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Public works to recover R1.2bn lost through lease irregularities and corruption

20th July 2018 While the Department of Public Works turns to the court for the recovery of around R1.2-billion lost to collusion, corruption and irregularities in leases, Minister of Public Works Thulas Nxesi is singing President Cyril Ramaphosa's praises. "We now have a leader, in President Cyril Ramaphosa,... 

High-level meeting to be held to decide on easing of Cape Town water restrictions

20th July 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation is expected to hold a high-level meeting on Friday to assess whether the severe water restrictions in Cape Town and surrounding areas can be relaxed. Regional head of the department Rashid Khan said on Thursday that there had been requests from users of the... 

SARB keeps repo rate unchanged, downgrades growth projection

19th July 2018 The South African Reserve Bank's (SARB's) monetary policy committee has left the repo rate unchanged at 6.5% in a unanimous decision.  The announcement, made by the central bank's governor Lesetja Kganyago at a media briefing in Pretoria on Thursday afternoon, was in line with expectations of... 

City of Cape Town cancels Foreshore Freeway Precinct project

18th July 2018 Cape Town's famous unfinished freeway will remain as it is, after the City announced on Wednesday that it was cancelling its ambitious Foreshore Freeway Precinct project. "The City of Cape Town’s City Manager has, upon receiving legal advice, taken the decision to cancel the Request for Proposals... 

Revolutionary solar-power desalination plant could provide cheaper option, but it needs space

18th July 2018 The new solar-powered desalination plant under construction at Witsand on the southern Cape coast will produce water at a cost of only R7 to R8 a kilolitre. This is less than a quarter of the cost of water from Cape Town's temporary desalination plant at Strandfontein. Water from the... 

South African initiative wins prestigious global education award

18th July 2018 The impact that a South African programme has made on the education of children has earned it a prestigious international award. Partners for Possibility, the flagship programme of Symphonia for South Africa, was one of six winners in the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) awards, which... 

Multimillion-rand French funding deal for drought-stricken Western Cape still needs environmental approval

16th July 2018 A nearly R9-million joint desalination project between the Western Cape government and the French government still needs the required environmental approval for operation in November. The solar-powered desalination plant, the first of its kind, will be located in the coastal town of Witsand on... 

Bail hearing postponed for men who allegedly torched mineworker bus, leaving six dead

13th July 2018 The case against five men who torched a bus in which six miners were killed earlier this year has been postponed until August for a formal bail application. Kgaogelo Moime, 29, Sipho Khumalo, 28, Thabo Mokgala, 32, Aubrey Tjie, 35, and Philimon Makwana, 34, stand accused of setting a bus on fire... 

Saudi Arabia pledges to invest R133bn in South African energy sector

12th July 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ambitious plan to attract $100-billion to kick start the country’s struggling economy got a major boost on Thursday, when Saudi Arabia committed to invest $10-billion (about R133-billion) in the country. This is expected to be invested in the energy and power creation... 

Ski Monkey paves the way to study the Indian Ocean

12th July 2018 The sun is shining, the sea is sparkling and a whole pod of humpback whales have been putting on the most spectacular display, leaping out of the water so close you can see the white and dark patterns on their bellies. It is a thrill to be near these big mammals, and everyone on the pool deck who... 

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