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SA Botswana ink deal for 80m ton-a-year railway link

7 February 2019 

Transnet has reconvened ten-year talks with Botswana Railways to build a heavy haul railway line to link the two countries in Lephalale, Limpopo Province, the company announced on Thursday.

The idea is over a decade old and seeks to unlock the potential of coal reserves, estimated to be as much as 212bn tons in Botswana.

Controversial law, economic woes driving Sudan youths to protest: Bashir

7 February 2019 

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday acknowledged that a controversial public order law and the country's deteriorating economic situation had fuelled anger among youths leading protests calling for him to step down.

Sudan has been rocked by nationwide demonstrations since December with angry crowds taking to the streets, initially over a government decision to triple the price of bread.

Striking Zimbabwean teachers earn equivalent of just R700 a month

06 February 2019

Teachers in Zimbabwe - who say their salaries are now so eroded they cannot afford to buy groceries or pay for school fees for their own children - are on the second day of a go-slow to protest against hyper-inflation.

Zimbabwe Teachers' Association (Zimta) president Richard Gundane said the strike was the culmination of the government's continued disregard of their welfare.

Canada opens doors to some 750 ex-slaves from Libya

07 February 2019 

anada will welcome some 750 ex-slaves from Libya as refugees, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Wednesday.

The number of migrants traveling through Libya to reach Europe has increased tenfold since the fall of Moamer Kadhafi in 2011, according to the United Nations.

And their fate was highlighted -- dramatically in 2017 -- by multiple shipwrecks in the Mediterranean and the broadcast of a CNN report showing a Libyan slave market.

Death toll from Gupta coal mine gas explosion rises to five

07 February 2019

The death toll at the Gloria coal mine, near Middelburg in Mpumalanga, which was rocked by an underground gas explosion, has risen to five.

Police spokesperson Brig Leonard Hlathi said four more bodies were recovered in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Hlathi said two people were brought to the surface during rescue operations on Wednesday. One died while the other had survived the underground ordeal.

"We don't know how many people are still trapped. The mine rescue team will continue with the operation," he said.

4 initiatives providing ICT skills training to SA youth

A recent report commissioned by Siemens revealed that the adoption of digitalisation in industrial sectors, ranging from transport to manufacturing, could potentially add R4-trillion to the African economy by 2026. And South Africa emerged as the country with the highest potential to drive this innovation. What lacked however, is the skilled workforce needed to tap into this market.

#BizTrends2019: NPOs need to be nimble

According to a national research study released in October 2017, Civil Society in South Africa, the number of registered non-profit organisations (NPOs) was 145,152 in October 2015. The Department of Social Development (DSA), which supplied these figures, indicated that numbers of registered NPOs "increase daily". In fact, more recent DSA statistics put the number of NPOs at 201,644.

Egypt sentences senior official to12 years

31 January 2019

An Egyptian court has sentenced the deputy governor of the country's second-largest city to 12 years in prison on corruption charges.

The Cairo criminal court also sentenced Souad el-Kholy, deputy governor of the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, to a one-year suspended sentence for bribery, profiteering and squandering public funds on Wednesday.

The court acquitted five local businessmen in the same case


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