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While you were sleeping: 11 October 2016

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump during the second Presidential Debate at Washington University in St Louis.

Clinton rally draws the numbers, Samsun pulls the Note 7 plug, and 'soft' or 'hard' Brexit should be voted on: MPs.

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
W.B. Yeats

Move over students, Khwezi: Zuma needs to question Madonsela’s witnesses 

On a day of violence on several university campuses, mayhem on the streets of Johannesburg and a Catholic priest being shot in the mouth by police, President Jacob Zuma was hard at work – looking for a way to wriggle out answering the Public Protector’s questions on state capture. As the fees crisis spirals out of control and the police are left to deal with the situation, the president remains dispassionate and preoccupied with the new investigation against him. Outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela wants Zuma to answer questions about the activities of his friends, the Guptas. Zuma first wants to know who gave her evidence and what they said. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
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Story of the Day

While you were sleeping

Clinton rally draws record crowds

If you were looking to figure out who won Sunday’s debate, the post-debate rally attendance figures may give some clues. Hillary Clinton’s rally on Monday saw 18,500 supporters, with another 5,000-10,000 outside the venue. Trump’s rally saw just under 10,000, making Hillary’s bigger by far. That is, if size matters for Trump. Read More

Samsung pulls the plug on explosive Note 7

Samsung has told customers not to buy, use or resell its explosive Galaxy Note 7. Having recently halted all production of the device, the tech giant has now gone a step further and actively encouraged consumers not to buy its product. It may have a headphone jack, but the ‘exploding’ feature is no fun at all. Read More

British MPs call for ‘hard Brexit’ vote

Member of parliament in Britain are calling for a Brexit vote within its halls. Both sides want to decide on the manner in which Britain leaves the EU. This would determine whether a ‘hard Brexit’, the full disconnect from the EU, or a ‘soft Brexit’ retaining common markets, would be more preferable. In terms of the state of sterling, both would probably be bad. Read More

Rapid transit the key for climate change

A new study released today has shown that access to rapid public transport is crucial for fighting climate change. The report indicated that many major cities, both new and established, lack accessible public transport, creating a car-dominated ‘sprawl’. Read More

In Numbers


The length of a pipe through which a 7-inch Yorkie named Smoky ran carrying a telephone wire. Smoky did this in WWII, saving countless man-hours of digging.

Today in 1899 the Second Boer War began.

During the OJ Simpson car chase, Domino’s sold as many pizzas as it normally does on Superbowl Sunday.

Facts of the Day


Financial Data

BFN: min: 23° max: 30°, cloudy
CPT: min: 12° max: 19°, cloudy
DBN: min: 17° max: 28°, cloudy
EL: min: 16° max: 22°, cloudy
JHB: min: 12° max: 27°, sunny
KIM: min: 14° max: 30°, cloudy
NLP: min: 11° max: 33°, sunny
PMB: min: 10° max: 32°, cloudy
PKN: min: 13° max: 30°, sunny
PE: min: 15° max: 21°, cloudy
PTA: min: 13° max: 32°, sunny

JSE All Share=51,675.51
DJIA= 18,325.82
FTSE 100=7,097.50

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Photo: Jacob Zuma sings his signature tune 'Lethu Mshini Wami' (Give
me my gun) as he addresses a crowd of supporters outside the Johannesburg
High Court in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday 14 February 2006. EPA/JON
HRUSA Move over students, Khwezi: Zuma needs to question Madonsela’s witnesses 
By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Students from Wits University fall to the ground as a police
thunder flash explodes amongst them during ongoing protests against the
cost of higher education in Johannesburg, South Africa, 10 October 2016.
EPA/KIM LUDBROOK TRAINSPOTTER: #FeesMustBrawl—the Battle of Braamfontein 
By Richard Poplak
Photo: A police officer walks past the burnt bus after SAPS cleared
the area and protesters moved to another intersection. Before the bus was
set alight some people stole its two batteries. (Greg Nicolson) Wits Upheaval in photos: Bus burnt as protesters erect barricades in streets of Braamfontein 
By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Supporters of former South African Deputy-President Jacob Zuma
demonstrate outside the Johannesburg high court where the judgment of
Zuma’s rape trial was expected, May 8, 2006. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings Op-Ed: I will never forget Khwezi 
By Stephen Grootes
A protester stands in front of a burning bus in Braamfontein. Photo by
Ihsaan Haffejee GroundUp: In Photos – Wits violence spills into Braamfontein 
By GroundUp
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman. Op-Ed: South Africa in crisis – how do we get out of it? 
By Raymond Suttner
Photo: Silent protesters stand in front of President Jacob Zuma during
his speech at the official announcement of the results for the 2016 local
government elections. They held signs against gender based violence, 10
years after Zuma was acquitted on rape charges. (Greg Nicolson) Rape Culture: The bunch of flowers between abuses 
By Marelise van der Merwe
Main photo: A police officer and a protester scuffle at Stellenbosch
University earlier on Monday. All photographs by Ashraf Hendricks. GroundUp: Protesters and police clash at Stellenbosch University 
By GroundUp
Photo: The Proteas run in to celebrate Kyle Abbott of the Proteas
second wicke, dismissing David Warner of Australia for 6, during the 2016
Momentum One Day International Series game between South Africa and
Australia at St Georges Park, Port Elizabeth on 9 October 2016 ©
Deryck Foster/BackpagePix Cricket: Four talking points around South Africa’s Test squad to tour Oz 
By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Democratic US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks
during their presidential town hall debate with Republican US presidential
nominee Donald Trump at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, US,
October 9, 2016. US 2016, Second Debate: A town hall mud wrestling match in Missouri 
By J Brooks Spector


Pierre de vos The National Assembly has good reason to dissolve the remainder of the SABC board 
By Pierre de Vos
IvoVegterBW The lesser of two evils is no less evil 
By Ivo Vegter
elisha-kunene-new.jpg The Case for Disruption: Join us or go home 
By Elisha Kunene
yonela-diko.jpg ANC on a split screen: A kind of Farewell to Thuli Madonsela 
By Yonela Diko

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