Tuesday 17 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 08/21/13)
South African police said Wednesday they had arrested a 50-year-old woman for ordering the assassination of her two sons as part of a suspected life insurance scam. Police said the woman from Port Shepstone, south of Durban, recruited a relative to carry out the double murder, but the man reported her to the police. The job was to be done for around $2,400 (1,800 euros), but she had requested a family discount. "The alleged motive for the killing was that she wanted to claim on insurance policies she had taken out on her sons," police said in a statement. The woman promised the hitman three more jobs if he successfully pulled off the two murders, the statement said. Police also...
(Voice of America 08/20/13)
Talks are under way between lawyers for South African track star Oscar Pistorius and the family of his slain girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Steenkamp family attorney Petrus de Bruyn confirmed Tuesday that discussions had been taking place but he declined to provide details. The Times newspaper says the Steenkamp family is seeking compensation in a civil lawsuit and Pistorius' camp wants to settle the matter before his murder trial begins in March. Steenkamp and her half-brother had been providing financial support to their parents. Pistorius appeared in a Pretoria court Monday, where he was officially charged with murdering Steenkamp at his home earlier this year. If convicted of premeditated murder, he faces a life sentence. Pistorius has admitted to shooting Steenkamp,...
(AFP (eng) 08/20/13)
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – Nelson Mandela has countless streets named after him, his own foundation, his own fan page and now his own social network. The website mandela.is allows users, called "citizens", to connect, share inspirational thoughts, photos and articles in an effort to emulate the apartheid icon's positive impact on the world. The site is the brain-child of two Mandela grandsons and it was set up by the company behind British pop icon Lady Gaga's online social community littlemonsters.com. "It's a social network around the inspiration my grandfather gave to the world," said Ndaba Mandela, 30. "People can share what Mandela inspired them to do, to give back to their communities." Few people today command the same global adoration as...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/20/13)
JOHANNESBURG | Tue Aug 20, 2013 (Reuters) - A cargo ship carrying 47,650 metric tons (52,525 tons) of coal has broken apart a few hundred meters off of South Africa's Richards Bay port with large parts of the vessel underwater, maritime officials said on Tuesday.The 230-metre-long ship, named SMART, ran aground in rough seas on Monday. It was not blocking shipping lanes at the Indian Ocean port or impeding operations at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal, the largest coal shipping point on the continent, they said. "Tugs tried to assist the vessel but to no avail. The vessel has buckled and broken in two," the east coast port's authority Transnet said in a statement. The single-hull, 151,279 metric ton ship...
(AFP (eng) 08/20/13)
Paralympic sprint star Oscar Pistorius will go on trial in March charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, a South African magistrate ruled at a packed court hearing on Monday. The 26-year-old double amputee wept and prayed with brother Carl and sister Aimee as he awaited the magistrate, who confirmed charges of murder, which carries a life sentence, and illegal possession of ammunition. Reeva Steenkamp, a blonde cover girl and law graduate who would have turned 30 on Monday, died in the bathroom of Pistorius's upmarket Pretoria home in the early hours of February 14. She was shot in the head, elbow and hip. The athlete known as "Blade Runner", who is currently out on bail, has admitted to...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/20/13)
JOHANNESBURG | (Reuters) - Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) said it planned almost 7,000 job cuts at its South African operations including thousands of compulsory lay-offs, drawing an angry response from a labor union and raising the risk of renewed unrest at its mines. Amplats (AMSJ.J), the world's top platinum producer and a unit of Anglo American (AAL.L), had aimed for 14,000 job cuts after posting its first loss last year, but lowered the target after a backlash from the government and the unions, which organized a series of strikes. After months of consultations with government officials and worker representatives, the company said 6,000 mining jobs would go and that "approximately 900 corporate and overhead employees will also be affected". The...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/20/13)
Tue Aug 20 (Reuters) - Shoprite, Africa's biggest grocer, missed forecasts with an 11 percent rise in full-year profit on Tuesday as debt-laden consumers at its core South African market cut down on spending. Cape Town-based Shoprite said headline earnings per share totalled 675.4 cents in the year to end-June, compared with 607 cents a year earlier. Eleven analysts polled by Reuters were expecting the company to deliver headline EPS of 681 cents. Headline EPS, South Africa's primary profit gauge, excludes certain one-time items. Sales rose 12 percent to 92.7 billion rand ($9.11 billion). After more than two years as investor favourites, South African retailers are fast falling out favour on growing worries consumer spending is being squeezed by high...
