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Tshwane taxi tussle, Competition Commission on procurement, Greek referendum

The Tshwane taxi tussle between the City and the Province

Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: Wednesday saw a meeting with the taxi industry, the City of Tshwane's Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa and Gauteng Transport MEC, Ismail Vardi over the current cancellation of Putco bus routes, which have severely affected the service in the Mamelodi area. Mamelodi Taxi Association Executive, Monaheng:

What happened at yesterday's meeting is that the Mayor tried to make a deal with us but MEC Vardi didn't agree with the Mayor's proposal. So the MEC does not recognise us as the taxi industry in Gauteng. What the Mayor was proposing was a good deal for us.

Competition Commission's efforts to identify economic growth opportunities

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Heard on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies: the Competition Commission's public procurement seminar in Pretoria on Wednesday looked at ways to help identify how pro-competitive local procurement can be implemented as a platform to grow the South African economy. The Competition Commission's Acting Deputy Commissioner and Manager of Mergers and Acquisitions, Hardin Ratshisusu:

We were looking at ways and means to promote local procurement without contravening the Competition Act, because you will note that in many cases, companies have to get together to try to achieve scale - they do not know what parameters are there; what are the bounds for them when they are engaging in those discussions. It's also a question in government, when government is trying to promote small enterprises, they do not know at what point they would contravene the law when they try to bring a group of suppliers together, in trying to promote them, to get them into some markets.

Provisional polling shows early split over Greece referendum

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Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: it appears that the Greek citizenry is provisionally split ahead of Sunday's planned EU referendum over the Hellenic Republic's debt. EWN Greece's Takas Tsiviris:

They are concerned, they are afraid and they are defiant. You have about 47% of the people saying they are going to vote 'Yes' and you have about 45% of the people saying they are going to vote 'No'. So depending on who you talk to, you get a different reaction.


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