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Zuma unveils OR Tambo statue in commemoration

By: Sane Dhlamini     19th October 2017 The life of former African National Congress (ANC) president Oliver Reginald Tambo was commemorated on Thursday with the unveiling of a new statue of the former anti-apartheid struggle stalwart at international arrivals at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. President Jacob Zuma... 

Mandela slates 'insensitive' proposal to exclude coloured and Indian BEE contractors

By: News24Wire      17th October 2017 A proposal to exclude South Africans who are coloured and those of Indian descent from lucrative state contracts in KwaZulu-Natal is ill-conceived and designed to only benefit the advantaged, said MP and chief Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela on Monday. "The proposal flies in the face of the significant... 

SA business ‘complicit’ in looting of State – Jay Naidoo

By: African News Agency      5th October 2017 Activist for social justice, Jay Naidoo, on Thursday urged the South African business community to find its moral compass and not be complicit in the looting of the State by greedy individuals. Naidoo, who was founding general secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and a... 

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... 

KPMG South Africa shakes out top management over Gupta scandal

By: Reuters     15th September 2017 Global auditor KPMG cleared out its South African leadership on Friday after damning findings from an internal investigation into work done for the Guptas, businessmen friends of President Jacob Zuma accused of improperly influencing government contracts. KPMG's investigation did not identify any... 

Cape Town’s first oil storage, distribution terminal open for business

By: Samantha Herbst     30th August 2017 Cape Town’s first independent oil storage and distribution terminal, Burgan Cape Terminal, was officially opened in the Eastern Mole of the Port of Cape Town on Tuesday. The city’s newest energy asset offers 122 000 m3 of diesel and petrol storage and will offer the option to blend bioethanol and... 

Joburg Property Company showcases city’s heritage 

     3rd August 2017 The Johannesburg Property Company invited media in June to view some of its property initiatives around the city, which includes the refurbishment of two heritage sites.  

Platinum industry redoubling marketing efforts in the midst of oversupply

By: Ilan Solomons     28th July 2017 Marketing is immensely important for the platinum sector, which is battling a pervasive weak price environment, with the metal trading at about $925/oz, compared with the all-time high of $2 270/oz in 2008, and an oversupplied market. Marketing of the metal’s various uses has only increased in... 

Here we are . . .

By: Riaan de Lange     28th July 2017 Born to be kings. We're the princes of the universe. These are the opening lyrics of British rock band Queen’s 1986 song, Princes of the Universe, and they resonate with me as my car grinds to a halt and I step outside to appreciate the most glorious view I have ever beheld. As to where I am . .... 

Sign language to become official in SA

By: African News Agency      27th July 2017 Sign language could soon become South Africa’s 12th official language as recommended by Parliament’s constitutional review committee, the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) said on Thursday. ”The committee is recommending that section 6 (1) and (5) (a) be amended to include South African... 

State capture is about ‘stealing State resources’ – Gordhan  

By: Sane Dhlamini     27th July 2017 Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday that State capture was about “stealing State resources” and that it was a no-go area for him and his former deputy Mcebisi Jonas. Gordhan and Jonas both addressed a seminar organised by the University of Johannesburg, on State capture,... 

Joburg Property Company showcases city’s heritage

By: David Oliveira     21st July 2017 In a R60-million renovation project, the former post office on Rissik street is being restored to its former glory as one of Johannesburg’s stand-out heritage sites. During a media tour hosted by the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC) last month, Johannesburg-based Paradigm Architects principal... 

Civil society unites to combat State capture  

By: Sane Dhlamini     18th July 2017 Representatives from over 130 civil society organisations gathered on Tuesday at the Conference for the Future of South Africa, in Johannesburg, to publicly unite South Africa against corruption, State capture and the abuse of power by President Jacob Zuma’s government. The conference, organised... 

Lesedi Nuclear Services Nelson Mandela Day

     18th July 2017 To celebrate Nelson Mandela day, Lesedi staff will be devoting their time and efforts to provide warm meals to more than 500 poverty stricken residents in the communities of Atlantis and Joe Slovo Park in the Western Cape. Lesedi believes it is important to give back to disadvantaged communities... 

Zuma should step aside – Gordhan

By: News24Wire      18th July 2017 President Jacob Zuma should step aside and allow someone to lead the country and reset the course to fulfil the kind of aspirations that Nelson Mandela and his generation had for South Africa, former finance minister Pravin Gordhan said on Tuesday. Gordhan told talk show host Eusebius McKaiser in... 

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... 

Barloworld Equipment celebrates 90 years in South Africa

By: Dylan Slater     16th June 2017 South African distributor of US-based construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s products, Barloworld Equipment turns 90 years old this year – a milestone set in place in 1927 when Charles “Punch” Barlow built a lasting relationship with Caterpillar.  

Out of the ‘shadow State’

By: Terence Creamer     16th June 2017 The stomach-churning #GuptaLeaks revelations have demonstrated in dismaying detail just how far President Jacob Zuma and his allies have veered off the path laid so painstakingly by struggle icons such as Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo. Indeed, even if the media reports arising from the leaks... 

Platinum drop fires social unrest as villagers turn on mines

By: Bloomberg     13th June 2017 More platinum wealth lies beneath South African soil than anywhere else on Earth, and for decades the companies that extracted the precious metal promised to help improve the lives of the impoverished people who live above their mines. Those communities are getting tired of waiting.... 

Anglo American Platinum Partners With Afrigrow And The North West Department Of Education To Host The Garden Heroes Project Awards

     12th June 2017 Anglo American Platinum is proud to announce the culmination of its partnership with AfriGrow and the North West Department of Education on the Garden Heroes Project, an initiative focused on building sustainable food gardens in schools.   The 12-month project, which was launched in June 2016,... 

