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July 15, 2019

Spat over toll roads in South Africa shows poor people don’t count

The invisibility of poor people in the country, who are estimated to make up 55,5% of the population, was on display recently as David Makhura, Premier of Gauteng Province, the country’s economic heartland, and the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, aired their differences on Twitter.

The topic was the electronic tolling (known locally as e-tolls) of freeways in Gauteng. The Gauteng African National Congress (ANC), which Makhura leads, has responded to a backlash against the tolls by urging that they be removed.

The national government in which Mboweni serves, and is also led by the ANC, imposed the tolls and continues to support them, at least in principle.

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May 15, 2019

€55-million five-star hotel launches in Johannesburg

The R880m (€55m) Houghton Hotel launched in Johannesburg on May 13, bringing another five-star* luxury brand to South Africa.

The property is a synergy of residential and hotel accommodation, situated in the heart of the city, but offering privacy that feels far removed from the busyness of urban Johannesburg.

The hotel offers seven luxury penthouses, four presidential suites, two junior suites, eight executive king rooms, and 46 king rooms. All rooms have Apple and cable TV, extended breakfast, complimentary WiFi and newspapers, with 24-hour in-room dining. Facilities at The Houghton include a business and day lounge, four private dining rooms, a whisky lounge and [...]

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May 9, 2019

ANC TAKES EARLY LEAD AS RESULTS START TRICKLING IN

It will still be more than 48 hours before South Africans know the final results.

Nationally, the African National Congress (ANC) is enjoying an early lead followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

By 4am on Thursday morning, 887,867 valid votes had been captured.

Party agents sat anxiously with their eyes fixed to their computer screens and monitors showing the early votes.

The ANC has taken an early lead at just over 50% nationally followed by the DA and EFF at 28% and 7%, respectively.

In the Western Cape, the DA was sitting on 60% of the vote so far.

It will still be more than 48 hours before South [...]

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May 3, 2019

IEC It’s all systems go for the 2019 general elections

The Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) says it is ready to oversee the sixth democratic elections on May 8 next week.

The price of petrol will push to a record high from midnight on Tuesday, with the central energy fund (CEF) announcing that under-recovery in August would prompt fuel increases ranging from 99c to R1.79.

The IEC’s chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo, said that a record number of political parties contesting the elections have presented new challenges.

He was speaking during the official opening of the National Operations Centre in Tshwane.

Only registered voters will be allowed to [...]

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