South Africa's trade union movement, the largest and most disciplined on the
continent, has played an influential role in determining labour market and industrial
relations policies in the country.
Renowned French economist Thomas Piketty will deliver the 13th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on 3 October 2015 at the University of Johannesburg's Soweto Campus. His book Capital in the Twenty-First Century
has been a worldwide sensation.
Financing was a priority topic at the World Forestry Congress in Durban this week. Another was
the youth and their vital role in planning and managing forestry and agriculture. The theme,
investing in a sustainable future, was debated by delegates from around the world.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to visit Iran to re-establish trade ties and formally
authorise the formation of the Iran and South Africa Joint Business Council. South African exports
to Iran fell from R1.5-billion in 2007 to R250-million in 2014; oil imports also declined.
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