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Ramaphosa's new 10-person land reform advisory panel

By: News24Wire      21st September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the names of his 10-person advisory panel on land reform.  The president announced the establishment of the panel when he unveiled the state's stimulus package on Friday morning in Pretoria.  

Ramaphosa aims to crowd in private resources for infrastructure fund

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed the creation of a public-private infrastructure fund at the heart of an economic stimulus and recovery plan, otherwise constrained by South Africa’s serious fiscal constraints. In unveiling the plan during a briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan... 

Government's economic stimulus package to be made public soon – Presidency

By: African News Agency      17th September 2018 The economic stimulus package adopted by cabinet will reprioritise government spending within the existing fiscal framework towards activities that will stimulate economic activity, the presidency said on Sunday. President Cyril Ramaphosa had "shared" with South Africa’s business and labour... 

Nedlac provides update on legislative changes, stresses need to cooperate to grow economy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th September 2018 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has announced that the Equity Act will be amended, following a report by the South African Human Rights Commission that found some policies around affirmative action unconstitutional and not aligned with international best practice. She said, in her opening... 

Mabuza: 'Surgical and difficult austerity measures' may be necessary  

By: News24Wire      14th September 2018 Deputy President David Mabuza said on Friday during his address to the annual Nedlac conference in Johannesburg that the state may have to implement "surgical and difficult austerity measures”. He also called on local South African companies with cash reserves to start investing in SA, saying... 

Agricultural organisations commit to developing national strategy

By: Simone Liedtke     27th August 2018 The presidents of the African Farmers Association of South Africa (Afasa), the National African Farmers Union of South Africa (Nafu SA), Agri SA and the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (Tau-SA), as members of the Agri Sector Unity Forum (Asuf), on Monday declared their intent to work... 

More black farmers needed in a sustainable and orderly way – AgriSA  

By: African News Agency      24th August 2018 Farm group AgriSA says the solution to the country's heated land expropriation debate is to provide land for urban housing, industrialisation and farming, while more black farmers should be introduced in a sustainable and orderly way. AgriSA president Dan Kriek said the political solution was... 

No land grabs allowed – ANC assures AgriSA  

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st August 2018 Agricultural industry association AgriSA said on Tuesday that it welcomed the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) policy commitments regarding agrarian reform and agricultural property with respect to the ongoing debate on the expropriation of land without compensation. AgriSA and representatives... 

AgriSA meeting with the ANC "successful"

By: News24Wire      21st August 2018 AgriSA president Dan Kriek met President Cyril Ramaphosa in Cape Town on Tuesday, while the organisation's CEO, Omri van Zyl, held talks with Deputy President David Mabuza in Johannesburg. The meetings were part of two separate consultation processes: Kriek met Ramaphosa as part of the... 

ANC, AgriSA to meet over expropriation, economy

By: News24Wire      20th August 2018 The ANC and AgriSA, the country’s largest representative body of commercial farmers, will meet on Tuesday to discuss the heated issue of expropriation without compensation. This follows months of uncertainty in the agricultural sector and the broader economy after the ANC’s initial decision to... 

Karoo’s MeerKAT radio telescope sets scene for pioneering scientific discovery

By: Dylan Slater     10th August 2018 The Karoo-based MeerKAT radio telescope, located about 90 km from Carnarvon, in the Northern Cape, was inaugurated on July 13, giving the public a glimpse into what was unveiled as the best of its kind and a true benchmark in terms of pioneering scientific cosmic discovery, says South African... 

Govt moving to accelerate measures to boost township economy

By: Sydney Majoko     10th August 2018 One of the most frustrating realities of government operations is the red tape that entrepreneurs experience when they seek assistance. The slow wheels of government-led initiatives tend to drive many entrepreneurs to despair before they even embark on the first step of their economic endeavours.... 

Karoo’s MeerKAT radio telescope sets scene for pioneering scientific discovery

By: Dylan Slater     10th August 2018 The Karoo-based MeerKAT radio telescope, located about 90 km from Carnarvon, in the Northern Cape, was inaugurated on July 13, giving the public a glimpse into what was unveiled as the best of its kind and a true benchmark in terms of pioneering scientific cosmic discovery, says South African... 

BIG SCIENCE

27th July 2018 Situated near the town of Carnarvon, in the Northern Cape, Antenna 47 (pictured above) lies within the outer limits of the greater 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope, inaugurated on July 13 by Deputy President David Mabuza and Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. The MeerKAT is... 

2018 Metals and Engineering Indaba to contribute in shaping policy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 Delegates attending the 2018 Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton on 20 and 21 September will have an opportunity to influence economic policies that have a direct impact on the businesses they operate. The Indaba, now in its fourth year of... 

MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated as precursor to larger SKA project 

26th July 2018 After a decade in design and construction, the MeerKAT radio telescope, which is located about 90km from Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, was inaugurated earlier this month. Simone Liedtke tells us a bit more about this step towards building an international enterprise. 

MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated as precursor to larger SKA project

By: Simone Liedtke     13th July 2018 After a decade in design and construction, the MeerKAT radio telescope, located about 90 km from Canarvon in the Northern Cape, was inaugurated on Friday. The MeerKAT is the precursor to the R10-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) – an international enterprise to build the largest and most... 

More must be done for youth development, job creation – Mabuza

By: Anine Kilian     22nd June 2018 The Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) should be able to contribute meaningfully in answering why South Africa’s unemployment rate remains stubbornly high, at 27.7%, Deputy President David Mabuza said on Friday.   Addressing delegates at the twentieth HRDC meeting, in Johannesburg, he... 

