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Where’s the allocation for competence? MPs don’t buy Mkhize’s budget

The slow national vaccination rollout overshadows the merits of the health minister’s R62.5bn plans, they say

Health minister Zweli Mkhize.

Mkhize's juggling act to prioritise funds for Covid-19 pandemic

Health minister Zweli Mkhize told parliament on Thursday that his department will spend a further R9bn to continue the fight against Covid-19.

Health minister Zweli Mkhize addressed the National Assembly on Thursday during a debate on the annual budget for his department. File photo.

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I am not going to tell parliament how to do its job, says David Mabuza

Deputy president David Mabuza on Wednesday said he was not in a position to tell parliament how to do its job

Deputy president David Mabuza. File picture.

Mabuza assures MPs that vaccination procurement is above board

Deputy president David Mabuza on Wednesday assured parliament that no corruption had occurred during the government’s process of securing and procuring Covid-19 vaccines.

Deputy president David Mabuza on Wednesday told MPs that the processes followed in procuring Covid-19 vaccines was above board.

'Don't drop your guard': Liquor traders plead for compliance over fear third wave could lead to booze ban

'Another ban would put many taverns out of business for good,' National Liquor Traders Council spokesperson Lucky Ntimane said on Wednesday.

Patrons enjoy a drink in a pub in Melville, Johannesburg. Liquor sellers are hoping a third wave of Covid-19 infections will not mean a third ban on selling alcohol. File photo.

Health services suffer as budget is prioritised to deal with Covid-19

Basic health services were severely hampered in the last financial year as the national health department shifted its resources towards fighting Covid-19, parliament heard on Friday.

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the health department to redirect funds away from essential maintenance and health services, including the fight against TB and HIV/Aids. Stock photo.

Use abandoned buildings to address housing backlog: Bathabile Dlamini

"People want to live closer to work environments where they have access to transport ... Covid-19 and job losses have affected affordability," said Mandu Mamatela from the National Housing Finance Corporation.

Abandoned buildings in city centres should be used to address the housing backlog in SA, says Bathabile Dlamini. Stock photo.

Human Settlements Development Bank close to being finalised

Deputy minister of human settlements, water and sanitation Pam Tshwete on Thursday told parliament that the establishment of the Human Settlements Development Bank was at an advanced stage.

In 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the government would establish the Human Settlements Development Bank, which aims to expedite the delivery of houses in the country. The state set a target of building 500,000 houses by 2024. File photo.

Sadc postpones Troika summit on terrorism in Mozambique

Sadc has postponed an Extraordinary Troika Summit on Mozambique due to the unavailability of heads of states.

Security officials stand guard over people waiting for friends and relatives as a ship carrying more than 1,000 people fleeing Palma docked in Pemba, Mozambique. File photo.

J&J vaccination rollout resumes with warnings of side effects

The Johnson & Johnson vaccination rollout programme, which was halted two weeks ago, resumed on Wednesday with strict warnings of side effects.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine programme for Covid-19 is set to resume. File photo.

Local government elections will be held on October 27

The 2021 local government elections will take place on Wednesday, October 27, the presidency has announced.

The local government elections will be held in October. File photo.

No arrests yet for burglary at state capture inquiry offices

No arrests have been made for the burglary at the state capture commission’s Parktown offices police said.

Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo said the commission would not be intimidated. File photo.

SIU investigation into company linked to Zweli Mkhize associates ongoing

The Special Investigating Unit on Tuesday said an investigation into a R82m tender issued to a company allegedly linked to health minister Zweli Mkhize’s associates is ongoing.

Health minister Zweli Mkhize and department of health DG Sandile Buthelezi told parliament last month the department was cooperating and committed to dealing with the outcomes of the SIU investigation. File photo.

‘Fake news’: Ramaphosa rubbishes Shanduka ‘dubious tender’ allegations

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday rubbished a media report that a complaint of corruption relating to a “dubious tender” had been made against him at Sandton police station.

President Cyril Ramaphosa. File photo.

Majodina says son’s PPE deal involvement is 'regrettable'

ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina on Sunday said she is willing to subject herself to parliament’s ethics committee to explain her son’s involvement in an ANC caucus PPE procurement deal which supplied thermometers worth R52,500 to party constituency offices in January.

ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina says a tender linked to her son's company is 'regrettable'

Private sector pledges to help government boost vaccination rollout

The private sector on Friday pledged its full support for the government’s national vaccination rollout.

The private sector has pledged its full support for the government’s national vaccination rollout..