Friday Morning Edition

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Garden Route & Klein Karoo schools and learners excel in the 2020 Matric Exams.  Planned power outage for the George CBD.

SWD fail to capitalize on a good start vs EP at the REC. 

EU not happy with the US-China trade deal – I wonder why?  Iran not happy with Europe.  Another deep state lead body goes after Trump.  The Ukraine thing gets even more complicated.  Trump impeachment trial begins in the Senate.  Erdogan states his intention to get involved in Libya – as long as he stops the invasion of Europe, that’s ok with me.

SAA is still teetering on the edge.  Ramaphosa can’t leave SA at the moment – he may not be President when he comes back.  Minister wants to meet with Telkom over the retrenchments.

The double-edged sword of rate cuts – the JSE gains and the Rand loses.  SARB says another rate cut is possible this year.

Ben Stokes named ICC cricketer of the year.  Morne Steyn back at 10 for the Bulls.  Proteas ready for the Netball World Cup.  England take a slight upper hand in PE.  Welshman Jamie Roberts signs for the Stormers.  Bavuma reminds the selectors that he’s not done quite yet.


Latest Local News 

WCED celebrates at the 2019 NSC awards

Welcome to our annual celebration of the achievements of our learners in the National Senior Certificate Examinations, kindly hosted again by our Premier, but this time it is our new Premier, who for some reason has appointed me again to this extremely challenging, but also a very rewarding, position.

Planned power outage: Portion of the CBD

SATURDAY, 18 JANUARY 2020 FROM 13:00 TOT 17:00

Latest Local Sports News

SWD fail to capitalize on a good start

The senior SWD cricket team failed to capitalize on a solid albeit slow start by Jean du Plessis (48) and Richard Frenz (51) and were 113/1 after 36 overs.

Regular Newsletters

George Golf Club Newsletter

Fancourt Golf Club Newsletter

Knysna Golf Club Newsletter

Pinnacle Point Golf Club Newsletter

International News

EU trade chief criticises US-China trade deal and Trump January 16, 2020

Phil Hogan blunt about growing EU unhappiness over US unilateralism, saying it’s driven by Trump’s desire for re-election

Setback for Donald Trump as watchdog says he violated the law over Ukraine aid January 16, 2020

The government accountability office, which has no prosecutorial powers, noted that Congress had already voted to appropriate the funds

Iran says Europe is caving to ‘bully’ Trump over nuclear deal January 16, 2020

UK, France and Germany say they planned to trigger the deal’s dispute mechanism for months, despite Trump crowing about their ‘appeasement’

Ukraine asks FBI for help in Burisma hack and illegal surveillance January 16, 2020

Ukraine is also concerned about surveillance of US ambassador to Kiev Marie Yovanovitch after recent revelations by Lev Parnas

Trump impeachment trial begins in US Senate January 16, 2020

Impeachment rules require a two-thirds Senate majority to convict and remove a president and US President Donald Trump’s acquittal is widely expected in the Republican-dominated Senate.

Erdogan says Turkey starting troop deployment to Libya January 16, 2020

Erdogan is due to meet leaders of Germany, Russia, Britain and Italy on Sunday to discuss the conflict.

National News

SAA’s future still in the balance January 16, 2020

If business rescue money is not available by Sunday, the airline will have to suspend certain flights

Cyril Ramaphosa not going to WEF meeting or UK-Africa Summit January 16, 2020

The president is attending an ANC NEC meeting and lekgotla this weekend, where the crisis at Eskom is likely to top the agenda

Ndabeni-Abrahams calls urgent meeting with Telkom over planned retrenchments January 16, 2020

The telecoms giant made the announcement on Wednesday, citing the declining performance of fixed voice and data services.

Business News

MARKET WRAP: JSE gains as Reserve Bank cuts repo rate January 16, 2020

The Bank cut the repo rate to 6.25% on Thursday, the first change since July 2019

Rand weakens after Reserve Bank cuts interest rate January 16, 2020

While lower interest rates could stimulate economic activity, they make SA bonds less attractive to investors seeking higher yields

Reserve Bank signals second rate cut likely in 2020 January 16, 2020

The 25-basis-point cut, which takes the repo rate to 6.25%, comes as the economy struggles to grow

Sports News

Stokes named ICC player of the year after a smashing 2019 January 16, 2020

Ben Stokes was named the International Cricket Council (ICC) player of the year on Wednesday, capping an unforgettable 2019 for the swashbuckling England all-rounder that included a match-winning knock at the World Cup. 

Bulls coach wants to see more of ‘very fit’ Steyn January 16, 2020

Bulls coach Pote Human has explained his decision to pick Morne Steyn ahead of Manie Libbok at flyhalf for their SuperHero Sunday clash.

Proteas ready to battle it out at the netball Nations Cup January 16, 2020

South Africa’s national netball team, the Proteas are ready to compete and do battle at the 2020 Nations Cup that will take place in England

Stormers doubling up in Knysna and Soweto January 16, 2020

The Stormers will conclude their pre-season fixtures this weekend as they face the Southern Kings in Knysna on Friday and the Sharks in Soweto on Sunday.

England on 224 for 4 at stumps on day one January 16, 2020

South Africa controlled the run-rate and restricted England to 224 for the loss of four wickets on day one of the third cricket test at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth. 

Wales Jamie Roberts signs with Stomers January 16, 2020

Former Wales centre Jamie Roberts has signed a one-year contract to play for South African Super Rugby side the Stormers, the team announced on Thursday. 

Bavuma presses claim for South Africa recall with big hundred January 16, 2020

Head coach Mark Boucher said it would not have been fair to drop Rassie van der Dussen, Bavuma’s replacement, who made a half-century on debut.

Press Releases

Introducing Robertson Winery’s DRY Non-Alcoholic Sparkling White

With the trend towards a healthier lifestyle and the stricter enforcement of drinking and driving laws, a new era of…

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

Rahul Sharma and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra to make musical history Cape Town, 9 December 2019 –  Inner Circle…

Regular Columns & Opinion Pieces

SA’s most sold, and most searched, used cars in 2019

The 2019 calendar year was yet another crackerjack year for the Volkswagen Polo and Toyota Hilux. The former was the…

Cartoon – Sex Ed (for adults)

Contained inflation made the case for an easing in the repo rate

Dr Andrew Golding, chief executive of the Pam Golding Property group: With limited, modest growth anticipated for the year ahead (2020),…

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