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Covid-19 peak expected late August, with SA economy to recover in 2 years

28th July 2020 Business lobby group, Business for South Africa, has urged South Africans and businesses to continue with precautions in work and public life as the economic devastation wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic rages on. In a statement released on Tuesday morning, B4SA said it expected the national... 

SA loses 3 000 jobs in first quarter of 2020, but impact of lockdown not felt yet

28th July 2020 Total employment in SA's non-agricultural formal sector fell by 3 000 between December 2019 and March 2020, Statistics SA announced on Tuesday in its latest Quarterly Employment Statistics bulletin.  The QES results are based on a sample survey conducted by Stats SA and include findings on... 

SA Express employees still pleading for govt help with airline in provisional liquidation

28th July 2020 A group of employees at state-owned regional airline SA Express are still desperately hoping that government will be able to assist them in getting their unpaid salaries - last paid in February - as well as retrenchment packages. Unlike South African Airways, which is still in business rescue, SA... 

Mboweni warns of consequences for theft of Covid-19 relief funds

27th July 2020 "What kind of people are these criminals?" This was a line from one of three late-night tweets by Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni on Sunday evening about corruption involving Covid-19 tenders. The minister took to Twitter on Sunday evening to tweet about the theft of funds, a few days after... 

Gwede Mantashe discharged from hospital

26th July 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has been discharged after he was hospitalised for Covid-19 earlier this month. The Presidency confirmed that Mantashe was discharged from hospital on Sunday evening. 

Cops confiscate illegally mined chrome, excavator totalling more than R2m in bust

25th July 2020 A Hawks operation has seen police officers seize chrome stockpiles and an excavator totalling more than R2 million in Limpopo, a spokesperson said. The operation at the Modikwa Mine in Burgersfort on Friday was in response to the "ongoing scourge of illegal mining in the province", said Hawks... 

Patel tests positive for Covid-19

25th July 2020 Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel is the latest member of the executive to test positive for the deadly Covid-19. Patel received his results on Saturday. 

Reserve Bank cuts repo rate by 25 basis points

23rd July 2020 The Reserve Bank has introduced a 25 basis points rate cut, with Governor Lesetja Kganyago saying inflation is expected to be "well contained" in the medium term. Kganyago on Thursday announced that the Monetary Policy Committee was divided on the decision. The repo rate - which is the benchmark... 

Ramaphosa to address nation at 20:00 tonight

23rd July 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 20:00 this evening, on developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of Covid-19. The President’s address follows a number of meetings of the Cabinet and the National Coronavirus Command Council. The President’s... 

Eskom suspends operations in other parts of Cape Town following attacks

23rd July 2020 Eskom announced it has now suspended operations in other parts of Cape Town following continued attacks on its employees.  Affected areas, where the utility has pulled out of operations, include Bloekombos, Wallacedene, Kraaifontein CBD and Wesbank in Delft, it said in a statement on Wednesday.  

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