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Iraq Oil Report: The South Africa President Jacob Zuma Faces First Real Test - DA

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma could face his first real test in responding to the findings of the Donen commission into the role of several South African companies in the United Nations (UN) oil-for-food scandal, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said yesterday. The party's public enterprises spokesman Ian Davidson said: "Indeed, this will determine whether he...

Doctors' Pay Issue Resolved in South Africa

Public sector doctors quietly accepted the national Health Department's Occupational Specific Dispensation (OSD) offer, two weeks ago. The Democratic Nurses' Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) has quietly signed an agreement on behalf of public sector doctors accepting an Occupational Specific Dispensation (OSD) offer they initially rejected....

Democratic Alliance Wants Arms Control Minutes of South Africa

SA's arms control committee should provide minutes of all meetings it had held in the past five years when it appeared before Parliament, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said yesterday. Evaluation of these documents was the only way to gain insight into alleged "dodgy arms deals" authorised by the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC...

Arms Trade Mess in South Africa

The National Conventional Arms Control Committee faces a crisis of credibility with its functioning and conduct apparently in violation of ANC government's own enabling legislation governing arms dealing. These are some of the facts the government has been trying to hide: There are claims that for well over a year the NCACC, the government body...

First Swine Flu Death Recorded in South Africa

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed that a 22-year-old Stellenbosch University student has died from the H1N1 pandemic, known as swine flu. According to a NICD report given to the Department of Health, the deceased presented with flu-like symptoms on 20 July 2009 and was treated symptomatically at the campus clinic...

South African Police Must Shoot to Kill, Worry Later - Bhek Cele

South Africa's new top cop, Bheki Cele, wants the law to be changed to allow police to "shoot to kill" criminals without worrying about "what happens after that". Speaking exclusively to Weekend Argus on Friday, Commissioner Cele said the police needed to match the firepower of criminals and use "deadly force". In the process, he wants to create a...

Zuma Appoints Gill Marcus As New SARB Governor of South Africa

President Jacob Zuma has appointed Gill Marcus to take over from Tito Mboweni as Reserve Bank Governor in November 2009. Mr Mboweni, whose contract ends on 8 August, was re-appointed by the President, but he indicated he did not want to stay on. "As the term of office of the current Governor, Mr Mboweni, is due to end on 8 August 2009, I initiated...

World Gears Up for Mandela Day in South Africa

People around the globe are gearing up to celebrate Madiba's 91st birthday on Saturday by devoting 67 minutes of their time to local causes as the world sings "Happy birthday" to its favourite person. The great man, who now looks frail and white-haired, has watched and grieved at the deaths of his closest comrades, Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu....

Net Closing in On Former Land Bank Executives of South Africa

Senior former Land Bank executives and a former Gauteng politician will be arrested this month on charges of corruption, MPs have been told. The revelation comes two years after auditors hinted at massive corruption at the bank, which is responsible for helping emerging farmers. Land Bank chief executive Phakamani Hadebe told MPs this week that...

Strike Will Halt All 2010 Projects Tomorrow

WORK at all 2010 Soccer World Cup construction projects will grind to a halt tomorrow after unions yesterday rejected a revised pay offer and opted to strike in support of a higher demand. The latest offer of 10,4% by the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec), was turned down after the collapse of eleventh-hour talks...

President in Southern Africa for Extraordinary SADC Summit

President Mugabe arrived here yesterday to join other Sadc leaders at an extraordinary summit the regional bloc has convened to tackle the crisis in Madagascar. Vice President Joice Mujuru will be Acting President during the President's absence. President Mugabe and his entourage arrived at OR Tambo International Airport yesterday evening and was...

South Africa to Surprise Its Critics - Blatter

FIFA President Sepp Blatter says those who underestimate South Africa will be proven wrong by the country's capability of hosting major international events such as the FIFA Confederations Cup. "South Africa is one of the best countries in the world and I want to assure you that this country will successfully host the FIFA Confederations Cup and...

South African Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi Apologises to Doctors

Doctors marched to the head office of the Health Department in Pretoria last week and handed a memorandum to Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. They have given government until June 19 to address their frustrations regarding poor pay and working conditions. When accepting the memorandum, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi offered two things:...

Southern Africa Ready to Tighten Screws as EU Trade Row Turns Ugly

SA WAS prepared to set up trade barriers with Botswana, Lesotho Mozambique and Swaziland to stop a flood of cheap imports entering the country. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies sounded the warning yesterday after SA's neighbours broke ranks and signed trade deals in the form of an interim economic partnership agreement (EPA) with the...

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa Promises Half a Million Jobs in Six Months

Despite the global economic downturn and the country's worst recession, President Jacob Zuma vowed, in his first State of the Nation address, to create half a million jobs in six months, but he acknowledged it would be tough to meet all his election promises. "The economic downturn will affect the pace at which our country is able to address the...