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Monday, 7th December


“Hands burn for a stone, a bomb, to shiver down the glass. Nothing's changed.”


– Tatamkhulu
Afrika, born today in 1920
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Daily Maverick Chronicle
Presents
Casualties of
Cola

Beverage behemoth SABMiller and its subsidiary, Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI), one of the leading bottlers of Coca-Cola products in Africa, are being sued for over R6 billion
in damages by 150 owner-drivers whose contracts were axed by the company over the last five years. These ex-entrepreneurs have accused the company of duping them into signing onerous contracts, squeezing their profits and unfairly terminating the
relationship over a variety of unfounded allegations, in order to minimise its exposure to the risks associated with distribution and stringent labour regulations in South Africa.
The investigation, Casualties of Cola, which has been four months in the
making, makes a compelling case for the assertion that this B-BEE-aligned owner-driver scheme is a modern day iteration of slavery that is eroding South Africa's black middle class. It is written and produced by acclaimed writer Richard Poplak,
along with Chronicle's Sumeya Gasa, Shaun Swingler and Diana Neille.
Read the entire feature here.


While you were
sleeping


United States president Barack Obama has vowed to "destroy ISIL". In the first presidential address from the Oval Office in five
years, Obama sought to ease national fears on terrorism through the speech. He stressed the importance of not fanning the flames of divisive rhetoric and actions in the US. WP
While addressing the nation, the US Air Force is believed to have bombed several targets in Raqqa, Syria. Thirty-two ISIL deaths were
reported, with 40 injured. Team Russia, meanwhile, carried out a high number of attacks as well, hitting a reported 45 targets for an unknown number of casualties. Reuters
US surgeons have announced an imminent attempt at a penis transplant attempt. Doctors from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore will be performing the procedure, thus far only successful in an operation in
South Africa in 2014. The transplant will be performed on a young soldier who suffered a major injury during a combat tour in Afghanistan. NYT
FIFA is investigating bribe allegations against Emperor Palpatine. Sepp Blatter is allegedly linked to a $100 million bribery scandal. The dark lord himself may have been aware of large sums of money paid to senior officials
from a marketing company, ISL, in exchange for lucrative television broadcast rights during the '90s. BBC
Financial Indicators:
Oil=$43.00 Gold=$1,086.44 Platinum=$879.45
R/$=14.37 R/€=15.61 R/£=21.69 $/€=1.08
JSE All Share=49,284.49 DJIA=17,847.63 FTSE 100=6,238.29: Source
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In Numbers


5,735
The number of reptiles exported from Mauritius to China annually. The exports were worth a scaly $90
000.
Coming Up
Today in 1941 saw the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. The result of Japan's tactical victory was the entrance of the United States
into World War ll.
COP21 continues. The Paris-based climate change summit continues until the 11th December. Hopefully with a meaningful
resolution.
It's the final day of a torrid Test match between South Africa and India today. That said, if the Proteas can pull off a draw, it will be a feat of defensive batting never seen before.
SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng having a disciplinary hearing today. These shenanigans ought to be in the news early
on in the day.
Fact of the
day: Alfred Hitchcock was a bit of a habitual prankster. In one such endeavour, Hitchcock held a dinner party in which all his distinguished guests were served food entirely coloured blue. Blue trout and potatoes proved rather
difficult for his guests to process.
Weather: 
Bloemfontein: min: 21° max: 36°, cloudy
Cape Town: min: 18° max: 30°, sunny
Durban: min: 21° max: 25°, rainy
East London: min: 23° max: 31°, rainy
Johannesburg: min: 18° max: 35°, cloudy
Kimberley: min: 21° max: 37°, cloudy
Nelspruit: min: 20° max: 36°, cloudy
Pietermaritzburg: min: 16° max: 34°, chance of rain
Polokwane: min: 20° max: 35°, cloudy
Port Elizabeth: min: 19° max: 29°, cloudy
Pretoria: min: 20° max: 36°, cloudy
Source: Forecast.io
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FOCAC: Business as usual as the China-Africa honeymoon
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There were no surprises at the China-Africa summit in Johannesburg this week, except for the size of the Chinese pledge:
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Op-Ed: Challenges to Mandela’s legacy are historically wrong and politically
risky

As South Africa commemorates the second anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela, a huge debate has sprung up around
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it's a critique of his decision not to nationalise the wealth of white people and redistribute it to poorer black people. But the argument fails to understand the facts on the ground in South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s, and misses the point
completely. At the time, there were actually very few other options. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
Op-Ed: How sustainable is the business of renewable
energy?

