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SA's mining strategy must unlock transformation, investment

Minister kan nie myne se lisensies terugtrek oor SEB nie

Die staat kan nie bloot arbitrêr mynlisensies terugtrek as myne nie voldoen aan die mynbou-handves se vereistes oor transformasie nie, sê adv. Anton Alberts, die VF Plus se parlementêre woordvoerder oor minerale. Hy sê die dreigement van Ngoako Ramathlodi, minister van mineralebronne, om lisensies te onttrek, is nie die manier waarop ‘n verantwoordelike minister in die verband moet optree nie. Ramathlodi het luidens mediaberigte gister gesê die handves stel sekere transformasieteikens en mynlisensies is ‘n ‘wapen in sy hand’ wat hy sal gebruik indien nodig.…

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Nuwe Swart Ekonomiese Bemagtiging (SEB)-punteskok is onwettig

Vrye pers onontbeerlik in ‘n grondwetlike demokrasie

Die media in Suid-Afrika speel ‘n groot rol daarin om gesagstrukture verantwoordbaar te hou en is van die allergrootste belang in ‘n grondwetlike, demokratiese bestel, sê adv. Anton Alberts, die VF Plus se parlementêre woordvoerder oor kommunikasie. Adv. Alberts sê die nuwe oproepe om die regulering van die pers deur lisensies vir joernaliste wat gemaak is deur Hlaudi Motsoeneng, bedryfshoof van die SAUK en dr. Blade Nzimande, minister van hoër onderwys, is ‘n herhaling van ‘n vorige, soortgelyke oproep deur die ANC. Hy sê die…

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Ehrenreich en Cosatu soos tandelose keffertjies wat al hoe meer irrelevant raak in ’n moderne wêreld

Tony Ehrenreich en Cosatu is soos tandelose keffertjies wat ‘n leë geraas maak terwyl hulle al hoe meer irrelevant en uitgediend raak in ‘n moderne wêreld met moderne uitdagings, sê adv. Anton Alberts, die VF Plus se parlementêre woordvoerder oor sport. Hy sê Ehrenreich en Cosatu se uitsprake oor die Springbok-rugbyspan en Victor Matfield se skrumpet getuig van absolute intellektuele bankrotskap en is simptomaties van vakbondmentaliteit om eerder af te breek en te kritiseer as om by te dra en op te bou. “Cosatu bevind…

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IFP

IFP WINS IN KWAHLABISA BY-ELECTION

IFP WINS IN KWAHLABISA BY-ELECTION The IFP KZN Provincial Secretary and Municipal Mayor of Hlabisa, Velenkosini Hlabisa, today thanked members of the IFP and the public who voted for the IFP in Ward 6 in Kwa-Hlabisa yesterday. ‘Thank you for voting IFP. We are very humbled by your trust and we will continue to work to ensure service delivery in Hlabisa,’ said Hlabisa. The IFP has successfully retained Ward 6 in Kwa-Hlabisa by 945 votes, leaving the NFP and ANC behind. ‘I would also like…

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IFP

IFP CONGRATULATES FORMER CHIEF WHIP ON OBTAINING DOCTORATE

The Inkatha Freedom Party sends its heartiest congratulations to its former Chief Whip in Parliament, now retired, Mr JH van der Merwe. Van der Merwe, 76, who served as the IFP Chief Whip since 1994 and as an MP for 37 years, receives his doctorate in Political Sciences from the University of Free State later today. Ms Sibongile Nkomo, MP and IFP Secretary-General said ,”Our former parliamentary Chief Whip, Mr JH van der Merwe, continues to be an example to us all of what hard…

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Nuwe Swart Ekonomiese Bemagtiging (SEB)-punteskok is onwettig

Toespraak in die Debat oor die Openingsrede van die Premier van die Vrystaat

Meer werksgeleenthede sal slegs geskep kan word indien die ekonomie  groei. Om ‘n ekonomiese groeikoers wat welvaartsverbetering sal  verseker, te realiseer benodig Suid-Afrika ‘n dramatiese verhoging in  produktiwiteit. Die verhoging van produktiwiteit hang nou saam met  werketiek. Die kern van die huidige krisisse wat die Vrystaat in die gesig staar  lê by gefaalde regeringsbeleid en ontoereikende werksetiek. Anders as wat die agbare premier wil voorgee is ou toerusting nie te  blameer vir die totale in duie stort van die Vrystaatse  gesondheidssisteem nie. ‘n Tekort aan…

