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While you were sleeping: 6 October 2016



While you were sleeping: 6 October 2016

NSA contractor in massive data leak, hurricane Matthew approaches USA, and Paris climate pact is ratified most ricky tick.

“There will be today, there will be tomorrow, there will be always, and there was yesterday, and there was the day before…” 

 Leo Tolstoy

#HlaudiHasFallen: End of the road for the SABC emperor and his board 

If you had to puff up a word cloud of the SABC board’s Wednesday presentation to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications it would read something like this: “fraudster, disrespect, dysfunction, institutional genocide, Verwoerd, cowboy conferences, a dog show, remove Hlaudi Motsoeneng, dissolve the board”. And just like that, the Madness of King Hlaudi was called, finally exposed, and dealt with. Game over. It was a roast of note. Oh, and some ANC members found their spines. By MARIANNE THAMM.
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Story of the Day

While you were sleeping

NSA contractor in major data theft scandal

A contractor working for Booz Allen Hamilton, the same firm that hired Edward Snowden, has been fingered for a massive data breach at the National Security Agency. Harold Thomas Martin III held hard copies of classified material in his home and car. For Big Brother, it appears as though all has gone to the digital dogs. Read More

Regions in Florida evacuated ahead of Hurricane Matthew 

Hurricane Matthew is set to make landfall in the United States late tonight. With winds of up to 185km/h, the storm has resulted in several regions in and around Florida being evacuated. If you think your uncle’s post-lunch farts are bad, this hurricane is set to beat that lofty ceiling. Read More

UN peacekeepers failed to intervene in Sudan

A rights group has slammed the inaction of United Nations peacekeepers in Juba to, well, keep the bloody peace. In almost all instances of violence during an outbreak in July, UN blue helmets failed to intervene, according to the Centre for Civilians in Conflict on Wednesday. It’s almost as if the contributing countries are simply there to collect a cheque… Read More

Paris climate deal ratified

In what has to be one of the quickest turnarounds of any international agreement, the Paris climate pact was ratified yesterday. Including China and the United States, the sobering reality that time was running around appeared to finally provide some impetus for the deal’s ratification. Read More

In Numbers


The code for the world’s ugliest colour. ‘Pantone 448C’ is used on many EU tobacco products’ packaging.

Facts of the Day

Today was not counted as a day by Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain in 1582. These countries implemented the Gregorian calendar, resulting in a missed date.

‘Friday’ singer Rebecca Black had to drop out of school because of bullying.


Financial Data

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Photo: Hlaudi Motsoeneng, former chief operating officer of the SABC,
holds the corporation’s first quarterly media briefing in
Johannesburg on Wednesday, 28 January 2015. Picture: SAPA stringer #HlaudiHasFallen: End of the road for the SABC emperor and his board 
By Marianne Thamm
Photo: President Jacob Zuma is seen during a meeting with members of
the SA Editors' Forum at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Friday,
20 February 2015. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA Op-Ed: We have to seize the moment, and save South Africa. Before it’s too late. 
Photo: Julius Malema, the firebrand leader of South Africa’s
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) looks on before addressing his supporters
during his campaign, ahead of the August 3 local government elections, in
Etwatwa, a township near Benoni, South Africa. July 27,2016.
REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko. Analysis: Malema’s curious switch on his political nemesis 
By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Students from Wits University clash with a policeman during
ongoing protests against the cost of higher education in Johannesburg,
South Africa, 04 October 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK #FeesMustFall: Bridging the trust divide 
By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Students protested at UCT on Wednesday after clashes with
police and security guards during the night. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks GroundUp: Cape Town’s universities shut down 
By GroundUp
Photo: Maseru from Parliament Hill, by OER Africa via Flickr. amaBhungane: Lesotho’s litany of unsolved political murders 
Photo: Private security looks on as students protest in support of the
#FeesMustFall campaign at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa,
04 October 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA Op-Ed: Teaching in a Time of Protest 
By Robert Morrell
Photo: Striking platinum mineworkers dance as they leave a report back
meeting on negotiations at Lonmin’s Marikana mine in South
Africa’s North West Province, August 29, 2012. REUTERS/Mike
Hutchings Rethinking Protest in a Constitutional Dispensation 
Photo: Student protesters and a lecturer debate. Photo: Andrea Teagle #FeesMustFall 2016: Where to from here? 
By GroundUp
Photo of FARC soldiers by Salym Fayad. The Country that Voted Against Peace: The reasons behind Colombia’s failed negotiation 
Main photo: Dag Hammarskjöld (Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation) ISS: Dag Hammarskjöld’s legacy – what does it mean for Africa? 
Photo: South Africa’s David Miller celebrates scoring a century.
Australia v South Africa - Third ODI cricket match - Kingsmead Cricket
Stadium, Durban, South Africa - 5/10/2016.  REUTERS/Rogan Ward David Miller’s finest night: SA seal series against Australia with emphatic chase 
By Antoinette Muller
Photo: South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula addresses a media
conference in Cape Town, March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings Rugby: Despite Mbalula’s ban, SA announced as 2023 World Cup host candidates 
By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Republican Mike Pence (2L) and his wife Karen (L) with Democrat
Tim Kaine (2L) and his wife Anne Holton at the end of the only Vice
Presidential Debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, USA, 04
October 2016. The second and third Presidential Debates will be held on 09
October in Missouri and 19 October in Nevada.  EPA/JIM LO SCALZO US 2016: Mike Pence and Tim Kaine have their Moment in the Sun 
By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Students from Wits University stand defiant during ongoing
protests against the cost of higher education in Johannesburg, South
Africa, 04 October 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK #FeesMustFall: Wits to close until Monday 
By News24
Republican Mike Pence (L) and  Democrat Tim Kaine (R) shake hands at
the end of the only Vice Presidential Debate at Longwood University in
Farmville, Virginia, USA, 04 October 2016. The second and third
Presidential Debates will be held on 09 October in Missouri and 19 October
in Nevada.  EPA/JOE RAEDLE While you were sleeping: 5 October 2016 
By John Stupart


alison-tilley-01.jpg The poll at Wits was meaningless 
By Alison Tilley
Anthea-Jeffery.jpg Botswana has the mining law that South Africa should copy 
By Anthea Jeffery
yonela-diko.jpg Our universities must persevere and work unceasingly 
By Yonela Diko
KNeo-Mokgopa-2(1).jpg Attending classes means gambling with the future of millions of poor South Africans 
By KNeo Mokgopa

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