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July 24, 2014

Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille has just taken the stand at the Seriti Commission of inquiry to testify on the 1999 arms deal.  

De Lille was the initial whistle blower calling on President Jacob Zuma to investigate corruption in the multi billion rands deal at the time she was a Pan Africanist Congress Member of Parliament.

The second phase into the hearings resume today, after losing bidder and arms deal critic Richard Young failed to appear before the commission on Monday.

July 24, 2014

It costs an estimated R900 million to protect South Africas borders, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Wednesday.

She says 13 infantry companies are present along the country's borders to prevent the illegal flow of people, vehicles, arms and drugs.

However, concerns were raised that not enough resources had been dedicated to border control.

Mapisa-Nqakula says the South African National Defence Force (Sandf) plans to strengthen its capacity along the border.

July 23, 2014

One in two young South Africans want lower drinking age

One in two young South Africans believe the current legal drinking age of 18 should be lowered. This according to consumer insights company Pondering Panda, which interviewed 4657 respondents between the ages of 15 and 34, across South Africa. The survey found that 50% of respondents believed it appropriate for people under 18 to drink alcoholic drinks.

July 23, 2014

Opposition parties are expected to debate President Jacob Zuma's budget speech, that he is currently delivering in parliament.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane and EFF commander in chief Julius Malema, will be among the MP's to take a jab at Zuma's outline of plans, including the implementation of the NDP.

President Zuma says he is encouraged by the overwhelming support for the National development plan since the last parliament sitting.

July 16, 2014

The first phase of Seriti Commision into the multibillion rands arms deal is set to be completed, with former President Thabo Mbeki taking the stand to testify.

Mbeki will join the list of fomer ministers that have testified including former finance minister trevor manuel and former Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota.

Mbeki who was chairperson of the sub committee at the time the deal was finalised, is expected to testify on his role in the alledged corrupt deal.

-SAPA

July 10, 2014

Justice minister Michael Masutha has announced former death squad commander, Eugene De Kock has not been granted parole.

Masutha has referred the application back to process, saying the families affected have not been consulted and De Kock may apply for parole again in 12 months.

De Kock was sentenced to two life terms,and more than 200 years for 89 charges including conspiracy to commit murder - fraud and kidnapping.

July 10, 2014

Government has received roughly 100 new land claims since last week when the process reopened for five years, chief land claims commissioner Nomfundo Gobodo said on Wednesday.

"We have received about a hundred claims, from all the provinces," she told Sapa on the sidelines of briefing in Parliament.

"We are expecting more, depending on the number of people who were left out. But there was always this perception that they would flood our offices, and we have not seen that."

July 9, 2014

DE BEERS has brought Ponahalo Holdings, its 26% empowerment partner, into the trading arm of its South African mines in a deal totalling R2.5bn, including the purchase of the sorting and valuation business from the De Beers parent group.

As part of its empowerment obligations, De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM), the South African business of De Beers, an Anglo American subsidiary, has brought its eight-year empowerment partner into De Beers Sightholder Sales SA, the diamond trading business based in Kimberley, the spiritual home of the company.

July 9, 2014

JOHANNESBURG - Two unions representing some of Telkom SA's workers said on Tuesday they would take the South African landline provider to court over possible job losses.

Telkom said it planned to slash jobs from a management layer that had 2,650 posts but that it had not yet decided how much of that number it would eventually cut in an effort to slash costs and regain market share.

The South Africa Communications Union (SACU) said however it believed Telkom intended to let go of about 9,000 of its 19,000 employees over the next six months.

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 26, 2014

The metals and engineering sector will receive government support to ensure a planned strike does not go ahead, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi said on Thursday.

Prolonged strikes had to be avoided, she told reporters following Cabinet's fortnightly meeting on Wednesday.

"The employers and labour movement must be able to resolve the negotiations speedily so as to avoid such problems," she said.

June 25, 2014

The South African economy has created 9 000 jobs in the first quarter - a far cry from the 125 000 job target - as prescribed by the National Develpment Plan.

