#ICYMI: Looking back on the history of Youth Day 42 years later

Youth Day came to be observed as a public holiday following the Soweto uprising that occurred on 16 June 1976. Pupils from numerous Soweto schools are reported to have had a peaceful protest in the streets of the township in response to the introduction of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction at their schools. The protest turned violent when police opened fire on unarmed pupils. By the third day the unrest had gained momentum and spread to townships around Soweto and other parts of the country. The class of 1976…

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What not to do when it comes to funeral insurance

Funeral insurance is one of the simplest forms of insurance on the market in South Africa, yet it is possible to mess it up badly. And at a traumatic time like the death of a loved one, the fewer the surprises the better. Here’s what to watch not to do: Use less-than-reputable providers You can buy funeral insurance from just about anywhere – your church, stokvel, from undertakers, burial societies, banks and retailers. Make sure that the company that underwrites these policies are reputable. “Buying funeral insurance is something you…

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Sexual offences: ConCourt ruling welcomed – Nomafrench Mbombo

DA says this is a victory for those who have been victims of sexual abuse and have suffered in silence for years DA welcomes ConCourt ruling lifting 20 year limit to report sexual offences 14 June 2018 The DA welcomes the Constitutional Court ruling today to uphold a High Court ruling lifting the time limit of reporting sexual offences. The ruling comes after eight women, who accused Sidney Frankel of sexually abusing them as children, approached the Court to reverse a law which prevented victims of sexual abuse from laying…

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Eskom: Give wage negotiation process an opportunity to succeed – Pravin Gordhan

Minister says it is improper to raise the issue of down-sizing Eskom at the same time as the current wage negotiations Eskom Wage Negotiations 14 June 2018 The Minister of Public Enterprises, Mr Pravin Gordhan, departmental officials and Eskom Board members met the leadership of COSATU yesterday, at their invitation. The Minister wanted to understand the concerns from organised labour about the wage dispute with Eskom and related matters. Amongst the concerns expressed by COSATU were the manner in which wage negotiations have been conducted, the zero percent wage offer, and allegations…

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“SA’s future balanced on a knife-edge as Zuptoids regroup” – BizNews

And four other of the top stories on Alec Hogg’s business news website, 14 June 2018 JOHANNESBURG – The five best-read stories on Alec Hogg’s BizNews.com Thursday 14 June 2018 1. SA’s future balanced on a knife-edge as Zuptoids regroup 2. SA bleeding out as law agencies look for sticking plasters 3. Math around land: SA can’t reform what it doesn’t know – FW de Klerk Foundation 4. Meet Riccardo ‘Fluffy Pony’ Spagni: Plett-based lead developer of the Monero cryptocurrency 5. Land grabs: Just another sneaky way to enrich ANC friends – Anthea Jeffery BizNews.com…

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#MosqueAttack: Worshippers thought attacker needed a place to sleep

#MosqueAttack: Worshippers thought attacker needed a place to sleep, didn’t want to turn him away 14 June 2018 Muslim worshippers at a Malmesbury mosque, where two people were killed and two others injured on Thursday morning, apparently thought the attacker needed a place to sleep and didn’t want to turn him away. Activist Imraahn Mukaddam, who is a relative of one of the deceased, said worshippers were at the mosque for Itikaaf – a religious practice where men live and pray at the mosque for the last 10 days of…

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Mala Mala land deal: Forensic audit initiated – DA

Party says this is SA’s most expensive land deal to date and has cost taxpayers R1.1 billion Mala Mala land deal: Portfolio Committee finally agrees to initiate forensic audit following DA’s proposal 14 June 2018 The DA welcomes the multi-party Rural Development and Land Reform Portfolio Committee’s decision to initiate a forensic investigation into the Mala Mala land deal. Mala Mala is South Africa’s most expensive land deal to date and has cost taxpayers R 1.1 billion. It was finalised and restored to the Nwandlamharhi Communal Property Association (CPA) in 2013/2014.…

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Kick off! Where to watch the World Cup’s opening game

As the 2018 Fifa World Cup kicks off today, soccer fanatics, occasional fans and even those not moved by World Cup fever will be glued to their screens to catch a glimpse of the opening ceremony and the first match between Russia and Saudi Arabia. Even though our home team is not in the World Cup, there are other African teams raising Africa’s flag high – Nigeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and Senegal  – these are some big African teams that you can put your money on. South Africa’s fan culture…

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Cash-in-transit heists could lead to losses of R470m, Parliament hears

Cash-in-transit heists could lead to losses of R470m, Parliament hears 14 June 2018 Cash-in-transit heists will lead to cash losses of R470m this year if the current trend continues, the Portfolio Committee on Police heard on Wednesday. The meeting brought together a range of stakeholders concerned with cash-in-transit heists, including the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric). Forty-nine vehicles have been lost so far this year, at a cost of R64m to the industry, according to Sabric’s presentation to the committee. According to Sabric’s statistics, injuries suffered by cash-in-transit…

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More than 120 000 students are affected by NSFAS failures – Belinda Bozzoli

Fee-free Higher Education is floundering as more than 120 000 students are affected by NSFAS failures 14 June 2018 The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has revealed in a reply to a DA Parliamentary Question that at least 121 974 students have been affected by a delay in the payment of allowances. This is a much higher number than we initially thought and is cause for serious concern.  Of this number, 83% are university students, while 17% are Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) students. And not only that –  they have…

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