St Francis Today – News from St Francis, South Africa and around the world
Wednesday 9th January
Local (Kouga, PE, Eastern Cape & South Coast) + Blog
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When Four Pounds earned 8p – An article in ‘MyBroadBand’ titled ‘Massive movie ticket price hikes in South Africa’ prompted me to look back at the cost of movies when growing up.
Blues on the River Picnic with Gerald Clark – After touring Eastern Europe for a several years Gerald Clark is bringing his band from the Czech Republic South Africa for a 14-day tour!
Busted: Cocaine worth R700m smuggled on ship from Brazil to SA – The Hawks have broken an illicit drug supply chain from Brazil to India after uncovering 706 cocaine bricks hidden beneath thousands of containers at the Port of Ngqura near Port Elizabeth.
Tensions mount as Mantashe seeks to visit volatile Xolobeni community – Tensions between the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) and South Africa’s minister of mineral resources, Gwede Mantashe, escalated once again on Tuesday
National (South Africa & Africa) News
Doctors, nurses left in limbo without jobs – Hundreds of graduates are sitting at home after the health department bungled their placement into public health facilities to do community service and internships.
Nzimande blames cable theft for Pretoria train crash – The transport minister said management had to account for why money was being spent on upgrading security, yet cable theft was still on the rise.
Bad weather causes planes to be diverted from OR Tambo airport – Two flights were rerouted from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday because of inclement weather.
Protests set to cause havoc as alleged Dros rapist returns to court – Protests are expected in the Pretoria CBD on Wednesday when a man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl in a Dros restaurant returns to the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.
Arrested former Mozambican finance minister to continue fight against extradition to US – Chang briefly appeared in the same court on Tuesday, where he argued that his detention was unlawful and that his extradition, if carried out, would also be illegal.
With Zuma at his heel, Ramaphosa invokes ANC unity and renewal through heavy symbolism – The ANC message on Tuesday was ‘unity in action’. And President Cyril Ramaphosa did his presidential thing with his predecessor in both party and government, Jacob Zuma, by his side
Business, Money & Economy
Toyota wants world to use its tech that keeps cars from crashing – Carmaker Toyota – in an unusual move for the cut-throat car business – has decided to share with rivals an automated safety system
It’s election year, so expect a wild ride – Land expropriation and elections are the wild cards in scenario planning.
Takeoffs resume at London’s Heathrow Airport after reported drone sighting – Officials at London’s Heathrow Airport said flights are being allowed to take off again after departures were suspended due to a reported drone sighting.
Donald Trump attempts to push Democrats to approve $5.7bn to fund a Mexico border wall during the second-longest partial US government shutdown.
Brexit: 20 Tory rebels inflict no-deal defeat on government – Senior Conservatives have signalled they are not prepared to support a no-deal Brexit as they inflicted a defeat on the government in Parliament.
Kolisi’s Madiba comments ruffle a few Twitter feathers – Springbok captain Siya Kolisi’s comments on the South African quota system have landed him in hot water with many rugby followers.
Philip Morris International – which makes Marlboro and other leading brands – is moving into smoke-free products.