Tuesday 17 October 2017
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Cape Town (South Africa) - A group of Russian businesspeople is in South Africa as part of the host government's efforts to boost businesses of black winemakers in the country, APA learnt on Wednesday. Fourteen black winemakers based in the Western Cape Province and another based in Eastern Cape Province are with the Russian delegation attending a four-day session organised by the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Cape Town, the office said. Deputy South African Trade and Industry Minister Bulelani Magwanishe said the Russian Wine Inward Buying Mission is a government initiative aimed at changing the patterns of ownership in the local wine industry. “This initiative seeks to increase exports of South African wines to the Russian market and...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/05/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT.N) plans to spend $50 million over the next five years to add 100 hotels to its chain in Africa, it said on Thursday, joining other chains keen to tap growing business and international travel on the continent. One property will open in the Kenyan capital Nairobi by the end of this year and another in the Rwandan capital Kigali in 2018, it said in a statement. There was 11 percent growth in Sub-Saharan African tourism in the past year, according to data from the U.N. World Tourism Organisation. Hilton said the remaining additions to its 39 existing African properties would be operational within the next five years. “The model of converting existing...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) - The African Union (AU) will on Thursday endorse reports and recommendations on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (ARWE) made by experts and senior officials in a meeting held on Monday and Tuesday. The endorsement will take place during the ministerial session of the AU’s Specialized Technical Committee on ARWE that opened on Thursday in Addis Ababa under the theme “Improve environmental sustainability and transform agriculture to ensure food and nutrition security.” These include policy papers and reports on agriculture, rural development, water and environment and recommendations and guidance on issues in the 2063 Africa Development Agenda, including agriculture, environment, climate change, and youth engagement. Among the points chosen for the discussions are the assessment of...
(AFP 10/05/17)
La Nouvelle-Zélande, déjà assurée de conserver son titre dans le Rugby Championship, va malgré tout aligner sa meilleure équipe pour la dernière journée, samedi au Cap contre l'Afrique du Sud. Ainsi, les cinq joueurs qui avaient été ménagés la semaine passée contre l'Argentine (victoire 36-10) ont été rappelés, et le sélectionneur Steve Hansen devra juste se passer de Brodie Retallick, retourné auprès des siens en raison de problèmes familiaux. Hansen a souligné que même déjà titrés, les All Blacks ne veulent rien laisser au hasard contre leurs rivaux sud-africains, d'autant que les Springboks, humiliés 57-0 au match aller, voudront prendre leur revanche. "On sait qu'on va affronter une fière équipe des Springboks qui sera déterminée à rectifier ce qui s'est...
(AFP 10/04/17)
Eight female members of one family were shot dead in their homes in South Africa, police said Wednesday, with attackers also setting fire to the houses. Six of the victims were aged between three and 18, while two were older women. Police said the cause of the killings was unknown. The killings took place on Tuesday evening in Embangweni village, northwest of the port city of Durban, in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal. "It has been reported that the neighbours heard gunshots, and then the houses caught fire," police spokeswoman Thembeka Mbhele told AFP. Seven people were shot and killed at the scene, and another child later died in hospital. The adjacent homes were reportedly doused in patrol before being...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/04/17)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A senior official in South Africa’s ruling ANC said on Wednesday the party must act against those involved in corruption, and that the issue was damaging its image. Zweli Mkhize, seen as a potential candidate to replace President Jacob Zuma as African National Congress head at a party conference in December, made the remarks at a mining conference in Johannesburg. Mining executives, bankers and investors have all expressed growing concern about governance in Africa’s most industrialized economy. Zuma, who must step down after a general election in 2019, is the focus of numerous corruption allegations, making the issue a touchstone...
(Bloomberg 10/04/17)
South Africa’s government is open to talks over the country’s much-criticized mining charter but the industry must do more to benefit the black majority, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said. The mining industry, represented by the Chamber of Mines, has rejected the government’s new rules, saying extra levies and black-economic empowerment requirements threaten to curb the appeal of investing in projects. A judicial review of the legislation is scheduled to be held in December, in which Zwane must justify the new measures to a bench of judges. The charter, which was published in the Government Gazette in June, is “a living document that’s the subject of the court,” Zwane said in a speech in Johannesburg Tuesday. “As government and this...
