Issue 1375 - 21 April 2020

HEADLINES IN THIS ISSUE

  • Vodacom in Ace Magashule-linked Free State contracts scandal
  • Sassa debacle: FUL heads to court over CPS profits
  • Councilors accused of looting food parcels meant for the poor
  • [TEI OPINION PIECE] Organisations with stronger ethics perform better. Here's why
  • Suspended Sascoc president hits back calls for board’s removal
  • And more...

Vodacom in Ace Magashule-linked Free State contracts scandal

A closely guarded internal Vodacom investigation has flagged a questionable partnership deal between the telecommunications giant and a Free State businessman linked to former premier Ace Magashule. Vodacom has reported the matter to the Zondo Commission and won’t divulge any details on the probe. Daily Maverick-15 April 2020 - Click here

Sassa debacle: FUL heads to court over CPS profits

Civil society organisation Freedom Under Law (FUL) has entered the dispute over the repayment, to the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa), of hundreds of millions of rand in profits made by Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), the company formerly contracted by Sassa to pay social grants. News24- 15 April 2020 -Click here

Councillors accused of looting food parcels meant for the poor

Government’s attempts to feed the poor and vulnerable during the extended lockdown are being hampered as opportunists – mainly local councillors – allegedly divert the aid to themselves and their supporters, and, in some instances, sell them on. City Press -19 April 2020 -Click here

[TEI OPINION PIECE] Organisations with stronger ethics perform better. Here's why

 It was evident from the research that organisations with weak ethical cultures do not adhere to principles of good governance and ethics. It can be argued that there is a causal link between 'strong ethical cultures' and 'good performance'. This is especially true if we consider the financial damage that organisations with poor ethics have suffered in recent times. Fin24 - 16 April 2020-Click here

Suspended Sascoc president hits back calls for board’s removal

Hendricks has described his suspension as unconstitutional and has called for the dissolution of the Sascoc board after eight of the remaining nine members voted to place the acting president on precautionary suspension.MSN Sport-  19 April 2020-Click here

Lockdown | 12 cops arrested during weekend, including 5 who drank at Free State tavern

In the second incident, six members attached to the Brooklyn and Silverton police stations in Pretoria were arrested on Saturday after members of the Mpumalanga Anti-Corruption Unit received information that the officers had stolen more than R30 000 in cash from a group of people passing through a roadblock. News 24-  20 April 2020 - Click here

Zimbabwe: Edgars Employees Up for $18k Fraud

Acting in common purpose, they misrepresented to Edgars Mutare that clients were purchasing goods on credit whilst in actual fact the clients were making cash payments. All Africa- 8 April 2020 -Click here

Former CONMEBOL boss Napout to remain in US prison

Former South American football boss Juan Angel Napout must remain in a US prison as he appeals a nine-year sentence for corruption, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. Sport24- 14 April 2020 -Click here

Newly-Developed Enzyme That Breaks Down Plastic Bottles in Hours is On Track to Change the Recycling Game

Their new enzyme achieves a minimum of 90% de-polymerization in just 10 hours, meaning that the polymers—large complex particles, become monomers—small single particles in less than a day, and perhaps even more amazing, end up as biologically depolymerized plastic that can actually be reused to create things like plastic bottles. Good News Network- 12 April 2020 - Click here