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SA labour minister must investigate Cuban engineers’ employment conditions – DA

7th January 2016 The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Thursday that it has asked the Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant to find out if expatriate Cuban engineers were being subjected to unfair labour practises in the Free State province. The DA claimed that the Cuban engineers had not engaged in any work since... 

Ethiopia signs $120m contract for stadium as it aims to host major soccer, athletics events

7th January 2016 Ethiopia is to construct a $120-million modern national stadium to boost its chances of hosting international and continental soccer tournaments. An agreement signed between the China State Construction Engineering Corporation Limited and the Ethiopian government this week, foresees the stadium... 

DA ‘whitewash’ comments on arms deal report riles Presidency

4th January 2016 The Presidency has described the criticism by the DA of the final report of the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of Fraud, Corruption, Impropriety or Irregularity in the Strategic Defence Procurement Package as “unwarranted” and “irresponsible”. The Arms Procurement Commission report... 

Eskom ‘in secretive deal’ to provide power to Zimbabwe

4th January 2016 South Africa’s Eskom is reported to be supplying Zimbabwe with 300 MW of power a day in a new, “secretive” deal. Zimbabwe’s Herald newspaper reported on Monday: “The deal with Eskom to provide immediate power relief to the country broke a long spell in which the country experienced prolonged... 

SA ministers to provide details on deadline update on Agoa negotiations

4th January 2016 As the deadline looms for South Africa to remove the barriers preventing imports of US chicken, pork, and beef, or lose the duty-free benefits for its agricultural exports under the US African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), ministers are set to provide an update on the negotiations on Monday.... 

The big story of 2015 is found in the many small ones

29th December 2015 Looking back over 2015, a few very big stories loom large (SAB-AB Inbev merger, Volkswagen emissions scandal, MTN Nigera fine, to mention just a few). When you look a bit closer, you will see that the big story, especially in Africa, is the many, many smaller stories, frequently focused on... 

Beitbridge border between South Africa and Zimbabwe remains busy

23rd December 2015 Zimbabweans and South Africans crossing the border at the Beitbridge border post might be filled with a little festive cheer on hearing that that things are running smoothly and efficiently this week despite an additional 17 000 travellers being processed there daily. A statement released by the... 

AU to send 5 000 troops to troubled Burundi – diplomats

18th December 2015 The African Union (AU) Peace & Security Council (PSC) decided to send a 5 000-strong peacekeeping mission to Burundi to prevent the growing violence there spinning out of control. Diplomats said on Thursday the council had recommended that the African Prevention & Protection Mission in Burundi... 

MTN to challenge Nigerian fine in court

18th December 2015 Telecommunications giant MTN Holdings said on Friday that it had instructed its lawyers to proceed with an action in the High Court in Lagos to challenge the large fine imposed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The fine – originally for the equivalent of $5.2-billion, but reduced... 

Barclays possibly seeking suitor for Absa in wake of Finance Minister shuffle

17th December 2015 It was being reported on Thursday that Barclays, the British bank, was actively looking for a suitor for its South African unit, Absa, after the recent merry-go-round at the country’s foreign ministry. The Financial Times of London ran an article on Wednesday under the headline, ‘Barclays... 


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