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Three South African ministers freed after standoff with veterans (Al Jazeera)

South African special forces have freed three government ministers held hostage by veterans demanding compensation for their role in the fight against apartheid, according to officials.

The incident occurred in a hotel in the capital, Pretoria, on Thursday night during a meeting with veterans and top government officials, including Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele, Defence Minister Thandi Modise and her deputy Thabang Makwetla.

Three South African ministers freed after standoff with veterans | News | Al Jazeera

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Cybersecurity/South Africa. Department of Justice and Constitutional Development of South Africa hit by a ransomware attack (Pierluigi Paganini, Security Affairs)

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development of South Africa was hit by a ransomware attack that crippled bail services

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development of South Africa hit by a ransomware attackSecurity Affairs

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South Africa. Dilemmas at the frontline of South Africa’s energy transition (Mikkel Funder, Holle Wlokas, Tasneem Jhetam and Karen Holm Olsen, DIIS)

As the development of large-scale wind- and solar projects gathers pace around the world, renewable energy companies are increasingly confronted with demands to engage with local communities in the planning and implementation of their projects. In order to address such expectations, renewable energy companies increasingly employ professionals to facilitate dialogue and collaboration with communities. These practitioners occupy a potentially significant position in the everyday implementation of socially just energy transitions but are also confronted with multiple dilemmas and challenges in their work.

Dilemmas at the frontline of South Africa’s energy transition | DIIS

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Singapore/Australia/Malaysia/South Africa. Singapore, Australia amongst four central banks to test cross-border digital payments platform (Eileen Yu, ZDNet)

Four central banks are collaborating to develop and test a common platform on which to process cross-border digital payments. The initiative aims to bypass the need for intermediaries and, hence, slash the time and cost of such transactions.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), Bank Negara Malaysia, and South African Reserve Bank on Thursday said in a joint statement that they were working to build and test the use of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) for international transactions.

Singapore, Australia amongst four central banks to test cross-border digital payments platform | ZDNet

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South Africa. The Killing Doesn’t Stop During South Africa’s Women’s Month (HRW)

Tanya Magaisa

Women’s Month in South Africa is celebrated in August. It commemorates the significant role held by women in South African society and celebrates the accomplishments of the 20,000 women who marched to the Union Buildings in August of 1956. The march was held in protest of the amendments to the Urban Areas Act, a piece of legislation enacted to regulate the movements of non-white South Africans during the Apartheid era. Yet every year, during this month, as a South African woman, I am reminded that this commemoration is in perpetual memory of the dead.

The Killing Doesn’t Stop During South Africa’s Women’s Month | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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South Africa – Violence adds to uncertainty for South Africa’s mining (Chatham House)

Christopher Vandome, Sheila Khama

Mining unquestionably remains one of South Africa’s most important economic sectors, contributing 8-10 per cent of national GDP and, on average, each of its almost half a million strong labour force providing income for nine dependents. But South Africa’s share of the global mining exploration expenditure dropped a staggering 20.5 per cent in 2020 to rank only sixth in Africa and represent less than one per cent of the global exploration spend – its lowest place in decades and a devastating position for a country whose geological attractiveness should protect its status as a top global player.

Violence adds to uncertainty for South Africa’s mining | Chatham House – International Affairs Think Tank

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South Africa – Ramaphosa admits rampant graft during time as Zuma VP (Al Jazeera)

Ramaphosa has been criticised for being slow to act on corruption scandals [Sumaya Hisham/AFP]

Ramaphosa has been criticised for being slow to act on corruption scandals [Sumaya Hisham/AFP]

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledges there was rampant state corruption while he was deputy to former president Jacob Zuma, but says he did not resign as that would have hampered his efforts to resist the rot.

Ramaphosa was appearing before a judicial panel on Wednesday probing the alleged mass looting of state coffers during Zuma’s 2009 to 2018 presidency.

S Africa: Ramaphosa admits rampant graft during time as Zuma VP | Corruption News | Al Jazeera

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South Africa – The impact of COVID-19 on industries without smokestacks in South Africa (Brookings)

Zaakhir Asmal and Christopher Rooney write: The COVID-19 pandemic has hit several sectors of economies, including those in Africa particularly hard. The affected sectors include industries without smokestacks (IWOSS). The purpose of this brief is to conduct an early assessment of the effect of the pandemic on the economy, and specifically, the IWOSS sectors considered in the country case study, both in terms of the pandemic’s current impact, as well as to present a view on the long-term sectoral impact.

go to Brookings: The impact of COVID-19 on industries without smokestacks in South Africa (brookings.edu)

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South Africa – Jobless, hungry, fed-up: Why South Africans rioted (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera writes: As many as 75 percent of young South Africans are unemployed. In any other country that would be cause for a revolution, according to one South African economist. Why did rioting and looting sweep the country last week? And could violence erupt again? This week, The Take explores the vast inequality and economic hardships behind South Africa’s latest unrest.

go to Al Jazeera website: Jobless, hungry, fed-up: Why South Africans rioted | Jacob Zuma News | Al Jazeera

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