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SA National Health Insurance to be funded through central fund – Radebe

11th December 2015 The National Health Insurance scheme, approved by cabinet this week, will be funded through a central fund, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Friday. “Cabinet approved the publication of the white paper on the national health insurance for South Africa for public comment,” Radebe... 

SA to hold special meeting on economy

11th December 2015 South Africa’s Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe announced on Friday that there would be a special meeting of Cabinet’s economics cluster on Tuesday to discuss the country’s credit rating and falling currency. International ratings agencies last week downgraded South Africa’s credit rating... 

From hounded Merafong mayor to finance minister

10th December 2015 While disappointment has been expressed in many quarters at President Jacob Zuma’s decision to sack finance minister Nhlanhla Nene, all eyes will turn to focus on the man who was sworn in on Thursday to take over the hot seat. David Douglas Des Van Rooyen, who was sworn in as finance minister in... 

Chamber of commerce asks Zuma to explain Nene’s axing

10th December 2015 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) on Thursday joined the chorus of concern over the axing of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and urged President Jacob Zuma to explain his shock decision to business leaders. “SACCI notes with concern President Zuma’s removal of Finance... 

SA not part of large coalition for legally binding climate deal

10th December 2015 As nearly 200 countries grappled with the new draft text of what’s hoped will be the world’s first universal accord to battle climate change and its effects, a coalition of nations representing more than 100 countries emerged, to push for a more ambitious deal than most other nations are seeking.... 

Minister Nene’s removal signals lack of leadership – EFF

10th December 2015 The inexplicable axing of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene shows a serious crisis in the country’s leadership, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said on Thursday. “The EFF rejects the piecemeal cabinet reshuffle by [President] Jacob Zuma as a sign of a serious pathological crisis in the... 

Number of service delivery protests drop in Gauteng – Premier

9th December 2015 Gauteng’s service delivery plans have resulted in the drop in the number of protests for the first time in 15 years, Premier David Makhura said on Wednesday. “Gauteng is no longer the number one area of protest actions, the number of protests have dropped, thanks to our Ntirhisano community... 

Intl partners pledge $10bn for renewable energy in Africa

9th December 2015 The French government and nine other partners on Tuesday renewed commitment to mobilise a cumulative $10-billion between 2015 and 2020 to boost access to energy in Africa. Canada, France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan, the US, Sweden, Netherlands and the European Union (EU) will jointly provide... 

Downgrading of Durban naval facilities a mistake, admits Mapisa-Nqakula

8th December 2015 A decision taken more than a decade ago to close Durban’s naval facilities was a mistake, South Africa’s Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Tuesday. Mapisa-Nqakula made the comments at a sod-turning ceremony ‎held at the Salisbury Island Naval Station to... 

Africa wants to process own minerals – Zuma

4th December 2015 African countries want to process their minerals on the continent, rather than export them for beneficiation overseas, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday at the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation Summit (FOCAC) currently underway in Johannesburg. “We want to prioritise beneficiation and... 

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