The Gauteng government has concluded a wide-ranging investigation into financial irregularities at 34 provincial licensing centres, identifying a syndicate that could involve hundreds of officials who have been accepting bribes in exchange for clearing unpaid fines. 15 Officials have been arrested, 19 others are due to be suspended while an estimated 394 other officials could be charged in a syndicate that is said to have cost the fiscus R42 million. I suspect that number is much higher.
African Bank To List On JSE Next Week
African Bank Investments Limited say it will, under a new name, resume trading again on the JSE at the beginning of next month after the JSE approved the lifting of the suspension of trading of its shares. The company will trade as African Phoenix Investments Limited (Apil), with effect from February 1.
FNB To Reimburse Safety Deposit Box Owners
FNB confirmed on yesterday that it was in the process of reimbursing customers impacted by loss of valuables at its branches. The bank experienced break-ins and robberies at its Randburg, Parktown and Sunnypark branches in Gauteng, resulting in thousands of safety deposit boxes containing millions of rand worth of valuables being stolen. The bank will reimburse customers for reasonable costs incurred for replacement of marriage certificates, identity documents, birth certificates and passports.
Trump Wants 20% Tax On Mexican Imports
The Trump administration floated the idea of using a 20% tax on goods imported from Mexico to pay for the wall.The U.S imported $303 billion from Mexico in 2015 and 20% of that is about $60 billion, more than enough to pay for President Trump’s wall on the border. Meanwhile the Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto cancelled a planned trip to the US after Trump pushed on with plans to build his wall. Experts have warned that although this will impact US citizens badly and kill jobs.
ANCYL Members Storm Absa Branch, Demand Payback Of Apartheid Money
ANCYL members entered an Absa branch yesterday and demanded the bank pay back money from a bailout provided to a company it bought before the end of apartheid. The youth league bused hundreds of supporters from around KwaZulu-Natal province to join the protest outside the branch in the Durban central business district as part of a national call for action against Absa. Some gained entry into the branch, while others danced and sang in the street.
Sasol Profits Drop 44%
Sasol, has released a statement saying first-half profit declined as much as 44% from a year earlier. The company saw translation losses of about R1.3 billion ($98 million) due to the strengthening of the rand against the dollar, while strike action at its Secunda mining operations resulted in a cost of about R1 billion.
McDonalds To Test Out A Big Mac ATM
This is crazy. At the touch of a screen, customers can choose between three sizes of Big Mac, which will come out of the ATM with no human help. Participants will need to tweet out their experience to receive the free meal.This is a one day trial by McDonalds but i sincerely hope this idea falls flat on its face.
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