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 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 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 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 19th March 2021:

News in South Africa 19th March: 1. Third wave could lead to credit downgrade: South Africa’s finance minister said on Thursday that a third wave of the coronavirus could destabilise the government’s efforts to control its finances and avoid a further downgrade of the country’s sovereign rating. Two of the top three rating agencies – […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 18th March 2021:

News in South Africa 18th March: 1. Eskom costs keep rising: New research from the CSIR revealed that Eskom produced less electricity in 2020 than it did in 2010, but the cost to produce this electricity has tripled. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) recently released its annual statistics on power generation in […]

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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 17th February 2021:

News in South Africa 17th February: 1. Johnson & Johnson vaccines arrive: South Africa has received the first delivery of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines at OR Tambo International Airport last night. The consignment will be moved to a secure facility in Gauteng before being distributed overnight to the various vaccine centres in all provinces […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 29th January 2021:

News in South Africa 29th January: 1. Eskom to collect R6 billion from customers: Eskom has announced that the price of electricity in South Africa will increase from 1 April 2021. This is as a result of three decisions made by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), which Eskom said will bring electricity […]

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