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Amending the NHI – a complex process beyond government’s narrative

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The recent statements by ANC parliamentary chief whip Pemmy Majodina regarding the National Health Insurance (NHI) bill's ‘amendability’ have highlighted a significant misunderstanding of the law making process. Majodina's assurance that the bill can be amended if necessary, simplifies a complex legislative and judicial process.

Upholding fiscal responsibility – a call for good governance

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In the challenging economic circumstances that South Africa currently faces, the impact of fiscal responsibility – the balanced use of government spending and tax to influence the economy – on taxpayers, businesses, and the nation's overall economic well-being cannot be overstated.

SARS targets representative taxpayers for company tax debts

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With the corporate tax collection deficit announced in September 2023, South African Revenue Service (SARS) is dead set on filling at least this fiscal pothole. How will they do this you may ask; well, amongst other avenues, SARS are exploiting the Tax Administration Act, which provides for instances in which the representative taxpayer, employer, or vendor, will be held personally liable for a company’s tax debt!

Poor data maintenance leads to data ‘load shedding’

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Data integrity, security, and availability are vital aspects to consider whether it pertains to personal information, business records, or research data. However, many individuals and organisations often neglect the importance of data maintenance, which can lead to data ‘load shedding’, a term used to describe the loss, corruption, or unavailability of data due to poor data management practices.

Only a blended healthcare system will enable a viable NHI

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South Africa's healthcare system has experienced significant transformations over the years. One of the most pressing issues is the need for more resources and funding, which has resulted in limited access to healthcare services for South Africans.

How poor policy and bad governance are wrecking growth

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We have released a South Africa’s anti-growth strategy report. The report argues that the slow economic growth of the last 15 years is the result of bad policy choices, a catastrophic decline in government performance and a devastating lack of leadership. Despite rhetoric to the contrary, the South African government does not have a growth strategy. If anything, it has an anti-growth strategy.

Privatise Eskom to reduce risk

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There are many problems with South Africa, but Eskom and its continuing descent into darkness and chaos seems to be a symbol for all of it. Corruption, mismanagement, theft, incompetence, ideological stupidity, and now, attempted murder.

BOOK REVIEW | Rhoda – A Biography

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Rhoda Kadalie was born in 1953 in District Six, Cape Town, and became a pioneering feminist within the anti-apartheid movement, as well as the most prominent critic of the post-apartheid government.

How to grow the South African economy

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While much has been written about the need for structural reform in the economy, and the need for the government to have more investment friendly policies, it is also useful to look at where the government can cut costs to prevent South Africa falling off a fiscal cliff in the medium term.

Red flags that signal a country’s pending fiscal doom

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Lebanon is facing a financial meltdown so severe that the World Bank has branded it as one of the worst since the mid-19th century. The country is fast spiralling into a dangerous situation of state failure, marked by violent riots, escalating blackouts and spiking fuel price increases.

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