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"When he left he said, 'I leave you in peace and I want you to live in peace', on the day of his passing I was not able to think, I was numb."
– Graça Machel


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Police investigating the deadly California attack found a "small arsenal" in the home of the attackers. Husband and
wife Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, a county health worker born in Chicago, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, had explosives, thousands of rounds of ammunition and fully-assembled pipe bombs in their house. Investigators are still trying to identify a solid motive
for the rampage. WP
The Pentagon is opening up all combat roles in the United States military to women. The decision will effectively allow women, who previously were prevented from a range of military positions, to serve in Special Forces, Air Force
rescue, Marine Corps Special Operations, and a range of other high-risk combat roles. While opening up 220,000 potential jobs to women in uniform, the actual standards for qualifying in said combat roles will remain exactly the same. NYT
Richard Branson is conscripting his old Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-400 aircraft into space service. The planes will be used as vehicles from which to launch Virgin's new satellite. The payload therein had recently been increased to
200kg, requiring the use of a 747 and its fuel capacity to act as a booster. The first 747 to do this is named, funnily enough, 'Cosmic Girl'. BBC
If you thought Oscar Pistorius' saga was finally concluded, think again. A likely appeal and Constitutional Court challenge is
looming on the horizon. With sentencing still to be held, there appears to be every possibility that the newly-convicted murderer will be using his disability as leverage to move his case into a constitutional matter. DM
Henrik Stenson is leading the Nedbank Golf Challenge after round one. Stenson and South African, Jaco van Zyl, share this head start with impressive 66s. Just days before, Stenson had been unsure whether he would be able to play,
having been bedridden with a nasty flu. Although having an impressive initial 10 holes, after the 14th Stenson admitted that his legs felt like "jelly". How he continues his pace into the weekend remains to be seen. BBC
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The number of seats, per 100,000, in the United States 'parliament'. Parliament being a 'lower' or 'single' house.
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Today in 1982 the 'Ciskei' is granted independence from South Africa. No other government in the world recognised its
legitimacy.
COP21 continues. The Paris-based climate change summit will hopefully begin and end with meaningful policy decisions made
towards a greener future.
Xi Jinping will be attending a China-Africa forum today. This will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from the morning onwards.
OPEC will be trying to raise oil prices today. A decision on whether to cut production or not is likely to be resisted aggressively by cash-strapped Russia.
The Nedbank Golf Challenge continues into the weekend. Make sure you watch all the action from Sun City. Or fall asleep slowly with the golf commentary acting as effective white noise.
The fourth Test between India and South Africa continues today. Hosted in Delhi, the proteas are yet to bat.
Fact of the
day: Owen J. Baggett is a particularly notable fighter pilot. In WWII he is the only individual to down an enemy
plane with his pistol. While in a parachute, Baggett shot an enemy in the head with his M1911 pistol.
Weather: 
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Durban: min: 21° max: 25°, rainy
East London: min: 20° max: 23°, windy
Johannesburg: min: 18° max: 29°, rainy
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Pietermaritzburg: min: 16° max: 27°, chance of rain
Polokwane: min: 20° max: 31°, rainy
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Pretoria: min: 20° max: 30°, cloudy
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Julius Malema and the move towards #MandelaMustFall
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
works

Watching Justice Eric Leach deliver a unanimous ruling in the State’s appeal in the Oscar Pistorius case, there was an overwhelming sense that the
status quo was being restored, and all was well in the legal world. Justice had finally won out, restoring the public’s faith in the system. By MANDY WIENER.
Think you’ve heard the last of Oscar? Think again.
Oscar Pistorius may have lost this appeal, but this story is far from over as a sentencing hearing and a likely Constitutional Court appearance
awaits. Don’t worry, there’s plenty more Oscar to come. By SIMON ALLISON.
Let's clean it up: Pikitup strike ends
Long after the police clamped down on an unprotected strike by Pikitup workers, trash continued to pile in the streets on Thursday. But almost two
weeks after the strike began, workers and the refuse-removal company were able to come to an agreement and most employees will return to work on Friday. By GREG NICOLSON.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – philanthropy or what?
The uniqueness of private philanthropy is that individuals can take risks that government or the corporate sector simply cannot do. This enables
philanthropists to innovate, start pilot projects and seed new concepts. There is room for spectacular success, as there is the possibility of disastrous failures. By SHELAGH GASTROW.
ICG: The Prize – fighting for Libya’s energy wealth
Libya’s once-significant wealth is haemorrhaging, due to corruption and mismanagement. Combined with reduced crude-oil exports because of damage
to production and export sites, pipeline and other infrastructure blockades, and the sharp decline in international oil prices, makes remedial action urgent. By the INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP.
Op-Ed: Crumbs of Ignorance for the Poor
We have to choose sides: either we protect the incompetent, or we protect the vulnerable. Out of politeness we do not criticise bad teachers. At
other times we are silent because so many teachers work so hard, and are so sincere, but sincerity is just not enough. Good intentions need to be coupled with competence. By MARYKE BAILEY.
Damned if he did, damned now that he has: Heyneke Meyer's coaching cul de sac is
over

