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Germany to shield consumers from rising electricity prices

23 January 2019

Germany is planning to protect consumers and manufacturers from the impact of abandoning cheap coal-fired power, which Berlin is looking to ditch for environmental reasons, according to a government body's draft paper.

The Coal Commission, which is tasked with organising the exit from coal, said in a 133-page draft document seen by Reuters that companies and private households should be spared from heavy price increases.

Zimbabwe activist pastor seeks bail

23 January 2019

Zimbabwean activist pastor Evan Mawarire will ask the High Court on Wednesday to free him on bail after his detention on subversion charges following violent protests over a fuel price hike that sparked a brutal security crackdown.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa promised action on Tuesday in response to a widely condemned clampdown on civilians in which at least three people were killed and scores wounded during unrest ignited by his decision to raise the price of fuel by 150 percent.

Central African Republic war crimes suspect sent to court

24 January 2019 

A war crimes suspect who is also head of Central African Republic's soccer federation has been sent to the International Criminal Court, where he faces allegations of leading a mainly Christian militia that targeted Muslims in deadly interreligious fighting.

The court says in a statement that Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona was transferred to the court on Wednesday from France, where he was arrested last month on an ICC warrant.

Angola decriminalizes same-sex conduct

24 January 2019 

Human Rights Watch says the southern African nation of Angola has decriminalized same-sex activity and banned discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The rights group says the changes came on Wednesday when Angola's parliament adopted the new first penal code since independence from Portugal in 1975.

This is the latest in reforms under the administration of President Joao Lourenco, a former defense minister who took office in 2017 after the long rule of Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

Ramaphosa's 'nine lost years' speech

24 January 2019 

When President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke out about South Africa’s "nine lost years" at a dinner in Davos this week, Old Mutual CEO Peter Moyo said the cost of the period crystallised for him.  

"The President spoke about nine wasted years and it was the first time I heard that phrase. It made me think about how the country had been run in the last nine years. 

"We lost some of the gains we had. It was a period in which we could have done much better as a country.

Mokonyane slams Zondo commission amid Bosasa allegations

22 January 2019 

As the details of alleged corruption at Bosasa continue to emerge at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture, Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has hit out at allegations of her involvement in the scandal.

At the start of the second week of former Bosasa chief operating officer Angelo Agrizzi’s testimony, Mokonyane became one of the most high-profile names to be pulled into the saga.

Agrizzi vindicates SIU's Bosasa probe, raises more questions

24 January 2019

Former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi - an eyewitness, and participant to large-scale corruption at state entities - has delivered damning confirmatory testimony to a decade-old Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report into tender rigging at the prisons department.

During the sixth day of his marathon testimony before the state capture commission of inquiry on Wednesday, Agrizzi was taken through the SIU Bosasa report step by step. 

Zokwana tries to stop disciplinary hearings of three officials

24 January 2019

Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana cited the need to protect classified documents when he tried to get the Western Cape High Court to order the department's director general to stop the disciplinary proceedings of three officials.

"We are in essence here to protect those documents," advocate Porchia Long submitted on Zokwana's behalf.

Scam alert: Don't fall victim to bogus colleges, warns education dept

24 January 2019

Bogus colleges are mushrooming all over South Africa, the Department of Higher Education and Training has warned as it embarks on a countrywide public awareness campaign.

It has urged students and parents to first verify if institutions are registered with the department.

To read the article titled “Scam alert: Don't fall victim to bogus colleges, warns education dept” Click here 

 

Suspended Schweizer-Reneke teacher heads to the Labour Court

24 January 2019 

The suspension of Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke teacher Elana Barkhuizen is expected to take centre stage in the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Thursday when it hears an urgent application she lodged.

The school dominated headlines two weeks ago when a photograph of Grade R pupils went viral on social media. It showed black pupils sitting separately from white pupils.

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