South Africa

The 11th annual Buy Local Summit & Expo has been declared a success after it wrapped up earlier this week on a high note.

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) -- which is expected to create a continent-wide market comprising 1.3 billion people and a combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of US$3.4 trillion -- will make the continent an oyster for young entrepreneurs.

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has extended the blanket concession for long-term visa or waiver applicants who are awaiting outcomes of their applications.

The use of technology commercialisation can contribute to economic transformation through the introduction of diverse new products and services in the market.

Members of the Special Investigating Unit and Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (The Hawks) have today searched two properties belonging to a company implicated in alleged irregular Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) procurement in the Northern Cape Department of Roads and Public Works.

Eskom Acting Group Chief Executive CEO, Calib Cassim, has warned that the power utility will not tolerate acts of violence against any of its employees.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to engage the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Thursday in response to questions posed to him by members of the House.

The Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development will this week visit the Mpumalanga Province to assess the implementation and impact of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Initiative (PESI) on the agricultural sector.

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is expected to lead a delegation to China next month to meet with his Chinese counterparts in a bid to resolve the impasse between Transnet and controversial locomotives company CRRC E-Loco Supply.

Eastern Cape Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nomthetheleli Lillian Mene, has commended the arrest of four dangerous suspects in connection with the mass shooting at a birthday party in KwaZakhele, Gqeberha.

Deputy President Paul Mashatile says buying locally made products and supporting the small businesses which produce them can lead to much needed boost in local economies and stimulate national economic growth.

Local residents currently housed at the Port St Johns Youth Centre, after severe floods recently damaged private property and public infrastructure in the area, have welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa's visit to the area on Tuesday to assess the level of damage caused.

Final-year Industrial Design student at the University of Johannesburg Tshepiso Motau has won the Furniture Design Competition in a ceremony hosted by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic).

Tourism Minister Patricia de Lille says over the last two years, government has been hard at work to recover the tourism industry to what it was at pre-COVID-19 conditions.

The month of March is synonymous with human rights in South Africa and while gains have been made in building a society that is founded on equal human rights for all, challenges that still rear their heads are being addressed.


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