International solar power developer Abengoa (NASDAQ: ABGB), with three concentrating solar power (CSP) projects in South
Africa, started insolvency proceedings on 25 November 2015, perhaps signalling an overheating of the global renewable energy sector, and a correction in the trajectory of adoption of renewable energy in the face of reduced prices for fossil
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Health-E News: Strawberry flavours and excessive
prices

The bacteria that causes tuberculosis is an ancient pathogen that has even been found in the bones of Egyptian mummies.
But human bungling of treatment means that more and more strains of TB are becoming resistant to the medicines that used to be able to cure the disease. There is an almighty struggle to get affordable, appropriate medicine – particularly when a
single tablet can cost R655. By LAURA LOPEZ GONZALEZ and KERRY CULLINAN for HEALTH-E NEWS.
Op-Ed: The non-debates about non-science - what the climate skeptics tell and do not
tell

Denialists rely on selective facts that ignore long-term data, and close to 100% certainty about the human causes of
climate change. They ignore, also, in an important instance, scientific consensus that oceans absorb the majority of the heat trapped within the atmosphere, and over an extended period oceanic temperatures have continued to increase. When this is
included in the overall temperature measure, it is clear that there is no pause in the increase, annual variations notwithstanding. By SALIEM FAKIR, LOUISE NAUDÉ and JAMES REELER.
ICG: Nigeria’s Biafran Separatist Upsurge
The month-long demonstrations by pro-separatist ethnic Ibo youth in south-east Nigeria degenerated into violence on 2
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Demonstrators set fire to the city’s central mosque and eight trucks belonging to Dangote Group, a conglomerate owned by northern billionaire Aliko Dangote. Crisis Group’s Nigeria Analyst NNAMDI OBASI discusses Nigeria’s new struggle with supporters
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SA vs India, 4th Test: The real South Africa finally shows
up

It has taken two embarrassing defeats and tethering on the brink of another, but South Africa have finally showed up in
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Onkgopotse JJ Tabane: Dear Andile Nkuhlu: Let’s Talk
Frankly...

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Julie Reid: Is the ANC right about press regulation? Research says
‘NO’

Two weeks ago the Media Policy and Democracy Project launched its most recent research report, this time tackling the
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Appeals Tribunal.
Mmusi Maimane: South Africa has stalled: We need a complete
reset

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Saturday will be the second anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela. There are no major events to mark the passing of
South Africa’s founding father. As time goes by, it seems the country moves further and further away from the nation Madiba envisaged. As South African society grows increasingly restless with the state of decline, there are rumblings of discontent
about Madiba’s legacy, the compromises made during the period of transition and the concept of reconciliation that defined his presidency. Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema is actively tapping into that sentiment. And there is no
saying here this might lead. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
The Pistorius Verdict: Justice was done, The System
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Watching Justice Eric Leach deliver a unanimous ruling in the State’s appeal in the Oscar Pistorius case, there was an
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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – philanthropy or what?
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GroundUP: Wrongly detained and treated like dirt by Home
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Jani Allan: An open letter to Daddy dearest, Tertius
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You were hugely influential as the successful editor of the country's largest newspaper. You were seen as a builder of
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Sisonke Msimang: Wounds that will never heal
As I lost friends and comrades, the irony of Mbeki’s stance, the inaction and callousness of his minister, the silence
of this Cabinet – all of these forced me to re-evaluate my belief in the leadership of this country. My loss of faith was almost total, and I would be lying if I said it has ever recovered.
Pierre de Vos: Pistorius will go to jail; we just do not know if it is for a sex crime
or a race crime

In her excellent essay on the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, Bantu in the Bathroom, Jacqueline Rose concludes: “Depending on
how you look at it, the killing of Reeva Steenkamp was either a sex crime or a race crime.” Either Oscar Pistorius killed his girlfriend in a fury during a domestic argument or (in his version), he killed her while believing that he was killing a
(black) intruder breaking into his house. While the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) was not permitted to revisit the question of whether this was a sex crime, it did confirm that unless your life is really threatened or unless you (those concerned
will know who I am addressing here) truly believe your life is threatened, you commit murder when you kill a (real or imagined black) intruder in your own home.
Dinga Sikwebu: Taking a broken Cosatu to its
birthplace

The use of collective bargaining as an instrument of redistribution has led to protracted strikes whose main triggers
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