| Africatime
Sunday 22 January 2017
(eNCA 01/20/17)
The health department said there are more than enough jobs in public hospitals for graduate doctors. Over 200 medical trainees have complained that they're at home without work because of a lack of internships or community service positions. The department said that there are places for all medicine and pharmacy graduates. South Africa's Junior Doctor's Association says about 135 new doctors want to work in public hospitals, but don't have jobs. But the department said there are jobs for these doctors in rural areas that they are not willing to take. “As I’m sitting here, for this category of doctors we have at least 147 posts available at this moment in time, so the 135...
(The Herald Online 01/20/17)
South Africa is reviewing the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP) to decide the fate of about 200 000 Zimbabwean immigrants whose permits expire in December. In an interview yesterday, South Africa's Home Affairs Department spokesperson Mr Mayihlome Tshwete said Minister Malusi Gigaba was applying his mind to the issue. "The Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba is applying his mind on the matter and has two options whether to renew or not. When he finally makes up his mind, he will announce the final verdict and we will communicate with everyone," said Mr Tshwete. South Africa introduced the new Zimbabwean Special Dispensation Permit in 2014, and permits for about 185 075 people were approved. A South African website quoted Minister Gigaba...
(eNCA 01/20/17)
The Gupta family is expected to file court documents on Friday in their battle with Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan and South Africa’s major banks. Last year, Gordhan bought an application to court asking that he be legally ordered to stay out of the family’s bitter battle with the banks. In that application, he suggested that the R6.8-billion in suspicious and unusual transactions may have led to the closing of the accounts associated with the family. However the Guptas believe...
(Mail & Guardian 01/20/17)
The health department says the problems with placements are overstated but experts wonder if provincial budgets are coping with rising costs. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has denied that problems with placing new medical graduates are widespread. Earlier this week, Bhekisisa reported that more than 200 doctors and pharmacists around the country were waiting for their permanent or community service positions to be confirmed. Newly graduated medical professionals must complete at least one year of community service before they can register...
(Eye Witness News 01/20/17)
Parliament’s probe into the SABC is approaching its final stretch as MPs thrash out what should be contained in its draft report. The failure of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board to carry out its duties is now being dissected at Parliament. Parliament’s probe into the SABC is approaching its final stretch, with Members of Parliament (MPs) thrashing out what should be contained in its draft report. MPs want the draft report to reflect just how short the board...
(Mail & Guardian 01/20/17)
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate’s (Ipid) raid on acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane’s house is not an isolated event. It’s only been a few months since Robert McBride returned to his role as executive director of Ipid, but already he’s showing the police ministry – and Police Minister Nathi Nhleko in particular – what is to come. Police headquarters are scheduled to respond officially to the raid at the home of Phahlane this afternoon. Ipid officers pounced on Phahlane’s...
(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
South Africa's ruling ANC party, which has dominated the country's politics since the end of apartheid, has begun its search for a new leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma. Dwindling popular support, corruption scandals and rampant in-fighting mean that the contest looks set to be a bitter battle exposing divisions at the heart of the party. The contenders will face each other at the African National Congress' (ANC) 54th national elective conference in December when Zuma is expected to stand...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/19/17)
The number of miners killed in South Africa's mines fell in 2016 to a new record low of 73 from 77 in 2015 thanks to a government drive to improve practices, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Thursday. Unions in South Africa, the world's top platinum producer, say the death toll is still too high. It was the ninth consecutive year that fatalities fell in the country, where the government has strived to make the industry improve an appalling...
