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All you need to know about Ramaphosa's Economic Recovery Plan

President Cyril Ramaphosa outlined the government's plan to boost the economy, create jobs and extend the Covid-19 relief grant in his economic recovery plan delivered to a joint sitting of parliament on Thursday.

In his address, the president unveiled an unemployment stimulus package which will be implemented immediately. He commended various government interventions, including the UIF wage relief for companies and employees whose incomes were affected by the lockdown, but admitted that more still needs to be done.

Mental Health Awareness Month amid Covid-19

According to the department of international relations & co-operation, October has been declared Mental Health Awareness month. The objective is to educate the public about mental health and educe the stigma and discrimination people with mental illnesses are often subjected to.

The South African mental health fact sheet states that one in three South Africans do or will have a mental health issue at some point in their lifetime. But only one in 10 South Africans have had mental health treatment or care.

"It's very personal - I was two exams away from graduating"

Expelled Rhodes University former student Yolanda Dyantyi has been granted leave to appeal a high court judgment refusing to set aside the disciplinary conviction that led to her expulsion.

Dyantyi was rusticated in 2017 after being found guilty in a disciplinary hearing of kidnapping, assault, insubordination and defamation during the so-called "Rhodes Reference List" anti-rape protests in 2016.

She failed in her Grahamstown high court to have both her disciplinary conviction and permanent exclusion from the university set aside.

However in a recent turn of events, Dyantyi has been granted leave to appeal this judgement.

Trial delay in Julius Malema, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi assault case

The case against EFF leader Julius Malema and MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has been postponed.
Malema and Ndlozi appeared at the Randburg magistrate's court on Tuesday, each facing a charge of common assault.
Their case was postponed for trial on October 28 and 29.
Court proceedings were delayed to allow the media to bring an application to allow for live streaming of the proceedings, and to be allowed to take photographs and record the case.

The 'hijacking' of the #FeesMustFall movement: Fasiha Hassan's story

“Let me tell you about the story of my life. My mother was a kitchen girl, my father was a garden boy, that’s why I am a freedom fighter.”

These are the words to 'Nobody Wants To See Us Together', the SA struggle song that became synonymous with the #FeesMustFall movement.

The movement's message echoed throughout SA university campuses, spilling into the country's communities. This particular song was considered special and iconic because it encapsulated the new struggle experienced by SA youth.

Today, on the five-year anniversary of the memorable movement, we will consider the motives behind the movement and how it came to be "hijacked" by politically nefarious entities.

Activist Fasiha Hassan, one of those who ushered in the movement in late 2015, shares her memories of the movement with us.

Eskom chief executive Andre de Ruyter expresses strong support for IPP's

Eskom chief executive Andre de Ruyter, in sharp contrast to the previous regime at the utility, has expressed his strong support for independent power producers, saying the best way to increase SA’s energy security is to bring more private producers onto the national grid.

De Ruyter was interviewed on Business Day TV’s Political Currency show with Tim Modise on Wednesday evening.

Are the 700,0000ha of land set aside for land reform really vacant?

Agriculture, land reform and rural development minister Thoko Didiza announced last Thursday that close to 900 farms, comprising 700,000ha of underutilised and vacant state land, will be made available as part of the government’s contribution to land reform in SA.

However, Prof Ruth Hall at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape, questions whether all the land set aside by the government is in fact vacant.

Hall voices her concerns around the potential eviction of informal communities, the slow pace of land reform and outlines her hopes for a transparent land redistribution process.

Driver killed, commuters injured after gang opens fire, sets bus alight in Lawley

A bus driver was killed and commuters were seriously injured after an armed gang opened fire and set the bus alight in Lawley, south of Lenasia, on Tuesday morning.

Police spokesperson Brig Mathapelo Peters said the incident happened at around 5am near the Lawley railway station in Lenasia.

"Preliminary investigations reveal that the bus had stopped to pick up commuters when three armed, unknown suspects started firing shots at the bus."

City of Johannesburg emergency services spokesperson Nana Radebe confirmed that the bus driver was killed and was burnt beyond recognition.

Radebe said four other people was in a serious but stable condition.

SA's new travel regulations explained

On Wednesday the government outlined regulations in line with the easing of restrictions on international travel, making mention of high-risk countries to and from which leisure travel is not permitted.

Elaborating on the regulations referred to by President Cyril Ramaphosa during his announcement on the commencement of lockdown level 1, minister of international relations and co-operation Naledi Pandor reiterated the need for travel insurance when coming into the country.

“Everyone travelling to SA must have travel insurance. This is in case they need to get tested on arrival, which will be done at their own cost. Further, if the person tests positive they will also need to go into quarantine at their own cost,” said Pandor.

Minister of home affairs Aaron Motsoaledi announced the resumption of services such as applications for identity documents and passports.

“The department is also resuming services for the application of identity documents and cards as well as all passports, for everyone and not a select few. Services at the Visa Facilitation Services Global offices will also now be resumed”, said Motsoaledi.

Process to rename William Nicol Drive after Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has begun

Following a recent announcement made by City of Johannesburg mayor Geoff Makhubo, the public participation process to rename William Nicol Drive has begun.

"We thought as the City of Johannesburg to come and pay our respects and officially launch the start of the public participation process to rename William Nicol [Drive] after a motion of council was passed a year and half ago, in order to honour Winnie Mandela and ensure that with time William Nicol will be renamed after her," said Makhubo.

Six months on: some lives will never be the same

On March 23, President Cyril Ramaphosa ushered in a different way of life for all South Africans. Most thought that once the initial 21 days of lockdown was over, life would go back to normal. But now, six months after the lockdown, life has changed for many. Some have experienced job losses, illnesses, loss of loved ones and exhausting shifts on the frontline.

It's three months since 19-year-old Amy Volkwijn lost both her parents on the same day to Covid-19. Life has changed drastically for her. She speaks about her grief, the changes in her life and the way forward.

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