ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa on Tuesday denied allegations that they hired public relations consultant Sihle Bolani to smear the EFF and DA ahead of the 2016 local government elections, and said the party only paid her an amount of R1-million to avoid a court battle. In the meantime, twitter celebrities have come out to confirm that they were added to whatsapp groups where they were asked to tweet malicious and misleading things about the opposition. Question is, why would you pay a “volunteer” R1 million for work she never did? What volunteers get paid in the first place?!
Sibanye Claims R26.8m From Zwane And Inspectors
Sibanye to sue department officials in their individual capacities for the way they had implemented the section 54 notice to stop operations because of safety violations. In 2016 AngloGold won a case before the labour court in which Judge Andre van Niekerk agreed with the company that the safety stoppage ordered at the Kopanang mine was out of proportion to the offence and the Mine Health and Safety Act.
Tshwane Church Square To Be Revamped
Church Square in central Tshwane is getting a facelift to make it more pedestrian friendly so motorists will no longer be able to access it. The statue of Paul Kruger will remain part of the square but it will be surrounded by trees and flowers. The beautification project should take nine months.
Interest Rates Unchanged
Governor Lesetja Kganyago on Tuesday announced, at the end of the first Monetary Policy Committee meeting of the year, that the committee had kept the repo rate at 7%. Economic growth is also under pressure, although SA should grow at 1.1% this year and 1.6% in 2018, which is below potential. The Reserve Bank said it might start hiking interest rates again if higher global oil prices or a hit to the rand were to cause above-target inflation rates to persist into next year.
Rosatom And Eskom Deny Nuclear Bid
Rosatom said it has not yet submitted its bid for South Africa’s 9.6 GW nuclear procurement project. A Rosatom spokesperson said that it “remains an interested bidder for South Africa’s nuclear new build programme and has confirmed that it intends to respond to the Request for Information but has not yet done so.
FlySafair Turns A Profit
Low-cost carrier FlySafair says it made a profit in 2016, the carrier’s second year of operations.During 2016, it added three new aircraft to its operating fleet, bringing it to a total of 9 aircraft. In August, the airline also launched new routes from Lanseria to Cape Town and George. At the same time SAA is drowning and in shambles. SMH
Trump To Implement Strict U.S Entry Restrictions
Donald Trump is preparing to issue an executive order dramatically restricting refugee admissions to the U.S. and denying visas to individuals from countries his administration deems high-risk. This includes blocking refugees from Syria from entering the U.S, suspending all refugee admissions for 120 days and temporarily suspending visa issuances to people in countries where the administration considers security screening inadequate. He has also vowed to go ahead with his wall
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