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Durban’s municipal bus service pays its way without being bailed out

5th April 2016 Durban’s municipal bus service paid its way for the first time in several months without the municipality being forced to bail out the operator of the service. According to a statement released by the eThekwini Metro Municipality, city manager Sibusiso Sithole revealed that in March the salaries... 

Call for action against Khulubuse Zuma after he is named in Panama Papers

4th April 2016 Solidarity on Monday called on liquidators of the failed mining company Aurora to investigate Khulubuse Zuma after his name was mentioned in the Panama Papers, an unprecedented leak of 11.5-million files from the database of Mossack Fonseca, a law firm specialising in offshore business. Zuma,... 

Zuma commits to provide extra drought support

4th April 2016 President Jacob Zuma has committed all spheres of government to provide extra support to drought-hit areas, the presidency said on Sunday. Zuma was responding to a series of concerns raised by members of the community in the uThungulu district municipality and surrounding areas during an imbizo... 

CoCT spending over R55m on major traffic arteries

4th April 2016 Transport for Cape Town, the city’s transport authority, is spending about R55.4-million on resurfacing major traffic arteries in Observatory, Woodstock, Paarden Eiland, Newlands, Claremont, and Wynberg. “All in all, the three projects amount to the value of R55.4-million for the resurfacing of... 

Uganda drops Kenyan oil route

1st April 2016 Despite extensive talks on possibly routing an oil pipeline through Kenya, Total Uganda has decided to run the pipeline through Tanzania. “As a company, our position remains that we are going through Tanga. I understand there are issues being discussed but our position remains the same,” The East... 

Constitutional Court has restored hope – Madonsela

31st March 2016 Public Protector Thuli Madonsela would not be drawn into the ongoing public discourse about President Jacob Zuma’s fitness for office following a damning Constitutional Court ruling delivered on Thursday. “It’s not my place to determine whether or not the president is fit for office. My job was... 

Japanese firms loan millions to build Angola–Brazil undersea link

31st March 2016 The Development Bank of Angola (BDA) has signed US$109.7-million loan agreements with Japanese firms as part of a deal that looks set to make the oil-rich African nation one of the main telecommunication hubs on the continent. The agreement, which is backed by a sovereign guarantee from the... 

Tshwane ‘aggressively pursuing’ its R6bn owed by residents

30th March 2016 The Tshwane municipality is currently pursuing residents who have perennially defaulted on municipal services payments, now standing at a staggering R6-billion, Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said on Wednesday. “There are those we are going to pursue aggressively. They require a hardened... 

Hawks probing corruption charges against Gupta brothers, Zuma’s son

30th March 2016 The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) on Wednesday confirmed that the unit’s anti-corruption team is investigating the charges brought by the Democratic Alliance (DA) against President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane and two members of the Gupta family, who have been accused of... 

Localisation integral to growing economy, says Ramaphosa

30th March 2016 South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday punted localisation of goods and services as a silver bullet to the triple challenges of unemployment, inequality and poverty, saying it was integral to growing and sustaining the country’s economy. Ramaphosa said the economic cycle... 

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