(Voice of America 01/19/17)
Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, the most dangerous form of TB, is on the rise in South Africa, according to a new study. So-called XDR-TB does not respond to four or more drugs typically used to treat tuberculosis, making the condition potentially lethal. Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, say extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis has spread from person-to-person in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, contributing to a tenfold increase in the number of cases in the country...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
Thirty-three percent of South African CEOs surveyed by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), an international accounting firm, believe their companies will perform better this year, and over 91 percent are confident of growth in the next three years. China was seen as the most important country for their organizations' overall growth prospect, with 36 percent of the respondents thinking so, followed by Briton, the United States and India, PwC said Tuesday in a report. The CEOs also expressed their concern about the exchange rate volatility, uncertain economic growth, regulation, skill shortage, volatile energy cost
(eNCA 01/18/17)
South Africa's made its economic case at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country is on the right path to dealing with current local and global challenges facing the economy. His address at the annual event, comes as the World Bank announced that it expects South Africa's GDP to accelerate by 1.1-percent this year. The World Economic Forum got into full swing on Tuesday, as global political and business leaders made their annual...
(Huffingtonpost 01/18/17)
It's not only Absa, there's a range of companies that received loans which they should pay back. As Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane finalises her report into the missing apartheid billions, recovering that disputed money could go a long way to redressing the legacy of apartheid and helping to build a better South Africa. Activists who have been advocating that action be taken and the funds recovered believe that had the money not been siphoned off from the government coffers, some...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
The Chinese government's decision to terminate ivory processing and trade by the end of 2017 marked a critical milestone in the journey toward eliminating poaching and other threats to Africa's elephant species, a conservationist group said on Wednesday. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) hailed China for taking bold measures to revitalize global efforts to save African elephants whose numbers had declined this decade due to poaching and climatic stresses. "The recent announcement by the central government of...
(Bloomberg 01/17/17)
South African President Jacob Zuma is considering appointing his ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, to his cabinet when she steps down as chairwoman of the African Union Commission, easing her path to succeeding him as national leader, government officials said. The move would bolster Dlamini-Zuma’s profile and chances of replacing Zuma as leader of the ruling African National Congress at a conference in December, according to two deputy ministers and an ANC official, who declined to be identified because they’re not authorized to comment. Zuma told state-owned Motsweding FM radio last week the ANC is ready for a female leader and the job won’t automatically go to his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa
(Reuters (Eng) 01/17/17)
U.S. auto-maker Ford (F.N) will recall 4,500 Kuga SUVs sold in South Africa after dozens of reports of the vehicles catching fire spontaneously, the head of the company's South Africa unit said on Monday. In a joint statement with the National Consumer Commission (NCC), Ford's Southern Africa President and chief executive Jeff Nemeth said the company could confirm 39 incidents of the cars catching fire. "We are not aware of any injuries that have resulted from our engine compartment fires,"...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/17/17)
Carlyle Group (CG.O) has agreed to become the largest shareholder in Johannesburg-based Global Credit Ratings (GCR), the U.S. buyout fund said on Tuesday, looking to broaden the pan-African ratings agency's services. Terms of the deal, which was first reported by the Financial Times, were not disclosed. Carlyle is set to buy around half of the equity in GCR from its management founders and German development finance business DEG, which will remain invested in the company, Carlyle said. GCR serves 400...
(BBC News Africa 01/17/17)
US car giant Ford has recalled more than 4,500 of its Kuga model in South Africa for safety checks after dozens of them caught fire since 2015. Investigations show the fires were caused by overheating in some parts of the engine which led to oil leaks, said Ford SA chief executive Jeff Nemeth. The recall affects the 1.6 litre model, built in Spain between 2012 and 2014. The firm has been under pressure to act since motorist Reshall Jimmy, 33,...
(News24 01/17/17)
Former public protector Thuli Madonsela did most of the work on the Absa R2.25bn bailout probe by herself because staff were against it and already overworked, she told the Cape Town Press Club on Monday.But she denied there was any ulterior motive into the investigation, which her staff had considered to be "out of time". Explaining why the probe took so long, she said the main problem was resources. She said she was just as surprised as anybody else that...
(News24 01/17/17)
The ANC in the Western Cape says members named in former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's state capture report should appear before the party's integrity commission to ease public fears. Acting provincial chairperson Khaya Magaxa said they condemned the "abuse of state machinery" to settle political scores, as well as the "politicization of law enforcement agencies". Magaxa said the Western Cape ANC was worried about state capture report and the noise surrounding its publication. "Any of those things have a capacity...

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