Wealth taxes mooted to zap inequality

The committee reviewing the country’s tax system has called for submissions on possible forms of wealth tax, despite the tax revenue already being almost 30% of its gross domestic product (GDP). This week the treasury-mandated Davis tax committee said: “The distribution of wealth in South Africa is highly unequal, with recent

7 Things you should know about SA’s biosphere reserves

Although most South Africans are sure to have heard the term ‘biosphere reserve’ before, very few are aware of what it actually means, let alone the profoundly positive influence these internationally recognised, UNESCO-approved pockets of land could have on our country’s ecological and socio-economic landscape. I recently had the privilege of

Africa’s Youth integral to heritage travel – Hanekom

SA Tourism minister Derek Hanekom says the youth in Africa plays a crucial role in protecting and promoting the heritage of the continent. The minister was speaking at the African World Heritage forum at the Nelson Mandela Gateway in Cape Town on Monday, 2 May. He says the role of preserving

The Swiss go after Sepp Blatter

Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Joseph Blatter, the head of world soccer body FIFA, on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation, the Swiss attorney general's office (OAG) said on Friday. As the corruption probe at FIFA widened, OAG representatives interrogated Blatter after FIFA's executive committee met in Zurich,

Spy Cables: Here are the documents you need to read

Leaked intelligence documents – which have been dubbed the Spy Cables – from agencies all over the world have caused international diplomats to spring into serious damage-control mode. Al Jazeera’s investigative unit, in collaboration with City Press, is publishing a selection of the documents and the stories contained within them. South Africa,