THE WEEK 7 SEVEN DAYS SEVEN STORIES
Calls for help rise after HHP suicide – depression group
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