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/ 22 June 2007

Short on skills, deep in trouble

Senior company officials have confirmed that a shortage of skills has been one of the most costly and troublesome issues affecting the management of South African businesses in the past two years. This was a finding of a recent Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) survey, which included a cross-section of 40 businesses recruiting skilled labour in Gauteng.

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/ 21 February 2007

Not all praise for Manuel’s budget

South Africa needs to compete to attract more foreign direct investment, the Democratic Alliance said on Wednesday in reaction to the budget speech, adding that a corporate-tax rate cut would have been justified. Economist Mike Schussler told the <i>Mail & Guardian Online</i> that companies were being ignored in the Budget.

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/ 18 January 2007

Power cuts ripple across SA

Power cuts rippled across South Africa on Thursday, blacking out parts of major cities and spurring warnings from state utility Eskom that unexpected shortages could extend into next week. The cuts, which Eskom attributed to power-station maintenance and the shutdown of one unit at Koeberg, caused power failures stretching from Cape Town to Johannesburg.

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/ 30 June 2006

Govt: Judges Bills haven’t been axed

South Africa’s Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Development says there is no truth in a recent <i>Mail & Guardian</i> story where it was asserted that President Thabo Mbeki had intervened and stopped the "judges Bills". The <i>M&G</i>, however, stated on Friday that it stands by the story, which it holds to be "of immense public interest".