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While you were sleeping: 23 June 2017

By John Stupart 23 June 2017

May outlines Brexit plans, Senate introduces secret healthcare bill, and El Chapo to sue Netflix.

TGIF, 23 June 2017

“I instantly realised that everything in my life that I’d thought was unfixable was totally fixable—except for having just jumped.”
Ken Baldwin, on jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge

 
 

STORY OF THE DAY

Secret ballot for What? Why Zuma can still laugh it off

By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.

Thursday, 22 June, 2017: A spectacular moment in time that brought together the three arms of the South African government in a triumph of constitutionalism and a sham of political accountability. While the Constitutional Court again shone as the nation’s true north, President Jacob Zuma used the platform of Parliament to display his invincibility. “Sit in peace,” Zuma told the opposition on the same day the Chief Justice eloquently spelt out the constitutional obligations on the President, the Speaker and MPs. The ANC’s reaction to the judgment is indicative of why Zuma remains indomitable. 

 
 
 

May’s gentle Brexit beginning

British Prime Minister Theresa May fired a surprisingly reconicliatory opening salvo against the EU. Laying out her intentions for Brexit negotiations, May highlighted that she wanted EU citizens to remain in the country, thereby allowing them to remain. Those staying longer than five years would gain “settled status”. The issue of what Britain wanted to do with EU citizens on Brexit day one was a key concern. So far so good then.

 

New US health care bill revealed

After keeping the revised health care bill secret, Republicans unveiled the troubled document on Thursday to the Senate. Facing a united opposition from Democrats and four rebel Republicans, the bill is already in danger of falling on its face. Maternity care, hospital benefits, and the requirement for Americans to have insurance in the first place are all removed, potentially, from the new bill. The “war on Medicaid” as Democrat leaders called it, has officially resumed.

 

El Chapo to sue Netflix

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the Mexican drug lord made even more famous through Netflix’s series by the same name, is planning to sue. El Chapo’s attorneys argue that the series depicts Guzman in an unfavourable light, committing crimes for which he has not been convicted of. It appears as though the American spirit of rampant litigation has rubbed off on Guzman during his stay in a New York prison.

 

Tesla considers music service

Electric auto-driving car maker Tesla is considering entering the streaming music space. Having already partnered with Spotify, it appeared as though Tesla was looking to break out on its own, to provide a quality streaming service that would be compatible with your car. Since Spotif — and Tesla vehicles — are chronically unavailable in South Africa, this can only be good news.

 
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IN NUMBERS

507

The age of Ming the mollusc, the oldest living animal. Researchers accidentally froze Ming before they realised how old the geezer was.

 

FACTS OF THE DAY

Today last year Britons voted 52% to 48% to leave the EU.

The Puma, Cougar and Mountain Lion are all the same animal.

 

 

FEATURED ARTICLES

Op-Ed: Employability programmes help tackle high cost of work-seeking

BY ZOHEB KHAN, LEILANIE WILLIAMS AND PROF LAUREN GRAHAM

 

OPINIONISTAS

A wealth tax smacks of hypocrisy

A column by FATIMA VAWDA

 

The Other News Round-Up: Food for Thought

A column by MARELISE VAN DER MERWE

 
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