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Court victory for South Africa’s protected areas in Mabola case

Today, the North Gauteng High Court set aside the 2016 decisions of former Mineral Resources Minister Zwane and the late Environmental Affairs Minister Molewa to permit a new coal mine to be developed in the Mabola Protected Environment near Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga.

The case was brought by the coalition of eight civil society organisations challenging a range of authorisations that have permitted an underground coal mine in a strategic water source area and a protected area.

Dirco confirms release of former M&G editor, colleague

Former Mail & Guardian editor Angela Quintal and her Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) colleague Muthoki Mumo were released by Tanzanian authorities around 3am on Thursday morning, and their travel documents has been returned to them.

This is according to department of international relations and cooperation spokesperson (Dirco) Ndivhuwo Mabaya. He told SAFM on Thursday morning that the South African High Commissioner had spoken to Quintal and her colleague who had been returned to their hotel rooms. 

SAHRC to inspect Rahima Moosa Hospital after deadly outbreak

The SA Humans Rights Commission (SAHRC) will on Thursday conduct a site inspection of Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Coronationville, Johannesburg.

The inspection follows reports of nine infants dying at the hospital due to a necrotising enterocolitis bacterial outbreak.

The condition occurs mostly in premature newborns and affects their intestines.

When news of the outbreak first broke several months ago, it was reported that a probe by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases had failed to established the origin of the disease.
 

Mpumalanga hospital ordered to explain how two babies died

The Mpumalanga health department has given Shongwe Hospital until Friday to release a report into how two infants died, amid suspicions that the cause of death was a lack of oxygen.

MEC Sasekani Manzini visited the hospital on Wednesday and formally appointed a team to thoroughly investigate what happened, department spokesperson Dumisani Malamule said.

“She gave the team a deadline of Friday to submit a full report,” he said.

Sub-saharan africa's broadband price rip-off uncovered

Sub-Saharan African countries have the most expensive broadband prices in the world.

This is according to a report released today by Cable.co.uk, which analysed data from 3 303 fixed-line broadband deals in 195 countries, with the assistance of consumer insight consultancy BVA BDRC, between 15 August and 20 September.

The study notes the Ukraine offers the world's cheapest broadband, with an average cost of $5 per month. The West African nation of Mauritania is the most expensive, with an average package price of $768.16.

Government must move with speed to close policy gap on private terminals

The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs has urged the government to move with speed to close clear policy gaps in relation to establishments and operations of private terminals at port of entries. The committee met the Department of Home Affairs on the operation of a private terminal by Fireblade Aviation at the OR Tambo International Airport. 

Scopa sends sabc packing for not providing requested information

Parliament, Wednesday, 07 November 2018 – The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) was forced to send the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) back for not providing the information that the committee had requested on irregular expenditure amounting to R4.9bn.

Scopa had sent letters to the SABC detailing exactly the kind of information that was required for today’s meeting. The committee was told at today’s meeting that the information that Scopa had requested on the irregular expenditure is not available.

Houghton Golf Club unfairly cancels charity day

The human rights and Palestine solidarity BDS South Africa condemns the cancelling by the Houghton Golf Club (HGC) of the upcoming Food for the Soul charity golf day that was due to take place on 11 November at Houghton Golf Course .

The HGC cancelled the charity day demanding that it can only take place if BDS South Africa be removed from the golf charity day in which the organisers, Food for the Soul, had invited, accepted and included BDS SA.

Petrol price unchanged, but increases in other fuels

05 November  2018

Government is keeping the petrol price unchanged. However there will be price increases for other fuels.

The department of energy (DOE) released the fuel price changes for November on Monday.

In the statement, the DOE indicated there would be no change to both grades of petrol.

Diesel (0.05% sulphur) will increase 47.92 c/l, while diesel (0.005% sulphur) will increase 50.92 c/l.

Illuminating paraffin (wholesale) will increase 28 c/l increase and single maximum national retail price for illuminating paraffin will increase 37 c/l.

Greenpeace hits back at unions

05 November  2018

Greenpeace has called on the National Union of Mineworkers and other unions to engage with them on renewable energy strategies, after the union called the organisation “reckless” for releasing a report that found Mpumalanga air to be the most polluted in the world.

“People’s lives are on the line, and air pollution is clearly a public health crisis that can no longer be ignored,” Greenpeace Africa senior climate and energy campaign manager, Melita Steele, said in a statement.

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