Issue 1378 - 12 May 2020

HEADLINES IN THIS ISSUE

  • Lindiwe Sisulu accused of flushing out officials blocking her adviser’s pet project
  • Justice department suspends CFO, supply chain director over R1.2bn security tender
  • Grant fraudsters trying to cash in warned as Sassa cracks down
  • [TEI OPINION PIECE] Ethical leadership is needed as pandemic threatens bottom line
  • Primedia broadcasting and CEO Eric D'Oliveira part ways
  • And more...

Lindiwe Sisulu accused of flushing out officials blocking her adviser’s pet project

The chief executives of Amatola Water and Lepelle Northern Water claim they are being targeted because they are standing in the way of efforts to manipulate tenders and appoint a well-connected company for drought relief programmes. Daily Maverick - 8 May 2020 - Click here

Justice department suspends CFO, supply chain director over R1.2bn security tender

The department of justice and constitutional development has placed two senior officials on precautionary suspension over suspicions of tender fraud, including a R1.2-billion security contract. Mail& Guardian - 10 May 2020 - Click here

Grant fraudsters trying to cash in warned as Sassa cracks down

Sassa chief executive Busisiwe Memela-Khambula told the media in Pretoria on Monday that the agency made this shocking discovery while processing applications for people who qualify for the R350 Social Relief Distress fund, commonly known as the "unemployment grant". Independent Online - 12 May 2020 -Click here

[TEI OPINION PIECE] Ethical leadership is needed as pandemic threatens bottom line

How should organisations think about their organisational ethics in the time of corona? Is this a time to suspend moral responsibility? For claiming that we are now in a state of survival, where it is a case of “bread first, morals later”? No, it is a time for walking the extra moral mile, and for exercising moral imagination. So what are the ethical responsibilities of leaders of organisations in this time of crisis? Business Day - 10 May  2020 -Click here

Primedia broadcasting and CEO Eric D'Oliveira part ways

Primedia Broadcasting and CEO Eric D’Oliveira have agreed to an amicable mutual separation. This comes two months after D’Oliveira was placed on special leave pending the outcome of a special investigation into a policy matter. EWN - 11 May 2020- Click here

ANC-linked IT firm owned by Iqbal Survé’s Ayo bags questionable R160m lockdown e-learning deal

The Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDoE) awarded a contract worth R160-million to Sizwe Africa IT Group, a subsidiary of Iqbal Survé’s Ayo Technology Solutions, without a competitive bidding process. Daily Maverick - 12 May 2020 - Click here

Samsung billionaire apologizes for succession scandal

Jay Y. Lee, the billionaire scion of Samsung Group, issued a personal apology for his company’s role in a scandal over succession that rocked South Korea and promised not to hand down leadership to his children, signaling he will likely be the last of his family to oversee the country’s most powerful conglomerate. My Broadband - 6 May 2020 -Click here

Herbalife to pay $123 million to settle China bribery allegations

The U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission have been investigating the involvement of the multilevel marketing company’s Chinese unit in an alleged decade-long scheme to bribe Chinese government officials to win business and evade regulatory scrutiny. Reuters - 8 May 2020 - Click here

An Ancient Meteorite Is The First Chemical Evidence of Volcanic Convection on Mars

For many years, we thought Mars was dead. A dusty, dry, barren planet, where nothing moves but the howling wind. Recently, however, pieces of evidence have started to emerge, hinting that Mars is  both volcanically and geologically active. Science Alert - 11 May 2020 -Click here