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Public Protector to probe Metrorail in Western Cape

3rd September 2018 The Public Protector has agreed to investigate struggling Metrorail in the Western Cape, where the service has been hit with multiple problems that have seen the numbers of commuters drop by nearly half. Frequent delays and inadequate space on commuter trains have been made worse by the recent... 

Chinese bank to lend Nigeria $328m for fixing telecom infrastructure

3rd September 2018 China’s Exim bank will lend Nigeria $328-million towards improving the West African country’s telecoms infrastructure, Reuters reported. Poor telecoms are a major challenge for businesses operating in Nigeria, which is Africa’s largest oil producer, most populous country and has one of the... 

University students can apply for funding from today

3rd September 2018 Applications for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) open on Monday, the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor has announced. Applicants can apply online. 

More than 2 000 leaders to attend WEF's summer meeting in Tianjin

31st August 2018 More than 2 000 leaders from government, business, science and civil society from around the world will join the World Economic Forum’s (WEF's) annual meeting of the new champions in Tianjin, China, in September.  The meeting, taking place on September 18 to 20, will see 111 countries represented... 

Emerging markets including SA feel the pressure as Turkish lira, Argentina's peso tumble

31st August 2018 The crisis in Turkey, which saw the lira currency tumble over five percent on Thursday, and a similar fall in Argentina's peso are having a negative knock-on impact on emerging markets, an economist said on Friday. The lira's sharp retreat followed a report that Turkey's central bank's deputy... 

D-Day for public comments submissions on draft Mining Charter

31st August 2018 Friday marks the last day for the department of mineral resources to receive written submissions on a draft mining charter which was gazetted for public comment in June. This follows over three months of consultations with stakeholders, including organised labour, organised business and... 

NUM serves Harmony Phakisa mines with 48 hours strike notice

31st August 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in the Free State region served Harmony Phakisa mines with a 48-hour strike notice to Harmony mines, the union said on Thursday.  Thousands of NUM members are ready to strike. 

Gauteng launches online driving license pre-booking service

30th August 2018 Online learner and driving test pre-booking service have been launched in Gauteng as a step in the right direction towards the modernisation of public services. Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi on Thursday said: “We are really excited about this partnership with the Road Traffic... 

Three innovative South Africans design water saving devices

30th August 2018 The US Consul General in Johannesburg, Michael McCarthy, has awarded prizes to the three winners of the US Consulate General’s Rosa Parks Library & Innovation Studio 3D Design Challenge.   Contestants were asked to use the studio's three-dimensional (3D) printers, computers, and digital design... 

Britain and Nigeria sign security and defence agreement

30th August 2018 Britain and Nigeria have signed a security and defence agreement during a one-day visit by Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday as Africa’s most populous country struggles to defeat Boko Haram extremists and others linked to the Islamic State organisation.  The British prime minister is on a... 

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