Five Newsworthy Things in SA 26th July 2022:

News in South Africa 26th July: 1. The ‘real’ value of the rand: The Economist has updated its Big Mac Index for mid-2022, showing how the rand continues to be one of the most undervalued currencies globally, relative to the US dollar. The Big Mac Index is an initiative created by The Economist that aims […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 18th May 2022:

News in South Africa 18th May: 1. Sanral cancels R17.47bil in tenders: The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has cancelled adjudicated tenders to the value of R17.47 billion in the past week, throwing the sustainability and viability of South Africa’s civil engineering industry into doubt. The tender for the Eastern Cape’s new Mtentu River […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 10th May 2022:

News in South Africa 10th May: 1. Load shedding continues: Eskom said you should anticipate more power cuts this week as the increase in electricity demand is overwhelming its system, especially during peak hours. The embattled power utility implemented stage 2 load shedding Monday evening after its generation units tripped. “At the same time, a […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 3rd March 2022:

News in South Africa 3rd March: 1. UN condemns Russian invasion: The UN General Assembly on Wednesday overwhelmingly adopted a resolution that “demands” Russia “immediately” withdraw from Ukraine, in a powerful rebuke of Moscow’s invasion by a vast majority of the world’s nations. After more than two days of extraordinary debate which saw the Ukrainian […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 28th February 2022:

News in South Africa 28th February: 1. SA patching up relations with Russia: South Africa has scrambled to patch up relations with Russia after International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor issued an unusually strong statement calling on Russia to withdraw from Ukraine.  President Cyril Ramaphosa was reported by the Sunday Times to be unhappy with the […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 22nd December 2021:

News in South Africa 22nd December: 1. Warning over crime spike during holidays: While many law-abiding South Africans are taking a break from the hustle and bustle of their typical work routines at this time of the year, it is essential to remember that some criminals won’t be relaxing over the festive season. The holiday […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 8th December 2021:

News in South Africa 8th December: 1. Mandatory vaccines debated: The debate around mandatory vaccinations is polarising citizens and businesses alike, with a growing number of people, groups and organisations voicing their support or opposition to the policies. The National Economic Development and Labour Council has come out in support of the mandates, joining business […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 22nd November 2021:

News in South Africa 22nd November: 1. Vaccine certificates for local use only: It will take some time before South Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination certificates can be available for use abroad. That’s the word from Acting Director-General at the health department, Dr Nicholas Crisp. This follows complaints from some people that their certificates aren’t accepted in certain countries […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 16th November 2021:

News in South Africa 16th November: 1. Growing debt problems: The latest debt index from DebtBusters shows that South African consumers are falling further into financial trouble as people turn to unsecured credit to supplement their paycheques. The group’s third-quarter enquiries show that debt counselling increased by 17% compared to a year ago. Many consumers […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 26th October 2021:

News in South Africa 26th October: 1. Electricity prices to soar: Eskom has warned that household electricity bills will increase significantly if energy regulator Nersa’s proposals for drastic changes in the way Eskom’s tariffs are determined are accepted. Other stakeholders are equally critical of Nersa’s proposals. Nersa published a discussion paper about its proposals on […]

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