‘Madiba wasn’t a sell-out’

In the local headlines today:

The Star

  • How ANC man was nabbed

A crack cash-in-transit heist-busting unit proved to be the downfall of ANC staffer who is allegedly embroiled in “heinous crimes”.

READ MORE: ANC staffer fired for alleged involvement in cash-in-transit heists

  • ‘Mandela was no sell-out’

President Cyril Ramaphosa and his predecessor Jacob Zuma both came out strongly to dismiss any talk of Madiba being a sell-out.

Business Day

  • Less than 20% of SA’s gold mines profitable

The state of South Africa’s gold mining industry is worse than first thought, with fewer than 20% of gold mines making money at prevailing prices — while large job cuts are forecast in coming years, following decades of steeply falling employment.

  • Manuel: Land issue not an easy sell

Trevor Manuel, the former finance minister and one of four investment envoys appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to sell SA to investors, said on Wednesday that explaining SA’s ongoing land debate has been tougher than expected.

  • Surprise Angolan hyperinflation hits Shoprite

Hyperinflation in Angola dragged down Shoprite’s full-year revenue, sending the share price down as much as 6.5% on Wednesday.

  • Transferring spy boss ‘avoided constitutional crisis’

President Cyril Ramaphosa has defended his decision to move controversial former spy boos Arthur Fraser to a powerful new post at correctional services — on the bases that he did so to avoid a “constitutional crisis”.


  • Why miners died in blaze

The fire which killed six people in Limpopo could have been avoided. This is according to the National Union of Mineworkers which yesterday blamed the Palabora Mining Company for the deaths.

The Citizen

  • Fuel protest blockage threat

Police have warned against violence and intimidation in the planned national protest over fuel prices supposedly taking place next Friday, as an organisation vows to mobilise the country to block roads and major highways.

READ MORE: NUM, Amcu demand action after six miners killed in Limpopo blaze

Daily Sun

  • ANC heist suspect fired

Errol Present has been named as the ANC Luthuli House employee suspected of being involved in a cash-in-transit heist. Present and three others were arrested almost two weeks ago bit his name was only revealed yesterday

In the global headlines today:

Microsoft is scheduled to release earnings after Thursday’s close. The stock just hit a record high of $106.50/share and is trading near $105/share. The stock is prone to big moves after reporting earnings and can easily gap up if the numbers are strong. Conversely, if the numbers disappoint, the stock can easily gap down. (Forbes)

A two-year state of emergency imposed after Turkey’s failed 2016 coup will end on Thursday but Tayyip Erdogan’s opponents say his new executive presidency and a draft anti-terrorism law leave him with sweeping powers to stifle dissent.

Since emergency rule was declared, more than 150 000 civil servants have been purged and 77 000 people suspected of links to the attempted coup have been charged, in a crackdown criticised by rights groups and Turkey’s Western allies. (Channel News Asia)

The “Jewish nation state” bill downgrades Arabic as an official language and says advancing Jewish settlement is a national interest. It also states that the “whole and united” Jerusalem is its capital.

The bill, backed by the country’s right-wing government, says that “Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people and they have an exclusive right to national self-determination in it”. (BBC)

Amazon.com’s stock market value reached $900 billion on Wednesday for the first time, marking a major milestone in its 21-year trajectory as a publicly listed company and threatening to dislodge Apple as Wall Street’s most valuable jewel. (Reuters)


Inquest into Neil Aggett’s death begins

The trade unionist was found hanged in his cell at the John Vorster Square police station in 1982

SANDF colonel accused of swindling colleagues in UN business scam

A senior soldier who is part of South Africa’s peacekeeping missions is accused by her colleagues of swindling them out of of hundreds of thousands of rands in a nonexistent business deal

Mass store and job cuts at Massmart

Changed market conditions and an appalling economy has hit low end cash-and-carry outlets

Courts to guide land expropriation

Two bits of law need to be approved before a court can decide if land owners will be compensated

Press Releases

South Africans unsure of what to expect in 2020

Almost half (49%) of South Africans, 15 years and older, agree or strongly agree that they view 2020 with optimism.

KZN teacher educators jet off to Columbia University

A group of academics were selected as participants of the programme focused on PhD completion, mobility, supervision capacity development and the generation of high-impact research.

New-style star accretion bursts dazzle astronomers

Associate Professor James O Chibueze and Dr SP van den Heever are part of an international team of astronomers studying the G358-MM1 high-mass protostar.

2020 risk outlook: Use GRC to build resilience

GRC activities can be used profitably to develop an integrated risk picture and response, says ContinuitySA.

MTN voted best mobile network

An independent report found MTN to be the best mobile network in SA in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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Is your tertiary institution accredited?

Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education, which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

VUT chancellor, Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi, dies

The university conferred the degree of Doctor of Science Honoris Causa on Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi for his outstanding leadership contributions to maths and science education development.