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'Refilwe Tsipane is first Premier to consult before making cabinet reshuffle'

‘Refilwe Tsipane is first Premier to consult before reshuffling cabinet’ 

ANC treasurer Vusi Shongwe has said that Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane is the first Premier of Mpumalanga to consult all stakeholders before making a cabinet reshuffle.
David Dube: Gate-keeping gives birth to factions

David Dube: Gate-keeping gives birth to factions

Former ANC provincial deputy chairman David Dube is definitely contesting the vacant post that was left when Mabuza got elected the deputy president.
ANC to dissolve its military structures

ANC to dissolve its military structures

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the ANC's NEC the past weekend took the decision to dissolve the party's MK structures
Mpumalanga turns against David Mabuza

Mpumalanga turns against David Mabuza

Mpumalanga province is currently doing away with anything that is linked to deputy president David Mabuza, including his allies in government.
Sibusiso Sgudla speaks about his support for Refilwe Tsipane and visit to Nkandla

Sibusiso Sgudla speaks about his support for Refilwe Tsipane and visit...

ANC PEC member Sibusiso Sgudla agreed this week to be interviewed about his support for Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane to take over as chairwoman.
Uthaka Energy not allowed to mine coal in Mabola 013News, 26 Mar 2021 (Business only, use see WhatsApp The company is a South African subsidiary of India-based mining and minerals company Atha Group. Yet another turn in what is already a six-year legal battle, Uthaka Energy (Pty) Ltd, acoal-mining company, has been interdicted by the Tshwane High Court from mining in one of South Africa’s critical water source areas. A coalition of civil society organisations brought the urgent interdict application against Uthaka Energy (formerly known as Atha-Africa Ventures), a local subsidiary of India-based mining and minerals company Atha Group, which had planned to start operations at its Yzermyn underground coal mine at Mabola, Mpumalanga, this week. The proposed mine lies within a Strategic Water Source Area in the grasslands and wetlands of the Wakkerstroom area, one of only 22 areas that together produce more than half of South Africa’s freshwater requirements. Until January this year, the proposed mining area was also included within the Mabola Protected Environment, a protected area declared under the Protected Areas Act in 2014. Any mining within a formally protected area requires the joint permission of two cabinet ministers: the Minister of the Environment, Forestry & Fisheries and the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy. However, after several flip-flops, Mpumalanga environment MEC Vusi Shongwe in January this year revoked the protected area status of Mabola, effectively allowing the proposed coal mine to proceed without the joint ministerial permissions. The coalition has been working since 2015 to block the proposed mine, and to undo various approvals and permits already obtained by the mine. It has five court challenges pending and has announced that it will shortly bring a sixth – against Shongwe’s change of protected status of Mabola. On 5 March 2021, after Uthaka Energy had given notice of its intention to start mining (as required in terms of an earlier court ruling), the coalition brought the urgent interdict application in which it asked the court to block any mining until all its other legal challenges had been adjudicated. In a founding affidavit by coalition member Nkwane Thobejane of the Mining and Environmental Justice Community Network of South Africa, the coalition argued that starting mining operations at Yzermyn would cause “irreparable harm to the wetlands, grasslands and other aspects of the environment”. “It would also cause irreparable harm to the occupiers of the affected homestead and subsistence farmers… The applicants are justified in seeking an urgent interdict to prevent harm to this highly sensitive area of environmental importance from materialising.” In an answering affidavit, Uthaka Energy senior vice-president Praveer Tripathi argued that the mine had been authorised by all the relevant authorities and was at a stage where mining could lawfully start – “despite the barrage of litigation by the Applicants [the coalition] in which they sought for the past decade to delay and derail this development completely”. Tripathi said the mine met all the requirements for a sustainable development “as contemplated by the Constitution”. However, the court ruled in favour of the coalition and issued an order interdicting Uthaka Energy from conducting any mining activities and mining-related operations, other than the survey pegging of the surface infrastructure boundary of the mine and pegging to demarcate wetlands in terms of its approved plan. The interdict will remain in force until the final determination of a series of reviews and appeals being brought by the coalition that include full judicial review applications of the mine’s water use licences, its mining right and of its environmental authorisation. In a statement after the interdict was granted, the coalition said it was “relieved that the court has granted a reprieve to allow proper judicial assessment of the legal proceedings underway before the environmental harm is caused”. The coalition members are the Mining and Environmental Justice Communities Network of South Africa, groundWork, BirdLife South Africa, the Endangered Wildlife Trust, the Federation for a Sustainable Environment, the Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD) and the Bench Marks Foundation, and they are represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights. GroundUp - https://www.groundup.org.za/article/court-stops-mpumalanga-coal-mine/

Pat Ngomane: Mpumalanga will unite after conference

Former Mpumalanga finance MEC Pat Ngomane says the ANC in Mpumalanga will unite once the much-awaited 13th elective conference is convened.
Jackson Mthembu was due to appear before Zondo Commission

Jackson Mthembu was due to appear before Zondo Commission

The late minister in the presidency Jackson Mthembu was scheduled to appear before the Zondo Commission in a few weeks' time.
Unions deny involvement in Mpumalanga traffic cops scandal

Unions deny involvement in Mpumalanga traffic cops scandal

Two Mpumalanga union leaders alleged to have played a part when nepotism occurred in the provincial traffic cops learnership program
'Refilwe Tsipane has just admitted to being guilty of traffic cops corruption'

EFF: ‘Refilwe Tsipane has just admitted to being guilty of traffic...

Premier Refilwe Tsipane has just admitted in a press statement released to the media on Thursday to being guilty of corruption.
Ngrai Ngwenya sticks with Jacob Zuma

Ngrai Ngwenya sticks with Jacob Zuma

eHlanzeni ANC deputy convener Ngrai Ngwenya has called on party members to continue in their support of former President Jacob Zuma

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