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Zimbabwe launches new currency measure

20 February 2019

 

Zimbabwe, without its own currency for a decade, took steps to address its worsening economic crisis by allowing its surrogate currency, bond notes, and electronic funds to float freely against other major currencies, abandoning an official but artificial parity with the dollar.

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Anti-gay laws widespread in Africa, despite gains

21 February 2019

More than half of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa have anti-homosexuality laws, although others have moved toward legal tolerance, watchdogs say.

Twenty-eight out of 49 countries have laws penalising same-sex relationships, according to Neela Ghoshal, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) specialist in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights.
 

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.

Tax compliance is crucial for PBOs and their donors

South Africa’s Public Benefit Organisations (PBOs) do invaluable work uplifting communities and benefiting underprivileged people across our country. Sadly, most of these entities do not have the resources to ensure that they are fully tax compliant.

However, the tax status of a SARS approved Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) is crucial to its ability to raise funds and attract donors, who along with wanting to be philanthropic, are attracted by the tax deductions that come with donations to such organisations.

Anger over Zambia's plans to slaughter 2,000 hippos

15 February 2019

Wildlife lovers and conservationists have accused Zambia’s government of scheming to make money from trophy hunters after officials revealed plans to slaughter 2,000 hippopotamuses to control overpopulation.

An official at the tourism ministry, who did not want to be named, said a five-year cull of hippos in a park in eastern Zambia would start in May.

“Currently the hippo population in the South Luangwa National Park stands at over 13,000, but Luangwa can only cater for 5,000 hippos,” he said

Miracle baby's mom, granny have not been arrested

14 February 2019
 

Police have slammed as false news allegations circulating on social media about the arrest of two women in connection with an infant who was on Monday dumped in a stormwater drain in Newlands East, north of Durban.

Following a four-hour miraculous rescue of the trapped baby, a picture of two women, labelled as the baby's mother and grandmother, started doing the rounds on social media on Wednesday.

 

Malawi removes 260 minors from adult prisons

14 February 2019 

Malawi has removed nearly 270 minors from two adult prisons, a legal action group said on Wednesday, following a court ruling and warnings about food shortages, disease risk and overcrowding.

The move came after a High Court ruling in June 2018 which ordered Bvumbwe and Kachere prisons to release all children being held there in a case brought by civil society organisations.
 

After the load-shedding come water shortages, Joburgers warned

14 February 2019 

It's not just load-shedding you have to worry about, the city of Johannesburg has warned. You could also be in for water cuts.

The metro warned that water shortages could follow load-shedding.

"As we continue to experience load-shedding across the country, Johannesburg Water is working alongside City Power to ensure that residents do not have to face water cuts as well," said MMC for environment and infrastructure services Nico de Jager.
 

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