Saturday 17 February 2018
(Mail & Guardian 06/10/13)
Manufacturing trade numbers will lead South Africa's data calendar, while retail sales numbers in the US will set the tone for global markets. Mining, manufacturing and retail trade figures will dominate South Africa's data calendar this week. Overseas, manufacturing retail sales numbers and consumer sentiment readings in the United States, industrial output and employment data in Europe as well as a series of key figures in Asia will set the tone for global markets over the coming days. Here is your guide. Africa : Egypt on Monday will release last month's consumer price index (CPI), Mozambique's central bank will meet to decide on interest rates and Uganda will report April's M3 money supply. Although inflation is on the rise in...
( 06/10/13)
South African Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe has released the names of 42 people convicted of fraud and corruption - and promised to release many more - as a sign of the government's intent to clamp down on corrupt officials. Addressing the media in Pretoria on Friday, Radebe said this "aggressive stance has been initiated to ensure that, for the first time in the history or our democracy, criminals in our society will be made known and held accountable for their actions publicly." Radebe said the 42 people named were prioritised because of the huge amounts of money involved in their cases. He said more names from a long list of over 3 000 convicted individuals would be...
(Mail & Guardian 06/10/13)
"This aggressive stance has been initiated to ensure that, for the first time in the history of our democracy, criminals will be made known and held accountable for their actions publicly," he told reporters on Sunday in Pretoria. "It also aims to deter others from engaging in corrupt and criminal activities." The names were made public because of the large amounts of money involved. Other names from the list of over 3 000 convicted individuals would be released later. On the list are the names and identity numbers of many government employees and private individuals who defrauded departments, institutions and municipalities. Their sentences are also mentioned. "For the 2012/13 financial year, criminal investigations had been recorded against 242 accused persons...
(AFP (eng) 06/10/13)
The steep fall of the rand deepened on Monday, with the South African currency losing 1.7 percent of its value against the dollar in early trading. The dollar was trading at 10.18 rand, close to recent four-year lows of 10.28. The currency of Africa's largest economy has lost nearly 20 percent of its value against the greenback in the last year, with the weakening speeding up dramatically since May. Standard Bank currency analyst Bruce Donald blamed the rand's slide on "a cocktail of adverse global and domestic developments." The strengthening of the US dollar has bit into emerging market currencies, the rand included. But concerns about South Africa's mining sector, a fragile public budget and doubts over the future of...
( 06/10/13)
The European Union wants to stop some imports from South Africa, like citrus fruit, SA Ambassador to Belgium Mxolisi Nkosi said on Sunday. “There is a trend of rising protectionism that the EU is using to threaten to block some of our exports, including citrus exports,” he said, during an unofficial meeting with South African diplomats at his home in Belgium’s capital, Brussels. “We are concerned about this. We will speak of this at the meeting and see how we can find a solution.” The South African delegation from the international relations department arrived in Brussels on Saturday ahead of bilateral talks and political engagement. They are accompanying Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane, who is due to meet with several top European...
( 06/10/13)
South Africa needs to build its skills to be effective within the Brics group, an economist said on Sunday. "South Africa's dream of industrialisation is not going to be realised unless it pays attention to and build its human capital," economist Azar Jammine said. He was speaking at a post-Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) seminar held in Johannesburg. The summit took place in Durban in March. Sunday's talks were held to establish what South Africa achieved at the Brics summit and to discuss economic development plans. Jammine said human resources in South Africa and the rest of the continent were lagging behind. "South Africa at the moment cannot produce enough skills to make inroads into other Brics countries...
( 06/10/13)
Fourteen years ago, Khensani Primary School in Soshanguve, northern Tshwane, was dilapidated and on the verge of closing down. Today it is the top-performing school in the district and one of the best government schools in the country. The man behind its remarkable transformation is its principal, Fannie Sebolela. Sebolela has won several awards for his work in education , including the National Teachers' Award (2007) and the Premier's Award for Teaching Excellence (2008). "I have always had a passion for education," said Sebolela. One of the first changes he made at the school was improving the learning environment. "Nothing yields better results than learning in a clean and safe environment," he said. Over the years, Sebolela has managed to...
