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.
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We cannot abandon the state, even though it feels like the state has abandoned us.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We will make our case for transparency once again in the high court.
Charges against three municipal officials arrested this week shed new light on how top VBS figures procured investments from two Gauteng municipalities in exchange for home loans, cars – and a year-end party.
The R225-billion powerships deal may finally be sunk by the environment department’s refusal to authorise the Turkish-led consortium’s projects. It failed to deliver adequate environmental reports or listen to warnings from specialists, the department said.
The Turkish company that won a controversial bid to plug the hole in Eskom’s electricity supply has been dogged by corruption accusations abroad.
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The Karpowership SA consortium is weeks away from its deadline to wrap up a 20-year electricity supply deal with Eskom. But a Green Scorpions investigation into “misleading” information may prevent it from getting the environmental authorisation it needs.
Last month, gas-to-power entrepreneur Aldworth Mbalati made explosive allegations of corruption in a court application. Now, two senior officials from the minerals and energy department have confirmed under oath that they met Mbalati and two alleged associates of Gwede Mantashe at an upmarket restaurant where they discussed a tender worth billions. But while Mbalati says he was pressured to engage in a corrupt scheme, the officials say they assured Mbalati that the tender would be clean.
The Turkish-led consortium has, in court papers, denied any involvement in corruption. It hit back at accuser DNG Power Holdings – asking why, if DNG was aware of corruption, it said nothing until its bid was disqualified.
A trail of fake invoices and front companies hid a plot to siphon millions from a police contract with tech giant EOH, according to a report to the Zondo commission. The money allegedly ended with a senior EOH executive’s company – from where ANC notables were paid
The money was earned from a three-year partnership between the consulting behemoth and state capture enabler Regiments Capital. McKinsey continues to insist that it was unaware that Regiments was channeling part of the fees to the Guptas.
Independent Newspapers reveal “hot off the press” transcripts – dated 2008 and public since 2015 – involving amaBhungane’s joint managing partner and the prosecutor in the former president’s arms corruption trial.
A City of Ekurhuleni aid programme to benefit the poor was generously expanded – but the beneficiaries were often commercial companies, raising questions about misplaced priorities and political favours.
The rules of government’s emergency power programme were questionable from the beginning. Then a series of dramatic changes and inexplicable decisions steered the multi-billion-rand tender towards a “predetermined” end.