Five Newsworthy Things in SA 24th November 2020:

News in South Africa 24th November: 1. Second matric paper leaked: The tutor who blew the whistle on the leak of physical sciences paper 2 erased the tweet on Monday after receiving calls from angry pupils fearing they would have to rewrite it. The tutor received a screenshot of the question paper at 8.17am on […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 23rd November 2020:

News in South Africa 23rd November: 1. Nelson Mandela Bay hospitals overfilled: Government says reckless behaviour has led to hospital beds being fully occupied in Nelson Mandela Bay. A resurgence of COVID-19 infections in the metro has resulted in increased deaths. The metro has put preventative measures in place, but residents are simply ignoring them. […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 20th November 2020:

News in South Africa 20th November: 1. SABC suspends retrenchments: The SABC board has suspended its retrenchment process for one week, a spokesperson announced on Thursday. “The board of the SABC would like to announce that it will suspend the [Section 189] process for a period of seven days. This will allow all stakeholders to […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 19th November 2020:

News in South Africa 19th November: 1. Reserve Bank – interest rate decision today: The Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee will announce its interest rate decision later today. Most economists don’t expect a cut. South African interest rates have already been cut by 300 basis points since the start of the year – much more […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 18th November 2020:

News in South Africa 18th November: 1. Courts rule against Santam: The Western Cape High Court has ruled in favour of Ma-Afrika Hotels and Stellenbosch Kitchen in the high-profile Covid-19 business interruption claims battle against JSE-listed insurance giant Santam. In a resounding judgment handed down on Tuesday afternoon, South Africa’s largest short-term insurer was ordered […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 11th November 2020:

News in South Africa 11th November: 1. Driving licence backlog: Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has revealed that South Africa has a backlog of 320,000 driving licence, with demand growing by 90,000 each month. Mbalula said this backlog is caused by corruption among back-office staff at driving licence testing centres (DLTCs). Over the past few weeks, […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 10th November 2020:

News in South Africa 10th November: 1. Public service workers paid too much?: Research and analytics group Intellidex has published a new report looking at public-sector worker pay in South Africa. The report, which was commissioned by Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), uses the same calculations as the IMF – which considers the public sector […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 9th November 2020:

News in South Africa 9th November: 1. Construction sector shortage: Critical shortages of building and construction materials, including cement, steel, bricks and timber, are suffocating the sector’s recovery from the Covid-19 lockdown and diminishing its impact on the recovery of the economy. David Metelerkamp, senior economist at construction market intelligence firm Industry Insight, said the […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 4th November 2020:

News in South Africa 4th November: 1. FFC criticises SAA rescue: Next year is set to be a difficult year for South Africa, with government planning expenditure cuts, the question is how might this impact service delivery, Parliament has heard. The Financial and Fiscal Commission on Tuesday briefed a joint sitting of the Standing Committee […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 3rd November 2020:

News in South Africa 3rd November: 1. We can learn from Europe 2nd wave: South African scientists are concerned about how rapidly the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading in Europe, noticing similarities in the factors driving a second wave. Several countries have gone into yet another lockdown to stop the spread of the virus like in Austria, Belgium, […]

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