Good News for Business Owners

Chris Yelland and Mariam Isa Business Maverick South Africa’s government, energy regulator and Eskom have often been criticised for obstructing the introduction of distributed, small-scale embedded generation products(SSEG) which would help businesses to cut costs and ensure the stability of their power supply during load shedding. But in fact, there are significant and far-sighted tax breaks which have been put in place by National Treasury to encourage  business owners to install their own generation in the form of grid-tied, rooftop or ground-mounted solar PV systems on buildings, parking lots, warehouses,…

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Boks in nail-biting victory

The Springboks always said when they lost, “but we learnt a lot.” This time trainer Rassie Erasmus said “it was nice to learn while winning.” The team beat Argentinia 24-18 over the weekend. The win means the Boks leave at the end of the month for the Rugby World Cup in Japan. According to Erasmus, 31 players will be chosen from a group of 37.  

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Training of SA doctors in Cuba costs double that of local training

Jack Bloom, Shadow Health MEC for the Democratic Alliance (DA) said in a statement that the South African government pays more than R300 000 to have one doctor trained in Cuba. To train a doctor in SA would cost R150 000. The MEC for Gauteng Health, Bandile Masuku, acknowledged this to question in the Legislature. Masuku defended the extra expense because “Cuba trains students who find it difficult to be accepted in South African universities. Masuku furthermore said that the students are trained in a system producing better health outcomes…

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A cure for HIV, smallpox and genetic diseases?

Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, or CRISPR for short forms part of a new ground-breaking gene-editing technology, known as CRISPR-Cas9. Many developments to CRISPR technology have occurred in recent years bringing unprecedented medical advancements as well as ethics debates. CRISPR technology is being used to correct genetic mutations in specific areas of the human genome. The genome is an organism’s complete set of DNA, including all of the genes. The specific CRISPR tool of importance is CRISPR-Cas9, a genome-editing tool which can find genetic code and the Cas9 protein…

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Petrol price up again in September

Definitely taking the bloom out of Spring, the Automobile Association (AA) predicts that the petrol price will once again rise next month and warns that it will get worse as the temperature rises. The expectation is that fuel will rise by 11c a litre and in an eye opening article on Fin24, it is explained how much petrol your salary will be able to buy. Illuminating paraffin, which is used in poor households,  is expected to rise by 12 cents and diesel tops the list with an increase of 16c/litre.…

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Solidarity to fight NHI

Solidarity announced  that it is considering all avenues to fight the damaging effects the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI) will have. Morné Malan, Senior Researcher at the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI) explained: “The NHI in its current format is heading for an unquestionable disaster. All medical practitioners, taxpayers and South African citizens will be affected negatively by this. Therefore, we undertake to use all resources at our disposal to combat the impact of it.” Solidarity will provide input at any public participation process to address the bill’s shortcomings…

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TLU SA supports destitute farmers with Farmhouse Register

TLU SA has started a Farmhouse Register to support farmers in need of housing. A register of empty, habitable farmhouses will be kept in order for destitute farmers to find a temporary home. “It is a given that many farmers are in the process of eviction,” says Mr Van der Westhuizen. “It is also a given that no-one can fight against the forces of nature or have indemnity against natural disasters. Disasters can hit any farmer, big or small, with devastating effects. According to a press release, “TLU SA is…

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FS Gov Dept eats its own agri livestock meant for research

Free State Department of Agriculture eating their own livestock Dr Roy Jankielsohn – DA MPL and Leader of the Official Opposition in the Free State Provincial Legislature The Free State Provincial government is eating the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s livestock. In a reply to a question in the Free State Legislature the MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr William Bulwane, indicated that 178 cattle to the value of R815 200 had been donated for catering at various government events, farewell functions for MEC’s, funerals of needy families…

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Empowering business people will create more jobs in Musina(Limpopo)

Arming the Musina entrepreneurs with skills, knowledge and information that will enable them to export their products to international markets will result in them creating many job opportunities. This was said by the Chief Whip of the Musina Local Municipality, Councillor Festus Mafela. He was delivering a speech at the Export Awareness Seminar that was hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (Ledet) at the Nwanedi Agricultural Office at Madimbo near Musina.  More than a hundred…

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Illegal dumping is taking on dangerous proportions

Tumelo Waga Dibakwane ILLEGAL dumping is taking such preposterous proportions that residents of Sand River near Hazyview are now appealing to the government to intervene. The robust spilling of waste into rivers and streams have become so bad that people can no longer use the water to wash their clothes, dishes or to cleanse people during rituals, residents say. People living in the area claim that the Nkambeni River is also badly contaminated due to illegal dumping. They also complained about the bad smell that emanates from the river. Sand…

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