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Drought seeps through Gordhan’s budget

24th February 2016 The impact of the nation’s drought featured prominently in South African Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan’s Budget speech on Wednesday, with many mentions of government’s response and praise for those looking to lessen the devastating effects. “Budget allocations for water infrastructure this... 

Food security crisis grips Southern Africa as late-flooding threat lingers – Fewsnet

24th February 2016 The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (Fewsnet) has warned of a serious food security crisis in Southern Africa starting due to the poor rainfall patterns, which have persisted. In a regional food security and weather hazards bulletin covering the period February 17 to February 25, Fewsnet... 

Metrorail trains torched, pelted with stones in Pretoria

24th February 2016 Four people have been arrested after two stationery trains were torched and two others pelted with stones in Pretoria, Metrorail said on Wednesday. Three coaches from the Metroplus Express and two from the Business Express were burnt to the ground at the Pretoria train station on Tuesday night,... 

Agoa – SA facilitating first shipment of US poultry imports

24th February 2016 Siyabonga Cwele, the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, on Tuesday announced that South Africa and the United States (US) had resolved all outstanding issues relating to agricultural imports from the US. In a statement issued by government on Tuesday, Cwele said the ironing out... 

SA Post Office must recover millions paid for unoccupied building, says Madonsela

23rd February 2016 The South African Post Office (Sapo) board of directors must take effective steps to recover R22-million paid to Centurion Vision Development as rental for the lavish Eco Point Office Park over 10 months even though the building was unoccupied, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Tuesday.... 

No plans to sell off bigger stake in Telkom – Cwele

23rd February 2016 The South African government has no plans to sell off further stakes in Telkom, Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele said on Tuesday amid calls from the opposition for the parastatal to be fully privatised. “Telkom has already been privatised. There is no such discussion to dilute the... 

Outa produces ‘evidence’ to show e-tolls are overpriced by more than 300%

23rd February 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) revealed on Monday that the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) was overpriced by a whopping 321% when compared to road construction pricing systems around the world. This finding comes as a result of Outa’s, formerly known as Opposition to Urban... 

Illegal mining activities remain a worry for premier Makhura

22nd February 2016 The spate of crime caused by illegal mining activities in Johannesburg warrants an increase in policing, said Premier David Makhura on Monday. “We have been battling with the problem of illicit mining. This crime affects many communities in Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg and West Rand who live along... 

Motorists not in civil defiance over e-tolls, says Premier Makhura

22nd February 2016 Gauteng motorists were not paying their e-toll bills because they can not afford them – not because they are defying government, Premier David Makhura said on Monday during his state of the province address in Sebokeng, south of Johannesburg. “In the many meetings I have addressed since the... 

Enviro department says it’s not to blame for Highveld Steel closure

22nd February 2016 The environmental affairs department on Sunday refuted claims that it had in any way scuppered the possible sale of Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium, thus forcing the company’s closure. “While no direct blame has been laid at the door of the department, business-rescue practitioners have... 

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