(AFP (eng) 08/20/13)
African immigrants warned Monday of a rise in racist attacks in Morocco, as hundreds gathered outside a morgue holding the body of a Senegalese man who was murdered last week. Some 250 people, mostly Senegalese immigrants, gathered outside the morgue in Rabat, where the man's remains were taken after he was stabbed to death on a bus in the Moroccan capital last Monday. Anna Bynes, a Senegalese student at Rabat university, said the attack was the latest in a string of racist violence targeting sub-Saharan Africans. "It is the last straw... The other day it was a Congolese man killed on a bus in Tangiers. Then a Gabonese woman was raped. Today a Senegalese has been killed." The police on...
(Ventures-Africa 08/19/13)
Business leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) have converged in Johannesburg for their first formal face-to-face meeting, following the establishment of the Brics Business Council at the fifth summit of the emerging-market bloc in Durban earlier this year. The five-a-side meeting will seek to enhance and influence the agenda of the sixth government-to-government Brics Summit, which will be hosted by Brazil in early 2014. The chairperson of the South African component of the council, Patrice Motsepe, will also chair the inaugural Brics Business Council – the four other members of the South African component include Business Unity South Africa CEO Nomaxabiso Majokweni, Zungu Investment Company executive chairman Sandile Zungu, Sekunjalo Investments CEO Dr Iqbal Surve and...
(Mining Weekly 08/19/13)
JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Underground coal gasification (UCG) holds promise as a future source of energy for South Africa, Exxaro CEO Sipho Nkosi said on Monday. Nkosi, who hosted a media lunch, told Mining Weekly Online that many companies were investing in UCG, a process of converting coal into gas while it is still underground, or in situ. In some countries, like Canada, UCG is referred to as in situ coal gasification. In both cases, the process makes use of deep, inaccessible coal that would otherwise remain unused in the ground and is seen as a way of reducing fatalities in coal mining and minimising environmental impact. The potential is to use the synthetic gas (syngas) that the UCG process provides...
(Ventures-Africa 08/19/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – With over a year of fatal protests and strikes which rocked South Africa’s mining industry, strike action again poses a threat to the country’s economy as all automobile plants in the country were shutdown on Monday after 30,000 auto factory employees didn’t resume for work in protest for a 20 percent salary increase. According to Reuters, the National Association Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) said the sector would lose about 600 million rand ($60 million) per day to the nationwide shutdown. Auto manufacturing accounts for 12 percent of South Africa’s exports and at least 6 percent of it GDP, which is Africa’s largest. While commenting on the development, the national motor sector coordinator for the National...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/19/13)
JOHANNESBURG | Mon Aug 19, 2013 (Reuters) - More than 20 crew members were rescued by helicopter from a cargo ship carrying coal that ran aground in rough seas off of South Africa's Richards Bay port, maritime authorities said on Monday. Tugboats were trying to pull the 230 meter-long ship named SMART off a sandbank, National Sea Rescue said in a statement, adding that "the structural integrity of the ship was compromised". The single-hull, 151,279 metric ton ship is registered to Alpha Marine Corp and flies a Panamanian flag. It was supposed to deliver its cargo to the Fangcheng port in China, according to Thomson Reuters data. No injuries have been reported. The Richards Bay port is on the Indian...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/19/13)
JOHANNESBURG | Mon Aug 19, 2013 (Reuters) - Anglo American Platinum (AMSJ.J) said on Monday it aimed to cut almost 7,000 jobs at its South African operations, up from 6,000, after months of talks with the government and unions. Amplats, a unit of Anglo American (AAL.L) which is trying to restore profits, said in addition to the 6,000 jobs it had been targeting, "approximately 900 corporate and overhead employees will also be affected." The surprise addition of white-collar job cuts takes the planned job cuts to about half the 14,000 initially proposed. The company scaled back its original plans after a massive backlash from the government and unions, which have embarked on violent illegal strikes in the last 18 months...
