Friday Morning Edition

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South Africa gets another taste of load-shedding.  DA to bring disciplinary action against Mark Willemse – this is going to get interesting.  Oosthuizen and Grace start slowly at Shinnecock Hills, but then Louis comes back in 29.

UN backtracks on climate change – I guess that’s what you have to do when your lies are not supported by the facts.  Trump’s actions cause ripples around the world while some US senators go and meet Canada’s Foreign Minister in his safe space – give him a lollipop, pat him on the head and tell him it’s all going to be ok.

More flak for the new Public Protector.  The Zuptoids are not going away – well not quite yet anyway.  Gordhan moves ahead with his clean-up act.

I’m sure the US can make their own whiskey and motorcycles.  An interest rate hike now looks a lot more likely.  

The ANC votes for the US-Canada-Mexico Soccer World Cup bid, but then loyalty is not their strong suit.  How many African countries welcomed ANC dissidents during the struggle?  How many Jewish people lead the struggle against Apartheid etc, etc….

Latest Local News

Eskom load-shedding schedule June 2018

The power system is severely constrained. Should ESKOM experience further technical problems and the loss of an additional 600 MW,…

DA to bring disciplinary proceedings against Knysna mayor

Mark Willemse was elected mayor after what the DA leadership have termed a coup.

White shark conservation efforts boosted by tourism

Conservation of the shark population along South Africa’s coastline has come under the spotlight, following extensive research into the movements…

Struggle Stalwart Justice Albie Sachs at the Plett ARTS Fest

Born to communist and trade unionist parents in Johannesburg in 1935, his career in human rights activism can be traced…

Midweek meetings at the Turbine – Supporting local business

The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa, situated on the Thesen Islands, Knysna is not only a holiday destination or a weekend getaway…

So, which show will you be watching at Plett ARTS Festival?

Book your tickets NOW to the Plett ARTS Festival!

The Plettenberg Hosts Alongside the Plett Arts Festival

June 2018 – The Plettenberg, part of The Liz McGrath Collection, the flagship property along the Garden Route, will partner…

Plettenberg Bay protests flare up again Eyewitness News

Western Cape Traffic chief Kenny Africa said: “The situation on the N2 at Plettenberg Bay remains unchanged. The road is still closed to traffic due to …

Weather Update: Several weather warnings issued for Central Karoo, Western and Eastern Cape News24

A high seas and gale force winds watch has also been advised for the area between Plettenberg Bay and Port Alfred, where waves are expected to …

LISTEN: George mayor voices his disapproval of gay event Citizen

The Boston Gay Choir will be visiting George on Tuesday, June 19, performing at the Gay Pride Parade in York Street in the morning and giving a …

South Africa’s Sea Harvest will pay USD 67 million for Viking Fishing SeafoodSource (blog)

Viking Fishing operates six processing facilities and a fleet of 30 vessels from Cape Town, Hout Bay, Mossel Bay, Durban, and Maputo. The company …

Latest Local Sports News

Oudtshoorn Sports Festival 2018

Oudtshoorn Sports Festival starts this weekend with 13 sports codes and more than 5000 participants. See the attached poster. Let’s…

George Golf Club Newsletter

Fancourt Golf Club Newsletter

US Open 2018: first round – live! The Guardian

Also, Louis Oosthuizen came back in 29! But I’ve written the opening paragraph of this preamble now, and there’s no going back. You get the general …

International News

Increased global warming likely to threaten economic growth June 14, 2018

A report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change seems slightly less pessimistic about limiting a rise in global temperatures

Vladimir Putin praises Trump’s summit and invites Kim Jong-un to Russia June 14, 2018

The Russian president hopes Kim will go to Russia in September; Russia and North Korea share a border and have a history of long-standing ties

Chancellor Angela Merkel battles for compromise with allies on migrant policy June 14, 2018

The German leader is being pressed by Bavaria’s Christian Social Union party to turn away some refugees, while she wants a broader ‘European solution’

Sanctions on North to stay until complete denuclearisation, says US June 14, 2018

Kim Jong-un seems to think sanctions will start being lifted shortly; Mike Pompeo says that will only happen once North Korea has ‘completely denuclearised’

‘Still risks’ that North Korean peace won’t happen – Pompeo June 14, 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned that there are “still risks” that could derail efforts to bring peace to the Korean peninsula following Donald Trump’s summit with North Korea’s leader.

Senators seek to soothe US relationship with Canada June 14, 2018

US Senators from both parties have sought to mend a frayed relationship with Canada during a closed-door meeting with Canada’s foreign minister.

‘UK will press ahead with Brexit laws despite lack of consent from Scotland’ June 14, 2018

Differences over Brexit have strained relations between the United Kingdom’s four nations.

