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South African Airways to lay off about 118 workers—Union

South African Airways’ (SAA) catering unit plans to lay off about 118 workers, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) said in a statement. Air Chefs intends to retrench 118 workers out of a workforce of about 1,200 people, the union said, adding that it would oppose the planned job cuts. NUMSA said […]

China & South Africa boost ties ahead of BRICS Summit

China and South Africa have agreed to further strengthen their bilateral cooperation. Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi who is in an official visit in South Africa said China-South Africa relations are presented with a historic opportunity that is inheriting the past and ushering in the future. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said […]

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South Africa’s MPs vote national minimum wage bill

South Africa’s parliament on Tuesday approved a national minimum wage bill by an overwhelming majority to alleviate inequality and stabilize labor in Africa’s most industrialized nation. President Ramaphosa has been pushing a minimum wage of $1.62 per hour, a policy that was scheduled to be implemented on May 1, but was delayed in parliament. On […]

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Single African Air Transport Market agreement signed by 26 countries

Twenty-six African countries out of the 55 members of the African Union have committed to the establishment of the concept of a Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), the African Union Commission chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat said on Monday during a meeting of the working group in the Togolese capital, Lome. According to the list […]

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eSwatini king must leave politics and focus on weddings—Julius Malema

South African politician and leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, Julius Malema this weekend called on the King Mswati of eSwatini to leave politicians in the country to thrive. According to Malema the King of eSwatini could go ahead to marry as many women as possible but his interference in the freedoms of […]

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South Africa’s President donates half of his salary to Mandela fund

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that he will donate half of his presidential salary to the Nelson Mandela Thuma Mina Fund, a fund in memory of South Africa’s first black President and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. President Ramaphosa who is also the leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) made the statement […]

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African nations at risk of debt distress despite growth – IMF

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday warned that Sub-Saharan African nations are at growing risk of debt distress. This came in the IMF regional economic report and the outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa released on Tuesday. According to the Washington-based Fund, Sub-Saharan Africa’s rate of economic expansion would rise to 3.4 per cent this year, up […]

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FIFA 2026 World Cup: Trump’s threat bites as SA reviews support for Morocco

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has come back on its April 16 decision to support Morocco’s bid to host FIFA 2026 World Cup arguing that it has not officially made a decision on which bid to endorse. After receiving a presentation of US-Canada-Mexico joint bid, the SAFA in a statement May 3 noted that […]

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South Africa: flash floods hit drought-stricken Cape Town

Drought-stricken Cape Town was lashed by heavy rains overnight, leading to widespread localized flooding in areas around the metropole. Heavy rain throughout Wednesday has blocked roads and disrupted traffic in Cape Town, city officials said on Thursday. According to officials about 578 structures and approximately 2,000 people have been affected by flooding. The city has […]

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South African Airways urgently needs a new capital injection – CEO

South African Airways on Tuesday said it needs about 5 billion rand ($404 million) to cover immediate costs as the state carrier battles to stay in operation. According to the carrier’s Chief Executive Officer, Vuyani Jarana, the turnaround plan is designed to ease the company’s dependency on the government, which last year approved a bailout […]

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