Africa free trade area deal will fuel economic growth – Ramaphosa

JOHANNESBURG –South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says the coming into effect of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) is a milestone that fulfils a dream crafted by the founders of the Organisation of African Union 60 years ago when they mulled an integrated continent. At a summit in Niger on Sunday, African leaders launched the AfCFTA which committees signatories to removing tariffs from 90 percent of goods, allowing free access to commodities, goods and services across the continent. A statement from the Presidency said Ramaphosa expected the agreement to catapult…

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Engineering brain drain is alarming – Saice

CAPE TOWN –The South African Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice), one of the biggest voluntary professional organisations in the country with 12000 members, has lost 1.73 percent of its members to emigration in the past three years, a statement said yesterday. Most of these engineers had sought greener pastures and opportunities and were between the ages of 30 and 60, Saice said. South Africa’s brain drain has been reaching alarming proportions, and in 2017 alone, according to the Department of Home Affairs statistics, the number of professionals who left represented…

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