National News

N West government on the brink of total collapse June 14, 2018

The North West government is on the brink of a total collapse due to corruption. 

AfriForum-takke woeker met Ons Dorp-veldtog June 11, 2018

Verskeie AfriForum-takke het reeds ingespring en suksesvolle selfdoenaksies in hul dorpe geloods as deel van AfriForum se Ons Dorp-veldtog, wat vandeesmaand nasionaal uitgerol is. Die Potchefstroom-tak het ’n slaggatprojek geloods, waartydens taklede soggens tussen vyfuur en agtuur slaggate vul.

AfriForum besoek Knysna ’n jaar na verwoestende brande June 7, 2018

Vandag ’n jaar gelede is die lyke van Tony Johnston, sy vrou Madré en hul seuntjie Michael buite hul huis in die Elandskraal-omgewing in Knysna gevind.

TIM COHEN: Mkhwebane utterly lacks Madonsela’s common sense

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane lacks common sense, Zille finding shows

SA’s future balanced on a knife-edge as Zuptoids regroup

Jacob Zuma is refusing to go away quietly. Pressured to resign as the nation’s president in February, he still retains significant influence in the ruling African …

Gordhan labels Moyane ‘a serial lawbreaker’ in damning affidavit June 14, 2018

This is according to an explosive affidavit by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, which has finally revealed Ramaphosa’s case against Moyane.

Business News

Trump to meet with top trade advisers on activation of China tariffs: source June 14, 2018

Trump is due to unveil revisions to his initial tariff list targeting $50 billion of Chinese goods on Friday.

EU approves retaliatory tariffs against US June 14, 2018

EU countries on Thursday approved a raft of retaliatory tariffs, including on whiskey and motorcycles, against painful duties imposed by US President Donald Trump on European metals, sources said. 

Pravin Gordhan is gunning for those involved in the capture of state-owned enterprises June 14, 2018

The Public Enterprises Minister says those involved plan to strike again, but will be summoned to account for what they did in the past

Weak rand sparks rate hike fears

A sharp turnaround by the rand on Thursday proved to be short-lived as it had erased all of its intraday gains by the evening.

MARKET WRAP: JSE closes flat as euro retreats on ECB stance June 14, 2018

The European Central Bank kept rates unchanged with the euro hammered for its cautious outlook on further interest rate hikes

Eskom granted court interdict against ‘unlawful’ strike

After a day of protests and load shedding across parts of the country, Eskom has obtained an urgent court interdict barring the three major unions from striking.

Sports News

As it happened: 118th US Open – Round 1 June 15, 2018

Follow all the action from the 118th US Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Course in Southampton, New York!

ANC slammed for voting for N America to hold 2026 World Cup June 14, 2018

The ANC says it was acting consistent with the party’s ethos when it decided not to cast its vote for Morocco to host the 2026 World Cup.

Russia crush sorry Saudi Arabia in World Cup opener June 14, 2018

The result equalled the best in a World Cup opening game and President Vladimir Putin wasted no time in phoning coach Stanislav Cherchesov to congratulate him.

Boks change 2 in Mtawarira’s 100th Test June 14, 2018

The match is of significant importance as it will be Tendai Mtawarira’s 100th Test match in a Springbok jersey, and it will also coincide with captain Siya Kolisi’s 27th Birthday.

England put up Brad Shields for Boks June 15, 2018

The New Zealander will bolster England’s line-out in Bloem on Saturday

Press Releases

Cream of SA’s snooker players head to PE

The SPAR South African singles snooker championship will see the cream of South Africa’s players gathering at the Hellenic Hall…

VERONA releases music video for hit song!

Verona definitely needs no introduction in the entertainment industry. The small town girl from Meyerton has not only managed to…

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival 2018

Create. Collaborate. Celebrate. Cape Town: The Cape Town International Film Market & Festival will take place from October 9th –…

Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

On the Road Again: Road Trip Checklist

The June holidays are around the corner and it is time to plan your next road trip. Every road trip…

Ford NWM aiming for hat-trick in the Desert 1 000

Brian Joss – The Ford Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) team heads to Botswana next weekend with the aim of claiming…

The new S60 T8 Polestar Engineered is an electrified car “that does what you want it to”

Brian Joss – Volvo Cars is launching a new upgraded electrified performance offer called Polestar Engineered, specifically developed for its…

Millionth engine rolls of the assembly line at Volkswagen SA’s engine plant

Brian Joss – Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) reached a historical milestone on Monday June 11 when it produced its…

Porsche’s first fully electric sports car, the Taycan, set to deliver electrifying performance

Brian Joss – The series production of the first purely electric Porsche is set to b

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