| Africatime
Friday 24 March 2017
(Xinhuanet 03/13/17)
South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) announced on Sunday a discussion document with a view to generating some policy changes in improving the ruling party's social, economic and political performance. The Economic Transformation Discussion Document, currently inviting public comments, will be on the agenda of the ANC's 53rd National Policy Conference, schedule from June 30 to July 5, ANC Head of Policy Jeff Radebe said at a press conference. He explained that the party would now see the shift from political emancipation to social-economic freedom, which could be achieved through radical economic transformation.
(Reuters (Eng) 03/13/17)
South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) needs to end corruption and party divisions, and deliver on promises to tackle poverty if it is to halt a decline in voter support, a party policy document said on Sunday. The report was produced by the party leadership and comes as the ANC prepares to select a successor to President Jacob Zuma this year. It warned that the party which has ruled virtually unopposed since the end of apartheid in 1994 now faced "declining fortunes". The ANC has been under severe pressure to respond with new policies after municipal elections last year when it lost its grip on cities including Pretoria and Johannesburg. More than two decades after the ANC ended white-minority...
(Bloomberg 03/13/17)
South Africa’s ruling party said the nation’s presidency should have stronger powers to drive government policy and allocate budget resources. “The presidency must be strengthened as the strategic center of power in the state,” the African National Congress said in a discussion document released Sunday before a June 30-July 5 policy conference in Johannesburg. It must drive the “planning and policy, resource allocation and enforcement,” the party said. The release of the document comes in the wake of a feud between President Jacob Zuma and his Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan for control of the nation’s finances. While Zuma has spearheaded a drive for “radical economic transformation” to give the country’s black majority a bigger stake in the economy, Gordhan has...
(BBC News Africa 03/13/17)
The mother of the baby whose alleged abduction sparked a national manhunt in South Africa has been arrested. One-month-old Siwaphiwe Mbambo was found alive and well around midnight on Saturday. The mother had told police that she was taken during a car-jacking outside a shopping centre in the South African city of Durban on Friday. But a police official has accused her of making the crime up, after the baby was found with her boyfriend. The boyfriend, and a woman thought to be his other girlfriend, have also been arrested. "This was a false case and cost us money and resources that could have been deployed in other places‚" said Maj Gen Bala Naidoo‚ KwaZulu-Natal deputy provincial commissioner for the...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/13/17)
The United Arab Emirates, one of the Middle East's largest economies, wants to expand trade ties with faster growing nations in Asia and Africa, a senior official said on Sunday. Rich Gulf Arab states are looking at ways to diversify their economies, including who they trade with, after more than two years of depressed oil prices forced a rethink of government spending. The pace of economic growth in Asian and sub-Saharan African economies has made them ideal partners, Abdullah al-Saleh, undersecretary for foreign trade and industry at the UAE ministry of the economy, told Reuters in an interview in Dubai. Asia's two largest economies China and India are expected to grow by 6.5 percent and 7.2 percent this year whilst...
(The Associated Press 03/11/17)
South African taxi drivers on Friday blocked roads around Johannesburg's main international airport to protest against ride-hailing company Uber, causing some passengers to miss their flights. The protest by drivers with metered cabs, who say Uber unfairly siphons business from them, caused morning traffic jams on two highways near O.R. Tambo International Airport. Police later cleared the roads. The impact of the blockade will continue "to be felt throughout the day due to earlier delays, particularly on flights that need to return to O. R. Tambo International Airport," Airports Company South Africa, which manages the airport, said in a statement. "Airlines have informed the airport that passengers that missed flights in the morning are being accommodated on other flights." South...
