SA GDP plunge, revenue shortfall to delay debt stabilisation - Moody's
South Africa will struggle to bring down its soaring levels of public debt, set to reach 80% of gross domestic product this year, due to the impact of the record economic contraction on tax revenues, ratings firm Moody’s said on Thursday.
Mali's protest leader backs civilian 'rare bird' to lead transition
Dicko, a Salafist preacher who earlier this year electrified protesters during anti-government demonstrations, told the state broadcaster late on Wednesday that Mali needed assistance and that it had nothing to gain by going behind the back of the international community.
Eskom expects 2021 replacement of generators at Koeberg nuclear plant
It is anticipated that the first set of generators will be replaced in February next year and the second set in September 2021 during scheduled refuelling maintenance, with each unit potentially offline for four months.
Actor Anthony Rapp sues Kevin Spacey for sexual misconduct in 1980s
The suit, filed in New York state court in Manhattan, refers to the same alleged incident that Rapp first recounted in an October 2017 BuzzFeed interview that triggered Spacey’s fall from grace in Hollywood.
SA volunteers on AstraZeneca vaccine trial say not alarmed by pause
Some 2,000 volunteers in South Africa are taking part in the trial which was paused globally on Tuesday after an unexplained illness in a participant.
Britain medical regulator reviewing AstraZeneca COVID vaccine trial data
In an email, director of licensing at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Siu Ping Lam said the regulator is working with the Oxford Vaccine Centre to review the safety data, in line with protocol for the trial.
Norwegian lawmaker nominates Trump for Nobel Peace Prize
Christian Tybring-Gjedde, who nominated Trump for the 2019 award for his diplomatic efforts with North Korea, said he also nominated him this year because of the US troop withdrawal from Iraq.
Volkswagen's new electric car panned by Germany's leading test publication
Uneven panel gaps, an infotainment system which takes a long time to fire up, and a navigation system which fails to work were other features which the publication help up for criticism.
'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' to end after 14 years
'Keeping Up with the Kardashians,' which helped make Kim Kardashian and her siblings Kylie, Kendall, Khloe and Kourtney household names and launched their careers in the fashion and beauty business, will air its last season early next year, the network and the extended family said.
OPINION: Brexit brinkmanship revives risk of worst outcome
Less than 11 months after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson negotiated a withdrawal agreement with the European Union, his government may be preparing to undermine aspects of the deal.
World number one and reigning champion Barty to skip French Open
Barty has not played a tournament match since February and also skipped the ongoing US Open over health concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rand steady ahead of expected GDP plunge
The rand fell nearly 1% on Monday to end at R16.7575 as nervousness about the GDP figure and low liquidity with United States markets closed for a national holiday strained demand.
China's Xi says China acted openly and transparently on COVID-19
Xi, speaking at a ceremony honouring role models during the country’s fight against the disease, said China is the first major economy to return to growth during the pandemic - a fact he said demonstrates the country’s strong abilities and vitality.
Biden and Trump go on the offensive as US campaign enters final stretch
Trump described Biden, whom he trails in national polls, as a threat to the economy and 'stupid,' while Biden took aim at Trump’s reported disparaging of fallen troops.
Rand retreats before GDP data, stocks move up
Second-quarter GDP data will be released on Tuesday, and analysts polled by Reuters are forecasting a quarter-on-quarter contraction of well over 40%.
Putin critic Navalny is out of coma, Berlin hospital says
Chancellor Angela Merkel has said her government has concluded Alexei Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, the same substance that Britain said was used against a Russian double agent and his daughter in an attack in England in 2018.
As occupations gather pace, SA landowners fear for their property
Twenty-six years into democracy following the end of apartheid, land ownership remains a thorny issue in South Africa, which is one of the world’s most unequal countries, according to the World Bank.
Rand retreats as upcoming GDP data frays investor nerves
A return of nationwide power cuts last week by state utility Eskom, coupled with signs of tension inside the ruling African National Congress, and fears of deep recession have seen the rand lag gains by its emerging market peers.