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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

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South Africa agrees modest wage deal with state workers

CAPE TOWN South Africa's public sector workers will see their pay rise by slightly more than inflation after the government -- which is struggling to curb a large budget deficit -- clinched a three-year wage deal with unions that had threatened to call a strike.

May 14 2018

Exclusive: Equatorial Guinea may strip Ophir of LNG project due to finance delays

LONDON/CAPE TOWN Equatorial Guinea will force Ophir Energy out of the company's flagship liquefied natural gas (LNG) project and may scrap it entirely unless long-delayed financing deals worth $1.2 billion are presented to the government by December.

May 08 2018

South Africa's DA party says image sullied by dispute with Cape Town mayor

CAPE TOWN South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Tuesday its national prospects were being hurt by a dispute with the Cape Town mayor, who has refused to step down despite an order from the party that she must go.

May 08 2018

Historic drought takes toll on South Africa's vineyards

CAPE TOWN The worst drought in living memory has hit vineyards in South Africa's Western Cape hard, reducing grape harvests and adding to pressure on the region's centuries-old wine industry, officials said on Tuesday.

Apr 20 2018

Steinhoff faces shareholders as it battles to stay afloat

AMSTERDAM/CAPE TOWN South African retailer Steinhoff remains in a "tough position" and is talking to creditors about restructuring debt, the company said on Friday at its first shareholder meeting since an accounting scandal was uncovered in December.

Apr 09 2018

South Africa may ask pharma firms for fee to clear drug review backlog

CAPE TOWN Drugmakers in Africa's largest pharmaceutical market may be asked to pay a "backlog fee" to help clear a pipeline of medicines waiting years for approval, according to a proposal being considered by South Africa's new industry regulator.

Mar 30 2018

South African tourism has 'huge growth potential': minister

CAPE TOWN South Africa will speed up visa processes and lure major conferences in an effort to boost foreign arrivals by 40 percent by 2021, its tourism minister said on Friday.

Mar 28 2018

Auditors PwC looking to complete Steinhoff inquiry by end of year

CAPE TOWN Auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) hope to finalize a forensic investigation into the affairs of crisis-hit retailer Steinhoff International by the end of the year, a senior investigator said on Wednesday.

Mar 14 2018

Big energy users oppose South Africa's proposed carbon tax law

CAPE TOWN Big energy users including Sibanye-Stillwater and ArcelorMittal's local unit on Wednesday opposed plans by South Africa to enact long-delayed carbon tax laws in 2019, arguing the levies are unaffordable and should be scrapped or delayed.

Mar 07 2018

South Africa's Ramaphosa assures Moody's on land reform

CAPE TOWN South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told ratings agency Moody's on Wednesday that a drive to expropriate land without compensation would be done in a way that would not harm the economy or food security, the presidency said on Wednesday.

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