Bright star in cabinet dies in vehicle accident

Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources, Bavelile Hlongwa,  tragically lost her life in a motor vehicle accident on Friday the 13th. This young woman (38) was a beacon of hope and representative of what all hope for, no matter colour or religion. The Presidency had also sent out a statement lamenting her death. This once again proved, as Alec Hogg in Business Insider pointed out, that a vehicle driver in South Africa (SA) has a 23 times higher chance of dying on our roads than those in Britain where there are…

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Prasa (SA Rail) – no insurance cover – almost no rail cars after arson

Cash-strapped Prasa has been operating without risk insurance cover on R3bn worth of its assets for the past six months, exposing commuters to another risk calamity while executives cruise in luxurious vehicles. The operational meltdown decimating the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) continues unabated, with at least one major risk insurance house cancelling its cover to the embattled state-owned enterprise (SOE) as crime and arson take its toll on Prasa’s assets across the country. Among the assets running without insurance cover for the past six months are two…

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Too few doctors in state hospital

Doctor shortage in Kwa-Zulu reaches crisis levels – DA In what could have been an article about the health situation in many governmental hospitals in the country, the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) spokesperson for Health, Dr Rishigen Viranna, told media that the doctor shortage had now reached crisis levels in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Members of the party were not allowed to carry out an inspection at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Phoenix after numerous complaints were received from patients and staff regarding the situation. Especially the out-patients and casualty departments were…

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Carmen le Grange to turn Denel around

South Africa’s former pride of the nation’s defense firm, Denel, named Carmen le Grange, a private chartered accountant as new chief financial officer (CFO) to improve corporate governance and return it to profitability. Denel recorded a 1.76 billion rand loss  last year and is among several state-owned enterprises (SEO’s) relying on regular government bailouts. The state of this SEO became so dire that staff could not be paid. Denel’s chief executive officer, Danie du Toit, said it was expected that Le Grange would turn around the financial situation and restored…

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Farmer in Limpopo wins case against government

A “landmark” case has been won by a 78-year-old Limpopo farmer who has leased his land from the government for almost two decades, despite an agreement in 2003 that it would be sold to him. The decision could have far-reaching effects for thousands of small scale farmers who have been stymied by the government’s inaction over land. David Rakgase had been farming on Nooitgedacht in Limpopo for almost 30 years, aleasing the small farm from the previous and ANC governments since April 1991, according to a statement by the Democratic…

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Panic over pension attachment to fund SA state expenditure

The mere suggestion that the government is considering attaching a portion of South Africa’s pension pool to fund state expenditure has inspired panic. And those with money are diverting their green backs to safer shores. For those without so much to lose, hiding the money under the mattress is starting to sound like a good idea.  South Africans, either directly or via institutions which invest on their behalf, have been investing a portion of their savings abroad since 1994 when foreign exchange control restrictions were first eased. The South African…

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SA fruit on show in Hong Kong

Tumelo waga Dibakwane South African will promote fresh produce at Asia Expo A group of twenty-two South African companies, led by the Department of Trade and Industry  (dti) will fly to Hong Kong this weekend to promote local fresh produce and services at  Fruit Logistica Asia, a trade show in Hong Kong from 4-6 September 2019. This annual trade show focuses on fresh, unprocessed fruit and vegetables and the related value chain, offering an opportunity to establish new business contacts. Global key players attend this event. The Deputy Minister of…

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HIV patients in SA are dying because a medicine is not registered in country

In the time before HIV treatment, a crypto-coccal meningitis diagnosis was a death sentence for AIDS patients. Today, with access to anti-retrovirals and anti-fungal medicine, more patients are surviving – but not enough. It is still the second leading killer of people with HIV. A local screening programme is trying to plug the gap and catch the infection before it becomes deadly. But the gold-standard treatment, with the potential to save many more lives, is not registered in South Africa – or any African country. Crypto-coccal meningitis  is an infection…

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Gov’s new plan to create more than 1 million jobs in decade

The South African National Treasury released a discussion document which outlines steps that could bolster growth and address unemployment. The proposed interventions, which include plans to make petrol cheaper and encourage new banks and supermarkets, could raise average GDP growth by 2.3& points over ten years and create just over one million jobs, Treasury says. Even more jobs and stronger economic growth could be expected if SA relaxed immigration measures to attract more skilled workers, it added. Read more on Business Insider about this plan – https://www.businessinsider.co.za/economic-policy-2019-8

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Government to crack down on employers with low BEE

No more self-regulation by employers said SA government. The latest report said  companies are still not training and up skilling black people to the extent that was expected. A bill will now be introduced in Parliemanet to regulate poor BEE performance. Menial jobs were offered, according to the 2018 BEE report and as far as employment equity was concerned, black workers were not promoted to managerial and top positions and “we will now enforce it,” said Employment Equity Commission (EEC) chair, Tabea Kabinda. (Does this mean white business owners can…

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