The Minster of Finance has released his midterm budget speech, Suzelle DIY is looking for the best internet video & the state capture report is finally final… here’s all you need to know!


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5 things you need to know about South Africa today:


The state capture report is final: Public Protector

The office of the Public Protector on Wednesday confirmed that the state capture report is final.

This comes after President Jacob Zuma filed an affidavit on Tuesday asking Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane if the report is final.

Finance Minister Gordhan said that if South Africans work together, economic recovery will be more rapid.

The mid-term budget speech by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has been seen as once again instilling a sense of hope for South Africa’s economy saying it’s in difficulty but not declining.

Gordhan delivered his medium-term budget speech in Parliament yesterday saying the plan is to cut expenditure by R10 billion in 2017 and add R13 billion in revenue.

He maintains if South Africans work together and collectively make the right choices economic recovery will be more rapid.

An update on the Panayiotou case

Judge loses patience with witness in Panayiotou trial

The girlfriend of alleged middleman and Section 204 witness Luthando Siyoni told the Port Elizabeth High Court how she allegedly stashed money in her old school socks and counted the cash in bundles of 10 after being told to do so by her boyfriend.

Emails involving Hawks and NPA lead to ‘hostage’ drama at Sars office

A string of emails involving the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) case against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan led to an alleged “hostage” drama at a Pretoria office of the SA Revenue Service last week.

The Mail & Guardian has seen cellphone video clips of an altercation between senior Sars employee Vlok Symington, four Hawks officials and the bodyguard of Sars Commissioner Tom Moyane.

Among them was Brigadier Nyameka Xaba, the Hawks’ lead investigator in the case against Gordhan.

More violent protest action by students… this time at Rhodes

Fires at two exam venues and the tennis club at Rhodes University have been extinguished following an afternoon of violence at the Grahamstown institution on Wednesday.

Student publication Activate editor Mako Muzenda told News24 the situation on campus had calmed down considerably after a dramatic day that saw stun grenades and rubber bullets fired.


Top 5 trending hashtags in the last 12 hours:



The Cell C created competition featuring Suzelle DIY, Derek Watts & The Sunday Blues have announced their Top 30 videos… they have created an 8 week “show” that will be online only.


The minister of finance, Pravhin Gordhan delivered his annual Midterm Budget Speech yesterday, social media reacted accordingly.


Twitter was set alight with the first official season party at Taboo on the 3 December brought to you by “Head Honcho”… a daytime party with style!


Victory was United’s second in five matches, and only Jose Mourinho’s fourth win in 18 meetings with Guardiola.


Social media listed all the reasons to date someone. Hilarity ensued.

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Sources: News24 | Times Live | Mail & Guardian |EWN | Citizen

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