*The most talked about topic globally is the unexpected defeat of Donald Trump by Joe Biden. Trump is experiencing something unique in his life. He is faced by an undeniable loss, nobody is going to cheat him out of it or use their connections to reverse the result. It is utterly intolerable for him. Besides his defeat it seems the Republicans gained seats in the House which means the Republicans might hang onto the Senate which is a repudiation only of Trump which he takes it as a personal failure. He is still in the Presidency for about 70 more days and he is capable of showing his anger in many ways. Speaking to a few residents it became apparent that Trump will not go out of office in an honourable way. He will do very little to engage in the traditional gestures to help the incoming administration in a dignified transfer of power. Another resident suggested that Trump will undermine the Biden administration at least in the eyes of his most fanatical followers. Yet another lady said that he mishandled the Covid – 19 pandemic irresponsibly to such an extent that in the US over 240,000 Americans are dead. However, there was one gent who felt that Trump had done a good job as US President. He stated that unlike Obama, Trump did not declare so much war against weaker countries and he put China under a watchful eye after the Covid-19 broke out. A Muslim man stated that Trump was on the payroll of Israel and his defeat was a curse from innocent Palestinians. The same man also stated that he doesn’t expect any change from the new administration because Joe Biden too dances to the tunes of Zionism.
*Have you noted the price of a sack of potatoes? The price is crazy. Thousands of people, especially the poor, use potatoes as a staple diet. What is the government doing about this? What are the Consumer Protection Act watch dogs doing about this? Potato farmers say the severe winter and increased production costs are the cause of this. Informal traders who depend on sales of fresh chips and bunny chow are the worst hit.
*Senzo Meyiwa’s family and friends were present during the unveiling of the tombstone in Chesterville Heroes Acre in Durban. The family says they are happy that they have finally been able to unveil his tombstone, six years after he was killed. Many Bafana Bafana players as well as SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan were present at the unveiling ceremony.
*The South African Football Association (SAFA) has confirmed that Mamelodi Sundowns owner, Patrice Motsepe will be a candidate for the presidency of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The Minister of Sports Art and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa and SAFA president, Danny Jordaan, made the announcement. Motsepe will be running against current CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad, from Madagascar and Jacques Anouma from the Ivory Coast. If Motsepe wins the election to head the African governing body, he will have to step down from his role at Sundowns.
*Wits University has announced a major breakthrough in HIV prevention. According to the result of a study conducted by the University, women will soon be able to take one injection with an anti-retroviral every eight weeks to prevent HIV infection. The study was conducted on over 3 000 HIV negative women in seven countries in Africa over a 48-week period. The initial results from clinical trials were released by the HIV Prevention Trials Network. Although the medication will not be available immediately it is encouraging news for the fight against HIV infection. About 240 000 young women aged 15 to 24 are infected with HIV each year in South Africa our country. The HIV drug study has shown that a long-acting injection is more effective than the current daily anti-retroviral pills to prevent HIV in women. The trial, known as the H.P.T.N. 084 trial, was headed by Dr Sinead Delany Moretlwe. The results are seen as incredibly important for women, specifically on the African continent.
*Spare a thought for all our Grade 12 learners who are busy with their final exams. This has been the most challenging year in their schooling career. Though no fault of theirs their studying schedule was disrupted by the Covid endemic. May they be successful in these exams.
* Mumbai Indians secured a fifth Indian Premier League title with a five-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in the final. Mumbai, the most successful team in IPL history, chased 157 with eight balls to spare as captain Rohit Sharma hit 68. Trent Boult took 3-30 for Mumbai, including Marcus Stoinis with the first ball of the match in Dubai. Delhi were 22-3 before captain Shreyas Iyer made 65 not out – he added 96 with Rishabh Pant – but Mumbai ensured their total was never enough. The defending champions were always in control of their chase after Rohit and Quinton de Kock plundered 45 from the first four overs. Rohit was caught at deep mid-wicket with 20 needed from 23 balls and, although Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya soon followed, Ishan Kishan’s unbeaten 33 off 19 balls took Mumbai to victory. It follows their IPL wins in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 and means they have won the world’s premier domestic Twenty20 competition at least twice more than any other team. This year’s tournament was held in the United Arab Emirates without fans and delayed from the spring because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
*Apple has revealed its first Mac computers powered by chips of its own design. In June, the company announced it would transition away from the Intel processors it had used since 2006.
Apple said the advantages of using the M1 chip included better battery life, instant wake from sleep mode, and the ability to run iOS apps. It added it had optimised all of its own Mac apps, but now needs to convince other developers to do likewise.
*Wishing the Hindu community a Happy Diwali on Saturday, 14th November