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Thabi Shomolekae

Thabi  Shomolekae

Thabi Shomolekae is a Creamer Media Senior Writer for Polity.org.za

Threats of legal action after Ramaphosa signs NHI into law

16th May 2024 Civil society organisations and political parties are threatening legal action following Wednesday’s controversial signing of the National Health Insurance Bill. President Cyril Ramaphosa, who publicly signed the Bill into law amid significant criticism, said the NHI was an opportunity to “break... 

Concerns heighten as Ramaphosa readies to sign NHI Bill into law

14th May 2024 Business and political parties have expressed disappointment with President Cyril Ramphosa’s announcement that he will, on Wednesday, sign into law the controversial National Health Insurance Bill. On Monday, Ramaphosa announced that he would publicly sign the Bill, which government hoped to use... 

Concerns heighten as Ramaphosa readies to sign NHI Bill into law
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa pegs sustainable economic recovery on attraction of higher levels of investment

6th May 2024 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday assured that government is working to get rid of red tape that impedes and slows down investment. Ramaphosa wrote in his weekly letter to the nation that it was only through attracting higher levels of foreign and domestic investment that a swift, sustainable... 

Ramaphosa pegs sustainable economic recovery on attraction of higher levels of investment
President Cyril Ramaphosa

City of Joburg working on 'innovative measures’ to reduce power outages, promises Mayor Gwamanda

2nd May 2024 City of Johannesburg mayor Kabelo Gwamanda announced on Thursday that the City intends to add an additional 50 MW of power to its grid by bringing online the Durban Street Substation, in the next financial year. Gwamanda was presenting the State of the City Address in Johannesburg, where he said... 

City of Joburg working on 'innovative measures’ to reduce power outages, promises Mayor Gwamanda
Johannesburg mayor Kabelo Gwamanda

Nedlac urges employers to allow workers to vote on May 29

30th April 2024 The leadership of organised business, labour, community and government at the National Development and Labour Council has urged all employers to support and allow their employees vote in the upcoming general elections on May 29. Nedlac explains that while election day is a public holiday, there... 

Nedlac urges employers to allow workers to vote on May 29

Eskom warns political parties against placing posters on electrical structures

29th April 2024 Ahead of the upcoming May 29 elections, State-owned power utility Eskom has cautioned all political parties against the “dangerous practice” of placing election posters on electrical structures. The utility said in the past there had been incidents of electrocution whilst posters were being put... 

Eskom warns political parties against placing posters on electrical structures

PSA advises Ramaphosa to delay signing NHI Bill into law

16th April 2024 Given the uncertainty surrounding the political landscape after the May elections, the Public Servants Association (PSA) has advised President Cyril Ramaphosa to delay the signing of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill. The NHI Bill was passed by the National Council of Provinces in late... 

PSA advises Ramaphosa to delay signing NHI Bill into law
President Cyril Ramaphosa

E-tolls scrapped but gantries will remain, accounts up until April 11 must be paid – Minister

10th April 2024 Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga noted on Wednesday that while Gauteng roads are no longer going to be tolled, the e-toll gantry lights and cameras will remain for road safety purposes, adding that the obligation to pay e-toll accounts remains until midnight on April 11. E-toll invoices will... 

E-tolls scrapped but gantries will remain, accounts up until April 11 must be paid – Minister

Motsoaledi rubbishes rumours of cancellation of Critical Skills Work Visa

9th April 2024 Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Tuesday denied that his department has cancelled the Critical Skills Work Visa, emphasising its importance. He said the department was “worried” about rumours around this, also noting confusion between the General Work Visa and the Critical Skills Work Visa. 

Motsoaledi rubbishes rumours of cancellation of Critical Skills Work Visa
Photo by GovtZA
Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi

SA has debt, growth problem – economist

4th April 2024 Rand Merchant Bank chief economist and head of research Isaah Mhlanga noted on Thursday that looking at the emerging economies of neighbouring countries, it is quite clear that South Africa’s relative debt is out of sync, adding that South Africa has a debt problem in addition to a growth... 

W Cape Premier’s department allocates over R100m to fix energy crisis

26th March 2024 Western Cape Premier Alan Winde announced on Tuesday that over the current Medium Term Expenditure Framework, the Department of the Premier is ploughing R103.4-million into a response to the energy crisis in the province. Winde was delivering the 2024 Premier budget vote, where he noted that the... 

W Cape Premier’s department allocates over R100m to fix energy crisis
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde

Decline in formal sector employment for 2023 Q4 – Stats SA

26th March 2024 The Statistician-General of South Africa Risenga Maluleke on Tuesday reported a decrease in the total number of employees in the formal non-agricultural sector by 194 000 in the fourth quarter of 2023, bringing the level of employment to 10.7-million people. Maluleke was releasing the results of... 

Decline in formal sector employment for 2023 Q4 – Stats SA
Statistician-General of South Africa Risenga Maluleke

Ramaphosa denies SA’s position on Israeli-Palestine conflict could jeopardise relationship with US

25th March 2024 President Cyril Ramaphosa averred on Monday that the suggestion that South Africa’s position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could lead to a deterioration of its relations with the US is unfounded.   South Africa brought a case to the International Court of Justice, where it argued that the... 

