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"Severe weather-related warning" may land us in jail

In an opinion piece, the Daily Maverick's Ivo Vegter questions the government's sanity - "[a] new bill before Parliament will effectively outlaw weather information that is not provided by the state-owned SA Weather Service," he says. "Warn someone that a storm is brewing, and you could go to jail for many years, or pay millions in fines."

10 Jan 2012

Gender violence: 16 days' awareness not enough

On the 20th anniversary of the global 16 Days of Activism campaign on gender violence, Shuvai Nyoni Kagoro of Gender Links asks whether "the millions of dollars spent in cash and human time" have significantly reduced the violence women and other marginalised groups face "because of their gender", Sunday World repots.

9 Jan 2012

MWS water use licence: environmental body appeal dismissed
MWS water use licence: environmental body appeal dismissed

According to a statement from SA- and Canada-listed First Uranium Corp, it has received official notification that the South African Water Tribunal has dismissed the appeal lodged by the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) against Mine Waste Solutions' (MWS's) water use licence, 4-traders.com reports.

6 Jan 2012

Concern over state takeover of schools

According to IOL, changes to the South African Schools Act may wrest power from parents and give total control to the Department of Basic Education. School governing body associations claim the department is systematically eroding the equal-partnership relationship between parents and the state.

5 Jan 2012

Signage company ordered to remove billboards

The Western Cape High Court has ordered a signage company to remove nine billboards promoting liquor, fast food outlets, financial institutions and in one case, the signage company itself, the City of Cape Town said on Wednesday, 4 January 2012.

5 Jan 2012

SA and Mauritius 'democratic reversals'

In an opinion piece on Allafrica.com, Mauritian communication expert Roukaya Kasenally looks at South Africa's recent past as Africa's poster-child - first through its inspiring democratic emergence from Apartheid, then through international acceptance, for example, the way South Africa earned its place in the powerful BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) League of Nations.

4 Jan 2012

Virgin buys Northern Rock

Fin24 reports that multinational banking group Virgin Money has managed to buy Northern Rock - the nationalised bank that was rescued by the British government.

4 Jan 2012

A bunch of thieves!
A bunch of thieves!

You can't trust any airline or airport staff with your precious bags. Guaranteed, some sneaky handler will get into your luggage on at least one trip.

By Somaya Stockenstroom 4 Jan 2012

Survey shows gloomy outlook for SA job seekers in 2012

The latest survey from workforce solution group Manpower paints a gloomy picture for job seekers in 2012. The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, released on 13 December 2011, shows local employers are expecting the hiring pace to slow to its least optimistic level since the survey started in the fourth quarter of 2006.

4 Jan 2012

Over 78000 driving licences cancelled or suspended

According to BuaNews, more than 78000 driving licences have been cancelled or suspended across the country over the past five years, and transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele instructed traffic police to confiscate and provisionally suspend drivers' licences of those arrested for road traffic violations such as driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and speeding.

3 Jan 2012

R60-million in fake goods seized

IOL reports that Durban police have sized falsely branded clothing worth about R60-million from a container that was packed with fake Nike, Adidas, Puma, Daniel Hechter, Levi and Uzzi clothes and shoes.

3 Jan 2012

Private sector key to job creation - Busa

Business Unity South Africa (Busa) says that the private sector holds the key to sustainable job creation that can rapidly be achieved as already about 85% of jobs are within the private sector.

3 Jan 2012

Amandla Marine: Fishy patrol fleet tender

Times Live reports that the company in charge of South Africa's research and patrol fleet crashed a government ship - and is now refusing to pay for repairs estimated at up to R15m.

30 Dec 2011

Capespan gets full control of global unit
Capespan gets full control of global unit

SA's largest fruit exporter, Capespan, has concluded its purchase of the remaining 50% shareholding in Capespan International, the group's European and UK marketing arm, from Dublin-based Total Produce for €13m (about R138m).

By Hopewell Radebe 30 Dec 2011

Bust nets R1,9m in fake goods

Fake DVDs, CDs, counterfeit clothing and credit-card-cloning machines have been confiscated by police in major busts in Gauteng where goods valued at R1,9m were seized according to Business Live.

29 Dec 2011

Strike up the wireless broadband networks
Strike up the wireless broadband networks

Icasa's draft spectrum plan for 4G mobile broadband networks is bold and could change SA's telecoms landscape forever.

By Duncan McLeod 28 Dec 2011

'Axing' time for ASA?
'Axing' time for ASA?

