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Revamped industrial parks will boost jobs, growth, says Davies

15th February 2016 Various state-owned industrial parks around the country, mainly in the former homelands, will be revitalised to help boost industrialisation, manufacturing, job creation and growth, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Sunday. “This was motivated by the recognition that these... 

Government sets aside R7bn for new port facilities

12th February 2016 President Jacob Zuma has announced that R7-billion has been committed to new port facilities. Delivering his State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Thursday night, Zuma said government was concerned that South Africa did not own vessels while the country was surrounded by about 3 000 km of... 

Minister Davies predicts positive trade and industry impact from Sona speech

12th February 2016 South Africa President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address would be welcomed by investors, the country’s Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Thursday night. Additionally, Davies predicted that Sona would impact positively on the department’s related sectors. 

Brics bank VP: Zuma’s emphasis on NDP the highlight of Sona speech

12th February 2016 South Africa’s representative at the Brics New Development Bank, Vice President Leslie Maasdorp, said emphasis on the National Development Plan was the highlight of the State of the Nation Address on Thursday. “What the president did tonight – despite the disruptions – was to emphasise the... 

Two new specimen found at Sterkfontein Caves, says University of Witwatersrand

11th February 2016 Two new specimen have been found in a chamber at the Sterkfontein Caves, Witwatersrand University said on Thursday. The specimen, a finger bone and a molar, are part of a set of four specimens associated with early stone tools dated to 2.18-million years ago, the institution said. 

Former PRASA CEO Montana denies graft allegations; lists own properties

8th February 2016 Former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) CEO Lucky Montana on Monday vehemently denied corruption allegations leveled against him in court papers filed by his former employer. The court papers show Montana allegedly profited from a relationship with Siyangena Technologies, one of... 

South African astronomer to get Edinburgh Medal

8th February 2016 Kevin Govender will become the first South African to receive a Medal at the 2016 Edinburgh International Science Festival next month, the National Research Foundation announced on Monday. Govender’s contribution took shape through the creation and practical establishment of the IAU office in... 

Lily Mine served closure notice

8th February 2016 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Monday announced that his department had served the Lily Mine in Barberton, Mpumalanga, with a Section 54 notice for a mine closure while the operations to rescue three trapped workers continued. The management at the mine was on Monday morning... 

Three trapped mine workers at Lily Mine could still be alive

8th February 2016 Management at Lily Gold Mine on Monday said the rescue team has established “audio communication” raising hope that the three trapped miners were still alive. In a news bulletin on 702 Talk Radio, mine management said rescuers had heard “audible” sounds on Sunday that indicated the miners, who... 

Nafcoc acts on the high food prices

8th February 2016 The National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nafcoc) said it was “deeply concerned” by rising food costs and has moved to save its members from the negative impact, which has seen poor communities restrict their purchases. “The worst hit section of our country is the small-,... 


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