South Africa

South Africa, World

While you were sleeping: 14 July

Theresa May hauls out her Johnson, top Daesh commander killed, and a third of Rio tickets unsold.

“Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions.”

George W Bush

Story of the Day

Zimbabwe: Power to the pastor, power to the people as Mawarire walks 

The Zimbabwean regime did not expect Pastor Evan Mawarire to be set free on Wednesday night. But unprecedented public pressure forced the magistrate’s hand, with a little help from blundering police. Look away now, Comrade Bob, because Zimbabwe will never be the same again. By SIMON ALLISON.
Read more

While you were sleeping

Johnson is UK’s foreign minister

When one thinks of a candidate with the skills of effective communication, good judgement, strategic thinking, cultural awareness and a careful understanding of the legacies of the Empire necassary for leading the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, one immediately thinks of Boris Johnson… Or, at least, this could have been Theresa May’s thought when she appointed Johnson last night amid a flurry of cabinet appointments. God Save the Queen. Read more

ISIL commander killed

A top Daesh commander has been killed in Iraq overnight. Omar al-Shishani was killed on Wednesday by Iraqi forces in the town of Sharqat. The United States claimed ‘Omar the Chechen’ had already been killed in March. At least al-Shishani is now super-double dead this week. Read more

US troops to South Sudan

President Barack Obama has ordered 47 additional troops into South Sudan to protect the US embassy there. In addition, 130 personnel have been placed on standby in Djibouti in case they need to be immediately deployed. Just in time for a cease-fire that appears to be taking hold. Read More

Third of Rio’s tickets unsold

Less than a month from the Rio Olympics, and nearly one third of all tickets remain unsold. Fears for the safety of spectators, Zika virus concerns, and a major cloud of negativity towards the event have resulted in poor sales. After Rio mayor, Eduardo Paes, said on CNN that Rio police were doing a “horrible” job, 40,000 tickets were rumoured to have been cancelled. Read more

In Numbers

20

The maximum years imprisonment one can face in the US for pointing a laser at an aircraft.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1916 saw the start of the Battle of Delville Wood. This action, a part of The Somme, involved a South African brigade, who suffered enormous casualties during the fighting.

Fact of the day: A robot performed the first autonomous surgery in May 2016 without any human help. The machine outperformed human surgeons in every metric but speed.

Weather & Financial Data

BFN: min: 2° max: 19°, sunny
CPT: min: 11° max: 20°, cloudy
DBN: min: 14° max: 24°, sunny
EL: min: 18° max: 26°, cloudy
JHB: min: 1° max: 19°, sunny
KIM: min: 6° max: 19°, cloudy
NLP: min: 4° max: 24°, sunny
PMB: min: 3° max: 20°, sunny
PKN: min: 4° max: 18°, sunny
PE: min: 16° max: 27°, cloudy
PTA: min: 3° max: 19°, sunny

Oil=$46.32
Gold=$1,344.05
Platinum=$1,097.35
R/$=14.48
R/€=16.09
R/£=19.07
$/€=1.11
JSE All Share=52,814.88
DJIA=18,379.72
FTSE 100=6,670.40
Source

Now on Daily Maverick

FEATURED

Photo: Pastor Evan Mawarire (Simon Allison) Zimbabwe: Power to the pastor, power to the people as Mawarire walks 
By Simon Allison
Photo: President Jacob Zuma does the dab, a dance move the ANC has
worked into its campaign, at the ANC's countdown to victory rally before
the local government elections in Johannesburg, 13 July 2016. (Greg
Nicolson) Zuma’s ‘Countdown to Victory’: You can’t be the ANC. You can’t beat the ANC. 
By Greg Nicolson
Photo: SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane (GCIS), SAA Chair Dudu Myeni
(CityPress), SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng (Sapa), former SAPS Crime
Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli (Sapa) Why Hlaudi and the league of ‘untouchables’ remain bullet proof 
By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Children's dolls lie on a bed at a pre-school in Cape Town's
Khayelitsha township February 17, 2010. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly Op-Ed: Time for Specialised Sexual Offences Courts to become a reality 
By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Ashley Kriel and the poster for Action Kommandant. Ashley Kriel: The struggle of memory against forgetting 
By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela by Greg Nicolson / Daily
Maverick. Thuli Madonsela, The Next Generation: The list of candidates shrinks to Final Fourteen 
By Marianne Merten
Photo: Werner Beukes/SAPA Letter to Editor: Cosatu responds to Irvin Jim 
By Daily Maverick
Photo: A woman walks past Aids awareness posters in Durban, South
Africa, 01 December 2011.  EPA/NIC BOTHMA Op-Ed: To end HIV epidemic in teenage girls, cycle needs to be disrupted 
By Françoise Girard
Photo: A handout photograph released on 12 July 2016 by the United
Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) showing Internally Displaced People
(IDPs) taking shelter and refuge due to heavy clashes at the UN base in
Tomping, Juba, South Sudan, 11 July 2016. South Sudan’s President
Salva Kiir on 11 July called for an immediate ceasefire to end fighting
between the country's two warring factions, after days of renewed clashes
in Juba, South Sudan's capital that killed over 269 people since 07 July.
EPA/BEATRICE MATEGWA / UNMISS ICG: South Sudan – De-escalating the latest flare-up 
By International Crisis Group
Photo: A photograph dated 14 February 2015 of fishermen carrying red
snapper fish from their boat to be weighed on a scale in Watamu, a small
village located on the Kenyan coast, 556.7km from Nairobi, after spending
24 hours on the shores of Indian ocean fishing them.  EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU ICG Analysis: Landmark South China Sea ruling could revive negotiations 
By International Crisis Group
Photo: A photograph dated 14 February 2015 of fishermen carrying red
snapper fish from their boat to be weighed on a scale in Watamu, a small
village located on the Kenyan coast, 556.7km from Nairobi, after spending
24 hours on the shores of Indian ocean fishing them.  EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU ICG: Kenya’s Coast – Devolution Disappointed 
By International Crisis Group
RTRV1WN-pic.jpg GroundUp: Corruption allegations against Gideon Sam come back to life 
By GroundUp
A rider descends in the mist and rain from the Pyrenees during the
10th stage of the 103rd edition of the Tour de France cycling race over
197km between Escaldes-Engordany and Revel, France, 12 July 2016. EPA/YOAN
VALAT While you were sleeping: 13 July 2016 
By John Stupart

OPINIONS

Andrew-Gasnolar.jpg Looking out over the water as the people drown 
By Andrew Ihsaan Gasnolar
Herman-Mashaba.jpg We need to commit to the code in deed, as well as word 
By Herman Mashaba
Gallery