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Cabinet could be reduced by as many as nine departments and 15 deputy ministries

By: News24Wire      15th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa could reduce his national executive by as many as nine departments and ministries when he announces the reconfiguration of his Cabinet soon. Although there is no official word from the Union Buildings on when Ramaphosa will announce the changes to his executive, furious... 

Ramaphosa must appoint skilled, experienced, dedicated ministers – business chamber

By: African News Agency      14th May 2019 The ruling African National Congress should use the renewed mandate it received at last week's general elections to form a government that serves all South Africans regardless of who they voted for, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry said on Tuesday. President Cyril Ramaphosa's... 

Medicine delivery drones take to the skies in Ghana

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     10th May 2019 A post on Ghanaian Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia’s Twitter feed towards the end of last month caught my eye. It was a twenty-worder: “Not a single Ghanaian, irrespective of his or her remoteness, deserves to die due to inaccessibility to emergency healthcare.” The West African nation is not in... 

Early results suggest ANC to retain power

By: Reuters     9th May 2019 Early vote tallies suggest South Africa's ruling African National Congress party will retain power after an election on Wednesday, but analysts said its share of the vote could fall below 60% for the first time since the end of white minority rule. 

ANC seen winning election but support falters

By: Reuters     8th May 2019 South Africans voting in a national election on Wednesday expressed frustration at rampant corruption, high unemployment and racial inequalities that persist 25 years after the first all-races poll marked the end of white minority rule. The vote for a new Parliament and nine provincial... 

Long period of backsliding masks genuine promise South Africa still holds

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2019 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of political inclusion, it was the age of income inequality, it was the epoch of human dignity, it was the epoch of neglect and corruption, it was the season of electricity access, it was the season of load-shedding, it was the... 

Africa's sole nuclear plant undergoes revamp to extend lifespan

By: Bloomberg     18th April 2019 Eskom Holdings, the State utility that supplies 95% of South Africa’s power, is overhauling the continent’s sole nuclear plant with the aim of extending its lifespan by at least 20 years. The revamp of the 1 860 MW Koeberg facility comes as Eskom struggles to produce enough electricity to meet... 

South Africa's decline worst of nations not at war, model shows   

By: Bloomberg     17th April 2019 South Africa’s performance on a range of social, economic and governance measures deteriorated more in the past 12 years than any other nation not at war, according to Eunomix Business & Economics. The decline is likely to continue as the country wrestles with the consequences of nine years of... 

MPC remains steadfast on CPI target midpoint

By: Bloomberg     12th April 2019 The South African Reserve Bank is steadfast that it wants to see inflation expectations anchored at the 4.5% midpoint of its target range, Governor Lesetja Kganyago said. While the central bank unexpectedly raised its key rate to 6.75% in November, its current policy stance remains accommodative... 

South Africa must do 'a lot more' work to improve credit ratings – S&P 

By: News24Wire      12th April 2019 It has been two years since Standard & Poor's downgraded South Africa's foreign currency debt to junk status, and the sticking point is its weak economic performance, an official of S&P Global Ratings has said. Speaking during a panel discussion at the S&P Global Annual South Africa Conference... 

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