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 6th July 2022:

News in South Africa 6th July: 1. Rand at same level as Covid peak: On Tuesday, the rand slumped to its weakest level against the dollar since 2020 as global investors took fright. In early evening trading, the rand was trading at R16.58/$, more than a percent weaker than on Monday. The rand was stronger […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 5th July 2022:

News in South Africa 5th July: 1. Planned petrol price changes: Director of fuel pricing mechanism at the Department of Energy, Robert Maake, says the government is working on several regulatory changes to address South Africa’s high petrol price. Speaking to radio station 702, Maake said this includes: The possible introduction of a price cap; A […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 6th April 2022:

1. PCR tests and travel issues: South Africa’s coronavirus-induced state of disaster has ended, but some transitional regulations remain, including rules on entering the country, which could complicate family holidays. This new phase sees an end to the state of disaster, announced on Monday night, and a transition to legislation within the National Health Act that deals […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 10th March 2022:

News in South Africa 10th March: 1. State of disaster continues: The South African government is considering extending the country-wide state of disaster, which was imposed in mid-March 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, regulating the movement of people, the size of social gatherings, curfews and introducing mandatory mask-wearing in public. Sources involved in […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 10th June 2021:

News in South Africa 10th June: 1. 8881 new Covid cases: The number of new Covid-19 cases in South Africa climbed by 8,881 on Wednesday (June 9), new data from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases shows. The NICD, a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, pointed to a 16.5% positivity testing rate, while […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 14th April 2021:

News in South Africa 14th April: 1. Vaccine rollout halted: South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccination plans have hit a new snag. The health ministry decided to halt the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine rollout after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made a similar decision. The FDA reported that six women developed blood clots after […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 19th November 2020:

News in South Africa 19th November: 1. Reserve Bank – interest rate decision today: The Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee will announce its interest rate decision later today. Most economists don’t expect a cut. South African interest rates have already been cut by 300 basis points since the start of the year – much more […]

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