1. So Peter Moyo showed up for work at Old Mutual's Sandton building yesterday morning, but was again barred from entering his office. The High Court in Johannesburg on Friday upheld an earlier ruling allowing the on-again, off-again Old Mutual CEO to return to work until the appeal process has been concluded. But Old Mutual disputed this, claiming that Moyo did not challenge the contractual validity of his second sacking last month. Moyo and his lawyers now want a board resolution that confirms that he can’t work.

2. MTN has been fined R5m – with R2m suspended for three years – after it didn’t give authorities enough warning before it hiked the price of its 1GB Monthly WhatsApp bundles.  In April last year, MTN lowered the bundle price to R10. It saw a 300% increase in WhatsApp usage in just eight weeks, which it said threatened its 3G network. In July, it hiked the price by R10 to R30. It only gave the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) two working days’ notice before the increase took effect. It is obliged to give the authority at least seven days’ notice. But MTN will fight the penalty, and it is taking the decision on review to the High Court.

3. In an interview with Bloomberg, Moody’s acknowledged that fixing Eskom is complex and it will take time for the government and the company to agree to a plan. Moody’s is the only credit rating agency that hasn’t downgraded SA to junk yet.

4. The majority of British Airways flights were scrapped in the UK after pilots launched a 48-hour strike in a dispute over pay. The strike does not affect British Airways flights operated by Comair in South Africa.

5. In its interim earnings, the South African company Bell Equipment, which offers the world's largest range of articulated dump trucks, reported an 8% increase in revenue to R4.04bn for the six months to end-June. In South Africa, trading conditions deteriorated further on the back of “prolonged policy uncertainty and a lack of much-anticipated economic stimulus”. Meanwhile, the Durban-based Trellidor saw a sharp 26% drop in its headline profits for the year to end-June, with group revenue down 4.5% to R515m. The company said consumer spending was negatively impacted throughout South Africa and Africa, particularly among middle-income customers, which is its key market. Its Trellidor gates division saw revenue declined 3% to R322 million for the year, but income increased by 112% in the UK.

The 25 countries with the lowest percentages of children

Reported by Canela López

The world's population is aging fast, and these countries are proof.

Declining fertility rates and increased life expectancy have contributed to an overall global trend of aging populations worldwide. For the first time in recorded history, last year people over the age of 64 outnumbered children 5 years of age and younger.

Though better medical technology is a large factor in this shift, the Global Burden of Disease Study also cited a decreased interest in having large families as another key reason why the global fertility rate has been cut in half since 1950.

This is a phenomenon that transcends borders - but some nations and administrative regions are clearly at the forefront of this trend.

The World Bank records the percentage of people in each country and region under the age of 15. These are the 25 places with the lowest populations of children in the world.


25. Czech Republic — 15.53% under 14


24. Slovakia — 15.46% under 14


23. Romania — 15.24% under 14


22. Slovenia — 15.11% under 14


21. Lithuania — 14.99% under 14


20. Switzerland — 14.92% under 14


19. Poland — 14.86% under 14


T-17. Singapore — 14.73% under 14


T-17. Croatia — 14.73% under 14


16. Spain — 14.59% under 14


15. Malta — 14.46% under 14


14. Channel Islands — 14.44% under 14


13. Bulgaria — 14.39% under 14


12. Hungary — 14.30% under 14


11. Bosnia and Herzegovina — 14.15% under 14


10. Austria — 14.10% under 14


T-8. United Arab Emirates — 13.88% under 14


T-8. Qatar — 13.88% under 14


7. Macau — 13.77% under 14


6. Italy — 13.43% under 14


5. Portugal — 13.40% under 14


4. South Korea — 13.35% under 14


3. Germany — 13.07% under 14


2. Japan — 12.84% under 14


1. Hong Kong — 11.91% under 14

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