Postal plot: How SA Post Office plans to monopolise deliveries under 1kg

Postal plot: How SA Post Office plans to monopolise deliveries under 1kg

In recent months, the South African Post Office has been fighting to gain a stranglehold on courier deliveries weighing less than 1kg. Of course, the devastating consequences – were the Post Office to be successful – are plain to see. Most online shoppers don’t trust the postal service to safely (an

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Alec Hogg’s Inbox: Covid’s Third Wave has well and truly broken

Alec Hogg’s Inbox: Covid’s Third Wave has well and truly broken

There are more than 100 confirmed bookings for the Spring Biznews Investment Conference in the Drakensberg at the end of the month. Given the current limit on gatherings is 50, we’ve been considering all kinds of contingency plans. Hopefully they won’t be needed after what was contained in Stanlib c

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Alec Hogg’s Inbox: Niemöller’s powerful message

Alec Hogg’s Inbox: Niemöller’s powerful message

And a fine way to end the week. David Melvill says Niemöller's message is powerful and most of our society is apathetic and we therefore need a reminder.Ted Harris brightened my day with this missive:Rudyard Harrison’s question may have an answer in Carlo M. Cipolla’s book, ‘The Basic Laws of Human

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Tip of iceberg for Transnet woes as hackers paralyse SA harbours

Tip of iceberg for Transnet woes as hackers paralyse SA harbours

Following a cyberattack on Transnet, the DA’s shadow minister of public enterprises, Ghaleb Cachalia, has warned that the country could face a nationwide shutdown of its IT infrastructure. According to MyBroadband, Transnet employees were ordered to shut down all laptops and electronic equipment con

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Alec Hogg’s Inbox: Bob Dylan had today’s ANC in mind back in 1965

Alec Hogg’s Inbox: Bob Dylan had today’s ANC in mind back in 1965

Here’s a gem of an email from Durbanite Andrew Harrison who reckons the musician poet Bob Dylan had today’s ANC in mind when he wrote his classic “Like A Rolling Stone” back in 1965. Have a read of the lyrics – appropriate indeed:Once upon a time you dressed so fineThrew the bums a dime in your prim

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Here’s how to combat load-shedding – Eskom CEO Andre De Ruyter

Here’s how to combat load-shedding – Eskom CEO Andre De Ruyter

"Load-shedding occurred as a consequence of some of the poor decisions Eskom and [the] country have made over the years," said De Ruyter.It’s been some time since load shedding reared its ugly head, but it’s undoubtedly set to return a number of times before year-end. Sadly, as irritating and frustr

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Alec Hogg’s Inbox: Some good debate around the basic income grant

Alec Hogg’s Inbox: Some good debate around the basic income grant

Some good debate on the site and social media about the short-term basic income grant. Capetonian Cliff Poultney takes issue with an opinion expressed in yesterday’s Daily Insider. His email reads:I’m writing in response to the letter from Greg Stewart.I really don’t think that South Africa can appl

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Alec Hogg’s Inbox: There is no such thing as “Government money”

Alec Hogg’s Inbox: There is no such thing as “Government money”

Graham McIntosh’s intelligent questions pinged at the presenters was among the reasons why the Autumn BizNews Investment Conference was such a success. Graham will be with us at Champagne Sports Resort in the Drakensberg at the end of next month for the Spring edition of the conference (details here

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Why the Firearms Control Act must be rejected – Terence Corrigan

Why the Firearms Control Act must be rejected – Terence Corrigan

"The pandemic has emboldened government to push for legislation on a number of fronts that would see its reach and latitude expanded," writes Corrigan.With violence, murder and sexual assault a daily reality in South Africa, many citizens have resorted to protecting themselves and their families by

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Alec Hogg’s Inbox: It’s time for a dynamic new leader to emerge

Alec Hogg’s Inbox: It’s time for a dynamic new leader to emerge

John Whall of Somerset West reckons now is the time for a dynamic new leader to emerge in South Africa and set up something different for all citizens.The emailed responses continue to arrive referring to last week’s Open Letter, among them this pithy contribution from John Whall of Somerset West wh

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Alec Hogg’s Inbox: Open letter to our president is long overdue

Alec Hogg’s Inbox: Open letter to our president is long overdue

It’s been a long time since we have had quite as much feedback as with the Open Letter to Cyril Ramaphosa published yesterday. It was submitted by a BizNews community member who asked to remain anonymous. The content certainly hit the spot for many. Here’s an email from stockbroker Nigel Dunn, a som

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Why SA needs an Integrity Commission – Paul Hoffman

Why SA needs an Integrity Commission – Paul Hoffman

Accountability SA's Paul Hoffman SC joined the BizNews Power Hour to discuss the importance of an integrity commission in SA.Paul Hoffman SC is with Accountability Now, an organisation which describes itself as being “devoted to ensuring the rule of law is upheld and enforced for the good of all by

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Specialist team dispatched to Durban to contain chemical plant pollution

Specialist team dispatched to Durban to contain chemical plant pollution

A team has been sent to Durban to "try and help contain air and water pollution from a chemicals plant that was set alight during violent protests."Durban, a hotbed for rioting and violent protests last week, is reeling from the large losses caused by mass looting and civil unrest – which claimed th

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Alec Hogg’s Inbox: Is it time to reintroduce the National Service?

Alec Hogg’s Inbox: Is it time to reintroduce the National Service?

Were Alec's mailbox physical, it would have been stuffed to the brim by the letters supporting Michael Smythe's idea of reintroducing the National Service.Were my mailbox physical, it would have been stuffed to the brim by the letters supporting Michael Smythe’s idea of reintroducing National Servic

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