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  2. Yeah, day before yesterday was last day for trading (LDT) for the dividend payment so there has been the usual post-dividend sell-off yesterday and today. Hopefully it'll start climbing from tomorrow again.
  3. Yesterday
  4. @SaurusDNA I read you guys' comments now about Motus, I like the idea I also think with the economy the way it is that more and more of these 'cheaper' brands will become the norm on SA roads. I was in Canal Walk last night and saw a brand new Hyundai i10 go for R2050 per month. I think most new university students who start working will be able to afford this. I decided to buy R3k worth of shares in Motus, now we probably need a dedicated thread
  5. The Minister of Public Enterprises, Mr Pravin Gordhan, and the Chairman of the Eskom Board, Mr Jabu Mabuza, address the media on Eskom and the current electricity supply problems. Watch live:
  6. I have been seeing some news about them lately, do any of you have stocks in Trustco? Is this a company worth looking into, I am struggling to find info on whether they are good or bad the articles seems to be a mix bag of opinions.
  7. I assume generators accross the country will require a lot of Diesel. Is it possible that we will have a Diesel shortage?
  8. Last week
  9. A huge fireball exploded in the Earth's atmosphere in December, according to Nasa. The blast was the second largest of its kind in 30 years, and the biggest since the fireball over Chelyabinsk in Russia six years ago. But it went largely unnoticed until now because it blew up over the Bering Sea, off Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula. The space rock exploded with 10 times the energy released by the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Lindley Johnson, planetary defence officer at Nasa, told BBC News a fireball this big is only expected about two or three times every 100 years. At about noon local time on 18 December, the asteroid barrelled through the atmosphere at a speed of 32km/s, on a steep trajectory of seven degrees. Measuring several metres in size, the space rock exploded 25.6km above the Earth's surface, with an impact energy of 173 kilotonnes. "That was 40% the energy release of Chelyabinsk, but it was over the Bering Sea so it didn't have the same type of effect or show up in the news," said Kelly Fast, near-Earth objects observations programme manager at Nasa. "That's another thing we have in our defence, there's plenty of water on the planet." Read more here (it's long): https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47607696
  10. My weekend consisted of staying at the office. Everytime it loadshed we needed to power up the servers. The building has a generator that kicks in on the red plugs, but that takes about a minute or two and the UPSes suddenly don't have the power anymore to carry the servers (loadshedding 3 times a day for 6 and a half hours). So now its a scramble to find newer and more powerful UPSes (Whilst not breaking the bank.) This is the current setup (will do it more professionally, but this weekend was code red and emergency maneuvers.) Boer maak 'n plan.
  11. Eskom has been making it difficult for me for quite some time now. There are power issues in the complex we moved into and we cannot operate stoves, washing machines and kettles (stuff that makes other stuff warm). Geyser is fine though, luckily. Now there is loadshedding. Add to that me struggling to get my fibre going between Clear Access and Afrihost. I'm so used to living in the stone age and sacrificing meat out on the patio every night, I don't think it phases me that much any more
  12. electricity crises in South Africa