The National Development Plan sets a target of 11-million additional jobs formal and informal by 2030. This would require half-a-million jobs a year, more than 10 times the number achieved in the formal sector over the past year.

June 25, 2014

The South African economy has created 9 000 jobs in the first quarter - a far cry from the 125 000 job target - as prescribed by the National Develpment Plan.

The National Development Plan sets a target of 11-million additional jobs formal and informal by 2030. This would require half-a-million jobs a year, more than 10 times the number achieved in the formal sector over the past year.

June 24, 2014

Pretoria - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba could get time in jail after he was found to be in contempt of court in a case involving a stateless man.

The court found Gigaba was in contempt of an August court order directing him to decide within 30 days whether Frederik Ngubane, who is not recognised as a citizen of any country, could live in South Africa as a permanent resident.

Gigaba has reportedly been given a five-day grace period to reach his decision, the Sowetan stated.

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 24, 2014

South African retail giant Woolworths Tuesday announced a bid to buy out Australian fashion chain Country Road as part of its plan to takeover prestigious department store David Jones.

Woolworths already owns 87.88 percent of Country Road but is offering Aus$17.00 per share for the remainder a 21.4 percent premium on Monday's close, it said.

The offer amounts to a total cash consideration of Aus$213 million (US$200.7 million) for a stock that was trading at around $4.0 a share six months ago, before Woolworths' David Jones bid was announced.

June 23, 2014

Buffalo City municipality mayor Zukiswa Ncitha and two others were arrested on Monday for alleged fraud involving Nelson Mandela's memorial service, Eastern Cape officials said.

"The arrests are in relation to the Nelson Mandela memorial saga which is currently under investigation by the office of the MEC for DLGTA as well as the Hawks," local government and traditional affairs department (DLGTA) spokesman Mamnkeli Ngam said in a statement.

June 23, 2014

Group Five has won a contract to construct the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg, the hospital's trust said on Monday.

Construction began on Monday and was expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016, it said in a statement.

We are confident that Group Five will be the right partner as we navigate what is for the hospital trust, unchartered territory, trust chairman Moss Ngoasheng said.

June 23, 2014

GA-RANKUWA - Health officials in Gauteng say they are still waiting to receive a report into a shooting at one of its busiest hospitals.

The department is trying to determine how a man was allowed to enter the hospital with a weapon.

When he arrived at the hospital he shot and injured his girlfriend.

The man opened fire at the Dr George Mukhari Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa on Saturday morning, injuring his girlfriend.

June 23, 2014

New visa requirements will have a "devastating impact" on South Africa's booming tourism, the DA warned on Monday.

"[The] new immigration regulations are tying up our tourism industry in unnecessary red tape, and placing an unnecessary burden on the growth of this job-creating sector," Democratic Alliance MP James Vos said in a statement.

The implementation of new biometric visa requirements for foreigners was already proving a serious obstacle for people wanting to visit the country.

June 23, 2014

In the build-up to the State of the Province Address (SoPA), the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) is inviting the residents of the province to offer their suggestions on what they think Gauteng Premier David Makhura should include in his very first address next Friday.

The Pointers for Premier campaign aims to solicit ideas from ordinary residents of Gauteng on service delivery matters they wish Premier Makhura to address in his first SoPA scheduled to take place on 27 June 2014.

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

EFF leader Julius Malema is expected to brief the media - after they were kicked out of Parliament during day two of SONA debate yesterday.

This comes after NCOP chairperson Thandi Modise asked Malema to retract his statement that the ANC government is responsible for the Marikana killings of August 2012.

Modise added it is unparliamentary for Malema to suggest - that there was a deliberate intention for the mineworkers to be killed.

EFF MP's followed after their Commander in Chief was asked to leave shouting murderers.

June 20, 2014

The joint sitting of Parliament has now adjourned with National Council of Provinces chair Thandi Modise issuing a strong warning to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema after his party walked out of the National Assembly last night.

Malema was kicked out of Parliament on Thursday during the second day of the State of the Nation Address (Sona) debate after an altercation with Modise.