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27 May 2015
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Power problem features in South Africa’s fall in 2015 competitiveness ranking
COMPETITIVENESS RANKING
South Africa slipped one position, from 52 to 53, in the latest world competitiveness ranking, which highlighted power and infrastructure shortfalls, high youth unemployment, as well as inadequate...
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S African power plants face 17Mt coal shortfall
ENERGY
South African power utility Eskom faces a 17-million tonne coal shortfall by 2017 at its coal-fired power plants, a Cabinet Minister said on Wednesday. The shortfall is anticipated in 2015 at...
 
 
International airlines brace for SA's new travelling with minors rule
REGULATORY CHANGES
As the new requirement for unabridged birth certificates for all children travelling in South Africa comes into effect on June 1 2015, major international airlines say they’ve done all they can to...
 
 
Madagascar president challenges impeachement vote count
POLITICS
Madagascar's President Hery Rajaonarimampianina challenged on Wednesday an impeachment vote against him in parliament, where critics say he has dragged religion into politics and failed to deliver...
 
 
Electricity constraints a major concern for Sarb
ECONOMY
While global economic factors impacted South Africa’s weak growth prognosis, there were binding constraints coming from the electricity supply uncertainties, said Reserve Bank (Sarb) deputy...
 
 
SOEs can spark radical economic transformation – Ramaphosa
STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISES
State-owned enterprises (SOEs) have the potential to stimulate “reindustrialisation and radical economic transformation”, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said during the Presidency’s budget vote...
 
 
Ethiopia's ruling party sweeps parliament – early election results
ELECTIONS
Ethiopia's ruling party and its allies have won a big majority in parliament, election officials said on Wednesday, based on an early count in a weekend election in which the opposition complained...
 
 
Ebola set to persist in 2015, but funds for aid are lacking – WHO
EBOLA
The Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone is expected to take all of 2015 to stamp out and may persist even longer because of dwindling financing, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on...
 
 
Food and beverage industry awaits impact of food regulations on nonnutritive sweeteners
FOOD REGULATIONS
Proposed regulations by the Department of Health have driven manufacturers back to sugar while the search is on for new, more natural sweeteners, creating uncertainty in the nonnutritive sweetener...
 
 
Libyan prime minister says survives assassination attempt
SECURITY
Libya's internationally recognised prime minister, Abdullah al-Thinni, said on Tuesday he had survived an assassination attempt by gunmen who opened fire as he was leaving a session of the anarchic...
 
 
Schools can not turn away learners on basis of language
EDUCATION
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says no school will be allowed to exclude a learner on the basis of language. “The right to education is one of the most fundamental rights in the Constitution...
 
 
SA making 'steady progress' in building inclusive growth
ECONOMY
President Jacob Zuma says South Africa is making steady progress in building an inclusive economy that will create jobs. The President on Wednesday responded to a debate on the Presidency’s Budget...
 
 
Madagascar's parliament votes to impeach president
POLITICS
Madagascar's parliament voted to impeach President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, threatening to derail rebuilding efforts after years of crisis. The vote by 121 of 151 members of parliament late on...
 
 
Numbers at xenophobia refugee camp in Durban on the rise
refugee camp
The numbers at the only remaining xenophobia refugee camp in KwaZulu-Natal are increasing instead of decreasing, eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo said on Tuesday. Nxumalo told exco members that...
 
 
Boko Haram kill at least 43 in Nigeria's Borno state – witnesses
Boko Haram
Boko Haram militants have killed at least 43 people in a five-hour assault on the town of Gubio in northeastern Nigeria's Borno state, witnesses said on Tuesday. Thousands of people have been...
 
 
 
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