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McBride to testify at Zondo commission

11 April 2019 

 

The Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture is expected to continue on Thursday when head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) Robert McBride takes the stand.

Inquiry chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, postponed McBride's testimony on Monday because the commission's legal team failed to duly notify people McBride is likely to implicate in his testimony.
 

 

Business confidence at lowest level

10 April 2019 

 

Business confidence is at its lowest level this year, according to the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry's latest business confidence index.

The index dropped 1.6 points to 91.8 in March, the lowest level since the start of the year. The index was 95.1 in January and 93.4 in February.

The figure is also 5.8 points lower than the 97.6 reported in March last year.
 

 

Ramaphosa: We're hard at work keeping the lights on

10 April 2019
 

President Cyril Ramaphosa says that government is getting to the root of Eskom's troubles and is making headway in terms of keeping the lights on and turning the embattled power utility around.

Ramaphosa was addressing business leaders at a meeting at Beyerskloof Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on Tuesday.
 

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Legit tobacco companies’ tax records

 

10 April 2019 
 

Tobacco Institute of South Africa chair Francois van der Merwe has defended the institute’s member companies, saying none of its members have ever fallen foul of their tax obligations in South Africa.

Van der Merwe was speaking to Fin24 earlier this week after the Sunday Times reported that SARS was pursuing British American Tobacco South Africa for unpaid taxes.
 

Who will head the state capture prosecution directorate?

11 April 2019 
 

 

A shortlist of candidates who will potentially head up a new investigative directorate within the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), is currently being vetted for approval. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced during his State of the Nation address in February that the directorate would be established following a request from National Director of Public Prosecutions Shamila Batohi.
 

ARE FOREIGNERS STEALING YOUR JOBS AND HEALTHCARE? FIND OUT

A 'foreign threat’ could be a convenient boogeyman in an election season where politicians will face questions about their failures. Or not?

Last week, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi claimed in a speech at the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union’s (Nehawu) Nurses’ Summit that undocumented immigrants are flooding South Africa and overburdening clinics and hospitals.

When immigrants “get admitted in large numbers, they cause overcrowding, infection control starts failing”, he said.

Supreme Court of Appeal gets a new deputy president, five new judges

2 April 2019
 

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has a new deputy president in Xola Petse after the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Tuesday found that Petse — nominated for the post by President Cyril Ramaphosa — was suitable for appointment.

The JSC further recommended five candidates for appointment to the appeal court, with all the women candidates who were interviewed getting the nod.

Heneiken workers prepare to march against ‘sex for shifts’

4 April 2019
 

Heineken workers are preparing to march against sexual abuse at the beer giant’s Sedibeng brewery.

The Heineken Workers Forum announced this week that it will be marching against an alleged “sex for shifts” system playing out at the brewery.

“Women experience extreme violence because of these unequal power relations,” the statement reads. “Supervisors expect women to give sex for being scheduled in good shifts, get a better job or even just keep the job.
 

Lesufi ready to 'pounce'

4 April 2019
 

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Thursday said he battled to finish watching the video of a young child being beaten by her teacher as she forced the child to clean up her own vomit.

The 1.38-minute video has gone viral on social media. It shows the teacher lowering the denim jeans of the child before she gives her a couple of smacks on the buttocks.

The child, who is crying softly, looks up at the teacher as she continues to use a cloth to clean the small green plastic table in the classroom.
 

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