SA motorists brace yourself for big fuel tax increases the coming months – seems like the ANC-regime wants to recoup their loses by taxing you more on fuel levies

Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, will deliver the Budget Speech 2019 in Cape Town on 20 February.

Expectations are high that he will balance competing expenditure priorities to stimulate economic growth in spite of fiscal consolidation measures.

However, the former central banker’s task is formidable and he will likely have a difficult balancing act on his hands.

One of the key balancing acts will be how Mboweni tackles the issue of the fuel levy.

In an analysis of the upcoming budget, PwC tax experts noted that the general fuel levy has been increased significantly in each of the four previous budgets as a means of raising additional tax revenues.

“The general fuel levy is only slightly progressive and was previously seen as being less politically sensitive than VAT,” PwC said.

“This perception has, however, changed with the increased attention resulting from the VAT increase in 2018. As such, it may no longer be
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Motsoaledi: We can’t wait to improve healthcare before implementing NHI

Government does not believe it can wait until the healthcare system is improved before implementing national health insurance, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has said.

The minister was speaking at a briefing at Tuynhuys, Parliament, where the report of the outcomes of the presidential health summit, held late last year, was released.

During his address on Tuesday, Motsoaledi said government would be taking significant steps towards implementing universal healthcare.

Last week, president Cyril Ramaphosa said that the National Health Insurance Bill would be tabled before Parliament this year.

NHI will ensure that South Africans can receive free health services at the point of care at both public and private quality-accredited healthcare service providers, Motsoaledi said.

NHI is a proposed state-run health financing system that aims to pool funds to provide access to quality health services for all South Africans regardless of thei
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BE WARNED SOUTH-AFRICANS!! After the load-shedding come water shortages – Still people will be voting for the ANC this coming election

It’s not just load-shedding you have to worry about, the city of Johannesburg has warned. You could also be in for water cuts.

The metro warned that water shortages could follow load-shedding.

“As we continue to experience load-shedding across the country, Johannesburg Water is working alongside City Power to ensure that residents do not have to face water cuts as well,” said MMC for environment and infrastructure services Nico de Jager.

He says that when load-shedding of four or more hours is experienced, some areas could have water shortages or low water pressure.

“This is because Johannesburg Water uses electricity to pump water from the reservoirs into the towers,” he said.

Posted by Johannesburg Water on Thursday, February 14, 2019

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ANC has been accused of exploiting land expropriation without compensation issue as an electoral tool to garner votes – this political party suddenly decides land issue is urgent and must be tackled before election

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu has made an about-turn by announcing on Tuesday that parliament will begin the process of amending the constitution in this current term.

Mthembu was addressing the joint sitting of parliament debating President Cyril Ramaphosa’s state of the nation address.

“We are fast-tracking land reform by implementing our resolution on the expropriation of land without compensation. Parliament is already in the process of crafting a constitutional amendment to amend section 25 of the constitution to make it explicit that our constitution allows expropriation of land without compensation,” he said, opening the debate.

“An hour ago, Honourable Thoko Didiza was elected chair of the ad-hoc committee tasked with amending section 25 of the constitution. We congratulate her and wish the committee well as they embark on this historic process,” added Mthembu.

He also made reference to the revised e
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Police and and Gauteng Department of Education officials held hostage by the community in protest for new school

Frustrated parents and community members in Roodepoort, decided to take the law in to their hands after being let down by the GDE on numerous occasions.

Roodepoort Police and Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) officials were recently held hostage by furious parents and community members from Durban Deep at the Durban Deep Primary School.

Apparently, the GDE has not kept its promises to build a new school with new infrastructure for the community.

Frustrated parents and community members decided to take the law into their own hands after being let down by the GDE on numerous occasions.

In a meeting that took place at the school on the morning of 13 February, between parents, Roodepoort Police officers and officials of GDE, the community members decided to take action and show their frustration. While the meeting was in session, members of the community and parents went out and closed the gate, locking the officials inside the school pre
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ANC regime announces that experts from Italy have been called in to restore poor service to Eskom, while South Africa is swarming with extremely capable whites who can do the job

Minister Pravin Gordhan’s nine-point plan to get the bankrupt Eskom back on track are welcomed by industrialists and businessmen who are currently deeply concerned about the extremely poor functioning of this state entity.

An expert dealing with the dilapidated Eskom says the minister’s plans can contribute to possible recovery of Eskom.

He says although it looks like reasonable plans, the lot of money and a lot of time is going to ask the struggling industry to stand on its own again.

The expert believes it will cost at least R10bn and a team of experts to effectively operate the industry.

Meanwhile, it is announced that experts from Italy have been called in to try and recover the poor service.

Observers say it is clear that the ANC government will not use the expertize of whites in South Africa, as it will be a direct blow to the faces of the regime.

Read the original article in Afrikaans on Die Vrybuger

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Soweto owes ESKOM R 17 billion, half of the total national debt – Just cut their bloody electricity to this township!

