Five Newsworthy Things in SA 28th May 2021:

News in South Africa 28th May: 1. Karpowership fights back: Karpowership SA has fired back at claims that its potential R225-billion power supply deal with Eskom is tainted by corruption. Explosive allegations were made by DNG Power Holdings, a rival bidder in the government’s Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMI4P), in a court […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 12th May 2021:

News in South Africa 12th May: 1. Beitbridge border tender: The department of public works and infrastructure told the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) on Tuesday that plans were afoot to issue tenders as part of solutions to adequately fence and secure the country’s borders. This follows the dismal failure of the 40km razor […]

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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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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 24th February 2021:

News in South Africa 24th February: 1. Budget speech at 14:00 today: Finance minister Tito Mboweni will deliver the 2021 budget this afternoon at 14h00. Analysts and economists are not hopeful of any significant strides in turning the South African economy around, given tight budgetary constraints and little wiggle room on both the revenue and […]

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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 19th February 2021:

News in South Africa 19th February: 1. Third Covid wave coming: As South Africa settles down from the second wave of Covid-19, government officials and health experts are all expecting a third wave to hit the country in winter. “There is no question that the second wave caught much of the world and certainly South […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 15th February 2021:

News in South Africa 15th February: 1. Johnson & Johnson vaccine approved: SA’s regulators have given Johnson and Johnson’s (J&J) Covid-19 vaccine the green light for a phase 3b trial in health-care workers, paving the way for the government to begin dispensing shots on Wednesday. This marks the start of South Africa’s vaccine rollout, with […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 10th February 2021:

News in South Africa 10th February: 1. Ratepayers have had enough: Rates and tax revolts are either underway or being contemplated by ratepayer associations fed up at being forced to pay rates and taxes to dysfunctional municipalities. They are called ‘tax diversions’ rather than revolts, and they’re of questionable legality, but several ratepayer associations are […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 4th February 2021:

News in South Africa 4th February: 1. 3.1 Million vaccines from Covax: South Africa is expected to get another 3.1 million doses of the Coronavirus vaccine in the first half of this year. COVAX has announced that around 2.8-billion jabs from AstraZeneca and 117,000 from Pfizer should be made available to South Africa. That is if the vaccines are […]

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