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South Africa to continue lobbying US for exemption on steel, aluminium tariffs

10th May 2018 South Africa will continue talks with the United States in a bid to get concessions on import tariffs on aluminium and steel, Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said on Thursday. Briefing journalists on the outcomes of Wednesday's fortnightly cabinet meeting, Mokonyane said government was... 

Irregular expenditure at water department rockets to R6.4bn

9th May 2018 The office of South Africa’s auditor-general on Wednesday told parliament that irregular expenditure at the department of water and sanitation had rocketed to R6.4-billion. The AG’s office said that the irregular expenditure at the department was significantly high around 2014/15 and 2016/17... 

Unions to picket at chamber of mines over industry fatalities

9th May 2018 Labour federation Congress of South African Trade Unions and the National Union of Mineworkers will picket at the chamber of mines on Thursday to demand action against what they call deteriorating safety standards in the industry. In a statement, NUM said more than 33 people had been killed in... 

More banks needed in SA, including State-owned bank – Ramaphosa

8th May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday expressed support for a legislative amendment to create a State-owned bank and breaking the monopoly of the big four commercial banks in South Africa.  "We need to move away from the monopoly of just four banks in our country and create more banks so there is... 

No established policy to privatise SA ports of entry – home affairs minister

8th May 2018 Home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba on Tuesday told members of parliament that there was no approval policy that has been established regarding the privatisation of sections of national ports of entry. “If the minister had granted permission, the minister would have followed legal prescripts... 

South Africa, Kenya commit to resolve outstanding bilateral issues ahead of Mombassa trade talks

7th May 2018 South Africa and Kenya have committed to resolve outstanding bilateral issues in preparation for the upcoming 6th session of the joint trade committee (JTC) to be held in Mombasa, Kenya in September, the trade and industry department (dti) said on Sunday. The commitment was agreed between dti... 

Ramaphosa mourns mining disaster deaths at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein operations

5th May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his sadness at the death of seven workers at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein mine near Carletonville on the West Rand in Gauteng. The death toll at the mine has risen to seven following initial reports that four workers had died. 

Suspended Sars commissioner Moyane to face disciplinary charges

4th May 2018 Suspended South African Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane will face disciplinary charges, President Cyril Ramaphosa's office said on Friday. The charges were served on Moyane on Thursday and relate to alleged misconduct in violation of his duties and responsibilities in terms of the... 

Court upholds TNPA's decision on new lessee for Mossel Bay premises

4th May 2018 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said it had issued a notice to the Mossel Bay Yacht Club to vacate its port premises by the end of May in line with a high court order. The club had unsuccessfully asked the court to overturn a decision by the ports authority to award a lease tender... 

Transnet chair resigns on eve of meeting with government

4th May 2018 The chairperson of Transnet, Linda Mabaso, has resigned with immediate effect, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday. Mabaso's resignation comes on the eve of a shareholder meeting called by Gordhan for Friday.  

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