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VF+

Warrants for arrest of generals a shame

“The issuance of warrants for the arrest of the head of the Army (Major General Solly Shoke), head of the Air Force (Lieutenant General. Zakes Msimang) and the Secretary of Defense (Dr. Sam Gulube) is a disgrace to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). This is a poor example of discipline and creates the impression that the officers themselves as above the law, “says dr. Pieter Groenewald, chief spokesperson on Defence for the Freedom Front Plus. “The fact that the court, on 30 May…

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CDP

CDP welcomes SAHRC hearing on farm murders

“The Christian Democratic Party (CDP) welcomes the announcement that the South African Human Rights Commission is to hold a hearing on farm murders.” Says CDP leader, Rev. Theunis Botha. “The CDP plans to enter its own submission, which was previously prepared for the Commission for the Protection and Promotion of the rights of Cultural, Religious and Language groups, as it appeared that the SAHRC was not willing to address this matter. “We doubt whether any other subject matter has so often been addressed by the…

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National government spending breaks the R1 trillion mark

National government spending breaks the R1 trillion mark

National government spending breaks the R1 trillion mark The South African national government expenditure surpassed R1 trillion in the 2012/13 fiscal year, almost double the R567 billion spent in 2007/08. This was a finding from Stats SA’s Financial Statistics of National Government report, an annual release containing details of national government spending. Exploring expenditure trends over the last six years, the report shows that the increase in expenditure was mostly driven by increased allocations from national government to provincial governments. This increased from about R298…

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Police

Police express outrage

Pretoria – National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega has expressed outrage and concern about the rate at which police officers continue to be killed by criminals. Over the past five days, five police officers were killed – one in Gauteng, another in Limpopo and three in the Western Cape. On Friday, Lieutenant Colonel Knox Chauke, a training coordinator at the Human Resources Division (SAPS Head Office), was gunned down in front of his house in Kagiso. Nothing was taken from him. On Sunday, Lieutenant Yezindaba…

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Home Affairs ready to address Immigration Act problems

Home Affairs studying High Court ruling

Pretoria – The Department of Home Affairs says it is studying the judgement of the Western Cape High Court, regarding the implementation of the new immigration regulations. “The department is still studying the judgement and will provide comment in due course,” it said on Monday. The department was taken to court by Brent Johnson, whose Danish wife was denied entry into South Africa after the department declared her as an “undesirable person”, after a short visit outside the country. She wasn’t allowed back into the…

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Marikana Commission given more time

Marikana Commission given more time

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has given the Marikana Commission of Inquiry more time to complete its work. On Monday, he announced the extension of the Commission’s term from 31 July 2014 to 30 September. “After engagement between the President, the Chairperson of the Commission and the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, it became evident that the Commission would not be able to complete its investigation by 31 July 2014, hence the extension of the term of the Commission,” the Presidency said. The commission…

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Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

33-year-old Limpopo suspect arrested

A 33-year-old man, who has been linked to more than 30 crimes in Seshego, Limpopo, has been arrested. The suspect, Thomas Tshamano, who is originally from Makhado, has been terrorising the community by stealing valuable items from their vehicles since 2011, according to Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi. “He targeted his victims at night and broke into their vehicles parked inside or outside their yards and stole valuables including radios, cell phones, wallets, laptops and anything else he could lay his hands on.” According…

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REBURIAL CEREMONY OF NATHANIEL NAKASA

Limpopo police condemns police killing

Limpopo Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Fanie Masemola, has condemned the killing of a police officer in Ritavi, in Tzaneen. “Any attack and the killing of our police officers will not be tolerated, and I have already formulated a task team by Hawks members to apprehend these cold blooded killers and ensure that they face the full might of the law. No stone will be left un-turned in our efforts to establish who was involved and bring them to book,” said Masemola. Masemola was reacting…

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Numsa strike deplored – CDP

Numsa strike deplored – CDP “The Christian Democratic Party (CDP) condemns the upcoming Numsa strike, but is not at all surprised that it is imminent”, says CDP leader, Rev.Theunis Botha. “It is clear that the annual strike season has commenced, which this year will be even more damaging than in the past, due to the relative success of the Amcu-strike. “Striking has now become a way not only to improve wages and working conditions, but has also become a battle field for political power amongst…

