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Ramaphosa to unveil economic stimulus package on Friday

Thursday 20 September 2018 - 11:00

President Cyril Ramaphosa will unveil a stimulus package that he hopes will kick-start South Africa’s lagging economy on Friday morning. 

Cabinet has signed off on the measures, which they hope will reignite economic growth, said Minister of Communications Nomvula Mokonyane on Thursday morning.

She was briefing the media on the outcomes of a Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday. 

Don’t Forget to Stay Hydrated This Season

Summer is slowly making its way back into our lives. We no longer have to go to bed with six layers of blankets and our cheeks are beginning to return to a colour that isn’t translucent. But now that the sun has returned, many of us will get back into our outdoor hobbies and spend more time honing our ‘bikini bodies’, and it’s vitally important to remember to refill our water-bottles. Staying hydrated in summer is critical for a number of reasons.
 

Technology and mentoring key in UFS approach to learner success

The University of the Free State (UFS) has been changing the lives of high school learners through its Internet Broadcast Project (IBP). The project was established in 2011, with the vision of taking quality education to all learners across the Free State province, regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds.

Africa’s debt to China is complicated

President Cyril Ramaphosa assured South Africans this week that the government was not in the habit of “handing over the assets of our country to other nations [or] to other entities outside of our country”.

The state “has not sold the soul of South Africa to the highest bidder”, he promised, in reply to a question in the National Council of Provinces about the details of a R33-billion loan from the China Development Bank (CDB) to embattled power utility Eskom.

You are allowed to smoke - and grow - dagga at home

18 September 2018 - 10:35

The Constitutional Court has found that the ban on the private use and cultivation of dagga at a private home is unconstitutional.

The unanimous judgment decriminalises adults smoking dagga at home and growing enough marijuana for personal consumption.

But the highest court in the land said clearly marijuana was not allowed to be smoked publicly. Dealing is still illegal.

Moerane Commission Report

17 Sep 2018 11:24

The long-awaited report of the Moerane Commission into the killing of political office bearers in KwaZulu-Natal will finally be made public by provincial Premier Willies Mchunu this week.

While the release comes at a time when police have made some breakthroughs in investigating the killings, which have escalated since 2015, it also comes against the backdrop of the assassination of two political activists in the past two weeks.

The new draft expropriation law

 
Sep 18 2018 07:25 

A new expropriation bill, set to be tabled in Parliament in the next two months, will set out a clear procedure for land expropriation without compensation and ensure it is an “administratively just process”, according to Deputy Minister of Public Works Jeremy Cronin.

Earlier this month a draft expropriation law was withdrawn from Parliament to make way for a new bill that will set out a system of expropriation based on the ANC’s decision to amend the Constitution to allow for more muscular land reform.

State Capture and Banks

2018-09-17 05:16

The judicial commission of inquiry into state capture is on Monday expected to hear evidence from representatives of banks that were involved in the closure of Gupta related bank accounts.

In 2016, the country's big four banks decided to close Gupta owned bank accounts after they detected several suspicious transactions.

So far, six witnesses have testified.

Massive petrol hikes affect every consumer

Sep 17 2018 07:57

South Africa finds itself caught in an almost perfect storm on two major interconnected issues – a substantially weaker currency and the considerably more expensive price of oil. And both sides of this equation are problematic, as they both feed off each other in a vicious cycle.

As a net importer of fuel, South Africa is facing immense pressure. Massive petrol hikes affect every consumer, business and the broader trade linkages across the country's economy.

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