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SAA cancels flights to Nigeria airport

8th February 2017 South African Airways (SAA) and a number of other airlines have cancelled flights to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the Nigerian capital Abuja due to the dangers posed by the state of disrepair of the runway. SAA cancelled flights for six weeks, as repairs on the runway began on... 

Unpaid stipends, no certificates, Carletonville youth up in arms

8th February 2017 More than 100 Carletonville youths – who completed a three-month courses in practical skills that included upholstery, sewing, clothing, agriculture, jewellery and cabinet-making – are up in arms because the Gauteng department of education has not given them certificates. All in all about 115... 

DRDGold reserves revised upwards by 67%

2nd February 2017 DRDGold on Thursday confirmed that it had recorded a 66.6% increase in mineral reserves on December 31. The South African producer that recovers gold from the retreatment of surface tailings, said the revision was the result of a drilling programme and pre-feasibility study that was started in... 

BevSA calls for regulation of sugar reduction, not sugar tax

2nd February 2017 The Beverage Association of South Africa (BevSA) said on Thursday that it remained convinced that the reduction of obesity rates in South Africa could be done without the negative impacts of taxation in the economy. This comes after BevSA on Tuesday outlined its opposition to a proposed 20... 

Mashaba cans R1bn Jozi@Work programme

2nd February 2017 Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba on Thursday cancelled the City’s R1-billion co-production programme Jozi@Work, which was spearheaded by the previous administration, saying that it was littered with patronage. Jozi@Work, a programme designed to allow communities to partner with the city in the... 

Business Process Services incentive scheme created 30 000 jobs – DTI

1st February 2017 The Business Process Services (BPS) Incentive Scheme of the department of trade and industry (DTI) has created 30 000 jobs since 2011, the department said on Tuesday. “The objective of the BPS scheme is to create employment opportunities particularly for the young people of South Africa through... 

Zuma says Cabinet lekgotla ahead of SoNA will focus strongly on economy

31st January 2017 The four-day Cabinet Lekgotla which sets the tone for President Jacob Zuma’s State-of-the-Nation (SoNA) will focus strongly on boosting South Africa’s economic growth, a statement from the presidency said on Tuesday. The Lekgotla, which starts on Wednesday, would be attended by Zuma, his deputy,... 

Sugar taxes likely to cost formal beverages sector R1.4bn – Treasury

31st January 2017 South African formal businesses selling carbonated sugar drinks is estimated to suffer a R1.4-billion loss in revenue, should a “sugar tax” be implemented, the National Treasury said on Tuesday. Treasury officials participated in public hearings on the proposed tax on sugar beverages before the... 

BevSA happy that WHO won’t endorse sugar tax

31st January 2017 The Beverage Association of South Africa (BevSA) has welcomed the decision by the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) executive board not to endorse recommendations to impose a soft drinks tax on Member States. This comes as the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance on Tuesday begins the first... 

Former mineworkers paid more than R60m by unclaimed benefits funds

31st January 2017 Thousands of former mineworkers have been paid more than R60-million in unclaimed benefits over a two-year period to date, the Mines 1970 Unclaimed Benefits Preservation Pension and Provident Funds said this week. This comes after the Mines 1970 Unclaimed Benefits Preservation Pension and... 

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