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farmers

September National Imbizo Responds To Minister Gugile Nkwinti’s Policy Proposals For Farmers to Give Half Their Land to Farm Workers

Minister Gugile Nkwinti’s policy proposals requiring commercial farmers to hand over half their farms to farmworkers seems to be yet another attempt by white capital through the agency of the ANC to pull the wool over our peoples eyes under the guise of economic transformation. According to these policy proposals, the farm workers will assume ownership of 50 percent of the farmlands that they work on which in turn is proportional to the number of years each worker had worked on the farm land. In…

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CDP

Gordhan has major task – CDP

“The Christian Democratic Party (CDP) supports minister Pravin Gordhan’s admission that the target of clean audits for municipalities by the end of the year is over ambitious,” says CDP leader, Rev. Theunis Botha. “The next step is to announce that cadre deployment – which is actually unconstitutional – will be scrapped, and replaced by a system of merit- appointments. Efforts to curb corruption must also be rigorously implemented. “We realise that Gordhan inherited this ridiculous target from predecessors, notably the highly controversial Sicelo Shiceka, who…

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SA condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Kenya

South African Govt to buy 75% of goods from SA producers

South African Govt to buy 75% of goods from SA producers The South African Government has set an ambitious target to buy 75% of goods and services from South African producers, says acting President Cyril Ramaphosa. “Radical economic transformation must ensure faster, inclusive growth, combined with much higher levels of employment creation, reduced inequality and the deracialisation of the economy. “This (75%) is eminently achievable. We are quite literally building the nation,” he said. Deputy President Ramaphosa was speaking at the gala dinner of the…

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Government ready to assist small businesses

Government ready to assist small businesses

Government ready to assist small businesses: Midrand – Small Business Minister Lindiwe Zulu says government is ready to partner with small businesses to assist South Africans to benefit from the opportunities available. Speaking at the Black Business Council (BBC) gala dinner in Midrand, on Thursday evening, Minister Zulu said government is available to do its best in the small business sector. “Government is here to do its best … but we believe … that South Africans (must) ask what they can do for themselves, to ensure…

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Nuwe Swart Ekonomiese Bemagtiging (SEB)-punteskok is onwettig

VF Plus-reaksie op premier van die Vrystaat se Openingsrede

VF Plus-reaksie op premier van die Vrystaat se Openingsrede Premier Ace Magashule se openingsrede was ‘n wenslysie van onsamehangende drome wat nie binne die huidige realiteite kan realiseer nie. Hy het sy bes probeer om die geweldige krisisse wat die Vrystaat tans op verskillende vlakke ervaar te verbloem deur verwysings na lukrake, geïsoleerde projekte en suksesse wat geensins konkrete oplossings bied nie. Die premier het herhaaldelik frases, soos “ons wens” en “ons sal baie graag wil hê” gebruik. Die premier het geensins duidelike planne om…

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IFP

IFP: HELP BLACK BUSINESS STAND UP AGAIN

IFP: HELP BLACK BUSINESS STAND UP AGAIN The IFP has called upon the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Senzo Mchunu, to act on his call on black businesspeople by channelling resources to help black businesspeople who were the victims of political violence. The IFP said this in a statement issued today in reaction to Premier Mchunu’s State of the Province Address in Pietermaritzburg. In his address, Premier Mchunu said “we are encouraging our compatriots in the townships and in rural areas to work hard and rekindle…

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MINISTER OF FINANCE REPLY TO QUESTION BY MR N SINGH MP

MINISTER OF FINANCE REPLY TO QUESTION BY MR N SINGH Mp 4. Mr N Singh (IFP) to ask the Minister of Finance: Whether, with regard to the current international economic climate and recent 0,6% contraction in the quarterly gross domestic product, the country is heading for another recession; if not, what steps does he intend to take to ensure that South Africa remains ahead of a recessionary curve; if so, what steps does he intend to take in order to mitigate the effects of such…

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SABC – Dumping of Afrikaans programming not true

SABC – Dumping of Afrikaans programming not true Johannesburg, 26 June 2014-The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) would like to express its misgivings on the article published today on TV with Thinus, an online publication, which claims to do news and analysis on South African Television. The Cape Town based self-proclaimed TV critic, Mr. Thinus Ferreira’s article is questionable and is perceived by the SABC as a move to cause confusion and to some extent instigate racial and linguistic divisions. The article alleges that SABC…

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