By Mark | February 20, 2014
What the papers say
Robert Mugabe’s lavish 90th birthday plans decried as Zimbabwe struggles
Source: The Guardian
Costly celebration, criticised as cultism and hero worship, comes at a time of heavy job losses and slowing economic growth.
Plans for a lavish $1m (£600,000) celebration of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s 90th birthday have been condemned as the country lurches towards another financial crisis.
The tribute to Africa’s oldest head of state – and second oldest in the world after Israel’s Shimon Peres – is expected to surpass last year’s party, when special gold coins were minted and Mugabe was presented with a cake said to weigh Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | February 18, 2014
The Robin Hood Tax is a tiny tax on banks that could give billions to tackle poverty and climate change
Over 635,000 people have so far leant their voice to make the European Robin Hood Tax the tax we deserve. And with the support of some special friends, the campaign is looking to make the call a Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | February 17, 2014
Source: Mail and Guardian
The European Union suspended sanctions on eight of Zimbabwe’s most powerful military and political figures on Monday, but kept them on President Robert Mugabe and his Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | February 7, 2014
Source: The Presidency of South Africa
Statement by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma announcing the date for the fifth General Elections in South Africa
Fellow South Africans,
The electoral term of the present government will come to an end on the Read the rest of this entry »
By Katharine | February 6, 2014
Rescuers recovered eight bodies and continued to search for another missing worker on Thursday after a fire and rock-fall at a Harmony Gold mine near Johannesburg, the worst Read the rest of this entry »
By admin | February 5, 2014
Rescue workers in South Africa are trying to free nine miners still trapped underground after a fire at Doornkop mine west of Johannesburg.
Eight other miners have successfully been brought to the surface, the mine owners Harmony Gold said.
“Efforts continue to establish the whereabouts of a further Read the rest of this entry »
South Africa: Mamphela Ramphele no longer the Democratic Alliance presidential candidate. Agang DA merger off.
By Mark | February 3, 2014
Agang-DA fallout: More questions than answers from Ramphele
Mamphela Ramphele has offered little explaination on why her decision to run as the DA’s presidential candidate was not discussed with Agang members.
Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele has blamed the Democratic Alliance (DA) for jumping the gun in announcing her joining the DA, in a disastrous week for the opposition which saw a short-lived alliance between the two parties aborted before it Read the rest of this entry »
By Tony | January 31, 2014
Nine COSATU affiliated member unions held a press conference on 29 January, called for the reinstatement of the suspended General Secretary and the urgent holding of a special national delegate conference.
COSATU subsequently issued a statement condemning the holding of the press conference of the nine. COSATU has 21 affiliated unions.
The General Secretary of COSATU, Zwelinzima Vavi was Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | January 27, 2014
Source: Mail and Guardian
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has accused a group of multinational pharmaceutical companies active in South Africa of conspiring against the state, the people of South Africa and the populations of developing countries – and of planning what amounts to mass murder. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tony | January 27, 2014
Most of the platinum mines in the South Africa are silent for the fourth day as a strike called by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) enters its fifth day. However, what are described as low level talks have begun. An estimated 70,000 workers are on strike. AMCU which has become Read the rest of this entry »