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February 5, 2021

Western Cape moves ahead with plans to bring its own Covid-19 vaccines to South Africa

The Western provincial Cape government says that it will push forward on plans to bring its own Covid-19 vaccines into South Africa as a contingency measure.

In a media briefing on Thursday (4 February) Western Cape premier Alan Winde said that the provincial government fully supports the national vaccine acquisition efforts.

However, he said that there are risks with using a ‘single acquisition vehicle’, especially in phases two and three of South Africa’s vaccine rollout where large numbers of vaccines would be required and have not yet been guaranteed through national procurement.

“Centralised procurement requires a contingency plan that is complementary to [...]

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April 1, 2019

There will be affordable inner-city housing in Cape Town, but only when the plans are finalised

Inner-city affordable housing is on the cards for Cape Town if the provincial Department of Human Settlements has its way. On Tuesday, MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela revealed plans to build housing in the Cape Town inner city — but could not provide specific timelines for when construction would begin in areas his department has identified. However, the civil society group Ndifuna Ukwazi is cautious of promises made close to an election.

There are plans for affordable housing in Cape Town’s inner-city areas — the CBD, Bo-Kaap and the wealthier suburbs of Oranjezicht and Tamboerskloof — which will provide 10,000 housing opportunities, but Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela says [...]

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October 3, 2018

CABINET HAS APPROVED THE NEW MINING CHARTER

Speaking at a post-cabinet briefing in Cape Town on Thursday, Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said President Cyril Ramaphosa would reveal details of the charter on Friday when he is due to brief the media on economic stimulus measures.

The draft, aimed at setting ownership and transformation targets for the sector, was opposed by the industry even though it acknowledged that the current document was in many respects an improvement on the previous one proposed by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s predecessor Mosebenzi Zwane.

The draft charter had a requirement of 10% ‘free carry’ interest for mining communities and employees on new mining rights as [...]

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August 6, 2018

TOP SPOT FOR LOCAL SCIENTIST AMONG WORLD’S BEST

Shireen Mentor, a 29-year-old resident of Montevideo, near Manenberg, has been named one of the world’s top young scientists.

Mentor, a PhD student from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) has just returned from a prestigious science conference in Germany, and is already preparing for her next visit to the USA.

Mentor’s five-day trip to Germany late last month came after being selected to attend the 68thLindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, which is one of the most prestigious science conferences in the world.

She was one of six South African female scientists nominated by the Academy of Science of South Africa to attend the event, which hosted 600 of the world’s [...]

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