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“Honest South Africans will accept that spending the amounts of money on a month-long festival that only the wealthy can afford is unjustifiable in a country with huge and immediate social needs.”

Fikile Ntsikelelo Moya, South African writer and football fan, looks back at 2010

Friday the 13 June 2014 (Yikes!)

While you were sleeping

An explosion shook the center of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where pro-Russian separatists had taken over a regional administration building. An AP reporter nearby heard the explosion and arrived to see a van in flames in front of the building. He saw three injured people being taken away. Armed men then made the reporter lie on the ground at gunpoint before checking his identification and allowing him to go. It is unclear whether or not the reporter will continue with his chosen career of journalism.  US News & World Report

Brazil exploded with street parties after the home team won the World Cup's opening game against Croatia. The funky-haired Neymar scored twice and Oscar added a goal to make it a 3 - 1 win for the hosts. A few scattered protests marred the celebrations.  

As if it were possible, Facebook Inc. just got creepier. The company has announced that it is expanding the internal user profiles that underpin its targetedadvertising system, for the first time including personal information based on activities that did not occur within the boundaries of its social network. The social networking giant will move beyond guessing what we like from our ‘likes’ to adding information based on some of the external websites and mobile apps we use. Personal privacy, much? Reuters

Ok, this didn’t happen while you were sleeping, but we are sure you are enjoying the Seppisto Chronicles as much as we are. As confidence in his leadership wanes, UEFA Chief Michel Platini stated that he would not support Blatter if he stood for another term. The Frenchman suggested that “FIFA needs some fresh wind.” Indeed, Blatter’s wind has been a bit smelly of late. Looks like the chaotic cup might just be Seppisto’s last as FIFA chief. Platini is considering running for the FIFA Presidency himself.Al Jazeera

The good folks at SANRAL announced that the e-toll “violation processing centre” (we need a few of those for our President, neh?) would be unavailable to process transactions from Saturday due to maintenance work, Sanral said. If you need to query or pay your “violation” in person you can’t do it from Saturday at 6pm to Tuesday at 8am. The website will, however, be active only for those who are already registered. SAPA

Financial indicators:
Oil=$112.57  Gold=$1,273.26 Platinum=$1,443.5
R/$=10.67 R/€=14.5543 R/£=18.05 $/€=1.3537
JSE All Share=50596.27 16734.19 (-0.12%) DOW=16,847.96 (-0.65%)
FTSE=6843.11 (+0.06%)

Coming up today

SA Institute of Race Relations CEO Frans “Affirmative Action kills babies” Cronje speaks to the Press Club in Cape Town at 12:30.

In the Cape Town High Court, the pre-trial conference of artist Zwelethu Mthethwa, accused of killing a sex worker in a brutal incident in which the victim was reportedly 'stomped' to death, will be held.  We covered the story here last year. 

A man accused of raping 62 children will appear in the Protea magistrate's court. 

At the Alexander magistrate’s court, Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir, his accountant (or debt collector?) Mike Borislov Grigorov and seven others appear on charges of conspiracy to murder. 

* Group A: Mexico v Cameroon (6pm)
* Group B: Spain v Netherlands (9pm)
* Group B: Chile v Australia (12 midnight

Bloemfontein: min: 4°, max: 18°, sunny
Cape Town: min: 10°, max: 16°, sunny
Durban: min: 13°, max: 25°, sunny
East London: min: 10, max: 20°, sunny
Johannesburg: min: 4°, max: 17°, sunny
Kimberley: min: 10°, max: 23°, cloudy
Nelspruit: min: 8°, max: 20°, sunny
Pietermaritzburg: min: 4°, max: 22°, sunny
Polokwane: min: 2, max: 19, foggy
Port Elizabeth: min: 11°, max: 19°, sunny
Pretoria: min: 3°, max: 19°, sunny
Source: AccuWeather

Now on Daily Maverick

From Soweto Uprising to bare asses: A continuing struggle to be heard
It is always unsettling to the middle classes to be confronted with images that show the naked truth about the indignity of poverty. Statistics and relayed news from a world far removed from us is the preferred manner of dealing with the poverty crisis. Having it displayed starkly on the front pages of newspapers is another matter altogether. It penetrates our comfort zones and makes us squirm. The image of a woman standing on a roadside bare bottomed with her pants around her knees is a shock to the system. But how else would we know that this woman, Nomathemba Hlongwane, a South African like us, is subjected to inexcusable indignity? It seems to take desperate measures to make those in power pay attention. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.

