2009 Articles

December 2009

Date: 14 December 2009
Publication:
Sunday Tribune

Title: R400m albatross
Distribution:
This newspaper covers South Africa

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Date:
13 December 2009

Publication: Mercury Page 2
Title: Doidge agrees to forensic audit
Tone: Negative tone.
Impact:
This puts the Department in a negative light. The article is implying that the Minister has a relationship with a law firm which he wants to give a R45 million contract.

Distribution:
This newspaper covers South Africa

Response:
Minister yesterday said there was an attempt to block the investigation into the procurement procedures

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November 2009

Date: 27 November 2009
Publication: Sowetan
Title: Department to honour R3,2m debt
Distribution:
This newspaper covers South Africa

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Date: 27 November 2009
Publication: Isolezwe Newspaper
Title: Kuzophenywa ngokuvalwa kukagesi
Distribution:
This newspaper covers South Africa

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Date: 26 November 2009
Publication: Ilanga Newspaper
Title:
Kuvalwe ugesi eminyangweni (Ulundi Municipality disconnect electricity)

Tone: Negative tone.
Impact:
Negative impact. The Municipality disconnected power due to the alleged non – payment of rates while the matter was still negotiated.

Distribution:
This newspaper covers South Africa

Response:
No response from the Department

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Date: 26 November 2009
Publication: Sowetan
Title: Public servants in dark
Tone: Negative tone.
Impact:
Negative impact. The Municipality disconnected power due to the alleged non – payment of rates while the matter was still negotiated.

Distribution:
This newspaper covers South Africa

Response:
No response from the Department

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Date: 23 November 2009
Publication: The Mercury
Title: Ministers have no say on tenders
Tone: Positive tone.
Impact:
This puts the Department in a positive light. Deputy President Mr. Kgalema Motlanthe was responding to a question about reported allegations that Public Works Minister has a relationship with a law firm which he wants to give a R45 million contract.

Distribution:
This newspaper covers South Africa

Response:
Deputy President said that Ministers have no say in tenders other than, when the tenders have been adjudicated, to sign them.

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Date: 22 November 2009
Publication: Sunday Tribune
Title: Vacant Answers
Tone: Negative tone.
Impact:
This puts the Department in a negative light. The article revealed that the state – owned properties in KwaZulu – Natal lie vacant and deteriorate

Distribution:
This newspaper covers South Africa

Response:
Head Of Department said there was a register of government – owned properties and a scoping exercise last year had identified 23 of these were vacant. Plans were in place to get them put into use.

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Date: 16 November 2009
Publication: Sowetan
Title: Boost for women contractors hailed
Tone: Positive tone.
Impact:
This puts the Department in a positive light. A new programme aims to give financial support to previously disadvantaged women to succeed in the construction industry.

Distribution:
This newspaper covers South Africa

Response:
Minister hailed the programme as a “recipe for success” that should be followed by other government departments

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Date: 16 November 2009
Publication: Sunday Tribune Page 2
Title: Minister now embroiled in Doidge-y deals
Tone: Negative tone.
Impact:
This puts the Department in a negative light. The article is implying that the Minister has a relationship with a law firm which he wants to give a R45 million contract.

Distribution:
This newspaper covers South Africa

Response:
Minister yesterday said there was an attempt to block the investigation into the procurement procedures

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Date: 16 November 2009
Publication: Mercury Page 2
Title: Doidge agrees to forensic audit
Tone: Negative tone.
Impact:
This puts the Department in a negative light. The article is implying that the Minister has a relationship with a law firm which he wants to give a R45 million contract.

Distribution:
This newspaper covers South Africa

Response:
Minister yesterday said there was an attempt to block the investigation into the procurement procedures

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Date: 16 November 2009
Publication: Isolezwe Page 2
Title: Uvume uphenyo ngokusebenza kwezimali
Tone: Negative tone.
Impact:
This puts the Department in a negative light. The article is implying that the Minister has a relationship with a law firm which he wants to give a R45 million contract.

Distribution:
This newspaper covers KwaZulu Natal

Response:
Minister yesterday said there was an attempt to block the investigation into the procurement procedures

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Date: 09 November 2009
Publication: Mercury, page 5
Title: Slums Act ‘now pointless’
Tone:
Negative tone. Legal and housing experts revealed that keeping the KwaZulu – Natal Elimination and Prevention of Re-emergence of Slums Act has become pointless.

Impact:
This has a negative impact as the Section 16 of the controversial act made residents of informal settlements; who were invariably unlawfully occupiers of land, more vulnerable to eviction

Distribution:
This newspaper covers KwaZulu – Natal Province

Response:
MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works said she is committed to improving the living conditions of those in desperate situations.

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Date: 09 November 2009
Publication: Isolezwe, page 7
Title:
Owesifazane uqokwe njengosonkontileka ovelele (female contractor received the best contractor award)

Tone:
Positive tone. Mrs Maureen Khoza received the best female contractor award at the Govan Mbeki Awards.

Impact:
This has a positive impact on the Department. Govan Mbeki Awards are aimed at encouraging contractors to work hard on construction projects.

Distribution:
This newspaper covers KwaZulu – Natal Province

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Date: 04 November 2009
Publication: Daily News, Page 1
Title: ‘We’ll get housing crooks’
Tone:
Negative tone. MEC finds dud houses in KZN.‘Shoddy workmanship on the RDP houses in KZN has now become almost endemic’ with 9181 houses in need of rebuilding or repair, according to Human Settlements MEC Maggie Govender.

Impact:
This article shows that the MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works is determined to go after the dodgy contractors who have plundered public money by building sub standard houses for the poor on behalf of the province.

Distribution:
This newspaper covers KwaZulu-Natal

Response:
MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works Ms Maggie Govender had an interview with the Daily News.

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Date: 01 November 2009
Publication: Sunday Times/Business Times Careers, page 3
Title: The Department of Public Works
Tone: Positive tone. Profile of the Minister of Public
Works: Geoff Doidge, Deputy Minister of Public
Woks: Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, Acting DG of
Public Works: Solly Malebye
Impact: This profile is to let the public know the faces of government in the National Department of Public Works
Distribution:
This newspaper covers South Africa

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October 2009

Date: 29 October 2009
Publication: ECHO, page 3
Title:
Being used as cheap labour.

Tone:
Negative tone. EPWP learners are concerned that they are about to complete the programme but they have not learnt any skills that they enrolled for.

Impact:
This puts the Department in a negative light. It gives the impression that the learners are used as cheap labour, they enrolled with the hope that they will receive training in their chosen trade, but they end up doing general work.

Distribution:
This newspaper covers Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas.

Response:
No response from the Department

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Message from the MEC
Public Works employs a variety of communications tools to engage its stakeholder community. Since websites are usually the first port of call, the Department seeks to maintain a site with up to date content that is of value to our diverse audiences.
 
Mr Ravigasen Ranganathan Pillay

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