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While you were sleeping: 2 August 2016



While you were sleeping: 2 August 2016

Venezuelan opposition wins major case, and Buffett challenges Trump.

“The ANC, which is my organisation, has lost its historical perspective.”

 Former Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe

Story of the Day

LGE 2016: Payback time from the ANC’s old leaders 

It is an old maxim in politics that one should keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. Less known is its counterpart: that you have to be really close behind someone to hurt them. The behaviour of the ANC’s former leaders over the last few days has shown this to be true. During an election campaign one expects opposition parties to do everything to sabotage each other. But when your own former leaders do it to you just before an election, then you know it could be a self-inflicted wound. And the wounds inflicted by Kgalema Motlanthe and Thabo Mbeki might haunt the ANC for some time to come. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
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While you were sleeping

Venezuela opposition clears recall hurdle

Venezuela’s opposition has moved one step closer to enabling a referendum on recalling President Nicolás Maduro. According to polls, around 64 percent of Venezuelans want Maduro removed. The entire debacle erupted in the wake of food shortages and a general economic meltdown under Maduro’s leadership.Read More

Buffett challenges Trump over tax

Billionaire Warren Buffett has challenged Donald Trump to reveal his tax returns. Long resistant to the idea, Trump has declined with the excuse that he is being audited. Buffett, meanwhile, replied that this was a “weak excuse”, pointing out that he was also under audit. Whether any Trump voter actuallycares about Trump’s taxes is a question not yet asked. Read More

Mugging scene for Rio opening ceremony 

Spectators to Rio’s opening ceremony have seen what they described as a mugging scene. According to local reports, Gisele Bündchen is shown being mugged by a robber to the theme of ‘Girl from Ipanema’. The idea is for Gisele to then forgive the mugger and everyone goes about their lives, but the entire thing, if it survives to the live ceremony, promises to be utterly hilarious. Read More

F1 boss’s pilot arrested

A Brazilian pilot working for Bernie Ecclestone’s family has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of his mother-in-law. The pilot was believed to have known the Ecclestone family’s routines, and was the mastermind behind the kidnapping and the $36.6 million ransom demand. Read More

In Numbers


The movement north each year of Australia.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1998 saw the start of the Second Congo War.

Diamonds do not last forever. In fact, if left long enough, they will decay into graphite.

Weather & Financial Data

BFN: min: 2° max: 19°, sunny
CPT: min: 9° max: 21°, rainy
DBN: min: 16° max: 22°, rainy
EL: min: 16° max: 24°, cloudy
JHB: min: 2° max: 19° sunny
KIM: min: 3° max: 20°, sunny
NLP: min: 7° max: 22°, sunny
PMB: min: 6° max: 21°, cloudy
PKN: min: 5° max: 21°, sunny
PE: min: 14° max: 24°, cloudy
PTA: min: 3° max: 20°, sunny

JSE All Share=53,126.80
DJIA= 18,404.51
FTSE 100=6,693.95

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