Jason Esch

Christo Wiese’s ‘Richest South African’ acceptance speech

The collective wealth of the top 20 grew 8.6% over the previous year and saw Shoprite’s Christo Wiese knocking mining magnate Patrice Motsepe off his perch as the richest South African. — Times Live Striking platinum miners have taken to the road, touring the country in the hope of winning over public opinion towards their…

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Live tweet your vote instead

“We are breeding a generation of disconnected young South Africans who will become frustrated with the political landscape even though this is their own doing.” — Daniel Silke, Political Futures Consultancy. Take selfies responsibly>, #NoSelfiesInTheVotingBooth. #ElectionDaySelfieSA #inkthumbSA – @IECSouthAfrica —————— @youthvoteZA • 12h Thumb. Check. American Apparel. Check. Off to vote then @vidaecafe for #dailycoffeeritual….

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Gautrain Exodus

Not minding your manners on the Gautrain is a punishable offence. It is worse than not paying. You can get blacklisted with a credit bureau for humming a jaunty tune, cursing the lack of cellular signal in the tunnel, or even for trying to use your mobile phone. – Daily Maverick __ And Bombay Concession…

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What to do in an obesity

“New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks” – New York Times __ Obesity is a serious condition that can cause death, dimpled thighs and embarrassing speculation from onlookers on the staggering durability of jeans. Although the emergency management of obesity takes precedence over…

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Making news

FHM model’s racist tweet ignites anger. – M&G SA seethes over racist tweet – Times LIVE South African fashion models reconcile after Twitter battle over race – National Post __ In other news, grandmother says peanut brittle no longer favourite snack Muriel Miller (83) sparked nation-wide shock after announcing that peanut brittle was no longer…

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The real Hunger Games

The African National Congress (ANC) Youth League has accepted that saving its president, Julius Malema, is impossible, but will push on with a campaign to replace President Jacob Zuma. – Business Day __ In a near dystopian future, in the ruins of a place once known as Parliament, lies the nation of the ANC. A…

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Religion and politics

He is one of the poster boys of Zimbabwe’s prosperity gospel brigade … in their early 30s, natty dressers who bag crowds yearning to fill the gap left by old-time religion: the promise of prosperity. — Jason Moyo Zimbabwe’s finance minister told reporters on Wednesday that elections can’t be held this year as the president…

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Copyright notice

The only thing more embarrassing than catching a guy on the plane looking at pornography on his computer is seeing a guy on the plane reading The Hunger Games. Or a Twilight book. Or Harry Potter. – Joel Stein __ This book is sold subject to the condition that it not be lent, resold, hired…

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Facebook ruins your job prospects

“In their efforts to vet applicants, some companies and government agencies are going beyond merely glancing at a person’s social networking profile and instead asking to log in as the user to have a look around.” – Sapa __ Dave, we regret to inform you that, after a quick perusal of your Facebook profile, your…

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Cosatu negotiates with the ANC

“South Africa knows we have overcome very important things through dialogue – when the talks stop that’s when the war begins.” – Moloto Mothapo “In our chamber there is still a lot of bullets.” – Zwelinzima Vavi ___  ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga, in an unusually sombre tone, opened the meeting with the choice words,…

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