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August 17, 2017

Oscar Pistorius granted timeout from jail to attend family funeral

Former Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius was released from prison for a few hours on Wednesday to attend the funeral of his late maternal grandmother, Joyce Bekker. This was confirmed by the Department of Correctional Services’ Singabakho Nxumalo.

“I just received an update from the head of centre that he received an application (from inmate Oscar Pistorius) to attend the funeral and they granted him permission to attend the funeral. He was back in the facility at about 13h20 to continue with his sentence‚” said Nxumalo.

Earlier on Wednesday‚ Pistorius’ brother‚ Carl‚ confirmed to TimesLIVE that a service would be held for their grandmother‚ who died last week at the [...]

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August 17, 2017

Department evolves to improve housing delivery

The Department of Human Settlements is changing the way it does things to deliver houses more efficiently to communities in need.  The department has put together a “3C protocol”, which will see better coordination, cooperation and collaboration in human settlement projects.

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Tuesday said the 3C model will be used in the development of mega projects of no less than 15 000 rental, subsidised and mortgaged housing units.

“These projects will each provide housing for an estimated 45 000 to 60 000 individuals,” the Minister said at the UNISA Human Settlements Seminar held in Tshwane on Tuesday.

Held under the theme ‘How the [...]

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August 14, 2017

Portfolio Committee to visit Free State SMMEs

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development will from Monday visit small, macro and medium enterprises (SMMEs) in the Free State.

The small businesses had received support from the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa) and Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda).

The aim of the visit to five districts in the Free State is to look into the SMMEs’ existence, their level of development, challenges encountered and possible interventions required. Sefa and Seda are both agencies of the Department of Small Business Development, and they provide financial and non-financial support respectively.

“One of the outcomes of the committee’s strategic [...]

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July 27, 2017

Absa sets aside R10.5 million for SA township economy

Absa Bank says it has extended a R3.5 million facility to eSpaza Sum Holdings to help the company modernise 22 spaza shops in Mamelodi and Pretoria West.

An additional R7 million will be extended to help uplift Mpumalanga and Limpopo spaza shops as the financial year progresses, taking the bank’s total contribution towards the transformation of township economies in the region to R10.5 million.

“Absa’s support will not only see the sustainable establishment of spaza shops but it is envisaged to create jobs and help these spaza shop’s net triple times more profit as they have in the past. The project has already seen transformed spaza’s record a 300% increase in airtime [...]

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