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Morning Newspaper Report

The headlines of the leading newspapers on 22 February 2024:

NATIONAL:

# Business Day:

Reports the minister of finance, Enoch Godongwana succeeded in charting out a credible path to stop South Africa’s cold spiral with the help of profits on the foreign reserves. However, there is no relief for individual taxpayers in the budget.

GAUTENG:

# Beeld:

Devotes its entire front page to Godongwana’s budget speech and gives a full breakdown of the effects of the budget on its readers.

The paper writes economists welcomed his announcement about South Africa’s gold and currency reserves, but warned that strong legislation is needed to regulate the use of the money.

# The Star and Pretoria News:

Also writes about the budget. According to the newspaper, no provision has been made for the unemployed and consumers are unhappy about the sharp increase in the so-called sin tax.

Secondly, it is reported that the convicted rapist and murderer, Thabo Bester is apparently not happy with the food he gets in prison.

# Sowetan:

Leads with: “RAINY DAYS ARE HERE”. The paper reports Mzansi is breaking the central piggy bank to pay debts.

# And The Citizen:

Writes according to economists, the budget speech was nothing more than an election speech for the ANC.

FREE STATE:

# Volksblad in Bloemfontein:

Has the same lead as Beeld on the budget speech.

And secondly, it is reported that the state closed its case against Rudi Gericke in the Sorour murder case in Ficksburg yesterday and asked that he be found guilty of, among other things, murder and assault.

WESTERN CAPE:

# Die Burger:

Also leads with the budget and has the same lead as the other Media24 sister papers.

And secondly, the paper writes the police are looking for 6-year-old Joslin Smith from Saldanha, who disappeared after her mother, Kelly, left her with her boyfriend because she felt ill.

# And Cape Times:

Writes there is no benefit for those who receive the 350-rand allowance.

And reports the ANC has told the DA that cadre deployment will not stop.

The paper also has a full-colour street poster about the disappearance of Joslin Smith.

EASTERN CAPE:

# The Herald in Gqeberha:

Reports the manufacture of electric vehicles has received a boost from the government with Godongwana announcing initiatives in the budget to encourage new investments.

And secondly, the paper writes hundreds of firearms are allegedly still missing after a Gqeberha arms dealer was arrested.

KWAZULU-NATAL:

# Daily News in Durban:

Writes eThekwini says 90-percent of Durban’s beaches are in excellent condition. There are only three beaches at the mouth of the Umgeni River that had to be closed due to public safety.

And finally from NAMIBIA:

# Republikein in Windhoek:

Reports Windhoek’s financial affairs do not look as troubled as a report from the auditor general would make it out.

And secondly, Namibia is on the verge of an energy revolution, which is mainly driven by the integration of so-called fifth-generation mobile phone technology.