Wednesday 13 December 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
South Africa and Chad on Sunday signed an agreement that will see the re-introduction next year of critically endangered black rhino to the central African country, decades after it was last seen there. Environment ministers from the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding "which will allow for the translocation of six black rhino from South Africa to Chad," said a government statement. The last time a rhino was spotted in Chad was in 1972, according to official documents Chad submitted to South Africa. The animals should be airlifted to Chad's Zakouma National Park "sometime next year. We are looking at around March, April or May" environmental affairs ministry spokesman Albi Modise told AFP. Black rhino are officially listed as...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is set to accelerate to 3.4 percent next year, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday, citing Nigeria's recovering oil and agricultural sectors. The IMF said in its latest World Economic Outlook report that the region would grow by 2.6 percent this year after 1.4 percent in 2016. "Growth is expected to rise gradually," it said, while noting that the rate would be uneven and "barely above population growth". GDP in the west African powerhouse Nigeria contracted by 1.6 percent in 2016, but is predicted to grow by 0.8 percent this year and 1.9 percent next year. The IMF said Nigeria was benefitting from "recovering oil production and ongoing strength in the agricultural sector", but the...
(The Associated Press 10/10/17)
South Africa plans to send six black rhinos to a national park in Chad next year, restoring a critically endangered species that was last seen in the landlocked African country in the late 1980s. The non-profit group African Parks said Tuesday that the rhinos will go to Chad’s Zakouma National Park, which lies south of the Sahara desert and north of Central African rainforests. The group, which manages Zakouma and 10 other conservation areas in Africa, describes the Chad-bound rhinos as a “founder population,” reflecting hopes that rhino numbers will increase there. The environment ministers of South Africa and Chad on Sunday signed an agreement providing for the rhino transfer. African Parks earlier this year relocated 18 black rhinos to...
(APA 10/09/17)
APA-Pretoria (South Africa) - South Africa’s central bank on Monday refuted claims that it has instructed banks on what steps they should take against auditing firm KPMG, which has fallen from grace for its close working relations with the controversial Gupta family, APA has learnt. The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) said it “has not instructed banks on what steps they should or could not take with regards to their contracts with KPMG.” “As stated by SARB Governor Lesetja Kganyago in a statement issued at the Monetary Policy...
(APA 10/09/17)
APA-Pretoria (South Africa) - South Africa’s main power utility Eskom on Monday expressed concern at media reports on its newly-appointed interim group chief executive Sean Maritz, only days after his appointment. “We have noted with concern recent media reports with unsubstantiated allegations against Mr Maritz. We plead that he be given a chance to lead Eskom,” the power utility said. The media reports come after Eskom’s announcement on Friday that it had appointed Maritz to the top post. The Eskom Board announced that it has decided to rotate the current executives for this role to “ensure exposure” to the senior management. Maritz was the utility’s Chief Information Officer and Group Executive for Information...
(APA 10/09/17)
APA-Mbabane (Swaziland) - Swaziland has decreased the maximum amount of maize meal that individuals can purchase from South Africa from 100 kilograms to 20 kilograms per household, APA learns here on Monday. This, according of the Ministry of Agriculture, is a result of good maize harvest that the country enjoyed in the 2016/2017 season and also the heavy decline in maize prices realised in regional markets. The amount of maize meal that a household could purchase from neighbouring South Africa had been increased from 20 kg to 100 kg in response to the drought experienced by the country in the 2015 planting season where there was a heavy decline in harvests. During that period the National Maize Corporation (NMC) projected...
(AFP (eng) 10/08/17)
For 40 years he has waited to discover the truth of how his son died at the hands of police during South Africa's apartheid era. Now the reopening of a similar case has given him hope that he may finally learn what really happened. In February 1977, Mabelane heard that a detainee had died in unusual circumstances. "I heard the news report that a detainee jumped from the 10th floor" of Johannesburg police headquarters, he told AFP, his back upright, his head shaven, sporting a white goatee. A few hours later, two policeman were hammering on the door of his modest Soweto home. The victim was his 23-year-old son Matthews, an anti-apartheid activist who had been arrested two weeks earlier...
(Reuters 10/06/17)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s finance minister ordered the government pension fund on Friday to investigate possible irregularities at the fund to help ally concerns that politicians are trying to “influence” it. The Public Investment Corporation (PIC), which holds a large chunk of government bonds and stakes in leading South African companies, has come under the public spotlight after reports that the finance ministry had requested 100 billion rand ($7 billion) from the fund to bail out struggling state firms. Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has denied making such a request, which drew sharp criticism from opposition parties and civil society. Gigaba said in a statement on Friday he was concerned about the “politicisation” of the PIC and asked its management...
(AFP 10/06/17)
South Africa's new Global T20 league will go ahead, Cricket South Africa pledged on Friday, but it is expected to lose money for the first two seasons. No broadcast deal has yet been signed but CSA vice-president and acting chief executive Thabang Moroe said negotiations were well-advanced. "It is just a matter of agreeing the finer details," he said. Moroe said a deal in the region of US $70-80 million (60 million euros-68 million euros) was being sought, but admitted that CSA was expecting a net loss of about $25 million, while franchise owners would lose about $1.5 million in the first season. Moroe and CSA president Chris Nenzani briefed reporters for the first time since last week's announcement of...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/05/17)
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - KPMG’s new chief executive in South Africa said on Thursday she would make sweeping changes to ensure the firm did not repeat “greatly disappointing” work it did for business friends of President Jacob Zuma. Nhlamu Dlomu, who took up the top job in South Africa after most of the local board was sacked last month, said an announcement would be made in the coming days about an independent inquiry into its work at firms owned by the Guptas - three Indian-born businessmen with close ties to Zuma. “I have personally been greatly disappointed by how far we have fallen short of the standards we set ourselves,” Dlomu told parliament’s committee of public accounts. “I am determined...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/05/17)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s mining lobby has rejected talks with the mining ministry over changes to the industry’s charter, which include raising targets for black ownership, saying the matter will have to be settled in court. “We are of the view that engaging with the minister directly is not going to achieve a set of results for the industry that is workable,” Roger Baxter, chief executive of the Chamber of Mines, told Reuters on the sidelines of a mining conference. “We only have confidence that the courts will deliver a certain outcome.” The chamber and the ministry are locked in a number of legal disputes over the mining charter, which aims to increase black ownership and participation in the...
(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...

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