BYTES FROM THE DIGITAL WORLD
EDITOR’S LUNCHBOX: What did Zuma and Trump talk about on the phone?
Associations face each other over medical specialists’ billing, and Senwes gets ready to be ZAR X’s first client
Stories of Note
Bytes from the digital world
President Jacob Zuma’s turn to get a phone call from US President Donald Trump came at 5.10pm on Monday, placing him behind Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in Trump’s priority queue.
The South African Medical Association (Sama) and the Council for Medical Schemes are to square off at the Competition Tribunal on Tuesday in their long-running row over how specialists bill patients.
In My Opinion
Matters of debate
Jacob Zuma’s bragging that "Eskom’s build and maintenance programmes helped ensure stability and an end to load shedding", while neglecting to mention the 14% crash in electricity demand since Eskom quadrupled its prices, takes SA into potholed terrain, writes University of the Witwatersrand professor of political economy Patrick Bond.
Just 616 companies paid two-thirds of all company income tax in SA in 2014. That is less than 1% of the 700,000 enterprises registered for tax. This is one indicator of how concentrated, and in turn uncompetitive, SA’s business landscape is, argues Neva Makgetla.
The government’s policies set out in its information and communication technology white paper would effectively nationalise radio spectrum, freezing private-sector investment, writes Ivo Vegter.
The long and the short of the markets
Kumba Iron Ore’s share price tumbled 6% on Tuesday morning after it disappointed shareholders by declaring no final dividend for 2016.
SA’s largest agribusiness, Senwes, will be the first to list on the country’s new exchange later in February. The century-old company is currently trading over the counter but will migrate its shares to ZAR X on February 20.
Oh, Very Twitty
The lighter side of the web
South African comedian Trevor Noah told Al Jazeera that the ANC would lose voters if it failed to serve its people properly.
With a black mother of Bantu ethnicity and a white father of Swiss and German descent, raised in apartheid South Africa, Trevor Noah began his life whilst considered a crime by his own government. Born in 1984, when interracial unions were still forbidden, the comedian has come a long way from his humble upbringing in Johannesburg. He began his career at the age of 18, starring in a soap opera and then went on to host his own radio show, "Noah's Ark", and eventually quit to focus on comedy. Noah made a name for himself, attracting the attention of some of the world's most renowned comedians, like Jon Stewart. After moving to America in 2011, Noah would go on to become the first South African comedian to appear on "The Tonight Show" hosted by fellow comedian and actor Jimmy Fallon. After becoming a regular contributor to "The Daily Show", with over 200 writing credits under his belt, Jon Stewart handpicked him to be his successor, as host of "The Daily Show" - one of America's top political satire programs. But as a foreigner in Trump's America, how does Noah's voice resonate? And can political satire be a force for change? This week, comedian and TV host Trevor Noah talks to Al Jazeera. More from Talk To Al Jazeera on: YouTube - http://aje.io/ttajYT Facebook - http://facebook.com/talktoaj Twitter - http://twitter.com/talktoaljazeera Website - http://www.aljazeera.com/talktojazeera/