Gwede Mantashe accuses Sibanye of stealing gold di
Gwede Mantashe accuses Sibanye of stealing gold division’s BEE credits - Business Day
The mineral resources minister has accused the miner of being ‘reckless’ for talking publicly about its empowerment credits
The mineral resources minister has accused the miner of being reckless for talking publicly about its empowerment credits 03 November 2020 - 10:53 Allan SeccombeUPDATED 03 November 2020 - 12:21 Mineral resources & energy minister Gwede Mantashe has raised doubts over Sibanye-Stillwaters BEE credits at its gold division, saying the company was "reckless" for talking about this in public and should approach his department. Sibanye said in response that it had not spoken publicly about the matter and was in talks with the department about the renewal of its mining right at the Beatrix mine rather than its entire gold division.
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Apple set to debut new Macs without Intel inside - Business Day
Macs will have main CPU designed by Apple for the first time, replacing Intel chips that have been a mainstay since 2006
San Francisco Apples 15-year relationship with Intel will officially begin to unwind next week when new Mac computers are revealed. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant said on Monday that it will hold an online event, called One more thing, on November 10. That thing will be Macs with main processors designed by Apple for the first time, replacing Intel chips that have been a mainstay since 2006. An Apple spokesperson declined to comment. Apple and overseas suppliers are ramping up production of three new Mac laptops with Apple processors: new 13-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros and a new 13-inch MacBook Air, according to people familiar with the matter. Beyond the processor switch, the devices wont have significant design changes. Apple has less than 10% of the market for personal computers, so the direct affect on Intel sales may be limited. However, the change highlights a crisis engulfing the worlds largest chipmaker. It has delayed a new manufacturing process, giving rivals a chance to catch up. These problems are at least partly behind Apples decision to move to in-house chips, though the company has been steadily shifting to this approach for years. The partnership between Apple and Intel started in 2005, when Steve Jobs outlined a move away from PowerPC processors. Intel helped Apple catch up to Windows computers, some of which were more powerful at the time. In tandem, though, Apple was working on more energy-efficient chips for mobile devices based on Arm designs and continues to use those to power the iPhone and iPad. On Apples recent earnings call, CEO Tim Cook hinted at the Mac launch by saying: Without giving away too much, I can tell you that this year has a few more exciting things in store. The company generated a record $9bn in revenue from the Mac in its fiscal fourth quarter. The first Mac processors from Apple will be based on the A14 chip found in the latest iPhones and iPad Air, and tests inside Apple indicate improved power efficiency over the Intel parts they are replacing. The new machines will also have Apple-designed graphics and machine-learning processors. Apple said in June that the transition away from Intel chips will take two years. After updating its laptop line, Apple will still have until 2022 to update desktop computers the iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro and Mac mini with its own processors. The company is already at work on a redesigned iMac, the companys all-in-one desktop, and a new Mac Pro model, Apples highest-end desktop, other people familiar with the companys plans said. Apple engineers are now developing a new Mac Pro that looks like the current design at about half the size. Its unclear if that Mac will replace the current Mac Pro or if its an additional model. Apples chip designs could help the company reduce the size of its computers due to increased power efficiency, but the current Mac Pro is large, in part, to fit components like additional storage drives and graphics chips. Apples test Mac for developers to write apps for the new processors is a Mac mini with an iPad Pro processor, but the company will still need to roll out a proper update to that model with a Mac-specific chip. The new Macs require macOS Big Sur, a redesigned Mac operating system that makes the software more like iPhones and iPads. When announcing the transition in June, Apple said the move would provide a common architecture across all of its devices. That means future iPhones, Macs, iPads and Apple Watches will run a variation of the same chip. That will allow devices to work together better and let iPhone apps run natively on Macs for the first time. Bloomberg first reported on the transition away from Intel in 2018 and again in April. The new Macs launch will mark Apples third major product release this autumn. In September, the company announced new Apple Watches and iPads. The iPhone 12 and HomePod mini lines debuted in October. Bloomberg
Eskom debt plan promised - Business Day
Gordhan says solution to crippling burden will be revealed before the end of the year
01 November 2020 - 06:21 HILARY JOFFE Eskom and the government are working on a solution to the power utility's unsustainable debt burden, which will be revealed before the end of this year, with public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan on Friday promising to communicate this "in a month or so when we have a clearer idea". Eskom, which had R484bn of debt on its balance sheet at its March year-end, has long said it needed to reduce this to R200bn, and the belated year-end results it published on Friday showed once again that it is not generating enough cash from its operations to cover the cost of servicing its debt.
