Stories making headlines locally
- Eskom unions close ranks in wage talks
Trades unions at Eskom tabled a long list of demands on Wednesday that includes a 9% wage hike for 2018, almost twice what the utility offered.
- Fuel price rand to nix inflation reprieve
A weaker rand and rising fuel prices will ensure that any relief from the surprise slowdown in inflation in May will be short-lived.
- Rain takes battle over data to Vodacom, MTN
The new mobile operator backed by prominent businessmen Patrice Motsepe, Paul Harris and Michael Jordaan is taking the fight over data prices to sector giants Vodacom and MTN
- SA elite cashing in
ANC bigwigs — including a former governing party president’s grandson, top businesspeople and a fore spy boss — are among several wealthy and prominent black industrialists who got a share in more than R9.1-billion in state funding.
- Shashi Naidoo hounded by death threats
Supermodel and TV personality Shashi Naidoo admitted her little understanding of the Gaza conflict after her ill-informed post on social media triggered death threats
- Caring doctor in hot water
“It’s pains me to see our patients sleeping with only one or two blankets in these freezing wards,” a Limpopo doctor wrote in a heartwarming plea to the public for 50 heaters — but his disregard for red tape doesn’t sit well with the provincial health department.
- MP shot dead at lover’s home
ANC MP Sibusiso Radebe was shot and killed in cold blood as his girlfriend watched helplessly.
- Rapist go to jail forever
For two years he rampaged around the west of Gauteng, raping, murdering and robing without mercy.
Stories making headlines internationally
Match Group will add Hinge to a portfolio that includes OkCupid and Plenty of Fish. Hinge helps people meet long-term partners and purportedly appeals to urban, millennial women—useful as Match takes on Bumble, a dating app that specifically targets women. (The Verge)
Rupert Murdoch and his fellow directors decided that Disney’s sweetened $71-billion bid —which would bring The Simpsons, X-Men, Pixar, and Marvel under one roof — was “superior” to Comcast’s. There is still time for Comcast to up its ante, although its debt-heavy balance sheet doesn’t provide much room to maneuver. (Bloomberg)
President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end his controversial policy that has resulted in thousands of family separations and brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans. (NPR)
New pipelines could be laid to bring Russian gas through North Korea to the South and even on to Japan following the diplomatic thaw with Pyongyang, Seoul’s leader suggested on Wednesday (June 20). (The Strait Times)