| Africatime
Thursday 23 March 2017
(AfricaNews 03/23/17)
Brazil’s Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said the government had suspended exports from 21 meat processing units. The South African government on Wednesday suspended imports of meat from establishments suspected to be involved in the Brazil meat scandal. South Africa is joining a chorus of other countries after China, the European Union, South Korea and Chile on Monday announced restrictions of red meat imports from Brazil due to recent evidence showing that Brazilian meat-packers have been selling rotten and substandard produce for several years, especially to export markets.
(The Citizen 03/23/17)
Free State and Limpopo’s provincial executive committees have also endorsed Ramaphosa. The Gauteng chapter of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has joined the increasing number of the federation’s structures to endorse ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed Jacob Zuma as the party’s next president and subsequently president of the republic. Cosatu Gauteng provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile said the provincial executive committee agreed with the decision of the federation’s central executive committee, which identified Ramaphosa to take over from Zuma. Free State and Limpopo’s provincial executive committees also endorsed Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa is earmarked to contest the post against Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The contest has divided the ANC into two groups, each supporting one of the candidates. While Cosatu...
(Eye Witness News 03/23/17)
A Johannesburg woman was allegedly raped in the back of a taxi in front of her 10-year-old son on Sunday. Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Maloban e has called on women who have been sexually assaulted by taxi drivers to come forward and report the crimes, and she’s urging taxi drivers to point out rapists. The MEC held a meeting with taxi associations in Johannesburg on Thursday. Eyewitness News revealed the latest case on Thursday morning that a Johannesburg...
(BBC News Africa 03/23/17)
A boy of 10 was forced to lie face down while his mother was subjected to a four-hour rape ordeal in a Johannesburg taxi, reports from South Africa say. He and his mother were allegedly tricked into boarding the minibus taxi before she was assaulted and ordered to hand over her bank card and PIN number by the three armed occupants. It is thought to be the latest in a string of attacks by the gang. The first reports of...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
China's Sinopec (600028.SS) (0386.HK) will pay almost $1 billion for a 75 percent stake in Chevron Corp's (CVX.N) South African assets and its subsidiary in Botswana to secure its first major refinery in Africa, the companies announced on Wednesday. China Petroleum and Chemical Corp, or Sinopec, Asia's largest oil refiner, said the assets include a 100,000 barrel-per-day oil refinery in Cape Town, a lubricants plant in Durban as well as 820 petrol stations and other oil storage facilities. Chevron Global...
(Eye Witness News 03/23/17)
The Higher Education Department says it believes the Ikusasa Financial Aid Scheme blueprint will help in addressing NSFAS shortfalls. The Department of Higher Education and Training says that while it believes funding for poor students is feasible in South Africa, it is uncertain whether it is possible for all students. It has made submissions at the fees commission of inquiry into higher education and training. The department says it believes the newly piloted Ikusasa Financial Aid Scheme blueprint will help...
(AfricaNews 03/23/17)
The mission is part of the department’s week-long trade and investment mission to Ghana and its neighbour, Nigeria. South African business people who participated in a trade and investment mission to Ghana have expressed confidence that they will soon see tangible results from the trip, the department of trade and industry (dti) said on Wednesday. The mission is part of the department’s week-long trade and investment mission to Ghana and its neighbour, Nigeria, which runs until Saturday, March 25. The...
(Premium Times 03/23/17)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday said the latest fracas in South Africa, in which two Nigerians were involved, was not a xenophobic attack. The ministry in a statement by its spokesperson, Clement Aduku, in Abuja, said that there was no reported loss of live during the incident. It expressed concern that the incident came barely few days when both Nigerian and South African Governments successfully proffered solution to xenophobic attacks against foreigners in South Africa. It said that...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke...
(AFP (eng) 03/22/17)
South Africa's police chief said Wednesday three men had been arrested over a mysterious weekend break-in at the offices of the country's top judge, where 15 computers were stolen. The crime caused a public and political storm with the opposition calling it a attack on the judicial system, as the theft occurred hours after the Constitutional Court headed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng delivered a scathing ruling against the ANC government over welfare payments. The computers containing sensitive information about 250 judges were stolen on Saturday during a burglary at Mogoeng's offices in Johannesburg.
