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The address by resident Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday, 23 March 2020, set out certain fiscal relief measures to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and vulnerable firms mitigate cash flow constraints as a consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak. Certain of these measures will be implemented through the tax system and aim to use the tax …

JOHANNESBURG - It's official. South Africa has been junked. The global Coronavirus outbreak wasn't enough to stop Moody's ratings agency from cutting the country's sovereign credit rating to sub-investment grade. The long-term foreign-currency and local-currency ratings have been lowered from Baa3 to Ba1. Moody's cites a continuing deterioration in fiscal strength and structurally very weak …

Gauteng community health worker Sisanda Kulima says that when her daughter asked about the coronavirus, she was surprised her mother was not afraid. “She said to me: ‘But you are working hard mom.’ And I felt so proud because that made me aware that people can see how much I love this job,” Kulima says, …

The government insists there is a plan in place to address overcrowded areas which make social distancing and self-isolation impossible. This is according to Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. She said the government could not share details of how it planned to "de-densify" some areas as consultations with affected communities have not taken place yet. …

Sweden has become an international outlier in its response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak by keeping schools open and adopting few other restrictions, as the Scandinavian nation embarks on what one health expert called a “huge experiment”.  Since the UK went into lockdown on Monday evening, Sweden is the largest European country with the fewest …

Ratepayers in Stellenbosch who can prove that their income has been hit by the coronavirus crisis will get a three-month rates holiday, councillors decided at an emergency meeting on Wednesday. “Once the crisis is over, the municipality will work with applicants to repay the principal outstanding debt on reasonable terms and without the accrual of …

Companies do not need to be majority black-owned to qualify for support, says minister of small business development Khumbudzo Ntshavheni As the country prepares to shut down for three weeks, the government is implementing a range of measures from tax deferrals to targeted funding for distressed businesses, in the hope that SA firms can weather …

Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu said many South Africans had criticised continued messages about the importance of washing hands with water, asking where they would get the water to do this. Nthakoana Ngatane  JOHANNESBURG - Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu on Tuesday said 2,000 sites in mostly rural and …

Billionaire Johann Rupert said his R1-billion assistance will be available to all small businesses and their employees, and not only black-owned businesses. On Monday 23 March, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a nationwide lockdown for 21 days which will begin from midnight on Thursday 26 March. This will have a devastating effect on the South African …

South Africa now has a Covid-19 solidarity fund, to help deal with the fallout of the novel coronavirus, and measures to slow its spread, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday night. The government has seeded it with a R150 million donation. It is not yet clear clear exactly how it will spend its money – …

The South African government could deploy the army to enforce restrictions if there is a large spike in coronavirus cases, says health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize. If that does not work, the government will look at area-specific lockdowns to contain epicentres of the virus. And if still unsuccessful, a national lockdown will be the last …

If people think they can loot and steal and not get caught, many of them will. There have to be harsh consequences, or everything falls apart. In a proposal published on Daily Maverick on 8 March, a group of Johannesburg-based lawyers argued for a corruption amnesty. Their argument is long and detailed but is essentially wrong and …

Government has just announced strict new regulations to prevent price gouging during the coronavirus crisis. According to new regulations as part of the Disaster Management Act, signed by minister of trade and industry Ebrahim Patel on Thursday, companies are not allowed to hike prices for a list of goods by more than the increases in …

The national state of disaster has officially come into effect with government publishing the gazetted regulations that will govern this period. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the national state of disaster on Sunday in a bid to stem the growing number of positive Covid-19 cases in South Africa. On Wednesday, that number sat at 116 confirmed …

South African political party leaders, led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, have pledged to put aside their differences and pursue a consorted, non-partisan approach towards containing the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. Ramaphosa and leaders of opposition parties made the announcement on Wednesday following a meeting in Cape Town, where all the parties discussed the …

Fellow South Africans, I am addressing you this evening on a matter of great national importance. The world is facing a medical emergency far graver than what we have experi-enced in over a century. The World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus outbreak as a global pandemic. There are now more than 162 000 people …

Zimbabwe has announced plans to give back land controversially taken over under its controversial fast track land reform programme, which started in 2000. The programme, which was criticised for being both chaotic and violent, resulted in numerous deaths in the course of land seizures. On Friday, the Zimbabwean government gazetted new legislation under which former …

