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US amendment turns up heat in 'chicken war'

17th April 2015 Two influential US senators, central to the so-called ‘chicken war’, have announced their intention to pursue amendments to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) to secure greater access for US poultry into the SA market. “We believe passionately in Agoa’s value and support its long-term... 

Eskom adds stage four to load shedding schedule

17th April 2015 South Africans could soon experience their first-ever stage four load-shedding, after Eskom confirmed that the stage allocation would be altered. The current stages of load-shedding are stage 1, when 1 000 MW is cut from the grid; stage 2, when 2 000 MW is cut from the grid; and stage 3, when... 

Poor job prospects deprive SA of youth boom

16th April 2015 South Africa does not look likely to reap the "demographic dividend" of a growth spurt in the working age population because of high unemployment levels, particularly among the youth, statistician general Pali Lehohla told media on Thursday. Addressing a media briefing at Parliament, Lehohla said... 

Set-top box tender winners revealed

16th April 2015 The names of 26 bidding organisations that have each won a piece of South Africa’s R4.3bn set-top box tender have finally been revealed by the state agency tasked with the project. Last week, the Business Day newspaper reported that all bidders for the set-top box tender had each won a slice of... 

Eskom pushes SA into stage 2 load shedding

16th April 2015 Eskom will move from stage 1 to stage 2 load shedding at 18:00 on Thursday, which is expected to continue until 22:00. This is due to a further shortage of generation capacity as additional units have had to be taken out of service for unplanned maintenance caused by technical faults, Eskom said... 

Load-shedding goes up a gear

15th April 2015 Eskom will implement stage 2 load shedding from 06:00 this morning, and this is likely to continue until 22:00 this evening. This followed stage 2 and stage 3 load shedding on Tuesday, with Eskom assuring customers that load shedding is implemented as a necessary measure to protect the power system. 

Xenophobic attacks will hurt foreign investor confidence – economist

15th April 2015 South African foreign investment confidence will suffer as a result of the xenophobic attacks in Durban, according to an economist. Xenophobic attacks on African immigrants has escalated over the past week in the KwaZulu-Natal city, with the country’s security cluster announcing measures to bring... 

Why Eskom plunged SA into stage 3 load-shedding

15th April 2015 Deferred generator maintenance has caused an overload of unplanned repairs, resulting in a week of darkness for South Africa. On Tuesday, unplanned outages resulted in 9 500 MW being cut off the grid, while planned outages accounted for 5 000 MW, according to Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe. 

Irreparable damage done to Cosatu – Mantashe

13th April 2015 Irreparable damage has been done to the Cosatu, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said. "I'm not sure if we can fix it," he told News24. 

Fewer and fewer motorists pay e-tolls – Outa

10th April 2015 The South African National Roads Agency's (Sanral's) inability to enforce the e-toll policy in Gauteng and growing public anger and civil disobedience have resulted in monthly e-toll revenue collection of about R60-million by the end of February 2015, with not even 23% of users paying for the use... 


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