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While you were sleeping: 28 April 2016

Syrian peace talks set to resume. Allan Donald to join Australian bowling team, and Samsung ahead in earnings.

“I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognised wiser than oneself.” 

 Marlene Dietrich

Story of the Day

Op-Ed: Welcome to The Age of Treason 
It was the summer of racism and now ’tis the autumn of treason as an increasingly hostile government, led by President Jacob Zuma, surrounded by securocrats, turns on students, private investigators, opposition party members, NGOs and private citizens, accusing them either of treason, of being traitors or “agents”. This is the same president who violated the Constitution, the same government that oversaw the massacre at Marikana and the earlier fatal shooting of protester Andries Tatane, the same government that has allowed one family to influence ministerial appointments. By MARIANNE THAMM.

While you were sleeping

Syrian peace talks need a kick-start
The United Nations’ envoy to Syria has indicated a desire to restart the country’s failed peace process. But before such things can resume, Staffan de Mistura noted that a ceasefire, now long-broken, must be “revitalised”. A ‘swift kick in the bum’ may be more appropriate for Syrian leadership by now.
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Smartphone launch boosts Samsung
The March launch of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Edge smartphones has boosted earnings for Samsung. After losing $8 billion in 2015, the pre-earnings announcement launch heralded a much-needed windfall for the South Korean multinational.
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Concordia Captain making evasive manoeuvres
Francesco Schettino, the captain infamous for capsizing a luxury yacht off the Tuscan island of Giglio, is to fight his jail sentence. Schettino was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2015, but has yet to start serving jail time. Schettino steered the boat too close to the island while ‘showing off’ to a nightclub dancer, and fled the ship before passengers and crew.
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Donald to join Australian staff
Allan Donald has joined the Australian cricket team as their fill-in bowling coach. Joining their upcoming Sri Lanka tour, unconfirmed speculation has indicated Donald may remain with the team for the South African Test tour later this year.
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In Numbers

The longest recorded surf of a wave, in minutes. The surfer covered 12.5km.

Facts of the Day

Today will see the start of some thrilling Cape Town Philharmonic performances. Tonight Russian cellist, Alexander Ramm, will perform Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. Tickets through Computicket.

Fact of the day: Ronda Rousey was once a giant nerd. At the age of 16 she was a Pokémon forum moderator. Her online pseudonym was ‘mew182’.

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Photo: Thousands of South Africans take to the streets of Cape Town in
protest against President Jacob Zuma, calling for his resignation on the
Freedom Day public holiday in Cape Town, South Africa 27 April 2016.
EPA/NIC BOTHMA Op-Ed: Welcome to The Age of Treason 
By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Collen Maine (Simphiwe Nkwali / Sunday Times) TRAINSPOTTER: ANC Youth League, Maine edition – Fake young fake revolutionaries in fake rage 
By Richard Poplak
Photo: President Jacob Zuma introduces Minister of State Security
David Mahlobo to President of Angola Jos? Eduardo Dos Santos on arrival.
President Zuma is on a working visit to Angola. The President is
accompanied by the Minister of State Security, Mr David Mahlobo. 24/11/2015
(Photo: GCIS) The Sinister Securocracy: Mahlobo chills the nation’s spine 
By Marianne Merten
Photo: Minister of State Security David Mahlobo during a Pre-Budget
Vote Media Briefing, 5 May 2015. (SIYABULELA DUDA/GCIS) Op-Ed: You are insulting our intelligence, Minister Mahlobo 
By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Participants in The People’s Assembly made up of civil
society leaders and ordinary people hold placards as they take part in a
rally to pressure the government into impeaching or demanding the
resignation of South African President Zuma, Johannesburg, South Africa, 27
April 2016. About 75 civil society groups including those from churches,
Corruption Watch and Section 27, are united in calling for the resignation
of the president after he was found by the Constitutional Court to have
illegally benefitted from upgrades to his personal homestead known as
Nkandla. EPA/CORNELL TUKIRI Rise or Fall: This is the start of the anti-Zuma protests, claim leaders 
By Greg Nicolson
Photo: US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks
during a primary night event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 26 April 2016.  EPA/TRACIE VAN AUKEN. US 2016: Trump, Clinton surge towards head-to-head clash 
By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Businessman and US Republican presidential candidate Donald
Trump reacts as he speaks at a campaign rally in Bethpage, on Long Island,
New York, USA, 06 April 2016. Voters will go to the polls for the New York
primary on 19 April. EPA/PETER FOLEY Op-Ed: Yes, South Africa, Donald Trump Can Win 
By James Cannon Boyce
Kelly-Food-prices-subbed.jpg Analysis: South Africa’s CPI reveals how volatile inflation hurts the poorest 
By Patrick Kelly
Photo: South Africa’s Temba Bavuma (left) and Kagiso Rabada
celebrate the wicket of England’s Nick Compton (not in picture)
during the second cricket test match in Cape Town, South Africa, January 2,
2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings Analysis: It’s our thinking about transformation in sport that needs to be transformed 
By Antoinette Muller
Main photo: Students burn art belonging to UCT.(Ashleigh Furlong for
GroundUp) Letter to the Editor from a ‘Taliban’ at UCT 
By Daily Maverick Staff Reporter


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