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EnviroServ lashes out at DEA over Shongweni landfill

8th March 2017 Waste management giant EnviroServ has accused the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) of bias and fuelling a “trial by media” through its handling of the Shongweni landfill. It further accused the DEA of having decided, despite no formal resolution or action taken, to suspend the company’s... 

Ford SA CEO remorseful over Ford Kuga fire issue

7th March 2017 CEO and president of Ford SA, Jeff Nemeth, apologised for losing the trust of consumers over the debacle of a number of Ford Kuga vehicles overheating and catching fire. This was said at parliament on Tuesday, when the portfolio committee on Trade and Industry received a full status report on the... 

KZN budget up to R115bn

7th March 2017 KwaZulu-Natal’s provincial budget is set to top R115-billion in the coming financial year – a R5-billion rand increase over the current year. This emerged on Thursday when KwaZulu-Natal finance MEC Belinda Scott presented the provincial budget to the KwaZulu-Natal legislature in Pietermaritzburg. 

Wage dispute in bus passenger sector goes to mediation

7th March 2017 The Council for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Monday began facilitating mediation between the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the Bus Passenger Council. This comes after the union last month declared dispute with the employers as wage negotiations... 

R7.5m stolen from Johannesburg Market, three officials suspended

6th March 2017 The City of Johannesburg said on Monday that it had uncovered massive corruption, theft and fraud involving more that R7.5-million stolen from Johannesburg Market, a major centre for the marketing of fresh produce. This comes after head of the City’s anti-corruption unit, General Shadrack Sibiya,... 

Sacoil buys majority stake in Afric Oil

6th March 2017 Sacoil, the South African based independent African oil and gas company, said on Monday that it had acquired a 71% interest in Afric Oil Group, one of the largest independent fuel distributors in South Africa. Following completion, Sacoil’s portfolio will consist of operated production activities... 

DA unimpressed with appointment of new mineral resources DG

3rd March 2017 The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Friday that it was not impressed with the appointment of Advocate Thabo Mokoena as director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources, because he has no experience in mining or commerce. DA spokesperson on mineral resources, James Lorimer, said Minerals... 

Busa welcomes Cosatu’s endorsement of national minimum wage

3rd March 2017 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) on Friday welcomed the endorsement of the national minimum wage by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), saying that this marked the final endorsement of a labour relations stability. “We are pleased with Cosatu’s endorsement of the agreement. The... 

South African maize production doubles despite droughts worsening across East Africa

3rd March 2017 As drought and worsening food security hits swathes of East Africa, maize harvests in Southern Africa, previously slashed by El Niño, are forecast to recover this year, with South Africa’s output expected to increase by more than 50 percent from 2016. A new United Nations (UN) report states that... 

Charlotte Maxeke Hospital roof collapses during construction work

2nd March 2017 A section of the roof at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital, in Parktown, Johannesburg, collapsed on Thursday afternoon while construction work to repair leaks was ongoing, trapping some workers and patients. Arnold Malotana, chief director of emergency medical services (EMS) at Gauteng... 


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