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Moffet Mofokeng

Special Bafana Bafana team to take on England

A special Bafana Bafana team, selected to take on England in a friendly match on Thursday, was named on Sunday apparently with the support of national soccer team coach Shakes Mashaba.

New steering committee for land affairs established

The Department of Agriculture and Land Affairs has formed a national steering committee (NSC) to consider the recommendations of last year's land summit, Minister Lulu Xingwana said on Thursday. ''The NSC has to date developed and adopted terms of reference to guide its operations,'' the minister said at a press briefing in Pretoria on her first 100 days in office.

Guards threaten to disrupt Freedom Day celebrations

Protesting security guards have threatened to disrupt next week's Freedom Day celebrations at Pretoria's Union Buildings if their 11% wage demand is not met. ''We are saying there can be no Freedom Day celebrations while there are people who are oppressed,'' said Jackson Simon, security coordinator at the South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu).

Minister slams inmates who want anti-retrovirals

Forcing the Department of Correctional Services to provide anti-retrovirals to Aids-infected inmates was highly opportunistic, Minister of Correctional Services Ngconde Balfour's office said on Wednesday. Fifteen prisoners have lodged an urgent court application to compel the government to provide them with anti-retrovirals.

Unions threaten court action against Telkom

Solidarity and the Communication Workers' Union (CWU) have given Telkom a 4pm (Wednesday) ultimatum to withdraw a plan to give improved profit-sharing only to workers who did not participate in this week's two-day strike. ''If Telkom fails to heed this notice, court documents will be served on Telkom at 4pm and the trade unions will go to court.''

Blair wants stronger SA-Britain relationship

South Africa's relationship with Britain is strong, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said in Soweto on Monday. ''I want to see it even stronger still,'' said Blair, who came to South Africa to attend last weekend's Progressive Governance Summit. Blair paid a courtesy call on former president Nelson Mandela and visited the Apartheid Museum.

Railway regulator appoints team to probe crash

The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) has appointed a eight technical experts to probe the crash between the Blue Train and the Shosholoza Meyl in the Northern Cape on Wednesday night. Herman Bruwer, the regulatory body's general manager for safety assurance, said on Friday the RSR was finalising the terms of reference of an independent board of inquiry.

Mbeki visits troubled municipality

The five Sedibeng district municipality residents who were earlier reported to have typhoid are not critically ill, the council's executive mayor Mlungisi Hlongwane said on Sunday after a meeting with President Thabo Mbeki, who visited the area on Sunday and spoke to officials about problems such as corruption and housing.

How a lone cameraman ‘dented’ SABC’s credibility

The South African Broadcasting Corporation apologised on Thursday for not showing Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka being booed at a rally in Utrecht in KwaZulu-Natal on Women's Day. ''The SABC apologises unreservedly to the public for not airing the footage,'' the public broadcaster said.

BEE-fronting companies cost govt R44m

Fifteen companies have cost the Department of Public Works R441,1-million in the past two years by fronting as black economic empowerment (BEE) entities, Minister of Public Works Stella Sigcau said on Tuesday. A further 18 companies refused to have their compliance with the department's BEE requirements checked, she said in Johannesburg.

Zuma says ANC must ‘maintain unity’

Former deputy president Jacob Zuma pleaded with the youth on Thursday not to divide the African National Congress (ANC) by criticising President Thabo Mbeki for sacking him. ''Phansi ngo Mbeki. Phambili ngo Zuma,'' [Down with Mbeki. Up with Zuma] the crowd chanted earlier as Zuma took a lap of honour around Nelspruit's packed Matsulu stadium.

Absa and Barclays: Vote on bid in June

Absa's shareholders will vote for or against Barclays bid to buy 60% of Absa on June 13, Barclays chief executive for international retail and commercial banking, David Roberts, said on Monday. ''This is a compelling transaction. It's good for Barclays, it's good for Absa, it's good for shareholders,'' he said.

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