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SAA secures R3.5bn loan to keep operating until March

8th January 2019 South Africans Airways (SAA) says it has secured the R3.5-billion loan it needed to keep operating until the end of the financial year in March, providing a temporary relief for the cash-strapped airline. The loss-making flag carrier, which is battling cash flow challenges, is implementing a... 

Minister says no conflict of interest in Zille's son's involvement in education project

20th December 2018 There was no conflict of interest in Western Cape Premier Helen Zille offering assistance to an educational workshop programme involving her son in 2014, says Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. The minister came out in support of Zille following a finding by Public Protector Busisiwe... 

Greenhouse gas emissions cap poses serious threat, warns activist group

20th December 2018 World governments at the UN climate talks in Poland failed to respond adequately to the climate crisis, which would have serious consequences, particularly for Africa, according to 350Africa.org. The regional branch of the global climate activist organisation echoed what many NGOs and experts... 

Mashaba lambasts MEC over reduction in housing grant

19th December 2018 City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has lambasted Gauteng MEC Uhuru Moiloa about the reduction of the Human Settlements Development Grant (HSDG) for the municipality. "Earlier this year, the provincial government, without warning or reason, reduced the City's Human Settlements Development... 

PRASA closes Pretoria station for 40 days for maintenance

14th December 2018 If you take a train from Metrorail's Bosman station in Pretoria as part of your commute to work, you'll need to consider other modes of transport. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will be carrying out maintenance at the station, completely closing it to the public for at least 40... 

Cape Town agrees to transfer R114.3m Salt River site for 10% of its value for housing

14th December 2018 The City of Cape Town has agreed, "in principle", to sell the Salt River Market site to a "social housing institution (SHI)" for 10% of its market value for an 820 unit mixed-use development, it announced on Thursday. "I'm elated by Council's decision to agree, in principle, to transfer this... 

November inflation ticks slightly higher to 5.2%

12th December 2018 November inflation ticked up to 5.2%, according to data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on Wednesday.  This is up from inflation of 5.1% recorded for October.  

Transnet goods train derails, blocks major line in Cape Town

10th December 2018 A Transnet goods train derailed between Tygerberg and Bellville railway stations in Cape Town on Monday, severely delaying commuter services. "Under current circumstances, delays could exceed 120 minutes," Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott said. Scott said the derailment occurred around 08:30... 

Wakkerstroom residents want R13m water pipeline project halted

7th December 2018 Residents of Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga have called for a R13-million water pipeline project to be halted, saying it will put their water supply at risk. Speaking via the Wakkerstroom Interest Group (WIG), they say the pipeline project - from Martin's Dam, above the Wakkerstroom Wetland, to... 

Water and sanitation audit committee says Mokonyane ignored reports on financial mismanagement

7th December 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation's internal audit committee had given its former minister, Nomvula Mokonyane, detailed quarterly reports about serious financial mismanagement in her department – but she ignored them all. The ailing department has clocked up more than R6-million in irregular... 

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