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Zuma says drought hindering economic growth

3rd March 2016 President Jacob Zuma on Thursday conceded that the drought being experienced across South Africa was an impediment to economic growth, but again stopped short of calling it a national disaster. “One of the domestic constraints to growth in our country currently is the severe drought. It threatens... 

SAAF aircraft crash lands near Air Force Base Langebaanweg

3rd March 2016 A South African Air Force (SAAF) Caravan aircraft crash landed on a private farm in the early hours of Thusrday while on a routine night flying exercise at Air Force Base Langebaanweg. “The pilots were recovered by the Base Rescue Capability. Both pilots sustained varying degrees of injuries and... 

City of Cape Town pleased with MyCiti control centre progress

2nd March 2016 Accessing route information, security assistance and tracking buses is all part of the progressing technology upgrade underway at MyCiti stations, the City of Cape Town said on Wednesday. “We are looking forward to the day when the [Advanced Public Transport Management System] APTMS will be fully... 

Eskom rolls out smart electricity meters in Sandton and Midrand

2nd March 2016 Eskom on Tuesday began the roll-out of smart prepaid meters in Sandton and Midrand that would see 6 000 households converted to the new smart meters. “The programme is part of Eskom’s Smart Prepayment Solution to all customer sectors. Customers are encouraged to convert from their conventional... 

DA warns drought could lead to ‘unaffordable’ food prices in SA

2nd March 2016 South Africa’s agriculture sector, which has been ravaged by the worst drought in recent times, has seen its input to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shrink by 14%, prompting the Democratic Alliance (DA) to warn food may become “unaffordable”. DA shadow minister of agriculture, forestry and... 

DA calls for independent judicial commission to probe SARS ‘rogue unit’

1st March 2016 The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday called on President Jacob Zuma to appoint an independent judicial commission of inquiry to investigate all the allegations surrounding the so-called “rogue unit” within the South African Revenue Service (Sars). In a statement attributed to David Maynier, DA... 

Finance Minister’s job not at risk – Zuma

29th February 2016 President Jacob Zuma on Monday dismissed reports that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s job was in jeopardy while at the same time insisting he did not have the power to fire South African Revenue Service (Sars) boss Tom Moyane without following the correct legal channels. “The difficulty in the... 

Efforts to drill secondary outlet at Lily Mine on track – department

29th February 2016 Efforts to drill a secondary shaft at Vantage Goldfields’ Lily Mine at Barberton in Mpumalanga are on track, the mineral resources department said. Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane had visited the site to receive an update from mine management, the department said in a statement. 

EU happy with SA’s new investment protection law

26th February 2016 The European Union’s (EU's) top foreign affairs officials have expressed confidence that EU investments in South Africa will be properly protected under recently enacted investment protection legislation. Over the last few years the South African government terminated bilateral (binational)... 

Africa Energy Resources better placed to alleviate Southern African power crisis – new research

26th February 2016 New research published by Australian firm Breakaway Research says African Energy Resources could end the regional power crisis in Southern Africa if it fully exploits the power-generation potential of its resources in Botswana. In a report released early this week, Breakaway Research said the... 

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