Tito Mboweni rolls the dice in a high-risk plan - Business Day
Treasury outlines a slower fiscal consolidation path that economist says leaves no room for error
Treasury outlines a slower fiscal consolidation path that economist says leaves no room for error 28 October 2020 - 23:38 Lynley Donnelly Listen to Tito Mboweni's full MTBPS address: Finance minister Tito Mboweni has outlined an adjusted budget framework intended to arrest SAs climbing debt trajectory that is fraught with risks and hinges on the ability to effectively freeze the government wage bill in the coming years.
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Oppo rolls out new smartphones in local market - ITWeb
The Chinese smartphone brand expands its device portfolio in the country, launching the A53s and A15.
Following its official debut in SA in September, Oppo is expanding its smartphone portfolio with two new devices. The company said at the unveiling of the Oppo A72 that the A-series smartphone range will be the first to launch in the local market, noting the A53s and A15 would follow. Now, Oppo has announced the A53s and A15 will officially go to market on 7 November, becoming available at local retailers and their online stores. The Chinese smartphone brand says its bringing more of its devices to market so that more South Africans can experience beautiful technology. In line with the promise of Oppos A-series, A53s continues to offer strong technology that introduces a fast and smooth mobile experience for our users, says Liam Faurie, business head of GTM operations at Oppo South Africa. With the 90Hz neo-display, A53s offers a feature found on flagship-level smartphones, but still ensures long-lasting power, a faster performance, and an enhanced user-experience that suits everyday entertainment and communication needs. Faurie says the A15 smartphone offers the essential features users need to satisfy their mobile lifestyle. With Oppo A15, you can take great photos with the AI triple camera, enjoy the HD+ display on the 6.52-inch screen, all while enabling you to stay connected with your friends and family. Featuring a 16MP front camera and beautification algorithms, the Oppo A53scomes with a 5 000mAh battery that can be quickly refilled with its 18W fast charge. The camera set-up also features a 13MP AI triple camera on the rear of the phone, including a 13MP main camera and 2MP depth camera. According to Oppo, the A53s features Qualcomms Snapdragon octa-core 460 processor,and sports 4GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1-based storage. Furthermore, the smartphone comes with Oppos first RAM+ memory optimisation, which it notes is tailored to enhance the Google-powered Android experience. The A53s will be available in blue and black, selling at a recommended retail price of R4 999 or R299pm on a 24-month contract at Vodacom stores, Foschini, Cellucity, 4U, Chatz Connect, Hi Cell, Game and their online stores. Oppos A15 will also be available in blue and black, and will retail at the recommended price of R2 999 or R199pm on a 24-month contract at these same stores. For a full breakdown of the A15 specs, click here.
An American Prayer: The battle for democracy - Daily Maverick
‘More important than Biden or Trump, this election is about whether we retain American democracy’ – Senator Bernie Sanders, October 31, 2020.
A protester gestures with the the White House and Washington Monument seen behind during a Black Lives Matter (BLM) march and protest in Washington DC, USA, 24 June 2020. The death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody on 25 May has sparked global protests demanding justice and racial equality. (Photo: EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS) 3 November, 2020: US election day. Today the world sits on tenterhooks. The stakes could not be higher. In many ways the future of human civilization is on the line in this election. This is not because the US is the sole embodiment of either civilization or democracy, far from it. There are many other countries whose democracy is also under threat. Yet, because of its power and influence, what happens in the US will have an influence on all of us. Yes, the USs economic power is on the wane, particularly in the face of Chinas rise to power. So, too, is its political influence after four years of Donald Trump as the president. Nevertheless, a rogue US under the rule of a nationalist white minority is no laughing matter. It still has enough economic, military and political power to be an impediment to addressing the issues the world needs to act on most urgently: the most important being the gathering climate change storm and all that it portends for the future of humanity. If Trump is re-elected, he will pose a danger to humanity on many fronts, but none more so than his ability to continue to disrupt and distract the world from united and universal action on the climate crisis. Ever since the 2015 Paris Agreement, states have been fiddling while the planet burns or, rather, as the arctic ice melts. Just as with Covid-19, Trumps antics, rather than the climate crisis, becomes the focus of attention. Time is running out. Trump doesnt give a fig about climate change. Hes the last line of political defence for his friends in the fossil-fuel industry. He also knows that as a hostile climate exacts its toll on the shit-holes of the world he and his ilk will be able to find a way to verdant, green valleys where water and food is plentiful, and where the temperature will be pleasant and embracing. Trump will happily leave the rest of us to our fate on a warming planet. Furthermore, as has been pointed out by UN experts, the social and economic disruption caused by the climate crisis will deepen polarisation, division and dictatorship all over the world (not just in the US). That is why it is not an exaggeration to say that, at this moment, the future of civilisation is connected to American democracy. So what can we