South Africa

A raft of tax increases and curtailing the public sector wage bill are just some of the interventions anticipated to be announced by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni when he delivers the 2020 Budget.

The Mpumalanga provincial government will commence with the construction of seven new schools in five fast-growing towns.

The Gauteng Provincial Government will in the next five years spend R60 billion on building and maintaining infrastructure, which will contribute to the creation of an additional 100 000 jobs, and facilitate the development of 50 black industrialists.

The gender gap in attendance of a tertiary educational institution has narrowed from 8.4 percentage points in 2002 to 4.8 percentage points in 2018, with females outpacing men during that period.

Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has unveiled a series of catalytic projects worth billions of rand as the province accelerates investment attracting and job creation efforts.

The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) has ordered all formal wholesalers, retailers and informal traders to remove and stop selling 400g pilchards in tomato sauce and 400g pilchards in chili sauce with immediate effect.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on traditional leaders to claim back customary initiation from the hands of unscrupulous people, who have infiltrated the practice.

The management of the South African Post Office (SAPO) has been instructed to review all SAPO contracts to ensure they are still relevant to the business requirements.

A Spar franchisee has been ordered to pay millions of rands to workers for unlawful deductions on earnings, as well as non-compliance with the National Minimum Wage (NMW), said the Department of Employment and Labour.

South Africa is set to host the 22nd session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission (AFWC), which is scheduled to take place at the Kruger National Park next month.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has handed over 249 Shova Kalula bicycles to learners from six schools in De Aar in the Northern Cape.

The Department of Employment and Labour says the new rate for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for each ordinary hour worked will now be R20.76.

Eskom says it does not expect to implement rotational load shedding today.

While there has been no case of Coronavirus reported in South Africa, people who develop symptoms of respiratory illness during or after travel to countries where the outbreak is known to be circulating, have been advised to seek early medical care.

The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has shared the details of land it has recently released for the purposes of land reform, redistribution, restitution, land tenure and human settlement development.

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