In case you missed it: Thursday’s top stories

Racism reared its head again on Thursday with news that the owner of a guesthouse in Sodwana Bay in Kwazulu-Natal had refused to accommodate people because they were black. The owner, Andre Slate, said he believed the Bible stated that people must be separated according to their race.

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In his first television interview since he shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius has given graphic details about the events of that evening. “I can smell the blood,” he tells the interviewer.

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The ANC in Gauteng introduced its mayoral candidates, including Thoko Didiza for Tshwane, amid ongoing protests in the metro. 


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Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has named his team for the third and final Test against Ireland in Port Elizabeth.

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Former Springbok Errol Tobias has not been impressed by the backline play of the Boks in the first two Tests against Ireland.

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The Guptas could soon find a solution from being blacklisted by South Africa’s leading banks by buying their own bank.

It is speculated that Ubank, which is in need of a recapitalisation plan, seems to be the likely target, however the Chamber of Mines said UBank will not require help from the Guptas. The National Union of Mineworkers is adamant that the Gupta-owned Oakbay Investments won’t buy UBank, in which it has a 50% stake.

Oakbay CEO Nazeem Howa slammed media reports about an approach to buy UBank as “speculation”, with “several significant untruths and misunderstandings”.

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Meanwhile, the department of communications is confident of winning its Constitutional Court appeal against encryption of set top boxes.

The Supreme Court of Appeal ruled recently that the decision by Communications Minister Faith Muthambi to drop encryption from the STBs amid a roll-out of digital terrestrial television was flawed.

The SCA ruling was a victory for free-to-air broadcaster which insists on encryption to provide “high quality content” on digital STBs. However, Naspers-owned pay-TV provider MultiChoice and the department have launched a Constitutional Court appeal on the SCA ruling.

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