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Protests Against President Zuma in South Africa

April 7th, 2017

Episode 1006 of 1091 episodes

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in South African cities, angry about President Jacob Zuma's recent sacking of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Reports suggest that shots were aimed in the direction of members of the ruling ANC party, who were looking to disrupt larger protests by the main opposition Democratic Alliance. Our reporter Milton Nkosi is live at one of the demonstrations in Johannesburg to tell us what's happening. You've probably heard reports of big German companies like Volkswagen and BMW having concerns about Brexit, and the barriers it may create to their trade with the UK, but what about the much smaller businesses that make up the remaining 99% of the economy? Joe Miller reports on the feelings of the German 'mittelstand'. Robots are taking on difficult jobs in all walks of life, often moving into places where it's highly dangerous for people to work. Robot submarines are now able to take many of the risks away from deep-sea diving, thanks to some increasingly good batteries. Technology Reporter Zoe Kleinman has been investigating. And joining us to discuss a selection of the week's headlines, from executive pay to the world's best restaurants, are Shelly Banjo of Bloomberg in New York, and Elaine Moore of the Financial Times in London.

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