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27 June 2017
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22 May 2017
Fact-checking Kenya’s deputy president on maize imports, debt, electricity & police
In a Citizen TV interview on 16 May, Kenya’s deputy president William Ruto sought to defend the government’s record, ahead of an August election. “We came to the people of Kenya with pledges, a...
18 May 2017
DMR: Godfrey Oliphant: Address by Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources, on the occasion of the debate on budget vote, Parliament, Cape Town (16/05/2017)
It is on this day in 1977 that Mama Winnie Mandela was banished by the Apartheid Government to Brandfort in the Orange Free State.
25 Apr 2017
We are forging ahead with radical economic transformation, says Zuma
President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday that South Africa was forging ahead with radical transformation of the economy, and called on the private sector to partner with government in doing business....
10 Apr 2017
SACBC: Catholic bishops appeal to the President to intervene for the benefit of the three families seeking closure from Lily Mine accident
The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) Justice and Peace Commission makes the following appeal: We stand in solidarity with the three families whose loved ones remain trapped...
07 Mar 2017
SA: Jacob Zuma: Address by South African President, to the Leaders’ Summit in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Indian Ocean Rim Association, Jakarta, Indonesia (07/03/2017)
Let me convey my sincere appreciation to our gracious host and Chair, President Joko Widodo, for hosting the first Leaders’ Summit of the Indian Ocean Rim Association, marking the 20th anniversary...
02 Mar 2017
A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg
This is the story of Sara, who poses stiffly for a photo with her four children at Turffontein concentration camp in 1901, and of Abraham, who paints the street names on Johannesburg’s kerbs. It is...
23 Feb 2017
GCIS: The current persisting rains have the potential to bring dangerous conditions for communities
Finally, some parts of our country are receiving the much needed rains post the departure of Ex-Cyclone Dineo. These current rains are welcome as they will go a long way to relieve the country from...
16 Feb 2017
SA: Buti Manamela: Address by Deputy Minister in the Presidency, on occasion of the debate on the State of the Nation, National Assembly, Cape Town (15/02/2017)
Last week, in the build up to the State of the Nation Address, the Economic Freedom Fighters made several statements in the media to the effect that they will disrupt the sitting and will not allow...
13 Feb 2017
DAFF: DAFF/SAPS and Customs partnership nail R30m abalone set for international shores
Joint efforts between the Fisheries inspectors from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) as well as Customs officials in...
DMR: Minister Zwane and Premier Mabuza engage Lily mine employees
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and the Mpumalanga Premier, Mr David Mabuza today met with the families of the three trapped Lily Mine workers, mine employees and management of the mine....
05 Feb 2017
DMR: Mosebenzi Zwane on the Lily mine accident
The 5th of February 2017 marks exactly twelve months since the unfortunate accident at Lily mine in Barbeton, Mpumalanga occurred. Since that day, the Department has worked tirelessly to ensure...
02 Feb 2017
SACP: SACP statement on the first anniversary of the accident
The South African Communist Party expresses its message of sincere solidarity with Pretty Nkambule, Yvonne Mnisi, Solomon Nyarende and their families. Nkambule, Mnisi and Nyarende were trapped...
NUM: NUM will not be part of the Lily Mine disaster commemoration
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is not going to be part of the Lily Mine disaster commemoration on February 5 this year. We believe as the NUM that there is nothing to commemorate because...
08 Dec 2016
Compliance with procedural requirements essential when dealing with Customs
The Pretoria High Court  in South Africa(sitting as three judges) recently decided on an appeal case that involved a dispute with Customs. The case outlined the repercussions of non-compliance with...
27 Oct 2016
The Carriage of Dangerous Goods: how to avoid disaster
For those frequent international travellers among us, it is now old hat to ensure that those liquid travel essentials are safely packed in ziplock bags in your carry–on luggage. While it took a bit...
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