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While you were sleeping: 8th March 2017

  • John Stupart
    John Stupart
    John Stupart

    John Stupart is the editor of the African Defence Review. He has completed his masters in War Studies at Kings College and has blathered endlessly on several mediums on all things pertaining to African defence policy, strategic, operational and tactical challenges. Most importantly, he brings you DailyMaverick's First Thing daily newsletter each morning.

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Brazilian tennis player Marcelo Demoliner receives a ball from a trained dog that collects tennis balls, during an exhibition event aimed at promoting the adoption of stray animals during their ATP 250 Brazil Open 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 4 March. 

Robbers hit OR Tambo, cyclone Enawo ravages Madagascar, and Proteas kick into test gear.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
Robert Frost

 
 

Donald Trump has his “deplorables” and so does Jacob Zuma. While Trump’s troops might extend over millions of people, President Zuma has a select few villains who are essential to his wrecking ball machinery. Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini is a champion of the deplorables, and despite pushing the country to the brink on the social grants crisis, Zuma still has her back. Like Hlaudi Motsoeneng, Dudu Myeni, Brian Molefe, Faith Muthambi and Mosebenzi Zwane, Dlamini has high-level political protection and will be ready to yank out the “small-nyana skeletons” of her detractors in order to survive. 

 
 
 

Thieves pillage OR Tambo cash cargo

A group of thieves masquerading as police managed to steal roughly R20-million from cash-laden cargo at OR Tambo Airport. Working overnight, the robbers told the security guard they were carrying out an investigation, thereby having the boom lifted for them. No other security check appeared to be beset upon the robbers.

 

Elgar century helps steady the South African ship

Morne Morkel is back in Test whites for the first time since January 2016, but he can keep his feet up for just a little while longer as South Africa are batting after winning the toss in the first Test against New Zealand in Dunedin.

 

Cyclone ravages Madagascar

Cyclone Enawo has killed at least three people in Madagascar. Making landfall in the north-east, the cyclone has displaced hundreds of Malagasy and beset locals with winds of up to 290 km/h. Enawo has since weakened but is still headed for the Eastern African coastline.

 

China steps into North Korea fracas

China, North Korea's only significant ally, has called for North Korea to suspend all nuclear and missile activities in exchange for a halt to American and South Korean military exercises. The message is unlikely to be heeded by either side, but indicates a stark diplomatic departure away from general indifference to Dear Leader's shenanigans. 

 
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IN NUMBERS

3,300

The number of British postmen attacked by dogs in a 12-month period.

 

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  • John Stupart
    John Stupart
    John Stupart

    John Stupart is the editor of the African Defence Review. He has completed his masters in War Studies at Kings College and has blathered endlessly on several mediums on all things pertaining to African defence policy, strategic, operational and tactical challenges. Most importantly, he brings you DailyMaverick's First Thing daily newsletter each morning.

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