The Council for Geoscience (CGS) will close 45 open mine shafts in the coming financial year to prevent illegal mining and to protect communities who live near the derelict and abandoned mines in Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
The Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation says the continuing vandalism and theft of valves, copper and transformers has a direct bearing on water shortages in many municipalities across South Africa.
While challenges within certain categories of crime such as murder and sexual offences remain, South Africa's police have a firm handle on crime, claims National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega.
Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration, Jeff Radebe, says government aims to achieve at least 100 convictions against people fingered for corruption in the public service.
The Government has "distanced itself" from the reported statement by Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Kebby Maphatsoe, that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is an agent of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).