do? This morning the polls continue to point to a Biden/Harris victory. There seems little doubt that the Democratic Party will carry a majority of the US electorate. Yet, because of dark money and dark politics, we cannot predict the outcome of the election. Because of its arcane electoral college, a majority of popular votes may not be enough. Trump may not have had the support of Vladimir Putin this time (at least as far as we know) but his campaign has tried every other trick in the book: what is politely called voter suppression (changing boundaries, moving ballot boxes, disqualifying voters, etc.) is nothing more than cheating and electoral rigging. In this respect what the US election shows us again is that the worlds elites cant win democratic elections fairly any more. In many democracies (Brazil, India, the UK, to name a few) they depend on fear-mongering, fake news and industrial-scale manipulation of social media, through organizations like Cambridge Analytica, Bell Pottinger and via platforms like Facebook. Ironically it is the archdukes of the new world order who have shown us that for democracy and human rights to survive in the 21st century, neo-liberal capitalism must go. They cannot co-exist peacefully. This is why civil society may once again be the game-changer. At the end of voting today, if Joe Biden wins and a democratic election removes Trump and gives the Democratic Party a majority in the Senate as well as Congress, it will owe a great deal to civil society-driven voter education and activism. Although rarely reported on the handful of cable news channels that bring us world news, a victory for Biden will not be the result of big-name politicians or pop stars, even hugely popular singers like Dua Lipa, Beyonce or Cardi B whose support has been important. It will be because of the efforts of a multitude of unacknowledged activists who have been working in communities across the US to overcome deep and understandable skepticism about the political system and democracy among the young, poor and middle classes. Organisations like the Sunrise Movement, Working Families Party, Movement for Black Lives, Democratic Socialists of America and thousands of unaffiliated community activists have been tirelessly trying to overcome the obstacle course that was deliberately erected to prevent poor, young and mostly black and brown people from voting, or having their vote counted. We should give them their due. One thing activists would all tell us, however, is that Trumps fraudulent shenanigans should not distract people from discussing a deeper problem that confronts democracy. As one commentator in the US wrote recently in an article aptly titled The Plot Against America: Like all decent people, I hope for a Biden landslide, but we must also grapple, sooner rather than later, with the heart of darkness in this country that has inspired tens of millions of fellow citizens to support this evil miscreant. The problem facing democracy is that over the past 30 years, political power and economic power have never been pushed further apart. Through hard knocks and dashed hopes (more than through the study of political science) hundreds of millions of people have learnt that no matter who wins political power in elections and no matter what they promise there remain a set of economic untouchables; the elites, their property and their finances. And Covid-19 has only reinforced this lesson in inequality. At the instigation of elites (who usually disguise themselves as friends of the people) we have allowed ourselves to be divided on the grounds of race, religion, nationality, ethnicity and class. As pointed out by British political commentator Jonathan Pie, when it comes to elections (or any other time for that matter) very few of us are willing to venture out of our laagers to talk to ordinary people on the other side whose desperation has propelled them into the embrace of xenophobia, racism, and tribalism. In Pies colorful words: Making assumptions [about other people] is the mother of all fuck-ups. Reflecting on the US election (and predicting a Trump victory) he complains bitterly that: Theres no conversation, theres no national debate. If you like Trump you watch Fox News, if you dont, you dont. No one talks to the other side and you only see what you want to see. Politics is no longer about rational choice its about a tribal affiliation. Theres no ideology American activists will tell you that they have had an uphill battle. Young people who are supporters of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have temporarily put aside their distrust of the elite of the Democratic Party in the greater interest of preserving democracy. They understand that Biden has long been part of a political elite that is complicit in the multiple social crises they face. Ironically, it was the failure of Barack Obama to keep most of his promises, and particularly to rein in the banks after the 2008 financial crisis, that helped create fertile ground for the Frankenstein of Trump. As a result, many activists point out that they will be voting against Trump not for Biden. They will vote Biden with their masks blocking their noses, literally, after decades of disappointment. So, what happens after today? If Biden wins, activists say they will remain mobilised to demand implementation of the proposal for a Green New Deal, the defunding of the police, an end to institutionalised racism and a just and fair response to overcoming the inequalities exacerbated by the Covid-19 epidemic. But if despite their best efforts Trump wins, or refuses to concede defeat, it may be the beginning of the end of the United States of America as we know it. The scenarios are too ghastly to consider and may be best left unpacked until tomorrow morning. DM/MC
US votes on Trump's fate under threat of election turmoil - eNCA
The United States is more divided and angry than at any time since the Vietnam War era of the 1970s.
