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Richard Cranium
Today at 14:52 by Richard Cranium
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Candles To Cost R100 Each As Eskom Cash Crunch Begins To Bite
By I-ZAWIRE November 21, 2014

Candles To Cost R100 Each As Eskom Cash Crunch Begins To Bite

PRETORIA – Treasury has approved a huge increase in the VAT rate on a number of electricity substitutes to fund Eskom’s massive infrastructure programme. From April 2015, the tax rate on candles, matches, firewood, charcoal, paraffin, batteries, kerosene, flint and tinder, and magnifying glasses will rise from 14% to 532%. These tax increases will be confirmed in the 2015 Budget Review document.

This drastic move, sure to have braaiers and smokers up in arms everywhere, is considered necessary due to Eskom’s precarious financial position. “Between construction delays at new power stations, ageing infrastructure and the need to keep a few street lights operational, the government has had no choice but to implement these increases”, confirmed a spokesperson.

The announcement has been met with rage and confusion by affected businesses. “I might as well set fire ...
Richard Cranium
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Les Nessman
November 22, 2014, 20:31 by Les Nessman
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In the heat of a summer afternoon, a line of thunderstorms develops in the skies over North Texas and threatens to wreak havoc with the timely flow of air traffic headed toward or away from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
One look at the weather radar tells the grim story: airlines will lose money as jets burn extra fuel to avoid the storms and aggravated passengers will miss connections as flights are delayed. No one will be happy.
Fortunately, a NASA-developed tool designed to alleviate some of those weather-induced interruptions and resulting frustrations is testing well in ongoing field trials that involve American Airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Known as Dynamic Weather Routes, or DWR, the computer software tool is programmed to constantly analyze air traffic throughout the National Airspace System, along with the ever-shifting movements of weather severe enough to require an airliner to make a course change..... Read more..... 

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