Home Affairs Director-General placed on ‘suspension’ without any reason given – Government is hiring and firing again

Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize has announced the department’s Director-General Mkuseli Apleni, has been placed on precautionary suspension as of Monday. The minister announced the suspension in a terse, one-line statement on Monday afternoon.The sanction was confirmed in a one-sentence statement released by Mkhize without any reason given. Apleni’s tenure at the department of Home […]
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83 SANDF Cars Destroyed In Fire In Wallmannstal during fire rescue training – They should contain fires, not create fires

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) says it’s investigating an incident where 83 military vehicles were destroyed in a fire at its vehicle depot in Wallmannstal, north of Pretoria. The incident took place last week when the fire rescue team was conducting training at the area, the grass caught fire and subsequently spread to […]
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Can we believe this: ‘I didn’t conspire with Zuma’ – Mkhwebane

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has denied conspiring with the presidency and State Security Agency‚ saying her office remains independent. In papers filed in the High Court in Pretoria‚ the Reserve Bank accused Mkhwebane of meeting with President Jacob Zuma’s office and the State Security Agency before releasing her report on missing apartheid funds. The report […]
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Johan Rupert: “Radical economic transformation is just a code word for theft”

South Africa’s richest man Johann Rupert said “radical economic transformation,” the policy championed by the country’s President Jacob Zuma to reduce racial inequality, is no more than theft. “Radical economic transformation is just a code word for theft,” Rupert said on the sidelines of Richemont’s annual general meeting in Geneva on Wednesday. “That’s what’s happening […]
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Lessons to be learnt from the rest of the African continent

While South Africa had “a head start in the level of its development compared to other African economies” there was much to learn from the rest of the continent, many of who were “making greater progress, despite starting from a low base.” South Africa also had a role to play in contributing to the continent’s […]
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The maddening state of Gauteng’s psychiatric facilities

A massive shortages of hospital beds for psychiatric patients in Gauteng is compromising patient care. Gauteng is short of about 2700 psychiatric beds which means that psychiatric patients have to be admitted to general wards where there is no security, thus posing a threat both to themselves and others. This was revealed recently by Gauteng […]
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Air force hires plane for Zuma that will cost taxpayers R25 million

Despite the fact that Jacob Zuma’s personal designated jet, the Inkwazi, is 99.8% serviceable, he does not want to fly on the plane. Now the Air Force has to hire a plane to fly him to China and New York this week. That chartered flight will cost taxpayers R25 million. The Air Force’s budget for […]
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Nearly 2 million will lose private healthcare if tax reform happens

The government’s plan to ditch medical aid tax credits will have a disastrous effect on already cash-strapped South Africans and force nearly 2 million people onto the over-stretched state health system. If the tax credit is removed, 22% of medical aid users will not be able to afford cover, Stellenbosch economics consultancy Econex warned in […]
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Gigaba lashes out against ‘hysteria’ over SAA bailout

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has spoken out against what he termed hysteria that has been created around the options government is considering to recapitalise South African Airways (SAA). He was speaking at a briefing at Treasury following a meeting with the steering committee of the CEO Initiative on Friday. He emphasised that government is still […]
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Tygerberg Hospital performs its first deep brain stimulation

A man with tardive dystonia became the first adult to undergo deep brain stimulation (DBS) at a Western Cape state hospital. His condition drastically improved following the procedure at Tygerberg. Until now it had only been performed on a few children at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. The dystonia was a side effect of an […]
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