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No power cuts expected

Eskom was “cautiously confident” that it would not have to implement blackouts over the festive season despite the power system being constrained, it said on Thursday. “The power system is expected to remain constrained but stable this week and the rest of the festive season, and as a result the[…]

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Agang asks Concourt for secret Zuma vote

Agang SA on Thursday filed papers in the Constitutional Court asking that a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma be voted on by way of secret ballot, the party said. The party also asked the court to declare Baleka Mbete unfit to be Speaker after she did not[…]

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Mossel Bay farmer killed

Police in Mossel Bay on Thursday appealed to residents to help with information that could lead to the arrest of six men who killed a farmer. Captain Malcom Pojie said cases of murder and armed robbery were opened following the death of 54-year-old Fedoras Tolman near Hartenbos, Mossel Bay, on[…]

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Pillay’s suspension a breach of contract

The SA Revenue Service (Sars) breached deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay’s contract when it suspended him without giving written notice, the Labour Court in Johannesburg found on Thursday. “Clearly… Sars acted in breach of the contract when it issued the suspension notice without complying with… the suspension policy,” Judge Annelie Basson[…]

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Rand affected by rouble: Economist

The rand was being affected by the Russian rouble’s depreciation because they exported similar commodities, and could be seen in the same emerging market basket, an economist said on Thursday. The rand has fallen to levels against the US dollar last seen in 2008, reaching a low of R11.93 to[…]

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SA hails US-Cuba breakthrough

South Africa on Thursday hailed US President Barack Obama’s announcement of moves to “normalise” his country’s diplomatic ties with Cuba. “The South African government welcomes the release of the remaining three of the Cuban Five, and the intention by the US to normalise diplomatic relations with Cuba,” the international relations[…]

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Fuel price bonanza in January: AA

International oil prices have dropped steeply and motorists are set for a fuel bonanza in the new year, the Automobile Association said on Wednesday. “The fuel price drop predicted by the data could be among the largest on record. This is notwithstanding a gradual weakening of the Rand/US dollar exchange[…]

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Derby-Lewis’s wife warns SACP

Clive Derby-Lewis’s wife Gaye on Wednesday warned the SACP and Chris Hani’s widow against making claims about “wider conspiracies” involved in Hani’s murder. The SA Communist Party and Limpho Hani were expected to make submissions to Justice Minister Michael Masutha on January 9 on why Clive Derby-Lewis should not be[…]

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Tshabalala’s resignation welcomed

Political parties and Parliament’s communications committee on Wednesday welcomed the resignation of SABC board chairwoman Ellen Tshabalala. “Although we would have expected that a resignation was served immediately after allegations were laid against her, we however welcome the decision and wish her well in her future endeavours,” committee chairwoman Joyce[…]

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90 ECape schools wins R81m case

The Grahamstown High Court on Wednesday ordered the education department to reimburse 90 Eastern Cape schools R81 million they had paid for teachers’ salaries out of their own pockets since 2011. The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) said the court also ordered the provincial department to fill vacancies and appoint 282[…]

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