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While you were sleeping: 23 November 2017

South Africa

South Africa, World

While you were sleeping: 23 November 2017

The Gathering set to kick off, Mnangagwa promises "prosperity", and Facebook to show how badly you were duped by fake news.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

“No idea is above scrutiny and no people are beneath dignity.” 
Maajid Nawaz

 
 

LAST CHANCE to book your seat at The Gathering! Click here for ticket info.

 

Parliament’s public enterprises committee as part of its oversight had encouraged the executives and board chairpersons of State-owned Entities (SoEs) to share information to improve performance. But a meeting in early 2015 called by then SAA board chairperson Dudu Myeni with her Eskom counterpart Zola Tsotsi at the presidential residence in Durban wasn’t quite what had been contemplated. It was that meeting, at which President Jacob Zuma also made an appearance, according to testimony at the parliamentary State Capture inquiry on Wednesday, which set in motion a series of suspensions and resignations at Eskom that link to further State Capture deals.

 
 
 

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

The Gathering set to kick off

Daily Maverick’s The Gathering kicks off today. The line-up includes some of the country’s most prominent political leaders, as well as a host of other major thinkers guaranteed to prod your brain muscle. It is streamed live via DSTV channel 180. If you do just one thing today, be sure to keep tuned to The Gathering. Alternatively, check in with DM to see the latest as it happens.

 

Mnangagwa makes debut speech

Zimbabwe’s incoming president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has addressed a packed crowd in Harare’s Zanu-PF headquarters. Themes of prosperity and solidarity were the talk of the day. Dismissing criticisms of Mnangagwa’s creeping authoritarian streak, the president not-elect has certainly got his work cut out for him.

 

Russian billionaire charged with fraud

Suleyman Kerimov was charged in France last night for tax fraud. Kerimov was detained on Monday and faced two days of questioning relating to tax fraud pertaining to luxury properties. Moscow protested his arrest and Kerimov has since been released from custody but has relinquished his passport. Kerimov will now be living proof of whether a billionaire can escape the EU without his or her travel documents.

 

Facebook to show you if you were duped by Russia

Facebook announced on Wednesday that it would be guiding its users into seeing and understanding whether they were duped by Russian propaganda during the US election. An app developed and scheduled for release by the end of the year should indicate your level of Russian capture. If you know someone particularly prone to fake news, this is something definitely worth foisting upon them.

 
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IN NUMBERS

180

Yet another reminder of the DSTV channel you need to switch to today to watch every minute of The Gathering.

 

FACTS OF THE DAY

Today in 1992 the world’s first smartphone, the IBM Simon, is unveiled in Las Vegas.

A medium popcorn & soft drink combo is the nutritional equivalent of three quarter-pounders and 12 pieces of butter.

 

 

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