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South Africa urges higher value addition for Sri Lankan exports (Daily Financial Times (Sri Lanka))

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the South African High Commission yesterday convened a B2B meeting calling on Sri Lankan investors to concentrate more on value addition for an optimal pricing strategy. Sri Lanka is the market leader for raw materials such as coconut, abaca, ramie and other fibre but countries such as […]

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Secret Satellite Surveillance Programme & Privacy Concerns Revealed in New Spy Cables Dump By Al Jazeera [press release]

Last night Al Jazeera’s investigative unit released classified documents from within the State Security Agency (SSA) revealing: extensive cooperation between Russia and South Africa on a secret satellite surveillance programme; and loopholes in the regulation of interception of communication in South Africa. Spy Cable #1: Satellite Surveillance Programme A South African Secret Service, now State […]

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Mswati's HIV-Aids Idiocy Highlights Our Bitter Struggle [press release]

Swaziland’s absolute ruler, [i]Mswati III, adds a grotesque twist to Marx’s observation that history repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce. Mswati and his regime manage to combine both qualities in equal measure: the tragedy of autocracy imposing poverty, disease and degradation on an oppressed population; the farce of the bumbling Mswati’s vanity […]

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Mmusi Maimane's Sona 2015 Response Fact-Checked

The debate on President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address saw impassioned speeches by the leaders of South Africa’s two main opposition parties. We fact-checked key claims. In his response to the State of the Nation Address, Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane made a number of claims about electricity, employment, land reform and […]

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South Africa, the 'El Dorado of Espionage'

Secret documents from the country’s State Security Agency obtained by two press outlets reveal how important South Africa has become for foreign intelligence services. The papers contain highly sensitive information. South Africa’s intelligence service, the SSA (State Security Agency), is facing the biggest leak in its history. Hundreds of secret documents were digitally leaked to […]

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East Africa Awaits Chinese Built Railway Network

People in East Africa are awaiting a Chinese-built Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project set to run from Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa to Rwanda’s capital Kigali through Uganda, the latest in a spate of efforts to facilitate transportation and boost trade in the eastern Africa region. It is expected to cover a distance of about […]