CAPE TOWN South
Africa (Xinhua) -- A candidate for
South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) running
for Walmer Township councillor in Port Elizabeth has been
murdered, police have said.
Nceba Dywili was gunned
down in a hail of bullets on Tuesday night, police spokesperson
Mncedi Mbombo said.
Dywili, 40, was shot and killed by two unknown gunmen while
he was dropping a lady at her house, Mbombo said.
The motive for his killing remained unkown, said Mbombo.
Dywili was the latest victim of political violence in
relation with the elections.
A number of politicians have been killed in the run-up to the
elections, scheduled for August 3.
Most of the killings took place in KwaZulu-Natal Province, a
stronghold of the ANC.
The South African government has voiced grave concern over
the killings of South Africans who have been nominated by their
parties as candidates for the elections.
"Government calls on all parties particularly in
KwaZulu-Natal to ensure that the killings come to a stop and to
cooperate with the political and law enforcement structures in
place in the province and who are already hard at work to root
out this evil," said Des Van Rooyen, Minister of Cooperative
Governance and Traditional Affairs.
The government calls on all political parties and independent
candidates to uphold the Electoral Code of Conduct, Van Rooyen
The government has pledged that it will continue to ensure
that the local government elections environment is free, fair
South Africa ruling ANC
warns employers against barring employees from voting
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
The ruling African National Congress (ANC) on
Wednesday warned employers against barring employees from voting
in the August 3 local government elections.
The ANC urges employers to make arrangements to enable
workers to vote on August 3, ANC national spokesperson Zizi
"While we note that some businesses will continue to regard
this day as a trading day, the ANC appeals to employers to
consider the needs of workers who are registered to vote in
their respective voting districts, which may be a distance from
their place of work.
"We call on these employers to plan in advance to enable
workers to visit polling stations and cast their ballots,"said
In considering their options, employers are urged to also
consider the real challenges of availability of public transport
on a public holiday, as well as the voting hours - which are
from 07:00 to 19:00, he said.
"A failure to do this, in reality, amounts to
disenfranchisement from active citizenry and undermines our
collective commitment to credible, free, fair and peaceful
elections," Kodwa noted.
The ANC once again encourages all South Africans to come out
in their numbers to cast their votes on the election day, he
"We must continue to give effect to our demand encapsulated
in the Freedom Charter that ‘The People Shall Govern,’" Kodwa
"We have achieved much together and our challenges can be
overcome by standing together.
"The ability to further improve the lives of all our people
lies in your hands," he added.
The ANC said earlier that it is confident of winning a
decisive victory in the local government elections.
The party said it will win all municipalities that it
currently governs as well as winning new municipalities where
the opposition parties control.
The elections come as the government under the ANC is facing
a series of challenges, including the Nkandla scandal in which
President Jacob Zuma is accused of abusing public funds in
security upgrades at his private home and the "state capture" by
the Indian Gupta family which allegedly keeps close ties with
Zuma and the ANC.
The ANC is facing the most fierce competition from the
opposition parties since the end of apartheid in 1994.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)
have vowed to take over major municipalities like Johannesburg,
Pretoria and Nelson Mandela Bay municipality from the ANC.
New project to assure
South Africa of stable electricity supply
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua)
-- South African President Jacob Zuma
on Wednesday launched a new power project which will assure
South Africa of stable electricity supply.
"Today, as South Africans, we stand tall and proud as we
register further progress in our quest for energy security,"
Zuma said at the launch ceremony marking the opening of the
Ingula Power Station Unit 4 in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal
The unit is a pumped storage scheme and a new national
project in electricity utility Eskom’s power fleet.
At a cost of 3.5 billion U.S. dollar, the construction of
Ingula Power Station started in 2005.
The Ingula Units 1, 2 and 3 were synchronized ahead of
schedule, with Unit 3 on March 3, 2016, Unit 2 on May 21, and
Unit 1 on June 16.
On completion, the power station will feed more than 1,300
megawatts to South Africa’s power system.
This will bring electricity to nearly 500,000 homes.
"This time last year, the country was faced by serious energy
"Our people were frustrated by load shedding and the future
looked bleak," Zuma said, referring to constant blackouts that
hit the country in 2015.
"We set out to change the situation, and we are making
tremendous progress," Zuma said.
The project ensures the security of electricity supply, helps
diversify the energy mix and accelerate universal access to
electricity for households, he said.
"It also continues to inspire investor confidence, which will
ultimately result in a more prosperous economic and social
well-being for all citizens," Zuma said.
Eskom has been forging ahead to ensure improved maintenance
and also to fast-track the building of infrastructure that will
give South Africa much-needed energy security, said the
By 2021, Eskom’s new build program will add close to 9,000
megawatts of new capacity to power South Africa’s economic
growth and development, according to Zuma.
