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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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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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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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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ANC-regime is failing needy children – Kempton Park child welfare closes its doors following a salary dispute, over 2000 children in the community are being affected by the suspension – ANC officials get’s to drive luxury cars and have houses revamped on state’s cost

Over 2000 children in the community are affected by the suspension of the services and the number is exclusive of the families the society assists.

Staff at Child Welfare Kempton Park downed tools on January 28 due to financial challenges, Kempton Express reports.

A notice at the society’s premises reads: “Dear clients kindly note that our services are temporarily suspended indefinitely as from January 28, due to financial challenges faced by the Child Welfare Kempton Park.”

The media spoke to the society’s board treasurer Nthombisine Mhlambi, who said: “The staff hadn’t been paid three months’ salary because there were no funds.”

Mhlambi also told the media staff were only paid a month’s salary on February 4 but couldn’t confirm when the services would resume.

Staff members, however, told the media they would not return to work until they were back paid for the other months they were not paid.

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Medupi units drowning in ash as contractor forced to withdraw – Shows Eskom’s failure to operate the plant at the completed units properly – Just one more accomplishment of the ANC- regime

The five power generation units at Eskom’s troubled new Medupi power station that have been operational are drowning in ash after Clyde Bergemann Africa (CBZ), which was contracted to supply and construct the dust handling units, withdrew its staff from the power station.

CBZ managing director Jeremy Kirsch confirmed to Moneyweb on Monday that the business was placed in business rescue last week, days after he spoke out about what he described as Eskom’s failure to operate the plant at the completed units properly.

CBZ has long-term maintenance contracts on eight other Eskom power stations, Kirsch told Moneyweb. CBZ staff are still on site at those power stations, he said.

EE Publishers managing editor Chris Yelland however reported last week that these workers are “on tenterhooks” and could down tools at any time.

As far as Moneyweb could establish at least four of the five operational units at Medupi were working on Monday, alth
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Eskom’s prior request for tariff hike slammed: Eskom’s stage 4 load shedding is a direct attempt to sabotage, and blackmail SA – Ordinary citizens are becoming the scapegoat to foot the bill of its complete and utter failures and lack of planning

The South African Communist Party says Eskom’s management is rolling out massive blackouts in an attempt to blackmail South Africans to accept privatisation of the power utility.

Eskom resumed with loadshedding for the first time this year on Sunday.

Power cuts continued yesterday and Tuesday after a failure of generating units.

“The management of Eskom, in the manner that they are rolling out these blackouts, is trying to blackmail us so we must accept whatever should befall Eskom. We should not be blackmailed into that. That’s why we believe that these blackouts can be avoided,” SACP first deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila stated.

Mapaila said one of reasons given by Eskom for load shedding was low stocks of diesel.

“Why can’t they procure enough diesel on time? It is all of those things that I think are just unacceptable. The reasons why there were blackouts and so forth were issues of leadership incompetence. W
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WHO DIDN’T CHECK THE CALENDAR? – Ramaphosa just killed Indaba 2019 – Biggest tourism expo to take place on the general election date

Ramaphosa stood up in Parliament on Thursday and emphasized the importance of tourism. And then he killed 2019 tourism.

When he decided on a general election on 8 May, didn’t any body bother to look at the calendar? Indaba, the biggest tourism expo in South Africa, usually the destination for foreign investors and visitors, takes place on 8 May.

And arrangements are now too far to re-schedule or postpone. Cancelling would cost millions, not only in wasted funds, but in lost revenue.

A number of influential people in the tourism world indicated that they will not be attending this year, on the one hand because they need to be home for voting day, on the other: Why go to the expense of setting up a stall at Indaba if nobody is going to be there?

Ramaphosa just killed Indaba 2019. And the tourism industry will feel the effects. How is it possible that such elementary things cannot be considered while trying to govern a country?

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Guptas at it again – workers unpaid but lavish R100m double wedding planned – most likely funded by the ANC-regime?

The Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi where the Gupta family are reportedly hosting a lavish double wedding in February 2019.

The Guptas are reported to be hosting a lavish double wedding at a palatial hotel in Abu Dhabi.

The AmaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism published a nine-page wedding invitation on Friday and said the bash, an event lasting five days between February 19 and 23, could end up costing as much as R100m.

“The wedding is a double-feature, with Rajesh ‘Tony’ Gupta’s daughter Shubhangi Singhala marrying Chetan Jain and Atul Gupta’s son Srikant Singhala tying the knot with Akhya Bansal.

“This is the third publicly lavish wedding the family has funded,” said AmaBhungane.

The logos of Gupta companies in South Africa, including the Koornfontein mine where miners have gone unpaid, are featured in the wedding invitation.

The publication said a request for comment direct
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