Setting things to rights without serious consideration of the cost of the present context will inevitably aggravate an already very pear-shaped BEE public procurement policy. That’s essentially what Dr Anthea Jeffery, Head of Policy Research at the Institute of Race Relations, is saying here about the ‘upgraded’ BEE requirements of the Draft Public Procurement Bill, now out for …

Johannesburg - A massive R3.5billion in unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure has highlighted the alleged dire state of Joburg’s finances. The auditor-general revealed that Joburg’s wasteful and irregular expenditure worsened by R758million in the 2018/19 reporting period, compared to the previous year. The city has also been flagged for not paying its creditors within …

The Competition Commission has published Draft Guidelines for the Automotive Aftermarket Industry. The automotive aftermarket industry is the market for motor vehicle spare parts, tools and components after the vehicles are sold to consumers. This market also includes maintenance and repair services sold by dealerships to consumers. Currently, most new vehicle owners in South Africa are …

The deadline for parliament’s ad-hoc committee to make amendments to Section 25 of the constitution and allow the expropriation of land without compensation, has been extended. While the deadline to draft the amendment was initially due to be the end of March 2020, the National Assembly unanimously passed a motion on Thursday, 5 March 2020. …

The ANC and EFF remain at loggerheads over which land should be expropriated without compensation, as the second round of public hearings gets under way. ANC NEC member and spokesperson Pule Mabe was left red-faced on Thursday morning during a panel discussion hosted by the Black Business Council at its annual summit under way in …

South Africa will once again be spending more on protecting the president, former presidents, their spouses, the deputy president, “persons related” to the president and deputy president, and “local and international dignitaries” than on land reform. This came to light in the national budget released by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on February 26, which shows that the …

Despite these debt-ridden SOEs potentially crippling the economy, David Mabuza is confident of turning both around Deputy president David Mabuza says the government remains confident that Eskom and SAA can be returned to profitability despite the current challenges the two state-owned entities (SOEs) face. During a Q&A session in the National Council of Provinces on …

Though there has been  a decline in public participation on the proposed amendment of the constitution to make it easier for the state to expropriate land without compensation, a majority of participants still oppose the amendment, according to an analysis by an NGO. The land expropriation issue has polarised the country and spooked investors. Parliament’s …

Gym giant Virgin Active says South Africa doesn't need a proposed Fitness Industry Regulatory Authority – and consumers shouldn't have to pay for it. The government is proposing a specialist regulator with the ability to accredit personal trainers and gyms, and shut them down. But the idea is "unprecedented internationally", Virgin Active says, and self-regulation plus enforcing …

Economists forecast GDP contraction of 0.2% for the fourth quarter of 2019 The state of the economy will be at the forefront this week, with some economists forecasting that SA may have slid into another recession. Stats SA is expected to release the GDP print for the fourth quarter of 2019 on Tuesday. A contraction …

All municipalities will have to be compliant under the new Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (SPLUMA) by October 2020, says real estate company Seeff. Seeff said that legislation introduces a new ‘SPLUMA certificate’ which the National Deeds Office will now require from the local municipality in which a property is located before any property transaction …

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{{ vc_btn: title=Download+the+Speech&style=3d&color=success&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fdearsouthafrica.co.za%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2020%252F02%252Fbudget_speech.pdf%7C%7C%7C }} Good afternoon It is my honour to introduce the first Budget of the Sixth Administration. Today I table: 1. The Division of Revenue Bill 2. The Appropriation Bill 3. The 2020 Budget Review 4. The 2020 Estimates of National Expenditure 5. The 2020 Tax Proposals 1. INTRODUCTION Madam Speaker, The Aloe …

It’s high noon for the future of e-tolls on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). A final decision on the controversial scheme is expected to be made in Wednesday’s budget speech, following the lengthy stand-off between the motoring public and government over the non-payment of e-tolls. Wayne Duvenage, CEO of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse …

As the government of South Africa debates how to redistribute land post-apartheid, We look at global lessons in land reform. Source: CNN

Raw sewage on potholed streets, piles of garbage on sidewalks and water and power shortages became routine in the South African municipality of Makana. Then something extraordinary happened that could change the face of local government politics. The High Court last month granted a civil rights group’s application to have the southeastern municipality’s council dissolved …

