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South Africa: Vodacom, MTN ordered to lower data prices

South Africa’s Vodacom Group and MTN Group have been ordered by the country’s Competition Commission to lower data prices. The two companies could face prosecution if they do not agree with the order in the next two months to lower data prices. The watchdog launched an investigation in August 2017 following a request from the minister of economic Development. There have been several complaints from consumers about high data costs. The commission said in its report that there is evidence to suggest that there is room for price reductions in…

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South Africa: Malema charged over 2018 rally shooting

South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Wednesday charged opposition Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema over a 2018 rally shooting incident. He is charged for allegedly firing a weapon in public during his party’s rally event in the Eastern Cape in 2018. In a statement, NPA Eastern Cape spokesperson Luxolo Tyali said Malema faces five counts, including the unlawful possession of a firearm. Other four counts cover unlawful possession of ammunition, discharge of a firearm in a public place, failure to take reasonable precaution to person or property and…

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South Africa: KFC couple’s wedding set for New Year’s Eve

Nonhlanhla Soldaat and Hector Mkansi took social media by storm after a video captured Mkansi proposing to Soldaat at a KFC joint in South Africa. After the video went viral, South Africans quickly came in to donate to ensure that the couple were able to have a memorable wedding. The outpour of love on social media led to people willing to support the couple have a dream wedding. Mkansi 37, and Soldaat, 38 have already been married and their impending wedding will be the second. They have now set December…

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Ex-South African minister arrested, charged with corruption

A former security minister of South Africa and close ally of former president Jacob Zuma, has been arrested and charged with corruption. Bongani Bongo who is also a lawmaker becomes the first high-profile person to be arrested and charged over graft in recent years. Bongo is accused of offering a bribe to a lawyer who was building the state’s case in a 2017 parliamentary enquiry into state-owned power agency, Eskom. According to Eric Ntabazalila, the prosecutions spokesman “The charges are that he offered money to (an) advocate… which (the prosecutor)…

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SA Airways cancels weekend flights over workers’ strike

South African Airways (SAA) has cancelled all domestic and international flights scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The cancellation is taking place due to a planned workers’ strike this weekend. The South African Cabin Crew Association and National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa on Wednesday said that the airline staff will go on strike starting on Friday. The workers are protesting against the plan by SAA to cut more than 900 jobs in order to curb losses. The airline in a statement apologised to its customers and asked them…

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Ghana secures $2.6bn deal for SkyTrain project

Ghana on Monday signed a concession deal with South African-based African Investment SkyTrain consortium to develop its train system. The deal is meant to cover a project called the Accra SkyTrain Project. A memorandum of understanding was signed last year. On the sidelines of the ongoing African Investment Forum in Johannesburg, officials from Ghana and the South African based consortium finalized a deal for the project which will cost $2.6 billion. The deal was signed by Ghana’s Railways Development Minister, Mr Joe Ghartey and Mr Hubert Danso, Director of AI…

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KFC proposal: South Africans support couple’s wedding dream

South Africans have shown love to a newly engaged couple offering to support them have a wedding of their dreams. It started after a video showing a man proposing to a woman at a KFC restaurant went viral on social media. In the viral video the man was seen kneeling on the floor and presenting a ring to his partner over dinner at a KFC restaurant. KFC South Africa then shared the video and asked for help in finding the couple. The hashtag #KFCProposal has since been trending with ordinary…

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South Africa: Thousands welcome Springboks home

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi said the country’s underprivileged children should “keep dreaming and keep believing” as he carried the Rugby World Cup trophy through thousands of fans on the team’s return home on Tuesday. Kolisi led the Springboks to victory in Japan when they beat England 32-12 in the final in Yokohama on Saturday, a third title for the country after 1995 and 2007, and the first under a black captain. His rags-to-riches tale has been inspirational for many, and the raucous welcome the side received showcased the full…

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South Africa’s Springboks lift Rugby World Cup title

At times it was brutal, often it was downright ugly, but who cares? In the end there can have been few more poignant sights than that of Siya Kolisi, the boy from a dusty, poverty-stricken South African township, on Saturday lifting the Rugby World Cup following an emphatic victory over England. The first black man to captain the Springboks hoisted the trophy high into the Yokohama night and was instantly showered by golden streamers as fireworks lit up the sky at the end of a momentous 32-12 triumph. It was…

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South Africa rolls out paternity leave policy for parents

South Africa‘s newly amended labour laws that grant male parents leave when their children are born have come into effect. Last month South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the sections of the Labour Laws Amendment Act 10 of 2018 (Act) will come into effect on November 1, 2019. The new laws were passed by the South African National Assembly after a lawmaker, ACDP MP Cheryllyn Dudley brought the proposed bill in 2017. Per the new laws, male parents will be granted Parental leave of 10 successive days. For parental…

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