Industry bodies are withdrawing levies and the CPA is putting added pressure on the industry... and the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is facing a funding crisis that could cripple its activities. Acts that are relevant to the ASA include, but are not restricted to: health, gambling,communciations, liquor, roads, and even lotteries.

28 Dec 2011

Landmark ruling 'gives ArcelorMittal edge on Kumba'

Business Day reports that ArcelorMittal SA claims it has won the upper hand after a court order gave Kumba subsidiary Sishen Iron Ore Company full ownership of the Sishen mine and decisively ruled Imperial Crown Trading (ICT) out of the running for a stake in the operation.

23 Dec 2011

Morgan believes no hacking at UK's Mirror tabloid
Morgan believes no hacking at UK's Mirror tabloid

LONDON,UK: CNN chat show host Piers Morgan told the British press ethics inquiry Tuesday that he had no reason to believe phone hacking went on at the Daily Mirror during his editorship.

23 Dec 2011

IFP asks minister to intervene in Waterkloof Four saga

In a statement on Allafrica.com, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has called on the Minister of Correctional Services Mapisa-Nqakula to urgently intervene in the Waterkloof Four saga, following the failure of Correctional Service officials to abide by a High Court ruling that two members of the so-called "Waterkloof Four" group will be allowed to serve the remainder of their sentences under house arrest.

22 Dec 2011

Airbus refunds SA R3,5bn after legal wrangle

Business Day reports that European aircraft giant Airbus has refunded R3,5bn to state arms procurement agency Armscor, following two years of legal wrangling between the parties after repeated delivery delays and complaints of cost increases, terminating a contractual dispute that arose when SA cancelled an order for eight A400M military transporters in 2009.

22 Dec 2011

Vehicle finance fraud rising

The Sowetan reports that there has been a sharp rise in "hula-hoop" schemes where debt-ridden consumers attempt to get someone else to take over payments on a vehicle. It says that these schemes are not only risky, but also illegal.

21 Dec 2011

Airbus coughs up R3,5-billion to Armscor

After years of contractual disputes, Airbus has refunded Armscor R3,5-billion on the aborted deal to buy eight A400M transporter planes, according to a Times Live report.

21 Dec 2011

Online shoppers cautioned again
Online shoppers cautioned again

To ensure cyber-shoppers avoid being scammed while hunting for the best holiday deals and presents online, ESET Southern Africa has issued the some important advice for South African online shoppers:

21 Dec 2011

Continued growth in cyber-attacks
Continued growth in cyber-attacks

The publication of Kaspersky Lab's third quarter (Q3) report, 'IT Threat Evolution', notes a continued growth in cyber-attacks against some of the world's biggest corporations throughout the period. When it comes to attacking smartphones, there were clear signs that cybercriminals have made Android their platform of choice.

21 Dec 2011

Family business takes on Woolworths over alleged imitation products
Family business takes on Woolworths over alleged imitation products

Frankie's Olde Soft Drink Company has complained to the ASA over what it claims are Woolworths products that closely resemble some of its own. According to Mike Schmidt, Frankie's owner, "These products threaten to tarnish the very foundations on which the Frankie's brand is built." Woolworths' Zyda Rylands, MD of Food, has responded to the claim.

20 Dec 2011

Disabled person challenges magistrate-appointment criteria

Business Day reports that the North Gauteng High Court heard that the selection criteria for the appointment of magistrates was unconstitutional. If this argument - made by the South African National Council for the Blind and the League of Friends for the Blind, as friends of the court - is successful, it would have far-reaching implications for the way magistrates and judges are appointed in future.

19 Dec 2011

Call to ban phones when driving

IOL says that using a hands-free kit while driving is just as risky as using a hand-held mobile phone. The report is based on a study undertaken in the United States that proves when people are listening to a conversation, they are no longer concentrating on driving.

19 Dec 2011

African countries show progress in drafting competition laws

Africa is experiencing a noticeable trend in the number of African countries making rapid progress in drafting and implementing competition laws, where merger regulation is predominantly the first area of focus.

19 Dec 2011

Understanding debt law
Understanding debt law

Once consumers have overspent and cannot afford to pay back the monies, ugly little 'additional costs' begin creeping their way into an already unhealthy negative number, such as interest, fees and charges. What the 'In Duplum rule' does is protects consumers and essentially caps the interest figure once it reaches the same amount as the actual money that is owed.

19 Dec 2011

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