First Thing – 21 May 2018

Britain's Prince Harry (L), Duke of Sussex and Meghan (R), Duchess of Sussex exit St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their royal wedding ceremony, in Windsor, Britain, 19 May 2018. The couple have been bestowed the royal titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex on them by the British monarch. EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL / POOL

"Our paths are not mapped; they’re made.” ― Priya Ardis

This weekend, the ANC NEC held a land summit in Boksburg which was somewhat ignored due to the attention given to the royal wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The meeting was a gathering of NEC members, ministers and deputy ministers who don’t sit in the NEC, alliance leaders as well as former presidents Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma. Most surprising was the ANC’s appetite to hear from outsiders – the likes of Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, researchers and NGOs.

While You Were Sleeping

Maduro wins controversial poll

Venezuela’s dictator-in-chief Nicolas Maduro has been declared president in an election termed “invalid” by his country’s opposition. With just a 46% voter turn-out, claims of electoral fraud have already emerged. The United States announced that it would not be recognising the result, paving the way firmly for post-electoral protests, sanctions, and general unrest.

Back to work for Harry and Meghan

Prince Harry and Princess Meghan will take no break after their weekend wedding.  The pair, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will be heading to Buckingham Palace to attend the ever-so-dutiful duty of Prince Charles’ garden party on Tuesday. Markle’s new Royal.UK profile, however, strongly emphasises her activism work, possibly hinting at what real duties she will be pursuing soon.

Ebola vaccines to launch in DRC today

Monday will see the start of an Ebola vaccination programme in the DRC. Aiming at curtailing a significant outbreak of the disease, the WHO announced over the weekend that at least 25 people had died from Ebola. Cases in the north-west DRC describe patients refusing treatment in favour of traditional medicine, creating a significant barrier for the rolling out of the initial 300,000 doses of the vaccine.

Mueller probe could end by September

Trump lawyer and walking media dumpster fire Rudy Giuliani has said that the Russian election interference probe by special counsel Robert Mueller could be done by 1 September. The deadline was revealed by Mueller during interviews with Giuliani but was contingent on the investigator meeting President Donald Trump by mid-July. Republicans are eager for the investigation to wrap up long before crucial mid-term elections begin.

In Numbers


The conservative estimate of the number of left-handed people killed annually

Facts of the Day

Today is South African football legend Quinton Fortune’s birthday.

On a visit to Disneyland, Princess Diana made Princes Harry and William wait in line with everyone else. 

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