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Building prospects in doldrums despite slight confidence uptick

19th September 2017 Sixty percent of respondents in a recent survey indicated that they are not happy with current business conditions. After declining by 11 points in the second quarter of 2017, the FNB/BER Building Confidence Index improved by 3 index points to 35 in the third quarter of the year. The uptick was... 

Gauteng to clamp down on illegal Uber and metered taxis

18th September 2017 The Gauteng provincial authorities are going to clamp down on non-compliant Uber and metered taxi operators in an attempt to quell the “territorial warfare” between Uber and metered taxi driver. Premier David Makhura, MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi, MEC for Community Safety Sizakele... 

Legal fight over R4.5bn logistics park in Durban

15th September 2017 Residents of Clairwood are expected to turn out in their numbers at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on Friday when their lawyers challenge the provincial government’s approval of a massive R4.5-billion logistics park at the old Clairwood Racecourse - once the only green lung in the area.... 

We won't scrap e-tolls - Sanral

14th September 2017 Scrapping e-tolls is not on the table, Sanral said on Wednesday. This came after there was confusion whether the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) would abandon Gauteng's e-toll scheme, after The Citizen reported on Tuesday that the road agency had acknowledged that the project is a... 

Cape Town identifies inner city housing sites for lower income families

14th September 2017 The City of Cape Town identified 11 central sites it owns that would be set aside for affordable, social and transitional housing initiatives. Mayor Patricia de Lille on Wednesday said the goal was to reverse the effects of apartheid spatial planning, forced removals and gentrification. 

Zuma, DA to battle in SCA over spy tapes saga

14th September 2017 President Jacob Zuma will on Thursday face yet another legal hurdle in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) as he seeks leave to appeal the decision by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on the spy tapes saga. In 2016, a full bench of judges overturned the National Prosecuting Authority's... 

70% of SA execs unhappy with business conditions – index

13th September 2017 Business confidence has made a marginal recovery, having dropped 11 points in the second quarter from 40 to 29, it is up six points to 35 for the third quarter of the year. According to the RMB/BER Business Confidence Index released on Wednesday, confidence levels are still low at 35. More than 1... 

'Dodgy' articles in academic journals threatens integrity of South African science

13th September 2017 University scholars who publish their research in "dodgy" online scientific journals may be compromising their integrity in the new race to publish swiftly and prolifically, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) acknowledged this week. The department was responding to queries... 

Zuma talks up NDP's 'achievements' at anniversary bash

13th September 2017 President Jacob Zuma talked up the adoption of the National Development Plan (NDP) at a five-year anniversary bash, and did not mention radical economic transformation once. Zuma and Cabinet colleagues celebrated the adoption of the plan in Cape Town on Tuesday, labelling it the "roadmap to... 

Judgment reserved in State capture application

13th September 2017 The crux of President Jacob Zuma's argument against implementing the remedial action of the Public Protector's State of Capture report is that it would be unconstitutional to do so. On Tuesday Advocate Ishmael Semenya SC, for Zuma said in the High Court in Pretoria that the Public Protector "does... 


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