Majola’s liquidated company wins disputed Lesotho airport tender

A questionable tender to fix Lesotho’s dilapidated airport to meet international standards has been thrown into confusion – first by a liquidation order from a South African judge, then by a phone call from amaBhungane.

Ramaphosa’s stolen millions: the Namibian connection

In 2020 Namibian authorities identified suspects following a break-in at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s farm, but sources allege SA intelligence back-channels were used to get the Namibians to let the matter go. Now Arthur Fraser’s criminal complaint puts the President on the spot: what did he do, what did he know and why the cover-up?

Update: Regulator fed “incorrect or incomplete” information in Rudland-Tongaat takeover

The outcome of an investigation by the Takeover Regulation Panel looks set to sink the deal that would hand control of one of South Africa’s oldest companies to the controversial Tobacco-dealing family. In the process, new details about who is really involved have emerged.

The evaporating case for gas

A study from a coalition of 86 major corporations — including Eskom, Sasol and Shell — shows we need very little natural gas to achieve energy security. So why is government and business pushing a plan that would see us spend R628-billion — and perhaps up to R1-trillion — on gas?

Fuel thieves siphon off millions from Eskom power station

As fuel prices soar, an ageing Eskom power station in Mpumalanga is the hub of one sophisticated fuel theft operation siphoning off millions of rands worth — with help from corrupt officials, trucking companies and police.

Advocacy Update: amaBhungane and Arena win court bid for access to Steinhoff report

The Western Cape High Court has found in favour of Tiso Blackstar (now Arena Holdings) and amaBhungane in their application to gain access to a PwC report commissioned by embattled retailer Steinhoff. The report will shed light on the alleged irregularities giving rise to a precipitous drop in the company’s share price in December 2017.

The ANC’s manganese ‘gold’ mine

Massive cashflows from a joint venture with sanctioned Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg could overwhelmingly shape the ruling party’s financial fortunes. The scale of the party’s reliance on this single asset may begin to explain the ANC’s fawning position on Russia.

Today is World Press Freedom Day

This year’s United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) theme is “Journalism under Digital Siege”.

Analysis: Who is behind South Africa’s xenophobic nationalism?

Evidence gathered for amaBhungane suggests that if South Africa descends into xenophobic violence, it will be disproportionately due to the actions of a few political actors.

Postbank’s near miss social grant meltdown

Revealed: payment disputes almost crashed South Africa’s multi-billion rand social grant system more than once last year, forcing Postbank to irregularly cough up for services it was supposed to have been delivering itself in the first place.

Advocacy comment: The NPO amendment bill — fresh spring or poisoned chalice?

For a Bill so long in the making (consultations began in 2012), it is a mess.  Released without an explanatory memorandum and with clumsy, half-drafted and contradictory provisions, its true intent and impact is virtually incomprehensible to those who have noticed it.

Who is really behind the R2-billion Tongaat Hulett bid?

Who sits behind Magister Investments, the prospective new owner of the sugar giant? This mystery is now front and centre in a last-ditch battle by minority shareholders to block the controversial R2-billion deal.

PRASA: the CR17 ‘spy’, the security cabal and the dodgy tenders

An obscure group of security personnel have been embedded in PRASA, giving them influence over the agency’s huge security budget – and more. Who put them there and why?

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R90m hack at Postbank kept under wraps

Unknown individuals, most likely working from inside the aspiring state-owned Postbank, stole millions through the social grant system late last year. The breach, which has been kept a secret, is the second time the SASSA payment system has been compromised since Postbank took charge of the social grant payment system in 2018.

SA pursuing major gas deal — and Russia wants in

Gazprombank, owned by Russia’s state-owned gas supplier, confirm they are considering a bid for what is potentially a multi-billion-rand contract — which, if awarded, would raise questions as to whether South Africa’s stance on Ukraine is being influenced by its thirst for gas.

How armed gangs steal millions worth of fuel from buried Transnet pipelines

As fuel prices soar, South Africa loses millions of litres each year to sophisticated gangs of petrol thieves. We visit Vrede, a town at the centre of the fuel theft racket, to learn how these syndicates terrorise farm workers and why this war will be very difficult to win.

Analysis: Iqbal vs the banks — behind Survé’s conspiracy theories

In a desperate attempt to regain access to the banking system the media mogul has cast the net of his alleged enemies ever wider and more wildly. But even if there’s not really an economy-wide plot against him, the de facto boycott threatening his shrinking empire still raises real questions about the power of the banks.

Joburg council set for showdown over city manager appointment

As the race for the position of Joburg’s city manager heats up, fractures are showing in the DA-led coalition that governs the metro. The DA accuse their partners in ActionSA of siding with the EFF in attempting to shoehorn Floyd Brink into the role. Brink was once alleged to be close to the EFF and is now implicated in a damning forensic report.

NUMSA at war with itself over investment company

Financial difficulties facing a business owned by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa have exposed tensions in the country’s largest union. They pit general secretary Irvin Jim against those in the union who question the role of his ally, NUMSA Investment Company boss Khandani Msibi.

Judge Maya allegedly repeated allegations about Judge Mlambo before interview

Claims have emerged that Supreme Court of Appeal president Mandisa Maya repeated allegations that her rival for the position of Chief Justice, Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo, was implicated in sexual harassment.