( 06/10/13)
President Jacob Zuma pays R800 a month to lease the 8.9-hectare land on which his Nkandla compound is built, according to a report on Sunday. In addition the public works department pays R1 300 a month for the 6.6-hectare leased adjacent to the Nkandla homestead, City Press said in a report. Zuma's lease for the Nkandla land is for 40 years, with an option to renew. The newspaper said it obtained details of the lease through access to information legislation. This week, Deputy Public Works Minister Jeremy Cronin told Talk Radio 702 he was anxious for an explanation on the "clearly outrageous" cost of the R206 million upgrade to Zuma's private home in Nkandla. "It's clearly outrageous, it's clearly hard...
(AFP (eng) 06/10/13)
City authorities in Johannesburg, South Africa's economic hub, have unveiled an ambitious plan to undo urban inequalities of the apartheid era and turn the continent's wealthiest city into the "New York of Africa". City mayor Parks Tau says the 10-year scheme, which is set to cost some $10 billion (7.5 billion euros), will lead to a "new era" for Johannesburg and its 4.4 million inhabitants. Plans are on the cards for an extensive new road and railroad network, better houses and revamped buildings to spruce up the city, originally built on a gold rush in the late 19th century. The inspiration for change is the cosmopolitan New York City in the United States, with its attractive bridges, roads and efficient...
(Mail & Guardian 06/10/13)
The ANC Youth League's national task team is due to clarify reports that seven of the league's nine provincial executive committees were dissolved. City Press reported on Sunday that only the Gauteng and Eastern Cape provincial executive structures of the league survived the weekend's "purge" by the ANC Youth League's national task team. The disbandment of seven provincial executive committees would mean that fresh elective conferences would have to occur in all those provinces. Youth league task team spokesperson Bandile Masuku told the Mail & Guardian on Sunday he could not comment on the reports until all provincial executives had been allowed to meet with their members. "Provincial executive meetings are being held throughout the country so that, before we...
(Voice of America 06/10/13)
Decades of drought in central Africa may have had a surprising cause, according to new research that challenges the notion that the severe dry weather was triggered mainly by bad agricultural practices and overgrazing. The research, done at the University of Washington, shows that the drought was at least partially caused by pollution in the Northern Hemisphere. The researchers said that sulfate-laden aerosols coming from coal-burning factories from the 1960s through the 1980s actually slowed warming in the Northern Hemisphere compared to the Southern Hemisphere. This shifted tropical rain bands south, away from the Sahel region, and led ultimately to the near drying up of Lake Chad, which is used to water crops in surrounding areas. Africa's Sahel regionAfrica's Sahel...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/09/13)
(Reuters) - South Africans prayed for Nelson Mandela's recovery on Sunday as the 94-year-old former president spent a second day in hospital with a recurring lung infection. Mandela, who became a global symbol of triumph over adversity and South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after the defeat of apartheid, was hospitalized early on Saturday after his already frail health worsened. It is his fourth hospital stay since December and the government said on Saturday his condition was "serious". During previous hospital visits it had highlighted his "good spirits". His health is a cause for concern to the millions of South Africans who revere Mandela for his decades of struggle against white-minority rule and steering the continent's biggest economy to...
(The Telegraph 06/08/13)
Nelson Mandela, admitted to hospital earlier for a recurrent respiratory infection, is breathing on his own, a spokesman for the South African presidency has said. The 94-year-old former South African president and anti-apartheid hero was admitted to hospital early on Saturday after battling the infection for a few days. Mac Maharaj, the spokesman for Jacob Zuma, the current president, said it was a positive sign he was breathing on his own."What I am told by doctors is that he is breathing on his own and I think that is a positive sign," he said. "Madiba [Mr Mandela's clan name] is a fighter and at his age, as long as he is fighting, he will be fine." Mr Maharaj earlier said...
