1. This week we’ll know whether the SA economy is just a bit poorly, or basically at death’s door and starting to cough up some of its intestines. The GDP numbers are due on Tuesday, and if the economy continued to shrink, we are digging ourselves deeper into a recession. Most economists expect we will manage to break free, with an average expectation of almost 2% growth for the third quarter. In the second quarter, the economy shrank by 0.7%, and by 2.6% in the first quarter.
2. A bit of positive news following the G20 meeting in Argentina: The US president Donald Trump agreed with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to put $200 billion in import tariffs on Chinese goods on ice. The tariffs were supposed to take effect in January, but will now be halted for 90 days. This should bolster global markets this week.
Also at the G20 meeting, president Cyril Ramaphosa met with the controversial Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Reuters reported that they discussed cooperation in fields of energy and investment. The Saudi government is offering SA $1 billion to become a “partner” of Denel. It was prince’s first public appearance following the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Bin Salman, who also gave Russian president Vladimir Putin a much-photographed high-five at the G20, has been linked to the murder.
President @CyrilRamaphosa and I are finding common ground between Canada & South Africa on oceans protection, our commitment to girls’ education, and on developing stronger trade ties between us - to create more jobs in our countries. Great to see you again today Cyril. pic.twitter.com/TucL4J8vcG— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 30, 2018
Glad to have met President @CyrilRamaphosa. At a time when India is marking the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, it is our honour to welcome President Ramaphosa as the Chief Guest for the 2019 Republic Day celebrations. Bapu's close link with South Africa is well known. pic.twitter.com/mGnN0mDj0L— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 1, 2018
PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA HOLDS BILATERAL MEETINGS ON THE SIDELINES OF G20 SUMMIT President @CyrilRamaphosa met with President Emmanuel Macron of France on the margins of the G20 Summit. President Macron wished South Africa all the best with the #GlobalCitizen Festival.#G20Argentina pic.twitter.com/LFPnFhvYrp— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) December 1, 2018
3. It’s December 2018, and you know what that means:
The PricewaterhouseCoopers report on Steinhoff is due. It may land as early as this week. The audit firm studied more than 320,000 documents to determine who did what.
4. Try to drive on the last of your fuel fumes until Wednesday: Petrol prices will be lowered by a whopping R1.84 a litre. Diesel will be up to R1.47 be cheaper.
5. Expropriation of land without compensation could progress this week as parliament is expected to adopt it in principle, kick-starting the process to change the Constitution.
Reporting by Joanna Fantozzi
When it comes to dining out, we may all have our personal preferences, but who better to give insider tips on what not to order at a gourmet restaurant than the chefs themselves?
INSIDER spoke with several professional chefs to ask their opinion about the food you should never order in a restaurant and why. From food that's about to be thrown out, to unnecessarily overpriced items, your best bet is to steer clear of these sub-par orders.
Keep scrolling to learn some secrets from behind the kitchen doors.
"Chefs don't typically appreciate well-done orders unless there is a very specific reason for the request (elderly, pregnant, etc.)," James Briscione, Director of Culinary Research at the Institute of Culinary Education told INSIDER. "They typically reserve the least desirable cuts (thin, tougher pieces) to cook well done. In general, less attention is given to well-done orders."
Truffle oil is very rarely made with actual truffles, but is instead concocted using various chemicals that are designed to smell like real truffles.
"Never order anything with truffle oil as a listed ingredient," chef Briscione said. "Chances are, the imitation truffle flavour will be offensively strong, and the 20 cents worth of truffle oil drizzled on your plate will result in a surge in menu price."
"I never order mussels at restaurants," Mary Dumont, chef and owner of Cultivar in Boston, told INSIDER. "I know people love them and I'm meticulous about their storage and care if I serve them, but all it takes is one bad mussel and you're down for the count."
She's not the only one. Anthony Bourdain also famously said in his book "Kitchen Confidential" that he only ordered mussels if he knew the chef personally.
It's tempting to order the wagyu beef burger topped with foie gras and duck-fat bacon, but hear us out.
"There is no reason to ever pay $20+ (R300) for a hamburger," chef Briscione said. "If chefs are piling expensive ingredients on top of a hamburger, it's just so they can steal your money. Good burgers are made from ground tough cuts of meat like chuck, brisket, or ribs. Grinding up expensive meat just to make a burger is a waste."
Fish specials, especially those that fall on Mondays, should be avoided. Why? At that point in the week, the seafood may be old since most restaurants get their fish orders in on a Thursday, right before weekend rush.
"Specials are tricky in restaurants," chef Silvia Barban said, executive chef at Aita and LaRina, told INSIDER. "It could be the most fresh and delicious special, but in some restaurants, specials are the way to clean up the fridge."
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