"Access to electricity improves the quality of life of our
"We will never rest until all our people have access to water
and electricity, no matter how long it takes," Zuma pledged.
South African rand remains
volatile despite recent gains
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua)
-- The South Africa rand remains
volatile despite its recent appreciation against major
currencies, South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Deputy Governor
Daniel Mminele said on Wednesday.
He said his country was keeping an eye on the global
sentiments, the US’s Fed policy expectations and the local
pressures, particularly the impending ratings downgrade in the
The deputy governor noted that a possible downgrade would
exert pressure on the local currency.
The SARB is battling to curtail the stubborn inflation which
has been hovering above its targeted band of three to six
"Some of the favourable factors that contributed to the
decision to keep interest rates unchanged will be sustained and
the bank would not hesitate to act when deemed appropriate,"
Mminele told reporters in Johannesburg.
According to the SARB, consumer inflation would return to
targeted band only in the third quarter of 2017.
Mminele noted that the rand had been supported by the
improvements in commodity prices and the unexpectedly large
trade surplus recorded in May.
He said the main risks to the inflation outlook were the
weaker rand, with average wage increases outpacing both
inflation and productivity gains, elevated food price inflation,
and potentially higher oil prices, if global demand recovers.
On the economic front, Mminele said he was concerned about
the sluggish economic growth in the country.
The SA’s economy contacted by 1.2 percent in the first
quarter of 2016, and is expected to grow less than 0.8 percent
in the second, third and fourth quarters. The Bank sees zero
economic growth in 2016.
Despite the slow growth, Mminele said a technical recession
(two consecutive quarters of economic contraction) was unlikely
because of positive economic data thus far for the second
quarter, in particular in mining and manufacturing.
Netbank economist Busisiwe Radebe told Xinhua on Wednesday
that despite positive production data in May, general conditions
were expected to remain subdued in 2016.
She believes that manufacturing production was likely to be
hard hit by low commodity prices that were unlikely to "reverse
convincingly" in the next few months.
Another economist echoed her sentiments. "The manufacturing
sector remains fragile, and in this environment, we hope to see
as many jobs retained in the short term as possible," First
National Bank senior industry analyst Jason Muscat said.
The Johannesburg Stock
Exchange closes up on two consecutive sessions
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua)
-- After a stumble at lunchtime, the
Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) managed to recoup and climbed
with the top 40 index edging up 0.18 percent at the close of
session on Wednesday.
The financial index was 0.09 percent up while the resources
index had gained 1.04 percent.
In the resources sector on the JSE, BHP Billiton was 1.82
percent higher on R181.27, while Anglo American climbed 4.19
percent to R426.29
Kumba was the star performer gaining 6.23 percent to R132.03
after the company announced on Tuesday an earnings growth of 20
percent in the first half of the year.
Bucking the trend, SABMiller was 2.63 percent lower on
R811.14 and the share price is now almost 10 percent lower over
the past 30 days, as it seems the proposed take-over of the
group by Anheuser Busch ABInBev is sailing into troubled waters
at a stage when almost all the regulatory approvals for the
deals have been dealt with.
British American Tobacco traded 1.55 percent lower on R887.64
and MTN lost 2.41 percent to R144.05.
The SA rand was at R14.2984 to the dollar from R14.3638 at
the previous close.
The JSE closes higher with
positive gains in financial and industrial stocks
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua)
-- The Johannesburg Stock Exchange HE
(JSE) closes up, taking its lead from positive sentiment on
global markets and buoyed by financial and industrial stocks.
The all-share index was up 0.54 percent to 53, 292.52 points
by close of session, the best level since June 23 when the UK
voted to leave the EU, an outcome that shook global markets.
The blue-chip to 40 Index climbed 0.56 percent, while
Resources lost 0.87 percent, financial index climbed 1.08
At the market close, gold was trading at USD1319.04 per an
The rand was changing hands at R14.37 to the USD.
The all share lost an estimated R700bn in the immediate
aftermath of the Brexit vote before subsequently recovering in
line with other markets.
Diversified miners led the rally despite the relatively
strong dollar that exerted pressure on commodity prices.
Anglo American tumbled 1.66 percent to R138.52 and BHP
Billiton tumbled 1.17 percent to R172.47.
Standard bank was up 1.21 percent to R138.55, with Barclays
Africa gaining 1.14 percent percent to R15.00.
Amongst today’s gainers was PPC Limited which rose 6.58
percent to trade at R8.10 per share after 837 deals sold
4,761,141 shares. While Arcelormittal SALtd climbed up 4.81
percent to trade at R8.50.
Resource stocks were amongst the losers as Anglogold Ashanti
Ltd lost 4.95 percent to trade down to R288.90 per share
following 1,465,964 shares changing hands in 4774 deals.
Gold Fields Ltd slipped 4.75 percent to trade at R79.80