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While you were sleeping: 15 August 2016

While you were sleeping: 15 August 2016

Wayde van Niekerk makes 400m history, scores killed in DRC, and National Guard ready in Milwaukee.

“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.”

Claude Monet

Story of the Day

ANC NEC: No #Zexit, pressure moves to Treasury

There were two key lines by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe at the media briefing on Sunday night after a four-day national executive committee (NEC) meeting. The first was that the NEC “unanimously agreed to take collective responsibility for the poor performance of the ANC” in the elections. The second was that the ANC was “psychologically ready to be in the opposition benches” in municipalities. These were indicators of where the ANC stands on dealing with its Zuma problem and the state of coalition talks. But the more critical decisions were that the budget should be “reprioritised” and the principle of no-fee increases at universities should remain. Could the ANC resort to populist moves to rescue itself? By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
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While you were sleeping

Wayde van Niekerk makes history

Wayde van Niekerk made history on Sunday night, winning gold and smashing the world record in the process. Van Niekerk, ‘running blind’ in the outside lane, became the fastest man ever over 400m, clocking 43.03 as he smashed Michael Johnson’s 43.18 record that has stood since 1998. Read More

At least 42 killed in DRC

At least 42 people have been killed in Beni, Eastern DRC, as reprisals for military actions in the region. Military commanders attribute the attacks to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan rebel group. Monusco, one of the largest United Nations military deployments in history, and with a major presence in Eastern DRC, condemned the attack. Read More

Uneasy calm descends on Milwaukee

Following a spate of violent protests in Milwaukee, and the shooting of an armed civilian, a tense peace appears to be in place. The protests, concerning police violence, resulted in, well, police violence, against the armed passenger of a vehicle who refused to drop his weapon when asked to by police. The National Guard has now also been placed on standby. Read More

Bolt speeds into history books

Moments after Wayde van Niekerk’s gold performance, Usain Bolt roared into Olympic history, capturing an unprecedented third consecutive 100m crown to confirm his place in the pantheon of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen. Read More

In Numbers


The year in which the last person was executed at the Tower of London (a German spy, on this day).

Facts of the Day

Today in 1945 saw the effective surrender of Japan during WWII. It is also Victory in Japan day for the United Kingdom.

The term ‘Ewok’ was not used once during the filming of Star Wars – Return of the Jedi. It is only listed in the credits.

Weather & Financial Data

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