A wrap of what's in the news today
- Public-sector wage bill out of control — Dlodlo
SA’s R587-billion public-sector wage bill had shot through the ceiling and the government would have to cut back on critical services if it failed to rein in pay increases, Public Services and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo said on Tuesday.
- Derailments pummel Kumba’s export sales
Kumba, SA’s largest iron-ore producer, told overseas customers it could not meet contractual supply agreements because of an unusually high number of derailments on the railway line linking its Northern Cape mines to the Saldanha port.
- Coronation promises to exercise more scepticism
Coronation, bloodied from a R14-billion loss on Steinhoff, was applying a “higher level of scepticism” to its investment approach, CEO Anton Pillay said on Tuesday.
- Guard’s R1m heist stash
Cash heists were yesterday confirmed as being largely inside jobs, after a security guard from a prominent company is believed to have stored his share of the spoils at the homes of two relatives in Ekurhuleni.
- Zuma’s son nailed for hate speech
Former president Jacob Zuma’s son Edward Zuma might find himself in hot water within the ANC after he was found guilty yesterday by the Equality Court in Durban of hate speech against senior party leaders.
- Zuma Jnr’s R60 000 hate speech
With Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward, fined thousands of rands and ordered to say sorry to SA after he insulted ministers Pravin Gordhan and Derek Hanekom, it’s clear hate speech days are over, says expert.
- Land grabs threaten city’s biodiviersity
Tshwane’s MMC for environment and agriculture says that not all open spaces are for human settlement.
- 1-minute loo break for workers
Factory says rules are not racist but boost productivity.
- Too flashy for his own good!
He’s young, good looking and lives like a king. Thato Goapatwe was admired on social media, drives fast cars, and wears the fanciest clothes. But the high-flyer’s wings have been clipped by the Hawks.
Stories making headlines around the world
Henry Ford, an avowed racist and anti-Semite, had a very specific plan, a powerful weapon in a war against what he saw as a Jewish jazz dance conspiracy: square dancing. In his booklet The International Jew, Ford wrote that “jazz is a Jewish creation” and that the “musical slush” was invading “decent homes.” So he poured a small fortune into trying to make old-fashioned dancing happen again.
Dozens of Western and Chinese journalists will attend the closure of the Punggye-ri site as soon as Wednesday, though diplomatic uncertainties remain. The demolition may mean little without verification by outside experts.
In one particularly uncomfortable moment, Nigel Farage, former leader of the UK Independence Party, told the Facebook CEO that without social media, Trump and Brexit wouldn’t have happened.