  13. I suppose we need one of these threads to discuss everything load shedding related. Eskom said that load shedding would shift from stage 4 to stage 2 from 23:00 on Saturday to 08:00 on Sunday morning, following which stage 4 load-shedding would be implemented from 08:00 until 23:00 on Sunday.
  14. CHRISTCHURCH/WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Reuters) - Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday after 49 people were killed and dozens wounded in mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques. Tarrant, handcuffed and wearing a white prison suit, stood silently in the Christchurch District Court where he was remanded without a plea. He is due back in court on April 5 and police said he was likely to face further charges. Friday’s attack, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labelled as terrorism, was the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand and the country had raised its security threat level to the highest. Tarrant has been described as a suspected white supremacist, based on his social media activity. Footage of the attack on one of the mosques was broadcast live on Facebook, and a “manifesto” denouncing immigrants as “invaders” was also posted online via links to related social media accounts. The video showed a man driving to the Al Noor mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people with a semi-automatic rifle with high-capacity magazines. Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay on the floor, the video showed. At one stage the shooter returns to his car, changes weapons, re-enters the mosque and again begins shooting. The camera attached to his head recording the massacre follows the barrel of his weapon, like some macabre video game. Forty-one people were killed at the Al Noor mosque. Police said the alleged shooter took seven minutes to travel to the second mosque in the suburb of Linwood, where seven people were killed. No images have emerged from the second mosque. Tarrant was arrested in a car, which police said was carrying improvised explosive devices, 36 minutes after they were first called. “The offender was mobile, there were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in, and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack,” Ardern told reporters in Christchurch on Saturday. Ardern’s office said the suspect had sent the “manifesto” in a bulk email that included a generic address for the Prime Minister, the opposition leader, speaker of the parliament and around 70 media outlets a matter of minutes before the attack. A spokesman said the email didn’t describe the specific incident and there was “nothing in the content or timing that would have been able to prevent the attack.” The staff member monitoring the accounts sent it to parliamentary services as soon as they saw it, who sent it to police, the spokesman said. The visiting Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers at one of the mosques when the shooting started but all members were safe, a team coach told Reuters. Two other people were in custody and police said they were seeking to understand whether they were involved in any way. None of those arrested had a criminal history or were on watchlists in New Zealand or Australia. SORROW, SYMPATHY Twelve operating theaters worked through the night on the more than 40 people wounded, said hospital authorities. Thirty- six people were still being treated on Saturday, 11 of whom remained in intensive care. One victim died in hospital. “Many of the people require multiple trips to the theater to deal with the complex series of injuries they have,” said Christchurch Hospital’s Chief of Surgery Greg Robertson. One victim posted a Facebook video from his hospital bed, asking for prayers for himself, his son and daughter. “Hi guys how are you. I am very sorry to miss your calls and text messages...I am really tired...please pray for my son, me and my daughter...I am just posting this video to show you that I am fully ok,” said Wasseim Alsati, who was reportedly shot three times. Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in Christchurch, which is still rebuilding after a devastating earthquake in 2011 that killed almost 200 people. Wearing a black scarf over her head, Ardern hugged members of the Muslim community at a Christchurch refugee center, saying she would ensure freedom on religion in New Zealand. “I convey the message of love and support on behalf of New Zealand to all of you,” she said. The majority of victims were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia and Afghanistan. Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand’s population. “I’m not sure how to deal with this. Forgiving is going to take time,” Omar Nabi, whose father Haji Daoud Nabi was gunned down, told reporters outside the Christchurch court. Nabi’s family left Kabul, Afghanistan, for New Zealand in the 1970s. Abdikina Ali-Hassarn and his family moved to New Zealand from Somalia four years ago and were regular worshippers at the Linwood mosque. “I can’t even go to the mosque now because I am scared of that happening again,” the 16-year-old told New Zealand television. He said his mother, who was at the Linwood mosque with his father and brother, saw two people shot. “She came here for the peace...now she is shocked,” he said, adding his mother was too afraid to leave her house. Men and women from the New Zealand Muslim Association in Auckland flew to Christchurch to assist with the funeral rites, washing the bodies, wrapping them in white cloth and taking them to the cemetery. None of the bodies had yet been released due to the investigation, leaving families unable to bury their dead within the 24 hours customary in Islam. GUN LAW REFORMS Ardern said Tarrant was a licensed gun owner who allegedly used five weapons, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns, which had been modified. “I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change,” Ardern told reporters, saying a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered. New Zealand has in the past tried to tighten firearm laws, but a strong gun lobby and culture of hunting has stymied such efforts. There are an estimated 1.5 million firearms in New Zealand, which has a population of only five million, but the country has had low levels of gun violence. Tarrant lived in Dunedin, on New Zealand’s South Island, and was a member of the Bruce Rifle Club, according to media reports which quoted club members saying he often practiced shooting an AR-15, which is a lightweight semi-automatic rifle. The AR-15 is a semi-automatic version of the United States military M16 rifle. The minimum legal age to own a gun in New Zealand is 16, or 18 for military-style semi-automatic weapons. Police Association President Chris Cahill backed tighter gun laws, saying the weapons used in the mosque shootings were banned in Australia after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996 in which 35 people were gunned down. The AR-15 was used at Port Arthur, as well as a number of high-profile mass shootings in the United States. WORLD CONDEMNATION Leaders around the world expressed sorrow and disgust at the attacks, with some deploring the demonisation of Muslims. U.S. President Donald Trump, who condemned the attack as a “horrible massacre”, was praised by the accused gunman in a manifesto posted online as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose”. Ardern said she had spoken to Trump, who had asked how he could help. “My message was sympathy and love for all Muslim communities,” she said she told him. Political and Islamic leaders across Asia and the Middle East voiced concern over the targeting of Muslims. “I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11,” Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan posted on social media. “1.3 billion Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror.” Source: Reuters
  15. We had a cat but found it a new home (a proper cat lady). He was bored, couldn't really go outside and tore birds apart in the home every other day. Wife's allergies didn't help either... but I kinda miss the guy Anyway, I've been wanting to get a small dog to double as an alarm but the thought of cleaning up the lawn, booking him into a kennel every time we go away for more than two days and the potential noise/complaints from neighbours in the estate just puts me off. Can get a "quiet" dog like an Italian Greyhound but... meh. So no pets for me. It silently kills me inside because I grew up in a house with many many dogs
  16. Bandit

