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US Senators urge Zuma to budge on US poultry imports

15th September 2015 US Senators Chris Coons and Johnny Isakson have again written to President Jacob Zuma urging him to open up the South African market to US poultry “expeditiously” to avoid South Africa losing lucrative export benefits to the US. Coons of Delaware and Isakson of Georgia, both represent major... 

No load-shedding on Tuesday morning

15th September 2015 Eskom said the power system was stable with no load-shedding taking place on Tuesday morning. “However, the risk remains as we operate a very constrained and vulnerable power system. The power system will be tight, particularly over the weekday evening peak periods until Friday this week,” Eskom... 

Ramaphosa must provide answers on Eskom-Gupta deals – DA

14th September 2015 Media reports on Sunday confirm that parastatal Eskom bent over backwards to ensure that the politically-connected Gupta family were awarded a coal deal worth R4-billion, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said. It was incumbent on Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, as head of government’s “war room” on... 

PRASA will think before rushing to court over suspect contracts – Molefe

11th September 2015 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will carefully weigh the merits of each criminal and civil case potentially arising out of the web of corruption uncovered at the rail agency before proceeding to court, chairperson Popo Molefe said on Friday. Molefe said the board of the PRASA... 

Homo Naledi – a link in our understanding of evolution

10th September 2015 It is a discovery that is shedding new light on the origins of humankind. One unlike anything scientists have encountered in any other Hominin species and a discovery forcing scientists to rethink the origins of our genus. It is, perhaps even, the missing link in our story of evolution. And its... 

Brown says Eskom to get permanent CEO by November

9th September 2015 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said on Wednesday she hoped Cabinet would confirm the appointment of a permanent chief executive for Eskom by the end of October. “I am hoping that the board will bring me a decision on either advertising or appointing formally the CE and that by the end of... 

Brown rules out privatisation of any part of Eskom chain

9th September 2015 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said on Wednesday she remained opposed to privatisation of State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and believed Eskom was too vulnerable to contemplate the sale of a stake in any one of its three core capabilities. “The ruling party does not support privatisation,”... 

Tanzania to host first ever Future Fortified Summit aimed at ending global malnutrition

9th September 2015 Tanzania is hosting the first Future Fortified Summit this month that seeks to end malnutrition, said the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (Gain) on Wednesday. In a global first, to address the global issue of hidden hunger, which affects over two-billion people worldwide, key organisations... 

Swazi international airport still a white elephant

9th September 2015 A year and a half after Swaziland’s monarch dedicated Swaziland’s controversial airport and named it after himself, the King Mswati III International Airport has confirmed doubters’ fears that it was likely to become a white elephant. “The KM3 Airport was built on the instructions of the king... 

Municipal union concludes wage deal with Midvaal water board

9th September 2015 The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) has concluded a 10% wage increase with Midvaal Water Company, the union said on Thursday. ”This historic agreement with the water board will only be applicable to SAMWU members hence we urge other workers employed by Midvaal Water Company to... 

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