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February 6, 2017

Clock Ticks For Migrants With Special Permits

Companies and individuals who employ foreigners because they think they can get away with paying lower wages and extracting longer working hours are partly to blame for the end of special permits.

Applications for Lesotho special permits closed at the end of December, and are valid until the end of 2019. Zimbabwe special permits expire at the end of this year – those who want to work in South Africa after that have to apply for a standard work visa, for which the bar to qualify is high.

The expiry date for special permits was announced by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba in 2015, and the clock is now ticking for Zimbabweans working in South Africa.

While [...]

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February 6, 2017

Opposition forms coalition to challenge Ian Khama’s party in 2019 polls

Gaborone – Opposition groups have reportedly come together to form a coalition to challenge President Ian Khama’s Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in 2019 elections. The BDP has been in power since 1966.

According to eNCA, four parties – the Botswana National Front, the Botswana Movement for Democracy, the Botswana Congress Party, and the Botswana People’s Party – came together as “a response to a plea by the people for the opposition to stop splitting votes and work together”.

The BDP’s popularity has reportedly been sinking since the 2014 elections due to a “sluggish economic growth and high youth unemployment”, the report [...]

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February 6, 2017

Angola’s long-time President Dos Santos confirms will step down

Luanda – Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos confirmed on Friday he would step down ahead of elections due in August, signalling the end to his 37-year long reign, and naming Joao Lourenco as the candidate to run in his place.

The autocratic Dos Santos, 74, became president in September 1979, making him Africa’s second-longest serving leader – one month short of Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

His reign has seen the end of civil war and an investment boom, but has also been criticised as secretive and corrupt with Angola’s citizens suffering dire poverty as his family became hugely wealthy.

Dos Santos told a meeting [...]

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February 3, 2017

R200m hospital project halted over payment dispute

A R232-million hospital accommodation project has been shut down indefinitely by an angry contractor over payment delays.

Liviero construction group has told the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (GDID) that it will not resume work on the Thelle Mogoerane Hospital Accommodation project until the company receives the full amount it is owed‚ despite the company having received the bulk of the project payment.

The company is the main contractor in the R231 912 000 project which was meant to take 18 months. The project was scheduled to be completed in September 2016.

The contract is for the construction of new accommodation for nurses and doctors‚ a training [...]

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