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While you were sleeping: 09 May 2016

While you were sleeping: 09 May 2016

Mayweather vs McGregor a real possibility, North Korea ups its nuke game, and Invictus Games kicks off.

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Story of the Day

SA Constitution, 20 Years On: A weapon of war and a political football 

Ever since South Africa’s Number One citizen was found to have acted “inconsistently” with the Constitution, it has featured prominently in political banter and in election campaign speeches. Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution and the Thabo Mbeki Foundation hosted an event to commemorate the former president’s poignant “I am an African” speech. Mbeki had some advice for the current leadership and also suggested that South Africans needed to know their Constitution better to deal with the country’s crisis. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
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While you were sleeping

McGregor vs Mayweather a distinct possibility

Conor McGregor has hinted strongly at the chance of a matchup with Floyd Mayweather. Adding his bit to the hype machine, Mayweather has suggested he may come out from retirement for one more match. Dollars signs are raining down everywhere for both sides. Read more

North Korea’s convention talks nukes

North Korea’s first ruling party congress has formally endorsed Dear Leader’s policy of nuclear weapon expansion. Rejecting South Korean calls for talks and stronger ties, the DPRK now appears hell-bent on driving the country into the dirt. Again. Read more

Canada fires slow down

Rain and cooler weather has slowed down the fires raging around Canada’s Fort McMurray. Following the evacuation last week of an entire town, major forest fires in the region have devastated large swathes of Canadian countryside. Roughly 1,600 square kilometres of countryside have been decimated so far. Read more

Prince Harry opens Invictus Games

The ginger royal has formally opened the Invictus Games, an athletics tournament for disabled veterans. With sports ranging from archery, track and field athletics and powerlifting, medals have already been awarded to France. The Invictus Games have steadily grown in popularity, with the 2016 version being televised via ESPN. Read more

In Numbers


The dollar value of $80 worth of coca leaves harvested by a peasant, if sold as pure cocaine in the Colombian ports.

Facts of the Day

Today ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ is 30-years-old, and Chicago is having a Ferris Fest to celebrate.

Fact of the day: Children born blind still smile.

Weather & Financial Data

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Photo: Nelson Mandela (L) walks through the 'Izipho: Madiba's Gifts'
exhibition with Nelson Mandela Foundation Chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa (R)
at the Foundation's headquarters Mandela House in Johannesburg, South
Africa, Thursday 14 July 2005. EPA/JON HRUSA SA Constitution, 20 Years On: A weapon of war and a political football 
By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Zwelinzima Vavi (Greg Nicolson) Vavi: We dropped the ball in ’96, now it’s time to pick it up 
By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Paul O'Sullivan (Sally Shorkend/Maverick magazine) House of Cards: O’Sullivan turns up the heat on Gauteng Hawks 
By Marianne Thamm
All photos by Dr Mills. Zambezi Protocol: African mining’s downward spiral can be reversed 
By Greg Mills & Dickie Davis
Photo: A file picture dated 17 January 2009 of a Zimbabwean holding
the new 10 trillion (10,000,000,000,000) Zimbabwe dollar note in Harare,
Zimbabwe. EPA/AARON UFUMELI Analysis: The new Zimbabwean dollar that isn’t 
By Simon Allison
Photo: Preparations for SONA 2015. (Greg Nicolson) Why do workers want to make Parliament ‘ungovernable’? 
By Marianne Merten
evita-free-speech-image(24).jpg Video: Evita’s Free Speech, Ep.37 – Evita constitutes her #MothersDay 
By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: Residents push a wheelbarrow with water containers leaving a
water distribution point in the rural farming town of Senekal, South
Africa, 10 February 2016. EPA/SHIRAAZ MOHAMED Health-E News: SA’s looming water crisis – the less we have, the dirtier it is 
Photo: Pope Francis (L) arrives to lead the weekly general audience in
Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City, 04 May 2016. EPA/ETTORE FERRARI Op-Ed: A popular Pope, a divided church, and the power struggle at the heart of Catholicism 
By Russell Pollitt
Photo: Businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump
gestures as he speaks at a campaign rally at the Century Center in South
Bend, Indiana, US, 2 May 2016. Indiana voters go to the polls for the
winner take all Indiana primary election on 3 May. EPA/TANNEN MAURY In bad company: Do businessmen really make good US presidents? 
By J Brooks Spector
Photo by Ashley Furlong (GroundUp) ??Letter to the editor: Don’t claim to speak for all UCT alumni 
By Daily Maverick
Photo: An undated handout picture made available by Romanian soccer
club Dinamo Bucharest of Cameroonian midfielder Patrick Claude Ekeng, who
collapsed during the Romanian Premier Soccer League playoff match between
Dinamo Bucharest and Victoria at National Arena Stadium in Bucharest,
Romania, 06 May 2016. Ekeng fell unconsciously without being touched by any
other player seven minutes after he entered the match. The 26-year-old
Cameroonian player died at hospital hours later. EPA/DINAMO BUCHAREST Heart of the Game: Ekeng’s death is a reminder to take health matters seriously 
By Antoinette Muller


tshepo-motsepe.jpg The struggle to #FixOurSchools has been dealt a massive blow 
By Tshepo Motsepe
Herman-Mashaba.jpg Reimaging Johannesburg as a tourist destination 
By Herman Mashaba

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