(AFP (eng) 08/19/13)
Paralympic sprint star Oscar Pistorius will go on trial in March charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, a South African magistrate ruled Monday, after a brief but emotional court appearance. The 26-year-old double amputee wept and prayed with brother Carl and sister Aimee as he awaited the magistrate, who confirmed charges of murder, which carries a life sentence, and illegal possession of ammunition. Reeva Steenkamp -- a blonde cover girl and law graduate who would have turned 30 on Monday -- died in the bathroom of Pistorius's upmarket Pretoria home in the early hours of February 14. She was shot in the head, elbow and hip. The athlete known as "Blade Runner", who is currently out on bail,...
(The Herald Online 08/19/13)
Zimbabwe scored a major diplomatic victory yesterday after President Mugabe was elected Sadc deputy chairperson, deputising Malawian President Mrs Joyce Banda who chairs the regional bloc. This is contained in a communiqué released after the Sadc 33rd Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government Summit in Lilongwe, Malawi, yesterday. "The Summit elected Her Excellence Joyce Banda (the President) of the Republic of Malawi and His Excellence Robert Gabriel Mugabe President of the Republic of Zimbabwe as chairpersons and deputy chairpersons of Sadc respectively," reads part of the communiqué. This is a major diplomatic victory for a country that has been the subject of discussion for Sadc for almost a decade to immediately assume such a task barely two weeks...
(CNN 08/19/13)
Pretoria, South Africa (CNN) -- Oscar Pistorius will go on trial on March 3 for the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. At a hearing Monday, prosecutors indicted Pistorius in the Valentine's day shooting death. Pistorius has been charged with planned and premeditated murder, which comes with a mandatory sentence of life behind bars. The indictment says "the accused did unlawfully and intentionally kill a person." Steenkamp would have turned 30 on Monday. The indictment follows the completion of the police investigation into the case. The double amputee track star killed the woman he calls the love of his life in his home. He denies the murder charge and says he mistook her for a home invader. The first...
(AFP (eng) 08/19/13)
Southern African leaders called Sunday for the West to lift sanctions against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle as they gave their seal of approval to his victory in disputed elections. Wrapping up its annual summit, the 15-nation Southern African Development Community called for "the lifting of all forms of sanctions hitherto imposed on Zimbabwe", levelled against the veteran president and blacklisted firms and individuals. "I believe Zimbabwe deserves better, Zimbabweans have suffered enough," said the regional bloc's incoming chairwoman, President Joyce Banda of Malawi. The SADC also "noted with satisfaction the holding of free and peaceful" elections and congratulated Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party for their overwhelming win in the July 31 vote.In a further display of...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/19/13)
LILONGWE | Sun Aug 18, 2013 (Reuters) - Southern African leaders on Sunday endorsed the re-election of veteran President Robert Mugabe, brushing aside a campaign from Zimbabwe's opposition MDC who said the vote July was rigged and its results should be overturned. The decision by the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC), which helped broker a power-sharing deal after disputed elections in 2008, clears the way for Mugabe, 89, to be sworn as early as this week for a fresh five-year term. "The summit congratulated his honorable Robert Mugabe for winning the election in Zimbabwe," a South African foreign ministry official said. At its meeting in Malawi's capital Lilongwe, the group also named Mugabe, Africa's oldest leader, as its deputy...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/19/13)
CAPE TOWN | Mon Aug 19, 2013 (Reuters) - Workers downed tools on Monday at the South African unit of Japanese auto maker Toyota (7203.T), the company said, signaling the start of a nationwide strike in the auto sector over wages.The strike, which could affect over 30,000 assembly line workers, was called last week by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA). South Africa's auto industry contributes at least 6 percent to the country's GDP and 12 percent of its total exports.The stoppage is likely to compound the woes of Africa's largest economy, where unrest in the mining sector has slowed growth. "All manufacturing and assembly production at the plant are shut down," said Leo Kok, the spokesman...
(Voice of America 08/19/13)
LILONGWE, MALAWI — A Southern African Development Community heads of state summit has ended in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, with a call for finding ways to end the volatile political situation facing people in the region and Africa as a whole. In her remarks at the close of the two-day gathering, the new chairperson of the regional bloc, President Joyce Banda of Malawi, called for an immediate solution to political turmoil affecting the lives of people in a number of African countries. She cited people living in Madagascar, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe as examples. However, President Banda said SADC heads of state are impressed with recent developments in Zimbabwe that promise a peaceful political environment there. “The summit...

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