With government debt at record levels, bankrupt state-owned enterprises, loans from international lenders and a contracting economy in the face of COVID-19, South Africa needs an economic miracle
As with many things in SA, the setting of electricity tariffs by the National Energy Regulator of SA has become unnecessarily politicised.
Njengoba izinga labantu abanesifo iCovid-19 liqhubeka nokwenyuka eNingizimu Afrika, kufanele abaholi bezepolitiki nabaqashi, babe yizibonelo ezinhle ngokubonakala bethobela yonke imithetho kahulumeni eqonde ukugwema ukusabalala kwalesi sifo. Kusikhathazile kakhulu eBusiness Leadership South Africa (BLSA) ukubona izithombe ezikhombise isixuku sabaholi bakaKhongolose sibuthene ngaphandle kwekhaya lesithwalandwe uBaba u-Andrew Mlangeni singayigcinanga imiyalelo yokuqhelelana. Yize kade bezifakile izifonyo kodwa abayilandelanga eminye…
With SA’s COVID-19 infection rate rising sharply, it’s now more important than ever for everyone to take preventative measures to curb the spread. Our political and business leaders need to set an example.
The purpose of the “great lockdown”, as this period has been dubbed, is set to be revealed this month as we are expected to reach the peak in Covid-19 cases.
As citizens of a South Africa riddled with disturbing crime statistics daily, we have almost become desensitised in many respects. We can barely keep up with which commission of inquiry is starting or concluding.
If the state ever wanted anecdotal evidence of South Africa’s crisis of confidence in government’s ability to lead the health and economic response to Covid-19, it has been in the response to the R70bn Interntional Monetary Fund (IMF) loan.
A hallmark of former president Jacob Zuma’s administration was instability across various institutions of state.
Murmurings that the National Treasury would have no option but to turn to the International Monetary Fund IMF and other international lending agencies were in the wind way before Covid 19.
With projections of as many as 50,000 South Africans dying by the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic in September, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to revise lockdown regulations were to be expected.
In South Africa, there has been an increase in cyber crime and data privacy breaches in the past few years. Our country is viewed as a target where law enforcement is not adequately geared to deal with crimes of this nature.
When the economy opened its doors at the start of June, after more than two months of a hard lockdown, we all knew there was likely to be a spike in Covid-19 infections and deaths as we entered winter. And so it has come to pass.