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Storm Harvey: 18 dead and over 13,000 rescued

 At least 18 people have died and 13,000 more have been rescued as Tropical Storm Harvey dumps record rainfall in and around Houston. As thousands of people fled their deluged homes, Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, imposed a curfew amid reports of looting and armed robberies. Officials say they have received …

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Mining Charter has already wiped out R50bn

 The proposed 2017 Mining Charter has already wiped out R50 billion of the market value of shares in listed mining companies in South Africa and could destroy the industry altogether, the Chamber of Mines has contended in court papers. The chamber’s urgent application to stop the implementation of the charter …

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Trump and Putin had ‘secret’ chat at G20

 Donald Trump had a second, previously undisclosed, conversation with Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit earlier this month. The White House said Mr Trump and Mr Putin had attended a dinner with G20 leaders at the recent Hamburg summit. After the meal, Mr Trump had walked over to the Russian …

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Eskom denies allegations that it is broke

 Electricity parastatal Eskom on Sunday denied media reports that the state-owned company (SOC) is facing a cash crisis. Eskom had noted weekend media reports concerning its financial sustainability, it said in a statement. “Due to limitations around disclosing financial information before the official announcement which is scheduled for Wednesday, Eskom is …

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Proteas have finally ditched JP Duminy

 The Proteas’ patience with the embattled JP Duminy has finally run out. Captain Faf du Plessis on Thursday confirmed the 33-year-old left-hander has been dropped for the second Test in Nottingham starting on Friday. It means the skipper himself will in all likelihood shoulder the responsibility of batting at No …

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