(BBC News Africa 06/08/13)
Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a lung infection. The former South African president is in a "serious but stable condition", a spokesman for the current President, Jacob Zuma, says. Mr Mandela, 94, has been ill for some days but deteriorated overnight and was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria. Mr Mandela led the fight against apartheid, became South Africa's first black president, and is widely regarded as father of the nation. He has recently suffered a series of health problems and this is his fifth visit to hospital in two years. In April he was released from hospital after a 10-day stay caused by pneumonia. His illness was described on Saturday as a recurrence of a lung...
(Mail & Guardian 06/08/13)
Central African Republic's toppled president Francois Bozizé has abandoned his attempt to fly to SA from exile in Cameroon, his advisor has said. He had been in the Kenyan capital earlier this week en route for South Africa. At the time South African officials said they were unaware of the former leader's impending trip. "According to his family he has left Nairobi and returned to Cameroon," said Bozizé's advisor, who asked not to be named. Bozizé's spokesperson on Tuesday said he had left Cameroon on a "private visit" without specifying his destination. The 66-year-old fled the Central African Republic to Cameroon after a rebel coalition seized power on March 24 in the latest coup in the chronically unstable nation. The...
(AFP (eng) 06/07/13)
South Africa's government on Friday slammed a wave of "heinous" anti-foreigner attacks, as Somali immigrants took to the streets in Cape Town to demand greater protection. Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane expressed the government's "strongest condemnation" of the violence which has recently seen looting and the death of a Somali shopkeeper. "South Africa belongs to all who live in it, and we, therefore, have been appalled and deeply saddened by the recent acts of violence against Somalis and other foreign nationals in South Africa," she told a media briefing. Up to 200 Somalis in Cape Town marched on parliament to deliver a memorandum urging the government to act. "We need protection -- simple as that," one of the organisers, Abdullahi Ali...
(Mail & Guardian 06/07/13)
Nobody wants a repeat of Marikana's bloody August 16 2012. But what measures are being put in place to prevent that? As we report in this edition, a peacekeeping force of some kind has been mooted to end the violence still haunting the platinum belt, where unionists on both sides of the labour divide have been murdered, and where, it is feared, a situation similar to that which led to 44 deaths last year could be developing. Nobody wants a rerun of August 16 2012, but what is happening to prevent that? As we also report, few people seem to think a peacekeeping unit in Marikana will help much. Police personnel are government employees and the ANC, the governing party,...
(Mail & Guardian 06/07/13)
President Jacob Zuma's supporters are conducting a "quiet purge" in the provinces ahead of the 2014 national elections. ANC members across the country who did not support President Jacob Zuma's re-election at the Mangaung conference last year claim they are quietly being purged from party structures. This is despite Zuma's assurances after his election that those who were defeated would not be marginalised for the sake of unity. Those in the anti-Zuma camp who are lucky enough still to be in their positions said it was only a matter of time before they, too, were removed. Others in the alliance cited the investigation into trade union federation Cosatu's Zwelinzima Vavi as an example of how far Zuma supporters were prepared...
(Business Day 06/07/13)
RESERVE Bank governor Gill Marcus has delivered her strongest warning yet to the government that "decisive leadership" is needed to tackle South Africa’s domestic challenges, which had reached "crisis proportions". Her remarks on Thursday were seen as sharp criticism of the government that not enough is being done to address factors undermining confidence in South Africa and which could eventually lead to a credit rating downgrade. They come just a week after President Jacob Zuma made a live television intervention in a bid to reassure investors that steps were being taken to restore confidence in South Africa’s embattled mining sector. Ms Marcus’s rebuke is all the more powerful given that she is an African National Congress stalwart who is taking...
( 06/07/13)
Investigations into allegations of racism at a Bloemfontein school have led to the suspension of a second teacher and of the principal. Wilgehof Primary School's Grade 6 and 7 social science teacher Lenard MacKay was suspended on Wednesday after it was alleged that he used the K-word in front of black pupils. Free State education department spokesman Howard Ndaba yesterday confirmed the suspension of principal Fanie Roeloffze, and of a maths and science teacher. "The principal [had to] be removed from the school to enable the investigation to [proceed]." Ndaba said the maths and science teacher was accused of assaulting a pupil on Tuesday. "The child was [allegedly] beaten by the said teacher until he bled," Ndaba said. Craig Thiem...

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