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Wednesday 10th April


‘It is there, where they burn books, that eventually they burn people’   – Our colleague, Pieter-Louis Myburgh, has written the smash-hit #GangsterState – Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture. On Tuesday, we saw evidence of the Gangster State at work and of Magashule’s network in full swing.

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Girls To Return To Corona Open JBay Surf Tournament   –  The World Surf League (WSL) has confirmed that the women will once again be competing in the 2019 Corona JBay Open championship tour event.

SANTA SAYS – The Masters – I’m soooooo excited –  He invites you to join the St Francis Links Pool

Thousands to benefit from Kouga sewer projects   — Kouga Municipality is systematically addressing the backlog in bulk sewer capacity, which has been hampering housing developments in the area.

Bees lead to grisly discovery in Mill Park valley  —  A colony of bees led to the discovery of a human skeleton on Tuesday afternoon in a valley along Fairford Road in Mill Park.

 National & African News

WATCH | Magashule supporters disrupt Joburg launch of ‘Gangster State’   –  Protesters shouting their support for ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule disrupted the launch of Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s book, Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture, in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening.

ANC distances itself from #GangsterState book launch chaos   –  The ANC has distanced itself from the disruptive scenes that unfolded at the the launch of investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s new book,

Bosasa-Ramaphosa ‘web’ runs wider than we thought – Maimane   – According to the leader of the opposition, the public protector has needed more time to investigate the allegations than she initially thought.

Stay in SA – Ramaphosa urges young white people   –  If President Cyril Ramaphosa had his way, he would tie young white South Africans to trees.


In Ramaphosa we trust, survey shows, while DA slides   – Ramaphosa scored a solid 55%, compared with Zuma’s 26% in 2017. And the DA slipped from 22% support to 13%, with the EFF gaining 3% to 9% support.

In the Free State, Ramaphosa steps over the Ace–sized elephant in the room and soft-pedals on corruption   –  His campaign against corruption is popular outside the party but career-limiting inside it.

ANALYSIS: Ramaphosa has reignited support for ANC, research shows   –  The latest results of an ambitious, nationally representative voter preferences study – conducted by the Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA) – shows a swing back towards the ANC

Business, Money & Economy

Our heavy tax burden  –  The amount we pay in indirect taxes can equal the amount we pay in income tax, effectively doubling the average taxpayer’s tax rate.

Dabbling in weed could be good for democracy   – It appears that cannabis’s moment has arrived. Lobbyists agree that the time has come for it to emerge from the shadows and start flourishing, not just as a crop, but as an investment opportunity.

International News

Brexit: Theresa May wins backing for delay from MPs and the EU   –  The PM went on a whistle-stop tour of Paris and Berlin as members of the government continued talks with Labour on Brexit.

Trump: Court defeat on asylum policy ‘unfair to US’   –  US President Donald Trump has lashed out at a judge for blocking his policy of sending asylum seekers to Mexico to await court hearings in their cases.


Masters Tournament Rounds 1 & 2: Tee times, pairings, TV info   –  The 2019 Masters Tournament begins Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

The State of School Sport   –  Gregg van Molendorff is the deputy head master of Graeme College of Grahamstown, a boys’ school founded in 1873. He has serious concerns about the way sport in schools is developing. 

Climate change:

European team to drill for ‘oldest ice’ in Antarctica   –  An ambitious project to retrieve a continuous record of Earth’s atmosphere and climate stretching back 1.5 million years is officially “go”.

Artificial intelligence

David Beckham ‘speaks nine languages’ in malaria campaign’s new video   –  Producers created a 3D model of the star’s face which they reanimated so it appears he is conversing fluently in nine languages.


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