Archive for the ‘South Africa’ Category

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
29 November 2010

The United States former ambassador to Zimbabwe, Christopher Dell, highlighted what he felt was former South African President Thabo Mbeki’s bias for Mugabe and ZANU PF during his mediation efforts in 2008.
On Sunday the WikiLeaks website released over 250 000 damaging documents made up of US diplomatic and intelligence reports from around the world. According to one confidential 2007 diplomatic report, Ambassador Dell said ‘Mbeki has always favored stability and in his mind this means a ZANU PF led GNU (Government of National Unity), with perhaps a few MDC additions.’

He continued by saying; ‘This solution is more likely to prolong than resolve the crisis and we must guard against letting Pretoria dictate an outcome which perpetuates the status quo at the [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-11-30 08:09

Johannesburg – Plans to create a one-stop border post between South Africa and Mozambique will advance with the opening of a single border post dedicated to the bus and minibus taxi industry, Business Day newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Chief executive of the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative (MCLI) Brenda Horne said the building of the single border facility for the passenger transport industry was complete and due to open imminently.

The facility will allow passengers to be processed by South African and Mozambique authorities at the same time, using a [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-11-29 13:01

Cape Town – The South African government on Monday refused to comment on the publication of documents by whistleblower website WikiLeaks.

The website leaked hundreds of thousands of US embassy cables – with the first batch of it published on Sunday by global media.

In it, it was revealed that International Relations and Co-operations Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane referred to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a “crazy old man”.

When contacted by News24 for comment, international relations spokesperson Saul Molobi said: “It is the policy of this government not to comment on leaks.”

Government spokesperson Vusi Mona was unavailable for [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
26 November 2010

South African President Jacob Zuma arrived in the country Friday as part of endless regional efforts to diffuse political tensions that have paralysed the shaky coalition government. His visit came two days after Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai filed a High Court petition seeking to annul the unilateral appointments of provincial governors made by an increasingly intransigent Robert Mugabe.

Even as Zuma held meetings with the party leaders, political analyst John Makumbe predicted he would go back ‘with half-baked promises from Mugabe’ and the trip was just another ‘wild goose chase.’ Even the fact that Mugabe is the one who met Zuma at the airport sent out its own message. The mediation effort has been littered with deadlines set and deadlines not met and Mugabe has on most occasions reneged on promises, made even to his [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
BuaNews (Tshwane)
27 November 2010

Pretoria — Kenya and South Africa have agreed to waive double taxation for businesses operating in the two countries and a Memorandum of Understanding on agricultural cooperation.

The agreements – signed during Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s visit to Kenya – are aimed at improving commercial relations between the two regional economic powerhouses before a planned visit by President Jacob Zuma next year.

The Deputy President and his Kenyan counterpart, Kalonzo Musyoka, agreed that processes to address some of the impediments to trade and contact between the two countries needed to be addressed.

Both Kenya and South Africa agreed to [continue reading]

source: IOL
November 10 2010 at 12:06am

Cape Town – The government will have to make key decisions “soon” if it is to meet its target of new nuclear power capacity by 2023, Eskom chief executive Brian Dames said on Tuesday.

Briefing journalists in Cape Town, he said South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity envisaged 9000 megawatts of nuclear in the power mix.

“It’s a long lead time,” he said. “If you want new capacity in 2023 we would need a decision soon in order to make that.”

Asked what this decision-making would involve, he said a nuclear plant needed a site, which required a significant amount of geotechnical studies.

“South Africa’s fortunate in that Eskom has done a lot of
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8 November 2010

South African retailer Pick n Pay announced this week that it had signed a franchise territorial agreement with retail franchising group Retail Masters in Mozambique to further extend its African footprint.

According to Pick n Pay group enterprises head Dallas Langman, the group planned to open its first store in March 2011: “We have signed a master franchise agreement with Retail Masters for Mozambique which will provide us with the essential benefit of expert insights into the local market,” he said in a statement this week.

Opening in Maputo, the first Mozambican store will be approximately 3 000 square metres in size. Pick n Pay envisages opening a further three stores before the end of 2011. The first four stores will open in [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-11-08 15:06

Johannesburg – Drivers on South Africa’s roads commit traffic offences on a daily basis, but the planned demerit point system would dramatically curtail these infringements, BP Ultimate and the South African Automobile Association (AA) revealed in a survey on Monday.

A staggering 76% of drivers on SA roads commit traffic offences daily, the survey noted.

