A wrap of what’s in the news today

Stories making headlines around the world:

Organisers are using the slogan “Resist Authoritarianism” to mark the wide-sweeping event, which will also pay tribute to Chinese dissident and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo. As many as 150 000 people are expected to attend a candlelight vigil.
(South China Morning Post)

Planning is at early stages and no formal approach has been made, according to the Financial Times, but both sides are looking into the possibility. With such a move the two players would lead the way for banking mergers on the continent. (Reuters)

Residents chose to stay without power, cell reception, or county water as the volcano continued to threaten their community. Officials say the last holdouts will be airlifted to safety. (CNN)

Denmark’s Parliament will soon have to consider a proposal to ban circumcision of boys under 18 in order to protect “children’s fundamental rights.” (The New York Times)

Stories making headlines locally:

Business Day

  • Jo’burg running out of time to avert takeover

The City of Johannesburg, SA’s economic powerhouse, is in a race against time to avoid a takeover by the provincial government after the rejection of the DA’s proposed tariff increases left it unable to pass its R59-billion budget last week.

  • Steinhoff Africa makes an overture to Remgro

Steinhoff Africa Retail, which itself is seeking to distance itself from its scandal-hit parent, Steinhoff International, has met with Johann Rupert’s Remgro to sound it out as a potential investor.

The Star

  • Zuma is ‘killing’ ANC

The SA Communist Party has declared a new war on former president Jacob Zuma, accusing him of being at the heart of a pushback against the ANC leadership and state capture.

READ MORE: JZ’s apostles to launch new party

  • Jo’burg names and shames developers stealing water

Several major development companies have been named and shamed by the City of Jo’burg after they were allegedly caught stealing water and electricity.

The Citizen

  • Gauteng health faces collapse

The SA Medical Association warns the province is heading for disaster amid news that all provincial departments will collectively foot the R160-million bill awarded to families in the Esidimeni tragedy.

  • DA its own worst enemy

The party is in a serious identity crisis that could cost it votes in the 2019 election.

Sowetan

  • Nyaope addicts lose arms

Deaths and amputations are on the rise due to users injecting the concoction into the blood stream.

  • Ria scores a first in football

Ria Ledwaba was voted in as the first woman vice-president of the South African Football Association in a national council meeting of the association on Sunday.

Daily Sun

  • Dead man wants to kill me!

Bongani went to bed with a widow two months after her husband’s death. Now, Bongani believes, the woman’s late husband is angry and his is making him suffer because he did not wait.

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