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While you were sleeping: 2 February 2016

While you were sleeping: 2 February 2016

Trump trumped by Cruz, Clinton and Sanders neck and neck, and Furyk's wrist a mess.

“When people care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul.” 

? Langston Hughes

Story of the Day

SONA 2016: Security and rules firmly in place

Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana says the country’s security forces have given the assurance all their high level measures and actions would be “within the ambit of the law” for next week’s State of the Nation Address (SONA). By Marianne Merten

While you were sleeping

Cruz beats Trump in Iowa
Ted Cruz has thumped Donald Trump in the Iowa caucus. Winning 28 percent of the vote to the orange menace’s 24, Cruz now has a firm foothold on the Republican primaries. Marco Rubio followed in third place with a cool 23 percent, making him a clear leader among the establishment Republicans. Regardless, the bitter taste of defeat could prove more telling for Trump than all of the previous year’s bluster.
— Time to read full article: 3min 

Clinton leads Sanders
At the time of writing Bernie Sanders was building a strong momentum behind Hillary Clinton, who is leading. Sanders had gained a clear majority in terms of social media, with over 15,000 new subscribers, the largest of any candidate at the moment. Although Clinton currently leads with just a few hours left to vote, the older Sanders was gaining significant ground.

— Time to read full article: 1min 

Yahoo to cut jobs
Yahoo has announced a 15 percent cut in jobs. CEO of the tech giant, Marissa Mayer, announced the layoffs, totalling around 1,600 jobs, along with the closing of several business units. The announcement on Monday preceded today’s Q4 earnings declaration, which is likely not going to paint a happy picture.
— Time to read full article: 3min

Jim Furyk’s Masters hopes dashed
Jim Furyk will likely be missing this year’s Masters. Furyk will have to undergo wrist surgery to remedy an ongoing problem. The Tour Championship and the President’s Cup are also out while the 17-time winner completely regains his health. Furyk is expected to be out for at least three months.
— Time to read full article: 2min

In Numbers


The number of caucus precincts in Iowa’s 99 counties.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1990 saw FW de Klerk announce the unbanning of the ANC. To ruffle further apartheid tailfeathers, the release of Nelson Mandela was also added to this historical event.

Daily Maverick invites readers to a special pre-release screening of the movie “Spotlight” on 4th February in Jhb and Cape Town. Tickets are free, but seating is limited. Click here for more info and to book your seats.

Fact of the day: Ohio drivers who have been charged with a DUI must drive with a different coloured licence plate.


Bloemfontein: min: 21° max: 34°, cloudy
Cape Town: min: 20° max: 30°, cloudy
Durban: min: 22° max: 37°, sunny

East London: min: 23° max: 32°, rainy
Johannesburg: min: 16° max: 31°, rainy
Kimberley: min: 24° max: 35°, cloudy
Nelspruit: min: 16° max: 34°, sunny
Pietermaritzburg: min: 16° max: 36°, sunny
Polokwane: min: 16° max: 31°, cloudy
Port Elizabeth: min: 21° max: 26°, rainy
Pretoria: min: 18° max: 31°, cloudy

Financial Data

Oil=$34.50 Gold=$1,125.23 Platinum=$871.38
R/$=16.00 R/€=17.42 R/£=22.98 $/€=1.08
JSE All Share=49,055.54 DJIA=16,421.98 FTSE 100=6,049.56 : Source

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