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Thomas Hartleb

Expect tight energy supply for four years

South Africans can expect tight energy supply for another four years, Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin said in Cape Town on Monday. The country's energy supply problems are no different from those of other developing countries, he told a media briefing in Parliament.

Cape Town spy commission is unlawful, says Zille

The Erasmus commission appointed to look into the Cape Town city council ''spy'' saga is ''unlawful and unconstitutional'', city mayor Helen Zille said on Thursday. Zille said she had written a letter to Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool asking him to reconsider the commission on the grounds that it was a ''gross abuse of power''.

ANC eyes improved attendance at Parliament

Dealing with poor attendance by African National Congress (ANC) members at parliamentary and caucus meetings would be one of the year's priorities, the party's chief whip said on Friday. Nathi Mthethwa said: ''Inculcating a culture of discipline among some of the organisation's public representatives in this institution will form part of the priorities.''

DA points to ‘dire’ shortage of teachers

Shortages of teachers and textbooks and belated efforts to enrol children were some of the problems plaguing public schools on the first day of term on Wednesday, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said. ''It's clear that the shortage of classrooms and teachers is dire. One teacher told us that there are between 60 and 70 children to one class.''

ANC delegates have voracious appetites

With 1,5 tonnes of meat and 3 500 litres of ice cream consumed daily at the African National Congress's conference in Limpopo, it came as no surprise that provisions had to be ''imported''. There was not enough meat in Polokwane, so it had to be shipped in from Johannesburg and kept in cold storage near the venue.

Mbeki calls for diaspora-Africa dialogue

There was an urgent need for greater co-operation between Africa and its compatriots in foreign countries, President Thabo Mbeki said on Friday. ''This is particularly so with all of us on the continent so that we respond successfully to such challenges as the attainment of peace and stability,'' he told the opening of the African Diaspora Ministerial Conference in Midrand.

Judgement reserved over unlawful imprisonment

The Constitutional Court on Thursday reserved judgement in the case of a man seeking to have his five-year stay in St Alban's maximum-security jail near Port Elizabeth declared unlawful. Jonathan Zealand is claiming R10,4-million in damages from the ministers of justice and correctional services.

‘Zimbabwe needs outside help’

Police torture and brutality are rife and High Court orders are openly disregarded in Zimbabwe, pointing to a ''grave constitutional crisis'', according to a report released on Wednesday. The most worrying aspect is open attacks on members of the legal profession, said advocate Andrea Gabriel.

Minister: Greater barriers for trade in southern hemisphere

Barriers affecting trade between countries in the southern hemisphere were much greater than those in the northern hemisphere, Minister of Trade and Industry Mandisi Mpahlwa said in Johannesburg on Tuesday. In addition, reducing trade tariffs in countries where industrial development was still under way ran the risk of exacerbating unemployment, he said.

ANC: ‘Power struggle’ also a party view

Views expressed in the media that the African National Congress's (ANC) upcoming national conference was nothing more than a ''power struggle'' also came in part from within the organisation, its secretary general said on Monday. ''We know that the media also speaks to members of the ANC from time to time,'' Kgalema Motlanthe said

Dept of Home Affairs plagued by corruption

Corruption continues to be a serious problem at the Department of Home Affairs, its director general said on Tuesday. Speaking after his first 100 days in office, Mavuso Msimang said he hopes to root this out by motivating staff, putting in place better technology and improved facilities. He conceded that the department continues to be ''sick''.

Judgement reserved in Thint appeal

The Supreme Court of Appeal on Wednesday reserved judgement in the dispute between Thint and the national director of public prosecutions over the seizure of documents from the French arms company. State counsel Wim Trengove argued before the Bloemfontein court for the necessity of the search warrants.

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