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Durban Port's return to form vital for South African recovery, says Ramaphosa

7th May 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa told the National Assembly of Parliament that government's plans to guide South Africa on the path to economic recovery will not succeed unless the Port of Durban is restored to its former glory. Ramaphosa was replying orally to questions from Members of Parliament on... 

Aspen says it can produce generic Covid-19 vaccines in SA amid US support for patent waiver 

7th May 2021 On Thursday, the US shocked many by announcing that it would support a temporary patent waiver on Covid-19 vaccines. Currently, only pharmaceutical companies that own the patents for the vaccines are allowed to manufacture the jabs. But lifting the patent rights means that they will lose this... 

Even if Covid-19 vaccine IP is waived, Africa does not have the capacity to produce at scale – expert

5th May 2021 A University of Cape Town professor says if the intellectual property rights of vaccines are lifted, the African continent will still not be able to scale up the production of Covid-19 vaccines. Countries and activists in the Global South have been asking pharmaceutical companies to waive IP... 

Denel explosion: Health and safety procedures at plant in spotlight

5th May 2021 Health and safety procedures at Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) have been called into question during the second day of the public inquiry into the 2018 explosion that rocked the plant in Macassar near Somerset West. The inquiry heard staff members had received training every year in the form of... 

Denel explosion: First witness takes stand as public inquiry into blast that killed 8 kicks off

4th May 2021 More questions than answers have surfaced surrounding the 2018 blast at the Rheinmetall Denel munitions plant in Somerset West in the Western Cape, which killed eight people. The first day of the public inquiry heard testimony from a former worker who revealed there was an urgency to mix... 

Takeover authority grants Adapt IT an extension on Volaris acquisition

3rd May 2021 Adapt IT shareholders will have to wait a little longer for Volaris Group’s acquisition offer circular, after the Takeover Regulation Panel granted the company an extension to evaluate the offer. The local technology company has captured the interest of Canada’s Volaris, which announced its... 

Govt has eight weeks to decide on powership project after it clears environmental hurdle

30th April 2021 Karpowership, the company bidding to moor five powerships in South African harbours for 20 years, cleared another hurdle when its environmental assessors found that the projects at the ports of Saldanha Bay, Richards Bay and Ngqura could go ahead. Balito-based Triplo4, which carried out the... 

'Testing is ongoing' as certain parts of Cape Town complain of smell, taste of water

30th April 2021 The City of Cape Town is conducting water sampling and "strategically flushing the system", amid concerns regarding the quality of the water on the Atlantic Seaboard and the City Bowl. On Thursday, the City reiterated its precautionary advisory for residents in these areas to not consume tap... 

Residents in parts of Cape Town advised to avoid drinking tap water due to strange taste, smell

29th April 2021 The City of Cape Town has advised residents living in the CBD and along the Atlantic Seaboard to refrain from drinking municipal water until further notice. The City's Water and Sanitation Department, in consultation with the City's health department, is investigating complaints related to an... 

SADC pushes for deployment of 3 000-strong military force in northern Mozambique

28th April 2021 Regional heads of state will be asked to consider the immediate deployment of almost 3 000 personnel, comprising of more than 2 000 ground troops, to help the Mozambican military "combat threat of terrorism and acts of violent extremism" in the northern Cabo Delgado province, alongside air and... 

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