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Molewa welcomes approval of Garden Route as Unesco biosphere reserve

15th June 2017 The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, on Thursday welcomed the approval of the Garden Route as a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. Unesco members voted in favour of the inclusion of the Garden Route as a Biosphere reserve at a meeting in Paris on Wednesday. 

Minister of transport slams taxi protest

15th June 2017 Minister of Transport Joe Maswanganyi on Thursday condemned the blocking of major roads in Gauteng by taxi operators which has caused widespread havoc. Large areas of Johannesburg, Midrand and Pretoria were no-go areas on Thursday after taxis aligned to South African National Taxi Council... 

Gauteng commuters to be stranded as taxi operators march

14th June 2017 Gauteng taxi operators affiliated to the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) have on Wednesday, advised commuters to arrange alternative transport for Thursday due to a massive march against what it called high minibus taxi purchase costs. “No taxis will be running, we advice commuters to seek... 

Eskom confirms tariff application, says necessary for financial sustainability

14th June 2017 Eskom should achieve financial sustainability in seven years, but that was conditional on the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) agreeing to tariff increases of some 20%, the utility’s chief financial officer said on Wednesday. “We believe we should be able to navigate Eskom to the... 

Eskom issues fresh threat of disconnection to defaulting municipalities

14th June 2017 About half of the country’s munipalities who entered into agreement with Eskom to pay off their electricity arrears are defaulting and will again face the threat of disconnection, the power utility’s chief financial officer told Parliament on Wednesday. “The current status is that out of 62, 31... 

Gigaba signs FIC Amendment Act

14th June 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba signed and gazetted various provisions of the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) Amendment Act, National Treasury said on Tuesday. “Commenting on the signing of the Act, Minister Gigaba said it was critical for government to accelerate the implementation of the Act... 

Competition Commission swoops on pharmaceutical companies

13th June 2017 The Competition Commission on Tuesday announced that it has initiated an investigation of anti-competitive conduct into companies in the healthcare sector relating to provision of cancer medicine in South Africa. The commission said it would be investigating pharmaceutical giants like Roche,... 

The DTI lowers BBBEE ownership transactions threshold to R25m

13th June 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has gazetted the threshold for major Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) ownership transactions, lowering it to R25-million, from the previous R100-million. “A Major BBBEE Transaction” means any transaction between entities or parties that... 

AARTO staff embark on strike

12th June 2017 The South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) members at Gauteng’s Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA), responsible for managing the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO), on Monday downed tools over work hours, the trade union said. The employees... 

Need to keep saving water and using water sparingly remains essential, says Cape Town mayor De Lille

12th June 2017 The need to keep saving water and using water sparingly remains as pressing as ever despite the recent rain, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said on Sunday. “Today [Sunday] I visited the city’s Think Water exhibition at the Canal Walk shopping centre where dozens of great water saving... 

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