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British American Tobacco pledges R30m in fight against illegal tobacco in South Africa

8th April 2019 British American Tobacco South Africa (BATSA) has announced that it would commit its full R30-million tax rebate to the #TakeBackTheTax initiative fighting the illegal trade in cigarettes. The #TakebackTheTax initiative is an activists-led campaign to implore the South African Revenue Service... 

Afrimat expects 20% to 30% increase in full-year earnings

5th April 2019 Building materials company Afrimat said on Friday it expected earnings per share of between 216.4 cents and 234.4 cents  for the year to February, up 20% to 30% from 2018. The company, which is due to publish its results on May 23, said headline earnings per share -- the key measure of... 

Mkhize gives municipalities to-do list for successful SEZ implementation

4th April 2019 Cooperative Governance Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has told attendees at a Special Economic Zones conference on Thursday, that in order for the zones to be successful, municipalities had to be fully involved in the process. SEZs were located in local, district or metropolitan municipalities, and... 

Durban set to become garden of eating through urban farming projects

4th April 2019 KwaZulu-Natal’s agricultural MEC on Thursday launched a programme to encourage urban agriculture – growing food gardens in small, open spaces, including city rooftops and townships. Urban farming is not new and is practised successfully in cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg - and... 

Investment in SEZs reaches R16.8bn, says Davies

4th April 2019 Government's Special Economic Zones (SEZ) programme currently had 115 investors with a private investment value of over R16.8 billion, department of trade and industry (DTI) minister Rob Davies said on Wednesday.  Davies made the statement at Durban's Inkosi Albert Luthuli International... 

Mapisa-Nqakula to visit Emfuleni for an update on Vaal River contamination

4th April 2019 Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will on Friday revisit Emfuleni Local Municipality to give a joint report on the development and work done thus far at the Vaal River rehabilitation project. Last year, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) deployed about 300 of its specialized engineers... 

SA's stagnant growth a drag on expansion in southern Africa – AfDB

4th April 2019 Gross Domestic Product in southern Africa is expected to grow by around 2.2 percent in 2019 from 1.2 percent last year, the lowest pace of expansion on the continent, the African Development Bank said this week. In its annual economic outlook the AfDB said southern Africa -- which includes... 

NUM demands arrests of perpetrators of violence at Sibanye-Stillwater

4th April 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has applauded the establishment of a crime combating and reaction team by Police Minister Bheki Cele in response to violence which it says has been targeted against its members for not participating in a strike by a rival union at Sibanye-Stillwater... 

North West premier commits to resolving impasse on Taung dam project

4th April 2019 North West province premier Job Mokgoro has committed to ensuring that issues raised by the Batlhaping Ba-Ga Phuduhucwane traditional council are addressed to resolve an impasse in the implementation of the Taung dam maintenance project by the department of water and sanitation. Mokgoro assured... 

Sandile Zungu, Sipho Pityana smoke the peace pipe

3rd April 2019 Prominent South African black businessmen Sandile Zungu and Sipho Pityana on Wednesday decided to smoke the peace pipe and bury the hatchet following two face-to-face meetings after widely publicised differences between them. Zungu and Pityana are the presidents of the Black Business Council and... 

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