Thursday Morning Edition

 Good morning all,


MY VIEW

George water situation – dam down, no rain and usage much too high.  Time for Knysna’s old farts to get fit.  Plett NSRI responds to two call-outs.  

SWD women have the chance to get their season back on track.

Theresa May may be no iron lady, but clearly, she can negotiate – how she pulled off cabinet approval is a marvel.  Boris Jonhson’s not happy though.    Israel exercises restraint, but the defense minister’s not happy.  China building trade partnerships that exclude the USA.  The Kremlin calls Trump unpredictable – that’s probably one thing he’s not.  The Koreas make yet more progress.  

Time for Shorn to bleat in front of the Zondo commission.  NPA interviews illustrate just how deep the mistrust of the body runs.  Land theft court battle looms.  ACDP take on Bobani – where have they been for the past few years?  All the ‘former’ heads of the SOE’s finally get the chance to spill the beans.  EFF is a little poorer this morning.

Now it’s Sasol’s turn to drag the JSE down – see a pattern here?  Possible drop in the petrol price for December – great – let the people flock to the Garden Route for the holidays!  SABC promises to be good and not waste so much money – not likely with an election coming up.

Time for Rassie to put his money where his mouth is.  He’s been talking up Embrose Papier’s skills in the dry, so now pick him.  Simple answer – Rassie negotiated a contract – and the SARFU was on the back foot after yet another failed social experiment – so he got what he wanted.  Scotland know their defense will have to be up to scratch.  Roo will wear the captain’s armband – a fitting send-off.  I hope that means SARFU is rid of Mark Alexander.  Shout-out of the day goes to Bantwana for earning our first point at the u/17 World Cup!


Top Local Stories 

George Municipality water update 14 November 2018

Dam level: 63.83% (down from 65.53% last week Wednesday).  Rainfall since 8 November 2018: 0mm.  Demand/usage: 29.02 megalitres (target 22Ml).  Months water left: 8

Fitness for Old Farts

Knysna 21 November.

NSRI Plett respond to two calls

At 16h52, Monday, 12th November, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from a fishing vessel reporting to be heading towards Plettenberg Bay with an injured crewman onboard.  On Sunday, 11th November, at 14h28, Our NSRI emergency whatsapp group received a message from a Plettenberg Bay member of MCSA (Mountain Club of South Africa), who is on our whatsapp group reporting that he was mountain biking on a trail between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna and in a fall he had fractured or dislocated his shoulder and he was requesting medical assistance.


Total to Start Drilling Off South Africa Natural Gas World

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Latest Local Sports News

Opportunity for SWD women to get back on track

After a disappointing start to their campaign the SWD Women’s team will have an opportunity to get back on track when they take on Kei in the Cricket SA Provincial Women’s competition this weekend.


International News

Theresa May wins cabinet backing for Brexit deal November 14, 2018

Rumours of cabinet resignations and a plot by eurosceptic MPs to unseat May saw the pound plunge 1% during the meeting

Israel defence minister resigns over Gaza truce November 14, 2018

Hawkish Avigdor Lieberman’s exit pitches Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition into disarray

‘Substantial progress’ made on massive China trade deal that excludes US November 14, 2018

Diplomats have been trying to nail down details as Beijing entices its neighbours to join a commercial alliance

Kremlin laments US ‘unpredictability’ under Trump November 14, 2018

The Kremlin hit out at the “unpredictability” of the United States under the Trump administration, saying it was causing “deep global concern”.

North Korean delegation visits South to attend history forum November 14, 2018

A five-member North Korean delegation is visiting South Korea to attend an academic forum on Japan’s wartime actions.

Brexit agreement must be cancelled: Johnson November 14, 2018

Britain’s former foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, has urged his former colleagues to cancel the draft Brexit agreement. 

Gaza-Israel frontier calms as enemies warily cease fire November 14, 2018

Fighting died down at 5 pm and a Palestinian official briefed on the negotiations said Gaza factions ceased firing as part of a deal proposed by Egypt. Israeli officials confirmed Cairo had been involved in Tuesday’s arrangement. 


