FFC urges govt to reconsider its fiscal consolidation stance

Johannesburg – The Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC) on Tuesday said the government should consider relaxing its fiscal consolidation stance to deal with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. So far Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has held the line on fiscal consolidation – a policy aimed at reducing the budget deficit and government’s soaring […]

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Ramaphosa calls for lifting of Zimbabwean sanctions

Gauteng – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for an end to economic sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the West, as well as for economic interventions in developing economies. This came as he led the Africa Day celebrations yesterday. Ramaphosa, who is also the chairperson of the African Union (AU), was speaking as the […]

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Burundi’s main opposition party to challenge election results

Burundi – The party of the main opposition candidate in Burundi’s May 20 presidential election, Agathon Rwasa, denounced an “electoral masquerade” after the announcement of the landslide victory of the ruling party’s candidate, Evariste Ndayishimiye. “We’re in the process of putting together our complaint file, and we are going to comply with the law, and […]

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Dean Elgar says there’s room for ‘hard chats’ in the Proteas dressing room

Johannesburg – With the Proteas coming off their worst ever season since re-admission into international cricket almost three decades ago, batsman Dean Elgar has said there is room for ‘hard chats’ in the SA dressing room. The Proteas have only won three of their eight completed games at 2019’s Cricket World Cup in England, followed […]

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Dlamini-Zuma defends cigarette sales ban, says she is not Mazzotti’s friend

Johannesburg – Government has once again defended its decision to ban the sale of cigarettes as the country gears up for stage three lockdown restrictions. Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Tuesday briefed members of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on efforts to curb Covid-19. […]

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Phumzile van Damme challenges Terry Pheto on Cape Town lockdown level 3 comments

Cape Town – Award-winning actress Terry Pheto is the latest celebrity to voice her disapproval about Cape Town moving to level 3 lockdown. This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday that the Western Cape would also be moving to level 3 with the rest of the country. Cape Town, among other metropolitan municipalities, […]

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Brothers allow black widow to sting them believing they would turn into Spider-Man

Three young Bolivian boys were hospitalized this month when they were stung by a black widow spider while tending to goats in a small Bolivian village, said a report on Monday. The boys aged 12,10 and 8 from Chayanta, approached the spider and poked it with a stick, believing a bite by the spider would […]

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Liquor makers push for bars to join revival in South Africa

Johannesburg – South Africa’s alcoholic-beverage makers are pushing the government to allow smaller bars to convert into drink-collection points when a nationwide ban on sales is lifted next week. Allowing taverns in poorer communities to sell alcohol for home consumption will prevent local residents from traveling long distances and help reduce illicit sales, said Richard […]

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Union to take govt to court over schools reopening

Johannesburg – The Educators Union of South Africa (Eusa) is taking the government to court. The union wants to stop schools reopening for Grade 7 and 12 pupils next week. Eusa represents more than 27, 000 teachers. The union says Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and her department misled the public about supplying personal protective […]

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