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Infrastructure still Budget priority with R870bn allocation

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2016 South Africa’s government plans to inject R865.4-billion into infrastructure projects such as housing, roads, rail, public transport, water and electricity, maintaining its public infrastructure investment commitments over the next three years. The 2016 Budget, tabled on Wednesday, showed... 

Budget in a nutshell

By: News24Wire      24th February 2016 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s first comeback National Budget tabled on Wednesday afternoon in Parliament was relatively calm and workmanlike one after all the expectations of tax hikes and spending cuts amid tough economic times. He stressed the need to reaffirm government’s commitment to... 

SA National Health Insurance to be funded through central fund – Radebe 

By: African News Agency      11th December 2015 The National Health Insurance scheme, approved by cabinet this week, will be funded through a central fund, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Friday. “Cabinet approved the publication of the white paper on the national health insurance for South Africa for public comment,” Radebe... 

South Africa the antithesis of a civilised society  

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     13th November 2015 In the book Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason and the Gap Between Us And Them, author Joshua Greene makes some compelling arguments about some of the factors behind conflict in society. He argues that people in society, or what he calls ‘moral peoples', “fight not because they are fundamentally... 

Tax the people in Clifton and Sea Point - Cosatu 

By: News24Wire      7th October 2015 Cosatu's provincial general secretary, Tony Ehrenreich, had strong words for government and higher income groups as union members marched to Parliament on Wednesday. “We want them to tax the people who live in Clifton and Sea Point,” he demanded, saying workers should be exempted. 

China an attractive export market for South Africa, says analyst

By: Dylan Stewart     4th September 2015 Owing to the significant expansion of China’s middle class, the world’s fastest-growing economy has become an attractive market for South African exporters, says KPMG director Glenn Ho. 

Smart devices transform Internet access in Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd June 2014 As Africa continues to pursue its ambition of becoming a connected continent, mobile phones, particularly smartphones, are likely to become central to consumers accessing the Internet, changing the way business is undertaken. Communications and technology services giant Ericsson’s latest Mobility... 

Africa Hospital Expansion Summit 2013

     5th November 2013 The hospital sector is undergoing undeniable growth in the entire African continent, stimulated by increased active government focus on healthcare expansion. In the coming 10 years, not only an extra 500.000 to 650.000 beds are being built in the Sub-Saharan healthcare market, investments up to... 

NDP tries to do too much, says SAIRR

By: Sapa     15th July 2013 The National Development Plan (NDP) tries to do too much and its costly ambitions are not discussed, the South African Institute of Race Relations said on Monday. "It reads as if various government departments have provided wish-lists without much attempt to pull them all together," it said in... 

Health-record app puts patients’ health records at doctors’ fingertips

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2013 Health insurance provider Discovery Health launched the first electronic health-record application of its kind in South Africa last year, called HealthID, which is currently available on the Apple iPad and will be Android compatable this year. The electronic health record is at the heart of the... 

Africa offers greatest freight, shipping growth potential

By: Natalie Greve     6th March 2013 While beleaguered by inadequate infrastructure and complex customs regulations, Africa’s emerging economy offered the greatest potential for growth and expansion in the freight and shipping market, said DHL Europe, the Middle East and Africa Global Forwarding CEO Thomas Nieszner. “Although the... 

Location a key determinant of SA’s opportunity inequality – report  

By: Terence Creamer     24th July 2012 Where a South African child is born and lives remains the single largest factor in determining access, or otherwise, to basic opportunities such as education, healthcare, water, sanitation, electricity and early childhood development programmes, a new World Bank report shows. The finding emerged... 

Coface outlines SA GDP growth enablers, dampers

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2012 South African companies would remain risk and sales focused this year, as they sought to manage the international economic changes and additional domestic costs burdens, credit solutions provider Coface said on Wednesday, as it outlined the main gross domestic product (GDP) growth enablers and... 

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