News Wrap: Public schools pay as much as R36million in bank charges in the Western Cape 

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Public schools pay as much as R36million in bank charges in the Western Cape 

The Western Cape Education Department has written to 10 fee-charging and 9 no-fee schools with the highest charges for their input regarding high bank charges, and what assistance they would like from the Department to help them reduce these charges. Public schools in the province paid a total of over R36 million in bank charges last year, at an average of R23 572 per school. The WCED says its offering schools support in finding ways to reduce this cost, so that learners receive the full benefit of investments in education.

Power cuts to continue into the new year – Esko, 

Eskom is forecasting a bleak, dark future for South Africa as the utility says that load shedding will continue into the new year. The power utility had to implement heightened levels of power cuts this morning, saying it experienced a breakdown in generation capacity, low pumped storage dam levels and a lack of diesel, which is hampering it from keeping the lights on.

Health department denies allegations that its trying to ban smoking 

The Health Department is denying allegations that it is trying to ban the use of tobacco. This follows criticism of the proposed amendments to tobacco legislation.
Organisations who are opposed to the Tobacco Control Bill have described it as draconian. The bill is currently before Parliament.


Michigan woman wins Powerball jackpot in her first time playing the game 

A Michigan woman who bought her first-ever Powerball ticket this month ended up winning a $1 million jackpot. The woman said she was left speechless after the win, and plans to invest the money into her new business, while the rest will go into her savings.


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