Heyneke Meyer has announced that he is not interested in having his contract renewed, a 180 degree turn on saying he “wants to stay on and make a
difference”. Even the staunchest critics will feel just a little bit sorry for him. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
GroundUP: Wrongly detained and treated like dirt by Home
Affairs

Zimbabwean nationals extorted and detained without trail in prison and repatriation centres. One detainee describes the ordeal of wrongful arrest
and detention. By TARIRO WASHINYIRA for GROUNDUP.
Guilty: Oscar Pistorius convicted of murder by the Supreme Court of
Appeal

Oscar Pistorius’ house arrest won’t last much longer after the Supreme Court of Appeal found him guilty of murder. In a judgment that was critical
of trial judge Thokozile Masipa, and scathing of Pistorius’ own testimony, the Paralympian’s original conviction for culpable homicide was overturned. By SIMON ALLISON.
Ground-Up: Money for TB research is shrinking while millions
die

Tuberculosis (TB) killed 1.5 million people last year according to the World Health Organisation. Yet research money for TB is stagnating or even
declining, according to a new report by the US based Treatment Action Group (TAG). By GROUNDUP staff.
Jani Allan: An open letter to Daddy dearest, Tertius
Myburgh

You were hugely influential as the successful editor of the country's largest newspaper. You were seen as a builder of bridges in a deeply divided
society. Before we both become a footnote in history, let the record show I believe you used me as a cabaret turn.
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 are demands for higher
wages. The inability of unions to carry forward these wage struggles have led to disenchantment with existing unions and formation of breakaway unions. 
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SARS rogue unit controversy: New revelations bring everything into
question

The current SARS “rogue” unit saga, which threatens to destabilise the country's revenue service, has all the hallmarks
of a “black propaganda” campaign. The aim is to plant stories, confuse and obfuscate truth, and ultimately create confusion in the public realm to achieve a desired result; it worked successfully for the Bush Administration during the build-up to
the Iraq war. The latest revelations suggest this could be a crisis that is a bigger systemic threat than Nkandla. By MARIANNE THAMM.
Supreme Court of Appeal: Textbooks are a constitutional
right

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Appeal was emphatic: by not delivering textbooks to all Limpopo learners, the
Department of Basic Education and provincial department had violated learners' rights to basic education. It's the strongest judgment yet that all learners, especially the disadvantaged, have a constitutional right to textbooks. By GREG
NICOLSON.
Op-Ed: Love letter to myself
Schools rejected you time and time again. It was said that you would never ever cut it in the formal education system.
But you persisted, and in the process broke down barriers. By EDWARD NDOPU.
Op-Ed: We need to start hearing the silent 35%
As a child, or a teenager, your formal representation in government has been reduced to a department in the Ministry of
Social Development. You cannot vote. Policies more often than not are done for you without you. If you are lucky you might have a voice in school on the student council, but as we have seen in universities this is no guarantee that you will feel
your voice is heard. Yet, you make up 35% of the population. By WILLIAM BIRD.
Weizmann Hamilton: The Economic Freedom Fighters: Red or
Pink?

While all serious revolutionary socialists would have cheered along with the crowd at the dressing down the capitalists
so rightfully deserved, at the time of the EFF’s march on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, our evaluation of the their politics cannot be guided by the fears of the bosses.
Frans Cronje: Re-assessing the reaction to re-assessing climate
change

Our job is to cut through forced consensus, fear and place policy issues in the public domain. We exist to test the most
cherished of opinions where they impact on the decisions of our government, and challenge well-funded lobby groups. Where it prevents the South African government from taking sound energy and economic decisions, the global climate lobby is a
hindrance to our development.
Pierre de Vos: Basic Education: Democratic South Africa has failed the
children

Twenty-one years into democracy, the state has failed to effect the “radical transformation” of public education as
demanded by the Constitution. Across the country, the quality of basic education provided to learners still largely depends on whether a child, and his or her parents are middle class or not, live in the city or in a rural area, are black or white,
male or female, or are lucky enough to live close to a school not rendered catastrophically dysfunctional because of weak leadership.
Stephen Grootes: SARS Wars: The Phantom Menace
The situation regarding SARS, the Sunday Times and what has now been labelled as the “Rogue Spy Unit" has become
maddeningly complicated. That's to be expected, considering that there are various strands to the story, involving the question of whether the investigative unit of the biggest and most important newspaper in the country was manipulated. But the
overall story, the "takeaway" from what has happened this week, is that Advocate Rudolf Mastenbroek appears to have played a role in the reporting of the Sunday Times and then was appointed to the Kroon Commission, which basically endorsed the
findings of an earlier report. Based on that simple fact, the Kroon Commission is now surely lying in tatters.
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