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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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 19th April 2021:

News in South Africa 19th April: 1. Restart of J&J rollout needed: Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has been urged to restart the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine rollout, with the local health regulator Sahpra saying that there are no significant risks with the vaccine. Parliament’s Health Portfolio Committee chair, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, is urging health Minister […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 13th April 2021:

News in South Africa 13th April: 1. RAF R300bil in debt: Civil group Outa says that government has completely lost control of the Road Accident Fund, which is R300 billion in debt and reportedly on the brink of collapse. The group noted that the fund has grown from R9 billion a year to R45 billion […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 16th March 2021:

News in South Africa 16th March: 1. Eskom owed R35.2bil by government: Eskom said municipalities owed it R35.2 billion and it wanted its money. The power utility presented the state of its systems at Megawatt Park on Monday. CEO Andre de Ruyter said illegal connections also threaten to cause explosions and fires due to overloading. “As […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 22nd February 2021:

News in South Africa 22nd February: 1. Tito’s Budget Speech this week: The week will be dominated by finance minister Tito Mboweni’s Budget 2021 on Wednesday. While government’s tax income was hit by the pandemic, including bans on cigarette and alcohol sales, there has been a surge in tax from mining companies – which is helping […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 27th January 2021:

News in South Africa 27th January: 1. Eskom debt repayments difficulties: Two recent court rulings have made it much more difficult for Eskom to leave paying municipal customers in the dark when cutting or restricting electricity supply to delinquent municipalities. While this will hinder Eskom’s efforts to collect more than R30 billion in outstanding municipal […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 22nd December 2020:

News in South Africa 22nd December: 1. 17 health facilities investigated – many challenges found: A shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE) and staff, poor hygiene and substandard ambulance services were the key challenges highlighted in a  public protector investigation into 17 public health facilities. On Monday, Adv Busi Mkhwebane released a report into investigations into several departments, including the health […]

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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 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 20th October 2020:

News in South Africa 20th October: 1. Eskom growing debt ignored: Three plans finalised in recent weeks that seek to revive SA’s weak economy have sidestepped a crucial Eskom matter: how to reduce the power utility’s crippling debt that is approaching R500-billion. The plans – all drafted with feedback from the government, business, labour, and […]

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