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Curro learner on her way to Harvard.  Notorious Sedgefield criminal arrested.   When, where and how to enjoy a good port.

Trump’s blind spot re Wikileaks criticized.  IMF awaiting outcome of Venezuela’s contested elections.  Where will Assange be extradited to?  Trump meets Moon in the aftermath of the failed negotiations with Kim.  Is Assange a hero or a villain?

Prasa’s turnaround has failed.  Gordhan subpoenaed re the rogue unit.  Cele commits to law and order during the elections.  Ramaphosa approves 8 candidates for the SABC board.

EU and the US begin trade negotiations.  Mining drags the JSE down.  IMF and World Bank caution against Chinese loans.

Louis Oosthuizen is 5 back after round one of the Masters.  Rugby Australia tramp on Folau’s freedom of speech.  Kane’s injury is serious.  Blitzbokke to concentrate on their mental state after another disappointing weekend.  Trouble brewing between SA cricket players and CSA.

 
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Mossel Bay alumna shoots for the stars, reaches Harvard

When Lara van Rooyen from Curro Mossel Bay, scored an esteemed 92.86% average to secure joint honours as Curro Holdings’ IEB top academic achiever of 2018, it was clear that South Africa is dealing with a prodigious academic mind.

“Well-known” Sedgefield criminal arrested

A “well known” Sedgefield criminal was arrested in town recently, thanks to the quick response from a local armed response officer.

The 101 of Port style wines – where, when and how

When you think of Calitzdorp and the Swartland, there aren’t many close links apart from the fact that they’re both farming communities, producing excellent quality wines with a very similar dry and sunny climate.

 
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     International News
 

Donald Trump’s WikiLeaks blind spot raises eyebrows April 11, 2019

Trump’s denial belies the praise he showered on the organisation during his presidential campaign

IMF awaits decision on Venezuela government recognition April 11, 2019

The International Monetary Fund will not allow the country access to its reserves, until either Nicolás Maduro or Juan Guaidó is officially recognised

Swedish Assange accuser urges prosecution to reopen rape case April 11, 2019

A spokesman for the Swedish Prosecution Authority said on Thursday they were following the news of Assange’s arrest

Moon, Trump meet in wake of North Korea summit failure April 11, 2019

US President Donald Trump has emerged as an unlikely peacemaker in the Korean peninsula as he stages a determined effort to put Washington and Pyongyang on a historic path to reconciliation.

Julian Assange: Conspiracy theorist proved right? April 11, 2019

Julian Assange had always denied the Swedish sexual assault claims, saying they were politically motivated and expressing fears of a plot to transfer him to US to face trial there.

 
     National News
 

Prasa turnaround has failed, says Nzimande April 11, 2019

Transport minister to put in place a two-stage intervention beginning with the appointment of a task team to undertake an analysis of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA

Pravin Gordhan subpoenaed by public protector over Sars ‘rogue unit’ April 11, 2019

Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan confirmed on Thursday that a subpoena had been served on him by the Public Protector in relation to the so-called Sars “rogue unit”.

Law and order will prevail during general elections: Cele April 11, 2019

Police Minister, Bheki Cele, says police have a comprehensive plan to ensure that voting on May 8 is executed smoothly.

Ramaphosa appoints SABC Board April 11, 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed and appointed the eight SABC board candidates, more than three weeks after the National Assembly passed a resolution for the President to appoint the candidates.

 
     Business News
 

EU countries agree to start formal trade talks with US April 11, 2019

The move is designed but not guaranteed to smooth strained relations between the world’s two largest economies

MARKET WRAP: Disappointing mining data weighs on sector’s shares April 11, 2019

Global growth concerns and poor local data conspire to pull the JSE lower

IMF, World Bank urge caution with China loans April 11, 2019

The rising influence of lending by China to developing nations is increasingly under the spotlight amid concerns the growing debt burden and onerous conditions could sow the seeds of a crisis.

 
     Sports News
 

Masters 2019 leaderboard: Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau share lead after day one at Masters

Brooks Koepka, who has won two of the last three majors, held a share of the first-round Masters lead with Bryson DeChambeau while three-times champion Phil Mickelson was one shot off the pace on Thursday.

Rugby Australia intends to end Folau contract after anti-gay rant April 11, 2019

Rugby Australia said it had made repeated attempts to contact the fullback since his controversial Instagram post claiming “hell awaits” gays on Wednesday.

Harry Kane ankle damage significant, say Tottenham April 11, 2019

Kane, who has already injured the same ankle this season, was pictured leaving Tottenham’s new stadium on crutches.

South African Justin Harding grabs clubhouse lead at the Masters April 11, 2019

Harding opened with a birdie from 10 feet and added another at the third, landing his approach two feet from the cup.

Powell gives Blitzboks homework following a disappointing weekend April 11, 2019

Veteran Justin Geduld believes the exercise helped freshen up minds and make players take ownership of their mistakes in Hong Kong

Cricketers’ chief Tony Irish barred from CSA meeting April 11, 2019

National body plays hard-ball with SA Cricketers’ Association boss

 
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TOKARA toasts autumn with a new vibrant Chardonnay vintage

TOKARA’s vibrant new Chardonnay vintage just released by this family owned Stellenbosch wine estate, is a perfect autumn companion as…

Liquid gold flows from TOKARA’s olive groves

Harvest season knows no bounds at TOKARA, the family owned wine and olive estate on the crest of the Helshoogte…

Aerobotics Makes Post-Harvest Recommendations for Wine Farmers at First Event

April 10, 2018, Cape Town, South Africa – On Tuesday, April 9, precision agriculture company Aerobotics made recommendations relating to…

 
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Optimistic start to 2019 for VWSA “but challenging times ahead”

Brian Joss – Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) continued its positive start in 2019 in the South African passenger car…

Nissan invests R3billion in Roslyn plant for next generation Navara

Brian Joss – Nissan has announced a R3 billion investment in its facility in Rosslyn, Pretoria to prepare the plant…

Book Review: Scrublands

Chris Hammer Wildfire (Jonathan Ball) Review: Brian Joss Sydney journalist Martin Scarsden lost his mojo while he was on assignment…

Book Review: Sea of Greed

A novel from the NUMA Files Clive Cussler and Graham Brown Michael Joseph (Penguin RandomHouse) Review: Brian Joss It’s the…

Book Review: The Senior Adviser

Edmund-George King Porcupine Press Review: Brian Joss The International Consultancy is such a shadowy organisation that even MI-6, the British…

 
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