Five Newsworthy Things in SA 5th December 2023:

News in South Africa 5th December: 1. Load shedding causing mass unemployment: Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa said over 800,000 South Africans stand to lose their jobs due to load-shedding. The Minister recently spoke to Eskom employees at Medupi Power Station, which recently experienced several breakdowns that plunged the company into elevated load-shedding levels. “When Medupi coughs, […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 20th October 2023:

News in South Africa 20th October: 1. Tax filing season starts: The first deadline for the 2023 tax filing season is Monday (23 October), when non-provisional taxpayers must submit their annual tax returns. Taxpayers with more complicated financial affairs or different income streams have until 24 January next year. Taxpayers who have been auto-assessed but […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 18th October 2023:

News in South Africa 18th October: 1. Water infrastructure collapse: South Africa’s deteriorating water infrastructure threatens to plunge the country into widespread social unrest as taps run dry in some of the country’s largest cities.  This is feedback from water expert and University of the Free State professor Dr Anthony Turton, who told Newzroom Afrika that “we […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 5th July 2023:

News in South Africa 5th July: 1. Severe water shortage: Experts are warning of a looming water crisis on a scale worse than load-shedding in South Africa as criminal syndicates have begun targeting water infrastructure to score tenders.  Professor Anthony Turton from the Centre for Environmental Management at the University of the Free State warned […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 29th May 2023:

News in South Africa 29th May: 1. Scam warning: While online and contactless payments have become the norm in South Africa, major banks are reminding consumers to be aware of common scams, as the number of victims of banking scams has seen an uptick in 2023. According to the South African Banking Risk Information Centre […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 19th May 2023:

News in South Africa 19th May: 1. Price of water has tripled in the past decade: While most of the attention has been on the skyrocketing cost of electricity, especially as load shedding has become a near-permanent feature of daily life, the price households are paying for water has increased by significantly more in the […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 10th March 2023:

News in South Africa 10th March: 1. Infrastructure collapsing under R79bn debt: By the end of December 2022, the total debt owed by around 100 municipalities to Eskom totalled R56.3 billion. Just 15 months prior, at the end of September 2021, total municipal debt to Eskom was R40.9 billion. That’s an increase of nearly 40% […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 17th November 2022:

News in South Africa 17th November: 1. Technical recession avoided: South Africa’s economy is likely to have averted a technical recession in the third quarter despite record power outages, key data indicates. Better-than-expected mining and manufacturing output are set to outweigh relatively soft retail sales data, suggesting Africa’s most industrialized economy returned to growth in […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 19th October 2022:

News in South Africa 19th October: 1. Gauteng – water shortage: South Africa’s major cities in the Gauteng Province – the country’s economic heartland – are experiencing major water shortages. In Johannesburg and Tshwane taps have run dry, with numerous areas experiencing intermittent supply while some areas have no water at all. The province has […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 6th October 2022:

News in South Africa 6th October: 1. Water restrictions kicking in: Rand Water has urged residents in Gauteng to implement water-saving strategies to avoid necessitating the move to higher stages of restrictions in the province. Large parts of Gauteng, including the major metropolitan municipalities of the City of Joburg, City of Tshwane and the City […]

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