Five Newsworthy Things in SA 23rd April 2021:

News in South Africa 23rd April: 1. Union vs govt war possibility: As unions wait for government to respond to public wage demands today, there is a view from leaders that a ‘war’ with government is unavoidable at this stage. The union said it’s left confused as to why Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu would […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 22nd April 2021:

News in South Africa 22nd April: 1. Renewed surge of infections globally: The renewed surge in Covid-19 infections is threatening to further divide the world economy between the rich and poor, potentially damaging overall global growth if the fresh outbreaks spread or if key sources of demand falter. More people were diagnosed with Covid-19 last […]

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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 12th April 2021:

News in South Africa 12th April: 1. Sugar tax a success: Three years ago South Africa introduced Africa’s first major tax on sugar-sweetened beverages based on grams of sugar. The tax now stands at about 11% of the price per litre. The impact was assessed in recently published research. It was found that the health […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 24th March 2021:

News in South Africa 24th March: 1. Third wave closer than expected: Experts from the Nelson Mandela University in the Eastern Cape have warned that their statistical modelling shows that the third wave of Covid-19 could hit even sooner than expected – now projecting an increase in infections at the end of March and early […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 23rd March 2021:

News in South Africa 23rd March: 1. Government vaccine rollout too slow: The private sector is getting impatient with government’s slow rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine, with many attempting – and failing – to secure their own doses for employees and their families, meeting with a lot of red tape. Government has managed to only […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 12th March 2021:

News in South Africa 12th March: 1. Eskom will not be privatised: Government has no intention to privatise power utility Eskom, said Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. The minister was addressing a debate on the privatisation of Eskom during a mini-plenary session of the National Assembly on Thursday. “There is much work to be done […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 11th March 2021:

News in South Africa 11th March: 1. Third wave a certainty: As health officials warn that South Africa is likely to miss its vaccination targets, it is almost a certainty that the country is going to face a third wave of Covid-19. Medical experts have warned that the slow rollout of Covid vaccines in the […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 10th March 2021:

News in South Africa 10th March: 1. Ratings agencies doubtful of budget targets: Ratings agencies doubt that finance minister Tito Mboweni will meet his 2021 budget targets, highlighting the various challenges faced by South Africa in trying to stabilise its debt. Mboweni said that South Africa’s debt-to-GDP ratio will peak at 88.9% in 2023, down […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 5th March 2021:

News in South Africa 5th March: 1. One year of Covid-19 in South Africa: Today marks one year since the first case of Covid-19 was reported in South Africa, with health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize saying that despite difficulties, the country has remained resilient during the pandemic. However, he warned that the pandemic wasn’t something […]

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