Five Newsworthy Things in SA 4th May 2022:

News in South Africa 4th May: 1. Economic risks of Covid resurgence: While the Covid-19 risk has diminished in South Africa, it has not disappeared, and a resurgence of cases in recent weeks could weigh on the economy this year, say economists at Absa bank. “New Covid-19 cases are again on the rise, with the […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 31st March 2022:

News in South Africa 31st March: 1. Motion of no confidence fails: The Democratic Alliance (DA)’s motion of no confidence in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet has failed in the National Assembly. After a lengthy roll-call voting process, members of Parliament completed voting with more than half of those present voting against the motion. Deputy Speaker […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 30th March 2022:

News in South Africa 30th March: 1. Covid-19 deaths under-reported: The national Department of Health, in what appears to be a significant departure from its previous position, admitted this week that government may be under-reporting deaths from Covid-19.  Previously, the department was apparently dismissive of compelling research that showed significant excess deaths – a higher […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 5th January 2022:

News in South Africa 5th January: 1. Companies named in state capture: Zondo’s report on state capture “will consist of manageable volumes” to deal with different state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to “enable anyone who wishes to read a part of the report that relates to a specific SOE or topic to take the particular volume and […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 21st December 2021:

News in South Africa 21st December: 1. Covid – cases drop but deaths rise: South Africa’s daily coronavirus cases almost halved amid a fourth wave of infections fueled by the omicron variant. The country recorded 8,515 new infections in the past 24 hours, data from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases showed Monday. That’s a […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 23rd November 2021:

News in South Africa 23rd November: 1. Fourth Covid wave creeping in: Wits University vaccinologist Prof Shabir Madhi says that South Africa is in the early stages of a Covid-19 resurgence and warns that the fourth wave of infections will likely hit different parts of the country at different times. The fourth wave is starting, […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 12th November 2021:

News in South Africa 12th November: 1. Budget speech receives mixed reviews: Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s Medium-term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) has received mixed reaction, with some opposition parties welcoming his stance on government spending. Tabling his statement, Godongwana said that consolidated government spending was expected to increase over three years. But he announced no […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 15th September 2021:

News in South Africa 15th September: 1. Mass exodus of professionals: South Africa’s tax base is steadily declining as more of the country’s skilled professionals look overseas for greener pastures, says Izak Smit, chief executive of the Professional Provident Society (PPS). In an interview with BusinessDay, Smit said that the loss of these workers will not only […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 14th September 2021:

News in South Africa 14th September: 1. No deaths from vaccine side effects: The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) and the Department of Health (DoH) claimed in a webinar on Monday that no one in South Africa has died as a direct result of receiving a Covid-19 vaccine to date. However, Sahpra says […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 18th August 2021:

News in South Africa 18th August: 1. Covid one of the biggest killers in SA: An estimated 220,000 people may have died from Covid-19 in South Africa, statistics suggest, but as of Tuesday the official death toll – from confirmed coronavirus infections that ended in death – is 77,440. That now makes Covid-19 both a bigger killer […]

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