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Phillip de Wet

Phillip de Wet

Phillip de Wet writes about politics, society, economics, and the areas where these collide. He has never been anything other than a journalist, though he has been involved in starting new newspapers, magazines and websites, a suspiciously large percentage of which are no longer in business. PGP fingerprint: CF74 7B0F F037 ACB9 779C 902B 793C 8781 4548 D165
Grant crisis has social development running in circles
Grant crisis has social development running in circles
At the end of October, the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) was told that, “without delay”, it had to turn to the Constitutional...
Dignity faces off against fair play in Berea eviction Catch-22
Dignity faces off against fair play in Berea eviction Catch-22
Constitutional Court Justice Ray Zondo was in no mood for beating about the bush.
Eskom scrambles to explain secret report
Eskom scrambles to explain secret report
In mid-2015 the Eskom board was told by a law firm, Dentons, to prioritise a forensic investigation into executives interfering in procurement...
Dark days ahead if you’re hoping for change
Dark days ahead if you’re hoping for change
NEWS ANALYSIS
Social services on track for April Fool’s Day fiasco
Social services on track for April Fool’s Day fiasco
In coming weeks the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) will put a gun to the head of the Constitutional Court. The court, Sassa will say,...
Cautious advocate or ‘Gupta puppet’?
Cautious advocate or ‘Gupta puppet’?
NEWS ANALYSISShortly before public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane was to address the media on her first 100 days in office, news leaked that...
Public protector tiptoes around opposing Zuma's bid to block state capture report
Public protector tiptoes around opposing Zuma's bid to block state capture report
Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane previously filed notice that she intends to oppose an attempt by President Jacob Zuma to have the controversial...
I'm like Rupert! Kenny Kunene wants to be South Africa's next media mogul
I'm like Rupert! Kenny Kunene wants to be South Africa's next media mogul
On Monday this week, Kenny Kunene claimed he did not know that he owned the domain name of a new news website, the Weekly Xposé.
Life without Oros focuses the sugar war
Life without Oros focuses the sugar war
NEWS ANALYSIS
Sassa: Yes, we have failed to deliver
Sassa: Yes, we have failed to deliver
The South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) has 59 days left to negotiate terms with the provider of social grant payments or up to four...
​Wanted: Software, hardware and 60 000 staff to pay social security grants
​Wanted: Software, hardware and 60 000 staff to pay social security grants
The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) owns no part of the platform used to pay 17-million beneficiaries their government grants, it said...
​Social grants: Minister missing, agency silent
​Social grants: Minister missing, agency silent
With 66 days left on the clock until it is due to take over the payment of all government grants, the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa)...