Daily Archives: March 2, 2018

Energy on adjustment of fuel prices effective from 7 March 2018

The Department of Energy informs the public of the fuel price adjustments for March 2018. South Africa’s fuel prices are adjusted on a monthly basis, informed by international and local factors. International factors include the fact that South Africa imports both crude oil and finished products at a price set at the international level, including shipping costs.

The main reasons for the fuel price adjustments are due to:

1. The contribution of the Rand/US Dollar exchange rate.

The Rand appreciated, on average, against the US Dollar (from 12.20 to 11.82 Rand per USD) during the period under review. This led to a lower contribution to the Basic Fuel Price (ie. the import parity price) on petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin by 19.33c/l, 19.68c/l and 20.53c/l respectively.

2. The decrease in the prices of crude oil.

The average Brent Crude oil price decreased from 69.06USD to 65.05USD per barrel during the period under review. This led to lower prices of petroleum products in the international markets. The main contributing factor was the abundance of crude in the market, particularly with growing exports from the US Gulf coast, which kept the price low in the market. Furthermore the forthcoming widespread refinery maintenance in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific is also muting demand for crude and limiting upward price movement.

Based on current local and international factors, the fuel prices for March 2018 will be adjusted as follows:

Petrol (93 Octane, ULP and LRP): 36.00 c/l decrease

Petrol (95 Octane, ULP and LRP): 36.00 c/l decrease

Diesel (0.05% sulphur): 47.00 c/l decrease

Diesel (0.005% sulphur): 44.00 c/l decrease

Illuminating Paraffin (wholesale): 22.00 c/l decrease

SMNRP for IP: 29.00 c/l decrease

Maximum LPGas Retail Price: 69.00 c/kg decrease

The fuel prices schedule for the different zones will be published on Tuesday, 6 March 2018.

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Edna Molewa receives donations for wildlife protection from Chinese Embassy and Chinese community, 4 Mar

Environmental Affairs Minister to receive donation for wildlife protection from Chinese Embassy and Chinese community

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa will receive a R200 000.00 donation from the Chinese Embassy and Chinese Community in South Africa in Johannesburg on Sunday 4 March 2018. The donation is to support wildlife protection efforts by South African government, and will be used at the Kruger National Park.

The donation forms part of Chinese Lantern Festival and the 20th anniversary of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and South Africa. The carnival is hosted by the Chinese Embassy and the Chinese Community, and will consist of art performances, Chines cuisines tasting and charity sale. The proceeds of the carnival will be donated to South Africa for wildlife protection, thereby showing China’s commitment to fighting against wildlife crimes.

Source: Government of South Africa

Workers at DUT to return to work

The Deputy Minister for Higher Education and Training, Buti Manamela, says he is pleased that workers at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) will return to work after a protracted strike.

The Deputy Minister said he was very pleased and relieved that DUT can now begin the 2018 academic programme.

I would like to thank all the parties for putting the interest of students and workers alike and reaching an agreement. I urge all the students who had left campus to return to campus and work towards their qualifications,” Deputy Minister Manamela said.

The parties in the labour dispute at the university agreed on Wednesday to go back to negotiations, thereby concluding a seven-week strike that has resulted in valuable tuition time being lost.

The strike ended a day after Deputy Minister Manamela held a meeting with the university council and management, as well as the labour unions who were involved in the labour dispute.

The historic outcome of the negotiation came when all parties agreed to go back to negotiations with the aim of bringing the labour dispute to an end.

It is due to the commitment of the DUT Executive Committee, labour unions, including National the Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) and The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA), as well as all parties involved that the best possible outcome has emerged.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Three Australians Die, More Sick in Listeria Outbreak Tied to Melons

SYDNEY ´┐Ż Three people have died and 12 others have fallen ill in a national listeria outbreak linked to contaminated rockmelons, and more cases are expected, Australian health authorities said.

The outbreak is linked to the melons, also called cantaloupes, from a grower in the eastern state of New South Wales, the state’s food authority confirmed on its website. The produce company, which has not been named, ceased operations and is investigating.

NSW Health said late Friday that all 15 victims were elderly and were spread nationally from Victoria to Tasmania.

“We can confirm that 13 of the 15 cases consumed rockmelon before the onset of their illness,” said Dr Vicky Sheppeard, director of communicable diseases for NSW Health, in a media release. “People vulnerable to listeriosis should discard any rockmelon purchased before 1 March.”

Health authorities have assured the public that all contaminated rockmelons have been removed from supermarket shelves.

Further cases are expected to surface, because symptoms can take up to six weeks to appear after eating contaminated produce, and NSW Health told consumers to see a doctor if they experience symptoms.

The disease causes flulike symptoms and can lead to nausea, diarrhea, infection of the bloodstream and brain.

Listeria bacteria do not cause illness in most people but can result in sickness and death for those with weaker immunity, such as the elderly, newborns and pregnant women.

The bacteria are found in soil, water and vegetation and can contaminate food anywhere during the production process, from harvesting to serving.

Foods that can pose a risk of listeriosis include pre-cut melons, cold salads, raw seafood and smoked salmon, unpasteurized milk products, sprouted seeds and raw mushrooms, the New South Wales Food Authority said.

Listeria is rare in Australia, but a deadly outbreak in South Africa has killed more than 170 people since January last year, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases said last month.

Source: Voice of America