Taxpayers have to prepare for nasty surprises in next week's Budget – which could include a once-off tax levy on personal income, and a VAT hike, Old Mutual's economist warns. Government's debt burden is spiralling out of control, and it now has to spend R200 billion a year just on the interest of its loans.  …

The South African government’s plans to expropriate land without compensation would be disastrous for the economy, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. The policy proposal is an example of centralised planning that has failed in other African states like Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Ethiopia, Pompeo told reporters on Wednesday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. …

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town is owed more than R7billion as at the end of December last year by individual and business ratepayers. The bulk of the outstanding debt is divided between residential properties (R5.561bn) followed by business properties ( R1.518bn), with other outstanding debt amounting to R833m. The City also said …

Cape Town - Emboldened by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that  municipalities will be able to procure their own power from independent power producers (IPPs), the City has started the ball rolling by signing a grant agreement worth more than R12 million with the US Trade and Development Agencies to conduct a feasibility study on a natural …

South Africans working and living abroad are preparing for new amendments to the Income Tax Act, set to come into effect from 1 March 2020. The amendments will effectively introduce an ‘expat tax’, meaning that South African tax residents working internationally will only be exempt from paying tax on the first R1 million they earn …

Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Thandi Modise, Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Mr Amos Masondo, Deputy President David Mabuza, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and esteemed members of the judiciary, Former President Thabo Mbeki and Mrs Mbeki, Former President Kgalema Motlanthe and Mrs Motlanthe, Former Deputy President FW de Klerk and Mrs De …

The proposed change to the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation (EWC) that is set to serve before Parliament in the current sitting, is bound to have a huge impact on banks, the financial system in general and the economy overall. It will hit the very foundation on which any successful economy is built: that …

Any politician worth his salt won’t pick a fight when the odds are stacked against him. Which is the dilemma facing President Cyril Ramaphosa as the deep roots of the parasitic Zuptoid decade and crippling party policies see him choosing party unity above our (failing) State. This is a sobering story reflecting how global institutions which influence our future are …

{{ vc_btn: title=COMMENT+ON+THE+BILL+HERE&style=3d&color=success&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fdearsouthafrica.co.za%252Fland-donations-policy%252F%7Ctitle%3ALand%2520Donations%2520Policy%7C%7C }} The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform has published a new ‘land donations policy’, allowing groups to donate property to speed up the land reform process. Released for public comment on Friday (7 February), the document states that donations should be expedited from large institutional landowners. This includes agri-business, mining companies, financial …

This sober, rational – and frightening – analysis by the Institute of Race Relations is a classic illustration of the ‘boiled frog’ syndrome where South African land owners get lulled into a sense of false security by banks eager to please ruling politicians. It’s among many examples of socialist command-and-control policy-creep that threatens to push this country beyond economic …

The first wave of state capture had its origins in the cadre deployment and transformation policies of the African National Congress (ANC) which degenerated into the looting of state institutions. These policies allowed the party, through the government, extraordinary regulatory and administrative powers and deployed cadres just could not withstand dipping into the public purse. …

The 2020 Budget is approaching and by all accounts, we are likely to witness an embarrassing display of a policy with no answers. We have chosen to be popular. We have chosen to "trash capital". Let me give you an idea of the knock-on effects when you decide to "trash capital". What we are doing …

JOHANNESBURG – SAA business rescue practitioners have approached the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) to discuss the possibility of using the R100 billion surplus that the UIF controls to fund inevitable retrenchments at the troubled state-owned airline. The rescuers, Les Matuson and Siviwe Dongwana, on Wednesday confirmed that they had held numerous meetings with the UIF …

South Africa’s new Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act will be in full effect from June next year (2020), says Transport minister Fikile Mbalula. Speaking at the launch of Transport Month in Gauteng on Saturday (5 October), Mbalula said that the new system will greatly improve safety on the country’s roads and help …

Effective land reform is still required, but the Draft Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill of 2019 (the Draft Bill) will needlessly undermine the property rights of all South Africans: from the 1 million whites with home ownership to the 8.5 million black, ‘coloured’ and Indian families who own houses too. It will also hurt the 17.5m …

