The New Age newspaper won’t be appearing on shelves today as had been planned – though we never believed that would happen anyway. But we may get some more details out of the five top editors who walked out yesterday afternoon because of what everything indicates was political interference, though that hasn’t been confirmed yet.
It is World Statistics Day, a United Nations attempt at bringing the awesomeness of metrics to the public attention. Normally that would be a tough task, but planning minister Trevor Manuel is getting involved locally, and statistician-general, Pali Lehohla is using the opportunity to punt next year’s census. Between them they’ll probably be able to hold our attention.
A memorial for the memorable Benny Alexander, better known as !Khoisan X, will be held in Johannesburg, followed by a funeral in Kimberley on the weekend. It should be a big event, perhaps big enough for the near-extinct PAC to try and use it as leverage – and that will almost certainly backfire spectacularly.
The Judicial Service Commission has promised to announce the names of new judges at around noon, and we’re thinking there may be a controversial choice or two who will get all the attention.
The SABC is due back in Parliament, with its annual report and explanations about its management chaos in hand. At this point, even if it has all its ducks in a row (which is highly improbable to start with), the communications portfolio committee is still obliged to give it a hard time. Now, how will the SABC itself report on the skirmish?
In Johannesburg, trips on the always nearly empty Gautrain busses are free today, and you can also get a free ride on Rea Vaya BRT busses in the inner city until Saturday. It’s supposedly in commemoration of Car Free Day, but is also a neat promotion for services that could do with a little more patronage.
Economic data: August building numbers from Statistics SA.