Action SA announced that it would lay out its strategy for dealing with Tshwane Mayor Randall Williams’ unsolicited R26 billion tender offer on Thursday.
Two power stations in the capital are intended to be renovated as part of the contract proposal, which was received from an Australian energy provider.
This week, after being accused of meddling in procurement concerns by Action SA, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), and the African National Congress (ANC), Williams was obliged to withdraw a forensic report to evaluate the tender in council.
Since 2014, the Rooiwal and Pretoria West power plants have been idle.
This week, Tshwane Mayor Randall Williams sought council approval for an R26 billion renovation project, claiming that an Australian energy provider had proposed switching the city’s power plants from relying on coal to being gas-powered.
He added that the agreement would provide an extra 800 megawatts for the city and perhaps put an end to power outages.
However, Bongani Baloyi of Action SA claimed that Williams was going too far.
As a result, the mayor requested an immediate council meeting to table the item that we have serious concerns with, and as a result, Baloyi said, “while we are still discussing these issues internally within the coalition, we have made it known that we will vote against the item in council.”
At the same time, Williams has been given seven days by Gauteng Cogta MEC Lebogang Maile to provide justification for not opening a probe into the claims.
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Nomusa Dube-Ncube, the recently named KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) premier-elect, has pledged to address the difficulties and problems the province is currently facing.
The ruling African National Congress (ANC) declared Dube-Ncube to be the new premier on Monday morning.
She is the province’s first woman to hold the position of premier.
After Sihle Zikalala’s resignation last week, she was deployed.
She made the statement shortly after the ANC’s provincial leadership announced her selection for the position: “I do accept the deployment by the ANC and also wish to thank the trust that the ANC is giving to me to be able to lead a collective in government.”
Dube, who has held executive committee positions in a number of province-wide portfolios, will now take on the position of premier.
She stated that addressing the difficulties KZN residents faced was one of her top priorities.
“I am definitely going to be working with the ANC leadership, as well as all my colleagues in government, to make sure that we address the crippling issues that we are still dealing with in our province, those of socioeconomic challenges and issues with unemployment.”
On Wednesday, Dube is anticipated to take the oath of office at the provincial legislature in Pietermaritzburg.