[pretoria] - National Budget wish list from Pam Golding

DURBAN – With the National Budget looming on 20 February (2019), the general consensus appears to be that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is on a tightrope of sorts.

He needs to deliver a Budget, pre-election, that will source maximum revenue to alleviate a major shortfall and also restore confidence, hopefully while …

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[pretoria] - Airbnb announces appointment of Global Head of Transportation

DURBAN – Airbnb has announced that aviation industry pioneer Fred Reid has joined Airbnb as Global Head of Transportation.

In his role, Reid will focus on building partnerships and services that make travel seamless while delivering the kind of people-to-people hospitality Airbnb is known for around the world.

"There was a …

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[pretoria] - Goldman Sachs considers Swiss mortgage market entry

INTERNATIONAL - US bank Goldman Sachs is holding talks with the Swiss market watchdog over potentially entering the country’s mortgage market, its country chief told reporters on Thursday.

“If we do something it will be very small,” Stefan Bollinger said, noting any move had to fit Goldman Sachs’s pan-European …

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[pretoria] - Italy denies it will ban Huawei, ZTE from its 5G plans

INTERNATIONAL - Italy has denied a report it will ban China’s Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp from playing a role in building its fifth-generation mobile phone network.

“We have no intention of adopting any such initiatives,” the industry ministry said in a statement.

Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of …

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[pretoria] - Crackdown on ‘ghost workers’ and fraud in KZN

Durban - A three-pronged effort by the KwaZulu-Natal departments of Public Works and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs and the eThekwini Municipality is set to respond to Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi’s call to clean up the Expanded Public Works Programme.

This comes after the arrest of at least three …

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[pretoria] - British prime minister Theresa May heads back to Brussels

May was welcomed by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in a glum, stiff handshake ceremony that underscored the simmering tension between the UK and the other 27 EU member states.

With the departure date of March 29 closing in, May is expected to be stonewalled by the EU officials when …

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[pretoria] - This one is a favourite for Pieter-Steph Du Toit

According to star lock Pieter-Steph du Toit, the first time he won the award was a “great feeling”. This time, though, having won it after making more appearances in his “favourite position”, it feels even better.

After an outstanding 2018 season, Du Toit was nominated alongside another previous winner, Malcolm …

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[pretoria] - Liverpool face a test of nerves

The taunt of “Jurgen’s cracking up” directed at Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was perhaps a reference to the slightly tetchy television interviews the German had given after his team’s 1-1 draw at West Ham United on Monday.

It was, of course, banter of the kind football fans love …

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[pretoria] - #Bushiri among dominating Google searches

Controversial prophet Shepherd Bushiri is among dominating Google searches for this week.

According to weekly stats released by Google, Bushiri is the most searched individual on Google SA this week.

This is after the charismatic leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG), and his wife Mary were arrested on February …

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[pretoria] - NUM vows to fight Eskom plans 'tooth and nail'

JOHANNESBURG – Labour unions on Friday condemned plans announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa to split state power firm Eskom into three entities, with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) saying this confirmed its fears that the government wanted to privatise the utility, a move that would threaten jobs …

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[pretoria] - Jamaica’s gift to the world turns 50

This quotation is taken from the official proclamation by the government of Jamaica in 2007 declaring February as “Reggae Month” to pay special tribute to the musical art form for which the country has become renowned the world over.

These words remain true today as Reggae continues to capture the …

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[pretoria] - Metro restoring free wi-fi services

MMC for Shared and Corporate Services Cilliers Brink acknowledged that the service was still beset by challenges, while also recounting success stories worthy of celebration.

For example, plans were afoot to establish more wi-fi hotspots by the end of this financial year, he said.

Brink said free wi-fi sites were …

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