While you were sleeping: 10 June 2016

The Daily Maverick Gathering begins, thousands bid farewell to Ali, and new MH370 debris analysed.

Remember this: Nothing is written in the stars. Not these stars, nor any others. No one controls your destiny.

 Gregory Maguire

The Gathering – Important information

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Story of the Day

TRAINSPOTTER: Life in Malemaland – a detailed look at the EFF’s local election manifesto 

In the first of an intermittent series that will forensically scrutinise the plumbing of the major political parties’ election promise-a-thons, RICHARD POPLAK picks his way through the EFF’s copious literature. Their mandate is pro-poor, pro-black and focused on the lives of South Africa’s worst off citizens – which is a good thing, considering the hideous state of the majority of wards in this country. But how are we going to pay for the EFF’s plan? How many management geniuses will it take to run their chronically complicated wards? Say WHAT about the Constitution? And do South Africans really want to live with an all-encompassing Overlordship running almost every aspect of their lives? By RICHARD POPLAK.
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While you were sleeping

The Gathering goes live

Daily Maverick’s The  Gathering is set to begin this morning. Featuring a lineup of the country’s major political figures, you can expect many a tail feather to be ruffled today. Follow the entire event live right hereRead more

Thousands flock to Ali funeral

Large groups of people from all walks of life congregated on Thursday in Louisville, Kentucky for Muhammad Ali’s two-day funeral service. Friday will see a major procession through the town and a private burial. Will Smith, who portrayed Ali on the silver screen, will be one of the pallbearers. Read more

New MH370 debris examined

Australian search teams are investigating three new pieces of debris. Flight MH370 debris was found in both Australia and along Madagascar’s coastline. This brings the total number of pieces of evidence up to a dismal eight. Read more

Effective MS treatment found, at a cost

A new form of highly aggressive chemotherapy has been found to drastically reduce the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. The chemotherapy essentially destroyed the immune systems of 24 test patients ahead of a stem cell transplant that appeared to noticeably reduce MS symptoms. But with high risks involved to patient health and mortality, there is a long way to go before this becomes a normal treatment. Read more

In Numbers


The amount of debris in space created by China’s 2007 shooting down of one of its own satellites. Each piece must be tracked in case they risk collision with another satellite.

Facts of the Day

Today is The Gathering. Held in Midrand at the Vodaworld Dome, expect all manner of political heavyweights to weigh in on the state of the nation.

Fact of the day: The Rat Pack’s name originated from Lauren Bacall, mother of Humphrey Bogart’s child. When Bacall saw the group drunkenly about in Las Vegas, she quipped, “You look like a goddamn rat pack.” 

Weather & Financial Data

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JSE All Share=53,353.87
FTSE 100=6,231.89

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