Tuesday 20th July
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Cooler with considerable cloudiness; rain and drizzle this afternoon
Wind – WSW 19 km/h
LOCAL: (St Francis & Kouga Region)
REGIONAL NEWS: (East Cape, Port Elizabeth & Southern Coast)
Filthy messages in hundreds of foreign bottles washed up on SA beaches – Nearly half the plastic bottles littering remote SA beaches have crossed the Indian Ocean or been dumped by ships, a new study has found
Cash van ambushed in front of police station in Oudtshoorn – Southern Cape police arrested three suspects shortly after a cash in transit robbery in Oudtshoorn on Monday.
SA & AFRICA NEWS:
Looting and Lexicons: A new dictionary for South Africa – The destruction of trucks and shopping centres, factories, pharmacies and jobs from Johannesburg to Durban proves that the old language is driving us to destruction. It needs to be reformed.
South Africa’s new TV licence law published – The Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, has published the South African Broadcasting Corporation SOC Ltd Bill for public comment.
White South Africans are leaving the country in their thousands: Stats SA – Statistics South Africa has published its mid-year population estimates for 2021, showing that the country’s population continues to grow, to 60.1 million people.
Consumer watchdog warns of R1m fines for price gouging during disaster – The NCC has warned suppliers to not inflate prices of “essential” items that are listed under the consumer and customer protection and national disaster management regulations.
Over 200 more Covid-19 deaths in SA – There have been 7 209 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 infections and 221 deaths in South Africa, bringing the death toll to 67 080 on Monday.
Life after looting: ‘God left South Africa long ago’ – With shops and malls looted and empty, the real struggle to survive begins
Alleged instigators of violence, looting to be named on Tuesday – The names of the alleged instigators behind the recent deadly unrest and looting in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal are set to be made public on Tuesday.
About 800 stores looted, 100 malls damaged and over R20bn lost – Sapoa – The devastation to the commercial property industry, and to the livelihoods of entrepreneurs, informal traders and businesses, of last week’s looting has been significant.
POLITICS & PARLIAMENT:
‘Not supported by facts’: Presidency hits back at defence minister’s insurrection denial – There is no truth to any suggestion that the recent violence and rioting in parts of SA were anything less than an insurgency.
Malema wants DA to retract and apologise for incitement allegations – EFF leader Julius Malema wants the DA to retract and apologise for allegations it made that he incited violence last week
‘Stalingrad Season 27’: Prosecution asks high court to rule against Jacob Zuma’s latest application – The Pietermaritzburg High Court on Monday heard just under four hours of argument on whether a postponement was necessary so that former president Jacob Zuma could be physically present in court to give evidence
COURTS, NPA, HAWKS CRIME & SAPS:
Dismissed top cop Khomotso Phahlane had ‘no remorse’ for unlawful conduct in forensic cameras tender, bargaining council finds – The Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council found essentially that Phahlane did not ‘appreciate the wrongfulness of his conduct’ and that his dismissal had been fair and justified.
BUSINESS & MONEY MATTERS:
Despite uncertainty Toyota SA to resume production at its Durban plant – After an eight-day halt because of the unrest in KZN.
What to expect from South Africa’s interest rate meeting this week – Much of this week’s economic focus will be on the Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee’s (MPC) meeting on Thursday (22 July), with analysts noting that the review will be a strong economic indicator
Bitcoin selloff accelerates – Bitcoin’s selloff accelerated Monday, pushing it closer to $30,000 once again.
TECHNOLOGY & TELEVISION:
US condemns China for ‘malicious’ cyberattacks, including Microsoft hack – Justice department charged four Chinese nationals with hacking as Washington accused Beijing of threatening national security
Royal Navy tests drones above and below waves – Swarms of military drones have accompanied Royal Marines both above and below the water in the Royal Navy’s first test of new combat technology.
Florida man gets 8 months in prison in US Capitol attack – A federal judge on Monday dealt an eight-month prison sentence to Paul Hodgkins for the Florida man’s role in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol
EARTH, SPACE & THE UNIVERSE:
Jeff Bezos to blast into space aboard New Shepard rocket ship – Billionaire Jeff Bezos will blast into space on Tuesday, in the first crewed flight of his rocket ship, New Shepard.
THIS & THAT:
Why Afghanistan is another Vietnam — and why it is different – The rapid withdrawal of US forces from Afghanist an echoes the US military’s destructive exit strategy from Vietnam.
Tabraiz Shamsi spins Proteas to series opening T20I win against Ireland – South Africa’s spinners and pacemen combined in perfect harmony to set up a comfortable 33-run victory in the first T20I against Ireland in Malahide.
Handre Pollard ahead of 50th Test cap: Different vibe, tension in Bok team room for first Lions clash – Saturday’s first Test between the Springboks and the British and Irish Lions will be extra special for Handre Pollard.
Monday Scramble: Collin, Jordan, Louis, Bryson, Brooks – unpacking from The Open – ollin Morikawa makes more history, Jordan Spieth looks like his old self, Louis Oosthuizen can’t close (again), Bryson DeChambeau has another week to forget