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August 6, 2014

South Africa will host the Southern African Development Community (SADC) ministers of health meeting on Ebola, the health department said on Wednesday.

The meeting would be held on Thursday to deliberate on the state of readiness and develop an approach in response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, said spokesman Joe Maila.

"The meeting will bring together ministers of health and key stakeholders to build a consensus on appropriate strategic actions to prevent the spread of the ongoing Ebola [outbreak]."

August 6, 2014

Orkney - Vuyani-Mawethu Secondary School pupils in the township of Khuma near Orkney in the North West were milling around the schoolyard on Wednesday morning as teachers tried to find a way to deal with damaged classrooms.

At least four classrooms were damaged on Tuesday when an earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale hit the province. The computer lab suffered the most damage with ceiling boards and bricks having fallen to the ground.

Some pupils were inside when the earthquake hit.

July 23, 2014

Limpopo police have arrested a 24year-old Unversity of Venda student, in connection with five murder cases at the campus and in Thohoyandou

This comes after four women  who were students at the university were killed same modus operandi since January.

The suspect is currently under police custody and is expected to appear at the Thohoyandou Magistrate court tomorrow facing murder and rape charges.

July 8, 2014

As Gauteng grapples with some of the lowest temperatures experienced this year, emergency services say they will be on alert especially in areas deemed high risk.

Residents have been warned to brace themselves for early morning temperatures of around -6°C for the next two days.

There are warnings for people to be more vigilant when keeping warm after a spate of shack fires in informal settlements across the country since the start of winter with scores being left homeless.

July 8, 2014

Johannesburg - Various areas of Soweto were hit by power outages on Monday evening, Eskom said.

"We are currently experiencing multiple failures resulting in power supply shortages," Gauteng spokesperson Reneiloe Semenya told Sapa.

The affected areas were Dobsonville, Zola, Molapo, Mapetla and Protea North.

"Eskom is working on the problems. Our technicians are on site trying to diagnose what the problem is," she said.

June 24, 2014

Johannesburg - Canadian International Trade Minister Ed Fast on Monday announced a South Africa-Canada Chamber of Business (SACCB), the Canadian High Commission said.

It would provide a forum for Canadian companies and investors in South Africa, spokesperson Valery Yiptong said in a statement.

"The bilateral chamber will present a collective voice for Canadian companies and will inform its members of developments in policies and regulations that may affect their businesses, and advocate on their behalf."

June 23, 2014

Exactly 20 years ago today South Africa rejoined the World Stage after decades of International Isolation because of Aparthied

This occured as the General assembly of the United Nations described the 1994 elections as succesful in the establishment of the Government of National Unity adopting a non-racial Constitution.

The UN also made a decision to not hold SA accountable for contributions relating to the period from September 30 1974 toJune 23 1994

June 20, 2014

The City of Johannesburg has embarked on collaboration with the CIDA City Campus University that will enable the training of 3000 Digital Ambassadors to assist with the role-out of 1000 free WiFi hotspots around the metropole.

Currently in the Big Apple, Mayor Parks Tau signed a memorandum of understanding with New York-based firm Africa Integras that will fund the initial phase of the training.

The Mayor is concluding a week-long visit to the United States where he also attended the New Cities Summit in Dallas, Texas.

June 18, 2014

Power utility Eskom is warning consumers of more possible load reductions scheduled this evening from 5:30 to 6:30pm.

Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger says the power cuts  implemented are because the power system remains severely costraints.

Last night, during the state of the nation address President Jacob Zuma announced government has embark on plan to restructure the energy sector.

Zuma says progress at the multibillion Medupi power station will be accelerated to ensure its power delivery - by the December 2014

June 4, 2014

MTN to partner with streaming music service Simfy Africa

MTN South Africa has become the first mobile operator in the country to launch a streaming music service following an exclusive partnership with South African based simfy Africa.

June 4, 2014

MTN to partner with streaming music service Simfy Africa

MTN South Africa has become the first mobile operator in the country to launch a streaming music service following an exclusive partnership with South African based simfy Africa.

May 30, 2014

18 weeks later and Government is finally planning to take initiative to end a crippling platinum sector strike.

The impact of the strike has been seen in first quarter GDP data where a 24.7% drop in mining output, dragged SA's economy into contraction fueling fears Africa's most advanced economy could head into recession this year.

 

May 29, 2014

South  Africa is experiencing positive growth on salaries of middle to high income earners despite the current economic plunge and rise in inflation.

The latest Bankserv Africa disposable salary index, shows the number of people earning at a R100 000 level increased by 84 percent  in Feb and 27 percent in April.

 

May 27, 2014

The SA sports confederation and olympic commitee are looking to join hands with other African nations in a bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth games in Durban.

Sascoc held a meeting in botswana on sunday  to rope in 16 of Africa's commonwaelth countries to rally behind the proposal by the playground city of SA.

If the country wins the bid it will be the first time Olympics are held in Africa.

May 22, 2014

Holidaymakers can expect to pay more when driving down to Durban by November this year after KwaZulu Natal became the second province to have eTolls implemented

Roads agency Sanral has announced the fazing in of eToll technology at two toll plaza's in the province

May 22, 2014

Axed Sadtu boss Thobile Ntola is expected to challenge his expulsion by appealing it at the union's national congress in October.

Ntola was fired on Monday, after being guilty of misconduct and having innapropriate relationships with service providers.

Sadtu's deputy general secretary Nkosana Dolopi, says his expulsion is not related nor connnected to Cosatu general secretary Zwelinizima Vavi

May 16, 2014

In Africa's first television advert advocating for gay rights Mzansi's justice department has released a video showing its support for same sex relationships

Homosexuyality remains a crime in 38 countries on the African continent  and the advert comes on the back of Uganda's Anti-homosexuality Act  passed in February

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 14, 2014

South Africa's third biggest mobile operator Cell C, is spending R2.3 billion in expanding their subscription base.

The mobile operator recorded a 22% increase, from the end of 2013, resulting in 16.6 million users

Former CEO - Alan Knot Craig spoke to CNBC

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April 23, 2014

The Gauteng infrastructure department has suspended one of its officials for allegedly using goverment land for private use.

The woman allegedly erected shacks at the Roodeplaat Nature Reserve in Pretoria and is renting them out to her employees.

The department is currently conducting investigations and she could face a displinary hearing.

Corruption Watch spokesperson- Big Boy Maubane

April 9, 2014

Shrien Dewani spent his first night at a  Psychiatric Hospital  in Cape Town - as he waits for his court case to resume on May 12

Shrien Dewani spent his first night at a  Psychiatric Hospital  in Cape Town - as he waits for his court case to resume on May 12

Yesterday - the honeymoon murder accused appeared briefly at the Western CapeHigh Court facing charges of murder, conspiracy to murder, kidnapping, robbery and obstructing justice.

Government spent R4 million to pay for the private jet that brought honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani to South Africa.