One planet, 15 minutes
It happened overnight; South Africa; Africa; World; Business; Life, etc; and Sport.
As President Zuma sets off for next week’s summit of G20 leaders in Cannes, France, he will rightly have one eye on the UN climate change conference his government will host in Durban, South Africa, before the end of the year. On the critical issue of long-term finance to help developing countries tackle climate change, the president can use the G20 meeting as a springboard for success in Durban. By KUMI NAIDOO AND JEREMY HOBBS.
The absurd belief that labour-saving technology is an evil in a country that struggles with unemployment because it throws people out of work is alive and well.
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NTC NAMES NEW LIBYAN PRIME MINISTER
Abdel Rahim al-Kib, an electronics engineer from Tripoli was elected Prime Minister of Libya’s transitional government by members of the National Transitional Council on Monday night. By KHADIJA PATEL.
POOR COMMUNICATION ON OUTSURANCE POINTSMEN HAS JOBURG UP IN ARMS
The Outsurance pointsmen aren’t going anywhere, Johannesburg. The message initially suggested that the project was being cancelled, and then put back up for tender without so much as by-your-leave. The truth is that the City of Johannesburg has recognised how vital their service is, and is formalising the existence of pointsmen. By SIPHO HLONGWANE.
KENYA’S AZANIAN SOLUTION TO AL SHABAAB
It looks as if “Azania” might finally become a reality. Unfortunately for Azapo, that reality is on the Kenya-Somalia border, where Kenya wants to create a buffer state to protect itself from Al Shabaab militants – and call it Azania. By SIMON ALLISON.
MUGABE – FIGHTING FIT OR READY TO CRUMBLE?
Mugabe says he’s perfectly healthy, and he certainly hasn’t lost his fighting spirit, threatening Switzerland with “reciprocation” after Mugabe’s entourage were denied visas. Still, his governing partner Morgan Tsvangirai idescribes Mugabe as “tired” and ready to leave office. By SIMON ALLISON.
PRINCE CHARLES AND HIS NOT-SO-SECRET VETO POWERS
On Monday the Guardian reported that Prince Charles has a veto over any legislation that affects his business interests, most particularly, the Duchy of Cornwell property that is worth £700 million. He’s never used his veto, but that’s not the point. Critics are now questioning why he should be granted such a power at all. By THERESA MALLINSON.
CHINA’S HARSH NEW DIVORCE LAW
On 13 August, China’s supreme court made a crucial change to the country’s marriage act in an attempt to put a lid on China’s spiralling divorce rate. On the streets, they call the new ruling ‘The law that makes men laugh and women cry’. By REBECCA DAVIS.
A MORE ‘EQUAL’ BRITISH MONARCHY AHEAD
Last Friday the Commonwealth published two amendments to the British Act of Succession. From now on, a first-born female will take the British throne, rather than her younger brothers. Future monarchs will also, for the first time, be allowed to marry a Catholic. By REBECCA DAVIS.
BUG IN LOCATION SERVICES DRAINS IPHONE 4S BATTERY
A tiny software glitch in the new iPhone 4S has resulted in many devices reportedly losing battery life far quicker than is acceptable. Many report less than 12 hours of service. While Apple is struggling to find a cure, according to media reports, help is on the way. By SIPHO HLONGWANE.
OLYMPUS DEVELOPING POOR IMAGE
The current crisis engulfing Japanese camera company Olympus reads like something out of a cheap thriller. Now the Japanese prime minister has weighed in, concerned that the company’s problems are damaging the international image of the country as a whole. By REBECCA DAVIS.
CHURCH OF ENGLAND TO ISPs: DROP PORN OR WE DROP YOU
The Church of England is planning to review its investment portfolio and perhaps pull out of internet companies which it believes aren’t doing enough to combat the corrupting scourge of internet pornography. This came after a young woman was murdered in Bristol by a frequent user of hardcore internet porn. By SIPHO HLONGWANE.
