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While you were sleeping: 26 October 2017

While you were sleeping: 26 October 2017

#CapeWaterGate unpacked and explained, Trump attempts to rally Republicans, and Fats Domino dead at 89.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” 
Margaret Mead

 
 

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday stoically delivered his maiden Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) that played kick-for-touch on the hard decisions. There was one exception: an announcement that government would sell “a portion” of its Telkom shares to offset the drain on the national purse by State-owned Entities (SOEs). But how tightly bound were his hands by other considerations, such as ANC factional battles ahead of its December national elective conference, or the recently introduced new ways of budgeting – the presidential fiscal committee or the Mandate Paper on spending priorities also headed from within the Presidency? 

 
 
 

Water way to go – #CapeWaterGate unpacked

As the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation continued to blame Western Cape citizens for the ongoing water crisis unfolding in the province, Chronicle unpacks just how we got to this point. Spoiler: the fault does not lie with the water user. DM’s MARELISE VAN DER MERWE takes a furtherlook at the discussions in Parliament yesterday.

 

Trump attempts to calm Republican insurrection

The outspoken departure of Senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker has resulted in President Donald Trump isolating them as rogue elements. Trump called his meeting with the party a “love fest” on Wednesday. With Trump being the last, best hope for the Republicans to pass substantial tax reform legislation, it might not be all hugs and kisses, but many inside the party will swallow their pride and back the Trump.

 

Rock architect Fats Domino dies

One of the forefathers of rock ‘n’ roll, Fats Domino, has died at age 89. The boogie-woogie pianist was one of the top-selling artists in the 1950s, getting credit for inspiration from Elvis Presley, Bob Marley and The Beatles. The legend passed away peacefully surrounded by family.

 

Night of the Living Dead creator honoured

George Romero, the director behind the cult classic “Night of the Living Dead” and the father of the zombie movie genre has been awarded a Hollywood star. Romero was posthumously given the Walk of Fame star and showered with praise by fellow Zombie movie actors and directors. Shot with just a $100,000 budget, the movie spawned a horde of zombie-related movies.

 
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IN NUMBERS

20

The number of minutes an American jury was stuck in an elevator for. They were hearing a matter against the Otis elevator company.

 

FACTS OF THE DAY

Today is Hillary Clinton’s birthday. No wondering about whether she’ll receive a card from the White House.

Green screens are green because the colour does not match any natural skin tone of an actor

 

 

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