JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Time is quickly running out to strike a deal at global climate talks to save a Kyoto Protocol in its death throes and make major cuts in the greenhouse gas emissions that scientists blame for rising temperatures, wilder weather and crop failures.
Major parties have been at loggerheads for years, warnings of climate disaster are becoming more dire and diplomats worry whether host South Africa is up to the challenge of brokering the tough discussions among nearly 200 countries that run from November 28 to December 9 in the coastal city of Durban.
JOHANNESBURG, Nov 23 (Reuters) – South African state
utility Eskom is likely to run up about 400 billion rand ($47.6
billion) of debt over the next three years as it pays for
upgrades to keep the lights on in Africa’s biggest economy,
chief executive Brian Dames said on Wednesday.
In a briefing accompanying the Eskom’s interim
results, Dames also said the power supply would remain tight
until the first units of two major new power plants started to
JOHANNESBURG, Nov 22 (Reuters) – South Africa’s
parliament passed a bill on protecting state secrets on Tuesday
despite criticism at home and abroad that it harks back to
apartheid legislation and further harms the country’s weakened
credibility on tackling corruption.
The Protection of Information Bill allows any government
agency to apply for classification of information that is
“valuable” to the state and criminalises the possession and
distribution of state secrets.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s parliament is poised to pass a bill on protecting state secrets on Tuesday despite criticism at home and abroad that it harkens back to apartheid legislation and further harms the country’s weakened credibility on tackling corruption.
The Protection of Information Bill allows any government agency to apply for classification of information that is “valuable” to the state and criminalises the possession and distribution of state secrets.
JOHANNESBURG, Nov 18 (Reuters) – One of South Africa’s
most influential newspapers accused a top presidential spokesman
on Friday of censoring an article about his possible involvement
in a shady arms deal.
The incident could prove to be a further embarrassment to
President Jacob Zuma who in recent weeks sacked two ministers
found as corrupt in government reports and is also facing
renewed calls to account for his actions in the same arms deal.
JOHANNESBURG, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Embattled ANC Youth
League leader Julius Malema said on Wednesday he is a victim of
a witch hunt by some top members of South Africa’s ruling party
who want him out over his calls to nationalise mines and seize
white-owned farm land.
Malema, one of the country’s best known politicians for his
plans for radical transformation of Africa’s biggest economy, is
fighting for his political life after an ANC disciplinary
committee last week found him guilty of bringing the party into
disrepute and expelled him for five years.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A United Nations climate change summit, which already promises only modest steps for cutting greenhouse gas pollution, could be in more trouble unless host South Africa sharpens up its international image.
The 190-nation gathering at the end of this month in the coastal city of Durban follows years of fraught attempts to win agreement on strong emission curbs from big polluting nations.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – When Julius Malema walked through the broken asphalt lane of the Stjwetla shanty town grabbing hands a few weeks ago, he looked to many people here as the answer to their shattered dreams of a new South Africa.
The dead-end street next to a graveyard, a few kilometers from the glittering business towers of Africa’s richest city Sandton, stands as a stark example of the failure of the ruling African National Congress to improve the lives of the poor black majority, 17 years since ending apartheid rule.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress kicked its firebrand Youth League leader, Julius Malema, out of the party for five years on Thursday after finding him guilty of sowing division.
The decision dealt a major blow to the political career of the controversial Malema and his push to nationalize mines in the world’s biggest platinum producer.
JOHANNESBURG, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Outspoken ANC Youth
League leader Julius Malema will learn on Thursday if he is to
be suspended from South Africa’s ruling party, which could deal
a major blow to his political career and drive to nationalise
the mines in the world’s biggest platinum producer.
Sources in the ANC who did not want to be named said Malema
was expected to be suspended for a year. Other office bearers in
the African National Congress’ youth wing who face similar
charges will be let off with warnings, the sources added.