Sept. 13 major South African media outlets

The following are highlights of South African major news outlets on Tuesday.

President Jacob Zuma
Jacob Zuma

— Africa’s biggest generic drug maker, Aspen Pharmacare, is to buy a portfolio of GlaxoSmithKline’s anaesthetics drugs for as much as £280m, continuing its strategy of deepening its hold in key growth markets by acquiring other companies’ niche products.

The deal builds on Aspen’s announcement in June that the firm would acquire AstraZeneca’s anaesthetics drugs for up to $770m, and complements its existing portfolio of thrombosis medicines.(Business Day)

— While political parties have welcomed news that President Jacob Zuma has finally paid back R7.8m (US$555,000) owed to taxpayers for security upgrades at his private residence in Nkandla, it seems to be a case of too little too late as some shared concerns around the payment and others used the announcement as yet another opportunity to call for Zuma’s head. (News24)

— Community leaders from Johannesburg’s Riverlea suburb – near the disused Langlaagte mine where illegal miners have been trapped – say they’ve long been pleading with authorities to shut down the illegal activity.

One miner was found dead underground on Monday while at least 15 were brought up to the surface.(South African Broadcasting Corporation) Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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