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16 January 2017
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13 Jan 2017
Regulations for Foreign Investor Act Weighted Towards Dispute Settlement
On December 15 2015, President Jacob Zuma assented to the controversial Protection of Investment Act when much of the South African public was on a festive holiday break. This piece of legislation...
10 Jan 2017
Mineral ‘wrongs’ righted
A company that showed diligence in applying for mineral rights ended up getting mineral ‘wrongs’, a court has found. The Gauteng division of the High Court in Pretoria has ruled that Aquila Steel...
09 Jan 2017
Anti-vaccination blog revives debunked HPV story
The post on an anti-vaccination website was damning. The headline “Bill Gates uses 30,000 Indian girls as guinea pigs to test cancer vaccine” appeared on the Organic & Healthy blog in October last...
07 Dec 2016
NUMSA: 10th National Congress
This ‘Workers’ Parliament’ could not be meeting at a more critical time for the world working class in general and the South African working class in particular. All over the world the workers are...
05 Dec 2016
Glencore producing zinc at minus cost
Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is producing zinc at negative cost. Towards the end of this year it has been doing so at -3c/lb and next year it expects to do so at an even better...
02 Dec 2016
Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital aims to change face of local medical care
The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital (NMCH), in Parktown, Johannesburg, was launched on Friday. Built over two years, the hospital will host a number of centres of excellence for paediatric care....
Glencore sees nickel shortage as electric vehicle demand burgeons
Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore sees a shortage in nickel arising as a result of burgeoning demand from electric vehicle (EV) production. Batteries used in EVs are consuming about...
01 Dec 2016
Africa pushes for a 2017 ban on nuclear weapons
On 27 October, the First Committee of the United Nations (UN) passed L.41: ‘Taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations’. The resolution calls for negotiations to take place next...
23 Nov 2016
Why do donors delegate to multilateral organisations? A synthesis of six country case studies
All donors make decisions about how much to delegate to multilateral organisations and how to allocate funding between these institutions. They also make decisions about how much should be defined...
21 Nov 2016
Gold from woodchips, grease, mine muck surprises on upside
The recovery of gold from mine waste at Goldplat Recovery in Benoni generates a surprisingly high level of revenue while simultaneously protecting the environment and providing hundreds of valuable...
17 Nov 2016
Daily Podcast – November 17, 2016
Making headlines: Auditor General says the Presidency is failing to lead by example Hate speech bill delayed for more submissions And, Zuma VIP jet discussions still on the table
Hate speech bill delayed for more submissions
More time has been allocated to the public to make submissions on the proposed new law to stop hate crimes and hate speech, the department of justice said on Wednesday. “The department of justice...
16 Nov 2016
DJCD: Justice and Constitutional Development extends deadline for inputs on Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill
The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development is pleased to announce that due to public and stakeholder interest, the due date for the submission of inputs to the Prevention and...
14 Nov 2016
AngloGold free cash soaring
The generation of free cash by gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti is soaring. Free cash flow of $161-million in the third quarter is 54% higher than the free cash flow generated in the six...
13 Nov 2016
dti: South Africa wins the offshoring destination of the year award from the global sourcing association in London
The Minister of Trade & Industry, Dr Rob Davies is proud to announce South Africa's success in winning the Global Sourcing Association's Annual Outsourcing Destination of the Year award for 2016...
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