While you were asleep: How the rich stay rich

In South Africa, people borrow money to eat. In the US, the ultra-rich do it to stay rich by avoiding tax. A ProPublica analysis published on Business Insider shows the top 25 wealthiest Americans, including South African-born Elon Musk, has paid a true tax rate of 3.4% by using their vast fortunes as collateral for single-digit interest rate loans. Musk’s response to a request for comment? “?”

The Tesla Chief revealed in a Twitter thread discussing his wealth and taxes, he has sold all of his houses in California except for one that is rented out for events. He confirmed he earns no salary and the only time he sells Tesla stock is when he has no choice.

Here’s a roundup of the world’s top and most interesting headlines.

SA Business

Eskom cuts maintenance to the bone and still can’t avoid load shedding – Moneyweb

New beginnings for SAA but no new name, and govt still keeps a (smaller) share – News24

This is where state pension money goes: R85k for a Christmas card – TimesLive

US Business

US-born computer professionals earn far more than other US workers – Forbes

Tencent rises as Biden revokes Trump’s TikTok order – Investing.com

Nearly one-in-three Republicans say it’s likely Trump will be ‘reinstated’ as president this year, a new poll shows – Business Insider


Red notices and extraditions: The next step in the Gupta saga – Daily Maverick

Winter of discontent: #Shutdown protests over poor service delivery will define 2021 local elections – Daily Maverick

Bitcoin fall has strategists eyeing possible drop to $20,000 – Bloomberg

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