SA no longer has agreement with Russians on nuclear, says Radebe

By: News24Wire      4th June 2018 Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe told eNCA on Sunday evening that South Africa no longer had an agreement with the Russians to procure for the development of nuclear energy for the country. Speaking to journalist and political analyst Karima Brown on the news network’s show The Fix, Radebe said he... 

Ramaphosa appoints Mabuza as Russia envoy

By: News24Wire      14th May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Deputy President David Mabuza as his special envoy to Russia, according to a statement from the Presidency. The move appears to set a point of departure on South Africa’s role in the BRICS group of emerging economies which include Brazil, Russia, India and... 

South Africa urged to invest in early childhood development

By: Nadine James     10th May 2018 South Africa needs to increase its investment in early childhood development and ensuring quality training for educators at the basic education and foundation phase levels, specifically in maths and science, as well as increase the number of technical vocational education and training (TVET) and... 

Salary disparities between workers and executives worry ANC – Mabuza

By: African News Agency      1st May 2018 Deputy President David Mabuza on Tuesday said South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) was deeply concerned about the major imbalances between the incomes of workers in South Africa in comparison with those who occupy executive positions. "The ANC is very concerned about the... 

Municipal union welcomes new Ministers, wants VAT increase scrapped

By: African News Agency      27th February 2018 Newly appointed South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene should ensure that the increase in value added tax announced in the 2018 budget last week is not implemented, the South African Municipal Workers Union said on Tuesday. Nene, fired as finance minister by former president Jacob Zuma in... 

Ramaphosa announces sweeping Cabinet changes

26th February 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s statement outlining changes to the National Executive. 

From 'rejoicing' to 'good riddance', opposition parties react to Zexit

By: News24Wire      15th February 2018 The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it is "rejoicing" at the news that Jacob Zuma has resigned as president, while the United Democratic Movement (UDM) says "good riddance". Zuma announced on Wednesday evening that, although he does not agree with his decision, he will resign as president of the... 

Ramaphosa headed for stormy seas 

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     24th January 2018 The African National Congress (ANC) has a new leader. The question is whether Cyril Ramaphosa is the next President of South Africa. In other words, will Ramaphosa lead the ANC to victory in the national election in 2019, and will the ANC recoup the electoral losses it suffered in the last two... 

We have shown that 'unity of the ANC is sacrosanct' - Zuma 

By: News24Wire      21st December 2017 President Jacob Zuma says there are no winners or losers, after Cyril Ramaphosa was elected the new leader of the African National Congress (ANC). In a statement on Thursday morning, Zuma said the ANC was the clear winner after the election. 

ANC leadership race really a contest between Ramaphosa and Zuma  

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     15th December 2017 Twelve months ago, I had no doubt that  the national conference of the African National Congress (ANC) would elect Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as president of the ruling party and successor to President Jacob Zuma. Today, a day before the commencement of the conference, I am not so sure. In the past... 

Mpumalanga Premier unable to attend Mining Charter imbizo owing to Russia trip

By: Ilan Solomons     26th June 2017 Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza was unable to attend a community engagement imbizo in the Steve Tshwete local municipality, in Mpumalanga, regarding the third iteration of the Mining Charter, last week, as he was out of the country on an official trade and investment trip to Russia, said... 

Zwane forced to beat a hasty retreat from community engagement imbizo

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd June 2017 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane was, on Friday, forced to leave a community engagement imbizo in the Steve Tshwete local municipality, in Mpumalanga, without addressing the meeting. The Minister, who was meant to hear the views of affected communities following the release of the third... 

Two Mpumalanga municipalities struggling to settle Eskom debt, says DA

By: African News Agency      31st January 2017 Two Mpumalanga municipalities were unable to honour debt payments to Eskom and could face total blackout this week, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Tuesday. “These two municipalities are the only remaining ones out of the initial eight, that have failed to reach an agreement with Eskom on... 

Experts to determine if Lily Mine rescue efforts to continue

By: News24Wire      15th February 2016 Rescue efforts for the three missing miners at Lily Mine near Barberton may continue at midday, AMCU leader Joseph Mathunjwa told News24 on Monday. Mathunjwa said they would meet with geological experts before 11:00 in the hope of continuing rescue efforts by midday. “I can’t say much for now. We... 

Cosatu's biggest affiliate wants Ramaphosa for president

By: News24Wire      25th November 2015 The Congress of South African Trade Unions' (Cosatu's) biggest affiliate, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu), has supported the proposal that the trade union federation endorse Cyril Ramaphosa as the African National Congress' (ANC's) next president. Nehawu, along... 

Inquiry into socioeconomic conditions of farmworkers

By: News24Wire      25th August 2015 Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza has launched a R10-million commission of inquiry into the socio-economic conditions of farmworkers in the province. Launching the eight-member commission in Mbombela on Monday, Mabuza said they were given eight months to complete the task. 

Progress made in supplying water to Mashonamini village

By: SANews, SA government news service     20th January 2015 The Department of Water and Sanitation says steady progress is being made in providing water to the residents of Mashonamini village, in Bushbuckridge Local Municipality. The department on Monday said phase one of projects to deliver water to the area has been completed. A total of R601-million... 

R9.9m water-bottling plant handed over in Mpumalanga 

By: Natalie Greve     24th March 2014 A 22-member water-bottling cooperative is the official beneficiary of a R9.9-million government-funded fully-equipped water-bottling plant, in Donkerhoek, Mpumalanga, as part of a provincial Comprehensive Rural Development Programme aimed at contributing to job creation and poverty alleviation in... 

Technicrete donates stock bricks and roof tiles to Bushbuckridge housing project

21st January 2014 Beneficiaries in 10 Wards in the Bushbuckridge Municipality benefited from the collaboration between Buscor, a leading passenger bus company that operates predominantly in the Lowveld region of the Mpumalanga Province and Technicrete, a manufacturer of concrete products, to assist in the... 

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