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Pistorius ‘Very, Very Likely’ To Testify – Legal experts agreed that murder accused Oscar Pistorius was “very likely” to take the stand on Friday in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to shed light on the night he fatally shot Reeva Steenkamp. [news24]
10 Questions Gerrie Nel Should Ask Oscar When He Takes The Stand – In Oscar Pistorius’s bail hearing, Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair made the observation that there were a lot of “improbabilities” in Oscar’s account of the events that happened. Barry Bateman has compiled 10 questions, that he thinks will illuminate these observations. [2ov]
UN Says Crimea Vote Was Illegal – The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution describing the Moscow-backed referendum that led to Russia’s annexation of Crimea as illegal. [BBC]
ANC Hones Its Master Plan To Save Zuma – The Nkandla saga is more than four years old but it was only in 2013 that the ANC visibly took control of managing the scandal, making “requests” of government ministers that were quickly acted on. Since then, the party appears to have developed a master plan for dealing with Nkandla fallout. [m&g]
ANC Takes DA To Court For ‘Spreading Malicious Lies’ – The ANC is set to take the Democratic Alliance (DA) to court for “spreading malicious lies” about President Jacob Zuma and his Nkandla homestead. The ruling party said on Thursday the DA was guilty of violating electoral codes and laws. [m&g]
Amazon Considers Streaming Media Service – Amazon is considering an advertising-supported streaming television and music-video service, a departure from its strategy of linking video to its $99-a-year Prime subscription service, according to people close to the company. [WSJ]
Microsoft Unveils Office For iPad – After years and years of rumors, Office for iPad is finally here. At a press event in San Francisco this morning, Microsoft Office general manager Julia White has unveiled the company’s latest mobile Office app. [verge]
Turkey’s Social Media Crackdown Continues With YouTube Block – Turkey blocked access to YouTube on Thursday after leaked recordings allegedly reveal the Turkish foreign minister and high-ranking government officials plotting an invasion of Syria. [FastCo]
Monetary Policy Committee Keep Repo Rate Unchanged At 5.5% – “The MPC has decided to keep the repurchase rate unchanged at 5.5% per annum,” Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus said on Thursday. The bank’s forecast for headline inflation is unchanged for 2014 and is expected to average 6.3% with a 6.6% peak expected in the fourth quarter of 2014. [eProp]
President Obama Announces Plan To Dismantle NSA Phone Record Database – President Barack Obama has officially announced his plan to reform the National Security Agency’s collection of phone records. Under his new proposal, the agency would no longer keep a database holding a large percentage of all American call records. [verge]
The Scam Of Olive Oil, And Its Antidote – Here’s the hard truth: the olive oil in your pantry, the one you bought for its health benefits and for some sliver of the seductive Mediterranean lifestyle, is most likely a scam. [Forbes]
Gunshot Victims To Be Suspended Between Life And Death – Doctors will try to save the lives of 10 patients with knife or gunshot wounds by placing them in suspended animation, buying time to fix their injuries. [NewScientist]
Zac Efron Beaten By Homeless Guy – Zac Efron mysteriously ended up in a bad area of downtown L.A. just after midnight Sunday … and ended up getting violently socked in the mouth by a sketchy transient … law enforcement sources tell TMZ. [TMZ]
Rich Guy Forgets His R1,1M Boat In Harbor – For 2 Years – Don’t you hate it when you dock your six-figure boat in a harbor and then forget all about it for two years? This somehow happened to a well-to-do Norwegian man who moored his $108,000 boat in a Swedish harbor. [Newser]
Tambo’s rabbit canned from Madiba’s statue – A BRONZE rabbit that was added, as an artist’s signature, to the statue of former president Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings in Pretoria has been removed. [BusIns]
Deals we think you’ll dig..
There are a number of ongoing deals setup at our various exclusive partners. We get emailed regularly to remind the readers about these various discounts and specials. They’re all pretty fantastic and worth knowing about – so we thought we would leave them here, out of your way at the bottom of the Morning Spice, should you ever need to find the one you’re looking for 😉
R2,999 / Month For A Brand New MINI – The product range at MINI is diverse, to say the least. That’s why we’ve managed to structure a special deal for those of you desperate to join the MINI family, but are struggling to pull it together. [check it out]
50% Off At Grootbos Private Luxury Lodge, Just 2 Hours Out Of Cape Town – Finally the last minute deal returns! If you book at Grootbos within 48 hours of arrival, you get 50% off your booking. That’s a VERY healthy discount – especially for a 5-star luxury surrounded by the splendour of nature. [check it out]
First Month Storage Space Only R1 At Stor-Age – Whether you need a locker for a bicycle or a garage for your house contents, Stor-age has the space you need. And they’re offering a special R1 for the first month deal – no strings attached! You can take you stauff out after one month – no problem! [check it out]
Case Of Pierre Jourdan MCC for Only R600 – For something that usually sells in high-end restaurants for R250+ it’s nice to know you can order Pierre Jourdan Cuvee Brut for only R100 a bottle. [check it out]
Get R150 Off Your First Uber Ride – If you haven’t tried Uber yet, you’re making a mockery of yourself. Stop riding cheap unreliable taxis with drivers who don’t know if they’re coming or going. Give yourself the private driver treatment with Uber and get R180 off your first ride! Sign up and boom, you’re done! [check it out]
30% Off Beats By Dre Headphones – Beats by Dre is a partner of 2oceansvibe and that’s why we’ve made sure our readers should be looked after when they want to buy a pair. 30% off is the deal we got for you. Enjoy it! [check it out]
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