5 necessary issues taking place in South Africa at the moment

Right here’s what is going on in and affecting South Africa at the moment:

Coronavirus: In South Africa, there have been 1,691 new instances of Covid-19, taking the overall reported to three,560,921. Deaths have reached 93,451 (+87), whereas recoveries have climbed to three,375,859, leaving the nation with a steadiness of 91,611 energetic instances. The overall variety of vaccines administered is 28,993,654.

  • Matric outcomes: The Division of Fundamental Schooling says it can abide by the courtroom’s ruling on the discharge of matric outcomes. The division is going through a number of authorized challenges after it determined to not publish outcomes publicly in newspapers and different media. AfriForum, Maroela Media and Anlé Spies – a 2021 matriculant – have utilized for an pressing interdict towards this determination. Spies’ argument is predicated on the truth that she, and plenty of others, have since moved away from the colleges or provinces the place they wrote their papers, making it troublesome to retrieve their marks. The division desires learners to get their outcomes from faculties immediately. [EWN, 702]

  • Value hikes: Eskom says its proposed 20.5% improve to the value of electrical energy is past its management, as the rise is predicated on a requirement to extend purchases of energy from unbiased producers and carbon taxes. The worth hike faces authorized challenges from companies and a few native governments. Vitality regulator Nersa has hardly ever granted Eskom its full request. Eskom has additionally indicated that it plans to ask for an extra 15.07% improve in 2024 and a ten% improve in 2025. Nevertheless, this can rely on the precise improve that Nersa grants Eskom this yr. [BusinessTech]

  • Collapse: The multiparty coalition governing the Metropolis of Johannesburg has decried the behaviour of ANC and EFF councillors within the municipality, after they collapsed council and brawled, leading to accidents. All different events within the council have blamed the 2 events for the chaos and referred to as on their nationwide leaders – together with ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa – to carry their members in line. The ANC caucus chief accused the council of bullying the social gathering and dismissing its issues round voting procedures. The coalition has accused the ANC of being unwilling to surrender energy and warned that this was an indication of issues to come back after the nationwide election in 2024. [TimesLive]

  • Zuma: Jacob Zuma has launched one more authorized problem towards the State Seize Fee, attacking performing chief justice Raymond Zondo’s appointment. Zuma argues that Zondo’s conduct towards him – after he tried to have the fee head recuse himself – demonstrated bias towards the previous president. This contains the fee’s software to the Constitutional Courtroom to carry Zuma in contempt, which in the end led to his arrest. The State Seize Fee first report locations Zuma front-and-centre in state seize, discovering he was an energetic participant within the occasions that led to a lot of South Africa’s establishments falling into the fingers of the Gupta household. [News24]

  • Markets: The South African rand slipped on Monday, because the greenback edged greater amid expectations for a number of US Federal Reserve rate of interest hikes this yr. Because the Fed embarks on a brand new financial tightening cycle, buyers will progressively flip extra considered over the place they make investments their capital, and South Africa’s fiscal, political and structural shortcomings can be magnified, say analysts. The rand has began 2022 on a robust observe, gaining greater than 3% towards the greenback and making it one of many best-performing rising market currencies. On Tuesday, the rand was buying and selling at R15.44/$, R17.60/€ and R21.05/£. [Reuters]

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