Brazil see off Croatia in opener and score dubious penalty
Neymar found the back of the net twice as Brazil won their World Cup opener 3-1. Croatia took an unlikely lead early on through a Marcelo own goal, but could not create any sufficient magic of their own to nullify Brazil. By REUTERS.

Platinum strike: Never-ending story set to end
Since 23 January, parties in the platinum strike have been to the CCMA. The Labour Court tried to mediate. Even the Mineral Resources Minister took charge for a couple of weeks. Nothing worked and this week the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and the three platinum producers looked as far apart as ever. But it’s always been a game of who will blink first. The miners have been without a wage for almost five months and have blinked, meaning a resolution to the longest and most costly strike in the country’s history might be imminent. But the deal’s not done, yet. By THAPELO LEKGOWA & GREG NICOLSON.

Could Ghana be this year’s World Cup darlings?
Ghana have got one of the toughest draws of all of Africa’s teams at the 2014 World Cup. However, everyone in the team has something to prove – right from their superstar players to their coach. Optimists can dare to dream that the Black Stars will shine. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.

Turkey: Two nations under Erdogan
Turkey is a divided nation, and it’s beginning to show. While Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan still commands a sizeable majority, he’s fast losing allies and alienating important segments of the population. This doesn’t mean he’s going anywhere, anytime soon. It does mean, however, that he won’t have it all his own way. SIMON ALLISON reports from Istanbul.

In case you missed it

Inge Lotz murder: Nine years later, two amateur forensic sleuths once again point fingers at Fred van der Vyver
Two brothers, amateur forensic sleuths, one based in the Cape and the other in Canada, are determined to find justice for 22-year-old Stellenbosch University masters student, Inge Lotz, nine years after her violent and brutal murder on 16 March, 2005. Thomas and Calvin Mollett have spent two years poring over evidence and have published a book, “Bloody Lies – Citizens Reopen the Inge Lotz Murder Case”, challenging the notion that the case for the prosecution was flawed and asserting there is compelling evidence “implicating” the ornamental hammer later found in Lotz’s boyfriend Fred van der Vyver’s car. By MARIANNE THAMM.

Serve, Protect (and Shoot): Facebook page offers glimpse into SAPS culture
Few would dispute that the South African Police Service has an image problem. High-profile cases of police brutality over the past few years have fuelled the perception of a trigger-happy and ill-disciplined force. Social media isn’t helping: a Facebook page which appears to represent a Cape Town police station reinforces the sense of a violent and brutal internal police culture. By REBECCA DAVIS.

Spoiled by a Brat: GOP in shock
A political typhoon has just struck in one of America’s primary elections, upending established political expectations and throwing the Republican Party into a tizzy. J. BROOKS SPECTOR takes a closer look.

Al-Shabaab: How much of a threat to South Africa?
The time is ripe to consider growing evidence of an entrenched al-Shabaab presence within South Africa. And the evidence is plentiful. It is not only on foreign shores that al-Shabaab’s linkages to South Africa have been made explicit. But how credible is the al-Shabaab threat to South Africa and, more importantly, are we at risk of an imminent attack? By RYAN CUMMINGS.

Leonardo’s sailors: Seeking new solutions to SA’s rhino poaching crisis
It was Leonardo da Vinci, the great Renaissance-era mathematician, architect and artist, who said: “He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards a ship without a rudder and compass, and never knows where he may cast.” It is this same rash approach that is being used by the proponents of trade in rhino horn, argues Professor Alejandro Nadal, in his co-authored critique of pro-rhino horn trade literature. By IAN MICHLER.

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