Cyril Ramaphosa

Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Mduduzi Ndzingi

South African news today: Your headlines in five minutes, Thursday 6 September

In this South African news today wrap, the rand remains a major talking point as the ANC prepare a R43 billion stimulus package.

Cyril Ramaphosa

Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Mduduzi Ndzingi

Need a quick round-up of the South African news today? We’ve got you. Here’s what is in store for Thursday 6 September, as well as some quick updates on the weather, your star signs and Wednesday’s Lotto results.

South African news today, Thursday 6 September

Rand Value for Thursday

In a week of economic turmoil, the rand is all anyone can talk about at the moment. It slumped to $15.60 on Wednesday and also broke the £20 barrier.

It staged a minor recovery by the close of business, sitting on $15.42 and £19.91 respectively. See, what was everyone worried about? (Sarcasm mode is on, by the way.)

ANC plans to tackle the recession

Cyril Ramaphosa’s been happy enough to pass this off as a “transitional phase”, but what is he going to do about it? Well, a rumoured R43 billion is going to be used to get the economy firing on all cylinders again. Nhlanhla Nene’s upcoming mid-term budget speech is going to be a hoot. [Read more: Daily Maverick]

State Capture Inquiry resumes

We’re back in Parktown as the inquiry resumes, and the focus remains on the witnesses. Applications for leave to cross-examine those who have already taken to the stand are currently being heard. The Zondo Commission is also considering who they should ask to come forward next.

Johannesburg Fire

Much like the blaze that killed three firefighters in Johannesburg’s CBD on Wednesday, this story rages on. There’s a lot more fallout to come, given that the building only had a 21% safety rating in the first place. [Read more: TimesLive]

Nike and Colin Kaepernick

Man of the moment Colin Kaepernick is getting up the noses of all the right people. The NFL athlete-turned activist is the face of their new campaign, and social media is obsessed with this commercial:

Springboks XV vs Australia

Rassie Erasmus has made six changes and a positional switch to his starting Springboks side ahead of the clash against the Wallabies in Brisbane on Saturday. You can read more about it here.

Staying with sport…

Europe have named their Ryder Cup team, and it features a few wise, old heads. Meanwhile, Serena Williams is in the US Open semi-final and is just two wins away from claiming a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title. She faces Latvian challenger Anastasija Sevastova on Thursday. [Read more: EWN]

Cape Town dams are now over two-thirds full

Another week, another significant milestone for the once-depleted dams. Day zero looks a long way off for the Mother City, after recent rains pushed combined water levels to 66.7%.

Lotto results for Wednesday 5 September

Did you get lucky on Wednesday night? Here are your winning numbers:

Main Lotto Draw: 1, 7, 15, 22, 29, 31     Bonus Ball: 6

Lotto Plus 1: 11, 14, 18, 30, 31, 41          Bonus Ball: 35

Lotto Plus 2: 16, 28, 36, 41, 48, 49          Bonus Ball: 6

Weather for Thursday

Not only is it set to hammer it down in Port Elizabeth, but a cold front is taking hold of most of the country. Get more information about weather in your area right here.

Horoscopes for Thursday 6 September

Are the stars aligned for you on Thursday? Find out here.