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Posted: January 19, 2021, 11:15 am
National Treasury Director-General Dondo Mogajane has said tax hikes may be used to fund the Covid vaccine rollout. Other options are on the table but the tax talk underscores the limited avenues that can be taken. Against the backdrop of prohibition, a hike in sin taxes should also be considered. 
Posted: January 19, 2021, 10:49 am
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Posted: January 19, 2021, 10:44 am
A misread Whatsapp message has landed the acting superintendent-general of the Eastern Cape Department of Health, Dr Sibongile Zungu, in hot water after she told Parliament last week that the provincial treasury was looking for other sources of medical oxygen because of a letter sent to them by Afrox. The letter was posted on the Department of Health’s oxygen WhatsApp group by Afrox but only referred to industrial clients. Zungu said on Monday she had made a mistake and did not intend to mislead parliament.
Posted: January 19, 2021, 10:40 am
Parler, the free-speech social network, reappeared with a statement from its chief executive officer on Monday after the website found a way around the bans that took it offline last week.
Posted: January 19, 2021, 10:09 am
KIGALI, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Rwanda has re-introduced tough lockdown measures in its capital Kigali after a surge in coronavirus cases.
Posted: January 19, 2021, 10:03 am
Extra hours, extra classes, WhatsApp calls into the night – it’s the teachers who listened and nurtured and cared.
Posted: January 19, 2021, 9:59 am
High-level talks and use of SADC guidelines on the pandemic should have been used to prevent a crisis.
Posted: January 19, 2021, 9:24 am
As Joe Biden is inaugurated this week, and as the world celebrates the defeat of Donald Trump, one of the Biggest Men of anti-democratic populism, it cannot afford to gloss over the determinants of the crisis that led to Trump gaining 75 million votes and the extremist assault on the Capitol.
Posted: January 19, 2021, 9:13 am
On his last day in office on Tuesday US President Donald Trump is expected to issue about 100 pardons, while security at the Capitol is at an all-time high ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. It is not clear whether Trump will pardon himself, his children or his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
Posted: January 19, 2021, 8:16 am
Posted: January 19, 2021, 7:52 am
Ten years on from the Arab Spring, the UK government’s relationship with a brutal regime in Egypt goes from strength to strength, as the country witnesses its worst human rights crisis in modern history, under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Posted: January 19, 2021, 7:02 am
Posted: January 19, 2021, 6:48 am
There can be no doubting the phenomenal run enjoyed by Bitcoin and other crypto devotees over the past twelve months.
Posted: January 19, 2021, 4:31 am
The section 59 investigation panel launched by the Council for Medical Schemes in 2019, had to, once again, postpone the release of its interim report into allegations of racial discrimination by medical schemes and administrators in South Africa.
Posted: January 19, 2021, 3:48 am
China’s top financial regulator dismissed claims the nation is distorting its economy through “state monopoly capitalism” as pressure grows on China to align more with global trade rules.
Posted: January 19, 2021, 3:31 am
Pressure is mounting on an heir to Singapore’s biggest family fortune as he seeks to salvage the troubled property investment at the center of an ambitious expansion into China.
Posted: January 19, 2021, 3:28 am
WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to quickly extend travel restrictions barring travel by most people who have recently been in much of Europe and Brazil soon after President Donald Trump lifted those requirements effective Jan. 26, a spokeswoman for Biden said.
