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Economic growth not enough to fix unemployment: Analyst
29 September 2020, 6:10 AM

Labour analyst Terry Bell says economic growth will not be enough to fix South Africa’s unemployment problem. He says the country has a long past of jobless growth which calls for a new approach.

Bell’s comments come as Statistics South Africa prepares to release the job numbers for the second quarter of 2020.

The unemployment rate was recorded at 30.1% in the first quarter of this year. Bell says the answer to slowing down the unemployment rate lies in reducing the wage bill of cabinet ministers and executives in the private sector.

“So economic growth should not be the only thing we look at.  We should be looking at the health of the economy, the health in terms of people having decent jobs at decent pay. And perhaps we need to seriously start to consider the huge wage and welfare gap.  I mean if you start at the top by looking at Parliament where ministers are paid over R2 million just in terms of their salary where with all the perks in terms of transport expenses etc its worth much more and the same applies in the private sector.”

Meanwhile, founder of Economist.co.za Mike Schussler says the unemployment figure is expected to climb to 34% in the second quarter, from 30.1% in the first quarter of 2020.

The expected increase in the unemployment rate is attributed to the hard lockdown government implemented from March in an effort to arrest the spread of the COVID-19.

Unemployment is expected to have worsened in the second quarter:

Second tremor felt in Western Cape
27 September 2020, 10:26 AM

A second tremor has been experienced in Durbanville, in the Western Cape.

The Council for Geoscience has confirmed that an earthquake occurred on Saturday night in the Western Cape after nine.

The South African Seismograph Network registered it at a preliminary two point five on the local magnitude scale. Many reports have been received from residents of Cape Town who have experienced the tremor.

The Council says it does not seem to be related to the earthquake that occurred at ten minutes past seven off the coast of South Africa. This earthquake registered six point two on the Richter scale.

No tsunami warning has been issued by the Indian Ocean Warning system. The Council says in a statement there is no imminent threat to the affected area and no cause for panic.

SAA encouraged by government’s assurances for funding
27 September 2020, 8:20 AM

South African Airways (SAA) remains encouraged by government’s assurances that funding will be made available and that it will be able to pay packages to certain staff and settle creditors.

The national airline’s spokesperson Tlali Tlali has reiterated that SAA requires R10.5 billion.

Government has said it is in the process of sourcing the funding. This comes as SAA says it is hoping that talks with SAA Technical – which is a separate entity within the stable – over payment of tens of millions of rand owed will bear fruit and Mango Airlines will not be grounded.

SAA Technical has withdrawn its services to Mango due to non-payment. Mango says it remains committed to flying all passengers to their respective destinations as planned, especially over this weekend.

Tlali Tlali has confirmed that SAA owes SAA Technical tens of millions of rand – but hopes the matter can be resolved.

Tlali Tlali on SAA Technical withdrawing services:

eThekwini warns public not to swim at beaches until officially allowed on October 1
26 September 2020, 2:00 PM

The eThekwini Municipality is calling on all bathers not to swim at the local beaches, for now. Municipal Spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela says members of the public are currently breaking lockdown regulations by swimming before it is officially allowed on October 1st.

“We must warn the public and the tourists that as much as our beaches have been opened but they are not yet open to for bathing. So you can simply just go there, walk on the promenade, walk on the sand – but bathing is not allowed. We are not doing this with an intention to frustrate the public but it is more about safety more than any other thing. The nets have been recently installed and they require a couple of days for them to sink and be safe enough to deter sharks to approach the area which we usually occupy.”

Increased number of tourists

Meanwhile, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal says it’s encouraged by the increased number of tourists that have made their way into the province this weekend. With Heritage Day being observed as a public holiday on Thursday, several out of town visitors have seemingly turned it into a long weekend.

General Manager for Marketing at Tourism KZN, Thulisile Galelekile, says industry players are excited to serve lockdown-weary travellers. She says the tourism sector is ready for the much-needed boost.

“KwaZulu-Natal has been constantly monitoring the number of people coming to this province this weekend. It is quite encouraging to note the number of cars from outside the province that have been driving through our toll gates since the beginning of this long weekend.

Also encouraging is the feedback from business owners who have informed us that they are at high occupancies, an indication of the hard work that has been put behind ensuring that travellers keep KwaZulu-Natal top of mind. We want to continue to reassure our visitors that as a province we are doing everything possible to observe the safety protocol.”

 Tourism KZN releases a video to attract tourists:

Tributes pour in for Rev Maqina
26 September 2020, 12:31 PM

Tributes are pouring in for the late political activist and playwright, Reverend Mzwandile Maqina. Maqina was the first general secretary of the African Independent Churches Association.

He died on Thursday in Port Elizabeth. He was known for his musical production Give us this Day. His son Thamsanqa Maqina says they have lost a hero.

“We are going through a painful time as a family, we are going through a hard time as a home but I believe not only us a home. I do believe we are going through painful times as us all as the entire nation of Africa. Our father our mentor, our hero, our spiritual healer passed on, on the 24th of September.”

The provincial chairperson of Azapo, Winky Mngqebisa, says they are saddened by his passing.

“He was not selfish enough to ensure every youth and everybody in this country has a role especially when he was able to tap the talent from the youth when it comes to drama and poetry. We remember him before 1976 and during the 1985 feud between Azapo and UDF. He was caught in between because he was a member of PAC but he was saddened by the black on black violence.”

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