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'A storm is coming' promises WITS SRC

A video clip of students sleeping in the library at Wits University was shared by the student representative council (SRC) on Wednesday, as it staged a demonstration demanding immediate action.

While the university reiterated that free accommodation excludes students who have failed repeatedly, the SRC tweeted: “When we resort to other measures, we do so because we have exhausted all other forms of engagement. A storm is coming. It cannot be that under our leadership students are subjected to these inhumane conditions. Our students will be accommodated!”

'I would be going home leaving everything behind' – South Africans stuck in Wuhan

Financial concerns, limited food supplies, intensified lockdowns and conflicting emotions: two South Africans caught up in the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in China have shared their thoughts as they prepare to be evacuated.

“I am very excited to go home and have mixed feelings because I will be leaving my Ukrainian fiancé behind, but we made a decision that if either of us could leave, we should,” Wuhan-based English teacher Roxanne Rawlins told TimesLIVE on Wednesday.

Health minister Zweli Mkhize told a news briefing on Sunday that the South African government was organising the evacuation of its citizens from the coronavirus epicentre of Wuhan as a precautionary and voluntary process. Between 147 and 151 South African citizens may be repatriated.

Dros rapist Nicholas Ninow has ‘no grounds’ to launch an appeal, says #Notinmyname

“Nicholas Ninow has no grounds to apply for anything concerning his conviction, sentence or both.” Advocacy group #Notinmyname has slammed convicted child rapist Nicholas Ninow’s decision to launch an appeal in the high court in Pretoria on Friday.

This after the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Tuesday that Ninow was expected to launch an appeal after being jailed for raping a seven-year-old girl in a Dros restaurant in Silverton, Pretoria, in September 2018.

NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said Ninow intended to appeal his conviction and sentence. He pleaded guilty.

South Africans express concern about Coronavirus repatriation plan

Some South African citizens have expressed concern about health minister Zweli Mkhize’s plan to bring back 151 South Africans living in Wuhan, China.

In a media briefing held in Johannesburg on Sunday, Mkhize reassured citizens that the government is ready to deal with the disease should it come to SA - and that the 151 citizens returning to SA are healthy but will still be quarantined upon arrival.

How fuel price decreases will affect your pocket

Mineral resources and energy minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday announced that the price of petrol and diesel will decrease 19c/l and 54c/l respectively, effective from Wednesday.

Mantashe cited lower oil prices for the price drop induced by the continuous spread of the coronavirus, known as Covid-19, which has disrupted global trade and hammered financial markets.

MultimediaLIVE spoke to FNB Cash Investments CEO Himal Parbhoo, who explained how the fuel price decrease will affect local consumers.

Wayde van Niekerk to focus only on the 400m at Tokyo Olympics

Wayde van Niekerk says his focus this year is the 400m and he’s unlikely to be tempted to throw his hat into the mix for SA’s 4x100m relay team.

At full fitness Van Niekerk would be an obvious choice for the outfit which‚ even without him‚ is a medal contender at the Tokyo Olympic Games later this year.

But having been stuck on the sidelines since injuring his right knee in a game of touch rugby in late 2017‚ the Olympic champion and 400m world record-holder wants to regain lost ground before hunting for new horizons.

Wayde van Niekerk is back in the groove

The only lightning visible at Bloemfontein's athletics stadium yesterday shot down from the thick clouds, but the way Wayde van Niekerk cantered around the track suggested he really is over his right-knee injury.

The Olympic 400m champion hasn't competed internationally since the 2017 world championships after collapsing during a game of touch rugby.

Surgery and more than two years of rehabilitation have followed, and the world title he had won at Beijing 2015 and London 2017 went to the Bahamas on the head of Steve Gardiner without a fight last year.

But now he's back and ready to fight.

We're on your side, Lesufi tells protesting Wits students

“I share your frustration, I share your pain. I know the difficulties of being a student without accommodation.”
This is what Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi told protesting University of the Witwatersrand students on Thursday.
The students, represented by the student representative council, marched to the Gauteng legislature ahead of the state of the province debate on Thursday morning. Led by SRC president Thuto Gabaphethe, the group of about 50 students took to the streets, demanding that the provincial government assist in dealing with an “accommodation crisis” at the institution.

BUDGET 2020 | "It is a slap in the face" - Cosatu

President Cyril Ramaphosa's administration is headed for a bitter battle with public sector unions after finance minister Tito Mboweni announced plans to reduce the civil service wage bill by R160bn in the next three years.

Tabling his budget for the 2020/2021 financial year in parliament on Wednesday, Mboweni stunned the nation when he proposed that the multibillion-rand cut in the compensation of public sector employees.

Budget in a nutshell: will government stick to its guns?

A huge cut in the public-sector wage bill, setting the ANC government up for a mighty fight with its union allies, is the standout item in finance minister Tito Mboweni’s budget.

Ratings agencies might be less impressed with the budget deficit and deficit numbers.

In what it described as “a major step towards fiscal sustainability”, the government proposed cutting expenditure over the next three years by R156.1bn compared with its 2019 projections.

Tax increases will make transport even more expensive

Tax increases and higher costs of living — what we can expect from the budget speech 2020.
According the Stats SA the annual consumer price inflation was 4.5% for the month of January 2020, up from 4.0% in December 2019.Of that 4.5%, transport contributed 0.9% with an overall increase of 6.4% (year-on-year).
This tells us consumers now have to spend more on transport.
With thousands of people commuting daily between Johannesburg and Pretoria, Gauteng has the highest percentage of people who spend more than 30 minutes to get to work each day, and ultimately pay some of the highest transport costs.
TimesLIVE caught up with three commuters who use different modes of transport to find out how much it costs them per day.

BUDGET ANALYSIS: Where will we get the money?

Taxing independent churches and calling for a referendum to let the public decide on whether our perennially cash-strapped state-owned companies should be bailed out.

Judging by the ideas posted on his Twitter feed, one could hardly be blamed for saying finance minister Tito Mboweni is willing to try just about anything to balance the government’s books ahead of the budget next week.

Join Business Day Editor Lukanyo Mnyanda and economics writer Lynley Donnelly as they consider how Mboweni will handle this years landmark budget.

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