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July 31, 2017

Registration opens for The 19th Annual Durban Business Fair

Registration for the 19th annual Durban Business Fair, which will take place at the Durban Exhibition Centre, is now open and interested businesses have until 14 August to register.

The fair, which runs parallel to the renowned Essence Festival Durban 2017, is expected to attract thousands of visitors both locally and abroad. The business show will commence with a series of empowerment activities aimed at equipping entrepreneurs with the appropriate skills to grow and sustain their businesses.

This year, the City has invited prominent business experts, both local and international, to share their expertise with local entrepreneurs to help advance their business [...]

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July 31, 2017

Petrol Price for August 2017: Here’s what you can expect to pay

Motorists will pay an additional 19 cents a litre for all grades of petrol from next week, the Energy Department announced on Friday.

The department cited a weaker rand and higher oil prices for the increase.

“The rand depreciated slightly, on average, against the US dollar during the period under review. This led to higher contribution to the basic fuel price on petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin by 11.15c/l, 10.93c/l and 10.88c/l, respectively,” it said in a statement.

“The prices of petroleum products increased, on average, in the international markets in line with the higher crude oil prices. The crude oil prices rose, partly on drawdowns of global [...]

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July 31, 2017

Minister Shabangu to launch Women’s Month

Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women, Susan Shabangu, will on Tuesday officially launch the 2017 Women’s Month at the Union Buildings in Tshwane.

This year’s Women’s Day, which will be held in Galeshewe Stadium in Kimberley, Northern Cape, will be celebrated under the theme: “The Year of OR Tambo: Women united in moving South Africa forward”.

South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August as a tribute to more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956, in protest against the extension of pass laws to women.

“The 2017 commemoration takes place against a backdrop of heinous murders of women and children, we call on all [...]

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July 31, 2017

Could these new ‘green’ shopping bags mean the end of the 50c plastic bag tax in SA?

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has announced 100% biodegradable plastic bags, which it hopes will replace current bags used in South Africa’s biggest supermarkets.

The bags consist of agricultural by-products and are maize and sugar cane bio-based. They are also completely biodegradable in mud‚ soil‚ water and compost and break down completely in just three to six months.

Speaking to TimesLive, research head Sudhakar Muniyasamy said that he hoped to provide interested stakeholders with pilot samples by September, and that they expect the product to be in its commercial stage by early 2018. Pick n Pay and Woolworths are two big names confirmed [...]

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