Five Newsworthy Things in SA 2nd June 2021:

News in South Africa 2nd June: 1. Unemployment rate record high: The statisticians conclude that the unemployment rate in SA is still climbing and that according to the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) has reached the highest level since the introduction of the survey in 2008. The official unemployment rate increased to 32.6% in the […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 20th May 2021:

News in South Africa 20th May: 1. Retrenchments on the rise: In early 2020, insurance group Liberty was processing about 10 retrenchment claims a month. But five months after Covid-19 struck, that number increased six-fold. Liberty’s retrenchment claim statistics for 2020, released on Wednesday, give an indication of just how many people lost their jobs […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 21st April 2021:

News in South Africa 21st April: 1. Cape Town fires incur massive losses: The University of Cape Town (UCT) is without doubt the greatest victim of the Rhodes Memorial fire, though all staff and students escaped without harm. Western Cape government spokesperson James-Brent Styan said on Tuesday that six buildings on the UCT campus were […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 15th February 2021:

News in South Africa 15th February: 1. Johnson & Johnson vaccine approved: SA’s regulators have given Johnson and Johnson’s (J&J) Covid-19 vaccine the green light for a phase 3b trial in health-care workers, paving the way for the government to begin dispensing shots on Wednesday. This marks the start of South Africa’s vaccine rollout, with […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 12th February 2021:

News in South Africa 12th February: 1. SONA falls flat but TERS reinitiated: Opposition parties have described President Cyril Ramaphosa’s fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) as out of touch and out of ideas. Ramaphosa delivered little in the way of new plans in his address, focusing rather on reporting back on progress. For […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 10th February 2021:

News in South Africa 10th February: 1. Ratepayers have had enough: Rates and tax revolts are either underway or being contemplated by ratepayer associations fed up at being forced to pay rates and taxes to dysfunctional municipalities. They are called ‘tax diversions’ rather than revolts, and they’re of questionable legality, but several ratepayer associations are […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 9th February 2021:

News in South Africa 9th February: 1. Updated academic calendar released for schools: The Department of Basic Education has published the updated academic calendar for schools in South Africa for 2021. The amended calendar comes after the return of public schools was delayed by several weeks until 15 February, due to the impact of a […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 8th February 2021:

News in South Africa 8th February: 1. AstraZeneca ineffective against local Covid variant: The roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine to South Africa’s health workers has been temporarily halted following results showing low efficacy against the South African variant of the coronavirus. South African health workers will now receive the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 3rd February 2021:

News in South Africa 3rd February: 1. Calls for transparency with vaccine tenders: The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has sent a letter to the ministers of health and finance calling for open tender processes for the storage and distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine. The committee has requested the two ministers in the letter […]

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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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