South Africa, World

While you were sleeping: 8 September 2017

By John Stupart 8 September 2017

Uber violence in Sandton, Irma and Jose cause havoc, and a lion loose in Gauteng.

TGIF, 8 September 2017

“Bronze is the mirror of the form, wine of the mind.” 
Aeschylus

 
 

The Pretoria High Court is set for a major showdown on Friday morning when 20 companies connected to the country’s most powerful family take on their lone banker to avoid commercial impotence. By JESSICA BEZUIDENHOUT for SCORPIO.

 
 
 

Uber taxis retaliate against violence

Police in Sandton were monitoring the volatile situation between metre and Uber taxis. Uber drivers stoned metre taxis in retaliation for the burning of two of their vehicles near the Gautrain Sandton station. In the ongoing battle between Uber and rival taxi organisations, this appeared to be a significant uptick in animosity.

 

Irma batters islands as Jose strengthens

Hurricane Jose has strengthened to a category three storm. The National Hurricane Centre announced the upgrade late on Thursday, while Hurriciane Irma, still remaining category five, appeared on a collision course for Florida after killing four in the US Virgin Islands.

 

Lion loose in Gauteng

It may sound like a stereotypical conversation piece with a tourist, but there is literally a lion loose in Gauteng’s back yard. For six weeks an adult male lion has prowled Fochville. The animal is believed to have been an exotic pet, kept illegally somewhere in the area. Wildlife experts and trackers will be hoping to capture said fugitive animal in the next 24 hours. For now, best to keep your dogs indoors.

 

Venus crashes out of US Open

Venus Williams has had her hopes of a US Open title dashed in the semi-finals. Williams was defeated by Sloane Stephens 6-1, 0-6, 7-5. Stephens was ranked 957th in July but has since won 14 of 16 matches. She will now face Madison Keys in the final.

 
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PICTURE OF THE DAY

By EPA-EFE/NARENDRA SHRESTHA

Safal Pokhrel takes a shower after shaving his head during a full moon day in a Gurukul in Kathmandu, Nepal, 27 July 2017. 

 

IN NUMBERS

300,000

The estimated number of babies stolen by the Spanish Catholic Church up until the 1990s.

 

FACTS OF THE DAY

Today is International Literacy Day. Better learn your letters good today.

Burger King is called “Hungry Jack’s” in Australia. This is due to one restaurant in Adelaide having already claimed the named Burger King.

 

 

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