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21 January 2017
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20 Jan 2017
Municipalities given until month end to clear electricity arrears
Eskom has been asked to give municipalities with outstanding bills until the end of the month to settle their accounts before switching off the lights, Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown...
19 Jan 2017
Dirty Bankers – How HSBC is Financing Forest Destruction for Palm Oil
HSBC, headquartered in the UK, is currently one of the largest providers of financial services to the palm oil industry. HSBC has detailed policies on forestry and agricultural commodities...
18 Jan 2017
Why junk status still hangs over South Africa
Although South Africa avoided a downgrade to non-investment grade, or junk status, in 2016, the country is not yet out of the woods and may be downgraded this year. The reasons for this are ongoing...
Gambia's Yahya Jammeh declares state of emergency
Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has declared a national state of emergency one day before the end of his mandate. In a national TV address, Jammeh said on Tuesday the measure was necessary due to...
Four Gambia ministers resign from Jammeh's government
The Gambia's ministers for finance, foreign affairs, trade and the environment have resigned from President Yahya Jammeh's government, according to ministry sources and state television. The...
17 Jan 2017
Investment key to raising South Africa’s lagging growth potential – World Bank
The World Bank says raising private investment in South Africa will be critical to increasing the country’s growth potential above its current estimate of only 1.3%, which is well below the...
Norton Rose Fulbright advises W&W Group on the acquisition of treefin AG
Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has advised German financial services group Wüstenrot & Württembergische AG (W&W) on the acquisition of 75 per cent of the share in Munich-based FinTech...
16 Jan 2017
People’s Power vs. Rising Inequality: Demanding Change Locally, Nationally, & Globally
ActionAid’s cycle of three reports on inequality, from global, national, and local perspectives, concludes with the release of Shifting Power. This summary looks at each report. A year of...
12 Jan 2017
Daily Podcast – January 12, 2017
Making headlines: Zuma signs seven new finance bills into law Gordhan to act against municipalities which owe Eskom money And, Mantashe says stalwarts and ANC Women’s League could weaken the ANC
11 Jan 2017
GCIS: Provision of education support to Military Veterans and their dependants for 2017
The provision of education to military veterans and their dependants constitutes a major priority for the Department of Military Veterans. The Department has to date supported approximately 5800...
The Least Developed Countries Report 2016
Graduation is the process through which a country ceases to be an LDC, having in principle overcome the structural handicaps that warrant special support from the international community, beyond...
10 Jan 2017
Ivory Coast's Ouattara names ex-PM as vice-president
Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara named former prime minister Daniel Kablan Duncan as vice-president, a new post created under a constitution approved by referendum late last year. Duncan,...
23 Dec 2016
2016 set Zuma up for life and death political battle in coming year
President Jacob Zuma can, in the phrase popularised by Queen Elisabeth II in 1992, claim the past year as his annus horribilis as the State capture narrative eclipsed the Nkandla scandal and drew...
22 Dec 2016
#NeneGate, according to Zuma
President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday for the first time gave his side of the story about events surrounding his firing of finance minister Nhlanhla Nene saying "white monopoly capital and their...
It is our responsibility to cleanse the ANC - ANCYL's Maine
African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) President Collen Maine says the party needs to be cleansed. He was speaking at an ANCYL Economic Freedom Lecture at the Olive Convention Centre in...
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