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 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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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 23rd October 2020:

News in South Africa 23rd October: 1. Covid-19 cases rising: COVID-19 infections across the country are increasing, but in the Western Cape there seems to be some confusion over the rate of the increase. Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize said there’s been a 42-percent rise in the province while Premier Alan Winde says it’s less than 20-percent. The Western Cape […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 21st October 2020:

News in South Africa 21st October: 1. Travel restrictions hitting tourism: The government needs to do away with its high-risk list or so-called ‘red list’ of Covid-19 hotspot countries or face more chaos around international travel into South Africa. That’s the warning from major industry bodies the Tourism Business Council of South African (TBCSA) and […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 19th October 2020:

News in South Africa 19th October: 1. Nuclear power progress: The United States International Development Finance Corp pledged to support NuScale Power LLC, a US nuclear energy technology firm, to develop 2,500 megawatts of power in South Africa. South Africa’s government drafted an economic recovery plan in conjunction with business and labor groups several months […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 15th October 2020:

News in South Africa 15th October: 1. Economic recovery plan today: President Cyril Ramaphosa will today outline his economic recovery plan to pull South Africa out of the pits of the Covid-19 lockdown. The plan is the result of extensive deliberation between government and its social partners, including business and labour. He will present the […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 8th October 2020:

News in South Africa 8th October: 1. Pick n Pay warns of profit fall: Pick n Pay warned that its headline profit will fall by between 50% and 60% in the six months to end-August. Core retail sales – including food, groceries and general merchandise, but excluding liquor, clothing and tobacco – grew 8.7% year-on-year […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 7th October 2020:

News in South Africa 7th October: 1. Unions strike today: Union federations are expected to strike today, disrupting business and services across all sectors. The unions are protesting government’s failure to honour wage agreements, corruption and looting of state resources, and inadequate protections against Covid-19 in the workplace. Services such as health care and education […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 6th October 2020:

News in South Africa 6th October: 1. Health department under scrutiny: The Gauteng government is facing increasing scrutiny over its health infrastructure spend. The pressure is such that Premier David Makhura is reported to be planning a press conference on Thursday 8 October at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital to provide “a comprehensive update of all […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 5th October 2020:

News in South Africa 5th October: 1. Cosatu to strike from Wednesday: As the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) prepares to lead protests against corruption and other issues across the country this week, its leaders have dismissed suggestions that the action will be detrimental to the economy. Between April and June, 2.2 million South Africans […]

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