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'Bad financial management' behind govt's delayed IT system

6 December 2018 

A forensic report into a delayed national IT system has recommended that Treasury director general Dondo Mogajane take action against officials allegedly responsible for financial mismanagement.

Treasury on Wednesday night briefed the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) on the findings and recommendations of a probe into the Integrated Financial Management System, or IFMS.

Angola president holds unprecedented talks with civic groups

5 November 2018 

Angolan President Joao Lourenco, elected last year as the country's first new leader in nearly four decades, met civic groups on Tuesday in unprecedented talks as part of his reforms.

The meeting was marred by presidential staff refusing entry of investigative journalist Rafael Marques who was critical of Lourenco's predecessor Jose Eduardo dos Santos during his 38-year rule.

Marques said later he been invited to a private meeting with Lourenco on Wednesday in what he called a sign of "good will".

The manufacturing sector helps lift SA out of a recession

5 December 2018

Sick and tired of living in a recession? Well, Statistics SA has good news for you. The economy grew by 2.2% in the third quarter this year, meaning that the economy is growing and the country is no longer in a recession.

The 2.2% growth in the gross domestic product (GDP) in the third quarter — July to September — equates to an annualised 1.1% improvement from a year ago. The GDP measures the total output of the economy.

Should you believe the latest smoking figures from this tobacco-funded non-profit

5 December 2018

In October, a tweet by the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World says so: “49% of men and 34.1% of women in South Africa smoke, but only 51% of smokers have heard of vapo[u]r products. We must raise awareness around harm reduction.”

But is it true? A reader asked Africa Check to verify South Africa’s share of smokers. Data from a global smoking poll

NSFAS receives 400 000 new funding applications

4 December 2018

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has received more than 400 000 new funding applications for its 2019 cycle, Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor said on Tuesday.

“The final decision will of course be made once we know that you have passed your National Senior Certificate, that you are admitted to an approved programme, and that you are registered,” Pandor said at a briefing in Cape Town.

NSFAS will finalise the approved students by the end of January, who will get a split of its R32-billion budget.

Shaun Abrahams wishes new NPA boss 'well'

5 December 2018

Former national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) Shaun Abrahams has wished his newly appointed successor, Shamila Batohi, well, the Sowetan reported on Wednesday

Abrahams is overseas and spoke to the publication via telephone just after Batohi's appointment was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday.

Abrahams reportedly said he had worked with Batohi when she was in charge of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in KwaZulu-Natal.

Load shedding yet another challenge for SA's weak growth

5 December 2018

Load shedding may have a negative impact on the year's economic growth, analysts have warned.

Statistics South Africa on Tuesday released third quarter GDP figures, which reflects growth of 2.2%. This effectively means the economy has exited the technical recession.

Analysts have welcomed the rebound but have warned that the year's growth will still remain weak. Fourth quarter GDP particularly will be impacted by load shedding, which has recently been implemented by power utility Eskom

Tech companies pledge big at Global Citizen Festival

3 December 2018

Tech and telecoms companies including Cisco, Vodacom, HP, Accenture and Intel made big pledges to the Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100 over the weekend.

On 2 December, Global Citizen brought together its largest contingency of heads of state, dignitaries, a group of the world's most talented artists and influencers, and thousands of global citizens to celebrate the centenary of late struggle icon and former president Nelson Mandela.

Young SA researchers head to France

30 November 2018  

Two grade 11 learners from Carnarvon High School in the Northern Cape will represent SA at the International Student-Teacher Conference in Nice, France.

Amy-Lee Visagie and Chrislin de Koker were selected after winning the National Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP) competition for their research on astronomy tourism.

Their research, which looked at how the Southern African Large Telescope and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope contribute to local communities, was completed with the help of the National Research.

Minister beefs up cyber security education

3 December 2018

Communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has committed to educating South Africans about cyber threats.

Ndabeni-Abrahams kicked-off a cyber-security awareness campaign in Eersterust in Pretoria, aimed at making sure communities are aware of the dos and don'ts of the Web.

"We want to make sure our people are safe and it has to start with the platforms that they communicate with. We have therefore made a conscious decision to work with everyone to make sure we can spread the message of some of the disadvantages of the Internet."

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