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Register to attend The Trialogue Business in Society Conference

Register to attend The Trialogue Business in Society Conference

16 & 17 April 2019 | The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg

 
Collaboration in education, presented in partnership with Old Mutual, will be profiled as a key theme this year, underscoring the importance, addressing the barriers and provide practical tips and implementation tools for how corporate, government and the non-profit sector can work together to realise equitable access to quality education in South Africa

You can look forward to:

Big polluter Eskom regularly exceeds air pollution limits – damning new report

A new international expert report commissioned by the Life After Coal campaign shows that pollution from nearly all of Eskom’s coal-fired power plants persistently and significantly violates the air pollution limits in its licences.

This is not only illegal, but also means that Eskom is continuously endangering the health and violating the human rights of millions of people affected by this pollution.

The international expert report was based on Eskom’s own monthly reports of the emissions from its coal power plants, which Eskom submitted to authorities.

Testing makes you stronger

Men continue to face multiple barriers when attempting to access HIV testing and prevention services in South Africa; this is according to Dr Jean Bassett, Director of non-profit organisation Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre. 

“We don’t think that enough is done to encourage men to access healthcare – it’s our mission to change this,” says Bassett. “We want to engage men in health issues that concern them, encouraging them to take preventative measures against HIV and Aids.”

The Council for Medical Schemes’ Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) Summit is set to focus on South Africa’s multi-billion-rand healthcare challenge

21 February 2019: South Africa: “With increased fraud, waste and abuse in healthcare costing the industry more than R22 billion per year, the need for a partnership-driven approach to tackling this cancerous challenge has now become urgent,” says Dr Sipho Kabane, Acting Chief Executive and Registrar of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS).
 
From 28 February to 1 March 2019, the CMS will host its inaugural Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) Summit at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Govt outlines tech hub aspirations

The South African government wants to make the country a leading ICT player in Africa, and is considering developing the continent's largest tech hub on home soil.

This was the word from small business development minister, Lindiwe Zulu, speaking at an engagement session with the creative industry in Johannesburg, under the theme: "Leveraging digital platforms for 4IR creatives".

According to Zulu, government is also exploring setting up a coding and programming academy, as well as co-working and co-creation spaces for the youth and start-ups in particular.

ICASA investigates possible non- compliance from Vodacom

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) has expressed concern and is engaging Vodacom regarding the telco's proposed data bundle carry-over charges set to be introduced on 1 March.

Vodacom has proposed to charge its customers up to R49 for its data bundle roll-over service. The operator proposes customers to be charged R5 to roll-over 100 megabytes (MB) in data, R12 to roll-over data between 100MB and 250MB, R19 to roll-over data between 250MB and 500MB and R29 for data between 500MB and 1GB.

Johannesburg's M2 highway closure delayed

 
28 February 2019 
 

It was too early to tell whether the closure of a section of the M2 highway would drastically affect traffic from Germiston to Johannesburg early on Thursday - as the planned closure did not go according to plan.

By 7.30am motorists were still driving from the east to the CBD on the section of road that was supposed to have been closed at 6am.

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba announced recently that a portion of the M2 would be closed in both directions from 6am on Thursday.

PIC director tells inquiry Mboweni told board to resign

26 February 2019 
 

A member of the Public Investment Corporation's board said on Tuesday that the board only offered to step down after it was instructed to do so by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni. 

Board member Dudu Hlatshwayo was giving evidence before the judicial commission of inquiry probing allegations of impropriety at the state-run asset manager. Her evidence contradicts what was said by board chair and deputy Finance Minister Mondli Gungubele on Monday.
 

Fedusa puts Dennis George on precautionary suspension over AYO deal

28 February 2019 
 

Trade union federation Fedusa announced on Thursday morning that it had placed its General Secretary, Dennis George, on precautionary suspension.

George had been placed on special leave on February 6. 

"This decision comes in the wake of allegations relating to the acquisition of shares in technology company, AYO Technology Systems," said the federation. 
 

Former finance minister, SANDF chief to testify at state capture inquiry

28 February 2019

Former finance minister Trevor Manuel and former SANDF chief General Siphiwe Nyanda are scheduled to testify before the Zondo commission into state capture on Thursday.

Last month, Zondo, who is chair of the commission, denied an application by the Gupta family's lawyer Mike Hellens to cross-examine Manuel.

This was the second time the family was denied opportunity to cross-examine witnesses.

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