Read Paddy Hartdegen’s thoughts on this matter.

During the course of the past few days I came across a very interesting little snippet from the South African Revenue Service – notoriously tough on implementing the tax laws – that a concession has been given to young taxpayers who work as waitresses or waiters.

Read Paddy Hartdegen’s thoughts on this matter.

After months of speculation – and seemingly endless debates that just go round and round in circles – it appears that the government is certainly planning to tax the mining companies even more than they are at the moment believing, mostly erroneously, that the mining companies are making so much money they can afford it.

Read Paddy Hartdegen’s thoughts on this matter.

Community action is so much more productive and sensible than the violent and angry protests that tend to dominate any service delivery issues in South Africa.  These violent outbreaks are characterised by looting, hooliganism, damage to property, loss of life and even the destruction of entire trains, trucks or buses.

Read Paddy Hartdegen’s thoughts on this matter.

Pilgrim’s Rest is a great little village with a history that dates back well over a hundred years when it was home to colourful characters like Wheelbarrow Patterson or Mathias Mocket, better known as The Bosun who’d been a seaman and knew how to cook.

Yet again the government education officials have hailed the matriculation pass rate in South African schools as being a victory for education systems, school pupils and teachers.

Basic Education Minister, Angie Mothshekga hailed the results (with a pass rate of 73,9%) as being an excellent reflection of the exceptional work that teachers and pupils are doing.

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