SA scientist unveils ground-breaking fossil discovery
South Africa’s leading researcher on Devonian marginal marine ecosystems and early vertebrates – or ancient fish and early tetrapods – Dr Robert Gess has announced the ground-breaking discovery of what is believed to be a 360 million-year-old fossil. The two new species, named Tutusius and Umzantsia, are Africa’s earliest... Read more
SA disappointed at US steel tariff decision
South Africa has expressed disappointment at not being granted exemption from the US Section 232 steel and aluminium tariff duties. On Monday, US President Donald Trump signed Proclamations granting permanent country-exemptions to a select number of countries and extended by one month the Section 232 steel and aluminium tariff... Read more
Petrol price to rise by 49 cents in May
Motorists will have to dig even deeper into their pockets as the price of petrol is set to rise by 49 cents next week. The Department of Energy on Thursday announced that the price of both grades of petrol, 95 and 93 (ULP and LRP), will increase by 49... Read more
Data shows increase in mineral production
The Department of Mineral Resources has welcomed the year-on-year increase in mineral production in February, on the back of higher commodity prices. “The increase supports the department’s view of a resurgence in the sector, following the rise in commodity prices, which supported increased market capitalisation as well as increased... Read more
Persistent rains bring much needed relief
The Department of Water and Sanitation says the steady rainfall over the past two weeks has seen several dams across the country overflowing. A weekly report by the Department of Water and Sanitation indicated that the rain was soft but intense enough to soak the soil and replenish groundwater... Read more
Massive increase at petrol pumps
Consumers will have to brace themselves for a massive fuel price increase at the petrol pumps, which come into effect next week. The Department of Energy announced a72 cents a litre increase in the price of 95 ULP and 69 cents a litre in the price of 93 ULP.... Read more
SA concerned at US steel, aluminium fallout
South Africa on Friday expressed concern at having its request to be excluded from the United States’ recent ad valorem tariffs on imports of aluminium and steel turned down. Trade and Industry Minister, Dr Rob Davies, on Thursday held a teleconference on the issue with US Ambassador CJ Mahoney,... Read more
Funds made available for immediate drought disaster relief
Government has made R433.524 million available from the disaster grants for immediate drought disaster relief funding for the three-most affected provinces. The funds have been allocated to the Eastern, Northern and Western Cape provinces over the 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years. Of the R433.524 million, R348.846 million is to... Read more
Drought declared a national disaster
Government has declared a national state of disaster to deal with the country’s drought and water crisis. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister Zweli Mkhize made the announcement on behalf of the Inter-Ministerial Task Team on Drought and Water Scarcity during a media briefing in Cape Town on... Read more
Relief for motorists as fuel price drops
Motorists will get some reprieve at the fuel pumps from Wednesday following an announcement by the Department of Energy of the drop in fuel prices. As of 7 March, the petrol price will drop by 36 cents a litre and between 44 and 47 cents less for a litre... Read more