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Power from Mozambique cut by accident at Eskom power station

24th June 2015 South African power utility Eskom has suffered a serious breakdown at its Apollo sub-station which receives electricity from the Cahora Bassa dam in Mozambique’s Tete province, according to sources in HCB, the company that operates Cahora Bassa. Moises Machava, the technical director of HCB, said... 

Opposition parties condemn Zuma’s defence on Marikana cops

24th June 2015 The Congress of the People (Cope) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday added their voices to the condemnation of President Jacob Zuma’s comments on Tuesday about the Marikana massacre. Zuma reportedly told a heckler at the Tshwane University of Technology that “those people in Marikana... 

Africa needs to improve its cities’ urban infrastructure for future residents – Dlamini-Zuma

23rd June 2015 African cities should expand and increase their capacity to cater for influxes of residents as rural to urban migration and international relocation continued, said African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Tuesday. “When we say there will be millions and millions of people... 

Cuban 5 ask S Africans for support to help lift US trade embargo

23rd June 2015 Members of the Cuban five on Tuesday asked South African MPs to support the lifting of the US trade embargo on the Caribbean nation. The former Cuban intelligence officers – Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, and René González – were briefing MPs as part of... 

Employment growth continues to disappoint, says Reserve Bank

23rd June 2015 Slow employment growth meant that around one in four people in the labour force remain unemployed, the South African Reserve Bank said in its latest quarterly bulletin. “Employment growth in the private sector continued to disappoint over the past year, consistent with the lacklustre pace of... 

Mankind finally waking up to climate change and world poised to act – French COP21 negotiator

22nd June 2015 Ever larger and more frequent weather disasters around the world are fuelling pessimism that we can curb man-made climate change before its too late. But Laurence Tubiana is more optimistic than apocalyptic. She believes mankind is finally getting the message about the damage it is inflicting on... 

Eskom to implement stage 1 load-shedding on Thursday

18th June 2015 Power utility Eskom said it would implement stage 1 of load-shedding on Thursday from 16:00 to 22:00. “This is due to increased electricity demand and a shortage of generation capacity resulting from technical faults at some of our power station units,” Eskom said. 

Sasol appeal after R534m penalty upheld

18th June 2015 Sasol on Thursday welcomed the Competition Appeal Court’s decision to uphold the company’s appeal against a Competition Tribunal finding that resulted in a R534-million penalty for over-charging local customers for plastic products. After a hearing concluded in October 2013, the tribunal found... 

Ramaphosa insists government cost cutting working while ministerial handbook being finalised

18th June 2015 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa insisted on Wednesday that government’s cost cutting exercise was bearing fruit, despite the fact that the long-awaited revision of the ministerial handbook was still not complete. Work to revise the ministerial handbook, which sets out the perks ministers,... 

Bapo cancel protest march against Lonmin after reaching new employment deal

17th June 2015 A protest march on Lonmin by the Bapo Ba Mogale was cancelled on Wednesday after the tribe reached an agreement with the platinum miner over its employment practices here. “We have an agreement with Lonmin: the mine will take 500 people for training and they will be paid a stipend of R5 000 per... 

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