Road safety analyst Lawrence Barit said that after drunken driving and fatigue, offences like skipping orange or red lights, not obeying yield signs and the disobeying of other road signs could be said to be the third largest cause of [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-11-07 17:07

Johannesburg – South Africa’s first national Zulu-language newspaper hit the streets on Sunday, catering to a growing demand among the country’s largest ethnic group.

The Sunday Times launched its Zulu edition in KwaZulu-Natal.

“We are extremely proud to be making a contribution to the growth of an indigenous language. This in no small way contributes towards us living up to our claim to be ‘The paper for the people’,” editor Ray Hartley said in a statement.

“The decision to produce a Zulu edition was motivated by great reader interest. Research we have conducted using focus groups shows that there is great demand for [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
South African Press Association (Johannesburg)
2 November 2010

Cape Town — Pioneer Foods will reduce the sale price of bread and flour products by a total of R160 million as part of a R1.05 billion settlement reached on Tuesday in its price-fixing cases, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said.

In a speech in the National Assembly, Patel announced that in addition to paying R445 million of penalties, the 90-year-old company also had to pay R250 million into the National Revenue Fund and to increase its planned capital expenditure of R1.2 billion over the next two years by a further R150 million.

The settlement brings an end to long-standing cases against Pioneer over its conduct in the wheat, maize, poultry and eggs market.

It is the largest settlement in the history of the Competition Commission involving a single company and is expected to be confirmed by the Competition Tribunal soon, Patel told MPs.

The penalty is also the biggest ever imposed on a [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
BuaNews (Tshwane)
31 October 2010

Pretoria — President Jacob Zuma has announced a major reshuffle to his cabinet. A few ministries have new ministers and a host of new deputy ministers have been appointed.

Making the announcement on Sunday, President Zuma said after 17 months in government since his inauguration, the process of the reconfiguration of government and that of putting in place systems that change the way the administration works in order to improve service delivery had been completed.

He said during this time, government has studied the functioning of the current administration in order to ascertain what works and what needs to be changed or strengthened.

“We have taken a long and hard look at some of the departments with a view to strengthening some Ministries. We have noted that a few of them require the addition of Deputy Ministries to assist Ministers in carrying out their [continue reading]

Nthambeleni Gabara
1 November 2010

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has named Siemens SA as the preferred bidder to install a R961-million state-of-the-art signaling and communication system on the country’s commuter rail network from January 2011.

Making the announcement last week, Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) chief executive Lucky Montana said the current signaling system could no longer be considered sufficiently safe or reliable.

“Approximately 80% of the signaling installations have become obsolete, and the remainder not able to fully support modern and safe railway operations.”

Montana said the first phase of installation was expected to commence in January 2011, along with the construction of a new central Train Control Nerve Centre for Gauteng province.

“This massive investment is in line with Prasa’s critical priorities over the next three to five years of upgrading the existing passenger railway system and championing the adoption of [continue reading]

source: IOL
October 31 2010 at 02:53pm
By Emsie Ferreira

The contentious Protection of Information Bill is heading for a redraft to narrow its scope, but the new version will not see the light this year, MPs said on Friday.

Parliament’s ad hoc committee processing the bill agreed to take as a starting point for a new draft, proposals by State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele to remove two highly-contested clauses.

“The minister of course does not have the power to amend the bill, but I would suggest that we use some of his concessions as a starting point for a new draft,” committee chairman Cecil Burgess said.

Cwele last month responded to a national outcry over the draft act by saying he favoured dropping the nebulous notion of “national interest” as cause for classification, as well as a [continue reading]

source: IOL
October 28 2010 at 01:10pm

The government apparently has no knowledge of what has happened to at least two thirds of cases reported to the National Anti-Corruption Hotline.

Over the six-year period 7529 cases were reported to the hotline, but there had been feedback on only 2717 cases, according to the 9th State of the Public Service Report released in Pretoria.

This meant that for every 100 cases reported, the PSC had received feedback from the department concerned on only 36. It did not know about the other 64.

“The mere provision of feedback to the PSC does not necessarily suggest that allegations have been investigated and that the cases have been closed, but at least it allows the [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-10-28 16:33

Cape Town – Zimbabweans staying in South Africa can now apply for birth certificates and ID cards in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said on Thursday.

It said the concession was announced by Zimbabwe’s consul general Chris Mapanga during a meeting with MDC leaders in Johannesburg this week.

Mapanga could not be contacted for confirmation.

The MDC reported that Mapanga had also said people in Zimbabwe could apply there for replacements of lost birth certificates of relatives in South Africa.

The MDC said the concessions came after its delegation expressed concern over the [continue reading]