President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS
President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

Stories of Note

Bytes from the digital world

The DA has made a Promotion of Access to Information Act application to "properly understand the process that led to the suspicious delay" by President Jacob Zuma in dealing with the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment (Fica) Bill, which was passed by Parliament in May.

From a financial perspective, working into your 70s or 80s can be a great idea. It’s also completely unrealistic for many workers, especially if they want to stick to their chosen profession. It’s not just blue-collar workers with physically demanding jobs who can’t work forever. Even office workers need to prepare for the possibility that their careers will have a natural shelf life.

Vitamin pills used to be considered good for you. But newer research indicates they are not just a waste of money, but perhaps even harmful.

In My Opinion

Matters of debate

The economy has suffered greatly under Zuma. Members of the Cabinet who spoke against him are in the main from the economic cluster. If Zuma fires them, it will provide him with a perfect opportunity to appoint his cronies to these positions and continue with state capture, writes University of the Witwatersrand Head of School of Economic & Business Sciences Jannie Rossouw.

The pathetic efforts to undermine Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan through trumped-up charges, the laughable attempts to intimidate the banking industry into continuing to do business with the Guptas and the stubborn refusal to accept that SA does not need another nuclear power station, let alone a fleet of them, has made the president and his allies look increasingly like buffoons, writes Stuart Theobald.

Justice Malala prays 2017 will not be another year of criticising Zuma and his toxic administration. "As 2016 comes to an end, one feels exhausted by the lies and the obfuscation and the bloodymindedness of this administration... I am so tired of this dastardly situation in which an ignoramus such as Hlaudi Motsoeneng can rise to the very top while some of the best people I have had the pleasure to know at the SABC are trampled on and spat on and insulted."

Finding Alpha

The long and the short of the markets

Mining group Lonmin faced "immediate action in the form of suspension or cancellation" of its mining right if it failed to submit a "compliant" housing plan, President Jacob Zuma warned on Sunday.

Oil surged 5% on Monday after Saudi Arabia and Russia brokered the first global petroleum-cuts deal in 15 years. It involved about 60% of the world’s oil production, from tiny Brunei and Equatorial Guinea to Opec giants Iran and Iraq.

Oh, Very Twitty

The lighter side of the web

Donald Trump negotiates a deal with the company Carrier to save U.S. jobs, but Trevor explains why the agreement isn't as savvy as the president-elect is framing it to be. Watch full episodes of The Daily Show now -- no login required: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah airs weeknights at 11/10c on Comedy Central.

Very Visual

Graph of the day

The European Central Bank is widely expected to prolong massive monetary stimulus Thursday as the election of Donald Trump and fears for heavyweight member Italy rattle the eurozone.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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