(The Associated Press 03/11/17)
South African taxi drivers on Friday blocked roads around Johannesburg's main international airport to protest against ride-hailing company Uber, causing some passengers to miss their flights. The protest by drivers with metered cabs, who say Uber unfairly siphons business from them, caused morning traffic jams on two highways near O.R. Tambo International Airport. Police later cleared the roads. The impact of the blockade will continue "to be felt throughout the day due to earlier delays, particularly on flights that need to return to O. R. Tambo International Airport," Airports Company South Africa
(The Guardian 03/11/17)
In 1994 Shoshozola became the unofficial anthem of South Africa’s “miracle” transition into democracy. Taking its title from the Ndebele word for “going forward”, it was a song expressing the hardship of the lives of migrant labourers from what was then Rhodesia, who travelled on steam trains to work in South Africa’s mines. Today it has a painful irony as migrants find themselves no longer welcome in post-apartheid South Africa. A recent spate of violent attacks led to an anti-xenophobia protest on 9 March. About 200 locals and foreigners, under the banner of the Coalition of Civics against Xenophobia, took to the streets of Pretoria calling for an end to the violence against foreign-born Africans and South Asians in South...
(AFP (eng) 03/10/17)
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Pretoria on Friday over fears that South Africa's welfare agency may be unable to make benefit payments to millions of poor people. The march was led by Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance party, and follows weeks of uncertainty over grants to more than 17 million people. It is feared that payments will come to a halt after the government failed to announce a new company to process them when the current distributor's contract ends on March 31. "In less than three weeks' time, millions of South Africans stand to lose their social grants if an urgent solution to the grant payment crisis is not found," said Maimane...
(Bloomberg 03/10/17)
South Africa’s ruling party said mining companies should seek agreement with the government over ownership rules rather than challenging them in court because even if they win a legal battle, legislation can still be changed to further the aim of spreading wealth to the nation’s black majority. The Chamber of Mines of South Africa, which represents companies including Anglo American Plc and Glencore Plc, has asked the High Court to back its view that a set of regulations known as the Mining Charter stipulates that companies should be credited with disposing of a minimum of 26 percent of their assets to black investors even if those stakes are later sold. “Lets assume that the court rules in your favor. The...
(Bloomberg 03/10/17)
South Africa’s ruling party will accelerate the transfer of land to the black majority to help reduce inequality and avert future protests, the African National Congress’s spokesman Zizi Kodwa said. “If you don’t deal decisively with the issue of land, you may have to deal with a bigger problem,” Kodwa said in an interview at the party’s head office in Johannesburg on Wednesday. President Jacob Zuma has vowed to step up wealth distribution in South Africa in his final year as head of the ANC, promising “radical economic transformation,” including constitutional changes to allow the government to expropriate land without paying for it. While his comments contradict the stance taken by ANC lawmakers, who say the process can take place...
(Xinhuanet 03/10/17)
Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane said on Thursday that all measures will be taken to ensure the safety of South African airports. The South African Police Service (SAPS) has already embarked on a process to identify security shortcomings and to implement measures to enhance airport safety, Phahlane said at a press briefing in Pretoria. He was speaking after an astounding amount of 24 million rand (about 1.9 million US dollars) in cash was stolen from a South African Airways plane at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Tuesday night. A group of armed suspects posing as police officers in a marked police vehicle intercepted security guards as they were transporting money to a waiting aircraft. No shots...
(Bloomberg 03/10/17)
Meter-taxi drivers blocked the main highways around South Africa’s biggest airport to protest against Uber Technologies Inc., resulting in passengers missing their flights. More than 48 vehicles are blocking access to O.R. Tambo International Airport, which lies east of Johannesburg and serves the economic hub, Gauteng provincial traffic spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo said. The R24 highway that connects Johannesburg to the airport as well as the R21 to the capital, Pretoria, have been blocked. “Our officers and Gauteng police are on the ground trying to remove the blockage that’s affecting the entrances and exits to the airport,” Nxumalo said. Airports Co. South Africa, the state-owned operator of the facility, is in talks with airlines to establish how they can accommodate travelers...
