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“This thing doesn’t look like Mandela”

  When Mpumalanga premier, Refilwe Mtshweni, unveiled the province’s first Madiba statue, I received a Whatsapp message accompanied by a picture: “This thing doesn’t look like Mandela”, read the message. As an artist myself, I sympathised with the sculptor, because ...

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Legislature’s Mwale joins the “untouchables” league

Mpumalanga provincial legislature secretary is fast becoming one of the province’s untouchables as corruption allegations against him pile up without the prospects of any consequences.  A scathing auditor-general report and corruption cases opened against Mpumalanga legislature Secretary, Linda Mwale and ...

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Dear Mr Mncwango

In 2011, former Mpumalanga premier, David Mabuza, said that Mpumalanga province had partnered with Portugal and that Portugal would “provide assistance with expertise and skills transfer in the establishment of the (Emakhazeni) Sports Academy. QUESTIONS [1] What assistance and expertise ...

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Legislature, PWRT mum over multi-million contract

Both the Mpumalanga provincial legislature and the department of public works, roads and transport have failed to explain how two contracts worth over R15 million for the partitioning of offices and refurbishment of committee rooms in the legislature building were ...

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IT magnate rejects “free” R5 million, gets death threats

A brave Johannesburg businessperson refused R5 million in exchange to being part of an arranged “joint venture” to siphon money from the Mpumalanga provincial legislature. The owner of Sarafusion (PTY) LTD, known only as Mr B Musaruwa, is an expert in ...

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“MY MOTHER IS DEAD, I WANT TO SEE HER”

WATCH VIDEO “My mother is dead, I want to go and see her.” These were the words of a five-year old boy after witnessing her mother being allegedly stabbed by her boyfriend. The 21-year-old Mpumalanga law student, Treasure Ndlovu, survived ...

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Kanyamazane rejects Premier again

Residents of Kanyamazane have once more prevented embattled Mpumalanga Premier, Refilwe Mtsweni from addressing them.  This was after Mtsweni’s Spokesperson, Zibonele Mncwango had issued a Media alert that she would be addressing the community at Kanyamazane on Monday morning. Police ...

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Legislature justifies Speaker’s R50 000 Christmas hotel bill

The Mpumalanga provincial legislature has defended its decision to splurge almost R50 000 of taxpayers’ money on former Speaker, Thandi Shongwe’s unexplained stay at a luxurious hotel during the 2015-2016 festive season. Spokesperson for the Legislature, Zama Memela-Gamede, confirmed that ...

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Municipalities’ audits improve, but…

Municipalities in Mpumalanga have written off R331 million in the 2017/17 financial year, and this is attributed to their failure to investigate and act on irregular expenditure. The Auditor-General’s business executive manager responsible for Mpumalanga, Bomkazi Bhobo revealed this during ...

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Premier fires, reappoints visionless MEC Mashego

In an unexpected move, Mpumalanga premier, Refilwe Mtshweni removed the MEC for health Gillion Mashego, but shortly after announcing his removal, she told journalists that, in fact Mashego will remain as MEC in the department of public works, roads and transport. ...

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