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Discussion in 'News & Media' started by ARYANTO, 26/2/21.
News and articles that are informative and relate to us in general.
Vodacom and Google give away hundreds of smartphones
These smartphones will be provided to residents living in eleven remote villages across the Limpopo province.
“This forms part of Vodacom and Google’s continued efforts to reduce the digital divide and offer many who reside in deep rural communities in Limpopo province access to the Internet for the first time so they too can reap the benefits of digital transformation,” Vodacom Limpopo Region said.
@Dela Rey Steyn , maybe you can score one too , your ''village'' is quite remote and in Limpopo
Shoot first, steal later – South African courier hijackings worse than ever
Criminal syndicates and opportunistic robbers are setting their sights on packages being transported by couriers in South Africa.
This is according to Garry Marshall, the CEO of the South African Express Parcel Association (SAEPA), which represents a wide range of couriers operating in the country.
Among SAEPA’s members are large and small local companies like CourierIT, DSV, Globeflight, and RAM, as well as international players such as DHL, FedEx, and UPS.
''Presenting in parliament on Thursday (25 February), Treasury officials projected real economic growth of 3.3% in 2021, from a low base of -7.2% in 2020. Growth is forecast to moderate to 2.2% in 2022.
The biggest threat to South Africa’s economic recovery right now
“A successful vaccine rollout is likely to boost domestic economic growth, enabling renewed trade and releasing pent-up demand. Conversely, a slow rollout poses the most significant threat to economic recovery,” Treasury said.''
A big petrol price hike is coming next week
Fuel users can expect to see petrol up by around 66 cents a litre, diesel up by 57 cents, and illuminating paraffin up by 49 cents.
Good luck. Everything is fking covid
I was just going to point out it took till only the fourth post on the
"NON Covid related articles" to be a Covid related article, lol!
OH ffks - true - my bad
Gauteng residents have been rocked by a fast-moving, intense hailstorm on Friday, creating a white dusting across parts of Johannesburg and its surrounding suburbs. Flash floods, hectic winds, and torrential rains have all caused chaos across the province, as freak weather conditions persist throughout the afternoon.
Entire malls have been flooded, whereas other locals were caught completely off-guard by the hailstorms. A Yellow Level 2 warning remains in place for most of Gauteng, as the weather system moves north towards Pretoria and Centurion. A myriad of videos uploaded to Twitter highlight just how crazy this meteorological event has been .[by Tom Head]
CAPE TOWN - Firefighters are still battling a massive wildfire in the mountains in the back end of Banhoek and Jonkershoek valleys between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch on Wednesday.
The fire has been burning high in the mountains for a few days with most fire lines being inaccessible.
The ‘quick’ visa South Africans are using to move to the US
With major industry, excellent job prospects and sound investment opportunities, the states of Florida and Texas are currently the most popular destinations where South Africans applying for residency and then citizenship via the USA’s Immigrant Investor EB-5 Programme, says Dr Andrew Golding, chief executive of the Pam Golding Property group.
Golding said that the programme, which offers the opportunity to invest in the USA and become a resident, remains the quickest and simplest route to gain lawful and legitimate access to the US for applicants and their immediate family to live, study and work there.
Hijackings in South Africa
The most carjacking cases were reported in Gauteng (2,346), followed by the KZN (791) and the Western Cape (708). Sedans and hatchbacks are the most popular targets, followed by bakkies and SUVs.
A bit of trivia which links where i live with South Africa. The trainer (sneaker) was invented in Bolton by Fosters and sons, in fact the two Gold medals (100m and 400m) won in the Paris Olympics as seen in the "Chariots of Fire" were by athletes wearing such footwear! Anyway two of the Foster family members set up on their own and prior to naming the new company one had bizarrely won a South African dictionary in a race. From that dictionary he came up with the name Reebok!!!!!!!!
That is SO cool to know !
Courtesy of the Smithsonian Channel! I didn't even know the trainer was invented in Bolton until 20 minutes ago!
A carjacking would be a big story on the national news in the UK because it would be such a very rare event, it sounds a bit like a modern Wild West over there lol!
Unless you use the term carjacking for stealing cars, we would use it if the car was stolen when the owner was inside it!
I think this refer to - owner inside - it happens every day and is commonplace ,not newsworthy anymore ...they follow you home ,block you in, in your driveway. Done
Johannesburg only has one working fire truck [Pray you don't have a fire...]
Johannesburg, which promotes itself as a world class African city, has only one working fire truck.
Cape Town, in comparison, invested in 133 new fire trucks over the last two years to complement and ultimately replace its current fleet.
This is according to Rapport, citing Wynand Engelbrecht, CEO of the privately owned firefighting operation Fire Ops SA.
Engelbrecht is a former Midrand fire chief and a former operational commander of the City of Roodepoort.
Speaking to Rapport, Engelbrecht said the City of Joburg has five fire trucks. Three of these are permanently broken, one works every now and then, and one is permanently in service.
KwaZulu-Natal municipality has over 100 ‘ghost workers’ receiving salaries
Staff Writer28 February 2021
The Msunduzi municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, which manages Pietermaritzburg and is the seat of the KZN legislature, has uncovered over one hundred ‘ghost workers’ on its payroll.
The SABC reported that the municipality’s administrator Scelo Duma discovered the phantom workers following an employee headcount. The municipality was placed into administration in 2019 and faces frequent service delivery protests.
Over 180 employees failed to appear for a headcount over a three month period. Accounting for deaths and resignations, the number of ghost employees was estimated to be around 120.
Judging by the quality of services we're receiving, 70% of ghost workers is a fair enough estimation
Post Office appoints new CEO
Why only ... insert deity ...will know.
Nomkhita Mona has been appointed as the new Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the South African Post Office.
This was revealed in a statement on a virtual meeting of Cabinet which had taken place on 24 February.
Mona has served as the CEO of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber since December 2017, following three years at the helm of the South African Forestry Company (SAFCOL).
SA Post Office on the brink of collapse
Mona’s appointment comes a month after the DA’s shadow deputy minister of communications and digital technologies Cameron MacKenzie warned that the postal service was on the brink of collapse.
According to MacKenzie, there were reports of unpaid rentals and desperate suppliers, postal backlogs, and broken ICT systems at the entity.
MacKenzie said in the absence of any further funding and expenses far exceeding revenue, the Post Office is resorting to the only means to stay afloat – stop paying creditors.
New household tax to fund the SABC proposed
Deputy Minister of Communications Pinky Kekana said the SABC was trailing behind the broadcasting industry, which is aggressively moving online.
She said the online environment is far more lucrative than the traditional broadcasting platforms, and the SABC, therefore, needs to change its operating environment.
“The main goal is to declare the SABC a public service media broadcaster. If you do that, the SABC will be able to be competitive,” said Kekana.
She said it is necessary for the SABC to do away with its legacy apartheid model and adopt a more appropriate model like the BBC or the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation.
“Going back, if you look at the old TV 1 which was predominantly English and Afrikaans, and the old Springbok Radio, they were well funded,” she said.
The Department of Communications wants to declare the SABC a Public Service Media Broadcaster and fund it through a new household levy.
Apartheid will be blamed for all the fups ad nauseam
“The New Windows” to launch soon – Report
A mysterious new version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system is set to roll out in the near future, according to a tweet by reputed leaker WalkingCat.
According to the leak, a new version of Microsoft’s desktop operating system could be named “The New Windows” when it is announced to consumers in the coming months.
The leak originally stated that “The New Windows” would be announced in March 2021, but WalkingCat later corrected this prediction
I wonder if it will come with a vaccine, I mean anti-virus, pre-installed...