(Reuters (Eng) 03/22/17)
Three suspects have been arrested in connection with a robbery where 15 computers containing information on South Africa's judges and court officials were stolen, acting national police commissioner said on Wednesday. Khomotso Phahlane said the three suspects will appear in court this morning and more arrests were expected. "At this stage we do not have information on whether it was and inside job or not.... the investigation is still at the preliminary level," Phahlane said. "We can't tell what the motive is at this stage." The office of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng called the crime a huge setback
(Financial Times 03/22/17)
South African police have arrested three men over a break-in at the offices of the country’s chief justice which has shaken confidence in the independence of its judiciary. Khomotso Phahlane, the acting national police commissioner, said on Wednesday that despite the arrests, the police had not yet recovered computers stolen from Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s office which contained sensitive personal files on judges. Saturday’s break-in has raised the alarm among civil-society groups and opposition parties in South Africa as it...
(Bloomberg 03/21/17)
South Africa has proposed a new law banning foreigners directly buying agricultural land in the country as the government seeks to boost ownership for the black majority. Non-residents will be allowed to take long leases on the properties or the land should be majority owned by a black South African, according to the Regulation of Agricultural Land Holdings Bill, published in the Government Gazette on Friday. The proposal is open for public comment until April 17. The ruling African National...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/21/17)
South African airport customs officials have confiscated male sexual enhancement tablets worth 20.6 million rand ($1.63 million) en route to Swaziland from India, the revenue service said on Monday. Customs officers found 80,000 tablets and 126,000 oral jellies in transit sheds at Johannesburg's OR Tambo airport on Sunday. The pills were wrapped in brown sacks sent from Mumbai. "These tablets are restricted and controlled substances and must have permits when being imported," the South African Revenue Service (SARS) said in...
(Eye Witness News 03/21/17)
Lawyer Damon Parker says the lawsuit is about ethics with people feeling cheated. A class action lawsuit in the UK over the VW emissions scandal could spark similar cases in other countries, including South Africa. More than 35,000 people in Britain are being represented with the number expected to grow to 100,000 or more. The carmaker used technology to misrepresent emission levels of nitrogen oxide. Lawyer Damon Parker says the lawsuit is about ethics with people feeling cheated. “People feel...
(AL Jazeera 03/21/17)
 
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Property developers buying and renovating old buildings are driving up prices and rents. Some poor families in Cape Town face being moved out, and it's evoking painful memories of apartheid in South Africa. Al Jazeera's Tania Page reports from Wolf River, Cape Town. Tania Page
(Reuters (Eng) 03/21/17)
South African football was embroiled in another scandal on Monday when FIFA said the national team's World Cup qualifying win over Senegal last year was fixed, leaving the legacy of the country's hosting of the 2010 finals in more turmoil. In banning Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey for life, world soccer's governing body said the outcome of South Africa's 2-1 home win in African Group D in November had been contrived. The official was found guilty of unlawfully influencing the match...
(AFP (eng) 03/21/17)
Under a cloudless sky in South Africa's northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat from a demand for Chinese medicine. The gelatin found in the animals' skin has made them a target, leading to a growing wave of donkey slaughtering in several African countries, as gangs seek to fuel a lucrative, and in South Africa illegal, trade. Animal rights groups say the docile beasts of burden are often cruelly...
(AFP (eng) 03/20/17)
Nelson Mandela's eldest grandchild has publicly ditched the ruling African National Congress party over its damaging and seemingly endless scandals. Nelson Mandela led the ANC from 1991 to 1997, carrying the party to an historic election victory at the end of apartheid when he became South Africa's first black president in 1994. "I will not be voting for something that does not resonate with me anymore, and does not resonate for what granddad and his comrades fought for," Ndileka Mandela,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/20/17)
South Africa's police minister will fight a court order to remove the head of an elite police investigation unit, popularly known as the Hawks, after the court ruled his appointment unlawful, media said on Monday. Berning Ntlemeza was appointed in 2015 to lead the powerful Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation, but two domestic non-government bodies, Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation, applied to the High Court to have Ntlemeza removed on the grounds that he was unfit for...

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