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Why Suzuki is gaining traction in the used car market

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Used car sales grew 7% year-on-year in April 2024 with sales amounting to R11.7bn. While this looks to indicate a market that might be slowly recovering, the fewer public holidays in April this year does not perhaps reflect an accurate…

Audi and SAIC to develop China-specific EV platform

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Volkswagen's premium brand Audi said on Monday it would jointly develop a new China-specific platform for intelligent and electric vehicles with its Chinese joint venture partner SAIC.

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New Mini John Cooper Works to race at 24 Hours of Nürburgring

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The new Mini John Cooper Works will make its debut at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. This motorsport event is one of the most challenging endurance races in the world; a competition that pushes vehicles, crews and drivers to the limit.

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Russia to lift gasoline export ban, RBC reports

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The Russian government has made a final decision to suspend the temporary ban on gasoline exports as the market is sufficiently supplied, the RBC daily reported on Monday citing a source familiar with the decision.

US judge blocks Biden-backed rule expanding gun background checks

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A federal judge on Sunday blocked the Biden administration from fully implementing a new rule that would require gun dealers to obtain licenses and conduct background checks when selling firearms at gun shows and online.

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Turkey in advanced talks with BYD, Chery for EV plants: Bloomberg

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Turkey is in advanced discussions with Chinese electric car makers BYD and Chery Automobile for factory investments in the country, Industry Minister Fatih Kacir said in an interview with Bloomberg News on Friday.

Tesla doing damage control, discounts for European fleet buyers

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Tesla is working to appease some European leasing companies after the carmaker’s repeated retail price cuts tanked their fleets’ value and its slow service and expensive repairs alienated corporate customers.

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin launches crew to edge of space

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Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin launched a six-person crew, including the first US black astronaut candidate from the 1960s, from West Texas to the edge of space on Sunday, resuming its centerpiece space tourism business for the…

OBITUARY | Iran’s President Raisi took hard line with national protests and nuclear talks

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Ebrahim Raisi, who died aged 63, rose through Iran's theocracy from hardline prosecutor to uncompromising president, overseeing a crackdown on protests at home and pushing hard in nuclear talks with world powers.

Mohammad Mokhber set to be named as Iran’s interim president

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Here are key facts about Mohammad Mokhber, 68, Iran's first vice president who, based on the country's constitution, is expected to become interim president following the death of Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash.

Sunday, May 19

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JUSTICE MALALA | The NHI is all about government wanting to control the private healthcare system

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Quality universal health care is sorely needed, but given the past failings of the healthcare sector, we won't get it from a government that can’t even procure an oncology machine

OPINION | Khune deserved better from Chiefs than two signed jerseys in a near-empty stadium

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A more fitting honour for Khune would have been a benefit year - a series of high and low-profile events where he would be properly celebrated

Space data fuels India's farming innovation drive

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The Indian government, which just relaxed foreign investment rules for the space sector, is leaning heavily into the use of satellite data to solve problems on the ground, with agriculture a key focus

Saturday, May 18

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Justice Yvonne Mokgoro to be honoured with a special official funeral

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The late retired Constitutional Court justice Yvonne Mokgoro will be honoured with a special official funeral category 1, the presidency said on Saturday.

Friday, May 17

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VW and Renault end talks to develop affordable EV: sources

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Volkswagen has walked away from talks with Renault to jointly develop an affordable electric version of the Twingo, two sources familiar with the situation said, in a setback for the EU carmakers' efforts to fend off Chinese rivals.

Musk pushes plan for China data to power Tesla's AI ambitions

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Tesla is pushing ahead with plans to power the global development of its self-driving system with data from China that could be processed in the country, part of a strategic shift by Elon Musk, according to people with knowledge of the…

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Donald Trump wants to control the justice department and FBI ... his allies have a plan

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Some of Donald Trump's allies are assembling proposals to curtail the justice department's independence and turn the nation's top law enforcement body into an attack dog for conservative causes, nine people involved in the effort told…

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New York race for US House becomes latest Israel lobby battleground

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The Democratic primary race for a US House of Representatives seat in New York state has become a new battleground for a powerful pro-Israel fundraising group, which spent nearly $2m on ads this week against incumbent Jamaal Bowman.

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Dow tops 40,000, Biden trolls Trump in split screen video

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The Dow topped 40,000 for the first time on Thursday in an all-time high, giving US President Joe Biden an opening to prove his Republican election rival's 2020 predictions wrong.

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Study shows fewer people in the US plan to buy EVs this year

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The number of buyers in the US considering an electric vehicle purchase in 2024 has fallen from a year ago due to a shortage of affordable cars, inadequate charging infrastructure and ignorance about EV benefits, a study by JD Power has…

US House votes to force weapons shipments to Israel, rebuking Biden

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The Republican-led US House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that would force President Joe Biden to send weapons to Israel, seeking to rebuke the Democrat for delaying bomb shipments as he urges Israel to do more to protect…

Trump's lawyer accuses Michael Cohen of lying at hush money trial

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Donald Trump's lawyer on Thursday accused star witness Michael Cohen of lying at the former US president's trial about a phone conversation he claimed to have had with Trump about a hush money payment to a porn star shortly before the 2016…

BHEKISISA | Can a new government repeal the NHI Act?

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President Cyril Ramaphosa’s signing of the National Health Insurance Bill on Wednesday doesn’t necessarily guarantee it will become law, especially if the ANC loses power, says University of Cape Town constitutional law expert Pierre de…

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Tesla gets local council go-ahead for German factory expansion

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Tesla received the go-ahead for an expansion of its German factory in Gruenheide near Berlin from the local council on Thursday despite protests against the US electric vehicle maker's plans.

Ford asks suppliers to cut costs in push to turn EV business profitable

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Ford has asked its electric vehicle suppliers to reduce costs in an attempt to support profitability, saying "everything is on the table", according to a company memo seen by Reuters.

Thursday, May 16

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SIU fails to stop payout to former Lepelle Northern Water acting CEO

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The Special Tribunal on Thursday dismissed an application by the Special Investigating Unit which sought to prevent the release of pension benefits of Ahuiwi Netshidaulu, the former acting CEO of Lepelle Northern Water.

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Pikitup services disrupted as casual workers 'demand' jobs from company

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Pikitup says its services were disrupted on Thursday because casual workers, whose contracts are about to expire, are forcefully demanding jobs from the waste management company.

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Toyota is testing its new electric Hilux in Thailand

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Toyota is testing the new battery-electric Hilux pickup truck to assess its performance in different conditions as the carmaker prepares to manufacture the vehicle in Thailand by the end of 2025, an executive said on Thursday.

Netflix hits 40-million users for ad-supported plan

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Netflix said on Wednesday its ad-supported tier has reached 40-million global monthly active users, from 5-million a year earlier, a sign that its push to attract new users with the cheaper plan is paying off.

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White House moves to protect US solar manufacturers from Chinese competition

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The White House on Thursday said it would protect domestic solar factories from Chinese competition by scrapping a tariff exemption for imported double-sided panels and making it easier for projects to claim a subsidy for using American…