The public enterprises minister is looking to save the 16,000 jobs dependent on the power utility. Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan has given a clear indication that labour federation Cosatu’s proposal to use money managed by the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) to support Eskom is being taken seriously. Speaking at a lunch hosted by …

Victory for participative democracy as Parliament extends deadline for public submissions on land expropriation amendment 24 hours after non-profit organisation DearSA announced Parliament’s IT servers were blocking public submissions on the proposed change in the Constitution to allow land expropriation, the Parliamentary committee responsible for the issue extended the deadline for comments to 29 February. …

Johannesburg - The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has defended its decision to grant Eskom an increase of 5.23% instead of the 19.9% the power utility has applied for, saying it was acting for the interest of customers. Advocate Rafik Bhana - legal counsel for Nersa - made these submissions when replying to …

South Africa’s new Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act will be in full effect from June next year (2020), says Transport minister Fikile Mbalula. Speaking at the launch of Transport Month in Gauteng on Saturday (5 October), Mbalula said that the new system will greatly improve safety on the country’s roads and help …

JOHANNESBURG - The governing ANC party is making a stunning about-turn on the issue of land expropriation without compensation. The party is ditching a key clause in the proposed bill it previously supported in Parliament. The clause as it currently stands gives the judiciary power to decide on instances when no compensation should be paid. Now suddenly, …

The ANC wants to ‘de-racialise our towns and cities and transform apartheid-era spacial patterns’, its secretary-general said. At a press briefing on Wednesday at Luthuli House, African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule outlined what was agreed upon at a lekgotla held on 19 and 20 January, following a meeting of the ANC’s national executive …

The Land Bank has become the first big state-owned company in SA to be relegated to junk status by Moody’s rating agency. The New York-based agency, which is the last remaining among the big three to rate SA as investment grade economy, said given government’s fiscal challenges, it expected less financial support for the Land …

The TV channel, NEWSROOM AFRICA, had three experts on last night to "solve" ESKOM problems as if they were board members of ESKOM. 6 Points were identified and discussed. Very good insight into ESKOM woes came to the fore in this program. The contents of this program is sent to the current ESKOM board, the …

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has again put out a call to the public to make proposals on how to achieve equitable economic growth. National Treasury on Monday issued a statement, calling for ideas, ahead of the National Budget to be tabled by the minister on February 26. "As usual the budget allocation always aims to …

Have your say: The Draft Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill has been published by the Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation. The committee has called for comments on the bill by the end of January 2020. Since expropriation without compensation (EWC), …

South Africa could lose up to R34bn in export revenue if it loses its eligibility for the Generalised System of Preferences programme under the US Trade Act, says the Copyright Coalition of South Africa. In a media release CCSA chairman Collen Dlamini says the country’s eligibility for the GSP programme has been called into question as …

Tax Consulting SA's Nicolas Botha explains the coming changes to tax exemptions on money earned overseas. Are you are a South African who earns the bulk of their money abroad? Currently, a South African tax resident who is an employee and renders services outside the country on behalf of an employer (South African or foreign) …

Warnings that proposals to amend South Africa’s Constitution to facilitate land expropriation and transfer wealth to the have-nots will damage the country have fallen on deaf ears. One after the other, South Africa’s pre-eminent scholars, thought leaders and business strategists have tried to highlight that South Africa will head down the same path Zimbabwe has …

Economist Dawie Roodt says that the state of government’s finances means that further tax increases can be expected in 2020. Roodt noted in an interview with eNCA that the state’s debt is at record levels, meaning “there will be tax hikes”. “The question is which one of the taxes will be increased? I am pretty sure that …

Minister Zweli Mkhize has made a very bold claim to start the year: He predicts that NHI will put private and public hospitals on par with each other. This probably didn’t come out as the compliment Health Minister Zweli Mkhize was hoping for. The ANC cabinet member triumphantly announced on Wednesday that there would be …

With the New Year just a few hours away, economists have painted a bleak commercial picture for 2020. Dawie Roodt, chief economist at Efficient Group, said he feared South Africa was heading towards a full-blown recession. “Given the devastation wrought by load shedding and the government’s rapidly growing debt burden, I think things are going …

The importance of official comments on amending the constitution The public has until 31 January to have a say on what is quite possibly the most critical amendment yet to emerge from the South African parliament - the Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill which seeks to enable expropriation of property (not limited to land) without compensation. …

