The president’s plan for jobs

Government is working with social partners to address SA’s unemployment crisis, President Cyril Ramaphosa said. The president was delivering the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament on Thursday. This is the 25th SONA of the democratic SA. The president highlighted the progress made in job creation – SA’s unemployment rate is at 27.5%, according to the latest figures from Statistics South Africa. “We have focused our efforts on reigniting growth and creating jobs,” Ramaphosa said. “Our greatest challenge is to create jobs for the unemployed of today, while preparing…

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Zimbabwe: Churches intervene to resolve political crisis

Churches in Zimbabwe on Thursday set up a meeting between the government and the opposition. It was meant to help find a lasting solution to the country’s political and economic challenges. It came a day after the opposition leader Nelson Chamisa rejected an invitation from President Emmerson Mnangagwa to participate in a national summit. Wednesday’s dialogue was aimed at finding practical solutions to the country’s worsening economic challenges. Zimbabwe is currently facing a political and economic crisis which have resulted in series of protests met with security crackdowns. The protests…

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Zimbabwe Hindus to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Hindu Temple in Harare

On February 10, Zimbabwe Hindus will celebrate the 90th anniversary of Cameron Street Shree Omkar Mandir in Harare. The festivities will be organized by the Hindoo Society Harare, a registered charitable organization that appeared in 1916. The temple that celebrates the anniversary has become the central platform for spiritual events of the Hindu community. The temple tries to promote and preserve the Hindu religious and cultural heritage, and also seeks harmony and mutual understanding between different religions. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed mentioned the efforts of the Hindoo Society Harare (HSH)…

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Mozambique deputy finance minister sacked after hidden debt scandal

Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi has sacked the country’s deputy finance minister, who has been implicated in a widening scandal over alleged fraudulent government loans totalling $2bn. A statement from the presidency on Wednesday did not give a reason for the removal of Isaltina Lucas. But she was the national treasury director when she signed guarantees in 2013 and 2014 for the loans to three state-owned security companies. An independent audit has found that $500m of the loans, which were deliberately hidden from the country’s parliament as well as international donors,…

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UPDATE: Cyril has 90 days to appoint new NDPP, Nxasana must pay back money

The court ruled that Shaun Abrahams must vacate his job as NPA boss and that Mxolisi Nxasana will not be returning to the position. The head of the NPA tried unsuccessfully to overturn a high court ruling that ordered him out of office on Monday morning at the Constitutional Court. Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga handed down the judgment, finding both the manner in which former NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana vacated office and the subsequent appointment of Shaun Abrahams unconstitutional and invalid. This is due to the R17.3-million “golden handshake” former president…

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Why farmers need to be marketeers

It’s your job to find unique ways of adding value to your products to drive up profits. The Bravocado is a pack of three avocados at different stages of ripeness: one ready to eat today, one ready in a day or two and another at the end of the week. Here we have packaging creativity from Chinese importer-distributor Shanghai Supafresh at its best. While the marketing brilliance comes from China, the technology to grade avocados into different stages of ripeness originates with the 125-year-old Lowveld farming business HL Hall &…

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Counting the cost of your farm

Farm input costs include items such as feed, labour and machinery. The following general cost input terms are useful in calculating precisely how much your farm costs you to run. Understanding these simple and general cost input terms will help you to calculate exactly how much your farming enterprise costs you to run. Input costs include items needed in your production process, such as labour, fertiliser and tractor fuel. Imputed charges (or costs) These represent the value of benefits enjoyed by the farm, or an enterprise on the farm, during…

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