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20 June 2018 8:12 AM JUST IN: Inflation eases despite April VAT hike

Inflation eased to 4.4% for May compared to 4.5% in April, despite the implementation of a VAT hike implemented in April. This is according to Statistics South Africa (StatsSA), which on Wednesday released the consumer price index figures for May. The index increased 0.2% month-on-month. Contributors to inflation include food and non-alcoholic beverages 28

14 June 2018 11:27 AM Green & Gold day of emotion awaits in Bloemfontein

Johannesburg - As much as Saturday’s first Test between the Springboks and England ignited a fire within that has seldom been seen since 1995 in rugby stadiums across the country, the second Test promises to be just as emotional, if not more, given the significance of the day. But while the country will celebrate Youth Day, and focus on remembering the horrors 31

11 June 2018 7:10 PM Hotel development in Cape Town slowing compared to Durban and Johannesburg

Cape Town retains the biggest share of planned hotel development in South Africa, according to the annual hotel pipeline survey by W Hospitality Group. This is despite Cape Town showing a decrease in total planned rooms, according to the report. Cape Town has 25% of the South African development pipeline, with 1 063 rooms in six hotels planned. Durban 34

01 June 2018 7:00 AM Zama Mkosi abruptly out as NFVF CEO after forensic investigation

Cape Town – Zama Mkosi has abruptly resigned as CEO of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) following a forensic investigation into allegations of mismanagement, waste of funds and other issues at the embattled organisation supposed to promote and support South Africa's film and television industry. Mkosi is out with immediate effect and is being 39

23 May 2018 7:20 PM Tunisia tourism makes return with revenues up nearly a third

Tunisia's tourism industry, hard hit by jihadist attacks in 2015, has undergone a "real recovery" with revenues up nearly a third so far this year, the sector's minister said on Wednesday. "There is a significant improvement," Tourism Minister Selma Elloumi Rekik told AFP, as visitor numbers bettered the first five months of 2014, largely due to rising 32

30 March 2018 8:11 PM Irish pubs open on Good Friday for first time in 91 years

Dublin - Pubs in Ireland were open on Good Friday for the first time in almost a century after the repeal of a law banning sales of alcohol on the Christian holiday. The Intoxicating Liquor Act, passed in 1927, prohibited sales in shops and bars on three days a year - Good Friday, Christmas Day and St Patrick's Day, although the latter was exempted in 1960. A new law passed 96

22 March 2018 3:02 PM At least 9 dead, several hurt in car bomb in Somali capital

Mogadishu - At least nine people have been killed and seven others are wounded in a car bomb blast near a hotel in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, a Somali police officer said on Thursday. Captain Mohamed Hussein said the explosion occurred near the Weheliye hotel on the busy Makka Almukarramah road. The road has been a target of attacks in the past by the Somalia-based 29

25 February 2018 12:50 PM Famous Jerusalem church shut over tax protest

Jerusalem - The leaders of the major Christian sects in Jerusalem say they are closing the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for several hours to protest an Israeli plan to tax their properties. The churches responsible for the site issued a joint statement on Sunday bemoaning a "systematic campaign of abuse" against them, comparing it to anti-Jewish laws issued 64

24 January 2018 7:09 PM Ronaldo to open three new hotels

Lisbon - World footballer of the year Cristiano Ronaldo is expanding his 'CR7' hotel portfolio by opening new franchises in New York, Madrid and Marrakech, his associate said on Wednesday. Real Madrid star Ronaldo has already opened CR7 hotels, alongside Portuguese hotel group Pestana, in Lisbon and Funchal in his homeland. The first new hotel to open, within 37

22 January 2018 8:00 PM Tourism income from camping sites almost doubles

Cape Town - The tourism sector's income from caravan parks and camping sites almost doubled in November, the latest statistics from Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) showed. Stats SA released its preliminary tourist accommodation data for November 2017 on Monday. The results of the report are derived from a monthly survey of the tourist accommodation 55