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Progress in Previously Undeveloped Khayelitsha

  Things are happening in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, one of the country’s most famous townships, thanks to the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme (MURP), which is aimed at improving the lives of its more vulnerable residents. The City is positioning the populous township as a one of its strategic investment zones. According […]

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Biometric system to curb RDP housing corruption in Gauteng

Dealing with the high level of corruption in the awarding of low-cost houses has been a big challenge for a while. Now, the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements is planning to digitise the province’s waiting list for beneficiaries. It will be adopt a tamper-proof biometric system. MEC Jacob Mamabolo said this in a press statement […]

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The Gauteng Premier’s drive to pep up investor confidence

Times are not good time for businesses even in Gauteng, the country’s richest province. And one can understand Premier David Makhura’s concern. Firstly, as evidenced by recent statistics, investment inflows have slowed down, and secondly, tough economic times, strongly illustrated by high unemployment figures, have sparked social unrest in townships. If the world was not […]

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Making a difference through doing things differently

  He might not have Patrick Motsepe’s clout or billions , but, still, in his own way, Xolani Shelembe is making a huge difference to his community. The owner of Doing Things Differently’, Shelembe launched his business after identifying a dire need for career guidance in his community. And his initiative is already paying off. […]

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Decent accommodation a right not privilege – Gauteng Human Settlements MEC

Transform SA Online interviews the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements MEC, Jacob Mamabolo, on the Gauteng Department Human Settlements’ mandate of providing decent, affordable accommodation and critical transformation issues including Enterprise Development, Skills Development and Employment Equity.  TSA: What are the Department of Human Settlements’ core focus areas of its transformation agenda as an organisation […]

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Smart meters for better electricity management in Johannesburg

City Power is exploring new technologies “to mitigate the effects of power cuts”, Transform SA Online learnt from a statement issued by the organisation. Amongst the technologies are installing smart meters, which would enable efficient management of electricity consumption. “Expanding the geyser control systems to more residential areas across the city and the installation of […]

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WITS Vice chancellor calls for skilled personnel instead of cadre deployment

  In an article published in Sunday Times 5 January 2015, WITS University Vice Chancellor, Professor Adam Habib, called for the ANC-led government to reconsider its policy of making political appointments for critical state owned entities. He suggested that preference for positions should be for the right calibre of qualified personnel to ensure that the […]

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4 things we would like to see in 2015

Better private sector CSI transparency Recent reports indicate that majority of JSE-listed companies are not sincere about the claims that they make about their corporate social investments. Shamelessly, some of them exaggerate the impact which their donations make to the intended recipients. Hence, engaging independent entity to authenticate claims of achievements being made could restore […]

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Cities deliberately designed to exclude

To some degree it should not be surprising that there is a backlog in infrastructure development projects for the majority of South Africans, according to Johannesburg Mayor, Parks Tau. Addressing the Banking Association of SA summit in Sandton, Johannesburg, on 31st October 2014, Tau said cities in South Africa were designed to exclude and segregate, […]

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‘Cape Town’s biggest BEE project’

Patricia de Lille, Cape Town mayor, has called the MyCiTi bus service as Cape Town’s biggest black economic empowerment (BEE) project. In a speech De Lille said: “To date, the MyCiTi project has seen an overall investment of R6.5bn by the city as part of our commitment to infrastructure-led growth.” The city has launched the […]

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