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Leon meets Mbeki ahead of bowing out

Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon met South African President Thabo Mbeki on Thursday ahead of bowing out as official opposition leader on Sunday. Leon's spokesperson, Martin Slabbert, said it was a chance to ''say goodbye'', but it had been a private meeting.

Govt ‘has no policy’ to detain TB patients

No policy has been adopted to detain multi- or extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) patients, acting health minister Jeff Radebe said on Wednesday. He was replying to a written question from Democratic Alliance health spokesperson Gareth Morgan.

Manuel reads riot act to SA councillors

Politicians running local governments across the country have been read the riot act by Finance Minster Trevor Manuel, who says that the argument about capacity constraints 13 years into democracy in South Africa is wearing thin. South Africa's councillors have been urged to spend the available resources of local government wisely.

Can Zille win the peace?

Helen Zille will win next weekend's DA federal leadership election “hands down”, a prominent DA official has predicted. But she will need to have superwoman qualities to hold the party together once she dons the leadership mantle. The knives are out in the Western Cape, where provincial leader Theuns Botha and Zille were called in on Monday by outgoing leader Tony Leon.

Leon: Mbeki staying as ANC head bad for SA

The prospect of President Thabo Mbeki staying on as African National Congress (ANC) head would harm the country, official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Tony Leon said on Monday. At a farewell meeting in Port Elizabeth the DA leader said an anointed presidential successor would become a ''puppet president owing his or her position to Mbeki''.

DA to hold draw to decide election-list order

The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) will on Friday finalise the order in which the names of candidates will appear on the ballot-papers that will be used during the election process at the party's congress in Gauteng in May. This will be done by means of a draw.

Cosatu on Wolfowitz: ‘Told you so’

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has called for the resignation of World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz "not just because of his abuse of his office to promote, and give a huge pay rise to, his girlfriend, but because of his consistently anti-working class and anti-poor policies", it said on Tuesday.

Economist urges flat tax rates for SA

A flat tax in which the ratio of tax to taxable income is the same at all levels of income -- and which replaces various tax bands that feature in a progressive tax regime with a single tax -- would allow the South African government to gather more tax at lower rates, Free Market Foundation (FMF) economist Jasson Urbach has argued.

Mbeki warns against slavery in new guise

The challenge facing the international community is that the contemporary global economy has given birth to various forms of economic activity affecting millions of people that is akin to the loss of personal freedom experienced by the classical slaves, South African President Thabo Mbeki argued on Friday.

SAA Bill gets nod of second Parliament chamber

The South African Airways (SAA) Bill, which converts the national airline into a public company, got the nod of the second chamber of Parliament, the National Council of Provinces, on Tuesday. The SAA Bill has already received the nod of the National Assembly.

Radebe announces new public-transport plan

A multi-faceted public transport system action plan, involving integrated metered taxis and long-distance public transport, has been announced by Transport Minister Jeff Radebe. Noting that about R9-billion has been allocated of the medium-term budget to public transport, Radebe told journalists that the aim is to create "integrated rapid public transport networks".

Mboweni plays down trade-deficit concerns

Some exceptional items gave rise to the growth in the deficit on the current account of the balance of payments towards the end of last year, but this has been "easily financed by capital inflows", South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Governor Tito Mboweni told MPs on Tuesday.

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