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Picking Up Stompies: Weekend Edition 3/02/2013
Posted by on Feb 4th, 2013

South African minister’s boyfriend paid R6 million for 4 days work for the ICT Indaba. Communications minister Dina Phule apparently forced the conference organiser to hire him. [TimesLIVE]

Hawks investigating major fraud and racketeering by top South African construction companies. The scheme reveals a decades-long, formal kickback and price-fixing racket that allegedly involved household names among industry leaders. Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO), Stefanutti Stocks, Murray & Roberts, Group Five, Concor, and Aveng. [City Press]

Petrol price goes up 41c more per litre from this Wednesday. [BD Live]

Twitter hacked…company says 250 000 users are likely to have their usernames, emails addresses and passwords compromised [Wired]

5 year old boy hostage situation enters 6th day. He’s been held captive by a Vietnam war veteran whos an anti-government loner in Alabama [NY Daily News]

Kanye West disappoints fans in Johannesburg [Sowetan]

New Blackberry 10 sold online stirs bidding frenzies. The devices are available in the UK, but will only reach the US by mid-March. Two white Z10 phones hit $3000 on eBay [iAfrica]

South Africa will miss the 2015 television deadline to convert its analog broadcasting signal to digital. The original plan was to make the switch in 2008. Well no surprise there. [Mybroadband]

Taxpayer money used to build Zuma’s wife a tuckshop at Nkandla. Yes a tuckshop…this after the government said the R206 million needed for building his homestead was only for security purposes. Guess the first lady is gonna claim that comfort eating makes her feel secure [News 24]

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