BUSINESS: The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has taken dramatic steps to launch court action in a bid to recover the R2,65 billion the parastatal has already paid to a Spanish company it paid for the controversial Afro 4000 trains – which are too tall for SA rail lines. According to a Sunday Times’ report the Prasa board has filed papers in the Johannesburg High Court to ask the court to have the R4,8 billion locomotive deal scrapped and for the matter to be held in open court. The board is also seeking for Prasa executives to face criminal prosecution for their part in the scandal. Court papers reveals the extent of blatant collusion by executives in the tender process, reportedly designed to favor certain individuals from the start.
NEWS: Pikitup’s city-wide strike is reportedly costing the City of Joburg R2 million per day, EWN reports.
The refuse removal company has been forced to outsource the services of independent companies to remove rubbish from homes and municipalities across the city as the strike enters its second week. Striking workers have been demanding salary increases and the removal of Pikitup MD Amanda Nair. Nair said the company was in the process of evaluating the damaged caused by the strike and said she expected the cost of the strike to increase. “We are probably spending about R2 million on the strike in terms of the operational activities that we’ll be be undertaking, additional security arrangements and of course we have a whole legal team,” she was quoted saying.
SPORT: Orlando Pirates dream of winning another continental trophy are over after they lost to Etoile du Sahel in the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final, going down 1-0 on the day and 2-1 on aggregate. Coming into the match, Pirates knew they needed to score against a team with a phenomenal home record. Unfortunately, a handling error by Pirates goalkeeper Felipe Ovono gifted a goal to Ammar Jemal and from that point on Pirates had a mountain to climb.
Try as they might, the Buccaneers could not work an opening for an equaliser with Etoile du Sahel goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi pulling off some incredible saves, none more so than the one he produced to keep out a Sifiso Myeni free-kick in the 89th minute.
Sources: News24 Wire, EWN
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