Friday 20th August
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Warmer with sunshine and patchy clouds
Wind – ENE 13 km/h
LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)
REGIONAL NEWS: (East Cape, Port Elizabeth & Southern Coast)y,)
Alleged attacker shot and killed on farm in Bedford – Police in the Eastern Cape are investigating a case of housebreaking, attempted murder and murder after a suspect was shot and killed on a farm in Bedford.
SA & AFRICA NEWS:
Porcupine quill collector helps woman caught in spiky spot after car crash – A man who stopped at a viewpoint on the side of the road in Simon’s Town to collect porcupine quills turned out to be a life saver for a woman whose car had fallen 100m into the ravine below.
317 more deaths recorded as SA’s Covid-19 cases increase by 13 672 – A further 317 people succumbed to Covid-19-related illnesses, taking South Africa’s total death count to 78 694.
Covid-19 vaccinations open for under 35s from Friday — but bad news about lockdown – South Africa will open vaccinations for persons between 18 and 34 years from Friday, 20 August 2021.
POLITICS, GOVERNMENT & PARLIAMENT:
WATCH | New National Assembly speaker announced, demands order four times in first minute – Former defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Thursday became the fifth woman to be announced as National Assembly speaker since the start of SA’s democratic era.
Parties slam election of new Speaker – Opposition parties have slammed the election of former defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula as the Speaker of the National Assembly
Decision to jail Zuma was patently lawful: Helen Suzman Foundation – Using international law to interpret whether former president Jacob Zuma’s incarceration was justified would only confirm that his imprisonment did not violate his right to security and freedom.
WATCH | Five biggest testimonies over three years of the state capture inquiry – The hearings of the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture have come and gone.
Types of corruption you can expect in every major metro in South Africa – A new report published by Corruption Watch (CW) highlights the corruption issues that have plagued municipalities in South Africa for almost a decade.
COURTS, NPA, HAWKS, CRIME & SAPS:
Conservationist Fred Daniel vs Deputy President Mabuza: A secret history of the state’s ‘Stalingrad defence’ – The first three days of the high court showdown between conservationist Fred Daniel and Deputy President David Mabuza have been marred by a series of avoidable delays.
BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:
Mandatory social security plan proposes another tax on the middle class – The government is determined to introduce a comprehensive social security system with a mandatory payroll deduction of 8-12% to help fund the scheme.
New Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana wants economic growth, not endless debate – Concrete action on economic growth, rather than endless certainty-sapping debate, is Enoch Godongwana’s mantra,
Delaying US exit a month could have meant peace in Afghanistan, says negotiator – Biden’s hasty withdrawal removed leverage in talks with Taliban, says first female vice-president of Afghan parliament Fawzia Koofi
Taliban violently block Australian citizens from Kabul airport evacuation flights – Australians report being hit with weapons and whipped by Taliban militants when they presented their documents
Taliban carrying out door-to door manhunt, report says * The Taliban have stepped up their search for people who worked for Nato forces or the previous Afghan government, a UN document has warned.
Facebook reveals most-seen posts are inane questions, not politics – After being accused of spreading right-wing content, Facebook has revealed that its most-viewed posts include asking if sugar goes with spaghetti.
EARTH, OCEANS, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:
Greta Thunberg says claims that UK is a climate leader are ‘a lie’ as UNICEF report finds one billion children at ‘high risk’ from climate impacts – The latest report by UNICEF has found that around 1 billion of the world’s 2.2 billion children live in countries classified as being at “extremely-high risk” of the impacts of the climate crisis.
THIS & THAT:
Flying solo, 19-year-old woman takes off on round-the-world record bid – Belgian-British pilot Zara Rutherford, 19 poses for pictures before departing for a round-the-world trip in a light aircraft, aiming to become the youngest female pilot to circle the planet alone
Springboks vs All Blacks in London a possibility – It is far from impossible that the mouth-watering 100th Test match between the Springboks and the All Blacks could be played before a sold-out Twickenham audience
Argentina demote star Nicolas Sanchez for second Springboks Test – Argentina star Nicolas Sanchez has been relegated to the bench for a Rugby Championship second-round match in South Africa on Saturday.