Friday Morning Edition

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Demi-Leigh will speak at the Forbes Women Africa Leading Women Summit.  Planned power outage for Saagmeul Street.  Not everyone is happy about the prospect of drilling for oil and gas off Mossel Bay, but it could save PetroSA.

May suffers another defeat.  US and China looking for ways to prevent trade war tensions.  Maduro steps up efforts to prevent aid from getting to the people, but opposition is growing.  US Congress to vote on the wall deal.

How do we fix Eskom when the ANC cannot afford to lose votes?  Ajay Gupta arrest warrant cancelled.  Agrizzi refuses to testify at the Mokgoro Inquiry – calls for his testimony to be scrapped.

JSE flat.  Eskom’s power outages cost us R1 billion/day.

Proteas in a commanding position at stumps on Day 2.  Call the teams what you like, even dress them in comic book outfits, but the North-South derby remains what it is.  Gabriel apologises for saying nasty things about Root.  Semenya will fight IAAF in court.

Latest Local News 

Summit speaker line-up empowered by Former Miss Universe

Former Miss South Africa and Miss Universe, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, will form part of this year’s notable speaker line-up at the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit, hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government.

Planned power outage – Saagmeul Street

SATURDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2019 FROM 13:00 TO 16:00

Old School Country vs Rock ‘n’ Roll – Friday, 22 February

The ever-popular James Marais, Monique Cassells and Fanie Schoeman are back on the Reed Valley stage on Friday, 22 February!

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Our sleeveless fleece bodywarmer jackets are on promotion until the end of February.  

Showme Newsletter 14 -21 February 2019 

Promotions from Velvet Home & Living

Environmental activists vow to oppose oil and gas exploration off SA’s coasts February 14, 2019

The activists are on a collision course with giant oil and gas firms after the Total discovery off the Mossel Bay coast

Total’s gas find gives PetroSA a ‘new lease on life’

Using PetroSA’s Mossgas gas-to-liquids refinery could help Total radically reduce its capital expenditure requirement, says Southern African oil and gas exploration expert

Latest Local Sports News


International News

UK’s Theresa May suffers another Brexit defeat in Commons February 14, 2019

Commons rejects a motion intended to express MPs’ support for May as she seeks to renegotiate the UK’s  Brexit deal

US and China seek deal to prevent trade-war escalation February 15, 2019

Trump indicated this week he was open to extending a trade truce beyond March 1 depending on progress in Beijing

Venezuela military reinforces Colombian border blockade February 14, 2019

Venezuela’s military reinforced a blockade on Thursday morning at the border with Colombia where opposition leader Juan Guaido has vowed to bring in desperately-needed humanitarian aid despite President Nicolas Maduro’s vow to keep it out.

US Congress poised to vote on border measure without Trump wall February 14, 2019

Donald Trump triggered a 35-day-long shutdown of about a quarter of the federal government with his December demand for $5.7 billion to help build a wall.

Venezuela opposition takes steps to seize oil revenue February 14, 2019

Venezuela’s opposition-controlled congress named new temporary boards of directors to state-oil firm PDVSA on Wednesday, in an effort to wrest the OPEC nation’s oil revenue from increasingly isolated socialist President Nicolas Maduro. 

National News

Maimane calls for tough stance towards trade unions on Eskom February 14, 2019

The DA leader says the country cannot be held for ransom by unions with tough decisions needed about Eskom, including cutting executive salaries 

Cosatu to meet with Ramaphosa over Eskom unbundling plans February 14, 2019

The trade union federation has come out strongly against government for making the decision without consulting unions.

Ajay Gupta no longer a fugitive after warrant cancelled February 14, 2019

Ajay Gupta, one of the brothers who forms part of the infamous family at the centre of state capture allegations, is no longer a fugitive from justice in South Africa because a warrant for his arrest has been cancelled.

Jiba ‘extremely displeased’ as Agrizzi ditches Mokgoro inquiry February 14, 2019

Suspended deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba says she is “extremely displeased” because former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi will no longer testify at the Mokgoro inquiry.

Mokgoro Enquiry should disregard Agrizzi’s testimony: Majavu February 14, 2019

The Mokgoro Enquiry should completely disregard former Bosasa Chief Operations Officer Angelo Agrizzi’s testimony.

Business News

Cyril Ramaphosa rules out job cuts at Eskom

The president says that cost cutting at the power utility will not mean retrenchments.

MARKET WRAP: JSE flat amid US recession fears February 14, 2019

The rand is at a six-week low against the dollar, lifting rand hedges and some miners, but the JSE gave up earlier gains after disappointing US data

Power outages cost SA’s economy R1bn a day February 14, 2019

Load-shedding could lead to growth forecasts for 2019 being revised down, writes Sunita Menon

Sports News

Proteas: Rapid Steyn secures evergreen status February 14, 2019

Dale Steyn allayed any concerns that may have remained over his fitness with a rapid, 10-over spell of fast bowling at Kingsmead on Thursday.

Bulls coach: North-South derby will ‘never change’ February 14, 2019

The Bulls, under a new Super Rugby coach and with a new-look side, have one of the biggest games of their 2019 season first-up on Saturday.

West Indies’ Gabriel apologises and clears air over Root sledge February 14, 2019

Shannon Gabriel had accepted a charge for breaching the ICC’s code of conduct and was banned for the first four one-day internationals against England.

Caster Semenya will fight the IAAF in court, not in the media February 14, 2019

The athlete is fighting to be allowed to run as she was born and to not be forced to alter her testosterone levels medically

Press Releases

Don’t Miss Groote Post’s February ‘Made with Love” Country Market on Sunday 24th February 2019

Take a break, round up the family and head out to the country to join the Pentz family in the…

Madibaz coach seeks a winning habit

Madibaz rugby coach Jarryd Buys wants his team to create a winning habit when they begin their Varsity Shield campaign…

Xhosa theatre production for children at US Woordfees 2019

For the first time, an all Xhosa children’s theatre production at US Woordfees featuring the doyenne of SA storytelling, Sindiwe…

Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

Check you have your original Title Deeds before 25 February 2019

Did you know that the process of obtaining original Title Deeds has changed? While this has probably remained below the…

Is the reaching of the retirement age a barrier to a reinstatement claim?

By Siphamandla Dube, Senior Associate, Fasken – Reinstatement is the primary remedy under the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and involves placing…

Motor body repairers call on industry to help grow emerging black-owned businesses

Brian Joss – With SME development being placed in the centre of government policy in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of…

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