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Cape Town – Pressure group Stop COCT has alerted electricity consumers countrywide about the "possibility" through which municipalities can now add unregulated amounts to electricity tariffs by seeking council approval only. This comes after a meeting Stop COCT had with the City of Cape Town and the Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) on Tuesday …

It’s the year 2026 and we are all celebrating; the National Health Insurance (NHI) has just been implemented. Everyone in South Africa is now entitled to free, world-class health services. It certainly wasn’t easy, but finally, the dream is a reality! All South Africans now have access to the same high-quality medical services, like the …

Sometimes it takes an ordinary man in the street to tell the politicians a downright inconvenient truth. Meet David Drew, a humble, rational chemical engineer, who sat down and did some number-crunching based on the most conservative NHI funding estimates available, using the broadest possible swathe of sources. Here’s his conclusion; even with the most cautious …

South Africa has new draft rules about what can be sold as coffee, and what can't. Chicory mixtures have a place in the rules – but to be coffee mixtures, they need to be at least half coffee. That means three South African favourites will definitely, absolutely, and undoubtedly not be coffee. South Africa has …

President Cyril Ramaphosa has made an impassioned address to the nation on Thursday, as the presidency faces one of the biggest issues plaguing South Africa. Thousands of protesters demanded that swift action must be taken against rapists and those who commit femicide – and it seems Cyril is on the same page. In a brief, informal address …

The state's top legal minds have given the proposed National Health Insurance bill their stamp of approval in terms of its constitutionality. Acting chief state law adviser Ayesha Jahoor told MPs on Thursday that the bill complied with Section 27 of the constitution, which provides for everyone a right to have access to health care …

Zweli Mkhize assured a hospital conference that the national health insurance fund won’t have the power to take risks or raise debts National Health Insurance (NHI) will be rolled out in a manner that is affordable and will not pose the kinds of risks to the economy that state-owned electricity generator Eskom has done, health …

South Africa's intentions to tap state workers' pension funds to revive a struggling economy would be strongly opposed, the Sunday Times reports, citing a major trade group on pensions. The state workers' pension funds lobby group doesn't trust government investing pension funds to bail out struggling state-owned companies such as utility Eskom Holdings, said Adamus …

Appearing before Parliament on Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa called for a "broad and wholesome" discussion around prescribed assets, which could oblige retirement funds to invest in state-owned enterprises. The term 'prescribed assets' refers to a policy where the state obliges institutions such as pension funds and insurance companies to invest a part of their funds …

Dr Olive Shisana, the social policy special advisor to president Cyril Ramaphsoa, has addressed some of the key issues around the incoming National Health Insurance (NHI). Shisana said that the NHI will not require mass sums of money, as some critics have claimed, and that any additional taxes will be far lower than medical aid …

South Africa should investigate using worker pensions to fund finance development and infrastructure projects, president Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday. Speaking in a parliamentary Q&A session on Thursday (22 August) Ramaphosa said that the proposal had the backing of the Congress of South Trade Unions(Cosatu), Reuters reported. “We need to discuss this matter (prescribed assets) and we …

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town's draft coastal by-law has Capetonians questioning how it would be implemented and pointing out that pre-existing by-laws need better enforcing. The proposed by-law seeks to prohibit undesirable conduct, which includes that no person may in the coastal zone indecently expose their body, perform an indecent act or …

Johannesburg - President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed into law tough new rules criminalising the submission of fraudulent qualifications or misrepresentation of education credentials. Job seekers and prospective students who submit fraudulent qualifications or misrepresent them will now face up to five years in prison in terms of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Amendment Act 2019. …

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town's draft coastal by-law has Capetonians questioning how it would be implemented and pointing out that pre-existing by-laws need better enforcing. The proposed by-law seeks to prohibit undesirable conduct, which includes that no person may in the coastal zone indecently expose their body, perform an indecent act or …

Looting private pensions, whether under the guise of ‘prescribed assets’ or any other terminology, will be disastrous. President Cyril Ramaphosa and the ANC are creating an environment unfriendly to business. After punting the unaffordable national health insurance scheme, Ramaphosa has signed into law the National Credit Amendment Bill, or debt-relief Bill. And the ANC has …

The ANC’s economic policy head said the party is investigating using prescribed assets to avoid an IMF bailout. Prescribed assets will force SA asset managers and pension funds to invest in the country’s bonds and state-owned-enterprises. The last time South Africa had prescribed assets, the apartheid regime forced retirement funds to invest half of all …

Cape Town – The National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa) investigation into the City of Cape Town’s electricity tariffs has been welcomed by civic organisation Stop CoCT, which had lodged a formal complaint on the metro’s current charges structure. Nersa spokesperson Charles Hlebela said the regulator had received numerous complaints over the tariffs and …

Also, ‘the constitution does not empower government to set aside South Africans’ healthcare choices in favour of its own preferences’. Pundits have highlighted several legal stumbling blocks likely to arise from the enactment of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill. The various funding streams the Bill proposed included some which could raise constitutional problems as …

