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Daily Podcast – January 21, 2020

21st January 2020 BY: Sane Dhlamini
Creamer Media Researcher and Writer

For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Sane Dhlamini.

Making headlines: 19 SAA domestic and international flights cancelled, Ramaphosa has signed 5 key tax and revenue-related bills and, Hawks say sabotage investigation at Eskom's Tutuka station still ongoing

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19 SAA domestic and international flights cancelled

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Travellers are being advised that as many as 19 South African Airways flights have been removed from the Airline Global Distribution Systems, as Treasury struggles to raise the necessary funds to keep SAA afloat.   

This follows a tweet by an Online Travel Agent, advising their customers that "a number of SAA domestic and international flights have been cancelled".

In a statement SAA has confirmed flight cancellations and said the decisions were in line with the airlines usual policy of reviewing flights and consolidating services with low demand. 

 

Ramaphosa has signed 5 key tax and revenue-related bills

President Cyril Ramaphosa last week signed five bills relating to tax administration and other division of revenue proposals for the 2019 fiscal year.

According to a memorandum from Parliament, Ramaphosa assented to the bills on January 13, after they were tabled in Parliament by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni last year at the medium-term budget policy statement.

The Adjustments Appropriations Bill outlines government's budget priorities for the medium term while the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill affects individual savings and employment tax, business tax, Value Added Tax and the Customs and Excise Act.

The other bills are Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill the Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws Bill and the Division of Revenue Amendment Bill.

 

Hawks say sabotage investigation at Eskom's Tutuka station still ongoing

An investigation into potential sabotage at Eskom's Tutuka power station in Mpumalanga, last year is still ongoing, according to the Hawks.

The power utility said an instrument monitoring the status of boilers – where coal is burned to produced steam – had been tampered with, forcing the boilers to automatically shut down for safety reasons. 

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said that an investigation into the sabotage was still underway.

That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

To keep in touch with the news while you are on the move, visit m.polity.org.za 

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