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Tue,24Apr2018

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Opinion: Rebuilding South Africa's trust is Ramaphosa’s next struggle

 

12118.HROn the steps of Cape Town City Hall on 11 February to celebrate the 28th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in Paarl, African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa promised “a new beginning” for the party and the country under his watch. But Ramaphosa will be in the state presidency for less than a year before the 2019 national elections, and this means he will have to choose carefully the priorities that will deliver maximum impact over a short period.

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South Africa's growing chorus for land reform

20180306sa2Black South Africans are tired of waiting to get their land back. In 1994, hopes soared that the government would start to return land to the landless. The lack of action has fuelled demands for a more radical approach that the new ANC leadership cannot ignore

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South Africa's cabinet considering expanding zero-rated VAT basket

01032018SouthAfricaSouth Africa's cabinet may expand the basket of zero-rated value-added tax (VAT) items after it was hiked by 1 percentage point in last week's budget, the minister of communications said on Thursday.

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Sibanye says clears most illegal miners from gold shafts

Sibanye-Stillwater's Beatrix mine near Welkom, South Africa. Photo: AP/SIPAPrecious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater arrested nearly 1,400 illegal miners at its South African gold shafts last year in a blitz the company says has mostly ended the practice at its mines.

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Eskom says coal supplier Optimum mine starts business rescue proceedings

Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, the cooling towers at Eskom's coal-powered Lethabo power station are seen near Sasolburg, South Africa.Photo: Denis Farrell/AP/SIPASouth African power producer Eskom said on Thursday the Optimum coal mine, which is owned by the Gupta family and supplies one of the utility's power stations, had started business rescue proceedings.

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Drought-hit Cape Town cuts water useage as 'Day Zero' looms

In this Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 photo a woman throws away used water in an informal settlement near Cape Town. Photo: Bram Janssen/AP/SIPAA tough water-saving regime and the generosity of farmers have given South Africa's main tourist hub welcome respite from a severe drought and helped push back a dreaded "Day Zero" when Cape Town's taps are expected to run dry.

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