(AFP (eng) 10/03/17)
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returned to South Africa on Tuesday for the first time since his wife claimed diplomatic immunity over allegedly assaulting a model in a Johannesburg hotel room. Mugabe, 93, was not accompanied by his wife Grace as he met President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria, six weeks after the alleged attack sparked diplomatic tension between the two neighbours. Mugabe used his opening remarks at the talks to stress the close relations between Zimbabwe and South Africa, but did not mention the incident. "Had we had a say in the choice of a neighbour, we would have chosen you," he said, to laughter from ministers on both sides.
(AFP (eng) 10/03/17)
The family of jailed Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius said Tuesday that it would pursue legal action over a coming US film about his murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. In a statement, the Pistorius family said neither it nor the Steenkamps were consulted about the film, "Blade Runner Killer", which is set to premiere on the Lifetime network in the US on November 11. The athlete's family criticised the project for not being a "true reflection" of the shooting nor of Pistorius's marathon trial which gripped the world. "The 'film' is a gross misrepresentation of the truth," the family said in a statement. "We will be taking legal action." Pistorius, 30, is serving a six-year prison term for killing Steenkamp...
(AFP (eng) 10/03/17)
The parents of Reeva Steenkamp, the model shot dead by Oscar Pistorius, expressed outrage Monday over an upcoming US film about how the Paralympic athlete gunned down their daughter. June and Barry Steenkamp said they were "horrified and upset" at reports that the film claimed to tell the story of the 2013 killing from the perspective of Reeva and June, her mother. The Steenkamps stressed they had not collaborated in the project or knew anything about it being made, and said they were still in mourning for their daughter. "Any impression that is created that this is June's view, or that the movie is endorsed by the Steenkamp family, is untrue and incorrect," they said in a statement. A trailer...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/03/17)
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa’s audit regulator will fast-track an investigation into global auditor KPMG over work done for business friends of President Jacob Zuma, the regulator’s chief executive told lawmakers on Tuesday. The Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors’ inquiry into KPMG follows an internal investigation in which the firm found work it did for companies owned by the Gupta family “fell considerably short” of the firm’s standards. The Guptas, a trio of businessmen accused by a watchdog of improperly influencing the award of government contracts, has denied wrongdoing, as has Zuma. But KPMG last month cleared out its South African leadership as several companies considered dropping KPMG and after the finance minister asked government departments to review their...
(AFP (eng) 09/30/17)
Eleven people were killed in a series of overnight shootings in a Cape Town township, police said Saturday, including four victims shot dead when gunmen opened fire in a bar. Extra police officers were deployed to the Philipi district of Cape Town, a city that suffers from regular gang violence and armed clashes between rival criminal groups. "We have deployed teams comprising specialist detectives, high-risk units and intelligence operatives," police spokeswoman Novela Potelwa told the News 24 website. "We already executed search operations that are set to continue throughout the day. The police are doing their best to arrest those responsible." Tens of thousands of people live in informal shack settlements in Philipi, located in the notoriously crime-ridden Cape Flats...
(AFP (eng) 09/30/17)
The 2018 World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal will be replayed on either November 8 or November 9, the Senegalese Football Federation (FSF) said on Friday. The FSF said FIFA had decided on the possible dates for the rearranged game, with the initial 2-1 South Africa victory on November 12, 2016 having been chalked off after the match was manipulated by referee Joseph Lamptey. The Ghanaian awarded South Africa a controversial penalty in the original Group D encounter. Lamptey has since been given a life ban by FIFA for match manipulation. Burkina Faso and Cape Verde both have six points after four matches in Group D, with Senegal on five and South Africa on one, but with this...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/29/17)
South Africa must sort out its political problems in order to kickstart structural reform and unlock economic growth, central bank governor Lesetja Kganyago told Reuters on Thursday. Speaking on the sidelines of a conference organised in London by the Bank of England, Kganyago also said financial market inflation expectations seemed to be out of kilter with reality. He added that he was happy with the South African Reserve Bank's independence following a flurry of criticism earlier this year. South Africa has fallen into recession in a year that has also seen corruption rows, infighting between potential successors to scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma and the row over central bank independence. Kganyago said that politics remained the key to economic improvement, especially...
