Investments | Bumps, unexpected twists and turns, but 2021 should be better – Old Mutual

The Covid-19 induced market volatility will continue in 2021. Photo: Getty Images The year 2020 saw many panicked investors withdraw from the stock market and are now hoping to recover their losses in 2021. Investment managers say there will be bumps and unexpected twists and turns on the road this year too, but things are looking … Read more

Release of report into racial discrimination by medical…

(Photo: Unsplash / NCI) The section 59 investigation panel launched by the Council for Medical Schemes in 2019, had to, once again, postpone the release of its interim report into allegations of racial discrimination by medical schemes and administrators in South Africa. The Government Employees’ Medical Scheme (Gems) and the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) … Read more

Your daily Horoscope for 19 January 2021

TODAY’S MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE: Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. — Martin Luther King Jr. TODAY’S WISDOM FROM AROUND THE WORLD: The first drink … Read more

Creecy asks for full report on Lake St Lucia breaching…

Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Barbara Creecy. (Photo: EPA-EFE / Nic Bothma) Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has asked for a detailed report justifying the controversial recent decision to artificially breach the mouth of South Africa’s largest estuarine lake. In the wake of mounting criticism from expert scientists and conservationists — and … Read more

SA Covid-19 variant binds more easily to human cells making it more infectious

The so-called South Africa Covid-19 variant binds more easily to human cells with a stronger mechanism, allowing it to spread more easily between its human hosts, the chief epidemiologist advising the government said Monday. Salim Abdool Karim, the co-chair of the South African Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19, spoke during a video conference about the … Read more

What you need to know

As we are approaching the release of IO Interactive’s Hitman 3 release on 20 January 2021 – on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and S, Stadia, and PC – many fans are still in the dark about Early Access. Hitman 3 will also be available on the previous-gen consoles: PlayStation4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Furthermore, it will … Read more

ActionSA, EFF square off over immigration

Herman Mashaba. Picture: Rosetta Msimango / City Press ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba complained that EFF leader Julius Malema breached his oath of office as MP. This after Malema seemingly encouraged people from neighbouring countries to enter South Africa illegally. EFF deputy leader Floyd Shivambu responded on Twitter, giving Mashaba his “1st warning”. Herman Mashaba’s ActionSA … Read more

Muslims, Christians stand side by side outside Cape Town hospitals to pray for Covid-19 patients

A patient looks on from her hospital window in Cape Town. Supplied by Esa Alexander Interfaith prayers are being held for Covid-19 patients and hospital staff in Cape Town. Each session is limited to 15 people, with face masks and social distancing enforced. Unexpected arrivals are asked to remain in their cars. Muslims and Christians … Read more

TransUnion partners with fintech startup to help consumers and SMEs compare loans

Now that Fincheck has partnered with TransUnion, the two companies are hoping that they can increase access to credit. Photo: Getty Images. TransUnion has partnered with fintech startup, Fincheck, to become the Ooba of all kinds of loans, save for home loans. Fincheck is a relatively unknown marketplace that helps people looking for loans compare … Read more

Covid-19 stats, load shedding suspended and Proteas’ security concerns allayed – The Citizen

Your morning news update: Click on the links below for the full story or visit our home page for the latest news. 9,010 new cases takes to total 1,346,936 A nurse adjusts an oxygen bottle at Lenasia South Hospital in Johannesburg during a visit by MEC Bandile Masuku and Minister Zweli Mkize’s visit to the facility, 20 … Read more

Second matric exam marker in Gauteng succumbs to Covid-19 – The Citizen

A 55-year-old marker has died at home after testing positive for Covid-19, making this the second person who has died while marking matric examination papers in Gauteng. According to the Gauteng Education Department, the isiXhosa paper marker tested Covid-19 positive and died on Sunday, 17 January, at home. Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi paid tribute to … Read more

40 million doses worldwide – The Citizen

More than 40 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccines have been given around the world according to an AFP count Monday, with Israel topping the global table. Israel leads At least 60 countries or territories, representing 61 percent of the global population, have launched vaccination campaigns. But nine out of 10 doses have taken place … Read more

Springbok latest | Rassie Erasmus: We’d do anything to play British Lions

Rugby World Cup champions, the Springboks, “will do anything” to play the British & Irish Lions, whose eight-match tour in July/August is in doubt because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to SA Rugby Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus. READ | CHEETAHS PLAYMAKER TIAN SCHOEMAN HEADS NORTH TO BATH “We desperately want to play them and … Read more

Ex-City of Cape Town official accused of rape rearrested for breaching bail conditions – The Citizen

A former City of Cape Town senior manager accused of raping a minor was on Monday released following his arrest for breaching his bail conditions. The 54-year-old man, who cannot be named until he has pleaded, appeared in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s Court on a warrant of arrest. He was initially charged in June last … Read more

Tutu’s plea to SA: ‘Don’t let Covid-19 continue to ravage our country. Vaccinate!’

