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South Africa: Zuma survives no confidence vote, Dubai exit plan exposed

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has survived another vote of no confidence this weekend despite a spate of recent corruption scandals, cabinet sackings and his handling of the economy. President Zuma has been under increasing pressure to step down from party veterans and members of the African National Congress’s communist and union alliance partners in […]

South Africa’s April inflation falls to 5.3 percent

Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) decelerated from 6.1 percent, year-on-year in March to 5.3 percent in April, Statistics South Africa announced on Wednesday. The South African Central Bank, which is due to announce its latest interest rates this week, targets annual CPI of between 3 percent and 6 percent. Food and non-alcoholic beverages decreased from 1.5 […]

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South Africa: General Motors to cut 600 jobs

Some 600 workers out of 1,500 at General Motors in South Africa will lose their jobs by July after a decision last week by the American giant to sell its local operations, South Africa’s top manufacturing union said. According to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), the carmaker had confirmed the numbers […]

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South Africa: Ex-presidents join national crisis dialogue

Three former South African Presidents, F.W. de Klerk, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and former Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka have joined a national dialogue initiative on Friday to discuss challenges facing the continent’s biggest economy. The discussions come a month after Presidents F.W. de Klerk and Thabo Mbeki have called for a national discussion on how […]

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World Bank trims Sub-Saharan Africa growth projection

The World Bank cut its growth projection for sub-Saharan Africa this year after a tumultuous period in 2016. According to the bank, Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to grow at a moderate rate of 2.6 percent in 2017. Growth this year will be “better than the 1.3 percent in 2016, the lowest in two decades, but […]

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South Africa’s Mbeki questions Jacob Zuma’s fate

South Africa’s former president, Thabo Mbeki in a letter published by The Star newspaper on Monday, urged Members of Parliament (MPs) to vote based on the will of the people during an impending no-confidence motion tabled by opposition parties against incumbent Jacob Zuma. Mbeki says although it could be assumed that MPs must respect decisions […]

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South Africa: About 30,000 protesters call on Jacob Zuma to quit

Thousands of South Africans took to the streets demanding the resignation of scandal-tainted Zuma, who for now retains the support of the ruling ANC. According to local media, Members of the ruling African National Congress party assaulted several protesters participating in a Johannesburg march organized by the Democratic Alliance, South Africa’s biggest opposition party. Some […]

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South Africa’s Zuma sacks finance minister

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa sacked Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan at a cabinet reshuffle announced late on Thursday. Pravin Gordhan was replaced by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, the president’s office said in a statement. Gordhan’s sacking comes after a months-long battle with Zuma over government spending and control of the public purse. Gordhan […]

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South African anti-apartheid veteran Kathrada dies at 87

South Africa’s anti-apartheid veteran Ahmed Kathrada died in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the Donald Gordon Hospital in Johannesburg, his foundation said in a statement. According to the foundation’s director Neeshan Balton, the anti-apartheid struggle veteran had “breathed his last today” just before 06:00 AM. “This is great loss to the ANC, the […]

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SA bans meat imports from Brazil

South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has suspended some meat imports from Brazil amid a scandal over adulterated meat in the Latin American country. Police launched a corruption probe into the meat industry earlier this week, alleging that industry members had bribed officials to turn a blind eye to shipments of contaminated meat. […]

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