Posted: January 19, 2021, 2:59 am
Former PIC officials and VBS looters Ernest Nesane and Paul Magula must pay back R11.2-million and R12.2-million, respectively, in cash and penalties owed to their former blesser, Vele Investments, the High Court in Pretoria ordered on Monday.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 10:14 pm
Those dreaming of change are squaring off against a man who, for 35 years, the CIA has seen as a crucial pivot against the Islamist menace in the Horn of Africa.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 10:13 pm
Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has asked for a detailed report justifying the controversial recent decision to artificially breach the mouth of South Africa’s largest estuarine lake.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 10:04 pm
The first warning fire-bell should have rung when we found out that the Trumps had become the first family in the White House not to have a pet. We should have known better: we, the world, would be their pet.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 10:03 pm
The Pretoria High Court judgment is scathing of top SAPS brass and how they attempted for three years to avoid accountability.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 10:03 pm
South Africa on Monday registered a further 9,010 Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 1,346,936. A further 344 Covid-19 related deaths were reported. This brings the total to 37,449 deaths.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:59 pm
Former Security Branch policemen are set to be grilled over the coming weeks as the reopened Aggett inquest finally gets under way again.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:57 pm
An increasing number of nurses have tested positive for Covid-19 at Harare’s biggest hospital as Zimbabwe succumbs to a second wave, while more staff were issued with suspensions and disciplinaries for alleged misconduct.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:54 pm
In a patch of sky long trawled across by countless telescopes, astronomers have discovered two gigantic radio galaxies – all thanks to MeerKAT, which spotted these distant objects from deep in the Karoo.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:51 pm
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme saw a 25% jump in funding applications for 2021. Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says this shows an increasing demand for access to higher education and training opportunities.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:49 pm
The tourist accommodation sector generated about a third of the income in November 2020 that had flowed its way 12 months before.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:48 pm
It’s been a long and lonely road for Athol Williams, who is due to testify about global management consulting company Bain & Company’s role in State Capture at the Zondo Commission in February. Having survived the classic punitive marginalisation inflicted on whistleblowers, Williams, who studied ethics at some of the best institutions in the world, can offer insights that will add an edge to evidence presented to date.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:47 pm
Chief Albert Luthuli inhabited multiple worlds. That Luthuli enjoyed a following among all sections of the population punctured any validity that may have been accorded to apartheid theories to the effect that the different peoples of South Africa were separated by nature and that nothing could change this.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:42 pm
“We are unanimous that the gravity of their misconduct demands that we impose a sanction,” says Judicial Services Commission.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:40 pm
There is a long and illustrious list of many people who toiled in different arenas, in some cases over several decades, before Rosa Parks’ arrest and Martin Luther King’s ascension to national prominence. Sometimes working in parallel areas and other times in tandem, their largely anonymous efforts met with mixed results but played an indispensable role in laying the foundation for the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:30 pm
We need only to look at the Murdoch empire, the Guptas’ foray into TV and the press, and the not-so-Independent Media Group to see how things can go wrong.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:26 pm
On any given morning in Muizenberg, Charlie, a car guard from the DRC, is on ‘shift' from sunrise, which in summer is about 5am. That’s when the local surfers, swimmers and walkers start ambling down to the beach. They greet him by name, as they do the other six or so car guards who frequent the strip. These informal operators have become so entrenched in the local scene that surfers leave their car keys and other miscellaneous items with them – even their dogs.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:25 pm
All learners should be exposed to entrepreneurship at school. It teaches young people to create work for themselves instead of just looking for work. Thousands of people have lost their jobs due to the pandemic, but the pandemic has also created many new opportunities. Entrepreneurship studies will open the eyes of learners to these opportunities.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:24 pm
Medical science has developed powerful technologies that can be harnessed for social purposes. But achieving this requires a commitment to a progressive vision of medicine – it needs to be clearly on the side of the people.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:24 pm
Despite a rush by millions of people to download alternative messaging services Telegram and Signal, I suspect the majority of people will accept the latest WhatsApp terms of use anyway.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:23 pm
While debate continues to rage around the ban on alcohol sales, small businesses are reeling under this disastrous regulation. One of them is Siwela Wines, run by a young, black woman – a rarity in an industry dominated by white men.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:21 pm
