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December 7, 2017

SA committed to reducing pollution

South Africa remains fully committed to reducing all forms of pollution, says Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.

“As a responsible global citizen, South Africa is committed to addressing pollution at the international, regional and national levels,” Minister Molewa said.

Addressing the High Level Segment of the Third Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday, she said South Africa’s Constitution provides a legal obligation for government to ensure that the environment is safe and clean for all.

“This obligation is a core pillar of our National Development Plan (NDP) that sets sustainable development targets to be [...]

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December 7, 2017

Parliament finally passes sugary drinks tax

South Africa is on the right path to reverse the alarming numbers of diabetes cases and other NCDs associated with obesity.

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) today passed the tax on sugary drinks, which is part of the Rates and Monetary Amounts and Revenue Law Amendment Bill.

This marks the end of 18 months of negotiations on the tax that included four public hearings and a negotiation process in Nedlac. The tax, due to be implemented on 1 April 2018, will see the price of a can of Coca Cola increase by around 11%.

SA on the right path

“We applaud Members of Parliament for putting the health of millions of South Africans before the narrow interests of the [...]

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October 30, 2017

See how smaller medical schemes can save you money

Does the size of a medical scheme matter?

“YES” it certainly does if you are looking for the “big brand identification”, but “NO” if you looking for good quality benefits, affordability and real value for money, considering you do your homework well.

Have a look at some of the interesting findings of the 2017 GTC Medical Aid Survey…

7th GTC Medical Aid Survey

Annually, GTC (formerly known as Grant Thornton Capital) publishes an in-depth investigation into the array of medical aid plans and benefits. They have just released their 7th medical aid survey in a study that analysed the rates of 22 open medical scheme benefit options, as well as closed scheme [...]

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October 30, 2017

Deputy President congratulates new WHO assistant Director General

The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC), chaired by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, has congratulated Dr Nono Simelela on her appointment as World Health Organisation (WHO) Assistant Director General.

Simelela will head the WHO Family, Women, Children and Adolescents Division from 13 November 2017.

Deputy President Ramaphosa and Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, commended Dr Simelela and wished her well in her new global role.

Simelela will assume her position under the leadership of WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the first African in 69 years to be appointed head of the global health [...]

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