R1bn boost for black-run factories


There is widespread agreement that South Africa needs to embark on a programme of industrialisation, but the point of contention is how it should take place.


In March President Jacob Zuma announced that South Africa will create 100 black industrialists in the next three years. At the inaugural Black Industrialists Indaba at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, he said he wanted to see “more factories and other means of production being owned by black people so that South Africa could achieve economic transformation”.

Obama makes transport funding pledge


President Obama has said the US must invest more in its infrastructure, in the wake of a train derailment in Philadelphia that claimed eight lives.


He said he was talking to congressional leaders to secure passage of a transport bill.


It's not yet clear what caused Amtrak Train 188 to crash on Tuesday night, leaving more than 200 people injured.


Investigators said on Thursday a camera showed it was speeding up for more than a minute before the crash.


Budget 2015: Changes to arts funding disastrous, says former chair of Australia Council


A former chair of the Australia Council says changes to arts funding revealed in the federal budget are “disastrous”.


A total of $105 million, around 15 per cent of the Council’s budget, will be diverted to a new fund called the National Program of Excellence in Arts (NPEA) where grants are decided by the federal Arts Ministry.


Rodney Hall said he was concerned the Australia Council would lose its discretionary powers to make informed decisions in the interests of the public.


Fundraising and finance departments must work together and 'manage upwards'


Finance departments do not understand fundraising well enough, and the two functions must work together to manage the board and chief executive, delegates at the Charity Finance Group annual conference heard yesterday.


Three community health centers in Alabama get funding


Three new health center sites in Alabama are getting Affordable Care Act funding to help serve their communities.


Capstone Rural Health Center in Parrish, Quality of Life Health Services Inc. in Gadsden and Whatley Health Services Inc. in Tuscaloosa are receiving approximately $1,637,500.


Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced the funding Tuesday morning.


The new health centers are expected to increase access to health care services for nearly 8,220 patients in Alabama.