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Shannon Hopkins

Shannon has had a long history in the media industry originally working for Media24, She now joins the TheSouthAfrica as a Junior Editor.

Autopage sale heads back to Competition Commission

The sale of Altech Autopage’s subscriber base has been referred back to the Competition Commission, putting into question a planned shutdown date. In September, Johannesburg listed Altron [JSE:AEL] announced that the Altech Autopage subscriber base was planned to be sold to MTN, Cell C and Vodacom for R1.46bn. Altech Autopage is …

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Nene axing may lead to January rate hikes

President Jacob Zuma’s removal of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene is an indication that market considerations and sensitivities “have been thrown out the window”, said Nomura International emerging markets economist Peter Attard Montalto on Thursday. “For me this is the acceleration and intensification of the ANC trying to move away from …

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Cops swoop on alleged child murderer

Police on Wednesday night swooped on a man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend’s 11-year-old son and dumping his body near KwaDabeka outside Pinetown. The man, who cannot be named until he appears in court, is accused of abducting the boy from his home and murdering him late in November. Police …

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Woman jumps to her death off 6th floor of Umhlanga hotel

A woman jumped off the sixth floor of a hotel in Umhlanga, north of Durban, on Wednesday morning, KwaZulu-Natal police said. Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said the 64-year-old woman allegedly plunged to her death at around 09:00. “Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident. An inquest docket has …

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Africa gets $10bn boost for renewable energy

Africa received a $10bn boost of help to build out its renewable energy sources, with Germany leading the advanced economies in its contribution. Germany’s Environmental Minister Barbara Hendricks made the announcement on Monday on the sidelines of the UN climate talks in Paris. “Africa has a large hunger for energy,” …

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Vodacom drops bid to acquire Neotel’s spectrum

South Africa’s biggest mobile network Vodacom [JSE:VOD] won’t acquire Neotel’s spectrum any more amid opposition from rival companies. Last year, Vodacom launched a R7bn bid to buy Neotel – a deal that was initially planned to give the mobile network a greater fixed line network footprint and access to more radio …

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South Africans score 2016 Grammy nominations

Three South African music acts receivedLadysmith Black Mambazo on Monday night. South African muso, Wouter Kellerman‘s Love Language scored a nomination in the category Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. The acclaimed local flute player won the 2015 Grammy for best new age album. Ladysmith Black Mambazo‘s Music From Inala also received …

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Another blow for Skywise

Airports Company SA (Acsa) has notified Skywise on Tuesday that it is not in a position to accede to the low-cost airline’s suggested payment terms for outstanding debt as well as future charges. Acsa suspended Skywise’s flights on December 2 due to unpaid airport charges for landing, take off, parking …

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Oscar granted R10 000 bail

The High Court in Pretoria has granted murder-convicted Oscar Pistorius bail of R10 000 on Tuesday. Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba said Pistorius must be electronically monitored. Pistorius will only be allowed to travel within a radius of 20km around his uncle’s Waterkloof home, where he was previously serving under …

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