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South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, visits flood victims as death toll rises to 306 – Video

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday visited victims of floods in the KwaZulu-Natal province, as the death toll from the disaster rose to 306.

Ramaphosa who visited families who had lost loved ones including a family with four children, after floods and mudslides ravaged their homes on Tuesday, promised to help the victims of the devastating east coast floods.

“You’re not alone … We’ll do everything in our power to see how we can help.

“Even though your hearts are in pain, we’re here for you,” Ramaphosa said.

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Video: Kenya’s Ruto argues for reduced budget deficit, public debt

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In this video, Kenyan President, William Ruto, revealed that his country’s budget for the 2024/2025 financial year had been revised downward from Kes 4.23 trillion to Kes 3.7 trillion to minimize public debt and allow fiscal prudence.

“We need to manage our expenditure, that’s why I had a meeting with the parastatals because we have to live within our means…we cutting largesse and eliminating wastage

“We are reducing our budget from four points, almost 4.2 trillion (shillings) to 3.7 trillion, we need to live within our means… we are shedding off fat,” Ruto told Kenyans in Ghana in a video during a state visit on Tuesday.

In addition to lowering spending and the budget deficit, Ruto’s administration—which assumed office in 2022—has also been enacting additional taxes, which have infuriated certain people and organizations and prompted legal challenges.

The total amount of Kenya’s governmental debt as of December 2023 was around 11.1 trillion Kenyan shillings (Ksh), or 82.1 billion US dollars. Over the period, Kenya’s government debt has generally increased.

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Video: Kenya’s Ruto plans bonuses for sugar cane farmers

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In this video, Kenyan President, William Ruto, revealed that the country would begin payment of bonuses to sugar cane farmers, just like their tea counterparts.

Ruto stated that he saw the policy through despite legal confrontation against it, noting that the government had begun setting up a sugar marketing agency, replicating the Kenya Tea Development Agency Limited (KTDA) in the tea sector with a clear dividend payout policy.

For each kilogram of green leaf delivered to the agency’s facilities, tea farmers associated with the Kenya Tea Development Agency Limited (KTDA) got an increase in their monthly tea payments in December.

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