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Cape farmers lose 25% of orchards, vineyards as result of drought – expert

22nd March 2018 Drought-stricken farmers in the Western Cape have had to abandon at least a quarter of their high-value vineyards and deciduous fruit orchards because of a lack of water for irrigation. This has had a knock-on effect on rural employment, with the loss of about 30 000 seasonal farm worker jobs... 

Ramaphosa: SA borders 'need to be open for Africans to move freely and to promote business'

22nd March 2018 South Africa's borders need to be open for people – particularly Africans – to move more freely and to promote business, President Cyril Ramaphosa has said. He also reiterated the need for a single currency on the continent. Ramaphosa told journalists following a summit on the African Continental... 

Ramaphosa welcomes new continental free trade agreement

21st March 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the adoption by the African Union of an agreement of free trade on the continent as "a new beginning for the continent that will catapult African countries and companies to much higher levels of growth". Ramaphosa returns to South Africa Wednesday night... 

There are no investigations into Gordhan – Hawks

20th March 2018 The Hawks have denied allegations that they are targeting Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan for supposedly taking part in illegal interceptions and spying during his time as South African Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner. In a statement, Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi... 

55 municipalities are dysfunctional – Mkhize

20th March 2018 No fewer than 55 municipalities have been identified as distressed or dysfunctional, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Zweli Mkhize says. Mkhize announced on Tuesday that he would be deploying technical capacity experts who would provide support to municipalities in... 

Moyane threatens Ramaphosa with legal action over suspension

20th March 2018 Suspended South African Revenue Service (Sars) head Tom Moyane has threatened legal action over his suspension.  In a letter that Moyane wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa on March 19, he said that his suspension was part of an "unlawful process".  

UCT scientists convince city to drill cautiously into aquifer

20th March 2018 The City of Cape Town's emergency groundwater drilling programme will be formally scrutinised by an environmental monitoring committee. This is to ensure boreholes are located in ecologically-acceptable areas and are operated responsibly, according to a GroundUp report. The programme, that... 

Acting SARS commissioner announced

20th March 2018 Mark Kingon has been appointed as the acting SARS commissioner, National Treasury has confirmed. Kingon is currently the acting chief officer of business and individual taxes division at the revenue service. "He has been with SARS since its establishment and worked his way through the ranks to... 

Economy faces paralysis if govt does not act urgently on water crisis – report

15th March 2018 If the government fails to respond to the country's critical water situation, South Africans could face a situation similar to the energy crisis that nearly paralysed the economy, according to a Water Research Commission report. "To avoid a state of national panic, similar to that which occurred... 

Sars boss Moyane 'not aware' of reports he may be axed

15th March 2018 South African Revenue Service (Sars) Commissioner Tom Moyane said on Thursday he has not had the opportunity to monitor news reports stating that his removal from the country’s tax authority may be imminent. On Thursday Business Day reported that Cabinet was due to discuss Moyane's removal,... 

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