HARINORDOQUY REVEALS EXTENT OF WORLD CUP CHAOS
French players took their Rugby World Cup campaign into their own hands and largely overlooked “lost” coach Marc Lievremont to reach the final, Imanol Harinordoquy said. By Reuters.
AB IN DOUBT FOR FIRST TEST
AB de Villiers has admitted that it is still touch-and-go as to whether he will be fit for the first Test against Australia in Cape Town. By Cricket365.com.
HUSSEY SAYS CLARKE HAS ‘OUR FULL BACKING’
Michael Hussey has thrown his full support behind captain Michael Clarke, saying anyone who wanted to play in the team had to toe the line. By Cricket365.com.
CO?TE D’IVOIRE TO BRING OUT THE BIG GUNS
Didier Drogba, the Toure brothers, and Salomon Kalou have been named in Ivory Coast’s squad for next month’s Nelson Mandela Challenge clash with South Africa. By Football365.com.
GMAC IMPLODES, IRONY ENSUES
One of the greatest ironies of this year’s Andaluci?a Masters is that the winner, Sergio Garcia, missed the cut last year, while defending champion, Graeme McDowell, totally imploded this year. By Golf365.com.
In the hurly burly world of political affairs, love lasts even shorter than the ANC Youth League’s support for the ruling party’s presidents, and your hanky panky can end up as powerful ammunition in the guns from the other faction (just ask sports minister Fikile Mbalula). CARIEN DU PLESSIS has some advice for high-flyers* on how not to land in sheet street.
There has been much discussion, thought and pontificating about the impact, importance and effect of Julius Malema’s longish-march. But there hasn’t been nearly as much examination of the other side of the coin. How did business do out of the march? Is its politicking getting any better? And what lessons has it learnt so far? It’s time to for a re-examination. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
SELEBI: WHAT IF HE… WALKS?
We’ll give you pretty good odds that he won’t walk; Jackie Selebi’s conviction on corruption charges is pretty solid, and he’ll have to produce a rather large rabbit from a non-existent hat to have his judgment overturned. But such an improbable outcome would have some interesting implications. By PHILLIP DE WET.
“Burn the place down!” I thought. “No! Self-immolation, like that vendor in Tunisia!” After 40kms of marching, I’d finally joined the ANC Youth League’s revolution.
Twenty six thousand sorties later, Nato has ceased its operations in Libya. Its top brass are claiming a historic victory, taking credit for Gaddafi’s downfall and preventing a large loss of life, but critics – and Fidel Castro – aren’t so sure. By SIMON ALLISON.
The board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) voted on Monday to grant full membership to Palestine, forcing the United States to cut funding to the organisation. Overnight, the global organisation has been plunged into deep crisis. By KHADIJA PATEL.
This may take some living down, but I actually caught myself enjoying this classic pantomime. Smiling and laughing and sing along too, to be honest. I even stood up with the rest of the audience to shake my bootie. How embarrassing, confesses LESLEY STONES.
THE HOMEBREW REDO OF ZACH GALIFIANAKIS’ BETWEEN TWO FERNS
Watching Zach Galifianakis, the Hollywood tsunami who’s reconstructing comedy in his own image, is a wild experience in hilarity. This is why the locals who are recreating Galifianakis’ celebrity chat show have some rebelliously big shoes to fill. By MANDY DE WAAL.
There have been very few defining musical moments of my life. I can distinctly remember three. The first was when a friend of mine gave me Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell album as a throwaway gift. The second was when I heard Bon Iver for the very first time. And the third “Road to Damascus” moment was when I came across M83’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. This is very possibly the most important album of 2011. By SIPHO HLONGWANE.
ABORTION: THE US PRESIDENTIAL RACE’S HOT POTATO
One of the biggest issues raised in this year’s Republican presidential race has been abortion. Front- running candidates have been scrambling over each other to see who can denounce abortion in the most absolute terms. Meanwhile, Minnesota looks likely to pass a bill next week defining human life as beginning at the point of egg fertilisation. By REBECCA DAVIS.
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