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US Election will have an impact on SA

All eyes are focused on the United States presidential election outcome. Economists said that South Africa needed to pay close attention as the votes are counted as the results would have an impact here at home. The COVID-19 pandemic has wrecked the global economy, countries around the world are scrambling to rebuild their finances and fighting unemployment.  The United States is a global superpower and therefore, the race for the White House will have a lot to do with the recovery process.

The United States have one of the largest global economies and economists said that America’s stability was pivotal for South Africa too. Viv Govender from Rand Swiss Offshore said the outcome of the US elections would have an impact on South Africa’s plans to recover from the economic crisis that the country is currently faced with.  “Political instability in the US means we are unlikely to see a large scale of government plans to try get the economy out of the crisis of COVID.”

Chief Economist Mike Schussler said the US was one of South Africa’s biggest trading partners and the outcome of these elections would affect us too. “We have the African Growth and Opportunity Free Trade Act, which allows our products to be tariff-free. If that were to be reversed in the next term, it could have a detrimental impact on many areas in South Africa.”

The United States election outcome will ring in a new term of four years in the White House for the successful contender, who will have the power to make significant policy changes, as the world battles to recover from COVID-19.

National News – Rock Legend Van Halen Dies

Eddie Van Halen, the Dutch-American musician died  yesterday when he lost his battle with cancer.   Van Halen’s son, Wolf, announced the news on Tuesday.  Van Halen was a guitar virtuoso and his group, Van Halen, was considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time.  They sold over 75 million albums with hits like Panama, Run-in with the Devil and Eruption.  Their most well known and loved hit song however was Jump, which was released in 1985.  “I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning,” Wolf Van Halen wrote on Twitter.  “He was the best father I could ask for.  Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift.  My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss.  I love you so much, Pop.”

Eddie Van Halen, Rock legend dies of cancer

Eddie van Halen was born in the Netherlands and raised in California.  Eddie, along with his older brother Alex, founded the rock group in the early 1970’s.  Eddie was especially famous for a technique called “finger tapping” – where the guitar is played with two hands like a piano.  Van Halen struggled with his health and addiction for many years. “I didn’t drink to party.  Alcohol and cocaine were private things to me.  I would use them for work.  The blow keeps you awake and the alcohol lowers your inhibitions.  I’m sure there were musical things I would not have attempted were I not in that mental state.”


Tributes from the biggest names in the music industry started pouring in after Van Halen’s death was announced on Tuesday.  “I’m just devastated to hear the news of the passing of my dear friend Eddie Van Halen.  He fought a long and hard battle with cancer right to the very end.  Eddie was one of a very special kind of person, a really great friend.  Rest in Peace my dear friend till we meet again,” tweeted Black Sabbath’s Tony Lommi. Eddie Van Halen is survived by his son and his wife Janie, as well as his first wife Bertinelli.

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