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Daily news update February 24

Good news for motorists as fuel taxes stagnate, pricing model needs to be revised

As motorists dig deeper into their pockets to pay for petrol in South Africa, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has confirmed that the fuel pricing model will be overhauled.

delivering his budget speech on Wednesday, Godongwana indicated that agreements with Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe on the fuel price model have already started.

“Minister Mantashe and I agree that a review of all aspects of the fuel price is needed. Our teams have already started this crucial work,” he said.

Godongwana also announced no increases in fuel taxes.

Motorists should prepare to pay more tolls from next month, Sanral confirms

Tolls will be increased by 5% from March - Sanral announces
Arriving alive

The South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) has announced that it will be making adjustments to annual toll rates from March 1, 2022.

The new rates will be increased by 5%, and it is reported that the increase in rates is determined by the consumer price index (CPI).

Toll routes to influence are the N1, N2, N3, N4 and N17.

Vehicle clauses at conventional toll stations are determined by the number of axles. Class 1 refers to all light vehicles. If you drive a medium-weight vehicle with two axles, you fall under class 2.

Class 3 consists of large heavy vehicles with three or four axles and Class 4 vehicles are extra heavy vehicles with five or more axles.

Malema called a hypocrite after EFF got a donation of R2.1m from Motsepe’s companies

EFF announces donations IEC
EFF leader Julius Malema at the interviews for South Africa’s next Chief Justice on February 1, 2022 in Sandton. Photo: Gallo Images/Daily Maverick/Felix Dlangamandla

Social media netizens were quick to bring the Economic Freedom Fighters (EF) leader Julius Malema of his recent comments on the Confederation of African Football (CAF) chairman Patrice Motsepe.

This comes after it was announced Tuesday that the EFF has received donations from two of Motsepe’s companies.

During his cross-examination at the Equality Court last week, Malema suggested that Motsepe was posing as a billionaire.

“I’m not sure if Patrice Motsepe is a billionaire. I’m not sure…sometimes I [a] suspect that [he is] an impostor. I’m not sure. I don’t agree,” he said.

Family speaks: Riky Rick’s upbringing of young talent ‘will be remembered forever’

Riky Rick
Ricky Rick | Photo: Instagram

A family man who nurtured and developed young musical talent – that’s where rapper Riky Rick’s family thinks he will be remembered.

The Makhado family confirmed the artist’s death with “deep sadness” on Wednesday afternoon, after rumors of the death of the ‘Sidlukotini’ hitmaker spread faster than light on social media.

His cause of death remains unknown at this stage, but sources close to the family have stated that Riky may have committed suicide.

Labor Court Orders Denel To Pay Solidarity Members 90 Million Royalty Free

Denel’s offices in Irene Centurion, May 19, 2021. Photo: Jacques Nelles

The Johannesburg Labor Court on Wednesday ordered Denel to pay R90 million to members of the Solidarity union within 10 days.

The court order against the poor state arms manufacturer comes after Solidarity filed a lawsuit against Denel over unpaid salaries and other payments to its members.

This case also followed an earlier court victory last year when Solidarity received a warrant to seize Denel’s property worth R12 million after the company breached several contractual and legal obligations to its employees.

Zondo Commission, Ramaphosa Both Granted More Time By Court

Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo during his interview before the next Chief Justice of South Africa, at the Park Hotel in Sandton, on February 4, 2022. Photo: Gallo Images/Daily Maverick/Felix Dlangamandla

The Pretoria Supreme Court on Wednesday granted the Commission of Inquiry into coup allegations a further two-month extension of its term.

The Supreme Court has also granted President Cyril Ramaphosa’s request for an injunction to give him four months, after receiving the committee’s full report, to submit to Parliament an intent regarding the implementation of the research recommendations.

The commission, led by acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, last week approached the Supreme Court asks for the deadline to be extended to April 30, 2022.

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