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. (Photo: Beeld) Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is the latest leader to pledge to take the Covid-19 vaccine once it is available.  His pledge comes as conspiracy theories around the vaccine have spread like wildfire on social media.  The disinformation around vaccines has created doubt and fear.  Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and … Read more

Inspired by Mboweni, Iqbal Survé keen to meet with Parliament, PIC to explain AYO investment

Survé has informed the committee that he wants to share more insight. (Gallo) Iqbal Survé, chair of Sekunjalo and Independent Media, wants to meet with the Public Investment Corporation and Parliament about ongoing disputes. Sekunjalo owns 62% of African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI), which owns 49% of ICT firm AYO Technology. When AYO listed on … Read more

Covid will decide if home refurb boom continues

The home improvement industry’s boom, triggered by the Covid-19 lockdown, will probably level out in 2021 — if life returns to normal. With people having to spend more time at home, improvements such as retiling bathrooms and painting became a trend and they noticed household maintenance jobs they had neglected. While many retailers slumped during … Read more

Tadej Pogacar to defend Tour de France title

Despite the continuing Covid-19 uncertainty, UAE Emirates has unveiled how they plan to deploy their array of stars in the three Grand Tours this year. READ | AFRICA’S ONLY PRO-CYCLING TEAM SAVED BY LAST-MINUTE SPONSORSHIP The team announced three riders for each of the major three-week races. Predictably, 22-year-old Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar will defend his … Read more

Another cardboard bed ‘sleepover’ for Sassa temporary disability grant applicants in Cape Town

Sleepover queues readying for the next round of temporary disability grant applications in Bellville on Tuesday. PHOTO: Jenni Evans/News24 People were sleeping outside Sassa’s Bellville office again in the hopes of being among the first to be served on temporary disability day on Tuesday. They implored the department to start a queue number system to … Read more

Krisp gets R25m to complete sequencing of 10 000 SARS-CoV-2 genomes

Transport Minister Blade Nzimande. Picture: Lisa Hnatowicz The funding to the KwaZulu-Natal Research and Informatics Sequencing Platform (Krisp) will be used to understand the spread of Covid-19 and other virus lineages in Africa, says Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande.  The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) has also funded local clinical trials and its … Read more

Ex-Bryanston high coach accused of sexual assault pleads not guilty in court – The Citizen

Almost two years after charges were laid, the trial against a former Bryanston High School sports coach got underway, with him pleading not guilty to all charges. According to non-profit child protection organisation, Women and Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA), who attended the trial in the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court on Monday, the coach pleaded not … Read more

Marking will be completed in time, says EC education despite markers protest – The Citizen

The Eastern Cape education department is racing against time to recover matric examination marking time that was lost due to marker protests at three centres over the past four days. Despite this, the education department said all 24 marking centres would complete marking before the 21 January deadline. The latest of the protests was on … Read more

Internet restored in Uganda as Bobi Wine remains under house arrest and appeals for intl support

Internet connectivity was restored after five days of blackout and rose to 90% on Monday but extensive social media and messaging restrictions remained, internet monitor Netblocks told CNN. “This was a textbook case,” said Alp Toker, founder of the London-based agency. “The networks still running were generally infrastructure-related or state-run,” he added. Bobi Wine — … Read more

JUST IN | Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane takes leave ‘to get some rest’

Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane Foto: DAILY SUN Public Protector advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane has gone on a “sabbatical leave to get some rest”, her office said in a brief statement on Monday. “Such a leave of absence is provided for in the terms and conditions applicable to the position of Public Protector,” said spokesperson Oupa Segalwe. He … Read more

Macsteel accused of using pandemic to boost profit margins after retrenching 99 workers

Steel manufacturer Macsteel has confirmed that it has retrenched 99 workers from different plants due to the pandemic. National Union of Metalworkers of SA is picketing outside Macsteel branches calling for the immediate reinstatement of the workers. NUMSA said the company was using the pandemic to boost profit margins.   Steel manufacturer Macsteel has been accused … Read more

This second wave is relentless, say paramedic…

Paramedics are facing a relentless stream of Covid-19 patients. (Illustration: Lisa Nelson) ‘This virus has totally changed the way that we work,’ claim paramedics dogged by ‘Covid fatigue’ and hazardous working environments. First published in GroundUp. For Cape Town ambulance paramedics Claire and Mike (not their real names), the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic has … Read more