Ramaphosa denies SA’s position on Israeli-Palestine conflict could jeopardise relationship with US
President Cyril Ramaphosa

PSA urges govt to prioritise cybersecurity amid attacks

14th March 2024 The Public Servants Association wants government to prioritise cybersecurity, including investing in skills development, following recent cyberattacks on government systems. The PSA expressed extreme concern about the implications for citizens of these attacks. In February 2024, the Government... 

PSA urges govt to prioritise cybersecurity amid attacks

Ramaphosa assures Eskom working on increasing electricity generation capacity

11th March 2024 President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Monday that Eskom, under the leadership of its new Group CEO, is finalising an agreement with business to deploy additional independent skilled experts to support the ailing power utility. Eskom CEO Dan Marokane assumed office on Friday. Eskom has been without a... 

Ramaphosa assures Eskom working on increasing electricity generation capacity
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Zim’s economic woes are a result of corruption, not sanctions – US Department of State

8th March 2024 US Department of State acting deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs David Gainer argued that Zimbabwe’s economic woes are not because of US sanctions, but because of the “gross mismanagement and corruption” of the Zimbabwean government and other actors for the past 20 years.... 

Zim’s economic woes are a result of corruption, not sanctions – US Department of State

Ramaphosa does not want unspent infrastructure funds returning to fiscus

15th February 2024 President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Thursday that though capacity support to provinces and municipalities, government is improving its ability to spend the grants allocated to infrastructure developments. Ramaphosa was responding to the State of the Nation Address debate, where he explained that... 

Ramaphosa does not want unspent infrastructure funds returning to fiscus
President Cyril Ramaphosa

E-commerce platform Zandaux launches in South Africa

15th February 2024 With a steadfast commitment to foster seamless business-to-business transactions, promote collaboration, and drive innovation, newly launched e-commerce platform Zandaux hopes to be a transformative force in the region's dynamic trade landscape. Speaking at the South African launch, Zandaux chief... 

SA looking abroad for skills it doesn't currently have – Ramaphosa

12th February 2024 President Cyril Ramaphosa stated on Monday that with South Africa becoming an “increasingly attractive destination” for business process outsourcing and customer experience, attracting more skilled workers will be important. Last week, the Department of Home Affairs published for public comment... 

SA looking abroad for skills it doesn't currently have – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Research shows positive effects of Presidential Youth Employment Stimulus programme

5th February 2024 The Presidential Youth Employment Initiative – Basic Education Employment Initiative (PYEI-BEEI), launched in 2020, has been shown to have economic benefits through an indirect influence on non-programme employment and wages. This was according to a new study, 'Stimulus effects of a large public... 

Ramaphosa says continental market will promote agricultural development, food security as trade begins under AfCFTA

31st January 2024 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that the start of preferential trade will create great opportunities for growth and development for South Africa and many other African countries. Speaking at the launch of preferential trade under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)... 

Ramaphosa says continental market will promote agricultural development, food security as trade begins under AfCFTA
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Nzimande pleads innocence, calls for ‘genuine’ evidence following Outa report

8th January 2024 Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande assured citizens that he has never used any money from any of his department’s entities for the purpose of funding the South African Communist Party (SACP). Nzimande was briefing the media on the claims made in an Organisation... 

Nzimande pleads innocence, calls for ‘genuine’ evidence following Outa report
Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande

Ramaphosa undertakes State visit to Qatar

13th November 2023 President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Wednesday undertake his first State Visit to Qatar, at the invitation of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar. The two-day visit comes ahead of the 30 year anniversary of diplomatic relations between both countries, which will take place on... 

Ramaphosa undertakes State visit to Qatar
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Agoa extension would provide certainty for investment, expansion in African countries – Ramaphosa

6th November 2023 President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Monday that if extended beyond 2025 for a lengthy period, and if used more effectively, the African Growth and Opportunity Act can contribute significantly to the further diversification of African economies. Ramaphosa wrote in his weekly letter to the nation... 

Agoa extension would provide certainty for investment, expansion in African countries – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Business says Medium-Term Budget lacks clear fiscal plan

2nd November 2023 Business noted on Thursday that while Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana outlined government’s strategy to avoid a full-blown fiscal crisis and systemic risks to the economy, it is concerned that although the focus is now firmly on structural reform as demanded, those responsible for its... 

Business says Medium-Term Budget lacks clear fiscal plan
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana

Rand Water concerned about R6bn in outstanding municipal debts

25th October 2023 Bulk water supplier Rand Water noted on Wednesday that while it continues to pump at maximum capacity, storage capacity continues to drop, all this amid raising concerns about huge amounts of outstanding debts by municipalities. Rand Water CEO Sipho Mosai gave an update on its water provision in... 

Rand Water concerned about R6bn in outstanding municipal debts

SOEs no longer sustainable, mandate must be reviewed – PSA

5th October 2023 Trade union the Public Servants Association of South Africa on Thursday urged government to reduce wasteful expenditure at State-owned entities and appoint qualified, experienced and competent professionals to ensure the survival of SOEs and attract investments for the country’s economic... 

