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Picking Up Stompies: Weekend Edition 01/02/2016
Posted by on Feb 1st, 2016

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Gareth Cliffs lawyers say they won’t be pursuing a R25 million defamation lawsuit against M-Net. The high court ruled that he be reinstated as an Idols SA judge, but he won’t be seeking monetary compensation [EWN]

DA calls on the Hawks to widen investigation into Prasa’s money trail [News24]

Zuma allies in revolt over Guptas [IOL]

Operation Hydrate has managed to raise over R61 million in one weekend to provide water to the driest parts of South Africa [EWN]

Is FW de Klerk tutoring Mmusi Maimane? Insiders say the Democratic Alliance boss is taking “leadership classes” from the controversial ex-president [Mail & Guardian]

Prasa money trail: R80m to Zuma’s friends. Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa questionable payments, totaling almost R80m, were made to an Angolan businesswoman who is close friends with President Jacob Zuma [News24]

Simple blood test will warn of Down’s syndrome baby. The new test, just launched in South Africa, is safer than the one commonly used until now, which requires a doctor to draw amniotic fluid from the uterus, increasing the risk of miscarriage [TimesLIVE]

Cosatu may win tax battle. A halt of the implementation of the new tax laws by March 1 is one of the possible outcomes in the ongoing ANC-sanctioned discussions between labour federation Cosatu and Treasury [City Press]

Reserve Bank raises interest rate by 50 basis points to 6.75% [BD Live]

World’s best chef found dead [Guardian]

Telkom launches huge fibre trial.The company said it would offer the fibre trial to 11 000 DSL customers across the country at no additional cost [iAfrica]

Man killed on Table Mountain hiking trail. Body of the unknown man whose throat had allegedly been slit from “ear to ear” found on Kasteelspoort near the Pipe Track [iol]

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