(News24 03/10/17)
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has accepted an invitation to attend a standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) meeting next week to discuss the looming social grants crisis. Scopa confirmed on Friday that it had received a letter from Gordhan indicating his intention to account before the committee this Tuesday. Committee chairperson Themba Godi said the meeting would help clear up Treasury's stance on the proposed new contract with current grants service provider Cash Paymaster Services (CPS). "The committee is looking forward to this engagement to get a complete picture of what led to this crisis and how it is being resolved," Godi said. Godi said the committee's main concern was that the approval of grant payments for April 1 be...
(News24 03/10/17)
Communications Minister Faith Muthambi will go to court to contest Parliament's SABC inquiry report, the ministry has said. "I can confirm that the ministry intends to take the ad hoc committee report for a judicial review," ministry spokesperson Mish Molakeng told News24 on Friday. Molakeng did not want to comment further on the matter, saying the minister's reasons would be made known once the process officially got underway. The Star reported on Friday that Muthambi had written an explosive letter to Speaker Baleka Mbete to say she was taking the "irrational and unlawful" ad hoc committee report on review. Muthambi reportedly wrote that she felt "ambushed" by the process, and that her constitutional rights had been violated. She wanted the...
(AfricaNews 03/10/17)
South African anti-apartheid veteran and former wife of the late Nelson Mandela, Winnei Madikizela-Mandela was on Thursday admitted to a hospital for observation, a statement from her family said. “ Mandela went to the hospital for routine medical checkup on Wednesday, March 8. A decision was taken to admit her for further observation,” the statement reads. Madikizela-Mandela, 80, was in hospital for several weeks last year for back surgery. Mandela went to the hospital for routine medical checkup on Wednesday, March 8. A decision was taken to admit her for further observation. The former first lady during her husband’s 27 year incarcerations for his fight against apartheid, campaigned for his release and for the rights of black south Africans, in...
(AFP (eng) 03/10/17)
In the beginning was .com, followed by a host of other .somethings, but on Friday, 32 years after the world's first domain name was registered, the African Union has launched .africa for the continent. Africans who want to register a website will be able to apply for a .africa domain name in the coming months, which outgoing AU commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said would allow the continent's people and businesses to better reach the world. "With .africa, I would say Africa has finally got its digital identity," said Dlamini-Zuma, who will next week hand power to Chadian Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat after four years at the helm of the continental body Sub-Saharan Africa has one of the lowest rates...
(AfricaNews 03/09/17)
South Africa police are investigating a daring robbery that occured Tuesday evening at the country’s OR Tambo international airport. AN unspecified amount of money was stolen by the robbers. Reports indicate that eight men dressed as police officers using a marked police van and two high-powered vehicles attacked guards who were about to load money onto an aircraft. The attack happened in a section of the airport that was restricted. The amount of money they made away with is not yet clear. Some media portals are quoting 24 million rands (over $1.8m) whiles others also quote $15m. We can’t rule out anything. Please give us time to investigate.
(AL Jazeera 03/09/17)
Thieves posing as police allegedly intercepted security guards as they were transporting money to a waiting aircraft. South African police launched an investigation on Wednesday into an armed robbery at the main international airport in the city of Johannesburg. Officials said the heist took place on Tuesday evening at O R Tambo International Airport and that it was unknown what, if anything, was taken. Some police officials, however, have said the robbers stole an undisclosed amount of money. Authorities were investigating the alleged use of a vehicle with police markings in the robbery, according to Jacaranda FM, a local radio station. "That is a subject of police investigation, to determine whether or not the car used belongs to the police...
(Bloomberg 03/09/17)
South Africa’s ruling party supports the financial services industry’s plan to set up a fund to boost financing for black investors in a bid to increase their participation in the economy. The drive to create a bigger black business class following the end of white-minority rule in 1994 has been thwarted because emerging entrepreneurs struggled to obtain the capital required to finance big deals, the economic policy head of the African National Congress, Enoch Godongwana, 59, said in an interview in Johannesburg on Wednesday. “We’re talking about black people who have got to get access to the economy, but for them to get access they need to have money. These are the very people who were deprived of assets in...

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