ESKOM is desperately trying to recoup money owed by municipalities – Soweto, in particular, is making that task all the more difficult.

ESKOM, South Africa’s national electricity provider, had an exceptionally shocking year in 2018. Financial losses reached dismal new depths. Irregularities, both fiscally and operationally, left the state owned enterprise floundering in the doldrums of gross incompetence. Dubious coal shortages, failed maintenance plans, industrial action and the lingering stench of corruption only added to ESKOM’s woes.

ESSKOM looks to recoup its losses:

Inevitably, ESKOM’s problems become the problems of South African citizens. The much-loathed load sheddingschedule made an ominous return. This year, the knock-on effects of ineptitude will be felt the hardest, as the power utility looks to increase the cost of electricity by at least 15%.
The tariff increase is an attempt to rebuff financial failings – to incre
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What did South-Africans used before candles? Electricity! – Eskom is apparently technically bankrupt and its R420bn debt currently accounts for 15% of the country’s debt – will no longer exist at the current projection by April 2019

The Portfolio Committee of Public Enterprises heard at the hearing of the Department of Public Entities that Eskom was “technically bankrupt”.

Eskom will no longer exist at the current projection by April 2019.

The power supply’s R420bn debt burden currently accounts for 15% of the country’s debt and its revenue has increased fourfold since 2007 but its expenses, especially with staff overload, have exceeded revenue. Staff alone increased from 32,000 to 48,000 in eleven years.

Despite the increase in staff, critical knowledge was lacking, which resulted in 40% of interruptions at the different power stations being attributed to “human factors”.

The original article can be read in Afrikaans on Die Vryburger
This report does not necessarily reflects the opinion of SA-news.


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ANC president builds poor record due to numerous occasions where he has been caught distorting the truth, now Ramaphosa refuses to show the contract between his son and Bosasa

President Cyril Ramaphosa refused the opposition party’s request to disclose the contract between his son, Andile Ramaphosa and Bosasa.

Opposition parties claim that its refusal indicates that the contract does not exist and the president has once again lied.

Observers reckon that he is becoming increasingly entangled with all the untruths and denials that further detract from his credibility.

To date, the ANC president has built up a poor record because of the numerous times he was caught up in distorting the truth.

The original article can be read in Afrikaans on Die Vryburger
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The National Health Insurance Act which will soon be put proposed, to provide free health care to everyone, regardless of where they are calling for medical care, will lead to chaos in private hospitals and may finally break the country’s economy

According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, it is clear that the country’s health care is in crisis and needs rehabilitation.

More than 75% of state hospitals budget goes for salaries that are severely affected by patients who are not receiving proper treatment due to a money shortage.

According to Ramaphosa, the National Health Insurance Act will soon be tabled, which will provide free health care to all regardless of where they call for medical care.

Experts point out that Zuma’s “free education” has plunged the country’s universities into chaos, and now its successor comes and wants to get the country’s total health care messed up.

The result of the policy will lead to chaos in private hospitals and may finally break the country’s economy.

The original article can be read in Afrikaans on Die Vryburger
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Protest actions and strike is becoming a norm in SA – Cosatu plans to bring economic activities in eight provinces  to a complete halt and stated: ‘We will march to show our anger’

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) plans to bring economic activities in eight provinces to a complete halt on Wednesday February 15, 2019.

The labour federation said the national shutdown was intentionally planned ahead of the budget speech, so that minister Tito Mboweni could respond to the labour sector concerns on job losses, which the federation says should guide his distribution of resources.

Cosatu spokesperson, Sizwe Pamla, said they were expecting thousands of workers to take part in the mass action, saying they would participate by simply staying at home and not going to work, while others would join picketing in major cities in eight provinces. He said the point of the strike was to bring everything to a standstill and cause as much inconvenience as possible, affecting both the public and private sector.

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SA Prisons cant keep criminals inside anymore and it gets easier to escape confinement- Five suspects break out of prison in Mbombela by breaking the cell wall

MBOMBELA – Five suspects are at large after they escaped from the cells in Nelspruit Police Station on Friday night.

They somehow managed to break a piece of a cement slab inside a cell and use it to break the wall.

Capt Zandile Qwaga, Nelspruit police spokesman, confirmed that the incident occurred at around 23:55.

She explained that they somehow managed to break a piece of a cement slab inside a cell and use it to break the wall. Once through the wall, another wall stood between them and freedom, which was easily jumped. All but one suspect took to the streets.

Bongani Matsimbe, a 23-year-old among the escapees, was rearrested shorty after the incident. A witness saw him jump the wall, and he will now face additional charges after being rearrested. He was initially apprehended for possession of stolen property.

Given Maseko (25), Sabelo Dick Ntiwane (29), Joseph Matleke (28), Francois du Preez (52) and Sabelo Mlimi (19) are sti
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