Following a long period of downtime due to the national elections and the reconvening of parliament, President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed off a number of new pieces of legislation this week. The legislation – some of which have been mooted for over a decade – will bring a number of major changes to South African …

Opinion - I WAS in a serious accident in 1999 which left me with a broken femur, shattered humerus, three cracked ribs on the left and two on the right, both lungs punctured In 2012, I contracted viral encephalitis. More recently, in 2016, my youngest daughter was born 10 weeks premature and spent the next …

President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed into law the controversial debt-relief bill which contains provisions strongly opposed by the banking industry and the DA. In a formal announcement published in parliament on Thursday, the national legislature revealed that the president approved the National Credit Amendment Bill earlier this week. The bill provides for the extinguishing of …

I am a first-generation medical aid member and come from a family which was largely dependent on public health. My parents really struggled with inadequate healthcare for all their lives and I wonder if my dad’s life would have been lengthened with better care. My mom, who is now 89, is on medical aid because …

The new National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, tabled in parliament on 8 August, sheds some light on the new universal health coverage will be funded. The main question for medical aid members and other taxpayers is whether they can still belong to medical aids and if so, whether they will be forced to pay not …

The NHI Bill was meant to help equalise health care and guarantee access to the best kind of care to everyone in the country whether they are well off or poor. JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has called for calm following concerns raised by the private healthcare sector about the National Health Insurance model. …

Public hospitals have become a death-trap for the poor‚ says Refiloe Nt’sekhe of the Democratic Alliance. The party has produced this checklist of the top eight problems that it says require urgent intervention‚ following inspection visits to hospitals and clinics over the past month by DA provincial health spokespersons Jack Bloom MPL (Gauteng)‚ Dr Imran …

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday vowed that the National Health Insurance is here to stay. Ramaphosa was speaking a week after health minister Zweli Mkhize made public the NHI bill, which has been the subject of a lot of criticism. Most of the critics have pointed out a lack of clarity about its funding, questions …

The National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, tabled last week in Parliament, has been forwarded to the chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo. Dhlomo said the committee will meet and discuss the programme of the NHI Bill, which will have an extensive public consultation process. Analysts and economists meanwhile, have been digesting …

The National Health Insurance bill published on Thursday (8 August) fails to answer a number of key questions around universal health coverage. According to the Institute for Race Relations, these issues include the final costs of the system, and exactly which benefits will be covered. “The main purpose of the NHI bill is to establish …

South Africa’s embattled consumers are set to see a rise in taxes as the government scrambles to implement the much-touted National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s embattled consumers are set to see a rise in taxes as the government scrambles to implement the much-touted National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. The NHI Bill, …

The Department of Health published the long-awaited National Health Insurance Bill on Thursday (8 August). The bill promises universal health coverage for all South Africans and is set to bring big changes to the country’s health industry – including how South Africans pay for health coverage and a changed role for medical aids. One industry which is also …

Experts have warned that the incoming National Health Insurance (NHI) may be dead on arrival as a large number of doctors plan to leave South Africa or have already left. The incoming NHI will rely on a large network of doctors to service patients around the country, with government promising ‘universal health coverage’. However, the Sunday …

The Department of Health has published its revised National Health Insurance Bill, promising to bring universal health coverage to every South African. Since being mooted, the NHI has faced constant controversy including questions around how it will be funded, which medical issues will be covered and how private medical aid users will be impacted. These …

A look at how well our mothers – and our finances – do in the public health sector does not bode well for the new NHI Bill. Alex van den Heever takes a look at the figures and power structures that will shape the future of healthcare in South Africa. South Africa usefully generates a …

Health workers, nurses, doctors, dentists, specialists, physiotherapists, paramedics and hospitals will be subject to price control and guidelines if the NHI bill is passed. Theses prices will be set by a pricing committee. TimesLIVE has had sight of the bill, which health minister Zweli Mkhize is releasing publicly on Thursday. It has been sent to …

Parliament is set to release the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill by 9am on Thursday morning. Here is how healthcare in South Africa is likely to change. 1. Will you be able to have a comprehensive medical aid? No. Once the NHI has been fully implemented, your medical scheme will not be allowed to cover …

One of the top priorities requiring urgent action is Eskom, which Brown says is the ‘very sick’ elephant in the room SA is running out time and money to ease a cash crunch at state-owned companies,  the CEO Nedbank said,  the latest business leader to express frustration at the pace of turnaround efforts at parastatals …

NHI has remained a noble pipe dream stymied by unachievable ambitions and a funding requirement quite out of reach for a bankrupted country Even in a country desensitised to bonkers ideas, the mutterings of health minister Zweli Mkhize about SA’s plans for National Health Insurance (NHI) were hard to stomach. For years, NHI has remained …

As long as the politics of memory requires us to have one story declared the ultimate winner and sole truth, the common ground will be lost leading to a battle for the single truth, writes Elmien du Plessis. A recent legal question guided me to the physical boundaries of our country. As I read about …

