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SA public servants association warns of 'drastic measures' in wage discussions

6th April 2018 South Africa's Public Servants Association (PSA) on Friday called on workers to resort to "drastic measures" to force the government to conclude 2018 wage negotiations. "The negotiations process which has been delayed numerous times before by the employer continued on April 4 and 5 in the form of... 

WWF welcomes energy minister signing renewable energy contracts

5th April 2018 The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on Thursday applauded South African Energy Minister Jeff Radebe's signing off of a R56-billion contract with Independent Power Producers (IPPs). Radebe on Wednesday signed the hotly-contested renewable energy agreements with 27 independent power producers on... 

Large volumes of traffic expected on SA roads on Monday

2nd April 2018 South African authorities said they were expecting large volumes of traffic on the country's roads on Monday as travellers return home following the Easter weekend. "Law enforcement will be on high alert and will deal appropriately with traffic offenders," the Road Traffic Management Corporation... 

SA welcomes Australia's retraction of controversial white farmer visa comments

2nd April 2018 International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Monday said South Africa welcomed Australia's retraction of controversial comments its home affairs minister made about fast tracking visa applications for local white farmers who want to relocate to that country because "they... 

Zambian ruling party members to vote against their president

2nd April 2018 Member’s of Zambia’s ruling Patriotic Front (PF) have resolved to vote against President Edgar Lungu in the forthcoming impeachment motion in an effort to “teach” him a “life lesson”, the Zambian Observer reported on Monday. Sixteen parliamentary members mostly from Luapula, Northern, Muchinga... 

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies age 81

2nd April 2018 Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, aged 81, has died on Monday, a Mandela family spokesperson confirmed. The South African politician and anti-apartheid activist died on Monday, at the Netcare Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg, after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the... 

Transport Minister hikes toll tariffs on national roads

29th March 2018 South Africa's transport minister Blade Nzimande has approved an increase in toll tariffs on national roads for the 2018/19 tax year, the country's road agency said on Thursday. The adjustments, which are in line with the consumer price index and the recently announced increase in value added tax... 

Moody's downgrades Eskom's ratings to a negative outlook

29th March 2018 Moody's Investors Service on Wednesday, announced a decision to downgrade to B2 from B1 the long-term corporate family rating (CFR) of Eskom Holdings SOC Limited (Eskom) and the zero coupon eurobonds to B2 from B1 in line with the CFR.  "The rating action reflects the fact that, despite a number... 

National Minimum Wage to reduce poverty, inequality

28th March 2018 South Africa's labour department on Wednesday, urged industries that were paying below the proposed National Minimum Wage (NMW) to “up their game”. Director of Employment Standards at the department, Stephen Rathai, said all sectoral determinations paying below the R20 per hour as proposed by NMW... 

UJ researchers discover promising anti-cancer drugs

28th March 2018 A new family of very promising silver-based anti-cancer drugs has been discovered by researchers in South Africa. Head of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), Professor Marianne Cronjé, said on Wednesday that the most promising silver thiocyanate phosphine... 

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