South African Reserve Bank says platinum coin concept not viable 

By: Terence Creamer     12th June 2017 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has no intention of mandating the South African Mint to produce a platinum coin to be marketed along the lines of the successful Krugerrand gold coin, revealing that feasibility studies have shown the concept to be unviable. Deputy governor Francois Groepe... 

Chamber looks forward to years when platinum Mandela coin gains pre-eminence 

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2017 The Chamber of Mines of South Africa is looking forward to the years when a platinum Mandela coin gains pre-eminence globally, emulating South Africa’s great success with gold coinage. This month’s launch by the UK’s Royal Mint of its first-ever platinum bullion products has rekindled hopes that... 

SA Mint should review Mandela coin plans after Royal Mint blazes new platinum coin trail

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2017 The decision of the Royal Mint, in the UK, to launch its first-ever platinum bullion products has rekindled hopes that the South African Mint will wipe the dust off its plans for a Mandela coin in platinum and mimic some of its gold coin success. In what is potentially a beneficial measure to... 

The unravelling of Jacob Zuma  

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     19th May 2017 At the memorial service for former President Nelson Mandela, a section of the crowd booed President Jacob Zuma. At the end of last year, former Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom stood up at a meeting of the national executive committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC) and proposed a vote... 

I’m unashamedly encouraging mass mobilisation, says Gordhan

By: African News Agency      1st April 2017 A defiant former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Saturday encouraged mass mobilisation in the wake of President Jacob Zuma’s much maligned Cabinet reshuffle that saw him and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas fired along with several other ministers. Speaking at a memorial service in Johannesburg for... 

Ramaphosa against Gordhan’s removal 

By: African News Agency      31st March 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday expressed his dissatisfaction with the sacking of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, adding that President Jacob Zuma presented the top African National Congress (ANC) leadership with a “ready made” list of the new Cabinet without consultation. Ramaphosa... 

Zuma postpones Cabinet meeting

By: News24Wire      29th March 2017 President Jacob Zuma has postponed the start of Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting “to later this afternoon” to enable members to attend the funeral of struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada, the Presidency said. “President Jacob Zuma has again expressed deep sadness and extended his heartfelt condolences to... 

Slow progress in payouts to former miners – Oliphant

By: African News Agency      24th March 2017 Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant on Thursday conceded that efforts to reach out and compensate former mineworkers, many of whom from neighbouring countries, have not been satisfactory. In his keynote address at the Southern Africa Trust summit on social security and compensation... 

Opportunities from the Indian Ocean Rim

By: Riaan de Lange     24th March 2017 Indian Ocean Rim Association Well, this certainly is a blast from the past. It was a long time ago. I had just joined the then South African Chamber of Business (Sacob) – on March 1, 1995 – and, within a few days, I was jetting off to Mauritius. I thought that I had hit the big time, and yes, the... 

The African way of Western leadership practices can lead to business success, study finds

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd March 2017 A hybrid approach to leadership, merging Western and African styles, may be key to business success in African markets, a new Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Business School study has found. Despite the significant differences, a combination of Western pragmatism and African... 

Foreign policy rows all about the changing balance of power  

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     17th February 2017 The year began with two rows on foreign policy. The first was about a visit to Taiwan by Solly Msimang in his capacity as the executive mayor of Tshwane. The second, which riled the African National Congress (ANC) even more, was about a visit to Israel by Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi... 

Township businesses need protection

By: Sydney Majoko     17th February 2017 On the last Monday of January, we woke up to the news that the manager of the internationally renowned Sakhumzi restaurant, in Vilakazi street, in Soweto was murdered in an attempted robbery. In the grand scheme of things, although this sounds callous, it was just another one of all the murders... 

Mining remains core to defining South Africa’s economy – Manuel 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2017 For the last 150 years, mining has been the driving force of South African industry and economic development. Even though dislike of mining is expressed in various ways, that does not take away from the manner in which mining has shaped South Africa and influenced the interactions of its people. 

Zuma pushing SA to crisis point – FW de Klerk

By: News24Wire      2nd February 2017 President Jacob Zuma is determined to accelerate South Africa's descent to an economic and racial crisis, FW de Klerk, the country's last apartheid head of state, said on Thursday. “President Zuma is determined to accelerate our descent along the road to state capture, economic crisis and racial... 

Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital seeks to bring hope 

     12th January 2017 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: The brainchild and dream of former statesman Nelson Mandela, who encouraged society’s involvement in the nurturing and safeguarding of children, The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, will soon launch. Megan... 

The great autocrat

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2016 One of the highest points of my career as a journalist happened, back in 1994, when I interviewed then Cuban President Fidel Castro, in Pretoria. He was attending the inauguration of President Nelson Mandela. Castro was unquestionably a very impressive man. And there can be no doubt that, love... 

Council for Geoscience okays Thyspunt for nuclear development 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2016 State-owned Eskom on Tuesday welcomed the Council for Geoscience’s (CGS’s) confirmation that there are no geological, bedrock topography or seismological problems at the proposed Thyspunt nuclear site that could possibly disqualify the area for the construction of a nuclear installation. In... 

Results Of 2016 International Coastal Clean-Up For Cape Provinces Released

     12th December 2016 According to the results of the 20th International Coastal Clean-Up (ICC) that took place on Saturday, the 17th of September 2016, glass bottles and pieces and paper bags have taken over from PET bottles and bottle caps as macro pollutants on Cape beaches.  Good turn-out of volunteers The ICC is... 

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