Economists saluted Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene for containing state spending and debt in his first medium-term budget, but opposition parties faulted him for not doing more to stem waste.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has said she can intervene if families of the victims who died in the Nigerian church disaster need further assistance.
It is time Chapter Nine institutions are funded independently of government departments, says the Democratic Alliance.
The ruling party is not in favour of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA being expelled from Cosatu, says deputy ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa.
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has forecast R1.1 billion to be spent over the next three years on handling new land claims following the re-opening of the process in July.
The two men who murdered Ixopo farmer Peter Hackland in his home qualified for life imprisonment on two counts – he was killed during a robbery and they acted with common purpose.
Government must deal with tax evasion to help improve service delivery and ensure a bigger fiscus for the country, says the EFF.
Hot or Not
Shakes Mashaba for turning no-hopers Bafana Bafana into a respectable outfit. They are unbeaten in four matches, and are on course to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals after a 3-0 away victory over Sudan, a goalless home draw against Nigeria, a 2-0 away win over Congo Brazzaville and a goalless draw at home. Bafana have yet to concede a goal under Mashaba.Not:
A media monitoring company reported on Friday that Brett Kebble’s killer, Mikey Schultz, snapped up 30% of the previous day’s media coverage of the Oscar Pistorius trial – just by being in court. This may be the highlight
of Schultz’s life because his only claim to fame up to now is getting away with murder.
He was hot as director-general in the Treasury and hotter as deputy governor of the Reserve Bank. But you can’t get much hotter than having your signature on every SA banknote. Lesetja Kganyago will succeed Gill Marcus as Reserve Bank governor next month. It was only a matter of time before someone of his calibre was rewarded with a top post.Not:
Lonmin has failed to show it did all it could to improve labour relations at its Marikana mine, which exploded into mayhem in 2012. Its executives performed dismally at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry when they took the stand. This week, it gagged an NGO that sought to present findings of transfer pricing and tax dodging.
National Under-17 side Amajimbos for completing a hat-trick of SA soccer teams to qualify for next year’s major continental competitions. It has been a fairy tale for the national teams since Banyana qualified for the African Women’s Championship, followed by Amajita (U-20) and now Amajimbos, who are going to Niger. Bafana have many reasons to follow suit.Not:
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane attributed the three weeks of water stoppages around Gauteng to “a technical glitch”. Clearly, the minister lives in a bubble. Water is a basic right and being deprived of this for three weeks while officials try to figure out the problem, is just
Since the collapse of the guesthouse at Nigerian preacher TB Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations, the South African government has been there to lend its hand. Even through a difficult time to get information from its counterpart in Nigeria and from Joshua, our government has looked after the South African victims. A caring government leads from the front.Not:
God comes in different forms and is worshipped differently. First, Pastor Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Centre Ministries in Tshwane made his congregants eat grass. But his latest stunt is really worrying. His church members are now drinking petrol, which he claims he has turned into juice through prayer, all in the name of the lord.
The people of Scotland have spoken and it is a clear result. A true reflection of democracy took place this week, when 85% of the eligible Scottish population took to the polls to vote for or against independence from the United Kingdom. While those who wanted independence (45%) didn’t get their way, it is clear democracy is alive and well.Not:
But this is not the case in the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho, where there was an attempted coup last month. On Friday, police and military exchanged fire as the country battles to return to normality. Only strict adherence to democratic rule can free the country of its problems.
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene is trying to “scrape the pot” with his mid-term budget, says the Congress of the People.
He might have got away with it if it hadn’t been for his supermarket loyalty card.
The ANC has urged Cosatu to address hostility in the trade union federation, amidst rumours of an imminent split.
ANC MP Jackson Mthembu remains in the intensive care unit of a Witbank hospital after being shot and wounded in an armed robbery.
Government will proceed with the sale of non-core assets, but this should not be read as a shift in policy towards privatisation, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has said.
The public service will have to accept inflation-related increases or face staff cuts, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has warned.
Treasury has allocated an additional R32.6 million to the health department to prevent the spread of Ebola to South Africa.
We still don’t know. Even as we speak now the laboratory in Lagos has not given us an update.
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It should be increasingly difficult for South Africa’s top executives to justify their enormous pay packages, given the furore over excessive pay, the country’s high level of unemployment, and the huge disparity between the highest- and lowest-paid employees at companies.