Five Newsworthy Things in SA 13th May 2021:

News in South Africa 13th May: 1. Economy cannot survive another lockdown: Businesses have warned that South Africa’s economy cannot afford stricter lockdown measures, after reports of health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirming that the country is “For all intents and purposes…in a third-wave”. The minister this week remarked that several areas in the country […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 7th May 2021:

News in South Africa 7th May: 1. Comprehensive vaccine plan: President Cyril Ramaphosa said that nearly 3,500 vaccination sites had already been accredited and that the logistics for a comprehensive roll-out campaign were in place. The government aims to vaccinate 67% of the population – more than 40 million adults – by the end of […]

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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 25th March 2021:

News in South Africa 25th March: 1. Repo rate decision today: The Reserve Bank is expected to make a rates announcement today, with expectations that rates will be held at current levels of 3.5%. Yesterday, CPI inflation for February came in at 2.9% – below the bank’s target zone, and the lowest rate since June […]

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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 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 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 2nd March 2021:

News in South Africa 2nd March: 1. Unions aim high with wage demands: Union insiders stated that the decision by public-sector unions to publicly share details of this year’s wage demands was a desperate move to appear active to disgruntled members who were resigning in droves. In a pre-emptive unprecedented move, unions on Monday revealed they […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 25th February 2021:

News in South Africa 25th February: 1. Budget speech – response largely positive: he response to National Treasury’s 2021 budget has been broadly positive, with analysts praising the finance minister for sticking to his guns on cutting spending, while dropping plans to raise more taxes. However, it has not been without controversy, particularly from the […]

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