SA Government will work with tourism stakeholders

(Pretoria) – Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane on Wednesday completed the first of a series of engagements with tourism stakeholders with a stern commitment to working with the province and the private sector to revitalise Mpumalanga’s tourism economy. Speaking at a breakfast event in Hazyview, Minister Kubayi-Ngubane reminded the industry players of the critical role they play in driving tourism growth, and their invaluable contribution in finding solutions to the problems in the province. “Our engagement today is about finding workable solutions to the challenges that impact the growth of the…

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South Africa will not approach IMF

(Soweto) – While there is no need for South Africa to approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for financial assistance, there is a need for prudency given the state of the economy. Responding to a question at a post Cabinet media briefing on Thursday, Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu said government is not approaching the fund for assistance. The Minister’s comments come on the back of poor economic data, including the recent unemployment figures, which showed that unemployment rose to 29% in the second quarter of 2019 and gross…

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SA engages German business

(Pretoria) – Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel has held engagements with German companies based in South Africa. German Ambassador to South Africa, Dr Martin Schäfer, hosted the Minister in Pretoria on Wednesday in a session that allowed the Minister to engage German business people as well as representatives of the German-Southern African Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The engagement focused on the economic ties between Germany and South Africa, and the opportunities to work together in fostering deeper, more inclusive growth. “Our economic and cultural relationship with Germany is…

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Parliament condemns attacks on police in Joburg CBD

(Pretoria) – Police Portfolio Committee Chairperson Tina Joemat-Pettersson has denounced the worrying acts of lawlessness in both the Cities of Tshwane and Johannesburg over the last week. “Attacking officers of the law in downtown Johannesburg while they were busy with an operation targeting counterfeit goods must not be tolerated. It is unacceptable that Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) and South African Police Services (SAPS) were stopped from doing their work as mandated by the law,” said Joemat-Pettersson. Condemning the acts, Parliament said SAPS and JMPD must go back into the…

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Stuart Baxter quits as South Africa coach

South Africa head coach Stuart Baxter resigned on Friday and said he felt the time was right to search for new team ahead of Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and World Cup qualifiers. His decision comes just weeks after South Africa reached the quarterfinals of 2019 AFCON after knocking out hosts Egypt in the round of 16. It was a second spell in charge of South Africa for the Englishman, who turned 66 later this month. He was first appointed in 2004 with an eye on the 2010 World Cup,…

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Kidnappers Hold 5 Redeemed Church Pastors Hostage

General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has announced the kidnap of five pastors of the church. Adeboye disclosed this on Friday during a talk at the Redeemed Camp along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The pastors were on their way to attend the church’s ministers’ conference in Lagos. Adeboye said the abduction took place on Thursday along the Ijebu-Ode axis. He charged the congregation to pray for the release of the abductees, saying it was the first time such incident was happening. “As a father, how…

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