The World Cup kickoff concert is on in Soweto tonight. Remember, you’re supposed to be boycotting it because local artists have some grievance or another. If you are ignoring that call, like everybody else, watch out for the exact moment when Freshly Ground is finally discovered by a billion-odd people around the world.
The Caster Semenya saga is underway again, but this time at least it looks like there is an end in sight. Semenya will be at a media briefing this afternoon that will also feature sport minister Makhenkesi Stofile and Semenya’s pack of attack lawyers.
US vice president Joe Biden arrives in Johannesburg this afternoon, while his boss has to stay home and glare threateningly at BP and Iran. Biden isn’t doing anything exciting today, but his wife has a HIV-themed appearance scheduled at a day-care centre.
Everyone in soccer is holding a press conference on South African soil today. Look out for the ones by the local organising committee about last-minute preparations, the one by Fifa about its policy conference, and Bafana Bafana’s explanation of how they’ll do their best to go easy on the hapless Mexicans in a show of good sportsmanship.
Internet Solutions will this evening launch a brutal attack on the bottom lines of Vodacom, MTN and Cell C, with a voice-over-IP product launch for mobile phones. This one is aimed at corporates, but its the real start of a war that will eventually mean we’ll all save a lot of money. Except if you are an MTN or Vodacom shareholder, in which case don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Nato is going to come under heavy fire at a meeting that starts in Brussels today. Defense ministers of its constituent countries are getting together to fight it out over proposals to change the command structure and basically make it less of a bureaucracy and more of an effective fighting force. But just about every country there wants to cut military spending to help stem deficits, and Nato is a politically safe place to start.
Yusuf Islam, who is still better known as Cat Stevens because he released just about all his work under that moniker, is due to start a comeback tour in Australia. Right-wing politicians have called for him to be denied entry into the country, and there should be a small mob or two protesting his Muslim ways at some of the concert venues.
Economic data: April manufacturing and production numbers from Statistics SA, annuals from Transnet, and the Q2 building confidence survey from First National Bank.