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Should you believe the latest smoking figures from this tobacco-funded non-profit

5 December 2018

In October, a tweet by the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World says so: “49% of men and 34.1% of women in South Africa smoke, but only 51% of smokers have heard of vapo[u]r products. We must raise awareness around harm reduction.”

But is it true? A reader asked Africa Check to verify South Africa’s share of smokers. Data from a global smoking poll

NSFAS receives 400 000 new funding applications

4 December 2018

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has received more than 400 000 new funding applications for its 2019 cycle, Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor said on Tuesday.

“The final decision will of course be made once we know that you have passed your National Senior Certificate, that you are admitted to an approved programme, and that you are registered,” Pandor said at a briefing in Cape Town.

NSFAS will finalise the approved students by the end of January, who will get a split of its R32-billion budget.

Shaun Abrahams wishes new NPA boss 'well'

5 December 2018

Former national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) Shaun Abrahams has wished his newly appointed successor, Shamila Batohi, well, the Sowetan reported on Wednesday

Abrahams is overseas and spoke to the publication via telephone just after Batohi's appointment was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday.

Abrahams reportedly said he had worked with Batohi when she was in charge of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in KwaZulu-Natal.

Load shedding yet another challenge for SA's weak growth

5 December 2018

Load shedding may have a negative impact on the year's economic growth, analysts have warned.

Statistics South Africa on Tuesday released third quarter GDP figures, which reflects growth of 2.2%. This effectively means the economy has exited the technical recession.

Analysts have welcomed the rebound but have warned that the year's growth will still remain weak. Fourth quarter GDP particularly will be impacted by load shedding, which has recently been implemented by power utility Eskom

Tech companies pledge big at Global Citizen Festival

3 December 2018

Tech and telecoms companies including Cisco, Vodacom, HP, Accenture and Intel made big pledges to the Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100 over the weekend.

On 2 December, Global Citizen brought together its largest contingency of heads of state, dignitaries, a group of the world's most talented artists and influencers, and thousands of global citizens to celebrate the centenary of late struggle icon and former president Nelson Mandela.

Young SA researchers head to France

30 November 2018  

Two grade 11 learners from Carnarvon High School in the Northern Cape will represent SA at the International Student-Teacher Conference in Nice, France.

Amy-Lee Visagie and Chrislin de Koker were selected after winning the National Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP) competition for their research on astronomy tourism.

Their research, which looked at how the Southern African Large Telescope and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope contribute to local communities, was completed with the help of the National Research.

Minister beefs up cyber security education

3 December 2018

Communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has committed to educating South Africans about cyber threats.

Ndabeni-Abrahams kicked-off a cyber-security awareness campaign in Eersterust in Pretoria, aimed at making sure communities are aware of the dos and don'ts of the Web.

"We want to make sure our people are safe and it has to start with the platforms that they communicate with. We have therefore made a conscious decision to work with everyone to make sure we can spread the message of some of the disadvantages of the Internet."

WCape on course to connect 6.6m residents

30 November 2018

The Western Cape Government (WCG) has joined forces with Liquid Telecom SA to increase free public WiFi hotspots in that province from 178 to 1 600.

The Pan-African communications solutions provider will also upgrade the Western Cape's existing public WiFi services network.

The partnership, according to WCG, marks a significant step in its efforts to provide free public Internet access to its 6.6 million residents.

'Greedy' city official pocketed R439k meant for poor litter-pickers

Public health official Pumeza Schumacher, who stole hundreds of thousands of rands meant for litter-pickers to clean Nelson Mandela Bay wards, will have to wait until December 6 to be sentenced.

The former community liaison officer, who is out on bail, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud and was convicted immediately in September.

She stole money to the tune of R439,398 over four years.
 

Women earn over 28% less than men in South Africa

29 November 2018 

The gender pay gap currently sits at 20%, according to the 2018/2019  Global Wage Report

The report, which covers 70 countries and about 80% of the wage employees worldwide, showed that women, on average, earn 20% less than men based on monthly earnings.

According to the report, South Africa has a mean gender pay gap of 28.6% among the 70 countries, with different economic standings.

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