    Unit Trusts

    I own unit trusts only in the form of pension and RAs. RA - Allan Gray Balanced Fund Pension - 10X Kicked Stanlib to the curb but it had more to do with getting away from my financial advisors hold on it. Didn't understand their pricing at all. Very happy with what I have currently
  17. Yes, they only listed on 22 November. Still hard to find info.
  18. Here's the official JSE index codes (although Google Finance uses different ones): All share is J203 and the Top40 is J200.
  19. In my opinion, the Allan Gray Balanced fund is one of the best the market has to offer. Its performance has been nothing less than superb in that it has smashed the benchmark year after year after year: https://www.allangray.co.za/fund-pages/balanced-fund/
  20. I've been tracking the amount of money I spend on my cats for the past 3 or so years now and thought it might make for a cool thread. Do any of you own pets? Do you budget for your pets? How much do you spend on your pet(s) in a month? We have 3 cats (Lilly, Meow Meow and Bubbles (Full name Hollywood Luxury Bubbles)) initially I fed them Hills and Royal Canin and mainly wet food, but that got terribly expensive really quick. I found what appears to be great dry food at Spar, it's their home brand called Pro Balance Cat Food. The Pro Balance (Spar depending) costs R77 for a 2KG bag compared to Hills Cat Food which is R229 for a 2Kg bag and there was a time I fed them Acana which was around R450 for a 1.8Kg bag. Then I would feed some meat whenever we braai so won't add that to the calculation. The cat litter we got a great deal on through the years. We use bentonite (none lethal type) which is clamping, but it's used in construction so it's cheap as in we pay roughly R130 for a 25Kg bag which lasts 2 months between the three cat litter boxes we have. If it was not for this I do not think I would have been able to afford cats considering the traditional cat litter costs around R170 for 3Kg and it and I will probably need 3 to 4 bags a month. What does a cat cost per month: Pro Balance Cat Food R77 per bag x 2.5 ( we normally use two, but have used 3 some months). Cat Litter Bentonite 25Kg bag R130 x 1 (we try to buy one each month to be safe because it's not available when it is the rainy season (no construction sites)). Pro-Balance Cat Food Pouches R7.49 x 6 (Wet food as a treat, normally buy each cat one every now and again). Total cost per month: R367.44 Total cost per cat per month: R122.48 Other cat expenses we had: Meow Meow had to be taken to the vet for an emergency which ended up costing R400. Bubbles and Meow Meow are neutered which was R550 each (R1100 total). Lily is still a kitten. but she will also be neutered and it will be R550 as well. We had a company design a custom cat jungle for them which cost us R7004 (but worth every penny, will post pictures). Cat litter boxes x 4 which were R50 each (R200 total). Cat poop scoopers x 2 which were R25 each (R50 total). Bought Lily for R100 when she was a puny little kitten (less than a month old). Cat carriers x 2 for R300 each (R600 total), great tip: go to Plastic World, the pet shops are overpriced. Drinkwell water fountain (they loved it) which was R674. Drinking bowls, stainless steel x 3 which were R80 each (R240 total). Cat leashes/harnesses to walk them with like in the movies x 2 at R80 a pop (R160 total). Total cat expenses: R11 078 Our cats' costs R4 409.28 per year which comes down to R1 469.76 per cat per year. This is just living costs, it excludes toys and travel and vet visits. I thought as a hypothetical I would like to see if I can afford to feed my cats the ideal nutritional diet that I would want which would consist of Hills or Royal Canin using the above portions it would mean that I need to spend R774 per month or R258 per cat. That is an increase of 71.23% in my spending which means I need to increase my monthly budget for the cats by R406.56 which is possible but will be cutting it very close. I mean if I invest the difference or put the difference in a Tymebank goalsave account at 10% I would have R31 745.17 after 5 years. Suddenly that Hills diet looks a lot more expensive. Now for the fun bits Bubbles (very christmassy) Meow Meow Lily
  21. I'm right here Ranger. With My "Snortfolio".
  22. FTSE all share is INDEXFTSE: ASX on google finance and Top 40 I use investing.com https://za.investing.com/indices/ftse-jse-top-40-components
  23. Noobly

    Unit Trusts

    Years later, do any of you own Unit Trusts? I am looking at a 10x one or Sygnia unit trust now -- my portfolio on the JSE over the past 3 years have been negative, time to give this back to the pros.
  24. When is their AGM, I am struggling to find a lot of info on them, did they list recently or just flown under the radar?
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