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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.

Durban university wins court challenge to ban protesting students

21 February 2019

he Durban high court has granted the Durban University of Technology (DUT) a temporary interdict barring students from protesting near any of their campuses.
The university filed the urgent interdict on Wednesday against 22 respondents including the university's entire SRC, the EFF Student Command as well as all registered students.

Excise tax hike slammed by Black Tobacco Farmers Association

21 February 2019

The Black Tobacco Farmers Association (BTFA) has criticised the increase in excise tax announced by finance minister Tito Mboweni, saying it will affect their livelihoods.
Mboweni announced new increases in sin taxes on Wednesday.
In addition to excise duty hikes on alcohol, he said that the price of a pack of 20 cigarettes would rise by R1,14 to R16,66 and would increase by about 64c to R7,80 on a typical cigar.

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