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PM Narendra Modi expected in South Africa

SharePrime Minister Narendra Modi’s travel schedule for the new year has already been drawn up and is set to visit South Africa yet again. PM Modi is likely to travel to South Africa for the BRICS Summit thereafter he heads to Argentina for the G-20 Summit; Singapore for India-Asean & East Asia summits. The 2018 BRICS summit is next the tenth annual BRICS summit, an international relations conference attended by the heads of state or heads of government of the five member states Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The summit will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, the second time the South Africa has hosted the summit after the 2013 summit.

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Thabo Mbeki Delivers The OR Tambo Memorial Lecture

ShareLecture by the patron of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation, Thabo Mbeki, on the occasion of the celebration of the centenary of the birth of Oliver Reginald Tambo. Johannesburg, 27 October 2017: Members and representatives of the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation, our hosts this evening; Dear Members of the Tambo family; Fellow South Africans; Comrades, friends, ladies and gentlemen Had OR Tambo been alive, today we would have gathered in happy gatherings throughout our country to wish him a very happy centenary birthday! However as we meet today, to mark this centenary, we still wish to convey a heartfelt happy birthday message to Oliver Tambo, our beloved OR and esteemed leader, certain that he will hear our message wherever he is. Accordingly, today, October 27, 2017 our people, joined by the peoples of the rest of Africa and the world, stand up …

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Rogue Unit Report Withdrawn, KPMG Apologises To Gordhan

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ShareInternational auditing firm KPMG has withdrawn all of its findings‚ recommendations and conclusions around its report into the South African Revenue Service (SARS) “rogue spy unit”. The report was partly instrumental in the downfall of former finance minister Pravin Gordhan‚ who was accused of knowing and endorsing the “rogue unit”. The unit was accused of conducting covert intelligence operations under “Project Sunday Evenings”‚ with its members allegedly spying on‚ among others‚ the National Prosecuting Authority. Allegations around the unit’s work led to Gordhan‚ who was SARS commissioner at the time‚ being criminally charged‚ with the Hawks pursuing a determined criminal battle against him. The National Prosecuting Authority eventually declined to prosecute Gordhan. The allegations saw the suspension‚ and ultimate removal‚ of several senior SARS investigators from the High-Risk Investigation Unit‚ who were conducting multiple investigations into suspected criminals linked to …

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