Social / CSR in South Africa

  • KPMG's South Africa bosses purged over Gupta scandal

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/09/17 World auditor KPMG cleared out its South African leadership en masse on Friday next damning findings from an internal investigation into work done for businessmen friends of President Jacob Zuma. KPMG's investigation into its work for the Guptas, accused by a public watchdog of improperly influencing government contracts, identified no evidence of crimes or corruption, but found that work done for Gupta family firms "fell considerably short of KPMG's standards", the auditor said in a statement.
  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • South African President, Jacob Zuma

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/07/29 The Nigeria Union in South Africa says the recent comments by that country`s Deputy Police Minister insinuating an influx of foreigners in Johannesburg are unfortunate. The Minister, Bongani Mkongi, was quoted to have said: “How can a city in South Africa be 80 % foreign national? That is dangerous. South Africans have surrendered their own city to the foreigners.” He made the comments while reacting to the problem of hijacked buildings in Johannesburg.
  • Sign language used in class at Mary Kohn School in Observatory, Cape Town.

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/07/28 The Constitutional Review Committee in Parliament has recommended that Sign Language be declared the 12th official language in SA, a language board has said. The Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) released a statement on Thursday acknowledging "the positive step". "The committee is recommending that section 6 (1) and (5) (a) be amended to include SA Sign Language as an official language. The committee accepted the fact that, the issue of addressing the proposition for declaring SASL as an official language was long overdue," said PanSALB spokesperson Sibusiso Nkosi.
  • South Africa: Storm Clouds Over The Rainbow Nation

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/07/09 The rise of Nelson Mandela and the ANC in 1994 and the end of the malevolence of apartheid in South Africa was meant to usher in a new era of social justice and racial equality in a country in a continent that had at no time known either. There were great hopes for the next, with a lot of sure that the creation of a political ecosystem that relied on democracy and the removal of discriminatory laws and regulations would be a sure-fire recipe for success, which would be equitable to each group on South Africa and would be guaranteed to lift up those who had been underrepresented politically and who had underperformed economically.
  • South Africa lifts ban on domestic rhino horn sales

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/04/15 South Africa’s highest court has rejected a bid by the government to keep a ban on domestic trade in rhino horn, a court document shows. The ruling by the constitutional court entirely means rhino horns may be traded locally. The department of environmental affairs had sought to retain a moratorium on domestic trade in rhino horns which was dismissed by last year by an extra court. In a one paragraph ruling, the court ruled that the application by government be dismissed. Environmental department spokesman Albie Modise said authorities were still considering the implications of the judgment.
  • In South Africa’s date with ICC destiny, Mandela’s legacy is a beacon to follow

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/03/07 At this historic moment facing the South Africa Parliament, it is worth remembering the great hope which marked the ICC’s emergence. It was a decade at the same time as nations were liberated from the shackles of totalitarianism and apartheid. It was the period at the same time as a lot of believed in the prospect of evolution and development based on values of justice and the policy of law. No country embodied that hope and that reality additional powerfully and additional inspiringly than South Africa.
  • Mr Mandela, founder of new South Africa, died on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95.

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2016/12/11 South Africans on Tuesday marked the 3rd anniversary of former president Nelson Mandela’s death, vowing to honour his legacy by upholding his values and principles. South African Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa took the opportunity to call on South Africans to strengthen unity. “It is only through unity, that we become effective agents of social change. It is only through unity, that we can improve people’s lives,” Mr Ramaphosa said at the Nelson Mandela Memorial Dialogue, taking place in Johannesburg.
  • Cavendish doing it for Africa

    FRANCE, 2016/07/04 Team Dimension Data’s Mark Cavendish will wear the yellow jersey as the leader of the Tour de France today next winning the initial stage on Utah Beach yesterday. He dedicated his win to Africa. Cavendish, riding for a South African team with South African sponsors and three African riders, powered around world champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and German Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) to take the yellow jersey for the initial time in his 10th Tour start.
  • South Africa’s Biggest Labor Group to Balance Pay With Job Security

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2016/07/04 South Africa’s major labor group said it will encourage its member unions that represent 1.9 million workers ranging from teachers to miners to balance wage demands with the need to preserve jobs at the same time as fee negotiations in their industries begin. “You don’t want to get an increase and again thereafter people are retrenched and only a few remain to enjoy the benefits of that particular increase.,” Bheki Ntshalintshali, general-secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, or Cosatu, said Thursday in an interview at Bloomberg’s Johannesburg office.