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GOVERNMENT PROMISES SOUTH AFRICA'S NEW CLIMATE FUND WONT GET LOOTED

Barbara Creecy, the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, has backed the creation of the Climate Response Fund, which she says represents a crucial measure to tackle the consequences of climate-related catastrophes – but assures that it will not suffer the same ill fate as other funds which had “no oversight”.

4 NEW BILLS PASSED BY PARLIAMENT – WITH BIG CHANGES FOR PENSIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA

The National Assembly has passed four Bills, with one having a significant impact on South Africa’s pension system. NA has passed the Revenue Laws Amendment Bill, the Plant Health (Phytosanitary) Bill, the Deeds Registries Amendment Bill, and the Municipal Fiscal Powers and Functions Amendment Bill.

4 new bills passed by parliament – with big changes for pensions in South Africa

NEW LAWS FOR SCHOOLS IN SOUTH AFRICA AN ‘OVERREACH BY THE STATE’: GOVERNING BODIES

As the Basic Education Laws Amendment (BELA) Bill moves closer to being signed into law, supporters hope that the new legislation will close many ‘loopholes’ in the education system. However, many school governing bodies (SGBs) continue to oppose the coming changes and worry that their concerns have fallen on deaf ears.

NEW LAWS FOR SCHOOLS IN SOUTH AFRICA AN ‘OVERREACH BY THE STATE’: GOVERNING BODIES

2024 BUDGET PREDICTIONS: TAX HIKES, MEDICAL AID CREDIT CHANGES AND MORE

The upcoming 2024 budget speech requires the Minister of Finance to prioritise disciplined budgeting, efficient tax collection, responsible spending, and sustainable economic growth promotion by promoting a balance between promoting economic development and easing the burden on South African households.

2024 Budget predictions: Tax hikes, medical aid credit changes and more

RAMAPHOSA DOUBLES DOWN ON BASIC INCOME GRANT FOR SOUTH AFRICA

President Cyril Ramaphosa has doubled down on plans to make the shift to a permanent Basic Income Grant a reality in South Africa. Delivering the 2024 State of the Nation Address, the president said that this will be done by extending and amending the Social Relief of Distress `{`SRD`}` Grant.

Ramaphosa doubles down on Basic Income Grant for South Africa

HOW MUCH PREPAID ELECTRICITY WILL COST AFTER THE 2024 PRICE HIKES

South Africans using prepaid electricity should expect a significant increase in their monthly bill from April this year. Last year, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) approved Eskom price increases of 18.65% for 2023/24 and a 12.74% increase that will start in April 2024.

ANOTHER MASSIVE ELECTRICITY PRICE HIKE HITTING SOUTH AFRICANS SOON

Despite having the worst year of load shedding in 2023, and many analysts noting it is firmly here to stay in 2024, South Africans must prepare for another double-digit Eskom tariff increase this year.

Another massive electricity price hike hitting South Africans soon

SOUTH AFRICA’S BIG PLAN TO END LOAD SHEDDING IS SERIOUSLY FLAWED

In the first week of 2024, the South African energy minister, Gwede Mantashe, released a proposed roadmap for the future of electricity in South Africa. Unfortunately, the draft Integrated Resource Plan is a major disappointment.

SOUTH AFRICA’S BIG PLAN TO END LOAD SHEDDING IS SERIOUSLY FLAWED

9 NEW LAWS WAITING TO BE SIGNED BY RAMAPHOSA – FROM NHI TO HATE SPEECH

With the national elections coming up, Parliament has been pushing through large amounts of legislation, with several laws only needing the President’s signature for assent.

PARLIAMENT'S MAD RUSH BEFORE END OF TERM

Parliament had a busy 2023, as lawmakers were steadfast in getting legislation to the president’s desk before the legislature comes to a close in May.

GOVERNMENT LOOKS TO FINALISE EXPROPRIATION LAWS AHEAD OF 2024 ELECTIONS

One of the first items on parliament’s agenda for 2024 is to bring the widely-debated Expropriation Bill into law ahead of this year’s general elections.

OUTRAGEOUS PREDICTIONS FOR 2024 – INCLUDING AN AI DEEPFAKE CRISIS, AND THE FALL OF CAPITALISM IN THE USA

Denmark-based Saxo Bank has continued its nearly two-decades tradition by publishing eight outrageous predictions for 2024.

BIG CHANGES TO PARENTAL LEAVE IN SOUTH AFRICA

A South African high court has ushered in a new era of parental leave with a landmark ruling that new parents can share four months of parental leave, previously available only to mothers.

ALL THE NEW NAME CHANGES FOR SOUTH AFRICAN CITIES, TOWNS AND VILLAGES IN 2023

Throughout 2023, there have been several proposed name changes for towns and villages in South Africa as part of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture’s goal of speeding up transformation reflected across the country’s geographical landmarks.

THIS TAX IS NOT WORKING IN SOUTH AFRICA

The tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB), known as the Health Promotion Levy (HPL), has been ineffective in reducing the nation’s sugar intake and obesity levels.

SOUTH AFRICA BACKS GLOBAL CLIMATE DEAL TO KISS FOSSIL FUELS GOODBYE

The South African government has welcomed a deal struck at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, where nearly 200 countries have agreed to begin moving away from fossil fuels by ramping up renewable energy to counter the impact of climate change.

WARNING OVER NEW SMOKING LAWS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Gauteng residents are divided on the hotly contested draft Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill, with businesses warning that implementing the new laws will have negative consequences for the country’s township economy.