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The unemployment rate in the country worsened to 35,3% in the fourth quarter of 2021. The expanded unemployment rate, which includes people who were available for work but not looking for a job, stood at a staggering 46,2 %.

South Africa has a limited window of opportunity to reset the economy and build a stronger base for sustained long-term growth – seizing it will require rebuilding business and investor confidence by moving swiftly to implementation of the economic reforms outlined in Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana's 2022 Budget speech.

The South African Finance Minister has announced increases in Excise Duties and the introduction of a new tax during his maiden budget speech. 

In less than a week, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana will address the nation on matters related to South Africa’s fiscus. 

Last week the Department of Basic Education (DBE) met with Eskom's leadership to deliberate on the challenges faced by Grade 12 students caused by load shedding. 

Last week Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla said that a fourth wave of infections is likely to be triggered by the upcoming festive season.

South Africa’s power utility Eskom has a difficult month. It seemed as if everyday they would release a statement announcing the loss of additional generation capacity.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has declared the 2021 Local Government Elections free and fair.  

South Africa’s power utility Eskom has announced that the country will move to stage 4 load shedding until Friday.

As matriculants around South Africa prepare for their final school examinations, many will experience anxiety, nervousness and stress.

The grade 12 examinations begin today with more than 730 000 students writing their first English paper.

The National Liquor Traders Council has welcomed President Cyril Ramapohosa’s announcement that the country will be placed on alert level 1. This means that there will be fewer restrictions on the sale of alcohol.

The Solidarity Fund yesterday released its financial reports and revealed that the fund received more than R3 Billion in donations. The fund had however received a qualified audit which means some red flags were raised.

Earlier this month the National assembly passed 2 gender-based violence (GBV) bills. The bills will now be sent to President Cyril Ramaphosa and it is expected that he will sign these bills into law to combat GBV in South Africa.

President Cyril Ramaphosa says that there is a long way to go when it comes to instilling a culture of ethics in South Africa’s public service. This comes after it was revealed that around 16,000 government employees irregularly received the Covid-19 R350 Social Relief of Distress grant.

South Africa’s Department of Health has revealed that 21% of adults living in the country have been full vaccinated against Covid-19.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to end the national state of disaster. He believes there are better ways of handling the pandemic that is more conducive to creating jobs and boosting the economy.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has praised South African youth due to their eagerness to get the Covid-19 vaccine. He described the turnout  made by the 18-35 year-olds to get their jabs as 'impressive' in his weekly newsletter, From the Desk of the President. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to speak tonight. He is expected to announce new measures to control the recent resurgence in cases in some provinces.