South Africa – Despair and determined courage

South Africa – Despair and determined courage

"It's time for the vast majority of our silent society to be heard. Time for us to take back South Africa from the corrupt who care only for themselves."It’s undoubtedly one of South Africa’s saddest moments. In the past week, pockets of the country have been rocked by violence, crime and protesting

  Jarryd Neves
Mailbox: Many a Post Office encounter gone wrong; heaven help us

Mailbox: Many a Post Office encounter gone wrong; heaven help us

Philip Gray reflects on his experience with the South African Post Office since 2018 and touches on the ongoing legal case on deliveries that weigh less than 1kg.BizNews welcomes opinions and letters from community members. In his response to Alec Hogg’s Daily Insider newsletter, Philip Gray shares

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‘Old Mutual took their eye off the ball’ – Steven Nathan

‘Old Mutual took their eye off the ball’ – Steven Nathan

Steven Nathan shares insights into the underperformance of Old Mutual, stating that they took their eye off the ball in South Africa.BizNews community member Ingrid Luyt wrote to BizNews founder Alec Hogg this week seeking any information regarding the dismal performance of Old Mutual. Her question

  Nadya Swart
Mailbox: The vaccine dilemma – more questions herd than answers

Mailbox: The vaccine dilemma – more questions herd than answers

While Covid-19 vaccines certainly appear to make a contribution, maybe the primary driver here is good old herd immunity – which costs nothing.By Dewald Lubbe wrote the below in response to Alec Hogg’s Daily Insider:AH: Even vaccine sceptics will have to be impressed with the Covid-19 numbers now co

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Mailbox: Mboweni favours AYO, not protecting pensions

Mailbox: Mboweni favours AYO, not protecting pensions

AMAGP: The sympathies of Minister Mboweni lie with Sekunjalo and AYO, not with the pensioners whose interests he is mandated to represent.The Association for Monitoring and Advocacy of Government Pensions has released a statement, raising concerns about the lack of separation between the Finance Min

  Melani Nathan
Mailbox: Water wastage in agriculture a serious problem

Mailbox: Water wastage in agriculture a serious problem

Thys Kapp has repeatedly raised concerns over water wastage on farms surrounding the Vaal dam, which he says pump as much water as a small town.BizNews reader Thys Kapp has written to Portia Chawane, Environmental Officer at the Department of Water and Sanitation and James Mofokeng, Environmental Sp

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Mailbox: SA is being controlled by fear – Lesley Caw

Mailbox: SA is being controlled by fear – Lesley Caw

Lesley Caw thinks this is where we are right now... Being controlled by fear...This is an excerpt from Michael Crichton's "State of Fear".BizNews welcomes letters and opinion pieces and encourages debate. In this piece, Lesley Caw reflects on the rules that have been imposed on South Africans in the

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Mailbox: excess deaths vs Covid-19 deaths – consequence of lockdown?

Mailbox: excess deaths vs Covid-19 deaths – consequence of lockdown?

A BizNews community member asks: Is the unusually high number of excess deaths this year a consequence of Covid-19 lockdown?BizNews welcomes comment and feedback and publishes your letters in our Mailbox. In this Mailbox, Erik Wandrag draws our attention to the unusually high number of excess deaths

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Mailbox: PANDA giving actuaries and economists a bad name

Mailbox: PANDA giving actuaries and economists a bad name

Jay Koome says PANDA, a thinktank of actuaries and economists, is dishing up drivel at a time when people are seeking to make better informed choices.BizNews welcomes comment and feedback and publishes your letters in our Mailbox. In this piece, Jay Koome takes aim at PANDA, which has delivered a se

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Mailbox: ‘Please, let Edgars be saved’ – it’s part of who we are

Mailbox: ‘Please, let Edgars be saved’ – it’s part of who we are

Please save Edgars, says customer Nanette Miranda, who shares how Edgars has been an integral part of, and influenced, her family's lives.Edgars – the iconic clothing retailer and department store giant which has been a part of South Africans’ lives for decades – has been a topic of great concern an

  Nadya Swart
Inside government quarantine in South Africa

Inside government quarantine in South Africa

Susan Michael Guthrie says if government quarantine is an example of what we can achieve under difficult circumstances, there's definitely hope for our future.Stronger Together! has never been more pertinent than in our fight against Covid-19. Springbok Rugby Captain Siya Kolisi, who cemented this s

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Shouldn’t the Deeds Office be an essential service?

Shouldn’t the Deeds Office be an essential service?

In this mailbox David Williams argues that he is "stuck at a considerable cost in money and anxiety", because of the closure of the Deeds Office.Uncertainty, frustration, anxiety, money fears are but a few words describing the affect the nationwide lockdown is having on the wellbeing of all South Af

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Lemming behaviour: How will we survive ‘Covid-20’?

Lemming behaviour: How will we survive ‘Covid-20’?

There has been a lot of debate on whether lockdown was the right route for SA given the extreme inequality. Among others, the government considered the most vulnerable given South Africa’s high prevalence of HIV and TB among the poorest of the poor. Although lockdown is hard for everyone, in a towns

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Dave de Klerk: New approach to Covid-19 data analysis!

Dave de Klerk: New approach to Covid-19 data analysis!

With the very extensive, real time, Covid-19 data out there, Dave de Klerk has been playing around with different types of data analyses.So much data, so many inaccuracies. And the sensational headlines are not helping the cause. Just this weekend the Wall Street Journal reported that the data that

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Mailbox: What are unions contributing to ensure the survival of SOEs?

Mailbox: What are unions contributing to ensure the survival of SOEs?

The Association for Monitoring and Advocacy of Government Pensions (AMAGP) argues that unions are holding state-owned companies like SAA and Eskom hostage with ridiculous wage and employment demands.By Adamus Stemmet*The more deeper the country sinks into its economic crisis the more demanding the u

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Mailbox: Land ownership not a prerequisite to build a good business

Mailbox: Land ownership not a prerequisite to build a good business

Professional property valuer Peter Meakin argues lessees of land don’t need to own land to build a successful business. In fact, he argues, the defining advantage to tenants is that long leases grant the same opportunities as ownership but with nil capital costs or mortgage obligations. Lessees can

  Alec Hogg
NHI not a moral debate – it’s a maths problem

NHI not a moral debate – it’s a maths problem

David Drew sat down and did some number-crunching based on the most conservative NHI funding estimates available, using the broadest possible swathe of sources.Sometimes it takes an ordinary man in the street to tell the politicians a downright inconvenient truth. Meet David Drew, a humble, rational

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Open letter to MTN CEO Rob Shuter – the missing TCF link

Open letter to MTN CEO Rob Shuter – the missing TCF link

Elise Burns-Hoffman has been an MTN customer for approximately 22 years, in spite of her entire family having moved to Vodacom.From Elise HoffmanDear RobRE: Treating Customers Fairly ought to be taken seriouslyI have been an MTN customer for approximately 22 years and, in spite of my entire family h

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Open letter to Tito: prescribed assets; are you SERIOUS?

Open letter to Tito: prescribed assets; are you SERIOUS?

The Association for the Monitoring and Advocacy of Government Pensions, (AMAGP), has once again outdone itself with impeccable logic in a polite protest letter. This time the appeal is to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, asking how the new prescribed assets policy will impact on government pensioners

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