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Global South African News Wrap 20 April 2012

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Global South African Newsletter 20 April 2012
 New trains project aims to create 65000 jobs ..................................................................... 2Record tourist numbers ....................................................................................................... 3Germany joins SKA, praises SA ......................................................................................... 4Young people have lost hope: NYDA ................................................................................ 7Planned Gauteng road ‘threatens five wetlands’ ................................................................ 8ANC salutes Zuma on his 70th birthday ............................................................................. 9ANC Youth League split over Julius Malema .................................................................. 10 No love lost at Luthuli House ........................................................................................... 13Guarding the constitution .................................................................................................. 15Mugabe urges peace ahead of Zimbabwe elections .......................................................... 17Radebe grills judge over media article.............................................................................. 18Getting rich in SA is rife with ‘grey areas’ ....................................................................... 20SA is in dire need of a different kind of politics ............................................................... 21Zuma tapes: NPA throws in towel .................................................................................... 23SANDF not able to deliver ............................................................................................... 25FACTBOX-Key political risks to watch in South Africa ................................................. 26SA comes bottom of the class in literacy .......................................................................... 30Military to expand its rhino patrols ................................................................................... 31ANC is banking on threats ................................................................................................ 32Chamber backs bank boss's criticism ................................................................................ 35Moeletsi Mbeki: Our very stark choice ............................................................................ 36Malema met the deadline: ANC ....................................................................................... 38Church has a role in society: Zuma ................................................................................... 39Tutu says honour is for people .......................................................................................... 40Zuma to marry - again! ..................................................................................................... 41Kruger rand scandal rocks SA Mint.................................................................................. 43ANC angered by Shivambu’s lack of ‘respect’ ................................................................ 47League vote creates options for Malema .......................................................................... 49JSC ‘still deciding next step’ in Hlophe saga ................................................................... 50Crime intelligence unit in complete disarray .................................................................... 51Bury violence in the past: Mugabe ................................................................................... 52Judgment day .................................................................................................................... 53Political shoo-ins? ............................................................................................................. 58Zuma to wed for sixth time, embraces tradition ............................................................... 60
 
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20 April 2012
 
Business Day
 
Page 2
 
Nicky Smith
 
New trains project aims to create 65000 jobs
 
The R124bn fleet renewal programme of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), the state-owned operator of commuter rail service Metrorail, is expected to create 65000 jobs as well asact as a catalyst to revive the local rail engineering industry.
 
"The most immediate goal is to buy trains that will make a difference to lives of the commutingpublic," Prasa CEO Lucky Montana told reporters at Prasa’sBraamfontein depot yesterday.
 
"We have other objectives as well; to make sure this is an opportunity to revitalises the railengineering industry and to make sure we have an industry that is able to design andmanufacture and export trains," Mr Montana said at the launch of Prasa’s procurement process.
 
The localisation target for the fleet acquisition programme has been set at 65%, the level set for state-owned freight and logistics company Transnet in its acquisition of 143 heavy-haul diesellocomotives from General Electric.
 
The localisation programme would require the rolling stock manufacturer to invest in productionand skills transfer in SA and to establish a manufacturing base here by at least 2016, said PietSebola, head of Prasa’s rolling stock acquisition.
 
Under the rolling stock renewal programme, Prasa will oversee the manufacture of 7224 Metrorailcoaches to meet passenger growth at a cost of R123,5bn over 20 years.
 
In addition to this investment in rolling stock, R14,5bn will be spent on upgrading infrastructuresuch as signal equipment and the construction of new depots that will be able to service themodern trains that are being bought.
 
Prasa has already begun a parallel investment programme worth R25,9bn over the next threeyears in stations that will service the highest-density commuter corridors.
 
This is apart from the 50 stations being upgraded under the National Station Improvement andUpgrade programme at a cost of R1bn.
 
Speaking at the same event, Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele said that over the next four monthsa process would begin to select a partner or partners "who will deliver modern technology in linewith out economic development objectives".
 
"Our rail system has reached the end of its design life. We need a revolution in our rail systemand our transport system," he said.
 
13 April 2012
 
The Times
 
 
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Page 2PhilaniNombembe
 
Record tourist numbers
 
South Africa recorded a boom in global tourism by attracting more than 8.3million tourists lastyear - beating the record-breaking 2010 figures.
Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk released the 2011 tourist-arrival figures in parliament yesterday."Despite tough economic conditions, South Africa's tourist arrivals have surpassed the8073552 mark they reached when recording 15.1% growth in 2010," he said."The 2010 Fifa World Cup was a once-in-a-lifetime showcase for our country, whichgave us unprecedented international media exposure worth billions of dollars and left uswith an enhanced, modern world-class tourist infrastructure."Van Schalkwyk said that, excluding the 310000 people who came to South Africaspecifically for the World Cup, the actual growth in 2011 is 7.4%, which is above the4.4% global growth. Gauteng and Western Cape remain the most visited provinces.He attributed the growth to the emerging markets in Asia and Africa, with Nigeria andTanzania being the continent's biggest growth markets last year.Europe and North America remained South Africa's major sources of "long-haultourists".Although European tourist arrivals declined by 3.5% due to the global economic crisis, North American numbers grew by 2.3% despite that continent's own economicchallenges."The World Cup cushioned us from the difficulties facing the European market in 2010 .adrop in tourists from the market in 2011 was expected," he said.Van Schalkwyk said South Africa's target was to attract more than 100000 Indian tourists by the end of next year, and 100000 tourists from China by the end of 2013.The government has allocated R218-million to SA Tourism to enable it to market SouthAfrica as a preferred tourist destination to other African countries over the next threeyears.
17 April 2012
 

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