Ekurhuleni: High hopes trashed as millions promised to community contractors evaporate

A R1.2-billion Ekurhuleni waste management project to upgrade small-scale community operators into viable businesses has ended in acrimony over broken promises, dashed hopes – and a puzzle over where much of the money went.

AmaB Analysis: We must reclaim the state

We cannot abandon the state, even though it feels like the state has abandoned us.

Green Scorpions close in as Karpowership tries to save R225-billion deal

The Turkish-led consortium has filed an appeal against the rejection of its powership emergency energy solution on environmental grounds. Meanwhile the Green Scorpions recommend criminal charges arising from Karpowership’s earlier attempt to bypass environmental regulations.

Special project: Tenders and powerships — all amaB’s stories on the RMI4P emergency power bidding process, Karpowership SA and more

Government’s strategy to address the country’s energy crisis — through its 20-year, multi-billion rand tender, has come under the microscope since energy minister Gwede Mantashe’s initial call for proposals in mid-2020. Allegations, as exposed by AmaBhungane, bring into question the true intent of those involved in the process. To know more about those allegations, dig into our archive of work on this controversial tender.

Powerships: Inside the Karadeniz money-spinning global empire

The powership conglomerate earns an astonishing amount from its specialist offering to frail and broken states. But many of its deals around the world have been criticised as exploitative and irrational. South Africa may become the biggest prize of all. And we have already helped fund the growth of this corporate empire.

Karpowership SA: How much again?

The South African contract Karpowership is chasing could be a game-changer for the group, making Eskom its largest client globally. What will we pay and how much will the Turkish conglomerate pocket? Dewald van Rensburg does the sums.

Soweto January 2015 Prasa

Prasa bungles multimillion-rand plan to hire thousands of ‘volunteers’ as ‘guards’

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa planned to spend close to R200-million of its security budget on an ill-conceived community watch project that was rushed through despite questions about its funding and rationale. Now the bungled scheme is on hold.

AmaB comment: Departures and arrivals

A 20-year journey with Stefaans Brümmer and Jacob Zuma may be coming to an end, but with your support, amaBhungane’s work goes on – and remains as vital as ever.