Nhlanhla Nene

Nhlanhla Nene Finance Minister – File Photo

South African news today: Your headlines in five minutes for Thursday 4 October

All the fallout from Nhlanhla Nene’s explosive testimony and a look ahead to the Jobs Summit in your South African news today.

Nhlanhla Nene

Nhlanhla Nene Finance Minister – File Photo

In our round-up of the South African news today, we’ve got the main headlines in a nutshell. We’re looking ahead to Thursday’s job summit, and looking back at a chaotic day in the state capture inquiry.

South African news today: Thursday 4 October

Jobs Summit

Today sees the Jobs Summit kick-off in Midrand, as the best minds in government and business come together to solve the unemployment crisis. This is what they’re up against.

Nhlanhla Nene’s state capture testimony

Well, the tea was thoroughly spilt by the finance minister on Wednesday. He lifted the lid on the Gupta’s attempts to get their hands on PIC funding, and detailed the whack behaviour of Jacob Zuma during the nuclear deal negotiations. It was quite a read.

Dave Chappelle tickets

The American stand-up legend will be performing in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg from 27 November to 5 December. Tickets go on sale at 9:00, and you better hurry, they’ll sell like hotcakes.
[Read more: bigconcerts.co.za]

Dollar to Rand value and exchange rate for Thursday 4 October

There’s been a big spook in the value of the rand against its greenback counterpart. Jumping from R14.35 to R14.70 by the close of business on Wednesday, our currency weakened 2% vs the dollar.

Powerball winner

We’ve got something that’s sure to make you smile, though. This mild-mannered security guard has quit his job immediately after winning R64 million on the Powerball. In fact, he’s retired for good and is making plans to buy new cars, marry his partner and even fund a soccer team. [Read more: TimesLive]

Andrew Mlangeni hospitalised

Mlangeni – who was one of the Rivonia trialists – has been in and out of hospital over the past two weeks due to ill health. He was admitted again yesterday, where doctors said he was “unwell but stable”. The struggle stalwart spent 25 years behind bars on Robben Island.

Lotto draw for Wednesday 3 October

Main Lotto Draw:  3, 35, 37, 43, 44, 49     Bonus Ball: 1

Lotto Plus 1:  19, 23, 27, 33, 35, 47           Bonus Ball: 5

Lotto Plus 2:  16, 22, 34, 36, 41, 52           Bonus Ball:  39

SA Weather for Thursday 4 October

We’ve got updates for all provinces and major cities here.

Thursday’s Horoscope

Are you in for some luck today? Here’s what you need to know.