5 important things happening in South Africa today
Industrial gas users warn that gas prices are next in line for a massive price hike; businesses join Eskom in fight against municipal takeover of electricity distribution; this is what South Africa’s new driving licence cards could look like; and Zondo tears into Sisulu over her attack on the judiciary.
Coronavirus: In South Africa, there have been 6,762 new cases of Covid-19, taking the total reported to 3,540,891. Deaths have reached 92,830 (+181), while recoveries have climbed to 3,309,735, leaving the country with a balance of 138,236 active cases. The total number of vaccines administered is 28,585,930.
Hit the gas:With companies and residents facing a 20% to 40% hike in electricity prices in the coming years, industrial gas users also face a massive pricing problem, with a body representing these users claiming that prices could shoot up by 220% because of a ‘flawed’ pricing methodology by energy regulator Nersa. The Industrial Gas Users Association – Southern Africa (IGUA-SA) has challenged Nersa in court to set aside a maximum price application which could see prices escalate. It argues that using international prices as a reference point is a major flaw, as these prices have no bearing nor reflect local market conditions. International prices have rocketed due to factors that have nothing to do with the local market. [Read more: BusinessTech »
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Here are the key changes and announcements for schools in South Africa this weekBasic education minister Angie Motshekga has launched the start of the 2022 school year, detailing the changes her department has planned for schools in South Africa. Yet again the unions win against the best for the scholars . Disgusting political capitulation
South Africa to launch three nanosatellites as part of R27 million space projectHigher Education, Science and Innovation minister Dr Blade Nzimande has announced the launch of three locally-produced nanosatellites from the US on Thursday (13 January), as part of South Africa’s new Maritime Domain Awareness Satellite (MDASat) constellation. Bana ba sokola skolong lena le dlala ka di dstv. Ai We can't even fix what's on land now we want to go mess with space 🤦🏻♀️
The richest people in South Africa at the start of 2022Data from Forbes’ real-time ranking of billionaires shows that some of South Africa’s richest people continued to grow their wealth in 2021, led by Johann Rupert, whose luxury goods group Richemont surged on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, particularly in the second half of the year.
The best and worst mobile networks in South AfricaMyBroadband Insights has published its 2021 Mobile Network Quality Report, highlighting the best and worst mobile networks in South Africa right now.
Matric results will not be published publicly in South Africa – what you should knowThe Department of Basic Education has announced that matric exam results will no longer be published on media platforms, in line with the recently introduced Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA). This is probably because matric results qualify as crime statistics.
Massive electricity price hike on the cards for South AfricaSouth Africa faces a hefty electricity price hike in April despite ongoing load shedding and energy production concerns surrounding Eskom. It's rough outchea
Here’s what is happening in and affecting South Africa today: Coronavirus : In South Africa, there have been 6,762 new cases of Covid-19, taking the total reported to 3,540,891.Subscribe Basic education minister Angie Motshekga has launched the 2022 school year, detailing the changes her department has planned for schools in South Africa.The MDASat will be an operational constellation of nine cube satellites that will detect, identify and monitor vessels in near real-time, in support of South African maritime domain awareness.$1.
Deaths have reached 92,830 (+181), while recoveries have climbed to 3,309,735, leaving the country with a balance of 138,236 active cases. The total number of vaccines administered is 28,585,930. The five provinces include the Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and the North West. Hit the gas: With companies and residents facing a 20% to 40% hike in electricity prices in the coming years, industrial gas users also face a massive pricing problem, with a body representing these users claiming that prices could shoot up by 220% because of a ‘flawed’ pricing methodology by energy regulator Nersa. The minister said his department had invested R27 million over three years in the development of the MDASat constellation. The Industrial Gas Users Association – Southern Africa (IGUA-SA) has challenged Nersa in court to set aside a maximum price application which could see prices escalate. Below are some of the key issues that parents, students and educators should be aware of ahead of the school year. It argues that using international prices as a reference point is a major flaw, as these prices have no bearing nor reflect local market conditions. Forbes and Bloomberg use different metrics to calculate net worth, causing some discrepancies.
