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While you were sleeping: 24 November 2016



While you were sleeping: 24 November 2016

Trump appoints two more cabinet members, CAR clashes kill 16, and three new puggles enter the world.

Thursday, 24th November

“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 now, and we don’t know where the heck she is.”
Ellen DeGeneres

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

A submission by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) with regard to a R316-million irregular payment to Cash Paymaster Services turned into a farce on Wednesday as officials fudged tough questions, blamed former officials and generally indulged in a game of Olympics-grade buck passing. Even more alarming was Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini’s presentation. Among other things, she admitted wasting around R1-million after failing to pitch up at a planned event because she had been “redeployed” by President Jacob Zuma at the time. Dlamini seemed to have no clear grasp of the status of the crucial April 1, 2017 handover to SASSA by Cash Paymaster Services of responsibility for the distribution of R10-billion a month in social grants to 17-million recipients. By MARIANNE THAMM.


Trump adds two more to his cabinet

Donald Trump has made some additional cabinet choices. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was nominated as US envoy to the UN and Betsy DeVos as education secretary. DeVos is a wealthy Republican who was critical of Trump, calling him an “interloper”. Not so critical, apparently, she would refuse a cushy cabinet post.


China power plant accident kills 22

A cooling tower platform at a power plant construction site has collapsed in China, killing at least 22. Massive concrete slabs crashed to the ground at the Fengcheng site, leaving an unknown number of people trapped underneath the rubble.


Clashes flare up in CAR

Warring factions of Seleka rebels clashed violently on Wednesday night 400km north of Bangui. Renaissance of the Central African Republic (FPRC) and the Union for Peace in Central Africa (UPC) are both fighting over taxation rights of local herdsmen. Sixteen people have been killed in the clashes thus far.


A handful of puggles born in Australia

An Australian zoo is celebrating the birth of three echidna babies from three separate mothers. Known as ‘puggles’, they are the first such newborns in 30 years at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. The spiky cross between a hedgehog and an anteater is notoriously difficult to breed in captivity. At least you can go forth today knowing that a ‘puggle’ is an actual thing.



4-10 inches

The amount the earth’s axis tilted due to the 2011 Japan tsunami.



Today in 1859 Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species.

A crevasse is in ice and a crevice is in rock. Now you know.





BFN: min: 20° max: 28°, rainy
CPT: min: 15° max: 23°, cloudy
DBN: min: 21° max: 30°, PM rain
EL: min: 19° max: 26°, cloudy
JHB: min: 17° max: 26°, rainy
KIM: min: 21° max: 31°, cloudy
NLP: min: 18° max: 30°, rainy
PMB: min: 16° max: 34°, rainy
PKN: min: 18° max: 29°, PM rain
PE: min: 16° max: 23°, cloudy
PTA: min: 17° max: 27°, rainy

Financial Data
JSE All Share=50,616.43
FTSE 100=6,817.63


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