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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Call for release of Fees Must Fall students gains momentum

Student activists are continuing to put pressure on President Cyril Ramaphosa. They want the President to grant amnesty to students who were charged or convicted as a result of violent Fees Must Fall protests. The students have marched to the gates of Parliament as President Ramaphosa was answering questions in[…]

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Land expropriation will ‘advance economic development, increase food security’: Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the ANC would propose an amendment of the Constitution to Parliament, outlining conditions for expropriation of land without compensation. His late-night announcement came following the political party’s two-day national executive committee lekgotla, which discussed progress government had made over the space of a year in[…]

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President Ramaphosa welcomes Xi Jinping to South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa will welcome his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, at the Union Buildings on Tuesday morning. Xi touched down in the country on Monday evening ahead of the Brics summit which begins in Johannesburg on Wednesday. This year marks the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between South Africa and[…]

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Maimane to announce action against petrol price hikes

As the petrol price in South Africa reaches record highs, DA leader Mmusi Maimane, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse and several taxi associations are expected to announce planned civil society action against the fuel hikes. In a statement, the DA said it would hold a joint press conference in Tshwane[…]

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Hout Bay youth activist suspends hunger strike

Hout Bay youth activist Roscoe Jacobs has suspended his hunger strike after seven days. Jacobs embarked on a hunger strike after President Cyril Ramaphosa failed to respond to his open letter, which was sent on June 17 this year, in which he outlined the struggle for land and adequate housing[…]

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Government offers state workers inflation-busting pay rise

South Africa is offering unions representing 1 million state employees inflation-busting pay increases at a time when the country needs to rein in spending to help keep its investment-grade credit rating. Negotiations over wages for teachers, nurses and other state workers are testing the ability of the new cabinet, led[…]

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New MPs to be sworn in on Tuesday

Parliament is expected to swear in a number of new members on Tuesday with David Mabuza, the new deputy president of the country, being the biggest announcement. This came after a major Cabinet reshuffle by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday night with some familiar faces returning to some key ministries[…]

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EFF rejects Ramaphosa’s Cabinet reshuffle

The Economic Freedom Fighters has rejected President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet reshuffle, saying it was a realignment of corrupt and “delinquent” ministers. In a statement, EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the changes were not in the best interests of South Africans. “No one, with the best interests of South Africa[…]

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