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    UIF Under Pressure To Pay Unemployed South Africans

    The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has reiterated its commitment to honouring the payment of employees and employers affected by COVID-19 through the Temporary Employee/Employers Relief Scheme. The UIF says, however, it expects the R40 billion set aside for the scheme to run out. Briefing a joint meeting of the Labour Committees of the National Assembly […]

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    Covid-19: Gabola Church Members Struggles With Lockdown Rules

    The Gabola church is not a member of the mainstream South African Council of Churches. It is not affiliated with any other denominations. “We are a church for those who have been rejected by other churches because they drink alcohol,” Gabola’s founder and self-declared pope, Tsietsi Makiti. Tsietsi Makiti said he encourages people to drink […]

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    Covid 19: We Must Look Out For The Silver Lining – Ramaphosa

    Ramaphosa in a virtual meeting on Wednesday evening, addressed and interacted with the general public about matters of concern. He urged South Africans to have hope, that there would be a silver lining at the end, without downplaying the magnitude of the Covid 19 pandemic. In his opening remarks, Ramaphosa noted the rapid rise of […]

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    100 Days: ‘How SA Squandered The Lockdown’

    100 days of lockdown: Did we buy time, or did we merely postpone the pain? On Thursday the Gauteng department of health confirmed that all public hospitals in the country’s economic heartland were filled to capacity. On the same day the Western Cape provincial government warned that the mortality rate in the province will be […]

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    Tension As KwaZulu Natal Refuses To Let Grade Rs Return To School

    KwaZulu-Natal’s provincial education department has refused to allow the return of Grade R pupils back to school on Monday. As schools prepare to welcome more grades, there has been push-backs in KwaZulu-Natal, over the phased reponing of schools. Meanwhile, an independent schools body has written to President Cyril Ramaphosa asking to allow all pupils to […]

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    De Klerk Withdraws From Racism Talk

    South Africa’s former President FW de Klerk has withdrawn from a US seminar where he was to speak on the rule of law, racism and minority rights. His foundation said the former Apartheid leader did not want to embarrass himself or his hosts, American Bar Association (ABA), in the current charged racial climate. South African […]

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    President Ramaphosa Warns Of ‘Difficult Decisions Ahead’

    South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned of “difficult decisions and difficult days” ahead in dealing with the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. He also said there are “no quick-fixes” to recovery even as the government gradually reopens the economy following three months of restrictions. The president, in a statement, said the finance minister […]

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    Commuters Stranded As Taxis Begin Strike

    South Africa’s top taxi association has begun a strike to protest against government’s relief package. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says the taxi industry has rejected the government’s relief offer of over 1.1bn South African rands ($63m: £50m). The relief was intended to help the industry recover from the effects of the lockdown. The taxi association […]

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    Union Slams ‘Absolute Discrimination’ of Giving Tablets to Only Some Matrics

    The National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa) has slammed a decision by the Eastern Cape provincial education department to issue tablets only to matric pupils attending the poorest schools in the province. In a circular dated May 2, the department’s superintendent-general Themba Kojana indicated that tablets will only be supplied to quintile 1-3 […]