Botswana, SA strengthen cultural ties

South Africa and Botswana have recommitted to work together to deepen the strong cultural and historical ties that bind the two sister countries. An inter-departmental delegation from South Africa is in Botswana for a four-day visit aimed at developing plans for the collective memorialisation of the region’s liberation heritage. “The main objective of the visit is to recognise the role, […]


SA continues to be continent’s investor destination

South Africa’s strong financial market infrastructure and robust legal framework has ensured the country remains the ultimate destination for investors in Africa, according to the Absa Africa Financial Markets Index. The Index, produced by the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), provides a toolkit for countries seeking to strengthen their financial markets infrastructure. It assesses countries according to six […]


Multilateral lenders account for 35% of Africa’s debt

Multilateral lenders account for 35 per cent of Africa’s total external debt, and 32 per cent by private lenders. China accounts for 20 per cent of the debt of the continent and 12 per cent by other governments. Africa’s external debt payments doubled between 2015 and 2017, the highest level since 2001. According to research by financial pressure group Jubilee […]


President requests updates from entities investigated by SIU

President Cyril Ramaphosa has requested departments and entities implicated in Special Investigating Unit (SIU) investigations to provide him with updates on the implementation of recommendations contained in the reports. The reports concern departments and institutions investigated between 2002 and 2016, Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko said in a statement. The SIU is mandated to investigate serious malpractices or maladministration in the […]

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Children indulge in sex work to feed in Congo

Hunger has doubled in the Democratic Republic of Congo in a year, with 15 million people in need of food aid, pushing children into sex work and mining, charities said on Tuesday. Many farmers are too scared to tend their fields in northeastern Congo, where some of the worst fighting in years has forced 750,000 people to flee their homes […]

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SA, Tunisia to hold political consultations

International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers will this week engage in a wide range of bilateral issues during an inaugural session of political consultations in Tunis, in Tunisia. Landers will be in the country from Wednesday to Thursday where he will also meet with Tunisia Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Sabri Bachtobji, during a working visit. […]

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Mabuza affirms SA’s support for South Sudan peace talks

South African Deputy President David Mabuza has called on stakeholders involved in the South Sudan peace process to be steadfast in their efforts of implementing the peace agreement, which will benefit the people of the east-central African country. The Deputy President, who is also a Special Envoy to South Sudan, made the comment on Monday after holding talks with President […]


East Africa spends 8% revenue to service debt

East African countries are now spending almost eight per cent of their revenues to service $29.42 billion loans borrowed in the past 10 years. They borrowed the money largely from China to grow their transport, communication, manufacturing and energy sectors. Analysts say the loans are becoming a burden, especially given that their impact is yet to be seen on the […]


SA tackles challenges in health system

President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the government delegation to the two-day Presidential Health Summit that will be convened on Friday and Saturday in Boksburg, Gauteng. The President is scheduled to address the summit plenary at 11:00 on Friday. The Presidential Health Summit is expected to bring together key stakeholders from various constituencies in the health sector to deliberate and propose […]


Commercial farms begin census

Hundreds of fieldworkers from Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) descended on farms across the country today as Stats SA began data collection for the 2017 Census of Commercial Agriculture (CoCA). Leading the charge was Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke who visited the Elandsfontein Farm in Bapsfontein in Ekurhuleni. Maluleke said the census was prompted by the importance of agriculture to the country’s […]