(Xinhuanet 09/29/17)
With South Africa's "strike season" in full swing, the Department of Labor on Thursday warned against frequent strikes that is harming both the economy and the labor force. In its latest Industrial Action Report, the department said the South African labor market lost a total of 946,323 working days as a result of 122 work stoppages last year. This represents a 4.7-percent increase in working days lost in 2016 as compared to 903,921 days in 2015, according to the report. In term of wages lost, the South African labor economy lost approximately 161 million rand (about 12 million U.S. dollars) due to work stoppages in 2016, up from 116 million rand in 2015. Most of the work stoppages were due...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/29/17)
South Africa’s central bank has told top lenders they cannot fire auditor KPMG [KPMG.UL], entangled in a scandal involving friends of President Jacob Zuma, because it might undermine financial stability, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. KPMG sacked its South African leadership two weeks ago after it found work the accounting firm had done for companies owned by the Gupta family “fell considerably short” of its standards. KPMG has said it will ask a senior legal figure to conduct an external investigation into whether its South Africa-based workers were complicit in illegal activities or colluded in producing a report that has since been discredited. The scandal has raised questions about the survival of the local unit of KPMG,...
(Eye Witness News 09/29/17)
Eskom has also confirmed that former acting CEO Matshela Koko's disciplinary hearing is scheduled to commence within the next two weeks. Almost 20 hours after Eyewitness News revealed that Eskom's chief financial officer Anoj Singh has been suspended, the utility has now finally confirmed the sanction. It released a statement a few minutes ago, saying Singh who was on special leave has now been suspended pending a disciplinary hearing. Eskom has also confirmed that former acting CEO Matshela Koko's disciplinary hearing is scheduled to commence within the next two weeks. Gia Nicolaides
(AFP (eng) 09/29/17)
Government shutdowns of the internet have cost sub-Saharan Africa about $237 million since 2015, according to a study released Friday, as authorities increasingly implement planned disruptions. At least 12 countries have had internet shutdowns, often before elections or when protests erupt, with mobile internet networks most recently suspended in Togo during opposition demonstrations. "Internet disruptions, however short-lived, undermine economic growth, disrupt the delivery of critical services, erode business confidence, and raise a country’s risk profile," the CIPESA report said. The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) released its...
(Financial Times 09/28/17)
Cosatu backs Ramaphosa to succeed the president as ANC leader. South Africa’s biggest trade union federation brought thousands of workers on to the streets of cities to protest against corruption under President Jacob Zuma, and demand that Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president, replace him. Wednesday’s national strike, organised by Cosatu, which has 1.7m members, and the South African Communist party, took place in Johannesburg, Cape Town and other big cities across the country. That the protest was even called for reveals the deep fractures within the ruling African National Congress over Mr Zuma’s scandal-hit leadership — including his ties to the Gupta business family — as Cosatu and the Communist party are part of the ruling African National Congress alliance...
(Bloomberg 09/28/17)
As the battle to succeed South African President Jacob Zuma as leader of the African National Congress grows increasingly fractious, party Treasurer-General Zweli Mkhize is emerging as a possible compromise choice to keep the continent’s oldest political movement from tearing itself apart. While the race for the top job is widely seen as a head-to-head contest between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the president’s ex-wife and former chairwoman of the African Union Commission, Mkhize, a 61-year-old medical doctor, has two advantages: he’s stayed above the infighting and has strong support in his home region of KwaZulu-Natal, which has the most ANC members of the nation’s nine provinces.

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