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South Africa police arrest woman with explosives at Beit Bridge border

SOUTH AFRICA: A woman was arrested at the Beit Bridge border post when mining explosives were allegedly found in her bag on Monday. Customs official conducted a random check of baggage in a bus crossing into South Africa from Zimbabwe, spokeswoman Marika Muller said in a statement.They found an unlabelled bag and asked for the owner.A female passenger came forward ... Read More »

Kenya to study South Africa’s port capability to boost shipping at Mombasa Port

MOMBASA: Kenya port operators have eyed Durban Port to boost and heighten their shipping and for the purpose, they will send their employees to South Africa to analyze the Durban port’s capability for becoming the continent’s busiest shipping hub. The East African nation is taking steps toward co-operation and regional integration in shipping, signing an agreement with Transnet SOC Ltd., ... Read More »

South Africa exports majority of its sea food globally

CAPE TOWN: South African has exported almost all its local catch of its sea food in foreign markets due to attraction of its premium price and most of the calamari eaten in South Africa has imported, this emerged in a report released by World Wide Fund for Nature at a symposium held under the auspices of the WWF, its Southern ... Read More »

South Africa to spend $860m on life prolonging HIV/AIDS treatment drugs

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa will spend 10 billion rand ($860 million) between 2015 and 2017 on life prolonging HIV/AIDS treatment drugs as studies show the prevalence of the virus is raising. South Africa has more than 6 million people, or 18 percent of the population, infected with HIV the heaviest caseloads in the world. It also has one of largest treatment ... Read More »

South Africa’s CIPLA wins R2bn govt order to supply ARV drugs

CAPE TOWN: South Africa’s third-biggest drug maker CIPLA Medpro has won a R2 billion orders to supply antiretroviral (ARV) drugs for the next three years to the government’s anti-Aids programme, the medication to combat HIV will be made at a plant in KwaZulu-Natal under a contract that starts on April 1, Cape Town-based Cipla said here the other day. Cipla ... Read More »

South African currency Rand declines against dollar

JOHANNESBURG: The South African currency Rand declined against the US dollar following a week of unstable trade dominated by global events and thin volumes ahead of a holiday-shortened week. At 0632 GMT the local unit was 0.15 percent weaker at 11.5870 versus the greenback with the previous week’s wild swings in global risk appetite dissipating, as Russia’s ruble along with ... Read More »

South Africa’s economy suffers due to poaching

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa has vaster attraction for tourists. Africa’s big animals are among the natural wonders of the world and a major tourist draw. For many Africans, elephants, rhinos and lions or at least the bloody trade in their body parts, and the proximity of big, dangerous critters to their crops, cattle and kin are part of a wider “resource ... Read More »

South Africa nails down rhino horn smuggling syndicate

CAPE TOWN: South African authorities have arrested sixteen members of a Czechoslovakia based syndicate who involved in international rhino horn smuggling, South Africa Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said here the other day. “The arrests are to be welcomed and confirm that the killing of South Africa’s rhino for their precious horns is linked to international crime syndicates,” Minister told ... Read More »

South African arms smuggler convicted by Philippines Courts

MANILA: South African national has convicted by the Court of Tax Appeals to attempted to smuggled P5.2 million worth of rifles and P400,000 worth of pistols from Indonesia, here the other day. The court’s third division found Capt. Lawrence John Burne guilty beyond reasonable doubt for violating the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines. In a 22-page ruling dated ... Read More »

South Africa to unlock potential of its blue economy through Norway’s maritime experience

OSLO: South Africa is to adopt the Norway’s extensive maritime experience to help it unlock the potential of its own “blue economy”. In this way Norway not only explore the economy of Africa but also help it in train its manpower for future benefits exploration. Deputy International Relations and Cooperation Minister Luwellyn Landers and his Norwegian counterpart Hans Brattskar have ... Read More »

South Africa proposes tax on electrical goods

CAPE TOWN: The Department of Environmental Affairs has proposed an environmental levy or tax in South Africa on all goods which have an electrical plug. Government has proposed a levy or tax on all products that have an electrical plug, which will lead to price increases on electrical goods. This levy, said Department of Environmental Affairs spokesman Albi Modise, is ... Read More »

South Africa exempts foreign pensions from tax

CAPE TOWN: The South African Revenue Service (SARS) issued Binding General Ruling 25, which aims to resolve the disputes that have arisen between SARS and some taxpayers whose pensions are partly or entirely the result of employment outside the country. Marika Muller, the deputy spokesperson for SARS, says existing disputes over pensions from foreign employment will be dealt with according ... Read More »

South Africa issues revised version of tax exemption guide

CAPE TOWN: The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has issued a revised version of its tax exemption guide, which is intended to assist non-profit organizations (NPOs) that qualify for approval as public benefit organizations (PBOs) in South Africa. The guide covers the exemptions from taxes that may affect PBOs, including income tax, donations tax, estate duty, transfer duty, dividends tax, ... Read More »

Negative rating: South Africa to steer economic growth trajectory

CAPE TOWN: After the country’s negative rating by two global rating agencies – Standard and Poor’s (S&P) and Fitch, the South African government says it recognizes the need to steer the country’s economic growth trajectory onto a more robust course. The rating agencies affirmed South Africa’s long- and short-term foreign currency sovereign credit ratings at BBB- / A-3. The agency ... Read More »

South Africa police seize 50kg gold

JOHANNESBURG: Police arrested six men at the Pumulani Toll Plaza on the N1 in Pretoria for gold smuggling and found 50kg gold worth worth RS23 million in vehicles. Police said four suspects were employed by a cash-in-transit company. Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko says the suspects face charges of dealing and smuggling in precious metals. “We believe that these men are ... Read More »

South African company Eskom fails to provide electricity on time

Johannesburg: The power system of country will remain tight until the Medupi and Kusile power stations start producing power, in over a year, Eskom says. “Power supply will ease once Kusile and Medupi are online and producing power… and that will take between 12 and 18 months,” chief executive Tshediso Matona told reporters in Johannesburg. Medupi, in Limpopo, was expected ... Read More »