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Comair’s new CEOs to press ahead with diversification strategy

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th June 2019 South African private-sector airline group Comair announced at the end of last month, via a Stock Exchange News Service release at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, that it was acquiring the “shares and claims” of Star Air Maintenance and Star Air Cargo. The deal involves paying the sellers... 

CDI Growth Fund opens for new round of applications

By: Simone Liedtke     12th June 2019 A new application round has opened for the R12.8-million Craft & Design Institute (CDI) Growth Fund. The CDI Growth Fund, which is managed by CDI Capital, is a grant fund specifically for growing South African small businesses who need a cash injection to scale up further and create jobs. 

Procurement can protect and strengthen core institutions in SA

11th June 2019 A number of controversial topics were tackled at the 6th annual Western Cape Smart Procurement World conference in April. The conference, which boasted a number of high-profile speakers, created a strong interactive forum for representatives from the public and private sectors as well as various... 

Ugandan critics oppose Nile river power plant plan

By: Reuters     11th June 2019 A plan by South Africa's Bonang Power and Energy to develop a 360 MW power plant on Uganda's River Nile has met resistance from critics who say the project will destroy the popular tourist attraction of Murchison Falls. Located on the Nile between the Ugandan lakes Kyoga and Albert, the Murchison... 

Environmental organisations take Highveld pollution matter to court 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th June 2019 Environmental justice group groundWork and community organisation Vukani Environment Justice Movement in Action have launched “landmark litigation”, demanding that government clean up the air in the Mpumalanga Highveld. GroundWork and Vukani on June 7 served papers to the High Court, asking that... 

Anglo American Coal study shows ecological value of mining sites

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2019 Anglo American Coal’s Isibonelo Colliery is emerging as a noteworthy case study for how rehabilitated landscapes can play an important role in conservation and biodiversity, including a ground-breaking study on the population of serval in the Mpumalanga coalfields. Isibonelo is home to a large... 

ANC says ten sectors to be prioritised under ‘re-imagined industrial strategy’  

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2019 The African National Congress (ANC) has unveiled what it describes as a “re-imagined industrial strategy” as part of a broader five-year programme of action agreed at the party’s three-day lekgotla, which concluded in Gauteng on Tuesday. In a statement released following the gathering, the ANC... 

ANC declares unemployment a national emergency, vows to reduce it by 13% in 5 years  

By: African News Agency      4th June 2019 The African National Congress said on Tuesday that it was gearing for a re-imagined industrial strategy to help government deal with high unemployment and inequality in the country.  ANC secretary general, Ace Magashule said unemployment and inequality remained some of the principal challenges... 

Unfolding environmental disaster

By: African News Agency      4th June 2019 A security company responsible for safeguarding a gold treatment plant belonging to Mintails on the West Rand withdrew last week, citing “financial constraints”. The evacuation, which follows the liquidation of the embattled mining company and its subsidiaries, has left the door wide open to... 

Cape Town targets new air routes to lift South African tourism

By: Reuters     31st May 2019 Cape Town plans to add routes to Australia and South America after last month reaching a deal with United Airlines for its first direct flight to the US, the head of air access for South Africa's top tourist city said. South Africa is promoting tourism as a catalyst to help kick-start its... 

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