The external experts have been appraising government’s land reform process, with a focus on policy, legislation, frameworks and institutional arrangements. While almost all recommendations made by the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture (PAPLRA) have been accepted by government, Cabinet found some not feasible to implement, according to Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural …

Minister Thoko Didiza: Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture 19 Dec 2019 Minister Thoko Didiza updates the nation on the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture recomendations that were not supported by cabinet. On 24 July 2019, Cabinet received the Report of the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture …

South Africa’s troubled state-owned power utility has yet another thing to worry about - a big carbon tax bill expected to kick in from 2023. Eskom, which has been forced to turn to the government for bailouts to meet its obligations, mostly burns coal to generate power and is one of the country’s biggest polluters. The company …

Cabinet has approved the publication of the Municipal Fiscal Powers and Functions Amendment Bill for public comment, says Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu. The Bill amends the Municipal Fiscal Powers and Functions Act, 2007 (Act 12 of 2007), the Minister told reporters during a Post-Cabinet briefing on Tuesday. “It regulates the powers of municipalities to levy …

Department of trade & industry officials have warned against expropriating land owned by foreign nationals, saying  it contravenes existing bilateral investment treaties. Doing so could also result in SA being denied access to key markets such as the US. The country has 22 such bilateral agreements, but the cabinet decided in 2010 to terminate the arrangements …

Ramaphosa has let down millions by signing a law that puts them at the mercy of traditional leaders and commercial interests. President Cyril Ramaphosa faces myriad mean national challenges. Eskom immediately comes to mind; it must continue to keep the wheels of a declining economy turning, the street and household lights aglow, and the home …

The sixth democratic Parliament has had a demanding 28 weeks since its establishment following the May general election. On the agenda were 31 Bills revived from the stage at which they lapsed when the previous Parliament’s term ended – and another 13 new Bills. It is these new bills which are likely to dominate the …

President Cyril Ramaphosa's decision to sign the highly contested Traditional and Khoi San Leadership Bill into law has been criticised by at least one civil society organisation — and may even be challenged in court. The announcement that Ramaphosa had signed the bill was made during a meeting of the National Assembly's programme committee on …

Trade union Solidarity intensified its war against the government's proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) and is now threatening to take the fight all the way to the Constitutional Court. The NHI, which is before parliament for consideration, is the government's plan to provide universal healthcare access to all South Africans. It is expected to be …

South African Airways (SAA) has spent its R5 billion government bailout in just one month but says it needs much more money to stay airborne. Not too long ago, during his mid-term Budget Speech, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni begrudgingly admitted that government would, once again, replenish SAA’s beleaguered bank account with R5 billion. SAA’s R5 …

Note: The original version of this article was published on 25 June 2019, with the international tax-to-GDP ratio figures based on data from the IMF. After discussions with National Treasury, it was agreed that tax-to-GDP figures from the OECD provide a more relevant picture when South Africa is compared with other countries, as the IMF …

The state's proposal to force pension funds to invest in bonds issued by government and state-owned enterprises, like Eskom, is effectively theft, Parliament heard. The National Assembly on Tuesday debated the proposal to investigate the policy of prescribing assets, with most opposition parties expressing their disapproval. The prescription of assets refers to a policy where …

The incorrect media release today that Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has given the Western Cape government the go-ahead to explore alternative energy sources. (EWN 19/11/2019). This followed by a COCT media release immediately to rectify the articles perception but included..... "....excitement evoked showed just how much people want IPPs to be a part of the …

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has released new statistics focusing on the drop out rates at South Africa’s schools. Responding in a parliamentary Q&A session, Motshekga said that there is a lot of confusion about drop-out rates – including how these are defined and measured. She said that the drop-out rate is often loosely …

Government has delayed its submission of the new Criminal Law Amendment Bill to parliament as it considers the logistics of placing all citizens on a national registry. First announced in 2017, the bill provides for the taking of specified bodily samples (buccal samples) from schedule 8 offenders for forensic deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis. The DNA …

On Sunday, draft amendments to Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (Aarto) regulations closed for public comment. Signed into law in August by President Cyril Ramapphosa, the act could result in traffic law offenders losing their licences through the demerit system. RELATED: 'Aarto Amendment Act takes away right to be tried before an ordinary …

