Posts in category M&G

SPCA dropped by National Lottery Comm...

A cut in funding from the national lottery has forced the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to reduce its free services, including the work it does in poor communities. Since its launch 62 years ago, one of the services it has offered is the care and treatment of beasts of burden, […]

#Budget2018: Cuts to medical aid tax ...

The National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme seems to be back on track. On Wednesday, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba announced a 49% increase over three years for a conditional grant that goes to the national health department to fund the NHI, as well as an additional R4.2-billion for the scheme over the next three years that will […]

Infographic: Budget 2018 simplified

In his inaugural budget speech, delivered on Wednesday afternoon, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba described the budget as “tough, but hopeful”. For the first time since 1993, the government will raise Value-Added Tax (VAT) in an attempt to plug the massive funding hole in the national budget. Below is a simplified infographic on what else to look […]

Liar liar: DA disrupts Gigaba budget ...

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has no right to deliver the budget speech because he lied under oath and violated the constitution, the Democratic Alliance (DA) argued in the National Assembly. In the moments before Gigaba began his speech, DA chief whip John Steenhuisen stood up on a point of order, saying that the finance minister […]

Masses are singing from the pulse of ...

Our country is on a dancing jam inspired by our departed music icon Hugh Masekela’s dazzling song Thuma Mina/Send Me, which was referred to by President Cyril Ramaphosa during his maiden State of the Nation Address (SONA) last week. In corporate corridors, in lecture halls, at taxi ranks, at stokvels, in factories, in beer halls, […]

It’s the right time to interrogate SA...

COMMENT The idea of an ethical society has exercised the most brilliant of minds for as long as historical memory can extend. As an ideal, ethics provide philosophical coherence to society. Pharaonic Egypt, Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, the Chinese empires and many other societies obsessed about the definition of a good society. Equally, the […]

PSL crunch time: ‘Every game is a fin...

Ten games is all which stands between Mamelodi Sundowns and recapturing the Premier Soccer League title. Any coach worth his salt dreams about heading into the final stretch with his team’s destiny firmly in their own hands. No need for pleading prayers, complicated log mathematics or a reliance on others losing. The equation is simple: […]

SA links in US-Hezbollah illegal expo...

South Africa has emerged as a central location in a case involving a controversial Johannesburg-based businessman, arrested last week, who has been accused by the United States (US) of illegally exporting items to Hezbollah, which it classifies as a terrorist organisation. A press statement by the US Attorney’s office for the District of Minnesota details how […]

Day Zero pushed back to July 9

The City of Cape Town’s dreaded Day Zero has been pushed to July 9 instead of the scheduled date of June 4, the Democratic Alliance has announced, despite the city not meeting water conservation targets. DA leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement on Tuesday that the “reduced consumption that continues to be sustained by […]

Trump backs improved background check...

US President Donald Trump signaled support Monday for improving background gun checks amid mounting pressure for reform in the wake of the Florida school shooting, as the accused gunman appeared in court. Nikolas Cruz, charged with killing 17 people, sat silently with his head bowed during a procedural hearing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in what […]

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