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President Ramaphosa has displayed transparency and accountability: ANC

Research and Science News South Africa

The ANC says President Cyril Ramaphosa has displayed an act of transparency and accountability before South Africans by publicly responding to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s findings against him.
'The ANC says President Cyril Ramaphosa has displayed an act of transparency and accountability before South Africans by publicly responding to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s findings against him. . The post President Ramaphosa has displayed transparency and accountability: ANC appeared first on SABC News – Breaking news, special reports, world, business, sport coverage of all South African current events.Africa's news leader. .'

President Ramaphosa to take Bosasa donation finding on judicial review

Research and Science News South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa says it is essential that findings made by Public Protector Busisiswe Mkhwebane against him are based on fact and are legally sound and he is therefore urgently taking her Bosasa donation report on judicial review.
'President Cyril Ramaphosa says it is essential that findings made by Public Protector Busisiswe Mkhwebane against him are based on fact and are legally sound and he is therefore urgently taking her Bosasa donation report on judicial review. . The post President Ramaphosa to take Bosasa donation finding on judicial review appeared first on SABC News – Breaking news, special reports, world, business, sport coverage of all South African current events.Africa's news leader. .'

Mmusi Maimane on Mkhwebane findings: “Let’s not repeat Nkandla again”

Research and Science The South African

Mmusi Maimane called on Parliament to not treat this case in the same manner that Nkandla was handled.
'In a subtle but celebratory tone, DA leader Mmusi Maimane revealed that he is satisfied with the findings of the Public Protector, regarding Bosasa’s shoddy donation to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s CR17 campaign. On what basis did Cyril Ramaphosa ‘mislead’ Parliament? It was Mmusi Maimane who brought this issue before Mkhwebane after Ramaphosa had f alsely stated that the R500 000 received from Bosasa was a payment meant for his son , Andile Ramaphosa, for services rendered. Mkhwebane concluded her investigation and reported, on Friday, that according to her office’s findings, Ramaphosa misled Parliament, subsequently contravening the Executive Ethics Code. The Public Protector judged that Ramaphosa’s assertions in Parliament that the funds were for his son were a deliberate attempt to cover up his knowledge of the donation. As it turns out, Mkhwebane reported that the R500 000 was only a fraction of a larger sum that was allegedly wired to the CR17’s EFG2 trust fund account by Bosasa CEO, Gavin Watson. Mmusi Maimane calls for formation of ad hoc committee Mmusi Maimane, in reaction to this, noted that it was on this basis that he has called for the establishment of a Parliamentary ad hoc committee that will be tasked with finding the appropriate sanction for the president. “I’m satisfied by the extent of the investigation. In the findings that Mhwebne made, that is a serious charge. No member is able to violate or mislead parliament. Along with other remedial action, we want to [that] request an ad hoc committee be established in parliament,” he said. The function of this committee, he argued, would be to determine what “the appropriate sanction is for a president who misleads parliament”, since Ramaphosa, is not deemed to be a Member of Parliament. “Ramaphosa must come and argue his case. The prescripts of the law say he must either be imprisoned or fined,” Maimane continued. He added that Ramaphosa should have declared the ‘sponsorship’. He questioned the alleged movement of the funds and stated that if it was really a simple donation aimed at fuelling Ramaphosa’s ANC presidential campaign, “Why did it go through so many accounts?” Maimane calls for NPA to pursue money laundering charges Mmusi Maimane challenged the NPA to act on the report and pursue money laundering charges against the president. “NPA must respond to a criminal case against Ramaphosa and the [CR17] campaign team. I think it is time that parliament dare not repeat the mistake of Nkandla again,” he exclaimed. The Presidency has not issued a reaction from Ramaphosa as yet. His office noted that the president has yet to receive Mkhwebane’s final report and study it, before submitting a response.'

New solar panel research to address SA’s growing energy challenges

Research and Science CBN

The University of the Free State (UFS) in South Africa and Ghent University in Belgium has conducted research on a new transparent solar panel which could provide power cheaply from the sun to homes, factories and cities.It is envisaged that the
'The University of the Free State (UFS) in South Africa and Ghent University in Belgium has conducted research on a new transparent solar panel which could provide power cheaply from the sun to homes, factories and cities.It is envisaged that the technology will take about a decade to refine and implement.The study is currently on-going, and UFS is experimenting and testing different materials in order to optimise the device in the laboratory.It then needs to be upscaled in order to test it in the field.The two universities entered into an agreement recently for this research into electricity generation.The research is driven by the University of the Free State and was prompted by ever-rising electricity prices and growing demand for electricity production.Professor Hendrik Swart, senior professor in the Department of Physics at the University of the Free State and SARChI chair (South African Research Chairs Initiative) in Solid State Luminescent and Advanced Materials, says: “An innovation like this which can help to replace traditional means of carbon-based fuel for power generation in our daily lives would be hugely welcome.” Energy innovation Swart explains the main objective of the research: “The idea is to develop glass that is transparent to visible light, just like the glass you find in the windows of buildings, motor vehicles and mobile electronic devices.However, by incorporating the right phosphor materials inside the glass, the light from the sun that is invisible to the human eye (ultraviolet and infrared light) can be collected, converted and concentrated to the sides of the glass panel where solar panels can be mounted. “This invisible light can then be used to generate electricity to power buildings, vehicles and electronic devices.The goal is therefore to create a type of transparent solar panel.” Swart says this technology can be implemented in the building environment to meet the energy demands of the people inside the buildings. “The technology is also good news for the 4.7 billion cell phone users in the world, as it can be implemented in the screens of cell phones, where the sun or the ambient light of a room can be used to power the device without affecting its appearance.” Another possible application is in electric cars, where the windows can be used to help power the vehicle.Lucas Erasmus who is working with Professor Swart adds: “We are also looking at implementing this idea into hard, durable plastics that can act as a replacement for zinc roofs.This will allow visible diffused light to enter the housing and the invisible light can then be used to generate electricity.The device also concentrates the light from a large area to the small area on the sides where the solar panels are placed; therefore, reducing the number of solar panels needed and in return, reducing the cost.” . The post New solar panel research to address SA’s growing energy challenges appeared first on Cape Business News .'