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Sars tax target R1.1trn for 2015

2nd July 2015 The National Treasury has set a tax collection target of R1.1-trillion which the South African Revenue Service has to achieve for the 2015-16 fiscal year. SAnews.gov reported that Sars had already received 17 000 tax returns via branches and mobile units across the country by 08:00, as the tax... 

Commuters left stranded as taxi operators stop AutoPax buses in Mamelodi

1st July 2015 Bus operator AutoPax was unable to start its engines on its first day in Mamelodi amid protests from taxi operators in a move that left scores of commuters stranded across the sprawling township. Autopax buses took over Putco routes after the latter’s decision not to renew contracts on certain... 

Vavi-loyal unions will attend Cosatu congress

1st July 2015 Nine trade unions loyal to expelled Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi have decided they will attend the trade union federation's special national congress later this month, although they are not happy with the agenda. "We shall attend and participate in the SNC, but will do so under, and... 

MTN strike not over yet

30th June 2015 Strike action against South Africa’s second-biggest mobile network MTN has not ended yet, the company confirmed on Tuesday. Reports in weekend newspapers indicated that MTN and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) both compromised on demands to end a strike among call centre and franchise staff... 

Building confidence down, but signs of hope

30th June 2015 Growth in the building sector lost further momentum in the second quarter of 2015, according to the latest FNB/BER Building Confidence Index released on Tuesday. This is after the sector slowed in the first quarter of 2015 as well. 

Putco cancels contracts in three municipalities

30th June 2015 Putco will not be renewing three of its contracts with the Gauteng department of transport in parts of Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Sedibeng municipalities as of Wednesday July 1, the bus company says. "We are confident that the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has prioritised a seamless... 

Financial crisis hits SA youth the hardest

30th June 2015 The high incidence of long-term unemployment among both young people and adults reflects the entrenched structural weaknesses in the South African labour market due to the mismatch between skills and available jobs, according to a report released by Statistics South Africa on Monday. Long-term... 

ANC, alliance to discuss 'crisis of unity'

29th June 2015 The African National Congress (ANC) and its alliance partners are meeting this week to discuss what has been described as a 'crisis of unity' created as far back as 2005. National leaders of the ANC, the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)... 

SA needs to be more confident – SKA director

29th June 2015 The world will continue to underestimate South Africa until the country develops confidence in itself, Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa project director Dr Bernie Fanaroff says. News24 caught up with the recipient of the Order of the Mapungubwe in Silver presidential award on Sunday, as... 

UKZN to build a R70m radio telescope

29th June 2015 The University of KwaZulu-Natal is embarking on a cutting edge legacy project to build a R70-million radio telescope, Professor Kavilan Moodley said on Sunday. Moodley, who works at the university’s astrophysics and cosmology research department, spoke to News24 on Sunday during a two-day annual... 

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