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PPC says Zimbabwe business has remained resilient despite challenges

7th March 2019 Cement company PPC said on Thursday its Zimbabwe business had remained resilient despite the economic challenges in the country over the last 12 months.  It said PPC Zimbabwe had kept its pricing in line with inflationary increases in the economy and demand remained strong, while EBITDA (earnings... 

Ramaphosa takes Good Green Deeds environmental programme to the people

7th March 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa will, on Friday, International Women's Day, officially launch the national Good Green Deeds programme in East London, Eastern Cape, at the Sisa Dukashe stadium in Mdantsane.  Provinces are expected to host similar Good Green Deeds activities simultaneously, the... 

Busa says it hopes timeframe for Eskom task team can be extended

7th March 2019 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said on Wednesday that it hoped the timeframe for the engineering task team mandated with investigating a host of issues at embattled power producer Eskom could be extended.  The team is set to start its work on Monday and has to deliver its report to public... 

Parliament home affairs committee wants probe into procurement of biometric system

6th March 2019 Parliament's portfolio committee on home affairs has recommended an urgent investigation into the procurement process followed for the Automated Biometric Identification Systems expected to replace the obsolete Home Affairs National Identity Register. "The decision to recommend an investigation... 

Western Cape transport department gets more than R200m more for road, rail safety

6th March 2019 The department of transport and public works has been allocated more than R200-million of the Western Cape medium term expenditure framework (MTEF) to address and improve road and rail safety. The 2019 MTEF allocation of additional R255.500-million will address public transport requirements for... 

Vadi wants to shut down Soweto taxi routes over violence

6th March 2019 The MEC for Transport in Gauteng province, Ismail Vadi, plans to close down affected public taxi ranks and routes as violence between warring associations continues unabated in Soweto. Clashes between the Witwatersrand African Taxi Association (Wata) and Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association... 

Eskom warns of high risk of rotational powercuts

6th March 2019 State-owned electricity company Eskom warned on Wednesday that the risk of rotational powercuts to ease pressure on the grid remained high. Cash strapped Eskom, which supplies about 95 percent of South Africa's electricity, has struggled to meet demand and was forced to implement rolling... 

Mining weighs as economic growth slows to 0.8% in 2018

5th March 2019 South Africa's economy grew by a lesser 0.8% last year after expanding 1.4% in 2017, the national statistics agency said on Tuesday. Growth in gross domestic product also slowed to 1.4% in the fourth quarter of 2018 from 2.6% in the third, dragged down by the mining, trade and general government... 

Policy uncertainty over nuclear build partly led to Necsa crisis, MPs told

5th March 2019 Policy uncertainty over South Africa's nuclear build programme contributed to the crisis the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and its entities currently finds itself in, MPs heard on Tuesday. The board of Necsa and its entities were briefing Parliament's energy portfolio committee... 

National Assembly approves Critical Infrastructure Protection Bill

5th March 2019 The National Assembly on Tuesday approved the amended version of the Critical Infrastructure Bill, which replaces the apartheid era law on national key points. The bill will now go to President Cyril Ramaphosa for signing into law, after the National Council of Provinces made changes on... 

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