Sanef calls for investigation into claims SSA was used for propaganda

27 January 2021, 8:12 PM
The South African National Editor's Forum (SANEF) is calling for an investigation into claims that the State Security Agency was used as a vehicle to plant positive news stories about the government for certain media outlets.
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SABC considering fresh proposals to avert retrenchments 27 January 2021, 6:30 PM

Communications Minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, says the SABC board has requested to be given until this Friday's board meeting to consider proposals aimed at avoiding a jobs bloodbath at the public broadcaster.

Northern Cape Public Works accused of hiring politically connected people for EPWP project 27 January 2021, 5:15 PM

Some unemployed youth at Phokwane Municipality, in the Northern Cape, have accused the provincial Public Works Department of only hiring politically connected individuals to work in an Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) project in the area.

‘Travel ban imposed by US government will not affect business’ 27 January 2021, 11:53 AM

The American Chamber of Commerce says the travel ban that the US government has imposed on South Africa will not affect business between the two countries.

‘Tourism Equity Fund will help tourism sector to bounce back’ 27 January 2021, 10:03 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the R1.2 billion Tourism Equity Fund will be used to help the sector to bounce back from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic to enable it to contribute to the country's economic recovery.

Dollar retreats as riskier currencies rebound 27 January 2021, 3:02 AM

The US dollar fell across the board as riskier currencies found a firmer footing on Tuesday, a day after worries over vaccine rollouts and the outlook for US fiscal stimulus boosted demand for safe havens.

IMF lifts global growth forecast for 2021, still sees ‘exceptional uncertainty’ 26 January 2021, 10:56 PM

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday raised its forecast for global economic growth in 2021 and said the coronavirus-triggered downturn last year - the biggest peacetime contraction since the Great Depression - would be nearly a full percentage point less severe than expected.

Oil prices steady as virus deaths rise, demand worries persist 26 January 2021, 10:31 PM

Oil prices were little changed on Tuesday as coronavirus deaths globally continued to rise and weighed on the demand outlook, but losses were capped by reports of a blast in Saudi Arabia.

Visitor numbers at Western Cape’s popular tourist attractions drop by more than 60% 26 January 2021, 9:08 PM

The Western Cape Department of Economic Opportunities says visitor numbers at most of the province's popular tourist attractions dropped by more than 60% during the festive season. The situation has been blamed on the adjusted lockdown regulations.

Government lost almost R60 billion from alcohol ban: Liquor industry 26 January 2021, 8:18 PM

The liquor industry says government has lost almost R60 billion in tax from the sector due to the liquor trading ban.

Over R400 million spent on decontamination in Gauteng schools in three months, Lesufi wants investigation 26 January 2021, 5:02 PM

The Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is engaging with law enforcement and various other agencies, including the office of the Auditor-General, to ensure a thorough investigation into millions spent on decontaminating schools in the province.  

African Bank reports loss of R27 million in end of September 26 January 2021, 3:25 PM

African Bank has reported a net loss of R27 million for the year ended 30 September 2020.

Prosecutors in VBS Mutual Bank case expect more arrest 26 January 2021, 2:25 PM

Prosecutors in the VBS Mutual Bank case expect more arrests in connection with the estimated R2 billion looting at the bank.

Ramaphosa urges world leaders to consider Africa for trade 26 January 2021, 12:30 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has encouraged leaders across the globe to consider Africa for trade and business opportunities.

Over 85% of craft brewers risk shutting down due to alcohol ban: Beer Association of SA 26 January 2021, 10:43 AM

The Beer Association of South Africa has raised concerns that over 85% of craft brewers are at risk of shutting down permanently due to the negative economic impact of the third ban on alcohol.

Eight accused in VBS Mutual Bank looting back in court 26 January 2021, 8:56 AM

Eight people accused in the R2-billion looting of VBS Mutual Bank are expected to appear at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday.  

Oil prices edge lower amid doubts over US stimulus, rising coronavirus cases 26 January 2021, 4:49 AM

Oil prices eased on Tuesday, giving up some of the previous session’s gains, as hopes for rapid approval of new US economic stimulus faded while new coronavirus infections around the world mount up.

Fragile recovery seen in global labour market after huge 2020 losses: ILO 26 January 2021, 4:17 AM

Some 8.8% of global working hours were lost last year due to the pandemic, roughly four times the number lost in the 2009 financial crisis, but there are “tentative signs” of recovery, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said on Monday.

Billionaires thriving as poor suffer in widening COVID-19 divide – Oxfam 25 January 2021, 11:58 PM

Billionaires including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Tesla founder Elon Musk have seen their wealth soar during the COVID-19 pandemic while the world’s poor face years of hardship, charity Oxfam said on Monday as it demanded steps to tackle inequality.

Eskom not affected by Cyclone Eloise 25 January 2021, 6:05 PM

Power utility Eskom says it has not been affected by Cyclone Eloise. The tropical cyclone started off the coast of Mozambique before moving inland affecting our neighbour Zimbabwe as well as Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and KwaZulu-Natal.

Competition Commission to probe steep increase in ginger and garlic prices 25 January 2021, 11:11 AM

The Competition Commission says it will be investigating the exorbitant prices of ginger and garlic in the food retail market.  

We will work tirelessly to end unemployment caused by COVID-19: Ramaphosa 25 January 2021, 9:53 AM

The African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa says they will work tirelessly to end poverty, inequality and unemployment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oil prices fall for second session 25 January 2021, 7:13 AM

Oil prices slipped for a second straight session on Monday as renewed COVID-19 lockdowns raised fresh concerns about global fuel demand.

Davos ski resort eerily quiet without WEF this year 24 January 2021, 8:31 AM

Student protesters who urged world leaders at the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos to “Stop (f)lying to us” must be pleased this year, at least as far as the flying is concerned.

After first phone call, UK PM Johnson looks forward to working with Biden 24 January 2021, 4:00 AM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday he looked forward to working with new US President Joe Biden on their shared goals, including tackling climate change after their first phone call.

Restaurant Association requests meeting with President Ramaphosa 23 January 2021, 9:14 AM

The Restaurant Association of South Africa has sent a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa requesting to meet with him on Monday.

Dow, S&P close lower as IBM, Intel weigh, coronavirus concerns rise 23 January 2021, 5:41 AM

The Dow and S&P 500 ended modestly lower on Friday, dragged down by losses in blue-chip technology stalwarts Intel and IBM following their quarterly results, as hopes for a full economic reopening in the coming months waned.

Oil falls on China’s COVID-19 cases, high crude build 23 January 2021, 12:55 AM

Oil prices fell on Friday, weighed down by a build in US crude inventories and worries that new pandemic restrictions in China will curb fuel demand in the world’s biggest oil importer.

Eskom puts contingency plan in place for tropical storm Eloise 22 January 2021, 9:05 PM

Eskom says it has put in place contingency plans to protect the country's power supply against tropical storm Eloise that is expected to hit parts of South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe over the weekend.

SABC welcomes dismissal of Bemawu’s application for leave to appeal 22 January 2021, 6:29 PM

The SABC welcomes the Labour Court's dismissal of the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union's application for leave to appeal on Friday.

SABC puts in place measures ahead of planned blackout 22 January 2021, 5:38 AM

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says it has put in place measures to ensure that the current labour action does not affect operations at the public broadcaster.