It’s finally Friday again, woohooo! It wasn’t so hard getting back into a five-day week after all, hey? Apart from welcoming a brand new and hopefully refreshingly resourceful President, let’s take a look at other good news that made the headlines this week.

New Consumer Protection Bill in favour of SA shoppers

The Consumer Protection Bill was passed at the end of April by former President Kgalema Motlanthe. The act sees a lot of things getting easier for consumers – such as returning and getting refunds for poor quality goods. According to SA Good News, “in addition to promoting and protecting the economic interests of consumers, the act will also drastically change the way many companies do business.” SA consumers are now among the best protected in the world!

Reference: SA Good News

Malema puppet auctioned for charity

The Julius Malema puppet was sold for R100 000 in an SMS auction by Nando’s. A business man from Johannesburg, Ryan Lotter, out-bid nearly 700 other auction participants. The money raised from the auction will go to the Self-Help Development Organisation – “empowering young men by enabling them to finish matric and learn mechanics, electrical engineering and woodwork skills”.

Reference: Mail & Guardian

Home Affairs department wins prize

The Department of Home Affairs has won a prize for improving its online service delivery. The Public Service Delivery to Citizens Award is part of the bi-annual Technology in Government in Africa Awards, and was announced in Addis Ababa at the end of April. Some of the projects behind the winning formula were an automated fingerprint identification system as well as a track and trace system.

Reference: News 24

Tourism to boost Durban’s economy

A number of events hitting Durban over the next few weeks is said to boost the city’s tourism considerably. Africa’s biggest travel tradeshow: Indaba - as well as the IPL cricket tournament, the Comrades Marathon and the British Lion’s rugby tour – are some of the main events expected to draw crowds.

Reference: Independent Online

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