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Calls for help rise af­ter HHP sui­cide – de­pres­sion group

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Global warm­ing shock hits

STAR­TLING new re­search finds a ma­jor build-up of heat in the oceans, sug­gest­ing global warm­ing is hap­pen­ing at a faster rate than an­tic­i­pated.

Ac­cord­ing to re­search pub­lished this week, over the past 250 years, Earth’s oceans have re­tained 60% more heat each year than sci­en­tists pre­vi­ously thought, said Laure Re­s­p­landy, a geo­sci­en­tist at Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity, in the US, who led the study pub­lished in the jour­nal, Na­ture. This means the world might have less time to curb car­bon emis­sions. The dif­fer­ence rep­re­sents an enor­mous amount of ad­di­tional en­ergy orig­i­nat­ing from the sun and trapped by Earth’s at­mos­phere – the yearly amount rep­re­sent­ing more than eight times the world’s an­nual en­ergy con­sump­tion.

Re­s­p­landy, who pub­lished the work with experts from the Scripps In­sti­tu­tion of Oceanog­ra­phy, said: “It was hid­den from us be­cause we didn’t sam­ple it right. But it was in the ocean al­ready.” | Wash­ing­ton Post

MPs hail Moy­ane sack­ing

PRES­I­DENT Cyril Ramaphosa had no choice but to fire SA Rev­enue Ser­vice (Sars) boss Tom Moy­ane, the Na­tional Assem­bly stand­ing com­mit­tee on fi­nance said on Fri­day.

The multi-party com­mit­tee wel­comed Moy­ane’s sack­ing. “We feel that the pres­i­dent had no choice but to dis­miss Moy­ane, given the… views ex­pressed at the Nu­gent Com­mis­sion that he had mis­man­aged Sars, the amount of rev­enue short­fall now emerg­ing and the de­ci­sive and fi­nal pro­posal from the com­mis­sion that he be dis­missed,” com­mit­tee chair­per­son Yunus Car­rim said.

Con­sumers’ fuel price re­lief

MO­TORISTS will get some re­lief this month with the price of fuel ex­pected to go down by 16 cents while diesel and il­lu­mi­nat­ing paraf­fin users will pay more.

This is ac­cord­ing to the unau­dited month-end fuel price data re­leased by the Cen­tral En­ergy Fund.

“We ex­pect the petrol price to drop by about 16 cents a litre, and un­for­tu­nately, diesel and il­lu­mi­nat­ing paraf­fin will both in­crease by about 30 cents a litre,” a state­ment by the AA said.

Lay­ton Beard, spokesper­son for the AA, said the rand was still volatile.

De Lille: chaos in DA ranks

EX-CAPE Town mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille says more coun­cil­lors will quit the DA as the fall­out in the party con­tin­ued with two more coun­cil­lors re­sign­ing on Wed­nes­day.

Their res­ig­na­tion, and De Lille’s, brought to eight the num­ber who quit.

Ad­dress­ing the me­dia af­ter she had filed an ap­pli­ca­tion at the Western Cape High Court, to have one of two foren­sic re­ports com­piled by law firm Bow­man Gil­fil­lan re­viewed and set aside, De Lille said there were more coun­cil­lors who were un­happy with “on­go­ing vic­tim­i­sa­tion and bul­ly­ing” in the DA. | IOL THE SA De­pres­sion and Anx­i­ety Group (Sadag) has been in­un­dated with calls from peo­ple seek­ing help, fol­low­ing the death of Jab­u­lani Tsambo aka HHP.

The calls were for as­sis­tance from peo­ple who felt help­less, hope­less and des­per­ate for cri­sis in­ter­ven­tion

Gigaba’s woes worsen

THE po­lit­i­cal woes of Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Malusi Gigaba con­tin­ued to deepen this week with the min­is­ter to face more ques­tions in Par­lia­ment over the damn­ing court judg­ment on the Fire­blade Avi­a­tion saga and the find­ings of the pub­lic pro­tec­tor.

Chair­per­son of the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on home af­fairs Hlo­mani Chauke on Fri­day con­firmed that, other than the two mat­ters for which Gigaba has to an­swer to Par­lia­ment, he still faces for de­pres­sion and even sui­cide.

“This week, we had so many great num­bers of ad­di­tional sui­cide callers, con­cerned fam­ily mem­bers and even work col­leagues call­ing in to ask for help and in­for­ma­tion… ” said Cassey Cham­bers of Sadag.

grilling over the nat­u­ral­i­sa­tion of the Gup­tas.

Chauke said the com­mit­tee would re­lease its find­ings in the next few weeks af­ter the last wit­ness has ap­peared be­fore them.

The com­mit­tee will also grill Gigaba next week over his ver­sion against the judg­ment of the Con­sti­tu­tional Court and the find­ings of the pub­lic pro­tec­tor.

The com­mit­tee has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing Gigaba for sev­eral months over the nat­u­ral­i­sa­tion of the Gup­tas.

Makhura leads march against e-tolls, data costs, VAT rise

E-TOLLS on Gaut­eng’s free­ways have no fu­ture as long as the ANC re­mains in charge, says Gaut­eng Pre­mier and provin­cial ANC chair­per­son David Makhura.

“The e-tolls can only have a fu­ture in this Gaut­eng if the ANC is not in charge,” he said.

Makhura led thou­sands of ANC mem­bers, march­ing with Cosatu, the SACP, civic so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions like the Or­gan­i­sa­tion Un­do­ing Tax Abuse (Outa) and mem­bers of the pub­lic, to the Union Build­ings, de­mand­ing e-tolls be scrapped.

He said most peo­ple who drove through the e-tolls daily were work­ing­class and mid­dle-class South Africans.

The crowd also protested against high data costs and the VAT in­crease on ba­sic food items.

“The e-tolls have failed to­tally. We can­not deal with the debt by hop­ing that the money will come from the tolls. Let us look at al­ter­na­tive forms of fund­ing to pay off debt,” he said, adding: “Data af­fects the econ­omy, .not just young peo­ple.”

A me­moran­dum was re­ceived by En­ergy Min­is­ter Jeff Radebe. | IOL

Tom Moy­ane. | Sizwe Ndin­gane

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