R68m barrel of cocaine washed up at Mossel Bay

From the SA Press Association: Four amounts of what appear to be cocaine, with an estimated street value of about R68 million, have been found off Mossel Bay’s beaches since Christmas, Western Cape police said on Thursday. In the latest haul, a drum containing a black bag with 25 bricks of what appeared to be … Read more

SA’s youth wage subsidy comes into effect

From the SA Press Association: The Employment Tax Incentive Act, commonly known as the youth wage subsidy, came into effect at midnight, SABC news reported on Wednesday. It is aimed at alleviating youth unemployment, estimated at 70 percent, by offering employers incentives to hire young people. The Congress of SA Trade Unions had opposed the … Read more

UPDATED: Schumacher improving but still critical

From DPA: Michael Schumacher’s condition has slightly improved but remains critical after he underwent another operation overnight to further reduce pressure on his brain, doctors said Tuesday. “He is in a critical condition but it is not the same as yesterday,” Jean-Francois Payen, head of the intensive care unit at Grenoble’s university hospital, where the … Read more

SA records a trade surplus in November

From the SA Press Association: South Africa recorded a trade surplus of R770 million in November 2013, the SA Revenue Service said on Monday. The surplus for November 2013 could be attributed to exports of R86.6 billion and imports of R85.8bn. Exports increased from October to November by R4.3bn (5.3 percent) and imports decreased by R8.3bn (8.8 … Read more

Proteas send Jacques Kallis off in style

By Michael Sherman of the SA Press Association: Jacques Kallis bowed out of his final Test match for South Africa playing a crucial part in his team’s 10 wicket win over India, and with it a 1-0 series victory, at Kingsmead on Monday. Notching up century number 45, taking his 200th catch and becoming the … Read more

Tito Mboweni vents on Twitter after son arrested because of his dark skin

Sometimes it takes someone famous to open our eyes to daily abuse. Former SA Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni gave away his youth to fight for a just South Africa. After serving in the Mandela Cabinet and then at the country’s Central Bank, Mboweni turned his attention to business where he is making a similar … Read more

ANC makes Pretoria’s name change a 2014 priority

From SA Press Association: The ANC has placed changing Pretoria’s name high on its list of priorities for 2014, Beeld reported on Monday. The party in Tshwane would “act decisively” to ensure the Pretoria/Tshwane debacle was concluded in the new year, a senior African National Congress official in the region told the newspaper. The metro … Read more

Dying on the job: 70 journos killed in 2013

By David Caruso of Associated Press: At least 70 journalists were killed on the job around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 slain in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document … Read more

Marijuana legalisation begins on Wednesday – where Colorado goes will SA follow?

The world is about to embark on a high risk experiment which economic theorists will applaud – but social moralists fret about. Colorado has won the race to become the first American State where marijuana can be sold legally to anyone over the age of 21. Grass retails in Denver from Wednesday. Economists have long been … Read more

China bans its officials from smoking in public

From Associated Press: BEIJING – China has banned its officials from smoking in public to set an example to the rest of the country that has the world’s largest number of smokers. The official Xinhua News Agency said that officials are not allowed to smoke in schools, hospitals, sports venues, on public transport or any … Read more