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While you were sleeping: 17 October 2016

South Africa

South Africa, World

While you were sleeping: 17 October 2016

Battle for Mosul begins, lander hurtles towards Mars surface, and Neil Tovey suffers heart attack.

“My calamity is at hand!”

 John Stubbs, incorporating a pun into having his hand cut off for seditious writing in 1589.

As South Africa enters a Thuli-less era, Pravin steps into the breach

Thuli Madonsela left the office of the Public Protector in dramatic style on Friday with a final media briefing and two court applications preventing her from releasing her much awaited “state capture” report into the dealings of the Gupta family. For seven years, she was the epitome of South Africa’s “protector”. There have been concerns in society about what would happen when Madonsela goes. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan answered the question. He used South Africa’s court system to break open the Gupta chamber of secrets – a manoeuvre that corners President Jacob Zuma and his friends. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
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Story of the Day

While you were sleeping

Battle for Mosul begins

More than 25,000 Iraqi troops have been allocated to the recapture of ISIL’s last major Iraqi stronghold. The offensive, called Operation Conquest, technically began in March, but has only become a full-fledged campaign now. The drive to take back the city, however, could last months. Read More

Republican office firebombed

A Republican Party office in North Carolina was hit with a petrol bomb overnight. Donald Trump blamed the attack on Democratic Party supporters, who, he said, commited the crime “because we are winning”. Nobody was injured during the attack. Nonetheless, moonbat Republicans do appear to be rivalled in craziness this weekend by moonbat Democrats. Read More

Mars lander sent to the planet surface

A European lander has been sent on a million kilometre mission to the surface of Mars. Its mission: To search for traces of life on the Red Planet. With at least half of all US and Russian missions to send landers to the surface having failed, this expedition is certainly fraught with innumerable dangers. Read More

Tovey suffers heart attack

Former Bafana Bafana captain, Neil Tovey, has collapsed during training after having what is being reported as a heart attack. Currently the technical director for the national team, Tovey has been hospitalised previously for heart problems. He is currently in a stable condition in hospital. Read More

In Numbers


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Facts of the Day

Today is Ernie Els’ birthday. The Big Easy was born in 1969.

The velociraptor sounds in Jurassic Park are actually mating noises of tortoises.


Financial Data

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