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Emirates increases SA flights

Dubai-based Emirates Airline has added four new flights to its existing Johannesburg service, bringing its South African presence to 18 weekly flights.

Bulls edge Sharks in epic S14 final

The first all-South African final in the history of the Super 14 produced a dramatic twist at the end as the Bulls, who had led the contest for only three minutes throughout, edged the Sharks 20-19 on a successful conversion by Derick Hougaard after Bryan Habana had scored a try after the final hooter sounded.

Absa commits R2.6bn to housing

South African financial group Absa has committed R2.6-billion to provide 100 000 low-cost houses by 2010, fulfilling its part of an agreement between the financial sector and the government to fund such housing projects.

Proudly SA investing pays off

Investing in South African equities is "a paying proposition by a huge margin," says a local unit trust marketer, but South Africans seem to be missing the boat.

Coega to build R125m call centre

South Africa is to build a R125-million, 1 500-seat call centre incorporating office, training and recreational space to boost the global competitiveness of the Coega Industrial Development Zone outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.

Land claimants in hospitality deal

The Maruleng community in Mpumalanga, beneficiaries of a land claim, have struck a multi-million rand deal with a local hospitality business that will see the dilapidated Tembi Guest Lodge being converted into a hotel with conferencing facilities.

Sasol’s synthetic fuels go global

South African petrochemicals group Sasol is taking its synthetic fuel technology global. With gas-to-liquid ventures up and running in Qatar and approaching fruition in Nigeria, the company is pursuing major coal-to-fuel opportunities in China, India and the United States.

Record investment in SA stocks

Overseas investment in South African stocks hit a record high for the second year running in 2006, Bloomberg reports, as foreigners sought to profit from the longest period of uninterrupted economic growth in the country's history.

The Karoo Array Telescope

Although the host country of the Square Kilometre Array is yet to be announced, South African science is already reaping the benefits of the massive international radio telescope project in the form of a prototype, the Karoo Array Telescope.

Branding South Africa with one message

One message, many voices. That is what the 2010 National Communication Partnership Conference on branding South Africa hopes to achieve in the lead up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The Conference is being hosted by the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) on behalf of the 2010 National Communication Partnership Task Team (which includes representatives from government, business and the 2010 Local Organising Committee). The one-day indaba, which takes place on Tuesday 15 August, includes inputs from leading local and international speakers in the morning, outcomes-based workshops in the afternoon and a glittering gala dinner to end proceedings.