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Loadshedding and its role in expanding the 'dark' places in our minds 

According to the data gathered by University of Johannesburg's (UJ) Gross National Happiness Index, a somber mood has gripped the nation. 

UJ developed the first real-time Gross National Happiness Index, making use of Big Data to track the sentiments of South African’s. Index founder associate prof Talita Greyling, says the emotions Anger, Disgust and Fear. The negative emotions displayed outstipped those tracked as a result of the devastating and well publicized KZN floods. 
The happiness index tracker now shows that these intense feelings of anger have now morphed into feelings of sadness and fear, raising concerns around a decline in mental welfare. South African Federation for Mental health, Project Leader Michel’le Donnelly, confirms that prolonged exposure to negative emotions like sadness and fear, do increase the risk of mental health problems such as anxiety, depression of post traumatic stress disorder. 

Best time to buy property? When interest rates are up

With the recent repo rate hike, homeowners have to pay extra towards their loans but an expert says when economic times are tough it is the best time to buy property.
Economist at Investec Lara Hodes explains the repo rate, while FNB property market analyst John Loos explains the relationship between the repo rate and buying property. Loos shared property buying tips during these tough economic times.
For those buying to rent, Loos says it’s not just about affording the bond.

Sama emphasises need to "protect the most vulnerable" from loadshedding

Calls have been growing for healthcare facilities to be exempt from load-shedding as SA continues to face rolling blackouts. The load-shedding has affected the provision of healthcare and has hit patients and hospital personnel. Dr Mvuyisi Mzukwa of the SA Medical Association, speaking on this, says in times of crisis the most vulnerable need to be protected. 

'A lifesaving investment': Phaahla on health facilities load-shedding exemption

Health minister Joe Phaahla briefed the media on Friday on the impact of load-shedding on healthcare facilities, including hospitals. He said they are in talks with stakeholders on load-shedding exemptions and progress has been made in some hospitals. These include hospitals in major cities and tertiary hospitals. The minister also outlined the department's plans to ensure hospitals can provide reliable and efficient services. 

Ramaphosa explains Phala Phala foreign cash

For the first time President Cyril Ramaphosa has provided some context in the theft of foreign currency from his game farm Phala Phala. He explained where the money came from, but he’s in the dark on why a case number was not provided.
Phala Phala came into the spotlight after former spy boss Arthur Fraser alleged Ramaphosa tried to conceal the theft of cash at his farm in Limpopo.
ATM leader Vuyo Zungula posed a question to Ramaphosa: why did you not report the crime in Phala Phala like all citizens? What message does it send to the nation when the president faces allegations of money laundering, kidnapping and torture on his farm, refuses to take the nation into his confidence and won’t account to parliament?
The president denied allegations of money laundering but left other accusations hanging.
The president answered various questions on the rising cost of living, land expropriation and Eskom, among others.

Malema claims he pushed  "white supremacy" after assault acquittal  

EFF leader Julius Malema and MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi were found not guilty and acquitted of an assault charge in the Randburg magistrate's court on Thursday. The court found the pair, who were charged with assaulting police officer Lt-Col Johannes Venter at the funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in 2018, had no intention to assault Venter.  

ANC KZN’s preferred top 6 national leadership list snubs Ramaphosa

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has announced its preferred candidates for the party’s top position, and appealed for Cyril Ramaphosa to be respected as long as he is president, or until December 16.
The party will hold its 55th national elective conference from December 15 to 20 at Nasrec, Johannesburg. The party’s new leadership will be announced on December 16.
Several ruling party members have put their names forward for leadership positions.

‘Big nose’ got R1bn from ‘white people’ to be president, Malema on Ramaphosa

EFF leader Julius Malema has made scathing accusations about President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Malema claimed Ramaphosa received R1bn from “white people” to be president, and alleged Eskom planned to completely turn off electricity in the country.
Malema reiterated that Ramaphosa must vacate office as things “have worsened” under his leadership.
The party leader was addressing the crowd at a Heritage Day event in KwaZulu-Natal this past weekend. He said the EFF must rule KZN in 2024.

‘Scapegoating’ Magashule: case is delay tactic to prevent him contesting in ANC

Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule says the asbestos corruption case is a tactic to prevent him contesting ANC positions in December. But Prof Ongama Mtimka says though he may be disadvantaged, he has not been a strong force in the ANC, which has a right to protect itself from people who bring it into disrepute.
Magashule repeated claims made in the Free State High Court where he and his 15 co-accused face fraud, corruption and money laundering charges stemming from the irregular awarding of a R255m asbestos tender. The case was on Friday postponed to January 20 2023.

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