The rundown: there is still no assurances being given by Rand Water as to when regular water services will return to areas affected in various parts of Johannesburg and Pretoria. Rand Water Spokesperson Justice Mohale with an update:
Further afield: Moscow State University lecturer and freelance journalist Victor Sonkin has meanwhile been quite reassuring of Russia's nuclear power credentials. Sonkin highlights how the R111 bil. deal with the South African government is also a good move to boost Russia's global political status, along with recent oil deals made with China:
Back home: while you were blinking, President Jacob Zuma appointed Tom Moyane, a former National Commissioner at the Department of Correctional Services as the Commissioner of the South African National Revenue Service (SARS). A development economist by vocation, questions remain around his potential to lead SARS:
And in our newsroom: huge congratulations go out EWN's Alex Eliseev on winning the Regional Journalist of the Year Award at the Vodacom Journalist of the Year ceremony. Eliseev won for his water expose, which you can view here.
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