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While you were sleeping: 28 July 2016

By John Stupart 28 July 2016

Obama heaps praise on Clinton at DNC, Turkey mounts larger crackdown, and Gilmore Girls to return.

“If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”

George S Patton Jr

Story of the Day

TRAINSPOTTER: Fringe Festival — how Gayton McKenzie spells the onset of the coalition era 

“I actually pray every night for a white rhino to die,” says former gangster and newly minted political boss Gayton McKenzie. “Why am I saying this? Because when the last white rhino is dead, maybe people will start caring about the coloured man in this country, who is truly going extinct.” McKenzie is now a (very) minor political boss. His Patriotic Alliance (PA) party may have only garnered 13,500 votes in the 2014 national campaign, and he may be running in only two municipalities (Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay), but the former bank robber believes that the PA is the future. Fringe parties with specific constituencies – in this case, coloured folk in Cape Town and Johannesburg – will become kingmakers. Welcome to the beginning of the Israel-style Coalition Era, Mzansi. By RICHARD POPLAK.
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While you were sleeping

Obama lavishes Clinton with praise

President Barack Obama’s turn to talk at the Democratic National Convention saw him heaping scorn upon Donald Trump while lavishing praise on Hillary Clinton for breaking through the glass ceiling. Obama’s speech was met with wild cheers from the DNC audience. Read More

Massive petrochemical strike planned

A planned petrochemical workers’ strike is set to begin from today. If widespread, this could result in shortages from refineries run by Shell, BP, Chevron and Sasol. 

Turkey crackdown cracks harder

The post-coup suppression of virtually anything resembling civil society continued throughout Wednesday. Following the arrest of 47 journalists, President Tayyip Erdo?an has also ordered the closure of 45 newspapers, 16 television stations, 23 radio stations, three news agencies and 15 magazines. Just weeks after the coup attempt, this may well be the tip of the crackdown spear. Read More

Gilmore Girls revival confirmed

Netflix confirmed four 90-minute episodes of the hit show of yore for a Thanksgiving release (midnight, 25 November). For anyone even slightly close to a ’70s or ’80s birth date, Gilmore Girls would definitely stir some nostalgic nerve endings. South Africa, it seems, will be included in this worldwide release. Read More

In Numbers


The number of cars that Ohio’s ‘poop bandit’ has pooped on for three years. He remains at large and well fibred apparently.

Facts of the Day

Today last year Clive Rice passed away.

In 2017 San Francisco will require all new buildings to have solar panels installed on or in them.

Weather & Financial Data

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JSE All Share=53,764.26
DJIA= 18,472.62
FTSE 100=6,750.43

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Photo: Patriotic Alliance leader Gayton McKenzie (Richard Poplak) TRAINSPOTTER: Fringe Festival — how Gayton McKenzie spells the onset of the coalition era 
By Richard Poplak
Photo: Judge Siraj Desai (Photo: BDLive) Op-Ed: Filling Madonsela’s shoes – new Public Protector must not be politically embedded 
By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Police Minister Nathi Nhleko updates South Africa on
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Media Centre in Cape Town. South Africa. 02/03/2015. Siyabulela Duda
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Photo: Original by Steven Lang. Switching Channels: SABC flips, flops and reinstates 7 journalists 
By Greg Nicolson
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman. Op-Ed: Is the ANC still the bearer of Nelson Mandela’s legacies? 
By Raymond Suttner
Photo: Darling Wind Farm (Warren Rohner via Flickr) Analysis: A citizen’s guide to electricity generation technology 
By Dirk de Vos
Photo: Rian Malan (Jonathan Ball) Letter to Editor: Rian Malan 
By Rian Malan
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 Rabada and Bavuma ride the transformation highway in celebrating 25 years of unity in cricket 
By Antoinette Muller
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By John Matisonn
Photo: Zimbabwean President and patron of the liberation war fighters,
Robert Mugabe arrives to address around 10,000 former liberation war
fighters at the City Sports Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe, 07 April 2016.
EPA/AARON UFUMELI Op-Ed – Zimbabwe’s Leadership Moment: The centre can no longer hold 
Photo: A dilapidated classroom in the Eastern Cape. Photo courtesy of
Equal Education Law Centre GroundUp Op-Ed: Towards equality in school funding 
By GroundUp
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By News24


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By Stephen Grootes

DM168 Investigation

Welcome to the Hotel Zumafornia

By Marianne Thamm