2018 Travel Expo

The annual travel expo was held at the ticket Pro Dome last weekend from Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th February 2018, the expo is to inform people about how easy and cheap it is to travel.

It was open to anyone who wanted to know more about travelling. It was there to show people how to save , and budget for travel  for a long trip that would normally cost a large amount of money which could leave travelers in debt from unexpected expenses on the trip.

Lance Nkwe, marketing personnel at Flight centre SA, said the expo was there to teach and show people how affordable travel is. This year they have introduced a way of helping people who love to travel but cannot afford by way of opening stokvel’s , so that they can save as a group to travel, by contributing  a minimum of R500 over a period of time with friends and family. Once the stokvel has accumulated large savings they can be used to travel to any destination they want as a group. The stokvel can have members starting from 3 up to 30.

The travel expo is hosted annually and it allows the travel agencies to inform the public about special packages on tickets or cheaper accommodation and the best time to travel. In and round the world.

For more information on travel or the stokvel people can go to the flight centre website www.flightcentre.co.za or call them on 0117781300.

Black Panther

Staff Reporter

The much-anticipated Blockbuster movie, Black Panther premiered in South Africa cinemas on 16/02/2018 and Dr John Kani and Connie Chiume had a chat with Anele Mdoda about their roles.

Dr Kani who plays the King of Wakanda said becoming part of the Black Panther cast has been a rollercoaster ride.

“It’s incredible that Marvel Comic book could produce a movie like Black Panther. It becomes such a moment; the excitement is unbelievable,” he said.

The South African influence in the movie took an even bigger stance when isiXhosa was adopted as the official language in Black Panther's world of Wakanda.

“There is a scene where my son Chadwick Boseman who is the Black Panther, I am talking to him and Ramanoff, and when I am left with my son I had just said to him 'I miss you, my son, I haven't seen you in a long time'. I stopped and asked the director, why am I speaking English to my son?” Dr Kani said.

Veteran actress Connie Chiume who plays a mining tribe elder said the excitement of Black Panther comes from the fact that the movie for the first time has portrayed Africa in a positive manner.

“It has empowered us as a continent, to what Africa is all about. Wakanda is technologically informed and advanced, things we do not normally see,” she said.

Chiume said she didn’t have a say in choosing her outfits, but they had a very good costume designer, Ruth Carter.  “They came to all parts of Africa to do a research, my outfit was a mixture of all African cultures, my hairstyle is influenced by the Himba tribe from Namibia and I was very happy with how I looked.”

Dr Kani told Anele that his son, Athandwa Kani who also stars in the movie didn’t get the role because of him. “His casting in the movie has nothing to do with me. When Athandwa introduces himself, he doesn’t mention his surname because he says it gets him the job or it makes him not get the job.

The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team reveals the C37

Hinwil, 20th February 2018 – The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team has launched its new challenger, the C37, ahead of the 2018 Formula 1 championship.

The C37 looks different to last year’s C36 – on one hand, this is due to the new technical regulations, and on the other hand, because of the team’s new technical approach.

As the 2018 season is about to kick off, Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal, says: “I am very much looking forward to the 2018 season, and to seeing Marcus (Ericsson) and Charles (Leclerc) on track. We have put lots of effort and hard work into the C37 over the last few months, and it is fantastic to be launching the new car today. I am convinced that Marcus and Charles form the perfect driver line-up, with one being an experienced driver and one a promising rookie. Marcus is going into his fourth season with us. He is a valuable part of the team, and we benefit from his experience and precise technical feedback. As for Charles, he has proven his talent in prior categories and deserves to be on the Formula 1 grid this season.”

“Our target ahead of 2018 is clear: We have to catch up with the field and continue improving our performance during the course of the season. We have put lots of energy and commitment into the development of the C37. I want to thank our partners and fans for their continuous support. The return of Alfa Romeo to Formula 1 sets another milestone in the team’s history, and I am proud that such a historical brand has chosen us for their return to the sport. We are eager to start the 2018 season as the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team,” Vasseur continues.

Alfa Romeo's comeback restores one of the great names that have gone down in the history of motorsport's premium championship, Formula 1, and marks the return of the “Quadrifoglio”, the legendary badge that has appeared on Alfa Romeo's top performance cars since 1923, to the circuits. Featured on the engine cover of the new C37, the famous good-luck charm has a fascinating history, deeply rooted in the racing world. The first Alfa Romeo car to carry the Quadrifoglio was the “RL” driven by Ugo Sivocci which won the 15th edition of the Targa Florio in 1923. The same good-luck emblem also appeared on Brilli Peri's “P2” when he triumphed in the first "Motor Racing World Championship" in Monza in 1925, gaining the first of Alfa Romeo's five World Titles, and it was present again in 1950 and 1951, when Giuseppe “Nino” Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio drove the Alfa Romeo 158 and 159 cars, the famous “Alfettas”, to success in the first two Formula 1 World Championships.

Budget speech in a nutshell

Staff Reporter

A one percentage point rise in VAT, no real personal tax relief, higher sin taxes and a large fuel levy were among the measures announced by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba in Parliament on Wednesday.

Gigaba delivered his first national Budget speech before the National Assembly this afternoon, calling Treasury’s opus “a tough, but hopeful budget”.

“Budget 2018 charts a path out of economic stagnation,” he said.

The Budget raises taxes in the hopes of collecting an extra R36 billion in revenue. It also slashes government spending by R85 million, cutting down the scope of several large infrastructure projects, including some relating to basic education and healthcare.

The Budget seeks to reignite stubbornly stagnant economic growth, and projects a slow but steady increase in GDP over the next three years. Gigaba announced a one percentage point hike in the VAT rate, to 15%. That means, with the exception of 19 zero-rated items, everything we buy will become that bit more expensive.

Increasing the VAT rate has been mooted for some years, but has been fiercely resisted by unions, and pro-poor activists.

However, government figures suggest that 80% of the effect of the hike in the VAT rate will be shouldered by higher income earners.

The hike in the rate will raise enough money to partially pay for fee-free tertiary education for lower-income students.

This is the first increase in the VAT rate since the tax was introduced in 1994. Gigaba told a pre-budget briefing that this will not be the first of many such hikes, saying instead that shortfalls will be made up through a variety of interventions, including the sale of some assets held in government’s property portfolio.

There is little by way of personal income tax relief in the Budget. The top four tax brackets remain unchanged, meaning higher income earners will be paying more of their salaries to government in real terms.

Treasury has also cut back on medical aid related tax breaks, with below inflation increases in medical tax credits. That means in real terms people with private medical aids will pay more for them.

The money government will save on those tax credits will go towards funding the National Health Insurance project, which will get underway this year.

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