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SA releases emergency funds for floods relief

SA releases emergency funds for floods relief

ROGAN WARD SOUTH AFRICANS were searching for survivors of floods that killed almost 400 people, according to the latest tally, washing away homes and roads and leaving thousands without shelter, water and power. The floods in Kwazulu-Natal province have knocked out power lines, shut down water services and disrupted operations at one of Africa's busiest ports. The death toll rose to 395 on Friday from an earlier estimate of 341. Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana told TV station Newsroom Afrika that an initial 1 billion rand ($68.3 million) for emergency relief was available for immediate use after the province was declared…
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South Africa’s health system is on its knees: the budget offers no relief

South Africa’s health system is on its knees: the budget offers no relief

SOUTH Africa’s 2021 medium-term budget policy statement was more of the same old narrative. It didn’t speak to the high expectations that the impact of poverty and inequality would feature strongly. Instead, South Africans got: be patient, let’s stick to the dream of a primary account surplus, then maybe then we can make the investments needed to implement expanded social security, invest in strengthening the health system and so on. Until then let’s just do more with less. Budgets on their own don’t solve structural issues such as the effectiveness of the state. Reducing the wage bill doesn’t address the…
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SA Finance Minister lambasted for silence on sugar tax

SA Finance Minister lambasted for silence on sugar tax

ABBEY MAKOE HEALTHY Living Alliance (HEALA), the Centre for Communication Impact (CCI), which is a health and social behaviour change and communication organisation have, together with their partners, lambasted finance minister Enoch Godongwana’s silence about their repeated calls to hike the so-called “sugar tax”. Food Policy Project manager at the CCI, Selaelo Mabela, says: “We are determined to continuously raise awareness and consciousness about the food that we eat and the ingredients contained therein. We undertake this work as part of our endeavour to push back the frontiers of hunger and poverty across the length and breadth of our inequity-riddled…
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