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The Govern­ment pro­vided two Press shocks this week­end. It an­nounced that it was con­sid­er­ing ex­tend­ing the scope of the Pub­li­ca­tions and En­ter­tain­ments Act — which al­lows for the ban­ning of pub­li­ca­tions – to all daily and Sun­day news­pa­pers. And it ap­pointed a for­mer Na­tion­al­ist news­pa­per edi­tor, Mr Jan­nie Kruger, as the new chair­man of the Pub­li­ca­tions Con­trol Board, which en­forces the Act. Mr Kruger was for­merly edi­tor of the Transvaler in Jo­han­nes­burg. — November 10 1968 FROM THE SUN­DAY TIMES 25 YEARS AGO

Ris­ing med­i­cal-aid costs could reach the equiv­a­lent of an en­tire monthly salary un­less the in­dus­try is re­struc­tured, a ju­di­cial com­mis­sion of in­quiry was told this week. Mr Alan Gore of Mo­men­tum In­sur­ance told the Me­lamet Com­mis­sion into fund­ing of med­i­cal-aid schemes that mem­ber con­tri­bu­tions were al­ready es­ca­lat­ing 24% a year. Con­sumers were fac­ing a “no-win” sit­u­a­tion, he said, with mem­bers claim­ing reck­lessly, med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers over­claim­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tors feath­er­ing their nests from the in­creased costs. The com­mis­sion was also told by Mrs Jac­que­line Kennedy-Pentz, spokesman for a med­i­cal-aid bro­ker­age, that “most med­i­cal-aid-scheme mem­bers think the fund is a bot­tom­less pit of money that never runs out.” — November 14 1993

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