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Fri, 10 May 2019
Hefty rise in petrol price for May

Diesel 0.05 percent sulphur will increase by 1c/l, while the price of diesel 0.005 percent sulphur would remain unchanged, the department said in a statement on Sunday.

The wholesale price of illuminating paraffin would increase by 3c/l and the single maximum national retail price (SMNRP) of illuminating paraffin would increase by 4c/l. The maximum retail price for LPGas would increase by 84c/kg.

In a later statement on Sunday, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said the main reasons for the increased fuel prices were that the rand on average had strengthened slightly against the US dollar from 14.3871 to 14.1401 rand per dollar. The settling of contagion risks from emerging markets provided a foundation for the rand’s strengthening trend. This decreased the contribution on the basic fuel price of petrol, diesel, and illuminating paraffin by about 13.00c/l.

The average Brent Crude oil price increased from $66.03 per barrel to $70.82 per barrel during the period under review. The oil prices rose to the highest level in almost six months as the US government decided to eliminate sanction waivers that allowed buyers to import Iranian crude oil.

Geopolitical issues in the Middle East and Venezuela had provided added upward impetus to oil as output curbs by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and its allies to keep supplies in check. This led to adjustments the contribution on the basic fuel price of petrol, diesel, and illuminating paraffin by about 53c/l, 1.c/l, and 2.c/l respectively, he said

SOURCE: https://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/hefty-rise-in-petrol-price-for-may-2019-04-29/rep_id:4136

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Thu, 09 May 2019
ANC TAKES EARLY LEAD AS RESULTS START TRICKLING IN

It will still be more than 48 hours before South Africans know the final results.

Nationally, the African National Congress (ANC) is enjoying an early lead followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

By 4am on Thursday morning, 887,867 valid votes had been captured.

Party agents sat anxiously with their eyes fixed to their computer screens and monitors showing the early votes.

The ANC has taken an early lead at just over 50% nationally followed by the DA and EFF at 28% and 7%, respectively.

In the Western Cape, the DA was sitting on 60% of the vote so far.

It will still be more than 48 hours before South Africans know the final results.

Source: https://ewn.co.za/2019/05/09/anc-takes-early-lead-as-results-start-trickling-in

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Mon, 29 Apr 2019
2020 applications for grades 1 and 8 at Gauteng schools to open in May...
Applications for the 2020 academic year for grades 1 and 8 in Gauteng will open in May, the provincial education department announced on Sunday.

The applications open on May 13 and close on July 15.

“The online system was introduced to make it easy and convenient for parents to submit applications rather than queue at a school. It has also provided accurate information to the department for planning purposes.

“Applications are opened early to provide adequate time for planning of allocation of resources such as educators, classrooms, learning and teaching study materials,” said Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.

He said the capacity of the admissions online application system had been increased to accommodate 50,000 simultaneous users.

When applying online, parents have a choice to submit a maximum of five applications.

Lesufi said applications for grade 8 in special schools and boarding schools could also be made online.

“Once the application is complete online, the applicant or parent will receive an SMS notification with [the] relevant reference number. For this reason, applicants and parents are urged to use their own valid cellphone number or email address.

Source: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2019-04-28-2020-applications-for-grades-1-and-8-at-gauteng-schools-to-open-in-may/

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