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Wednesday, 9th December


“We’re in the vanguard of a nameless battle, a battle without arms or bloodshed or glory: we’re in the vanguard of waiting.”
– Marguerite
Duras


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Casualties of
Cola

This week, the Daily Maverick introduced a new digital initiative called the Daily Maverick Chronicle. Our first story, Casualties of Cola, immediately went viral, and we can’t help thinking that its success is largely
due to a counter-intuitive principle: readers are always shocked to learn that many of the worst things that happen in this country are entirely legal.
Casualties of Cola details the story of Beverage behemoth SABMiller and its subsidiary, Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI), one of the leading bottlers of Coca-Cola
products in Africa, and how they’ve used a black employment empowerment scheme called “owner-driver” to turn employees into contractors, and to choke those contractors into penury. They’ve been able to do this because the law allowed them to do so,
and because the concept of outsourcing has become corporate orthodoxy, even if its effects are patently catastrophic.
Casualties of Cola is the story of one particular catastrophe. But there are many. They happen all the time, all over the world. Because this is the new nature of work.
Read the entire feature here.


While you were
sleeping


The Pentagon has warned Donald Trump's bigotry could jeopardise national security. Trump's anti-Muslim comments drew sharp
criticism from a nigh-universal group of political adversaries. Pentagon press secretary, Peter Cook, said Trump's idiocy only "bolsters ISIL's narrative". Trump, meanwhile, has defended his ignorance by comparing anti-Muslim immigration policy to
Japanese detainment policies in World War ll. Up next: Trump compares the importance of detainment camps to apartheid. BBC
Dwindling demand and oversupply has led to Anglo American making sharp cuts to its workforce. The mining giant announced late on Tuesday plans to cut its worker pool by 60 percent. In addition, Anglo was suspending its dividend,
halving its business units and closing down a variety of smelters and mines. The commodity price drop, meanwhile, is not expected to rally anytime soon. Reuters
The US Navy has launched its largest, newest destroyer into the Atlantic Ocean. The Zumwalt class is undergoing sea trials before being designated its 'USS' prefix. At 610-foot-long and weighing in at 15,480-tons, the ominous
looking, angular design is geared towards fielding some of the US Military's most sophisticated technology, including electromagnetic-powered railguns, among others. WP
The Republic of South Korea Navy has fired warning shots at a Chinese vessel. Initially thought to be North Korean, the
Chinese patrol boat had ventured into South Korean territorial waters, whereupon naval forces fired several warning shots. The patrol boat was believed to have been hunting illegal Chinese fishing vessels. JT
Less than two weeks after winning it, world heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, has been stripped of his IBF title. Fury missed a deadline to host a mandatory fight in order to focus on a rematch against Wladimir Klitschko. The
homophobic, sexist British boxer will now have no title, but almost certainly be cashing in a lot more profit by opting to fight the Ukrainian. BBC
Financial Indicators:
Oil=$40.59 Gold=$1,073.65 Platinum=$854.18
R/$=14.62 R/€=15.91 R/£=21.93 $/€=1.08
JSE All Share=49,083.80 DJIA=17,639.48 FTSE 100=6,168.99: Source
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In Numbers


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The death rate percentage of American presidents. This is the most hazardous job in the US. Logging follows at 0.13 percent.
Coming Up
Today in 1987 the First Intifada starts in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The six-year uprising saw hundreds of Israelis and thousands
of Palestinians killed.
COP21 continues. The Paris-based climate change summit finishes on the 11th December. Hopefully with a meaningful
resolution.
The African Business Leaders Forum is kicking off today. This will be held in Sandton.
Brazil is announcing its latest inflation figure. This could well exceed 10%. Again.
Cricketer Ian Botham will be chatting to media about his charity walk today. Botham will be walking across South Africa from the
10th. 
Fact of the day: Happy cows produce more
milk. Even naming the cows individually raises their milk production by up to 3.5 percent.
Weather: 
Bloemfontein: min: 21° max: 32°, sunny
Cape Town: min: 16° max: 28°, cloudy
Durban: min: 22° max: 31°, cloudy
East London: min: 20° max: 32°, cloudy
Johannesburg: min: 18° max: 32°, cloudy
Kimberley: min: 21° max: 35°, sunny
Nelspruit: min: 21° max: 31°, rainy
Pietermaritzburg: min: 16° max: 34°, chance of rain
Polokwane: min: 17° max: 33°, rainy
Port Elizabeth: min: 19° max: 26°, cloudy
Pretoria: min: 21° max: 31°, cloudy
Source: Forecast.io
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Cyril Ramaphosa: Mandela's favoured son, Malema's true
target

