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Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience – Unctad 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 Without policy change, commodity-dependent developing countries risk falling short of achieving their sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas warned on Monday. Unctad and the Food and... 

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for mining sector action

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 South Africa must urgently break the ongoing deadlock on the regulation and transformation of the mining sector to ensure the proper use of this country’s world-class mineral resources, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. In an article on the CR17 Siyavuma campaign website, ahead of this... 

Political will needed to maintain South Africa growth momentum

By: Reuters     11th December 2017 South Africa's economy needs political support to maintain upward momentum into next year, a Reuters poll found on Monday, just days before a conference of the ruling African National Congress. Medians in the poll of 26 economists, surveyed by Reuters last week, suggested the economy will grow... 

Zuma to appeal important judgment on NPA

By: Thabi Madiba     8th December 2017 The Presidency said on Friday that it noted the judgment by the High Court which ruled that National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Shaun Abrahams who heads the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) must vacate his office. The judgment was handed down in the application seeking an order... 

ANC reacts to court setting aside Abrahams appointment

By: African News Agency      8th December 2017 South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANA) said it "noted" Friday's court judgment in Pretoria that the appointment of the country's prosecutions boss, Shaun Abrahams, be set aside. "The ANC will allow the parties involved to reflect on the judgment and its implications as well as... 

Ramaphosa must appoint new NPA head as court rules Abrahams must vacate office

By: News24Wire      8th December 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has two months to appoint a new head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) after the High Court in Pretoria declared the post vacant. In an unexpected turn, Judge Dunstan Mlambo has ruled that Advocate Shaun Abrahams, the National Director of Public... 

NPA boss Shaun Abrahams must vacate his job, judge rules

By: News24Wire      8th December 2017 The High Court in Pretoria has ruled that Advocate Shaun Abrahams, the national director of public prosecutions (NDPP), must vacate his seat. Judge Dunstan Mlambo further ruled it would not be just for the former prosecutions boss Mxolisi Nxasana to be reinstated and that due to his pending... 

The economy must develop young scientists – Ramaphosa

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th December 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the keynote address at the third Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) on Thursday in Pretoria and stressed the importance of using the economy to develop young scientists. The SFSA was being held under the theme ‘Igniting Conversations About Science’. 

SA government takes healthcare services to Kuruman mineworkers

By: African News Agency      6th December 2017 Mineworkers in the manganese-rich town of Kuruman, in the Northern Cape, are set to benefit from integrated healthcare and social services after government partnered with the mining industry and workers associations to launch a centre on Tuesday. The One Stop Health Service Centre is aimed at... 

Ramaphosa rules out IMF assistance for Eskom

By: African News Agency      30th November 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday emphatically ruled out International Monetary Fund (IMF) assistance for struggling State-owned power utility Eskom, saying it could cost the country in terms of sovereignty. "Eskom is a jewel of our democracy and we need to pay attention to it and we... 

Rand bulls hold sway, at least until ANC's December ballot

By: News24Wire      28th November 2017 Rand bulls will win out over rand bears, at least for the next few weeks. That’s the view of analysts from Credit Agricole CIB and Toronto-Dominion Bank on the back on the rand’s best day in almost two years after Moody’s Investors Service kept South Africa’s local rating investment grade.... 

Withdrawal of entire MPRDA only constitutionally acceptable solution – Leon

By: Martin Creamer     28th November 2017 The process of reconsidering the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill has generated a new range of procedural missteps and failed to address any of the substantive problems in the Bill, leaving the entire withdrawal of the Bill as the only constitutionally... 

Support Ramaphosa and we will not see a downgrade – Gordhan

By: News24Wire      24th November 2017 Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Thursday endorsed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, saying he should be given a chance to implement his "New Deal" proposal. "If we support Ramaphosa I can guarantee you we will not see a downgrade," said Gordhan. 

Here is why CR17 is not ahead in ANC leadership race 

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     24th November 2017 In a matter of weeks, the African National Congress (ANC) will elect its fourteenth president. Depending on who or what section of the media one believes, it is either Cyril Ramaohosa (CR17 to his supporters) or Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (NDZ) who is, as they say, ‘miles ahead’. This is not... 

Ramaphosa urges law enforcement to probe State capture without delay

By: African News Agency      16th November 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday said South Africa's law enforcement agencies should waste no time in investigating mounting allegations of state capture at the country's parastatals. "The agencies need to pursue all these allegations with equal vigour... it is something the public as... 

Ramaphosa proposes a New Deal for South Africa

By: News24Wire      14th November 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday evening said there must be an uncompromising rejection of corruption, patronage, cronyism and wastage. "To those with vested interests in ineffective governance, deliberate misgovernance, hidden deals, the concentration of economic control and unfair... 

Automotive skills centre a beacon of hope for empowering youth, industry

By: Dylan Slater     10th November 2017 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) is essential to bridging the human resource development challenge in South Africa and the growth of an effective, competitive and sustainable industry, says Deputy President and permanent Human Resource Development Council of South Africa (HRDC)... 

Business fears political limbo if ANC vote stalls

By: Bloomberg     10th November 2017 South Africa’s main business group fears the country will be stuck in political limbo if infighting causes the ruling party’s elective conference in December not to go ahead. The race to succeed President Jacob Zuma as leader of the African National Congress is widely seen as a head-to-head... 

South Africa only in phase one of political instability

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th November 2017 South Africa has only entered the first phase of the political uncertainty that is expected to persist until at least the 2019 national elections, says University of Witwatersrand School of Governance political analyst Professor Susan Booysen. The country, already settled into a period of “high... 

Cabinet approves minimum wage bill

By: News24Wire      2nd November 2017 Cabinet approved the National Minimum Wage Bill during its fortnightly meeting on November 1. The draft legislation will now be referred to Parliament for further deliberation, after which President Jacob Zuma will be required to officially sign it into law. In February this year representatives... 

