SA’s nuclear situation – a call for Necsa to be given new life

Koebrg nuclear plant in the Western Cape, SA

The South African Nuclear Corporation (Necsa), is staffed beyond capacity, waiting for a R9.3-billion nuclear build that is never coming. Quoted in Daily Maverick’s (DM) Monday online publication, it stated:  “It is loss-making, its liabilities probably outweigh its assets and it will run out of cash before its financial year-end.” It calls the nuclear situation in SA the biggest heist seen in post-apartheid South Africa,. Thanks to the efforts of Earthlife Africa and the Southern African Faith Communities Environmental Institute the Constitutional Court  in 2015 set aside the inter-governmental agreement…

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SAA in death throes as weekend deadline for its survival looms

SA Airways is dying after years of corruption and incompetence

Although no official announcement has been made, indications are that government could finally jettison the state-owned entity (SOE) which had suffered losses of more than R30-billion over the past 13 years. The formerly very successful and profitable SAA was established in 1934 and would be 86 years old on February 1. It is one of the oldest commercial airlines in the world. The dying airline had put nine of its aeroplanes up for sale, including Airbus passenger planes used on long-haul flights. According to Business Insider, some of the planes…

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Policeman nabbed as possible kingpin in rhino poaching near Rustenburg

Anti rhino poaching drives in SA

The war on rhino poachers continues successfully with another suspected rhino poacher arrested at a game lodge near Rustenburg  . The suspect has been identified as a police constable and has possible links to the rhino poaching incidents which had plagued Pilanesberg. The 33-year-old suspect was arrested during a Crime Intelligence Operation on Tuesday evening, January 14. Four suspects were caught who were allegedly in the process of poaching rhinos at a Game Lodge in Boitekong, near Rustenburg, according to a SAPS statement. Three managed to escape into the surrounding…

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South African Travelers to Pay More for Schengen Visa to Visit Europe

New Schengen visa rules for travelers from SA to Europe

As from next month South Africans will pay a fee of €80 (R1440) instead of €60 when applying for a Schengen Visa from South Africa. (At R18 per Euro) The increase also affects children, who will now have to pay €40 (R720) instead of €35, as it is currently. South Africans will also be subjected to several changes in terms of visa application procedures, rules and benefits, starting from February. Due to the implementation of the Updated Schengen Visa Code, adopted by the EU Council in June 2019, all representative…

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SA vd England – Proteas battle on

2020 England vs SA cricket test

According to Daily Maverick’s sports writer, there is more life in a morgue than the St George’s Park pitch which greeted South Africa and England on the first day of the third Test on Thursday, Jan 15. Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada and Rassie van der Dussen saved the day as captain Faf (no not the one with the flagged underpants) battled on. Go boys, with threats of junk status becoming REAL, we need all the good news we can get!

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Grade 8 pupil from prestigious school gone missing during orientation camp

Boy went missing during orientation camp in North West SA

A Grade 8 boy at Parktown Boys’ High School, who  attending an orientation camp at a lodge near Brits in North West had been missing since Thursday morning following a water activity. The school issued a statement this morning (Friday) stating that the Grade 8 group arrived at camp on Wednesday. “On Thursday morning, it was realised that a boy had gone missing from the camp. Emergency procedures had been instituted by camp management and are being assisted by members of the local community and the SAPS Emergency Services,” according…

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Shoprite loses appeal against Consumer Tribunal for reckless lending – Fined R1 million

Shoprite fined R1 million by National Consumer Tribunal for reckless lending

Shoprite Investments Limited (Shoprite) had lost its appeal against the National Consumer Tribunal’s ruling that it recklessly granted credit. The retail giant’s appeal was dismissed with costs by the Pretoria High Court. The National Credit Regulator (NCR) identified deficiencies in Shoprite Investments Limited’s (Shoprite) affordability assessment processes and established that Shoprite was likely granting credit recklessly to some consumers,” according to Nomsa Motshegare, CEO of the NCR. A full investigation into Shoprite’s affordability assessment and credit granting practices was then carried out, which culminated in the NCR launching a referral…

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AmaBhungana dishes the dirt on Deloitte’s dirty deals at Eskom

Logo of international auditing firm Deloitte which is being investigated for sorrupt deals with Eskom

This saga had been ongoing with Eskom accusing the auditing giant of “pure corruption” In a case of the pot calling the kettle black, a Gupta-linked auditor and an amount of R207 million are now part of the series of mishaps. Daily Marverick’s investigative arm, AmaBhungane, this week shared the story of Deloitte receiving R207-million worth of consulting work from Eskom through a process that just resigned chairman, Jabu Mabuza, described as difficult to conceive of anything “less fair, equitable, transparent or competitive”. Of course, paramount in the story are…

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Cop harasses journalists at court

SA Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo

From a press release: The South African National Editors’ Forum condemns in strongest terms the SAPS official who barred journalists from using electronic devices, including laptops and taking pictures inside the Durban Commercial Crimes court during the appearance of former Ethekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede yesterday (Wednesday Jan 15). The case was adjourned to 16 April 2020. Gumede and her co-accused, are implicated in a 2016 R208-million Durban Solid Waste tender contract, which has now increased to R389-million. SANEF had heard that the officer told journalists they were not allowed to…

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DionWired and Masscash (SA Massmart) to close stores, thousands of jobs on line

MassMart store in SA to close many shops

Massmart, the South African unit of Walmart Inc is in the process of closing its 23-store DionWired chain and its 11 Masscash wholesale outlets. Almost 1 500 workers would lose their jobs. The Massmart Group said  it concerns underperforming stores in its portfolio. It has commenced a consultation process with labour unions and other stakeholders about the possible store closures and jobs cuts.

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