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While you were sleeping: 14 September 2016

WADA athlete files hacked, Shimon Peres in hospital, and Zayn to publish his autobiography.

“It includes agriculture. There are many. You have seen them.”

– Jacob Zuma, not knowing the nine points of his nine-point growth plan

Story of the Day

Nine-Point Sham: Another torrid day in Parliament for ‘abused’ Zuma and ANC 

The “nine-point plan” is President Jacob Zuma’s mantra whenever he talks about the economy. He announced the plan in the 2015 State of the Nation Address to boost economic growth and create jobs. It turns out that the president does not actually know what the nine points are. Zuma returned to Parliament on Thursday for the first time since the elections to another hostile reception from the opposition. Apart from exposing his ignorance about his own plan, Zuma took a dig at his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa for saying government was at war with itself and defended Dudu Myeni’s “work” at SAA. And then he told the House to stop being abusive towards him. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
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While you were sleeping

Hackers target WADA athletes

Russian hackers have released confidential World Anti-Doping Agency files on several major athletes. Simone Biles and Serena Williams were among those whose profiles were hacked by the group, who possess the unfortunate name ‘Fancy Bears’. No athlete whose profile was hacked actually showed any wrongdoing, however. Read More

Peres suffers major stroke

Former Israeli prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Shimon Peres, has suffered a major stroke. Peres, 93, is the last surviving founding father of Israel. He is now on a respirator and in a serious condition. Read More

Facebook and Twitter to improve your news

The two social media giants have joined forces in a coalition to improve the veracity of online news. Dubbed ‘First Draft News’, the group includes AFP and a range of other news companies who will work together to improve journalistic practices. The First Thing, however, remains your best morning source of news.Read More

Zayn to publish autobiography

Zayn Malik, the former tween sensation in One Direction, is to publish his memoir at age 23. This is now the world we live in, and there is no going back. On the other hand, his book ‘Zayn’ will also include pictures of his scribblings and ‘thoughts’, which might just get the youth reading, well, anything. Read More

In Numbers


The number of minutes of bear mauling a container must survive in order to be classified as “bear-resistant”.

Facts of the Day

Today is the first day of the African Aerospace and Defence exhibition and airshow. This is held every two years at Waterkloof Air Force Base, Centurion.

Neil Armstrong stuffed a bag of rubbish under the lunar lander just moments after setting foot on the moon.


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