Thursday Morning Edition

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The George Mayor visits Diepkloof Primary to greet the new learners.

Fancourt remains the best golf course in the country and 19’th in the world.  The Knysna Bull defending champions will be back for this year’s race.  The REC will play host to a televised cricket match on 2 February.  SWD mourn the passing of one of its longest-serving umpires.  Both the senior men’s’ and women’s teams have fixtures this weekend.

Putin does what Putin does – let’s see what he has in mind.  Oh hell!  I was amused by the two candidates up for election in the US 3 years ago, but this bunch the Dems have put up!  No wonder they’re going so hard at impeachment – this lot are useless!  Another vote in the house along party lines, but at least the article of impeachment will go to the Senate.  So Adam Schiff will lead the Dems’ effort in the Senate – I wonder if he can be called as a witness now?  The trial will likely begin next Tuesday.  Iran is still being belligerent – I guess it will take a change of leadership for them to come to the table, this lot will go to the grave with their beliefs.

The right to leave your money to whomever you like will be tested by the ConCourt.  Big business and the SOE’s poised to bleed jobs.  Eskom gets a new chair, but will the Board back him?  The fight to unseat Ramaphosa intensifies.  Why not let Thuli Madonsela lead the land-theft scam – maybe we won’t end up battling this in court once it’s been shoved through.  Zondo Commission may be extended until December – as long as it takes in my opinion.  

The US and China sign the first of many trade deals – and the world breathes a sigh of relief – and good news for the Rand.  Thank goodness for Nersa, but Eskom needs to start collecting what’s owed to it.  Business has gotten to the pleading stage – we need leadership Mr President – and get rid of the deadwood.  

Faf is happy with the Proteas’ progress.  Federer and Nadal pledge money to the bushfires.  ‘Boks nominated for Laureus team of the year.  Gans will lead the Blitzbokke down under.  Faf keen to get AB back for the T20 World Cup – but we only have 11 matches before the tournament.


Top Local Stories

Mayor visits Diepkloof primary school on first day of school

George Mayor, Ald Melvin Naik, attended Diepkloof Primary School today on the beginning of the new school year. He helped to hand out badges to the new prefects of the grade 6 and 7’s.

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Latest Local Sports News

Fancourt Links No. 1 in SA, No. 19 in the world

With the help of an extensive panel of industry leaders, we bring you the official countdown of the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses 2020.

Defending Champions Return to Knysna Bull

The 2020 Knysna Bull, made personal by Constantia, is set to take place from the 19th to the 22nd of February, in the spectacular Garden Route forests.

Televised cricket match for Oudtshoorn

Preparations are underway for a high-profile cricket event that will be hosted on Sunday 2 February and that will be broadcasted live on Supersport.

SWD Cricket bids farewell to long-serving umpire

One of SWD’s longest-serving umpires, Neville du Plessis (aged 59) passed away, after a battle against cancer on Friday 10 December 2020.

Can SWD turn the ship around this weekend

The SWD provincial team will have a tough battle this weekend when they face the highly respected Eastern Province at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn this weekend. The three-day match will start on Thursday whilst the limited over match will be contested on Sunday.

SWD women cricketers head for Kei

The South Western Districts Women’s Cricket team will take on Kei in the Cricket South Africa Provincial Women’s Competition at Mthatha on Saturday 18 January (One Day match) and Sunday 19 January (T20 match).

Regular Newsletters

George Golf Club Newsletter

Fancourt Golf Club Newsletter

Knysna Golf Club Newsletter

Pinnacle Point Golf Club Newsletter

International News

Putin Power Grab: Entire Russian Government Resigns

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev made a startling announcement on Wednesday that he and his entire government will resign to get out of President Vladimir Putin’s way as Putin rewrites the Russian constitution.

Is that all there is? The Democratic Debate Should Scare Democrats

It took a while for me to understand the nagging feeling I got from the Democratic debate in Iowa last night. I kept grappling with my dissatisfaction and could not find the right words.  by Newt Gingrich

US House votes to send Trump impeachment charges to Senate January 15, 2020

House votes 228 to 193 to give the Senate the task of putting Trump on trial on charges of abuse of power

US Democrats reveal seven-member team for Trump trial January 15, 2020

The trial is likely to start in earnest next week, with Donald Trump deriding it as a ‘con’, knowing he has the support of the Republican-led Senate

Trump trial likely to begin next Tuesday: Senate chief January 15, 2020

The Senate impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump is likely to begin in seven days with key players sworn in later this week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. 

