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While you were sleeping: 23 November 2016

South Africa

South Africa, World

While you were sleeping: 23 November 2016

Colombia to make new deal with FARC, Trump assures no conflict of interest, and vervet monkeys shamed into war by females.

Wednesday, 23rd November

“My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice.”
J.K. Rowling

 
 
Elections aftermath: Why did the ANC ignore its own research?

When it comes to awkward moments, a group of stalwarts telling President Jacob Zuma and the top leadership of the ANC that they are doing a terrible job and are destroying their organisation must top of the charts. The ANC has scheduled another meeting with the group of ANC veterans later this week after a prickly session on Monday that finally put the leadership crisis firmly on the table. But opinion is now divided, even among the veterans, on whether they have been co-opted into a process they have no control over or whether they have a chance at a successful intervention. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.

 
 
 

Colombia to sign new FARC peace deal

Not to be outdone by the will of the popular masses, Colombia will create a new peace deal with FARC leaders. This time, however, the treaty will be submitted straight to Congress, rather than rely on a referendum.

 

Trump assures no conflict of interest

The United States’ incandescent president-elect has made assurances that there will be no conflict of interest between Trump the president and Trump the business empire. Just how this will be implemented was not touched on. But then, why let policy get in the way of a good Trump one-liner.

 

Female vervets rally ‘brave’ males

Female vervet monkeys have been shown to lavish praise upon male group members who engage in battle with rival gangs. A study including Swiss and South African researchers looked at the conflict patterns and social dynamics of the monkeys. If you live in an area that has vervets, know that the cowardly males are being shamed into war by their female counterparts.

 

Cape Town City top the PSL log

Cape Town City defeated Maritzburg United 3-2 last night to lead the PSL table. Formed just a few months ago, the team now appears to be an inevitable contender for the final. Although currently leading, Cape Town City’s run at the top looks to be threatened by Bidvest Wits, who have a home game tonight.

 
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65%

The percentage of catastrophic injuries in girls’ high school athletics in the USA that stem from cheerleading.

 

FACT OF THE DAY

Today in 2005 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf becomes Africa’s first woman to lead a country.

Muammar Gaddafi labelled Osama Bin Laden a wanted man three years before the 9/11 attacks.

 

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