Slowly but surely the process to amend the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation is getting under way in Parliament. This is where the process currently stands. Is it too late to object to amending Section 25? For all practical purposes, yes. The question on whether Section 25 of the Constitution should be amended, was …

The past few years have seen a number of important new laws and amendments introduced, which are having a drastic effect on selling and leasing of property, says Seeff Property Group. Seeff said that the new Property Practitioner’s Act – which was recently signed into law, replacing the 43-year old Estate Agency Affairs Act – …

There are currently three proposals on how to amend Section 25 of the Constitution to allow expropriation of land without compensation - two from Parliament's legal unit and one from the EFF. The ad hoc committee tasked with amending Section 25 met on Wednesday for what committee chairperson Mathole Motshekga termed a "constitutional dialogue on …

The Financial Fiscal Commission has warned that government has no room for further tax hikes, and that further increases may actually end up hurting the economy. Presenting to parliament’s standing committee on finance on Tuesday (5 November), the group said that South Africa is facing projected revenue shortfalls of R52.5 billion in 2019/20, R84 billion …

Parliament, Sunday, 3 November 2019 – Among the broad range of matters on the parliamentary agenda this week, the second round of Public Hearings on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill by the Portfolio Committee on Health kick-started in the Northern Cape in Kimberly on Friday, 1 November. Emthanjeni Municipality in De Aar was visited yesterday …

Some years back when the US was fretting about high Government debt, a survey was conducted among citizens to understand how they would prefer to address the problem. By far the majority said they’d prefer a large one-off levy rather than the drip torture of higher taxes over many years. That shouldn’t be a surprise. …

South Africans should brace themselves for higher taxes next year as the impact of state capture, corruption, and mismanagement are starting to bite. The National Treasury delivered its 2019 medium-term budget policy statement today, revealing that revenue collection fell far short of estimates. Compared with the 2019 Budget estimates, total revenue shortfall for 2019/20 will amount to …

Trade Union Solidarity has released a new report on the incoming National Health Insurance (NHI) and its impact on the healthcare industry. Nicolien Welthagen, a research psychologist at the Solidarity Research Institute, said that the report is based on questionnaires sent to healthcare practitioners in the private as well as the public sector across the …

Proposed national health insurance will not improve efficiency and reduce costs, but will be a magnet for fraud and corruption Universal health coverage is an important goal, which SA can attain with the right policies. However, the proposed national health insurance (NHI) will do far more harm than good (NHI will help create a more …

A landmark agreement between Eskom and businesses in a Free State town may sideline more dysfunctional municipalities in future. Rapport reports that the Harrismith Business Forum signed a contract with Eskom on Friday whereby the power utility will deliver power directly  to the town's 100 biggest power users - bypassing the local municipality completely. The Maluti-a-Phofung …

The Road Accident Fund (RAF) is hopelessly insolvent. The fund was set up to pay compensation to victims of road accidents and provides support in respect of future treatment and rehabilitation. Dependent on fuel levies to meet its ever-increasing liabilities, and with an accumulated deficit R262.2 billion in 2019, the RAF is deep in the …

The office of the public protector’s COO will be vacating his position at the end of the month. The office of the public protector’s chief operating officer (COO), Basani Baloyi, has been axed by Busisiwe Mkhwebane. She has also suspended four senior officials and investigators: executive manager Pona Mogaladi, chief investigator Abongile Madiba, chief investigator …

{{ vc_btn: title=Read+our+report+to+parliament&style=3d&color=success&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fdearsouthafrica.co.za%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2019%252F10%252FSpecial-Approriations-Bill-report-177.pdf%7Ctitle%3AReport%7C%7C }} The Bill must now be approved by the National Council of Provinces before it can be signed into law by the president. CAPE TOWN - The National Assembly has passed the Special Appropriation Bill, which aims to provide Eskom with a R59 billion bailout for the rest of this year and …

Tax revenue for the first 5 months of the tax year is running significantly behind target. Experts are now forecasting a record shortfall for the tax year ending March 2020 – of as much as R60 billion. That will bring the accumulated tax undershot over the last 6 tax years to over R215 billion. That …