International prices have rocketed due to factors that have nothing to do with the local market. “The fact of the matter is that Covid-19 is very much still with us, and we need to continue to work together to fight it. The three MDASat-1 satellites are scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral in the United States on Thursday (13 January) at 17h25 South African time. [ ] Fight back: Businesses are joining the fight against the South African Local Government Association (Salga), which is trying to get a court order to allow municipalities to gain the exclusive right to distribute electricity. Currently, both Eskom and municipalities are allowed to provide electricity to end-users. While many schools returned to full-time teaching in 2021, smaller schools and those with a high number of pupils have had to retain a shift system due to ongoing concerns around the Covid-19 pandemic and potential transmission. However, getting power directly from Eskom is cheaper than paying a ‘middle-man’ like a municipality. under the French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI) cube satellite (CubeSat) programme. Salga argues this is discriminatory and, if successful in its court bid, would see municipalities either take over distribution or allow them to add a surcharge to Eskom’s pricing. “The commission holds that rotational learning has a long-lasting negative impact on learning outcomes for children and, as the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19 (MAC) advice states, that the harms of learners attending school on a rotational basis – specifically the severe cognitive, nutritional, and psychosocial costs – exceed the benefits of reduced Covid-19 infections from smaller class sizes. Richemont’s market cap of R1.
Business group, the Business League, is joining Eskom in its fight against this, arguing it would be highly detrimental to end-users. [ ] Driving licence: Transport minister Fikile Mbalula recently confirmed that South Africa would get new driver’s licence cards aligned with international best practices. Vaccination plans The Department of Health met with the Department of Basic Education on Monday to consider a vaccination plan insofar as it affects learners in school, Motshekga said. “CubeSats are built using the same engineering principles as any other satellite, hence highly specialised and advanced skills are acquired through this programme. Tender documents published in November 2021 reveal how the new card should look. The new card will require a special printer capable of engraving a colour or greyscale image of the licence holder. We have agreed to prioritise an advocacy campaign to encourage eligible people, both adults and learners of eligible age, to go get their jabs,” she said. Mbalula said the only hurdle to introducing the revamped driver’s licence and procuring a new card printer is obtaining Cabinet approval.17 billion to their net worths in 2021.
South Africa’s only printer capable of producing the current cards is broken and in for repairs in Germany. However, she said this is not yet possible as the Department of Health doesn’t have the necessary capacity. [ ] Sisulu: Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has heavily criticised tourism minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s recent opinion piece where she challenged the effectiveness of South Africa’s Constitution. Zondo called a press conference on Wednesday evening, calling Sisulu’s words an unwarranted attack on the rule of law, the judiciary, and black judges in particular. Motshekga said that the number of educators and other departmental staff who have been vaccinated is estimated to be around 80%. Zondo said it crossed a line and expects further action against her. Sisulu says she is conferring with her legal team over the press conference and has since penned yet another opinion piece in response to some of the criticism she has received, saying she is protected by freedom of speech in the Constitution. A department-assigned task team has recommended that history be made compulsory in grades 10-12. Read:.
[ ] Markets : The South African rand advanced on Wednesday as the dollar fell against other currencies, following US inflation data which was in line with economists’ expectations. The rand added to gains made a day earlier on comments by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell that allayed market fears of a sudden withdrawal of US monetary support that had weighed on riskier assets. She added that the task team has been consulting historians, archaeologists, linguists, researchers, and academics to get input on the new curriculum. The rand, which is highly sensitive to shifts in sentiment on global markets, has tended to track overseas drivers in recent sessions, with relatively few domestic economic data releases or speeches by local policymakers. On Thursday, the rand was at R15. Even the task team said, ‘you can’t present the current history as it is,’ so it has to be rewritten,” the minister said in October.32/$, R17.
54/€ and R21. Matric marks In an emailed statement ahead of Motshekga’s briefing, the Department of Basic Education announced that matric exam results would no longer be published publicly on media platforms, in line with the recently introduced Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA).02/£. [ . “As was also the practice in previous years, all learners will be required to obtain their statement of results from the schools they attended.