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Pipe theft causes crude oil to flow into Durban's Umbilo river

21st October 2020 The theft of a pipe has caused a crude oil spill in the Bellair area, in Durban, affecting the Umbilo river. The river flows into the Durban Harbour. 

SAA rescue practitioners assessing options of winding down versus liquidation

9th October 2020 No meaningful progress can be made at South African Airways until the Department of Public Enterprises has signed a firm joint venture agreement with an experienced and strategic equity partner, according to a recent presentation to the African National Congress. SAA's creditors will be updated... 

De Ruyter: Benefits of Eskom maintenance to be felt by April 2021, but power cuts won't be over

9th October 2020 The effects of Eskom's maintenance programme - which is expected to ease the risk of load-shedding- would be felt by April next year as the power utility works to ensure the long-term sustainability of its infrastructure, its CEO Andre de Ruyter said on Thursday. "We anticipate that by April next... 

August consumer price inflation dips to 3.1%

30th September 2020 Annual consumer price inflation for August dipped slightly to 3.1% from 3.2% in July, according to Stats SA. This falls midway within the target range of between 3% to 6% target range set by the Reserve Bank. The main contributors to August’s print were food and non-alcoholic beverages, which... 

SA must now face corruption and second wave threat, warns business lobby

17th September 2020 Business 4 South Africa’s co-chair Martin Kingston joined President Cyril Ramaphosa's calls for the country to remain vigilant against Covid-19, as well as corruption within state procurement aimed at responding to the pandemic, as South Africa further lifts restrictions. Ramaphosa announced on... 

Ramaphosa announces move to Level 1: 'Prepare for the new normal'

16th September 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will move to Alert Level 1 of the lockdown at midnight on Sunday. This will see larger gatherings being permitted, along with international travel, the sale of alcohol allowed from Monday to Friday, and the curfew shifted to midnight. 

Ramaphosa's economic recovery plan gets the green light from business, labour

16th September 2020 The National Economic Development and Labour Council has agreed to an economic recovery plan for South Africa. According to a statement issued by the Presidency on Tuesday, following a meeting between President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nedlac - a body comprised of representatives of government,... 

How health dept's new app will assist the fight against Covid-19

2nd September 2020 The national health department has launched the Covid Alert SA app, which informs people if they have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19. President Cyril Ramaphosa called the app, which was launched on Wednesday, a "powerful tool to support our digital contact tracing efforts". 

Eskom to move to stage 4 load shedding from 15:00, cuts to continue over weekend

2nd September 2020 Power utility Eskom says it will move from stage 2 to stage 4 load shedding at 15:00 on Wednesday due to "exceptionally high demand". Stage 4 power cuts will continue until 22:00. Eskom said cold weather had placed additional demands on the country's grid which was already severely constrained... 

Clear signs of overpricing, unfair processes, potential fraud in PPE tenders - AG report reveals

2nd September 2020 Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu has released damning findings on Covid-19 relief funding which details the extent of the rot surrounding personal protective equipment tender procurement processes. Makwetu briefed the media on Wednesday and detailed how contracts in the R22.4-billion PPE budget has... 

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