Five Newsworthy Things in SA 14th May 2021:

News in South Africa 14th May: 1. Powership tender rigged: Allegations are being made left, right and centre around the use of Turkish-made power ships, and the R255 billion contract scored by the one company who owns them. When Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe announced preferred bidders in March, three of the eight preferred […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 13th May 2021:

News in South Africa 13th May: 1. Economy cannot survive another lockdown: Businesses have warned that South Africa’s economy cannot afford stricter lockdown measures, after reports of health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirming that the country is “For all intents and purposes…in a third-wave”. The minister this week remarked that several areas in the country […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 12th May 2021:

News in South Africa 12th May: 1. Beitbridge border tender: The department of public works and infrastructure told the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) on Tuesday that plans were afoot to issue tenders as part of solutions to adequately fence and secure the country’s borders. This follows the dismal failure of the 40km razor […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 11th May 2021:

News in South Africa 11th May: 1. Third wave worse than projected: The detection of two new variants to our shores has shaken the foundation of the latest modelling on Covid-19 in SA. Top scientists take part in modelling Covid-19 so that the rest of us can get a sense of what to expect when, […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 10th May 2021:

News in South Africa 10th May: 1. New recycling levy: The City of Joburg (CoJ) wants to charge all “affluent” households a levy of R50 per month from July to fund its separation-at-source recycling programme. This proposal is part of its tariffs for 2021/2022 tabled in council in late March, with public comments closing on […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 7th May 2021:

News in South Africa 7th May: 1. Comprehensive vaccine plan: President Cyril Ramaphosa said that nearly 3,500 vaccination sites had already been accredited and that the logistics for a comprehensive roll-out campaign were in place. The government aims to vaccinate 67% of the population – more than 40 million adults – by the end of […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 6th May 2021:

News in South Africa 6th May: 1. Eskom winter struggles: Data published by Eskom this week shows that the utility has not been able to generate enough electricity to adequately meet peak evening demand. On Monday night it fell 254 megawatts (MW) short of peak demand at 6pm, and on Tuesday night it was 158MW […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 5th May 2021:

News in South Africa 5th May: 1. Unions striking water supply: Rand Water has given assurance that it’s highly unlikely water supply will be impacted if the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) goes on a protected strike – but a union representative says it’s a case of “wait and see”. Samwu has announced that […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 4th May 2021:

News in South Africa 4th May: 1. Warning over infection spikes: The Gauteng Health Department has issued a warning over a spike in Covid-19 infections in the province, highlighting cluster outbreaks in Vereeniging, parts of Tshwane, and parts of Johannesburg. Health authorities are urging people to continue obeying lockdown rules. This over fears of a […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 30th April 2021:

News in South Africa 30th April: 1. Municipalities could soon collapse: It’s almost clichéd to say SA’s municipalities are poorly run. Virtually every Ratings Afrika and Auditor-General survey reminds us of this. You see it with your eyes as you venture home over potholed roads, passing the street litter that is left to accumulate until […]

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