Westbury protests halt hospital probe

Business Day

  • Zuma fired me over nuclear deal – Nene

Nhlanhla Nene believes he was axed as finance minister in 2015 after he refused to endorse a nuclear deal with with Russia that would have cost the equivalent of 90% of the country’s budget this fiscal year.

READ MORE: #StateCaptureInquiry: Zuma Cabinet members turned against Nene

  • No BEE targets for exploration – Mantashe

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has moved to undo one of the most damaging elements in his predecessor’s version of the Mining Charter, releasing exploration companies from onerous black ownership conditions that the industry partially blames for a drop in activity to levels not seen in about five decades.

The Star

  • Heist goes sky-high on SAA

The notorious Hong Kong in-flight “organised criminals”, who apparently rob sleeping passengers, are believed to have been behind thefts allegedly perpetrated onboard an SAA flight this week.

  • Hospital probe halted by protests

Violent protests in Westbury have foiled the South African Human Rights Commission’s plans to visit Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital to investigate the outbreak of a disease that has killed nine babies.

READ MORE: Westbury protests get in the way of hospital probe

  • Sanitation unit’s R6bn overspend

Auditor-general Kimi Makwetu has painted a shambolic state of affairs in the water and sanitation department which logged R6.156-billion in irregular expenditure under former minister Nomvula Mokonyane.

Sowetan

  • ‘We’ll ensure that land is returned’

President Ramaphosa has vowed that the government will return the land taken during apartheid to its rightful owners so that people can have land and work it.

  • EFF may sue radio DJ over Juju monkey jibe

The EFF in Gauteng is considering hauling axed radio DJ Sasha Martinengo to the civil court to sue him for referring to its leader as a “monkey” on air.

The Citizen

  • SA is ready to blow

Experts have warned that the growing frustrations among coloured communities had reached a point of no return, with one analyst predicting an ugly revolt across the country was imminent.

  • New power price hike next year

The cost of electricity will increase by just more than 4% in April 2019 following the announcement this week by Nersa that Eskom could recover R32.69-billion from standard tariff customers, local special pricing agreements and international customers.

Global headlines:

FBI report on Brett Kavanaugh nears completion

The FBI’s report on sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh neared completion late on Wednesday as the battle over his selection by President Donald Trump approached a new turning point. (Reuters)

Messi scores twice as Barca beat Spurs

Lionel Messi produced a Wembley masterpiece to condemn Tottenham to their second successive Champions League defeat as they were beaten by Barcelona at Wembley. (BBC)

Zimbabwe: troubled nation now faces tough foreign policy choices

The toxic presidency of Mugabe may be over, but the new Zimbabwean government of Emmerson Mnangagwa must quickly make some hard foreign policy decisions if it is to change the country’s fortunes. (The Conversation)

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