Hurdles hinder launch of Nordwind's Moscow-Pretoria air route
South Africa and Russia want a connecting flight between their capitals, likely run by Russian firm Nordwind. But Western sanctions are getting in the way.Russia-Ukraine war
In the end, the president of South Africa did not return to an autonomous Ministry of State Security. As a result, a novice in the intelligence sector with little chance of moving forward with reform now oversees the State Security Agency.
US Representative John James used a resolution denouncing joint military exercises by Russia and China in South African waters to single out state-owned telecoms giant Telkom and small monitoring company Vumacam.
The commercial aviation company National Airways Corp is preparing to contest a preservation order granted to the South African prosecution service for two helicopters acquired illegally by Joseph Malanji. It claims that upgrades costing €800,000 were never paid for.
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As a future gas production zone, South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia carry the hopes of the super-majors Total, ENI and ExxonMobil. They represent a new opportunity for investors as Africa's traditional oil and gas-producing countries are increasingly struggling to maintain production.
A hike in South Africa's minimum production royalty rate from 0.5% to 2% for oil and gas companies got a cold reception from the energy sector, which deems that other matters such as finally passing a new oil law should have taken priority.
On 9 February South Africa's president announced the creation of a ministry of electricity to coordinate the fight against the energy crisis that leaves the country without power for hours on end every day. A favourite has emerged to fill the high-risk position.
Saudi and UAE authorities are negotiating with the South African army with a view to purchasing second-hand Denel howitzers. The Ritam Holdings subsidiary, TFM Defence, is facilitating the deal with Riyadh by utilising the networks of several ex-Denel directors.
In his recent annual speech, the South African leader expressed satisfaction over recent merger agreements which he said had allowed local production of refined products to increase, but this assertion does not seem to be borne out by the facts.
The South African army is operating a cargo plane chartered by Sapsan Airline that leaves Pretoria on an almost daily basis to supply its peacekeepers in eastern DR Congo. In a context of high tension between Kinshasa and M23 rebels, the South African military wants to be prepared for any eventuality.
Gwede Mantashe, South Africa's powerful minister of mines and energy, is reluctant to divulge the ownership of mining permits, one of the key principles of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. With Senegalese President Macky Sall's help, EITI hopes to convince Ramaphosa to attend June's global GA in Dakar and join the initiative.
The US consulting firm, which admitted involvement in embezzling funds from state-owned firms Eskom and Transnet, hopes to work again in South Africa's public sector. But this time it plans to do so free of charge within a corporate social responsibility framework.
The official commission of enquiry into the 2018 explosion at the Rheinmetall Denel Munition plant in the suburbs of Cape Town, in which eight people died, has concluded that the group breached regulations, opening the way to possible prosecution.
Until now, South Africa's national oil company PetroSA was thought to be the only potential buyer of the gas that TotalEnergies should begin producing on its block 11B/12B from 2027. But a recent visit by the French major's CEO has changed all that.
South Africa's arms procurement agency Armscor issued a request for information this month to equip its armed forces SANDF with new light armoured vehicles. Several companies have responded despite doubts over the body's capacity to carry out the project.
The Democratic Alliance, South Africa's largest opposition party, will hold its national conference in April. Its current leader is expected to be re-elected unopposed. The party's focus is on the 2024 general election in which it hopes to push the ruling ANC into forming a governing coalition.
A complaint is to be lodged with the Constitutional Court to force the South African government to bring an end to the country's endemic power cuts. The lawyer behind the offensive is Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, who has got opposition politicians to back him.
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