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Court order retains status quo in Tshwane

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 06 January 2020
Tags: #Administrative Law #Litigation
The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has ruled in favour of the DA in its bid to hold on to the Tshwane municipality.

Grahamstown name change bungled

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 29 November 2019
Tags: #Administrative Law #Litigation
The provincial and the national geographic names councils – and Art & Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa – had so badly bungled the process leading to Mthethwa’s decision to change the name of Grahamstown to Makhanda that his decision to do so should be set aside, it was argued in the Eastern Cape High Court (Grahamstown) yesterday.

Jiba loses first round in battle to get job back

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 21 October 2019
Tags: #Administrative Law #Civil Rights #Litigation
Former prosecutions boss Nomgcobo Jiba has lost the first round of her court battle to be reinstated to her position pending the parliamentary process that will either confirm or overturn her removal, says a Business Day report.

Bikers complain about Cape Town by-law

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Tags: #Administrative Law #Motor Vehicles
Motorcyclists are angered over a City of Cape Town’s traffic by-law amendment they say will outlaw lane sharing with cars or riding between cars (lane-splitting).

R1.6bn of councils' VBS investments lost

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 27 June 2019
Tags: #Administrative Law #Banking & Finance Law #Ethics
Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu yesterday said more than R1.6bn of the R2bn invested by municipalities into VBS Mutual Bank cannot be recovered. Makwetu, reporting on the audit outcomes of municipalities for the 2017/2018 financial year, described the non-recovery of public funds invested in VBS as a classic example of the 'impact of deteriorating accountability' in municipalities.

Cape Town gets court date for IPPs hearing

The City of Cape Town has welcomed the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) setting a date to hear its petition to buy electricity directly from independent power producers (IPPs). The city wants the Energy Minister and the National Energy Regulator (Nersa) to allow it to purchase power from IPPs.

Easier now to challenge dodgy contracts

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 24 April 2019
Tags: #Administrative Law #Litigation
A precedent has been confirmed in the Constitutional Court’s recent ruling in Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality v Asla Construction (Pty) Ltd that may allow government entities to appeal their own decisions – where there is evidence that those past decisions were unlawful – potentially even after several years have passed, and even if their reasons for appealing are possibly questionable.

Minister overturns Watson wind farm authorisation

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Tags: #Administrative Law #Environmental Law
The controversial decision to grant environmental authorisation for the Watson family's massive wind farm project on the summit of the Groot Winterhoek mountains near Uitenhage has been overturned, at least temporarily.

Questions over tender award to ANC-linked firm

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 15 April 2019
Tags: #Administrative Law #Litigation
Umgeni Water broke National Treasury’s rules and awarded a R220m security tender to an ANC-linked company whose taxes were not in order at the time, says a City Press report. In December, Umgeni Water awarded the three-year tender to guard the water utility’s assets to Reshebile Aviation and Protection Services, which at the time owed SARS both payroll tax and VAT. Treasury forbids the awarding of tenders to companies which are not tax compliant.

RTMC loses ConCourt tender challenge

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 05 April 2019
Tags: #Administrative Law #Litigation
The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has lost a Constitutional Court challenge in a case in which it argued that it was within its rights to renege on a R33m tender agreement. A Cape Times report says the RTMC had in 2009 entered into a service level agreement with Waymark Infotech (Pty) Ltd to develop and install an Enterprise Resource Planning system.

Municipality not obliged to continue security contract

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Tags: #Administrative Law #Litigation
Msunduzi Municipality is under no legal obligation to continue using its security company Khuselani Security and Risk Management (KSA). The Witness report says this follows a ruling by Judge Piet Bezuidenhout of the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg).

Cape Town seeks freedom from Eskom shackles

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 25 March 2019
Tags: #Administrative Law #Civil Rights #Litigation
The City of Cape Town is waiting for the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) to determine a date to rule on whether independent power producers (IPPs) can supply the city with electricity. A Cape Times report says the city has taken Energy Minister Jeff Radebe and the energy regulator to the High Court to challenge the status quo that allows municipalities to purchase from IPPs only if they have ministerial approval.

Gigaba wrong to grant Guptas naturalisation

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Tags: #Administrative Law #Immigration Law
Malusi Gigaba, former Home Affairs Minister, was 'incorrect' in granting members of the Gupta family early naturalisation, MPs have decided. The National Assembly's Home Affairs Committee did not recommend sanctions against Gigaba but recommended that criminal charges be laid against Gupta lieutenant Ashu Chawla and members of the Gupta family 'relating to false information submitted in their early naturalisation applications', reports News24.

Makhanda name change issue in court

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 23 January 2019
Tags: #Administrative Law
Makhanda pensioner Monameli Ndumo (70) has taken Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa to court to challenge the Grahamstown name change to Makhanda. According to a Daily Dispatch report, Ndumo – who co-chairs an organisation called Keep Grahamstown Grahamstown – said the entire process had been fatally flawed.

Finally, Tshwane's smart metre saga settled

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 24 October 2018
Tags: #Administrative Law #Litigation
A settlement agreement between the City of Tshwane and its controversial smart metering supplier Peu Capital Partners was made an order of the High Court yesterday, says a Moneyweb report. In terms of the order, the city may now remove the meters supplied by PEU and install new meters for the almost 13 000 Tshwane customers, mostly large power users, who have been supplied with electricity through the PEU system.

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