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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]."

July 24, 2014

Facebook's fast-growing mobile advertising business helped drive a 61% increase in revenue during the second quarter, beating Wall Street's financial targets and sending shares to a record-high in after-hours trading on Wednesday.

The world's No.1 internet social network said on Wednesday that it saw increased interest from both advertisers and from users during the second quarter, while the company's profit margins expanded.

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 10, 2014

Pretoria - Judgment in the parole application of one of the so-called Waterkloof Four, Frikkie du Preez, would be handed down in the North Gauteng High Court on Thursday.

According to Beeld, Du Preez's lawyers made the application on Tuesday.

This came after Du Preez and Christoff Becker's parole was revoked when a video emerged of the pair allegedly drinking alcohol and using a cellphone at the Kgosi Mampuru prison.

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

The Gauteng Department of Education failed to spend more than R130 million for Further Education and Training (FET) colleges between 2010 and 2013.

The department also fell short of targeted numbers for learners enrolled for National Certificate Vocational courses as well as those who successfully completed the courses.

This emerged during an analysis of the department's budget for the 2014/15 financial year by the Portfolio committee on Education in the Gauteng Legislature.

July 9, 2014

One of the so-called Waterkloof Four, Frikkie du Preez, has lodged an urgent application to be released on parole again, Beeld newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Du Preez's lawyers made the application in the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.
This came after Du Preez and Christoff Becker's parole was revoked when a video emerged of the pair allegedly drinking alcohol and using a cellphone at the Kgosi Mampuru prison.

July 2, 2014

Johannesburg - By-elections will be held in six provinces on Wednesday, the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) said.

"A total of 20 wards will be contested by 55 candidates, representing eight political parties and four independent candidates," spokesperson Kate Bapela said in a statement on the IEC website.

The municipal ward by-elections would take place in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, the Northern Cape, and the Western Cape.

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 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 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 20, 2014

Cape Town - The German Development Bank is providing over R70 million for violence prevention in the Western Cape, premier Helen Zille said on Thursday.

She signed an agreement with the KFW Development Bank on Thursday that would see upgrades to infrastructure and security.

The funding is to be used to extend the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) programme to the rest of the province.

The VPUU has been in place in Cape Town since 2005, in areas such as Khayelitsha, thanks to German funding.

June 18, 2014

South Africans will be able to watch their first American Daytime Emmy Awards and live when the 41st Daytime Emmy Awards takes place on Sunday 22 June in Los Angeles but it won't be on television.

South Africans will be able to watch the two hour live red carpet coverage and subsequent awards show free and online at daytimeemmys.net this year.

June 17, 2014

Johannesburg - With 50% of young South Africans between 15 to 24 unemployed, Youth Day not only represents South Africas achievements of the past, but also places the spotlight on the challenges of the future says global human rights and advocacy organisation World Vision South Africa.

Statistics like the above by the World Economic Forumals (WEF) Global Risk Report 2014 also places the country third when it comes to the highest employment rate in the world for youths.

June 12, 2014

The 2014 Fifa World Cup begins on Thursday as hosts Brazil open the tournament against Croatia.

The month-long tournament sees 32 nations compete for a place in the final in Rio on Sunday, 13 July.

The opening match will be preceded by a ceremony in Sao Paulo that pays tribute to nature, people and football.

"Let me tell you the time has arrived. We are going together. This is our World Cup," said Brazil coach Luis Felipe Scolari on Wednesday.

June 11, 2014

Gautrain, the rapid rail network in Gauteng, says it aims to launch a Wi-Fi service before the end of the year.

It follows the news that Telkom, in partnership with the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco), is set to launch free Wi-Fi connections at taxi ranks and in mini bus taxis as early as this week.

Metrorail in the Western Cape is also due to begin rolling out a free Wi-Fi internet service at train stations – and plans are also afoot to offer Wi-Fi on carriages too.

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

A case of negligent and reckless driving has been opened after one of the paroled "Waterkloof four" was allegedly involved in an accident in Pretoria which left a woman seriously injured, authorities said on Friday.

No word on discipline for warders who allowed two of Waterkloof four to break rules No word on discipline for warders who allowed two of Waterkloof four to break rules
Becker sent to toughest prison in SA Becker sent to toughest prison in SA
Killer Becker transferred to Super-max Killer Becker transferred to Super-max

May 26, 2014

South Africa's slow and high cost of internet connectivity is crippling economic growth aswell as job creation.

The WEF Global Information Technology report, shows the country's IT infrastructure is declining in a speed of 73 over 133.

Broadband connectivity has been identified as a key factor to a growing economy, with every 10% increase enabling 1.38% growth in the GDP.

 

May 23, 2014

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will probe the development of a R2 billion town in President Jacob Zuma's home village of Nkandla.

Lobby group AfriForum lodged a complaint with the Public Protector in 2012, asking her to probe the Umlalazi Nkandla Smart Growth Centre project, dubbed "Zumaville".

More than R1bn of taxpayers' money is reported to have been  directed into the development, while a further R1bn would be raised from the private sector.

May 22, 2014

The Independent Communications Authority of SA has began a process of reviewing the new call termination rates it proposed last year.

This comes after the High Court ruled in favour of MTN and Vodacom that the new proposed rates by Icasa are unlawful.

The regulator wants to reduce call termination rates by 10c in 2016 but proposed that MTN and Vodacom pay 44c this year while smaller telecoms pay 20c.