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Midday Report Live Blog 29th September 2014

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Confirmation by public works minister Thulas Nxesi that the turnaround procedure being undertaken by his department has found that thirty four billion rand has been spent without following proper procedures since 2001. He’s held a briefing in Pretoria in which he says he’s Vaguely Surprised by how much money has been misspent. Nxesi has previously said his department has been so badly damaged in the past that it should have been taken into administration. EWN Reporter Masego Rahlaga reports from Pretoria talking to Stephen Grootes.

On the front page of the Sunday times yesterday two separate stories relating to President Jacob Zuma and the corruption charges that were lodged against him and then withdrawn. One story relates to what was in the Zuma Spy Tapes that were used as a justification to drop the charges against him, the other concerns Ajay Sooklal who’s described as a fixer for the French Arms company Thales – and explains what he says were payments arranged for Zuma.

Stephen spoke to Adriaan Basson, journalist and author of 'Zuma Exposed' and political analyst Prince Mashele – he’s also the author of the book 'The fall of the ANC'. EWN reporter Govan Whittles attended a briefing by the ANC and spoke to Stephen about any if at all, reaction from the party regarding these allegations.

Several reports over the weekend that former PPC cement CEO Ketso Gordhan could in fact be reinstated to his position after he resigned a week ago. Stephen spoke to seasoned financial journalist Anne Croty about the uniqueness of this story.

Wits university’s African center for migration and society says that red tape is preventing doctors from other countries from working in our hospitals – where they are desperately needed. We've heard plenty of anecdotal evidence that it takes a very long time to be accredited to work here if you are a doctor or a health-care worker and this report seems to prove that it’s a long process. Stephen spoke to South African Medical Association's Dr Poppy Ramathuba who explained the situation.

In Soweto’s Maponya Mall and Johannesburg's Rosebank mall over the weekend two flash mobs that saw disruptions at the branches of Woolworths there. They were arranged by #BoycottWoolworths campaign and boycott divestment and sanctions group, that is campaigning against Israel. Stephen spoke to Muhammed Desai, national coordinator for the group and responding to a question why only Woolworths, he said it was only the first one and several boycotts are planned for other traders that sell goods related to Israel.

News this morning of a young pilot landing his Cessna plane on the N12 in the northern cape after realizing he was going to run out of fuel.This is something we've all seen in the movies but in real life, not as candid. Stephen spoke to former airline pilot and owner of a Cessna plane, Carl Jensen about the dangers of this operation and new challenges that now face the plane in terms of taking off from where it landed.


This article first appeared on 702 : Midday Report Live Blog 29th September 2014


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