The Kwazakhele community on Saturday began breaking down a house they initially wanted to become a youth development centre. Drug addicts had moved in and it became a lair for criminals. Community leaders who asked the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality for help say they have been ignored. While the protest began with the residents of two streets, a crowd of more than 300 had joined by Sunday afternoon after another five break-ins in the area.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:19 pm
The future of work has been irreversibly altered. Some version of a hybrid remote-office-industry working model is here to stay, depending on the industry. Universities will do well to create curricula that nurture the next level of skills to allow students to succeed in a hybrid working environment.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:18 pm
Harold Wolpe led his life from a moral code not just in rhetoric, but in his work and actions. This code was not borne out of greed and power, but from honesty, integrity and a deep-seated belief in equality – traits that seem largely forgotten in today’s South Africa.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:17 pm
President Cyril Ramaphosa has called South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccination roll-out ‘the largest and most complex logistical undertaking in our country’s history’. Here’s what we know so far about how it will work:
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:09 pm
Contrary to claims in a 2019 Daily Maverick article, Mkambathi on the Eastern Cape Wild Coast is neither being sold nor privatised. Quite the contrary: what is being negotiated is a lease of huge financial value to both the community and the government, with the private investor taking all the risks – and conservation being the winner.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:07 pm
The new Pick n Pay CEO, Pieter Boone, faced charges relating to insider trading and market manipulation when he was the chief operating officer of Metro AG, a Germany-based wholesale retailer. Boone was cleared of wrongdoing in connection with insider trading, but he was slapped with a fine for another transgression.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:04 pm
A mother says she watched as police allegedly pepper-sprayed and beat her unarmed son with a pole before shooting and killing him.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:03 pm
‘Queer as f**k, mad as a hatter, outrageous, ostentatious, brave, difficult, unrelenting; an activist with strengths and weaknesses on show.’ – An activist remembers Andrew Mosane.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 9:00 pm
The Department of Higher Education has invested more than R68m into Covid-19 research and vaccine development. A further R25m has been allocated to the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (Krisp) to combat SARS-CoV-2 variants.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 8:59 pm
Despite Eskom’s suspension of load shedding on Monday night, the power utility’s three-month outlook for demand and generation capacity indicates a high likelihood of continued load shedding until mid-April.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 8:52 pm
Cricket South Africa has taken heed of the call by President Cyril Ramaphosa to act against the scourge of violence against women and children by launching the Black Day One-Day International.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 8:51 pm
Musician Garth Brooks will play at the inauguration. A largely virtual protest will call for more progressive policies. And President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, volunteered in Philadelphia.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 8:05 pm
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he asked Pfizer Inc. if the state could buy vaccines directly from the company because the U.S. government has failed to increase supply.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 7:54 pm
ABUJA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Nigeria has written to the African Union to request 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to supplement the COVAX programme and has allocated $26 million for licensed vaccine production, the health minister said on Monday. Nigeria, like other countries across Africa, is grappling with a second wave of the novel coronavirus. As of Monday, Nigeria, the continent's most populous country of 200 million inhabitants, had 110,387 confirmed cases and 1,435 deaths.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 7:43 pm
De Beers implemented its biggest price increase for diamonds in years as the industry starts bouncing back from the pandemic-induced shutdown.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 7:16 pm
London Heathrow lost its top spot among European airports last year as travel curbs tied to the coronavirus pandemic kept passengers away.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 7:13 pm
Posted: January 18, 2021, 4:43 pm
‘This virus has totally changed the way that we work,’ claim paramedics dogged by ‘Covid fatigue’ and hazardous working environments.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 4:10 pm
A panel led by Judge Kathy Satchwell has made far-reaching recommendations for a sustainable, credible and independent media in South Africa.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 4:06 pm
In 2019, the mineral and energy resources minister said he had paid a journalist R70,000 to kill a story.  Then he went silent.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 3:49 pm
Toward the end of last year after having exhausted the list of sappy early 2000s Christmas rom-coms I watch religiously every festive season, I was struck by the depth of Beverly Clark’s (played by Susan Sarandon) short monologue on marriage when she suspects her husband (Richard Gere) of having an affair in the 2004 film, Shall We Dance.
Posted: January 18, 2021, 3:46 pm

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