National News

Abrahams ready to answer Gordhan’s claims at Zondo inquiry November 14, 2018

Minister has suggested in evidence that political motives were at play in the decision to pursue charges against him

Interviews for top post lays bare tensions in National Prosecuting Authority November 14, 2018

Erosion of the public’s confidence in the National Prosecuting Authority and instability in organisation was at the heart of questions to potential candidates for the top position.

Court showdown on expropriation without compensation looms November 14, 2018

Opposition parties and the Institute of Race Relations have said they will take legal steps to stop the ANC and the EFF amend the constitution

ACDP set to table motion of no confidence in NMB’s Mongameli Bobani November 14, 2018

The party is going after mayor Mongameli Bobani who himself ascended to the mayoral position following a motion of no confidence in former Democratic Alliance mayor Atholl Trollip.

State capture inquiry: Manyi drops GCIS corruption bombshell November 14, 2018

Former Government Communication and Information System CEO Mzwanele Manyi has highlighted alleged corruption at the agency in 2011 as a reason for sweeping changes he made to procurement structures shortly after his appointment.

EFF has seven days to back up Spy claims November 14, 2018

The Economic Freedom Fighters have one week to back up claims that veteran journalists, Thandeka Gqubule and Anton Harber were apartheid spies. 


Business News

MARKET WRAP: JSE slips slightly, with Sasol diving 6% November 14, 2018

Global markets were generally lower in risk-off trade, but Naspers rebounded 4% after Tencent’s third-quarter results beat forecasts

Some relief as petrol price may drop in December November 14, 2018

A R1.50/l petrol price cut on the cards for December as the price of Brent crude oil tumbles from $86/bbl (R1 242/bbl) in October to $65.21/bbl.

SABC improves risks management processes November 14, 2018

The SABC was again rapped over the knuckles for incurring irregular expenditure amounting to a staggering R4.9 billion over the past five years.


Sports News

Does Rassie go bold or tactical at 9? November 14, 2018

Faf de Klerk’s absence from the Springboks this weekend gives coach Rassie Erasmus the chance to be bold in his selection at nine.

Why is Rassie Erasmus still allowed to ignore the Springbok transformation policy? November 14, 2018

What makes matters worse is that Rassie Erasmus has failed to provide real chances for black players who are in the match-23, says Ashfak Mohamed.

Townsend: Scotland defence must be strong to nullify ambitious Springbok game plan November 14, 2018

“What we’ve seen over the past few months is an ambition to move the ball from counter-attack and a push to get their forwards passing the ball more.”

Wayne Rooney will captain England when he comes on for farewell November 14, 2018

“All of our group have huge respect for Wayne, and they feel that it is fitting that his last game should in the number 10,” added Gareth Southgate.

SA Rugby Union president Mark Alexander elected to World Rugby executive November 14, 2018

The executive committee is chaired by Bill Beaumont of England and runs the business of the sport.

Bantwana earn first ever point at World Cup November 14, 2018

South Africa recorded their first ever point at a FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup with a goal-less draw against Mexico in Uruguay on Tuesday night.


Press Releases

Old Mutual committed to empowering South African entrepreneurs

14 November 2018: South African small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) looking to take their venture to the next level will get…

Shoprite & Checkers again giving away 150 vehicles in SA’s biggest ‘win a car’ competition

Shoprite and Checkers are again giving away 150 brand new VW up! cars this festive season. Between Monday 5 November…

Summer, Rosé and all that Jazz

Life is always better when there is music, and life at Benguela Cove every Sunday for the months of November…

Brunch & Bottomless Bubbly

Sunday fun days at Nom Nom Eateries  Nom Nom Eateries based in Somerset West has the cure to all of…

Trio of guitarists set to thrill South Africa

A brand new, exciting fusion of guitar sounds is about to take South Africa by storm – kicking off in…

Landmark victory for farming & wildlife

Farmers around the world are facing ever-escalating pressures to grow more food while preserving the world’s biodiversity.  To succeed, agriculture…


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Until next time…

Bruce

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