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Students to march to Union Buildings

23rd October 2015 President Jacob Zuma will be forced to face the wrath of protesting students on Friday when they descend on the Union Buildings to await his address. Thousands of students, civil society groups and academics will be waiting for the president’s comments on the tuition fee hike debate that has... 

Higher taxes on the cards – expert

22nd October 2015 Although the National Treasury has made it clear that it will approach the issue of finding additional revenue sources with caution given the current weak economic outlook, it has not closed the door on raising taxes, warned Lesiba Mothata, chief economist at Investment Solutions, in reaction to... 

Govt earmarks R1bn for broadband, digital migration

21st October 2015 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene plans to shift R1-billion for the roll-out of broadband infrastructure and broadcast digital migration. This is according to government’s medium term budget policy statement released on Wednesday. 

Protesting students plan to disrupt mini budget

21st October 2015 Protesting University of Cape Town (UCT) students have reportedly started making their way to Parliament ahead of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's mid-term budget speech on Wednesday. Pam Dhlamini, a student leader among protesters, told News24 that protesters planned to go to Parliament in the... 

Law to beef up war on cable theft hits speed bump

21st October 2015 Proposed amendments to beef up the war on cable theft need further clarity after Cosatu asked that the exisiting proposals include schools and hospitals. The amendment to the Criminal Procedure Act is specifically targeting theft, damage and tampering of essential services' infrastructure. The... 

Nene has enormous task to revive hope

21st October 2015 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has been in office just about a year and a half, in which time the mood on the South African economy worsened, one can almost say has become bitter. This afternoon (Wednesday) at 14:00 when he starts delivering his mini budget or medium term budget policy statement... 

Students reject 6% cap on fee increase, call for 0% increase

21st October 2015 Protesting students have rejected a proposed 6% cap on university fee hikes for 2016 and have demanded a 0% increase. The revised increase was agreed on by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande and vice chancellors, ahead of a possible nationwide protest on Wednesday. 

Opposition parties slam 'band aid' response to education crisis

21st October 2015 Opposition parties have rejected the agreement to cap fee hikes at 6% for 2016, announced by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande and university vice chancellors on Tuesday afternoon. DA spokesperson on higher education Professor Belinda Bozzoli said the agreement was "nothing... 

Mini budget: 'Business as usual' not viable - Cosatu

21st October 2015 The Mid-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) should acknowledge that "business as usual" was not viable anymore, the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Tuesday. “Our position and expectations is that the Treasury’s statement will reflect the dire situation that our economy is in,”... 

Sunbird eyes supplying Eskom power station

20th October 2015 Gas explorer and developer Sunbird Energy is proposing additional components to its Ibhubesi Gas Project as it looks to supply indigenous gas to Eskom’s Ankerlig power station in the Western Cape, according to a recent draft environmental impact report on the project. The Ibhubesi Gas Field,... 


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