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While you were sleeping: 24 August 2017

While you were sleeping: 24 August 2017

Amazon strip up for mining, McGregor Mayweather get calm, and rapper gets blinded, a little.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

“Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.” 
Terry Pratchett


In an apparent fire sale of South African assets, the Guptas first saddled up Mzwanele Manyi with their media interests; now they are pawning off their coal mines to a hitherto unknown Swiss vehicle. The Guptas have sold their coal assets in Tegeta Exploration and Resources to a Swiss shell company “owned” by a man who, the #GuptaLeaks show, has hidden their interests before. Is he fronting for someone once again, or is he a bona fide commodities mogul with R2.97-billion to burn and a bullish view on South African mines?


Amazon section open for mining

A massive strip of the Amazon forest has been left without its protective status. The decree announced on Wednesday leaves a large nature reserve open to lucrative mining in an area rich in gold and manganese. Apparently having a rich biosphere that helps to combat climate change is less important than shiny rings.


D-Day looms for McGregor Mayweather fight

Another day and another press conference for Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather saw a more subdued tone. Following months of raucous expletive-laden posturing, just two days stand between the two and a much-promoted showdown. Mayweather, remaining calm, assured media of his capabilities as a fighter, while McGregor promised a fight lasting less than two rounds.


Dutch police arrest driver of gas canister-laden van

The driver of a van carrying gas canisters near a concert in the Netherlands has been arrested. Acting on a tip-off by Spanish police, Dutch security swooped in on the van, made the arrest, and conducted forensic investigations. The band, a Californian group called Allah-Las, were escorted off stage and the show cancelled.


Rapper reports eye trouble after eclipse staring

American rapper Joey Bada$$ has cancelled three shows after defiantly staring into the eclipse. Bada$$ tweeted “This ain’t the first solar eclipse and I’m pretty sure our ancestors ain’t have no fancy eyewear. Also pretty sure they ain’t all go blind,” before staring into said eclipse. Now, Mr Bada$$ is reporting seeing distorted colours. Science – 1, Joey Bada$$ – 0.




The dollar amount paid to N!xau Toma, the lead actor for his role in The Gods Must Be Crazy. The film made $60-million.



Today is International Strange Music Day. If you like Mongolian throat rapping, this is your time to shine.

Praying Mantises only have one ear.





Manyi: The New Age of The Citizen

A column by BRIJ MAHARAJ


SAA is beyond redemption



What in the world is going on, ASA?



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