Thursday Morning Edition

 Good morning all,

My View

Georgians move towards high-tech security.  York girls looking for three in a row.

Abortion seems to be the big topic today.  In my opinion, abortion is murder – period.  The argument about life not being sustainable until a certain number of weeks is bs.  If you were dropped off in the middle of the Sahara, naked and with no food or water, your life would not be viable either – does that mean you can be ‘terminated’.  I don’t believe your right to choose extends to your baby.  It’s also noticeable that no-one ever interviews a woman who has had an abortion 10 or 20 years on, only those who have just had one.  It’s one thing to be relieved at a ‘problem solved’ now, but what about the regret later?  A dear friend of mine got pregnant just after school and they contemplated abortion.  Their daughter is now in her late twenties – talk to her about it now and she shudders at the thought.

How can JZ be broke?  Or is this just a scam to get the taxpayer to pay for his defense?  DA supporters – with good cause – or not happy with the party right now.  I see elements of over-reaching control creeping in there.  Supra goes – good riddance to another of the Zuptoids.

It’s open season at the municipalities – irregular spending up something like 78%.  One last hurrah at the taxpayer’s expense before the vault is empty?

Oh AB – couldn’t you have hung on until the next World Cup.  Pick and choose as you like – you’ve earned that right – but just play – please.

Top Local Stories 

Hi-tech security systems are becoming the norm in the George market

State of the art security measures have proven to be a true differentiator in the George market, with leading security…

KANSA-aand saam met Dawie Roodt

Mossel Bay.

JHB home to new blockchain firm Screen Africa

Plettenberg Bay-based Spagni is well known — and highly regarded — in global cryptocurrency circles as a member of the monero core team, which …

‘More proof that Western Cape is simply the best’ Times LIVE

“There is an ongoing intervention in Bitou [Plettenberg Bay] and George in terms of Section 106 of the Municipal Systems Act. Implementing section …

Latest Local Sports News

York looking for hat-trick of titles in Hockey Challenge

York High will be seeking their third title in a row when the South Western Districts leg of the SPAR…

George Golf Club Newsletter

Fancourt Golf Club Newsletter

After 62, Branden Grace ready for US Open charge Independent Online

Grace has now leapfrogged Louis Oosthuizen in the latest world rankings to reclaim SA’s No 1 spot, moving from 36th to 33rd. As of this week, the top …

International News

Russia calls for international aid to rebuild Syria May 23, 2018

Senior Russian military officials has called for the United Nations and other international organisations to help rebuild Syrian territory recaptured by government forces, in order to consolidate the “successes” of the military campaign.

Abortion bans around the world May 23, 2018

The focus this week of a referendum in Ireland and a supreme court challenge in South Korea, abortion is still banned in some 20 countries worldwide, while others have highly restrictive laws in place.

Trump rallies abortion opponents to vote for Republicans May 23, 2018

Trump issues a rallying call to opponents of abortion, encouraging them to the polls to elect conservative lawmakers.

Irish PM urges voters to see through last minute abortion ‘tactics’ May 23, 2018

Voters will be asked on Friday if they wish to repeal a constitutional amendment inserted following a 1983 referendum that enshrined the equal right to life of the mother and her unborn child.

Trump says Kim summit could be delayed May 23, 2018

US President Donald Trump warned on Tuesday his landmark summit with Kim Jong Un may not take place as planned but stressed he believes the inscrutable North Korean leader is “serious” about denuclearization.

National News

Jacob Zuma ‘does not have means’ to fund his fight against prosecution May 23, 2018

Zuma’s lawyer, Michael Hulley, says ‘counsel’s brief has been terminated because of the Presidency’s attitude towards the application brought by the DA’

Cyril Ramaphosa pledges half his salary to new fund in Nelson Mandela’s name May 23, 2018

The citizen-driven Nelson Mandela Thuma Mina Fund will be launched on July 18 and aims to encourage those who can to contribute to small projects that will help build the nation

‘Supporters are not happy with what is happening in the DA’

Cape Town – DA Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela says the party would be in denial to think that mayor Patricia de Lille has not negatively affected the party, but he believes voters won’t ditch them yet.

Supra Mahumapelo takes ‘early retirement’

Embattled North West premier Supra Mahumapelo is taking “early retirement” and has asked the ANC to look into allegations of corruption in the province.

Business News

MARKET WRAP: JSE slumps in risk-off trade, with platinums falling 6.6% May 23, 2018

Disappointing eurozone data helps subdue global markets, with the prospect of further US-China trade tensions also putting a damper on sentiment

Competitiveness index shows SA is still drifting May 23, 2018

Drags include SA’s deteriorating education standards, rising state debt, inefficient SOEs and persistently high unemployment

Inflation accelerates, but less than expected May 23, 2018

Economists had expected inflation to heat up as the various tax and levy increases introduced in the budget took effect on April 1

Mkhize concerned about lack of improvement in municipal audit results May 23, 2018

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Zweli Mkhize says it is of concern that there has been no improvements in municipal audit results over the past few years. 

Data leak exposes names, ID numbers, and plain-text passwords of 934,000 South Africans

A South African database containing sensitive personal data, which appears to have originated from a traffic fine platform, has been leaked online.

Sports News

AB de Villiers retires from international cricket May 23, 2018

The batsman scored 8765 runs in 114 Tests while smashing 9577 in 228 ODIs. He has the records for the fastest 50, 100 and 150 in the ODI format

5 of AB’s most memorable knocks May 23, 2018

Having announced his retirement from international cricket, Lloyd Burnard digs up some of his most memorable knocks for the Proteas.

‘Sad’ Faf will miss his mate AB May 23, 2018

South African cricket captain, Faf du Plessis, long-time friend of AB de Villiers, has paid tribute to the former Proteas batsman who announced his international retirement.

Domingo: Time with family is important & we respect De Villiers’s decision May 23, 2018

Russell Domingo was the head coach of the national side for four years and knows that AB de Villiers was considering international retirement for some time.

Press Releases

How the Internet is set to change SA wine culture

However distasteful the practice of wine listing fees that restaurants attempt to extract from producers, we must conclude that the fact that it still exists, is because most consumers don’t care that the result is reduced choice when dining out – only those producers with sufficient marketing budget to pay the listing fees get listed and those who can’t or won’t are excluded.

Host of international and South African writers at Jewish Literary Festival

Brian Joss – If you’re into things literary then the place to be is Cape Town on Sunday June 17 when…

Luthi adds lustre to Great Zuurberg Trek

Swiss mountain-biking star Ariane Luthi will be the firm favourite to capture the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek women’s title when…

Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

Third Festival of Motoring promises to be bigger and better

Brian Joss – The Festival of Motoring is back and bigger than ever. The Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit will once again…

All roads lead to the historic Mille Miglia

Brian Joss – Roads are inevitably transformed by the passage of the Mille Miglia, and after travelling about 1 800 kilometres,…

Iconic Ford Mustang is a cool car with loads of voomah

Brian Joss – When my son sat in the driving seat of the Ford Mustang the grin on his face was…

Until next time…


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