Iran rejects idea of a new ‘Trump deal’ in nuclear row January 15, 2020

Since quitting the agreement, Washington has reimposed sanctions to throttle Iran’s oil exports as part of a “maximum pressure” policy.

National News

ConCourt to rule on ‘absolute right’ of inheritance January 15, 2020

Private wills — as opposed to charitable trusts — are considered sacrosanct, not only in South Africa but the world over. As long as a person is of “sound mind” and not financially responsible for any minor children, they are legally entitled to pass on their assets to whoever they please and can disinherit on […]

Union says 3,000 jobs on the line in Telkom retrenchment plans January 15, 2020

Job cuts affect nearly a third of workforce at Telkom

Malegapuru Makgoba appointed Eskom interim chair January 15, 2020

The leading scientist and academic joined the Eskom board as a non-executive director in 2018

Cyril Ramaphosa the real target of slurs, say ANC stalwarts January 15, 2020

Frank Chikane, Cheryl Carolus and other veterans defend Pravin Gordhan from those who want to ‘cripple the state’

Thuli Madonsela says clarity a priority in vexed expropriation law debate January 15, 2020

Former public protector says investors need certainty to help economy recover

State Capture Inquiry could be extended to December January 15, 2020

The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture will know early next month if its request for an extension will be granted.

Business News

US and China sign phase one of trade pact January 15, 2020

The accord includes currency, intellectual property protections and Beijing’s $200bn spending pledge to try to close its trade imbalance

Nersa tariff ruling puts the economy at risk, Eskom tells court January 15, 2020

Customers will pay much more for electricity if the troubled utility’s action against the regulator succeeds

MARKET WRAP: Rand and JSE gain as investors hedge bets on US-China signing January 15, 2020

The rand and other emerging-market currencies could be boosted by the US-China deal, as it bodes well for global growth prospects

Business calls for clear policy direction in SA’s ‘unprecedented economic crisis’ January 15, 2020

Business unity SA president Sipho Pityana calls for decisive action by the government to address crisis

Sports News

Faf: Proteas closer than ever before January 15, 2020

Proteas captain Faf du Plessis says the players are closer than ever as preparations for Thursday’s third Test against England in Port Elizabeth continue.

Federer, Nadal pledge $170,000 for Australian bushfire relief January 15, 2020

Tennis greats Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal pledged A$250,000 ($172,000) towards the Australian bushfire relief efforts at a charity event on Wednesday in the leadup to the Australian Open.

Springboks nominated for Team of the Year at Laureus Awards January 15, 2020

The reigning Rugby World Cup champions, South Africa, are up for another accolade.

Stedman Gans to lead Blitzboks in Australasia January 15, 2020

The Australasian leg of the World Series will be played in Hamilton next weekend (25-26 January) and in Sydney a week later (1-2 February).

Du Plessis keen to have AB de Villiers in T20 World Cup January 15, 2020

SA has 11 matches in which to assemble a team that fires together

Press Releases

Hospitality sector positive after good festive season numbers

January 2020: The hospitality sector in the Western Cape has experienced a positive festive season, based on initial feedback for…

Symphony of Santoor

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More South Africans interested in vegan lifestyle

Checkers has seen a steady uptake in customer requests for more vegan and plant-based alternatives over the past 12 months,…

Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

Ducato MY gets the nod for “best motorhome base” again

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Ford’s new connected technology will signal the dangers around the corner

Brian Joss – There are many times when knowing what is around the corner could be useful. But for drivers…

VWGSA dominates passenger car market in 2019

Brian Joss – Full-year 2019 sales saw Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) dominating the passenger car market with 89 353…

Collaborative consumption – an emerging property trend for 2020 and beyond

 “The Real Estate industry is going through significant change for the first time in my 20-year history in this business.…

Becoming a CBD connoisseur: 4 tips to quality control your health products

January 2020: Towards the end of the last decade you may have seen a boom in CBD and CBD-based products,…

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