Announcement: Rob Rose to join amaB

Outgoing Financial Mail editor joins the beetles.

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. 

Advocacy update: Constitutional Court vindicates amaBhungane’s legal strategy to ensure transparency in internal political party campaign funding

We will make our case for transparency once again in the high court.

VBS: Three municipal officials arrested

VBS: indictment details “gratifications” driving municipal investments in doomed bank

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.

How Karpowership was torpedoed by substandard environmental studies

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.

Powership company trails corruption claims in its wake 

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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Powerships: Enviro investigation could capsize R225-billion deal

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.

Powerships: Officials confirm they met rival bidder, ‘minister’s associates’ at Kream

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.

Karpowership slams rival bidder in corruption case

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.

EOH fleeced by fronts for hire

How EOH got fleeced: the case of the ‘fronts for hire’

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

Update: McKinsey to return R870m state-capture money to Transnet

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.

Analysis: Nothing but Zuma’s deflection

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.

Cashing in on Ekurhuleni’s money for the poor?

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.

Powerships: How the multi-billion-rand tender was (legally) rigged

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.