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Lily Mine probe escalated to inquiry

7th December 2016

The Department of Mineral Resources says the investigation into the tragic Lily Mine disaster, which left three mineworkers trapped underground, will be converted into an inquiry. Xolile Mbonambi,... 


Water dept procurement processes to be reviewed

13th October 2016

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has appointed a task team to review procurement processes in the department. Minister Mokonyane made the announcement during a media briefing on... 


South Africa to export pigeon peas, pork, mango to India

27th September 2016

As part of ongoing efforts by member States to improve intra-Brics trade, South Africa has been granted an opportunity to export pigeon peas also known as cajanus cajan, pork, mango and persimmons... 


Minister notes set-top box encryption court ruling

Minister notes set-top box encryption court ruling

31st May 2016

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has noted the Supreme Court of Appeal ruling on the free-to-air television broadcaster, eTV’s Set Top Boxes (STBs) encryption court battle. The Supreme Court... 


BRT to change the face of Sandton

BRT to change the face of Sandton

5th April 2016

The much anticipated Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) is expected to change the face of Sandton, allowing commuters to travel seamlessly between Alexandra and Sandton by 2017. Construction, which... 


Former President Kgalema Motlanthe

Motlanthe appointed to chair legislative review panel

19th January 2016

Former President Kgalema Motlanthe has been appointed to chair an advisory panel that will be tasked with assessing key legislation that was passed by Parliament since 1994. The 17-member panel,... 


Township businesses to get govt contracts

Township businesses to get govt contracts

14th October 2015

The Gauteng Provincial Government has committed to giving qualifying township-based businesses all contracts that are under R500 000. Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture... 


New customs legislation to benefit SA

New customs legislation to benefit SA

14th October 2015

Brand new customs legislation, which the South African Revenue Service (SARS) is expected to implement soon, will bring about a number of trade benefits for the country, says the Commissioner of... 


Resolve mining disputes speedily – Minister

6th October 2015

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has urged stakeholders in the mining industry to work together to resolve labour disputes as speedily as possible. “Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi... 


Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Minister to meet mining industry stakeholders

1st October 2015

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane will in the next few days hold a meeting with stakeholders in the mining sector to discuss challenges and opportunities available in the industry. “I am... 


DTI reiterates Aerosud presence at CAV

DTI reiterates Aerosud presence at CAV

22nd September 2015

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has reiterated that Aerosud occupies a building in the Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV). “Assertions by the Democratic Alliance that this is not the case... 


Tough action against housing contractors

Tough action against housing contractors

21st September 2015

Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements Jacob Mamabolo has warned that action will be taken against contractors who fail on their contractual obligations. “Once we get the facts about why the project was... 


SA's top brands announced

SA's top brands announced

15th September 2015

MTN, Vodacom and Sasol have emerged as the top three most valuable brands in South Africa. This was revealed on Tuesday when Brand South Africa and Brand Finance Africa announced the country’s top... 


Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa

Efforts stepped up in climate change

15th September 2015

South Africa has stepped up efforts to reduce the country’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, says Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. “To ensure that our country’s food,... 


Bill to make copper theft a serious offence

Bill to make copper theft a serious offence

10th September 2015

President Jacob Zuma has announced that Cabinet has approved a Bill that will help curb copper theft and any vandalism of infrastructure because disrupting infrastructure will be regarded as a more... 


Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

SA attends Agoa Forum

26th August 2015

Trade and Industry Minister, Dr Rob Davies, has arrived in Libreville, Gabon, where he will attend the 14th African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) Forum. Minister Davies will attend the forum... 


Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

Collective efforts needed to manage water efficiently

25th August 2015

Department of Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has called for collective leadership in the efforts to manage water efficiently for sustainable development. Speaking at a high-level... 


Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Free trade agreement to offer limitless opportunities

25th August 2015

Once established, the Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) will offer “limitless opportunities” to world markets such as Japan, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. “During the recent African... 


Government welcomes Medupi's unit 6 operation

Government welcomes Medupi's unit 6 operation

24th August 2015

Government has welcomed the full commercial operation of unit six at the Medupi power station. “This is a good achievement by Medupi and is in line with the Five-Point Plan to deal with the... 


95% of S Africans access drinking water

95% of S Africans access drinking water

17th August 2015

Government has already met the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals of reducing the number of people who don’t have access to basic water supply by half. According to figures released by... 


Operation Phakisa to raise standard of education

Operation Phakisa to raise standard of education

13th August 2015

Preliminary work has begun for Operation Phakisa in Basic Education, and the Education Phakisa Lab process will begin in September/October this year, says President Jacob Zuma. He said the... 