The ANC government will push through with the nationalisation of the Reserve Bank - but "in a responsible manner". This is according to to ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, who was briefing journalists on Tuesday on the outcomes of the governing party's national executive committee (NEC) meeting at the weekend. Magashule said this was in line …

The Solidarity NetWork announced that it would kick-off a comprehensive and lawful tax protest campaign next week. This South African tax protest includes at least six legal actions against state enterprises and tax plunderers. The actions include, among others, an application for business rescue of SAA. According to Solidarity, the SAA case would be the …

Solidarity is embarking on what it has called a "lawful tax protest" campaign, which would include legal actions against state enterprises. Taxes and VAT form a big part of the fiscus and tax avoidance in South Africa is illegal. Talks of a tax revolt have surfaced in the recent past, but it was called irresponsible and …

President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Presidential Health Compact on Thursday, which will make the way for a new health care system in South Africa that doesn’t discriminate against whether a person is rich or poor. “It has as its stated goal: one country, one health system. This means quality of care must be the same …

Amending Section 25 of the Constitution is officially before Parliament again after the National Assembly passed a motion on Thursday to establish an ad hoc committee to draft an amendment to allow expropriation without compensation. In the debate on the motion, the old fault lines between parties who supported amending the Constitution and those who …

Eskom will be receiving a further R59bn from Treasury over the next two years to stay afloat, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced on Tuesday. This lifeline comes on top of the R23bn annual inunction to the cash strapped power utility announced in February. The special appropriation bill will give Eskom R26bn in the 2019/2020 financial …

The South African government’s decision to increase support for the embattled state power utility is wreaking havoc on the nation’s finances and may force it to increase borrowing and raise the budget deficit. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni told lawmakers in Cape Town on Tuesday that Eskom will get R26 billion ($1.9 billion) this financial year …

Article from the Rational Standard By:Nicholas Woode-Smith Expropriation without compensation (EWC) isn’t an abstract threat, always too far away to matter and only affecting the people you don’t care about. It is very, and most unfortunately, real and present. With Parliament agreeing to review section 25 of the Constitution, we aren’t yet facing expropriation without compensation, …

The minister also said the debt and restructuring of Eskom will need to be addressed. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Tuesday presented his plans to parliament to provide financial support to struggling energy utility Eskom. Mboweni introduced the Special Appropriation Bill in the National Assembly, which will offer the parastatal a lifeline in the current …

Article from IOL Cape Town – The City of Cape Town will soon put out a draft by-law to protect its precious coastline from encroachment, poaching activities and other damaging actions. In a statement, the City said it would soon publicise the draft Coastal By-law for public participation, with the intention being to “better protect …

Article from IOL Cape Town – The City of Cape Town is facing a groundswell of opposition to its increase of the electricity tariff and surcharge, a move which has been labeled as unconstitutional. The tariff increase and surcharge has sparked outrage from cash-strapped residents and has lead a civic group, a concerned resident and …

Article from FIN 24 President Cyril Ramaphosa told Members of Parliament on Thursday that government would not scrap the broad-based black economic empowerment, although he acknowledged that the policy had been slow in achieving the economic transformation it was intended to. Ramaphosa was replying to the National Assembly’s debate on his budget vote, which he …

Article from Business Report. JOHANNESBURG – Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has announced in his budget vote that the government is soon to table the long-awaited Employment Equity Amendment Bill in Parliament. This is a crucial bill that seeks to strengthen the Employment Equity Act and support the nation’s efforts to eradicate the legacies …

Article from EWN Minister Thoko Didiza on Tuesday tabled the department’s budget and one for the Department of Fisheries and Forestry, which is also under her leadership. CAPE TOWN – Land expropriation without expropriation would happen whether those opposed to it like it or not. That was the word from Agriculture and Land Reform Minister Thoko Didiza and her …

Article from the Sunday Times Justice and constitutional development minister Ronald Lamola wants the new parliament to prioritise a proposed piece of legislation aimed at criminalising racism and other hate crimes. Presenting his first budget vote in the National Assembly on Tuesday, Lamola detailed his legislative agenda for the 2019-2020 financial year, including the revival …

THE DRAFT NATIONAL HEALTH AMENDMENT BILL 2018 The Draft Bill is long overdue. In the late 1990s, President Mandela instructed the South African Law [Reform] Commission (SALC) to investigate, and make law reform recommendations regarding, end-of-life decision-making in all its forms. Among others, the SALC’s second or final report (1999) proposed that advance directives (a …

STATEMENT BY DEIDRE CARTER, MP PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL: DRAFT NATIONAL HEALTH AMENDMENT BILL THE LEGAL RECOGNITION AND ENFORCEMENT OF ADVANCE DIRECTIVES Dying is a natural and inevitable part of life. Dying is a natural and inevitable part of life. Unless we die an unnatural death, we will go through a natural dying process. For some, …

The Department of Health invites you to submit written comments on the proposed draft National Health Insurance Bill (NHI) and the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill. Here are 10 points you should know. [BusinessTech] 1. End of co-payments The first major amendment includes the abolishment of co-payments – which effectively means that medical schemes will be required to …