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July 15, 2019

Spat over toll roads in South Africa shows poor people don’t count

The invisibility of poor people in the country, who are estimated to make up 55,5% of the population, was on display recently as David Makhura, Premier of Gauteng Province, the country’s economic heartland, and the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, aired their differences on Twitter.

The topic was the electronic tolling (known locally as e-tolls) of freeways in Gauteng. The Gauteng African National Congress (ANC), which Makhura leads, has responded to a backlash against the tolls by urging that they be removed.

The national government in which Mboweni serves, and is also led by the ANC, imposed the tolls and continues to support them, at least in principle.

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July 3, 2019

Municipal rates increase: Hikes for Cape Town, Joburg, Durban, others from 1 July

It’s the start of a new month for South Africans, but they are being faced with the same old story: The cost of living is increasing, even if our wages aren’t. Municipal rates across the country are going up on Monday 1 July, and the changes will affect millions in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and many other city-dwellers.

Cost of living on the rise

Of course, the term “tariff hike” has become synonymous with Eskom. Their plans to start charging residents more came to fruition on Monday as well. But they aren’t the only ones: We’re here to give you a brief overview of where municipal rates are going up, and how much more you’ll have to fork out.

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June 26, 2019

Deep appreciation for China in Africa, says Naledi Pandor

South Africa’s International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, was on Tuesday positive about the progress made in fostering ties between China and the African continent at the conclusion of the two-day Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) coordinators meeting in Beijing, China.

“There was a very significant turnout and of course the participation of China was at the highest level, including ministers of foreign affairs as well as commerce.

“Part of the successful aspect is the cementing of the idea that the forum for Africa-China cooperation has become an important platform of advancing the development cooperation between African countries, and [...]

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June 21, 2019

Ramaphosa announces 7 priorities to take South Africa forward

In a speech delivered at a time of great economic difficulty, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced seven priorities that will fast track South Africa’s path to prosperity.

Delivering his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament on Thursday evening, the President said the time for idle talk was now over — everything comes down to implementation if the country is to realise the vision of the National Development Plan (NDP).

“Unless we take extraordinary measures, we will not realise Vision 2030. This means that we need to prioritise. We need to focus on those actions that will have the greatest impact, actions that will catalyse faster movement forward, [...]

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