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The DTI takes outreach campaign to Grahamstown

Benice Burger | Sep 28 , 2017

The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) will take its services and products to the community of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape on Thursday.

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Bulelani Magwanishe on Wednesday said the Taking the dti to the People Campaign aims to empower communities with information to take advantage of opportunities offered by government.

“It also seeks to build community capacity with the aim of addressing current economic issues in order to accelerate job creation and sustainable economic development in the country. The outreach also creates awareness… read more

Cold weather to hit SA

Benice Burger | Jul 14 , 2017

Winter is coming.

On Wednesday afternoon, Weather SA forecaster Wisani Maluleke said a cold front was expected to hit the Western Cape this weekend. He said it would be moving across the Eastern Cape and it looked like it would reach KwaZulu-Natal early next week.

“We should start feeling it in KZN on Monday,” he said, “Snow is expected to fall in some parts of the province, including over the Southern Drakensberg.” Malukele said the forecast for Thursday looked cold and wet. And that a drop in the mercury, along with rain and strong winds, could… read more

“Government will strengthen service delivery in Lusikisiki” – Zuma

Benice Burger | Jun 26 , 2017

President Jacob Zuma has taken a task to the community of Lusikisiki and neighbouring areas in the Eastern Cape that government will strengthen the delivery of basic services to the people and also ensure decisive action against crime.

Zuma paid a “Siyahlola presidential monitoring visit” to Lusikisiki on Saturday and… read more

Young entrepreneurs helped by Bizniz in a Box

Jenna Deeley-Smith | Jun 23 , 2017

Coca-Cola Beverages SA (CCBSA) is working with young people to help them triumph over challenges as most young people struggle to find work and many have given up hope.

CCBSA is introducing them to the possibilities of entrepreneurship through a concept dubbed Bizniz in a Box. This initiative gives young people between the ages of 24 and 35 and living in townships the opportunity, skills and funding to set up and run their own successful container shops. From December last year to February this year, total revenue for the first six shops increased from just over R50 000 a… read more

How SA team cracked the heart-attack gene code

admin | Mar 10 , 2017

Maryam Fish, 30, of Lansdowne, led an all-female team of researchers at the University of Cape Town, along with Gasnat Shaboodien and Sarah Krause, who made the discovery with researchers from Italy

Fifty years after South Africa performed the world’s first successful heart transplant, a woman from the Cape Flats has made another landmark medical discovery that could prevent hundreds of cardiac-related deaths every year.

The discovery of a gene that is a major cause of sudden death among under-35s is likely to put South Africa on the map in the world of genetics,… read more

EFF to lay criminal charges against ‘killer’ Qedani over patient deaths

admin | Feb 02 , 2017

The Economic Freedom Front says it will lay criminal charges against former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu at this morning at Johannesburg Central Hospital.

The party called Mahlangu a “killer” for being driving force to move patients from Life Esidimeni homes to unregistered NGOs. The NGOs were found to have been unsafe‚ crowded‚ without sufficient heating and without skilled staff. At least 94 people died from hunger‚ dehydration and diseases unrelated to mental health.

Mahlangu’s decision was described as “reckless” by health ombudsman… read more


admin | Nov 08 , 2016

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has launched the first phase of the Komani Industrial Park revitalisation project, saying the revitalisation of industrial parks is creating job opportunities for many locals

Speaking at the launch on Monday in Queenstown, Eastern Cape, Minister Davies said the industrial park has created jobs for 71 locals.

“During the first phase of the revitalisation programme of Komani, seven Small Micro Medium Enterprises were appointed as sub-contractors at the value of R5.3 million [and] 71 local labourers were employed and 63% of these were youth,”… read more