With any luck, the Netherlands will crush the unrepentant cheating scum that is Uruguay in their semi-final World Cup game in Cape Town at 20:30.
Julius Malema is alive and talking. Specifically, the increasingly embattled ANC Youth League leader is scheduled to speak at the Southern African Music Conference this afternoon. Will he drop subtle references to bloody agents trying to unseat him? If all goes according to plan we’ll tell you, live, on Twitter. You can follow it blow-by-blow on @phillipdewet, or catch the highlights package (assuming there are any highlights) on @dailymaverick. Or you could just wait for our report on the website shortly after the speech wraps up.
Basic education minister Angie Motshekga is also up and fighting, in her case explaining why the 2011 curriculum, apparently titled Schooling 2025, bears so little resemblance to outcomes-based education if OBE has not been a total failure.
President Jacob Zuma will be whipping up some investment excitement at a conference in Cape Town, where Investec Asset Management says it has gathered some of the world’s leading investors. The fact that there is a World Cup game later in the day is entirely incidental, of course. Watch out for Zuma spinning World Cup success into proof that all government policies are fantabulous, and demand greater foreign direct investment with fewer strings more often.
The nine-day San Fermin Festival, also known as the Goring of the Silly Tourists, starts in Pamplona. Animal rights activists are planning a couple of spectacular protests against the bullfights that follow the running of the bulls, and there is some concern that a bomb-building crazy or two may also show up this year.
The French parliament will debate a possible ban on burqas, as has become so fashionable in Western Europe of late. The plan is declare the burqa degrading to women, and therefore fine them €150 every time they’re caught choosing to degrade themselves that way. That doesn’t mean it will be constitutional, of course.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to meet US President Barack Obama, who will likely tell him that he’s been a very, very bad boy. The Israelis yesterday made some last-ditch efforts to talk to the Palestinians, for a change, so it looks like Netanyahu will try convincing Obama that there has been progress of sorts.