Operation Phakisa betters health services

Operation Phakisa betters health services

13th August 2015

The health system in South Africa has since last November received a face-lift, as government launched Operation Phakisa Ideal Clinic Realisation and Maintenance. President Jacob Zuma said building... 


Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela

New national policy for youth

13th August 2015

Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration Jeff Radebe, says the National Youth Policy 2020 will address challenges such as... 


Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele

Telecoms DG placed on precautionary suspension

7th August 2015

Telecommunications and Postal Services Director General Rosey Sekese has been placed on precautionary suspension for a period of 60 days while the Public Service Commission conducts an independent... 


President Jacob Zuma

Trade between Brics countries up 70%

6th August 2015

President Jacob Zuma says trade has increased by 70% between Brics member countries over the past couple of years and that South Africa stands to benefit from the Brics Development Bank. The... 


Notorious Moloto Road now part of Sanral network

Notorious Moloto Road now part of Sanral network

3rd August 2015

One of South Africa’s most dangerous roads, the Moloto Road which runs north of Pretoria and passes through three provinces, has been incorporated into the South African National Roads Agency... 


Eskom to implement load-shedding

Eskom to implement load-shedding

3rd August 2015

Due to increased electricity demand and a shortage of generation capacity, Eskom will implement stage 2 load shedding this afternoon. This after the power system was constrained but stable for much... 


Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele

DTPS Minister supports independent inquiry

3rd August 2015

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele says he agrees with the Public Service Commission’s recommendation that there should be an independent inquiry into the management... 


Petrol price to drop by 51c

Petrol price to drop by 51c

31st July 2015

The petrol price will come down by 51c as of next week, said the Department of Energy on Friday. According to the department, the price of Diesel 0.05% Sulphur will decrease by 75 cents while that... 


Treasury takes steps to improve retirement industry

Treasury takes steps to improve retirement industry

23rd July 2015

National Treasury is taking steps towards implementing proposals that aim to lower charges and improve market conduct in the retirement industry. Members of the public are invited to comment on the... 


Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi

Court ruling on Putco application welcomed

16th July 2015

Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi has welcomed a Labour Court judgement which dismissed an application by Putco to have new bus operator, Autopax, take over staff affected by the... 


Despite recent rainfall, drought remains severe in KZN

Despite recent rainfall, drought remains severe in KZN

7th July 2015

The KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department has warned that despite the recent rainfall, which has been pouring in the province for the past few days, the prolonged... 


President Jacob Zuma

Mining towns get R18bn facelift

1st July 2015

Government has allocated R18-billion to improve the socioeconomic conditions of distressed mining communities across the country. Headed by the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) in charge of... 


Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba

Home Affairs debates immigration policy with stakeholders

30th June 2015

The Department of Home Affairs on Tuesday kicked off a two-day colloquium in Pretoria to deliberate on South Africa’s international migration policy. The colloquium is a culmination of the work... 


Municipalities buy less electricity – Stats SA report

Municipalities buy less electricity – Stats SA report

30th June 2015

Purchases of electricity by municipalities have decreased by 4.4% between the quarters ended December 2014 and March 2015, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said on Tuesday. Joe De Beer, the... 


SA-Mauritius tax treaty comes into force

SA-Mauritius tax treaty comes into force

19th June 2015

Government has gazetted the South Africa-Mauritius tax treaty which came into force at the end of May, said National Treasury. “This new treaty reflects changes in the tax policies of the two... 


Seminar on construction industry regulations to be held

Seminar on construction industry regulations to be held

17th June 2015

The Department of Labour is to host an informational session ahead of the implementation of the registration of construction health and safety professionals and the implementation of the... 


S African oceans to unlock opportunities in economy

S African oceans to unlock opportunities in economy

8th June 2015

South Africa’s oceans have the potential to unlock the country’s economic development opportunities, said Environmental Affairs deputy Minister Barbara Thomson. “We thus need to develop a proactive... 


Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant

Innovative ways needed to address unemployment – Minister

8th June 2015

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant says the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality calls for innovative and decisive ways to address them. This, according to Minister Oliphant,... 


Stockouts force SA to source drugs outside country

Stockouts force SA to source drugs outside country

8th June 2015

The South African government would be sourcing drugs in short supply outside the country because of problems with sourcing medicine locally, the health department said on Monday. Health Minister... 


AU Commission deputy chairperson Erastus Mwencha

Africa urged to integrate, unite

8th June 2015

Delegates attending the African Union (AU) Summit in South Africa have been urged to use the meeting to deepen the continent’s economic integration and unity at a time when the vision of Agenda... 


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