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Making headlines: Ramaphosa says South Africa needs a capable developmental State and agile private sector, De Lille appoints independent specialist engineering team to assess the damage
and, former health minister Zweli Mkhize linked to another corruption scandal
Ramaphosa says South Africa needs a capable developmental State and agile private sector
Following his 2022 State of the Nation Address last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa stressed the roles of business and the State in growing the country’s economy.
In his letter to the nation today, Ramaphosa stressed that alongside a capable and developmental State, South Africa needs a thriving private sector that invests in productive capacity.
Ramaphosa shared that the government is also expanding the employment tax incentive and looking at various other regulatory changes to make it easier for small businesses to employ more people.
De Lille appoints independent specialist engineering team to assess the damage
The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure has announced the appointment of an independent specialist engineering team to conduct a detailed assessment following the damage caused by the Parliament fire last month.
This comes after another team of professionals was deployed on January 7 to conduct a visual assessment of the damage.
The initial team of professionals, comprising structural, civil, electrical and mechanical engineers, concluded a high-level preliminary visual assessment of the damage, including the safety aspect of the site.
National Treasury has agreed to expedite the process to procure the independent specialist engineering team as speedily as possible.
Former health minister Zweli Mkhize linked to another corruption scandal
Former health minister Zweli Mkhize has again been implicated in a corruption scandal.
Mkhize resigned last year after being linked to the R150-million Digital Vibes communications tender.
The tender was awarded to his close associates.
Now, the Daily Maverick reports that Mkhize is linked to corruption involving the Unemployment Insurance Fund.
The report states that a company owned by well-known PIC dealmaker Lawrence Mulaudzi, in 2018, paid R5.9-million into a transfer attorney’s account for an upmarket townhouse bought by Mkhize's ZLM Trust.
The trust sold the property in February 2021 for just over R6-million.
That’s a roundup of news making headlines today
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