WASHINGTON - Americans vote Tuesday in an election amounting to a referendum on Donald Trump and his uniquely brash, bruising presidency that Democratic opponent and frontrunner Joe Biden urged supporters to end, restoring "our democracy." The United States is more divided and angry than at any time since the Vietnam War era of the 1970s -- and fears that Trump could dispute the result of the election are only fueling those tensions. Despite an often startlingly laid-back campaign, Biden, 77, leads in almost every opinion poll, buoyed by his consistent message that America needs to restore its "soul" and get new leadership in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 231,000 people. READ: Twitter, Facebook flag Trump post on Pennsylvania ballots as 'misleading' "I have a feeling we're coming together for a big win tomorrow," Biden said in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a vital electoral battleground where he was joined by pop superstar Lady Gaga. "It's time to stand up and take back our democracy." But Trump was characteristically defiant to the end, campaigning at a frenetic pace with crowded rallies in four states on Monday, and repeating his dark, unprecedented claims for a US president that the polls risk being rigged against him. After almost non-stop speeches in a final three-day sprint, he ended up in the early hours of Tuesday in Grand Rapids, Michigan -- the same place where he concluded his epic against-the-odds campaign in 2016 where he defeated apparent frontrunner, Hillary Clinton. Despite the bad poll numbers, the 74-year-old Republican real estate tycoon counted on pulling off another upset. READ: Facebook, Twitter step up fight against misinformation on US elections "We're going to have another beautiful victory tomorrow," he told the Michigan crowd, which chanted back: "We love you, we love you!" "We're going to make history once again," he said. - Packing Trump's bags - While Tuesday is formally Election Day, in reality, Americans have been voting for weeks. With a huge expansion in mail-in voting to safeguard against the Covid-19 pandemic, nearly 100 million people have already made their choice. Biden has the wind in his sails after indications that Democratic enthusiasm in the early voting may be matching the more visible energy at Trump's impressive rallies. In one of US history's great political gambles, Biden stuck to socially distanced gatherings with small crowds right up to the last moment, in stunning contrast to Trump's constant, large rallies where few supporters so much as bothered with masks. But the Democrat, making his third attempt at the presidency, clearly senses that his calmer approach and strict attention to pandemic protocols is what Americans want after four tempestuous years. "It's time for Donald Trump to pack his bags and go home," Biden told supporters in Cleveland. "We're done with the chaos! We're done with the tweets, the anger, the hate, the failure, the irresponsibility." READ: Superstitious Trump ends campaign in same city as 2016 In chilly downtown Pittsburgh, Justine Wolff said she had cast her ballot for Biden already and was cautiously hopeful he would carry Pennsylvania, which along with Florida may be the tightest of all the swing states that decide close national elections. "I hope that people have seen the writing on the wall," said the 35-year-old nurse. "We need some kind of change because this isn't working for anybody." But where many early votes are believed to have been cast by Democrats, Trump's side is hoping for a massive wave of Republican supporters voting in person on Tuesday. "Whether he wins or loses, this is history," said Kolleen Wall, who turned out to cheer Trump in Grand Rapids. But "when you come to one of these rallies, all you think is, how could he not win?" READ: Lady Gaga in Twitter feud with Trump campaign The first polling stations opening were in two New Hampshire villages, Dixville Notch and Millsfield, starting at midnight. Most polling stations on the East Coast were to open at 6:00 am or 7:00 am (1100 or 1200 GMT). A tiny hamlet of 12 residents in the middle of the forest, near the Canadian border, Dixville Notch has traditionally voted "first in the nation" since 1960. The vote took minutes, as did the count: five votes for Biden, and none for Trump. - Warning of violence - Trump himself is planning to visit his campaign headquarters in Virginia on Tuesday, while Biden will travel to his birthplace of Scranton, the scrappy Pennsylvania town where Trump also visited on Monday. There are worries that if the election is close, extended legal chaos and perhaps violent unrest could ensue -- not least because Trump has spent months trying to sap public trust in the voting process in a nation already bitterly divided along political fault lines. He ramped up these warnings in the final days, focusing especially on Pennsylvania's rule allowing absentee ballots received within three days after Tuesday to be counted. In a tweet flagged with a warning label by Twitter on Monday, he said this would "allow rampant and unchecked cheating." "It will also induce violence in the streets. Something must be done!" Trump tweeted.