SAA’s failure to settle its debt would have resulted in default – Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      2nd November 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said the South African Airways (SAA) bailout was a crucial decision made by government because failure to settle debts would have resulted in SAA defaulting on its debts. Ramaphosa was answering questions in the National Council of Provinces. 

ANC and alliance partners want urgent inquiry into ‘State capture’ 

By: African News Agency      27th October 2017 The African National Congress (ANC) and its Tripartite Alliance partners have agreed on the need for an urgent Judicial Commission of Inquiry into “State capture”. The statement issued on Friday by alliance partners ANC, the South African Communist Party (SACP), Congress of South African Trade... 

Youth job creation a national priority – Ramaphosa

By: Anine Kilian     24th October 2017 Government must focus on finding scalable and pragmatic solutions that can yield measurable results in the shortest possible time to realise Vision 2030 of the National Development Plan, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said at the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator Solutions Exchange, at the... 

KPMG ‘rogue unit’ report grossly unfair to former finance minister Gordhan – Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      20th October 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday said a report compiled by auditing firm KPMG for the South African Revenue Service into the existence of a “rogue spy unit” was “grossly unfair” to former finance minister Pravin Gordhan. The KPMG report , which insinuated that Gordhan knew of a... 

If Zuma removes me, I’ll accept it – Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      19th October 2017 I serve at the pleasure of the President, and If I’m fired, it will be at the pleasure of the President, South Africa’s deputy president said on Thursday. Cyril Ramaphosa was asked by opposition party members in the National Assembly to confirm or deny speculation that he was next in line to be... 

When Cyril wins, he must send Zuma to live in Nkandla – Gordhan 

By: News24Wire      12th October 2017 When Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa wins December's African National Congress (ANC) elective conference, he must send President Jacob Zuma to live in Nkandla, former finance minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday. Gordhan told a conference in Cape Town that his preferred candidate to become... 

Radical? Really?

By: Keith Campbell     29th September 2017 Roughly in the middle of this month (September), speaking on the sidelines of the Annual General Meeting of his luxury goods businesses holding company, Switzerland-based Compagnie Financière Richemont, in Geneva, businessman Johann Rupert, generally regarded as South Africa’s richest man, said... 

Gordhan: KPMG SA was a 'willing partner in State capture'

By: News24Wire      26th September 2017 Auditing firm KPMG SA was a “willing participant in State capture” and its leadership hasn't fully grasped the magnitude of what they were involved in, according to former finance minister Pravin Gordhan. He was in conversation with radio host Eusebius McKaiser on CapeTalk on Tuesday morning. 

South Africa will provide world class 2023 Rugby World Cup, Ramaphosa tells bid committee

By: African News Agency      26th September 2017 South Africa was more than ready to deliver a world class sporting experience should the country’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup be successful, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday. Ramaphosa was in London where he added some gravitas to the country’s world cup bid by addressing... 

NDZ not Zuma’s candidate in ANC leadership race 

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     22nd September 2017 Let me start by quoting from the book Dictator, by Robert Harris – a book about Rome and the last 15 years of Cicero: “You have the soldiers but no legitimacy, we have the legitimacy but no soldiers. What we do both have, however, is a common enemy.” Another bit from the same book: “Your speeches... 

SEEKING PROGRESS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd September 2017 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa have urged business, labour and government negotiators to move decisively on the finalisation of the national minimum wage legislation so that the instrument can be implemented in 2018. Oliphant and Ramaphosa made this appeal... 

Ramaphosa leads SA delegation to London to bid for 2023 Rugby World Cup

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st September 2017 As part of South Africa’s bid to host the Rugby World Cup 2023 tournament, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and a high-level delegation will make their way to London on Sunday to make a presentation to the World Rugby Council.   The delegation will consist of Sport and Recreation Minister Thulas... 

Eskom at a sustainability ‘tipping point’, business and labour warn

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2017 Business and labour raised serious questions on Friday about the sustainability of State-owned electricity producer Eskom in light if its current governance failings, which were now undermining its financial health to the point where government could be force to assist the utility in meeting its... 

Boost Competition Act to address concentration, stimulate transformation – Ramaphosa

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for a broadening of competition policy and legislation to address ongoing structural concentration in the ownership and control in key economic sectors in South Africa, while still continuing to address anticompetitive behaviour by companies. Speaking... 

No credible candidate in the overcrowded race for the presidency of the ANC  

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     23rd August 2017 In recent months and weeks, Lindiwe Sisulu, Mathews Phosa, Baleka Mbete and Jeff Radebe have entered the race for the presidency of the African National Congress (ANC). In other words, the 2017 national conference of the ANC has delivered the highest number of presidential candidates since the... 

Marikana massacre to be commemorated at hillside where massacre occurred

By: News24Wire      16th August 2017 The deaths of 34 miners during the Marikana massacre in 2012 will be commemorated by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Wednesday at the hillside where the massacre occurred. Police shot and killed the miners on August 16, 2012, in an apparent attempt to disperse... 

Conservative streak prevailed at ANC policy conference  

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     21st July 2017 At the end of the policy conference of the African National Congress (ANC), President Jacob Zuma declared that the ruling party was more united than it had been when the conference began. In the process of delivering his closing address, he proposed that the loser in the race for the presidency... 

Years of gridlock face South Africa as new rules hurt mining 

By: Bloomberg     13th July 2017 Executives from Sibanye Gold Ltd., South Africa’s biggest gold miner, were in Los Angeles in the final stages of a roadshow with U.S. bond fund managers last month when a bombshell hit from back home. The government had introduced shock new rules requiring local mines be 30 percent black-owned in... 

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