SA vd England – Proteas battle on

2020 England vs SA cricket test

According to Daily Maverick’s sports writer, there is more life in a morgue than the St George’s Park pitch which greeted South Africa and England on the first day of the third Test on Thursday, Jan 15. Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada and Rassie van der Dussen saved the day as captain Faf (no not the one with the flagged underpants) battled on. Go boys, with threats of junk status becoming REAL, we need all the good news we can get!

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Security firm closes Secunda en Bethal’s licensing offices after non payment

The licensing offices in Secunda and Bethal had been taken over by officers of the security firm V&M Projects after the provincial Govan Mbeki municipality had not paid them for the last two months. No one can enter the premises and staff had been chased out. Services had now been totally suspended until the situation had been dealt with. NewsHorn reported on the overflow of desperate members of the public from other towns in Mpumalanga who had traveled to Nelspruit’s offices to be assisted. This on its own had lead…

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Grade 8 pupil from prestigious school gone missing during orientation camp

Boy went missing during orientation camp in North West SA

A Grade 8 boy at Parktown Boys’ High School, who  attending an orientation camp at a lodge near Brits in North West had been missing since Thursday morning following a water activity. The school issued a statement this morning (Friday) stating that the Grade 8 group arrived at camp on Wednesday. “On Thursday morning, it was realised that a boy had gone missing from the camp. Emergency procedures had been instituted by camp management and are being assisted by members of the local community and the SAPS Emergency Services,” according…

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Shoprite loses appeal against Consumer Tribunal for reckless lending – Fined R1 million

Shoprite fined R1 million by National Consumer Tribunal for reckless lending

Shoprite Investments Limited (Shoprite) had lost its appeal against the National Consumer Tribunal’s ruling that it recklessly granted credit. The retail giant’s appeal was dismissed with costs by the Pretoria High Court. The National Credit Regulator (NCR) identified deficiencies in Shoprite Investments Limited’s (Shoprite) affordability assessment processes and established that Shoprite was likely granting credit recklessly to some consumers,” according to Nomsa Motshegare, CEO of the NCR. A full investigation into Shoprite’s affordability assessment and credit granting practices was then carried out, which culminated in the NCR launching a referral…

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AmaBhungana dishes the dirt on Deloitte’s dirty deals at Eskom

Logo of international auditing firm Deloitte which is being investigated for sorrupt deals with Eskom

This saga had been ongoing with Eskom accusing the auditing giant of “pure corruption” In a case of the pot calling the kettle black, a Gupta-linked auditor and an amount of R207 million are now part of the series of mishaps. Daily Marverick’s investigative arm, AmaBhungane, this week shared the story of Deloitte receiving R207-million worth of consulting work from Eskom through a process that just resigned chairman, Jabu Mabuza, described as difficult to conceive of anything “less fair, equitable, transparent or competitive”. Of course, paramount in the story are…

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Cop harasses journalists at court

SA Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo

From a press release: The South African National Editors’ Forum condemns in strongest terms the SAPS official who barred journalists from using electronic devices, including laptops and taking pictures inside the Durban Commercial Crimes court during the appearance of former Ethekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede yesterday (Wednesday Jan 15). The case was adjourned to 16 April 2020. Gumede and her co-accused, are implicated in a 2016 R208-million Durban Solid Waste tender contract, which has now increased to R389-million. SANEF had heard that the officer told journalists they were not allowed to…

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Rand is now the world’s cheapest currency – undervalued by 63%

This makes it the most under priced major currency in the world, and in a worse position than the Russian rouble and the Turkish lira, which are both undervalued by 61%. (Since 1986, The Economist has been using McDonald’s Big Mac burger prices to determine whether currencies are overvalued, or too cheap.) The Economist says the Big Mac index had become a global standard,  featured in economic textbooks and dozens of academic studies. The latest Big Mac index shows that most currencies lost ground against the dollar over the past…

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More FMD cases in Limpopo

Four more Foot & Mouth Disease cases had been found in Limpopo and 15 locations had now been identified in the province as having tested positive for FMD. More than 130 points were identified with possible links to specific auctions and known affected properties. All properties where the disease had been confirmed are now under quarantine. Early slaughter would be undertaken at specific abattoirs. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), in conjunction with the Limpopo veterinary services had embarked on an awareness campaign in the province in December…

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DionWired and Masscash (SA Massmart) to close stores, thousands of jobs on line

MassMart store in SA to close many shops

Massmart, the South African unit of Walmart Inc is in the process of closing its 23-store DionWired chain and its 11 Masscash wholesale outlets. Almost 1 500 workers would lose their jobs. The Massmart Group said  it concerns underperforming stores in its portfolio. It has commenced a consultation process with labour unions and other stakeholders about the possible store closures and jobs cuts.

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First EFF land invasions for 2020 in Tshwane – major effect on owners of all race and colour

Illegal land invasions in 2020 in SA

Following the first major land invasions of 2020 in Tshwane’s Silverlakes and Boschkop areas, business organisation Sakeliga,  issued a warning to the business and the public to guard against increasingly shrewd land invasion tactics by the EFF. NewsHorn had received this statement from Sakeliga: Over the course of several days this week, small groups of land invaders claiming to be from the EFF attempted to seize land held by developers to the North East of Pretoria. Striking at several sites around Silverlakes and Boschkop in the Tshwane area, invaders sought…

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