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Gillian Jones

Unions fret over Wal-Mart’s bid

If Wal-Mart succeeded in its bid to buy a share of Massmart, it would mean job losses for the retail and manufacturing sector, union Saccawu said.

Rugby fans give Orlando stadium the thumbs up

Rugby supporters gave Soweto's Orlando Stadium the thumbs up on Saturday, but were less complimentary about the traffic flow.

Dailies dominate in ABCs

The latest figures released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations show a steady increase in newspaper circulations while ABCs for consumer magazines have grown mainly due to the launch of new titles. Gillian Jones reports.

Mandela coin company gets six-month reprieve

Local coin dealer Investgold may trade in gold coins bearing former president Nelson Mandela's image for the next six months, the company said in Johannesburg on Wednesday. This follows months of negotiations between Investgold and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Zuma’s fate still unknown

It is still unclear when President Thabo Mbeki will announce the fate of his deputy, Jacob Zuma, who has been implicated in corruption. ''I am as in the dark as you are,'' said presidential spokesperson Bheki Khumalo on Sunday, asked when Mbeki was expected to make an announcement.

Zimbabwe spy saga lands in court

An alleged South African spy nabbed in Zimbabwe in December did not want to travel to the country because he feared arrest, newspapers reported on Sunday. The man was given no choice but to go, and senior South African Secret Service member George Madikiza had insisted on the mission, according to papers filed in the Pretoria High Court.

Laugh It Off wins case against SAB

T-shirt maker Laugh It Off has won its fight against South African Breweries (SAB) over its right to mock the Carling Black Label brand. Justice Dikgang Moseneke, handing down a unanimous judgement in the Constitutional Court on Friday, found that SAB had not proved that Laugh It Off had infringed on the brewery's trademark with the message on its shirts.

General Motors SA lands R18bn export deal

General Motors South Africa has been awarded an R18-billion contract to manufacture and export the United States-designed Hummer H3 vehicle, the company said on Wednesday. Production of the Hummer H3 2006 model will start in the fourth quarter of 2006 at the Struandale plant in Port Elizabeth.

Record oil price could threaten SAA’s survival

If the oil price goes much higher it could threaten South African Airways' (SAA) survival, chief executive Khaya Ngqula said on Friday. ''Once it is and up, it becomes just a question of survival,'' Ngqula told reporters in Johannesburg. ''We are taking it one day at a time ... but there is no cause for alarm just yet.''

End in sight for Jo’burg power cuts

Another R400-million will be spent to upgrade Johannesburg's electrical infrastructure, a city councillor said on Wednesday. This is in addition to R500-million already invested in the past two financial years to end the scourge of power cuts, said Brian Hlongwe, a councillor responsible for municipal services.

Gautrain on the fast track for 2010

The Gautrain Rapid Rail Link will be ready for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the project leader said on Tuesday. ''It's a brave man who says it straight like that but the answer is yes, we will commission the whole system in time for the World Cup,'' said Jack van der Merwe, chief executive of the Gautrain project.

‘Paradise turned into hell’

Tsunami survivors sobbed and broke down when they met their families at Johannesburg International airport on Wednesday after arriving on a mercy flight from Phuket, Thailand -- and praised two young South Africans who coordinated the rescue effort. Meanwhile, the number of people killed in Sunday's earthquake and tsunamis neared 81 000.

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