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While you were sleeping: 20 June 2016

While you were sleeping: 20 June 2016
South Africa's Siya Kolisi (left) is tackled by Ireland's Conor Murray during the Test match at Ellis Park Stadium.

Italy elects first female mayor, Star Trek actor dies in freak accident, and Solar Impulse 2 heads out today.

This I want to believe implicitly: Man was born for love and revolution.
 Osamu Dazai

Story of the Day

Marius Fransman: Sex, Lies, WhatsApps and the truth behind The Bursary 

It was a member of the ANC’s Integrity Committee (IC) who, in her personal capacity, offered to help Louisa Wynand, the young woman who has accused ANC Western Cape Provincial leader Marius Fransman of sexually assaulting her, to apply for a bursary to further her studies. The ANC member approached Fransman’s accuser after she had given tearful testimony to the committee in April. By MARIANNE THAMM.
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While you were sleeping

Italy elects first female mayor

On Sunday Virginia Raggi rose to the mayoral seat, becoming Rome’s first female city leader in its history. Raggi represents the Five Star Movement (M5S) and at 37 years of old, is  one of the youngest. With rampant corruption and general abuse of power facing her leadership, she will certainly need to hit the ground running. Read more

Star Trek actor dies in car accident

Anton Yelchin, the 27-year-old actor who plays Chekov in the new Star Trek movies, has died. Yelchin’s car rolled backwards down his steep driveway, after he’d got out of it, pinning him against a brick pillar and security fence. Read more

Brexit vote casts an anxious pall

The Brexit vote on 23 June has resulted in a flurry of “what if” scenarios. As leaving the EU will have consequences for everything from Britain’s Cornish pie industry to general rights of its citizens in Europe, this week’s referendum has fairly high stakes. With many years of paperwork ahead to secure a “leaving” of the EU, however, this is just the beginning. Read more

Solar Impulse to set off, again

Solar Impulse 2 will finally take off from the much-delayed New York leg of its journey. The plane, run entirely on solar power, will make its transatlantic journey. At a top speed of 75 km/h, this could take a while. Read more

In Numbers


The amount in millions of dollars spent on the recovery of the Challenger shuttle. Also the street value of a duffel bag of cocaine found during the search.

Facts of the Day

Today is World Refugee Day. Particular attention should no doubt be paid towards the EU’s handling of this observance.

Fact of the day: Mila Kunis was addicted to World of Warcraft. She realised it was getting in the way of her acting career and quit the popular MMORPG.

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Photo: Marius Fransman, Louisa Wynand. Marius Fransman: Sex, Lies, WhatsApps and the truth behind The Bursary 
By Marianne Thamm
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Parliament. 18/02/2015, Siyasanga Mbambani, DoC Analysis: Blade Nzimande’s warning to the ANC 
By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Danny Jordaan was confirmed as ANC’s mayoral candidate
for Nelson Mandela Bay. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK. ANC introduces its mayoral hopefuls, while Tshwane still waits 
By Greg Nicolson
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By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: A man lights a candle for the victims of a mass shooting at a
gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, US, outside the US embassy in Bangkok,
Thailand, 13 June 2016. EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL Op-ed: Time to rethink the role of women in terrorism 
By Jasmine Opperman & Daniel Lebowitz
Photo: Leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) party, Mmusi Maimane (C)
at the launch of the party’s election manifesto in Johannesburg,
South Africa, 23 April 2016. EPA/KEVIN SUTHERLAND Right of reply: Life in Maimanestan, by Richard Poplak 
By Daily Maverick
Main photo: British Member of the Parliament and former London Mayor
Boris Johnson attends a Vote Leave rally in London, Britain, 19 June 2016.
Johnson is a key figure in the Vote Leave campaign in the upcoming EU
Referendum where Britons will vote to either stay or leave the European
Union on 23 June. EPA/STR Great Britain: The Brexit Vote looms large and dangerous 
By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Delegates vote to adopt the draft charter at Equal
Education’s summit yesterday. Photo via Neroli Price on Twitter GroundUp: Activists draft charter for better education 
By GroundUp
Photo: Eskom power lines run through an open field as the sun rises on
a cold winters day in Johannesburg, South Africa, 08 June 2015. EPA/KIM
LUDBROOK Township life: Winter chill and the exploitation of Eskom 
Photo: The Pleasure Project website’s home page. Health-e News: Placing pleasure at the heart of safe sex 
Photo: United National Party leader and Colombo district candidate
Ranil Wickremesinghe speaks at a rally at Wattala in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 12
August 2015. EPA/M.A.PUSHPA KUMARA Sri Lanka’s Long Road to Reform: The Human Rights Council’s continued critical role 
By International Crisis Group
Photo: Pieter-Steph du Toit of South Africa scores try as Franco
Mostert of South Africa (above) assists during the Incoming Test Series
rugby match between South Africa's and Ireland at Ellis Park, Johannesburg
on 18 June 2016 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix  Rugby: During thrilling comeback against Ireland, Springboks show glimpses of a new era 
By Antoinette Muller


talia.jpg A bleak reality of migrants and their children in South Africa 
By Talia-Jade Magnes

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