniel Mashile, has defended a video (SEE VIDEO BELOW) in which he is shown dishing out R200 notes at controversial business Kenny Kunene’s party in Johannesburg, Gauteng. The video went viral over the ...

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DA blasts R10.8m government “restaurant”

Despite Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza banning lavish spending two months after taking office in 2009, the legislature spent a whopping R10.8 million on catering alone between April 2013 and March this year. The expense, recorded in the 2013/14 Annual Report, was ...

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AFCON 2013 scandal – city manager fired

Ziwaphi’s exposé of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) scandal claimed its first casualty with the decision by the Mbombela municipality to dismiss the capital city’s manager, Xolani Mzobe for his role in the scandal. Last year, Ziwaphi exposed the ...

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Ex-COO gets a backdoor job

Both the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) and the Department of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism have failed to explain the processes followed in the controversial appointment of the agency’s former chief operations officer (COO), Edward Thwala. Thwala’s five-year ...

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R1 billion needed to clean-up sewerage mess

The Govan Mbeki local municipality in Mpumalanga needs to raise more than R1 billion within the next 10 years to address sewage spills and water contamination around their towns and outlying townships. The Secunda-based municipality is one of three local ...

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ANCYL to test coughing comrades for HIV

Members of the African National Congress youth league who are coughing consistently will be tested for HIV, says the provincial secretary of the ANCYL in Mpumalanga, Desmond Moela. Moela made the announcement at the organisation’s 70th anniversary celebrations held at ...

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Less than half of Mpumalanga’s people have proper toilets

In their report, which was released on March 11, 2014, the South African Human Rights Commission found that nearly half of Mpumalanga’s four million-strong population has insufficient access to sanitation. Only 43.8% use flushing toilets while 1.4% of the population ...

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Only 44% have proper toilets in Mpumalanga

In their report, which was released on March 11, 2014, the South African Human Rights Commission found that nearly half of Mpumalanga’s four million-strong population has insufficient access to sanitation. Only 43.8% use flushing toilets while 1.4% of the population ...

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Inside South Africa’s HIV and AIDS capital Gert Sibande District

Having a job is meant to improve poorer people’s livelihoods, but a dash through Mpumalanga’s Gert Sibande district tells a different story. The district, whose key economic activities include mining, agriculture and forestry, is characterized by high levels of seasonal ...

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