Growing the economy will require the increase of both foreign and domestic financial capital, says deputy finance minister David Masondo. Speaking at a recent private investors conference, Masondo said that while government was working to attract overseas investment, there is also ‘enormous power’ in the size of long-term fund managers, such as pension funds. “At …

A Special Appropriation Bill was recently tabled in Parliament to provide Eskom with much-needed finance over the next two years. If approved, it will see the troubled utility get R26 Billion in the 2019/20 financial year and R33 Billion in the following. This is not, however, a blank cheque. National Treasury, in consultation with the …

The World Bank has cut its economic growth forecast for South Africa for 2019, through to 2021, citing low investor sentiment, and persisting policy uncertainty. Growth in South Africa is now expected at 0.8% in 2019 (0.5 percentage point lower than the April forecast), the same as in 2018, the bank said in its October Africa’s …

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa’s struggling power utility Eskom said on Friday it was challenging in court the regulator’s latest tariff decision, a move it said was necessary to avert financial disaster. State-owned Eskom, which produces more than 90% of the country’s electricity, implemented some of most severe power cuts in several years this year and …

Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi confirmed that R8 956 713.41 has been spent on charter flights and/or airlines by his department to deport undocumented migrants for the period April 1 to August 31 this year. The minister made the revelations in a parliamentary reply to a question asked by DA MP Joseph McGluwa. McGluwa …

South Africa’s economy was roaring along in 2007 on the back of the global commodities boom when power shortages struck, bringing mines and smelters to a halt. Then-President Thabo Mbeki publicly apologised for prevaricating about adding generation capacity despite repeated warnings that supply was constrained, and state power utility Eskom swiftly opened the spending taps. …

While financial emigration may be a viable option for a small minority of individuals who will be hit by South Africa’s coming ‘expat tax’, for the majority, it’s likely to be a costly exercise which won’t provide significant tax relief in the long-term. This is according to Ettiene Retief of the South African Institute of …

President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed off a number of major new laws – including the controversial ‘internet censorship bill’. In a statement on Wednesday (2 October), the presidency said that the new laws include: Overvaal Resorts Limited Repeal Bill; The Property Practitioners Bill; Electronic Deeds Registration Systems Bill; Film and Publications Amendment Bill. It was …

The Competition Commission has laid the blame for the rising cost of private healthcare at the feet of the national health department. This was disclosed on Monday at the release of the commission’s health market inquiry report which found that the health department’s failure to hold regulators sufficiently accountable has led to uncompetitiveness and inefficiencies in the …

Districts will be empowered and even emboldened to initiate and enter into partnerships – to advance effective service delivery – with civil society, the private sector, and engineering association or accounting councils, writes Parks Tau. For the first time in democratic South Africa, local government becomes the nucleus of, and for, societal development. A strategic …

President Cyril Ramaphosa upped the game when he put worker ownership of companies on the table at the congress of the SA Clothing and Textile Workers Union last week. Ramaphosa told members of Sactwu that securing co-ownership was important to give workers a say in industries, and to prevent the increasing conflict that has sparked …

Here’s what is happening in and affecting South Africa today: Government is working on new laws that will bar foreign nationals from operating in certain sectors of the economy. Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola said that the legislation will strike a clear balance in helping the economy grow while clearly indicating which types …

South Africa’s R2.4 trillion savings industry has a request for the ruling party: stop with threats of dictating where funds must invest and get going on projects that pensions can help finance. “You can prescribe, but nothing will happen unless you have proper projects,” Leon Campher, the chief executive officer of the Association for Savings …

The judge declared that the bulk surveillance activities and foreign signals interception undertaken by the National Communications Centre were unlawful and invalid. After a drawn-out court battle first initiated by amaBhungane, Judge Roland Sutherland at the High Court in Johannesburg has declared the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act (Rica) …

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy is considering legislation that will give government a 20% free carry share in upstream petroleum, Parliament heard on Friday. This is as the development of petroleum resources is being regulated under the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, which lapsed and created the opportunity for separate petroleum provisions. …

South Africa is in deep trouble and the government will need to find new ways to fund its struggling state-owned enterprises, according to the chief economist at the Efficient Group, Dawie Roodt, One of the ways that the government could try and raise money is through prescribed assets, he said. “For instance, you could force …

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 …