Thursday 15th July
Sunshine and a few clouds
Wind – W 11 km/h
LOCAL NEWS: (Kouga)
Surfer attacked by shark at Point in Jeffreys Bay – 40 year old Cape Town surfer, who was visiting Jeffreys Bay, was bitten by a shark at Point earlier yesterday morning.
REGIONAL NEWS: (East Cape, Port Elizabeth & Southern Coast)
NMBM united amid fears and rumours of looting – Nelson Mandela Bay put up a united front on Wednesday, vowing that the Metro will not allow anyone to threaten the safety, security and livelihoods of people.
Andile Lungisa suspended from ANC for 18-months – ANC heavyweight, Andile Lungisa, has been suspended from the party for 18-months.
SA & AFRICA NEWS:
#CleanupSA — picking ourselves up: South Africans show solidarity and community spirit in aftermath of public violence – This past week not only revealed to us the vulgarity and the violence of a disastrous scheme to destabilise the country, but also the capacity for solidarity and community in the face of a total collapse of law and order.
Food and fuel shortages loom in South Africa after logistics networks wrecked by riots – South Africa’s inland provinces, especially the economic heartland of Gauteng, are on the brink of severe fuel and food shortages, with key supply routes from the KwaZulu-Natal coast – the N2 and N3 – blockaded
‘Mercedes looter’ bust on video leaving Woolworths with groceries despite claiming he didn’t go inside – On Tuesday, Mbuso Moloi, the Mercedes-Benz driver caught on video seemingly looting a Durban Woolworths, claimed he never stepped foot in the store
SA records over 17 400 new Covid-19 cases, 453 deaths – South Africa reported 17 489 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours and 453 deaths, the Health Department said.
Government wants 25,000 more soldiers to be deployed to restore order in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng – Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has requested the deployment of an additional 25,000 defense personnel to restore order in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng
Defence minister admits security cluster was caught napping on shopping mall looting – Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has admitted that the country’s security agencies were caught napping with regards to the looting of shopping malls.
CHAOS & LOOTING:
Under investigation: Twelve masterminds planned and executed insurrection on social media, then lost control after looting spree – It is the first such campaign organised and orchestrated on social media and shows the potency of the medium.
Leisurely police response time to looting and violence carries an inkling of a covert coup d’état – The delayed police response to this week’s sporadic looting and violence appears intentional.
COURTS, NPA, CRIME, HAWKS & SAPS:
Criminal charges against Julius Malema and Zuma’s children – The DA has laid incitement to violence charges against EFF leader Julius Malema, Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla, Edward Zuma, and Duduzane Zuma.
’Too little, too late’ says crime expert – Whether police had the intelligence before the protests erupted, they were never going to control the widespread looting and riots.
More than 130 alleged looters appear in various Gauteng courts – More than 130 people appeared in various Johannesburg courts in relation to the ongoing violent protests and rampant looting.
BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:
‘This anarchy has resulted in well over R20bn worth of damage’ – Sapoa – ‘I do see investor confidence significantly waning, and I do think that some property owners are going to give up and not go back and rebuild’: CEO Neil Gopal.
‘Unapologetic civil society power will grow from riots’ – GG Alcock – Third World Child GG Alcock uniquely straddles the First and Third Worlds courtesy of being brought up in a mud hut by political activist parents in the dirt-poor Msinga district in rural KZN.
TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:
Microsoft announces Windows 365, a subscription cloud PC – Microsoft has announced a new “cloud PC” product where users can stream a Windows device from anywhere.
iPhone users send strong message to Facebook – When users get asked on iPhone devices if they’d like to be tracked, the vast majority say no.
Top US general warned of ‘Reichstag moment’ in Trump’s turbulent last days – Gen Mark Milley drew comparison to Nazi Germany as Trump tried to overturn election defeat, new book I Alone Can Fix This says
Afghanistan: US to evacuate endangered translators – The United States is set to begin evacuations of Afghan interpreters who assisted US-led forces during the conflict and are deemed to be at risk.
EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:
Amazon rainforest now emitting more CO2 than it absorbs – Cutting emissions more urgent than ever, say scientists, with forest producing more than a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year
Nasa set for attempt to fix Hubble’s trouble – Nasa will attempt to fix a problem that has stopped the Hubble telescope from being used for astronomy.
THIS & THAT:
Britney Spears allowed her own attorney as she says father should be charged with ‘conservatorship abuse’ – The pop star tells a Los Angeles hearing: ‘They were always trying to make me feel like I’m crazy’ as she gives shocking details
Punch Shot: Who will win The Open at Royal St. George’s – and who won’t – Who will win The Open Championship at Royal St. George’s? And who won’t win?
SA ’A’ ratings: Just Cheslin Kolbe doing Cheslin Kolbe things … – IOL Sport’s rugby writer Wynona Louw rates the Springboks, errr, South Africa ’A’ side following their victory over the British and Irish Lions at Cape Town Stadium.