• Vice President embarrasses Nation by defending Load Shedding as a Sign of Growth

    12 Dec 2019
    Vice President Mabuza defends Load Shedding

    Deputy president David Mabuza’s take on the electricity crisis left many South Africans in utter disbelief.

    “The shortage of electricity is a sign of growth.”

    Mabuza made this remark in parliament on Wednesday while responding to questions on youth unemployment and the fourth industrial revolution.

    “Yesterday, electricity was only given to a few people. Today, electricity is given to millions of people … this economy is growing and therefore we are bound to have challenges. These challenges are very positive because they propel our growth,” he said.

    Mabuza’s comments coincided with Eskom’s announcement on Wednesday that there was a possibility of load-shedding on Thursday. "Deputy president, I’m sure you’ll agree with…

  • The Rise and Fall of FNB - More erratic Account Closures

    20 Nov 2019 | Ralph M Ertner
    FNB closes more Accounts

    Following our recent summary of the current policy of FNB to get rid of customers who complain about lack of service or demand rectification of erroneous banking fees levied, the policy of the current Board to terminate all accounts that are inconvenient continues.

    In a most recent wave of account closures it now hit also prominent cryptocurrency dealers such as LUNO, ICE3X and VALR and their accounts – although being maintained without flaw – have been terminated, causing a significant inconvenience for those customers, who funded their Cryptocurrency Accounts through their FNB Bank Account.

    Official reason is – please do not laugh but the creative team for bogus reasons seems to run out of fake excuses:

    _FirstRand Bank ha…

  • Moody's downgrades Outlook to "negative"

    01 Nov 2019
    Moody's downgrades South Africa

    On today’s meeting Moody’s has decided to keep the country one notch above investment grade, changing its outlook on the country’s credit rating from stable to negative, but leaving it a “Life Line” as it requires at least one investment grade – from either Moody’s or Standard & Poor" to remain on the FTSE World Government Bond Index. Exiting it would spark an investor selloff and outflows of as much as $15 billion (R200bn), according to Bank of New York Mellon at a time when South Africa needs portfolio investment to finance its persistent current-account deficit. A downgrade would also raise borrowing costs, complicating the government’s efforts to balance the budget.

    For a quarter-century, South Africa has been able to count on an …

  • Load Shedding could have been prevented for Joburg, but ESKOM deliberately derailed Plan

    18 Oct 2019
    ESKOM deliberately pushed for Load Shedding in Joburg

    The Plot thickens! It seems it is not only an inability to plan and manage power in South Africa which ESKOM needs to be accused of, but also to sacrifice the well-being through access to electricity of all residents only to create electricity charges, which are overpriced and ill-called for.

    Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has launched a scathing attack on Eskom, claiming that the state-run power utility is preventing a solution that could ensure no load-shedding for Johannesburg citizens. In a column on PoliticsWeb, Mashaba said that the City of Johannesburg received a letter in December 2018 from Eskom which rejected the city’s request to nullify its load-shedding issues by using power that is independently generated by the Kelvi…

  • ESKOM INCOMPETENCE SAGA (Part 147): Loadshedding is Back!

    16 Oct 2019
    ESKOM fails to plan and implement Load Shedding again

    It comes at no surprise that – once Gwede Mantashe – NEC spiritus rector and now Top Honcho of the Department of Energy has taken the reins over this crucial infrastructure ministry – load shedding will be back. What does he know about electricity? What does he care as long as he keeps the NEC together to condone corruption and nepotism in “his” sectors of mineral resources and power? He doesn’t, as long as the state coffers are accessible for plunder by his goons and as long as he personally has diesel in his generator and solar PV on the roof.

    The reality keeps up with this as stage 2 load shedding will take place from 9am to 11pm on Wednesday 16 October 2019, and is expected to last for at least a week. Eskom’s official Twitter a…

  • Home Affairs Minister lies at Presidential Working Committee about Visa Situation

    08 Oct 2019
    Motsoaledi lies about Visa

    The Department of Home Affairs is working on a number of changes to South Africa’s visa regime, they say: “…in an effort to make the country more accessible for visitors, investors and people with skills that are critical to building the economy”. This is not a joke, they actually said that while very well aware of the fact that the missions abroad do everything possible to reject visa applications for foreign investors. Leader of the “Rejection Pack” is the South African Embassy in Berlin (Germany), where potent investors are constantly fed wrong requirements either until they give up or all recourse is exhausted.

    They are closely followed by Budapest (Hungary), Vienna (Austria) and Sofia (Rumania), who all still act under the dire…

  • Labour Court interdicts Banking Strike

    26 Sep 2019
    Banking Strike interdicted

    South Africa’s Labour Court has ruled in favour of Business Unity South Africa’s (Busa’s) application to interdict a major banking strike planned for Friday (27 September).

    In a judgement handed down on Thursday, the court said that the action was unlawful – effectively preventing what would have been South Africa’s largest banking strike in 99 years.

    The strike was planned by the country’s largest financial union, Sasbo, and had received additional support from the country’s largest trade federation Cosatu.

    Business Unity South African (BUSA) aimed to stop the protest, as Cosatu’s notice sent to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) – under which Sasbo is planning to act – may not have satisfied the req…

  • Nationwide Banking Strike on Friday

    25 Sep 2019
    Nationwide Banking Strike on 27 September 2019

    As it is not enough that economy and businesses are battling, the unions live and breathe the smog of fear of anyone, who is threatened to lose their job. Hence the union for the banking sector have motivated and instigated once again a strike of epic proportion, designed to cripple the ruling banking mafia. More than 50 000 bank employees will be protesting against retrenchments on Friday 27 September, making it difficult for consumers to transact, according to the finance union SASBO. This protest action has been planned since June and there is no way the union will back out now, even if banks change their minds about retrenchments ahead of the protest scheduled for Friday. “As SASBO we are adamant there is nothing they (banks) can do,…

  • SARB misses Opportunity to stimulate Economy by leaving Rates unchanged

    19 Sep 2019
    Interest Rates remain unchanged

    As feared by most, the SA Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee left the repo rate unchanged at 6.5%. The prime rate will remain 10.25%. The announcement was made by the central bank’s governor Lesetja Kganyago at a media briefing in Pretoria on Thursday afternoon. The decision was unanimous, Kganyago said. The repo rate is the benchmark interest rate at which the Reserve Bank lends money to other banks. Changes in the repo rate affect the prime lending rate, which is the lowest rate at which banks start lending to clients.

    In July, the Reserve Bank cut the repo rate by 25 basis points rate cut to 6.5%. That was the first rate cut in more than a year, Kganyago noted that while growth rebounded in the second quarter of the GDP rebo…

  • Economic Freedom Ranking dropped until now 54 Places

    19 Sep 2019
    Economic Freedom Report 2019

    In the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) 2019 Report, South Africa ranks 101 out of 162 countries. This is a fall of two places from last year but is a massive fall of 54 places since 2000 when the country achieved an enviable ranking of 47 and was in the top 30% of economically free countries. With such an upward trend SA was on track to be one of the world’s most prosperous countries, but instead, in 2019, South Africans have less economic freedom than do residents in 60% of the democratic world. Far from building on its post-apartheid achievement, SA citizens now have less economic freedom than they gained in the six years since 1994 and democracy.

    This was the solemn message given by Neil Emerick at the 12 September EFW 2019 lau…