December 18, 2017

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Govt boosts grants and SMMEs

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Budget brings hope … Finance Minster Pravin Gordhan and Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus. Government has boosted the social welfare of many South Africans in the form of increasing grants and giving tax breaks to Small, Medium, and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs). Tabling his R1.1-trilllion budget in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced that the number of South Africans receiving social grants will increase to 16.7 million over the next three years. At present, nearly 16 million South Africans receive social grants. By the end of last year, nearly 15.3 million people were eligible for social…

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Justice evades young rape victim

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Desperate for justice … A twelve-year-old girl feels her grandfather must pay for allegedly raping her. The foster parents of a 12-year-old have lost all hope after the rape case she brought against her 52-year-old grandfather was dismissed due to lack of evidence at the Botshabelo Magistrate’s Court. The police have confirmed that the alleged perpetrator is free because the incident occurred a “long time ago and there is lack of evidence to continue with the case”. However, the questions left in her foster parents’ minds are why the social worker failed to help them open a case, and where…

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NC Premier recovering well

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Recovering from stroke … Premier Hazel Jenkins is said to be recovering after she collapsed last Friday. Premier Hazel Jenkins is recovering well after she suffered a mild stroke during her State of the Province Address last Friday. Although she is still in the intensive care unit at the Kimberley Hospital, her office said she is receiving “the best treatment in the world to see to her speedy recovery”. Jenkins was halfway through her speech when she collapsed on the stage. Paramedics and provincial medical director Deon Thys rushed to her aid and she was subsequently taken to the Kimberley…

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