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UPDATE 2-South Africa puts public works, jobs at heart of COVID-19 recovery plan

Oct 15 2020

* Ramaphosa sees public works as key to attracting investment

South Africa's Biovac in talks to manufacture COVID-19 vaccines

Oct 14 2020

CAPE TOWN A South African company part-owned by the government is in talks with the global COVID-19 vaccine distribution scheme and pharmaceutical companies to produce some of the vaccines the country needs to protect itself against the disease.

S.Africa tourism sector cautiously hopeful as borders set to reopen

Sep 17 2020

CAPE TOWN, Sept 17 South Africa's pandemic-battered tourism sector on Thursday welcomed a government decision to allow international travel from Oct. 1 but officials worried restrictions on key markets facing high infection rates could curtail any recovery.

With borders closed, South Africa pins hopes on cash-strapped local tourists

Aug 31 2020

CAPE TOWN Lisa Krohn's Ashanti Lodge in Cape Town - normally abuzz with backpackers from around the world - today sits largely empty, a sign of how the pandemic has crushed South Africa's tourist industry.

S.African airports group ACSA gets new funding, shelves projects

Aug 20 2020

CAPE TOWN, Aug 20 South Africa's state-controlled airports company ACSA has signed a new 3 billion rand ($174 million) loan with domestic banks and shelved major projects to shore up its finances in the coronavirus crisis, its finance chief said on Thursday.

Somalia expects to announce winners of first petroleum auction early 2021

Aug 05 2020

CAPE TOWN Somalia expects to announce the winners of its first oil and gas licensing round early next year, as the country seeks petro dollars to help rebuild its struggling economy, a senior government oil official said on Wednesday.

South Africa produces its first ventilators to fight COVID-19

Jul 31 2020

CAPE TOWN The first of thousands of South African-designed ventilators rolled off a Cape Town assembly line on Friday, responding to requests from hospitals needing them for severe COVID-19 cases but unable to get them on global markets, officials said.

South Africa's Distell plays chess to beat lockdown wine glut

Jul 15 2020

CAPE TOWN At a centuries-old vineyard overlooked by South Africa's Drakenstein mountain, the country's biggest single wine exporter Distell is battling a problem of plenty. | Video

South African refinery explosion kills two, injures seven

Jul 02 2020

CAPE TOWN Two people were killed on Thursday in an explosion at Astron Energy's 100,000 barrel per day refinery in Cape Town, the company said as it promised a full investigation.

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