Ramaphosa highlights collaboration to address crimes targeting infrastructure

2nd October 2023 President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Monday that business is working with government to build capacity within the National Prosecuting Authority and the Hawks, alongside the modernisation of the 10111 emergency response centre and collaboration between industry and the South African Police Service... 

Ramaphosa highlights collaboration to address crimes targeting infrastructure
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Massive deviation in public entity procurement procedures not necessarily cause for alarm – report

20th September 2023 Stellenbosch University expert Professor Geo Quinot noted on Wednesday that with public procurement being susceptible to corruption, with large sums of money involved, pressure must continue to be placed on National Treasury for an effective finance management system. Corruption Watch released... 

Massive deviation in public entity procurement procedures not necessarily cause for alarm – report

Gov't desire for economic control has led to further decline in SA’s economic freedom – report

19th September 2023 Think tank Free Market Foundation CEO David Ansara has blamed South Africa’s consistent decline in economic freedom on government’s “unabated, stifling desire” for economic control. The 2023 Economic Freedom of the World report reveals that South Africa has dropped to 94 in economic freedom... 

Gov't desire for economic control has led to further decline in SA’s economic freedom – report

Ramaphosa promises action against those involved in corruption

11th September 2023 In marking Public Service Month, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated on Monday that action to discourage corruption in government departments must continue if government is to build an accountable, professional civil service. He said “it is correct” that corrupt activities be exposed and action... 

Ramaphosa promises action against those involved in corruption
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Court says it cannot compel CoJ to supply electricity to illegally connected apartment block

5th September 2023 The City of Johannesburg highlighted on Tuesday that its current debt, which is sitting at close to R48-billion, is unsustainable. The municipality explained that a lot of the debt owed included money for rates, taxes, sewer, electricity and water, owing to illegal connection of services by... 

Court says it cannot compel CoJ to supply electricity to illegally connected apartment block

Ramaphosa says investors still value South African economy

29th August 2023 President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Tuesday that despite difficult global conditions, investors continue to see value in the South African economy and the benefit of the reform agenda government is pursuing. Ramaphosa wrote in his weekly letter to the nation, expressing delight that the Brics... 

Ramaphosa says investors still value South African economy
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Brics to task Finance Ministers with consideration of local currencies

24th August 2023 President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Thursday that Brics countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – have agreed to task Brics Finance Ministers, and possibly Central Bank Governors, to consider the use of local currencies, payment instruments and platforms and to report back to the... 

Brics to task Finance Ministers with consideration of local currencies
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Brics day two: Ramaphosa concerned about financial systems used in wars, stresses use of local currencies

23rd August 2023 President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Wednesday that global financial and payment systems are increasingly being used as instruments of geopolitical contestation. Ramaphosa was speaking during the second day of the fifteenth Brics Summit, currently underway in Johannesburg, where he said global... 

Brics day two: Ramaphosa concerned about financial systems used in wars, stresses use of local currencies
President Cyril Ramaphosa

CoJ wants gas explosion declared local state of disaster

26th July 2023 City of Johannesburg manager Floyd Brink said on Wednesday that the municipality has mandated its Disaster Management Centre to finalise a report to declare the recent gas explosion in the central business district a local state of disaster. The report will be submitted to the Provincial Disaster... 

CoJ wants gas explosion declared local state of disaster

SA’s infrastructure not properly maintained, upgraded by local govt – Ramaphosa

24th July 2023 President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Monday that because of its vital developmental function, government continues to prioritise investment in infrastructure across government. However, he admitted that government is concerned that municipalities are failing to spend conditional grants allocated to... 

SA’s infrastructure not properly maintained, upgraded by local govt – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

No evidence links recent truck attacks to July 2021 unrest – Bheki Cele

12th July 2023 Police Minister Bheki Cele on Wednesday assured citizens that the recent targets on trucks were not linked or related to the 2021 July unrest. Cele was speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, to provide an update on criminality targeted at trucks. He said there is no evidence before the South... 

No evidence links recent truck attacks to July 2021 unrest – Bheki Cele
Police Minister Bheki Cele

Govt to finalise strategy to support transition to EV manufacturing – Ramaphosa

3rd July 2023 President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Monday that government will soon be finalising a strategy to support the transition to electric vehicle manufacturing to keep up with global developments. Worldwide, countries are incentivising the manufacture and uptake of EVs as the world moves towards... 

Govt to finalise strategy to support transition to EV manufacturing – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Wealthy countries have an obligation to support climate action in poor countries – Ramaphosa

26th June 2023 President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Monday that with improved funding for the country’s Just Energy Transition, government will be able to invest substantially in strengthening the country’s electricity grid and new renewable energy generation. In his weekly letter to the nation, Ramaphosa said... 

Wealthy countries have an obligation to support climate action in poor countries – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Greenpeace confident African govts will end plastic pollution

29th May 2023 Greenpeace Africa’s Communication and Story Manager Hellen Kahaso Dena said she was confident that African governments will adopt and champion a strong global treaty that will end plastic pollution through a phase out of plastic production to protect the environment and human rights of Africans.... 

Greenpeace confident African govts will end plastic pollution
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