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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.

The economy shrinks by 0,7% in Q2: 2018

The South African economy slipped into recession during the second quarter of 2018, shrinking by 0,7% quarter-on-quarter (seasonally adjusted and annualised). This followed a revised 2,6% contraction in the first quarter of 2018.

The widely recognised indicator of recession is two (or more) consecutive quarters of negative growth (real GDP quarter-on-quarter). South Africa experienced its last recession during the 2008–2009 global financial crisis with three consecutive quarters of economic decline.

Digital Revolution

President of the Republic of South Africa – Cyril Ramaphosa officially opens the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World conference hosted by South Africa “The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World provides a guide and compass to the future, as it enables us to navigate a new bright and brave world that many countries are traversing.

South Africa ICC membership

Almost two years after first announcing its intention to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), it remains unclear whether South Africa will exit the Rome Statute system.

Last December, Justice Minister Michael Masutha told a meeting of ICC member-states that the country was forging ahead with withdrawal.

 A few weeks ago, however, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu insisted that no final decision had been made.

In the meantime, Jacob Zuma has been replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa as South African President

SA Technical recession risk for 2018

South Africa’s technical recession poses a risk to 2018’s tax revenues, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene told a tax indaba on Monday.

Last week Statistics South Africa announced that South Africa had slipped into its first technical recession since 2009 following two negative quarters of economic growth.

To read the article titled " ​Nene: Recession a risk for tax revenues" click here 

 

SA owed millions : State Capture

On Sunday evening global consultancy Bain & Company unexpectedly announced it was setting aside the R164 million it earned for restricting the operational model of the SA Revenue Service (SARS) as it did not deliver “sustainable, positive” results. 

This followed two days of testimony from partner Vittorio Massone at the Nugent commission of Inquiry, who has since stepped down from his role as managing partner and will now focus on cooperating with the commission.

Bheki Cele # It was a bad day

Police Minister Bheki Cele has dropped a bombshell: "Government security cluster hasn't met in 2 years.

Perhaps that is part of dropping the ball, but now we meet regularly"

Cele was delivering crime statistics for 2017/2018, first presenting them to parliament, which are worse than expected.

The dismal state of crime in South Africa is worsened by, amongst other things, the decline in the number of police officers serving the community.

African voices being unequivocal and united

African countries have the power to force the rest of the world to ban nuclear weapons if almost all of them adhered to the treaty on this.

The International Committee of the Red Cross’s (ICRC) Head of Regional Delegation for Southern Africa Vincent Cassard urged African officials at the start of a four-day seminar on Tuesday on international humanitarian law at the Department for International Relations to lobby their governments to ratify the treaty on the comprehensive ban on nuclear weapons, which opened for signature almost a year ago, on September 20.

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