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Vállalkozás: Kevesebb dohánybolt lehet Magyarországon | hvg.hu - hvg.hu
Folyamatosan csökken a dohányosok száma, főleg a hagyományos termékektől fordultak el a fogyasztók.
Folyamatosan csökken a dohányosok száma, fleg a hagyományos termékektl fordultak el a fogyasztók.A korábbi években a dohányzás visszaszorítására tett lépések, így az értékesítési helyek számának korlátozása, és a termékek drágítása, sikeresek voltak, hiszen éves átlagban 1-2 százalékkal csökken a dohányzók száma Magyarországon mondta Lázár János a Világgazdaságnak. A nemdohányzók védelme érdekében szükséges teendk összehangolásáért felels miniszterelnöki biztos szerint itt az ideje, hogy végre hangsúlyosabb legyen a dohánytermékek árának adóterhe (amely most 77 százalék, ráadásul januárban és áprilisban ismét emelkedik), illetve az adóteher prevenciós hatása. Lázár rámutatott, hogy az elmúlt évtized elején még masszívan 30 százalék feletti fogyasztói arány mára 20-25 százalékra zsugorodott, a hagyományos dohánytermékek fogyasztásában ennél is jelentékenyebb a visszaesés. A miniszterelnöki biztos szerint a fogyasztás csökkenése ellenére is stabilan 650-700 milliárd forintos a hazai dohánykereskedelem piaca. Lázár János elmondta, hogy a közeljövben csökkenthetik a dohányboltok számát, tovább növelve a boltok ellátási területét. Miután a kereskedelmi koncessziókat húsz évre engedte át az állam, els körben úgy szkíthet a piac, hogy nem újítják meg a visszaadott koncessziókat, azokon a területeken pedig, amelyeken ellátási hiány van, csak a korábbiaknál indokoltabb esetben adnak ki ideiglenes engedélyt, írja a lap.
Koronavírus kedd - Itt vannak a friss magyar adatok - alon.hu
3989 koronavírusos beteget ápolnak kórházban. Koronavírus-fertőzöttek száma megyénként.
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EE UU: Sanciones no prohíben a Eni reparar tanquero Nabarima - Panorama.com.ve
El Nabarima, ubicado en un golfo al extremo este del país, ha estado inactivo durante casi dos años después que Washington sancionara a Pdvsa.
Estados Unidos aseguró a la petrolera italiana Eni que los esfuerzos para evitar un derrame en una instalación flotante de crudo en Venezuela no entrarían en conflicto con las sanciones, dijeron este lunes 2-N la compañía y el Departamento de Estado estadounidense. Imágenes difundidas en los últimos meses que mostraron la instalación flotante de almacenamiento y descarga (FSO) de Nabarima, propiedad de la empresa mixta Petrosucre -de la estatal petrolera venezolana Pdvsa y Eni-, inclinada hacia un lado, suscitó preocupaciones sobre una posible catástrofe ambiental. Semanas después, Pdvsa corrigió la inclinación de la instalación, según dijo una persona familiarizada con la operación y fotografías tomadas por personal de Petrosucre vistas por Reuters. El Nabarima, ubicado en un golfo al extremo este del país, ha estado inactivo durante casi dos años después que Washington sancionara a Pdvsa como parte de un plan para presionar la salida del poder del presidente venezolano, Nicolás Maduro, y tiene una carga de 1,3 millones de barriles de crudo Corocoro. El plan de Eni, para descargar de forma segura el FSO Nabarima, recibió el jueves 29 de octubre luz verde de las autoridades estadounidenses, confirmando que la política de sanciones no impide que la empresa descargue la carga y repare el barco, señaló en un comunicado Eni, que posee un 26% de participación en Petrosucre. Pdvsa, que tiene el 74% restante de Petrosucre, no respondió de inmediato a una solicitud de comentarios. La compañía venezolana ha estado preparando su propio plan para descargar el crudo almacenado en Nabarima a su tanquero Ícaro. No está claro si Eni redactará un nuevo plan de descarga o si las empresas seguirán adelante para transferir crudo a un buque operado por Pdvsa. Los expertos han recomendado que Petrosucre transfiera el crudo a una embarcación de posicionamiento dinámico para minimizar los riesgos. Un portavoz de la Oficina de Asuntos del Hemisferio Occidental del Departamento de Estado dijo que la instancia transmitió nuestro apoyo a las reparaciones de emergencia a Eni, pero no especificó una postura sobre la descarga del crudo. Eni no está bajo riesgo de sanciones para comenzar las reparaciones de emergencia, agregó el portavoz en un comunicado.