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While you were sleeping: 26 January 2018

By John Stupart 26 January 2018

Massive Korean blaze killed 33, Toyota announces large recall, and Trump propose DACA solution.

TGIF, 26 January 2018

“I’ve fallen in love or imagine that I have. l went to a party and lost my head. Bought a horse which I don’t need at all.”
Leo Tolstoy, 25 January 1851



Analysis: The Downfall of The Talented Mr Molefe


Thursday’s damning court ruling against former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe is justifiably seen by many as his well-deserved comeuppance. But it is also evident that myths about Brian Molefe are rapidly becoming fact. That he was always either corrupt or incompetent (not true). That he was always one of Zuma’s minions (instead, Molefe was a passionate Mbeki acolyte). The reality is that what makes Molefe’s fall from grace more startling is that he was supposed to be one of the good guys: a man of both competence and energy entrusted with the turnaround of one state-owned entity after another. What happened? 



Massive fire kills 33

A hospital has caught fire in South Korea, killing 33 people. Dramatic footage of patients dangling from helicopter ropes and climbing down ladders to escape the inferno was broadcast on Korean television. An estimated 200 people were inside the Sejong Hospital when the fire erupted. Several patients reportedly died while being transferred to other hospitals. This is South Korea’s worst fire in almost 10 years.


Toyota South Africa recalls 700,000 vehicles

Toyota South Africa announced late on Thursday that it had issued a notice to recall over 700,000 vehicles. The recall relates to Toyota’s ongoing battle with Takata-made airbags. The inflators were faulty and could burst. Models dating back as far as 2002 could be affected. If you drive a Toyota, now might be a good time to give them a ring.


Trump makes proposals to curb immigration

President Donald Trump wants his wall, and he wants immigrants out. On Thursday Trump offered a citizenship plan to Congress for 1.8-million “dreamers”, effectively solving the DACA problem. However, Democrats are unlikely to swallow the compromise: $25-billion for Trump’s idiotic wall and an end to the green card lottery, while also cracking down on illegal immigrants currently in the United States.


Tokyo records lowest temperature in 48 years

By South African standards, -4 celsius is cold, and positively average for a Japanese winter – at least in the north – but not so in Tokyo. The megacity noted that a blanket of cold air arriving on Thursday brought the coldest recorded temperature in 48 years. The ambulance service in Tokyo also experienced the highest volume of calls in 80 years.




The amount of DNA humans share with bananas.



Today in 1905 the Cullinan diamond is found in the Premier Mine near Pretoria. It weighed 3,106.75 carats.

Greasy pizza boxes cannot be recycled.




Remembering Bra Hugh



Fundraising as a facilitator of philanthropy



The Other News Round-Up: Panic Mechanics



BFN: min: 17° max 31°, rainy
CPT: min: 15° max: 24,  cloudy
DBN: min: 21° max: 27°, cloudy
EL: min: 21° max: 28°, cloudy
JHB: min: 14° max: 24°, rainy
KIM: min: 19° max: 32°, rainy
MHK: min: 18° max: 31°, rainy
PMB: min: 18° max: 29°, rainy
PE: min: 17° max: 30°, rainy
PTA: min: 16° max: 28°, cloudy

Financial Data
JSE All Share=61,684.77
FTSE 100=7,615.84


Watch Pauli van Wyk’s Cat Play The Piano Here!

No, not really. But now that we have your attention, we wanted to tell you a little bit about what happened at SARS.

Tom Moyane and his cronies bequeathed South Africa with a R48-billion tax shortfall, as of February 2018. It's the only thing that grew under Moyane's tenure... the year before, the hole had been R30.7-billion. And to fund those shortfalls, you know who has to cough up? You - the South African taxpayer.

It was the sterling work of a team of investigative journalists, Scorpio’s Pauli van Wyk and Marianne Thamm along with our great friends at amaBhungane, that caused the SARS capturers to be finally flushed out of the system. Moyane, Makwakwa… the lot of them... gone.

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