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says he wants to revive a love affair – with the ANC, that is. In his first comments on the issue of leadership –
a subject he has been careful to stay clear of – Ramaphosa said people’s love for the ANC needed to be revived. He also said ANC members should not be bullied into choosing their leaders. While Ramaphosa is the most obvious choice to be the next
president, his campaign is in all sorts of trouble. He also has a powerful enemy on his case. Julius Malema is targeting what would have been the pinnacle of Ramaphosa’s achievements. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
Casualties of Cola: ORIGINS
Like almost everything in modern-day South Africa, it all began in the mines. By DAILY MAVERICK CHRONICLE.
Casualties of Cola: THE UN-INDEPENDENT
When Thabo Reginald Tsolo was asked by his ABI managers to resign from his position as a driver and promised an OD contract, he waited three
anxious months for the necessary documentation. He found himself adrift in the grey zone between his old life as an employee and his new life as an entrepreneur. When the contract finally did materialise, Tsolo was so broke that he was in no
position to question the p’s and q’s. “Sign, signature, sign, initial. Like that,” he said. By DAILY MAVERICK CHRONICLE.
Presidency: Marikana compensation talks to begin in
January

So far, The Presidency hasn't engaged with the relatives of those killed in Marikana, nor the mineworkers, looking for compensation since
announcing an alternative resolution process in September, but on Tuesday said discussions would begin by the end of January. The Presidency, however, forgot to tell those claiming compensation. Still, there have been some developments on Marikana:
documentary Miners Shot Down is finally close to being aired on public television. By GREG NICOLSON.
Right of Response: Climate Ideology and Climate
Science

Climate alarm has become a ruling ideology. It is like a return to a past age of superstition, somewhat similar to the Witch Mania of the 17th
Century where witches were blamed for extreme weather events that caused crop failures. It is also highly lucrative, providing funding and jobs for a vast international army of activists, politicians, bureaucrats and embedded scientists. This can be
seen clearly at the ludicrous but extremely expensive COP21 conference in Paris now. “Last chance to save the world!” would better be “Yet another chance to give us lots of money!” By ANDREW KENNY.
Op-Ed: Fifa cannot reform itself
Slowly but surely, evidence is mounting against Sepp Blatter and his cronies. The net is closing in on him, but Fifa cannot be reformed from the
inside. It needs a clean sweep, an independent fumigation which will mean starting everything over from scratch. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Oscar avoids prison, for now
Appearing in court for the first time since he was sentenced last year, a much more composed Oscar Pistorius was told that he did not have to
return to prison – yet, anyway. The disgraced Paralympian was granted bail, as long as he observes the conditions of his house arrest. Next stop: Constitutional Court. By SIMON ALLISON.
Marcela Guerrero Casas: Road safety is a two-way
street

Without simplifying the complexity of a history of dispossession and injustice, nothing is a better mirror to our societies than the way we treat
each other in public space. In Bogota, Columbia, the late 1980s were a time of turmoil and despair, largely as a result of the civil conflict. It was no coincidence that traffic fatalities were one of the biggest concerns for local authorities in
the early 1990s. We can draw some valuable lessons from how Columbia addressed their problems on the streets of its capital.
Michael Fridjhon: Why can't we fund the tomorrow’s medical
doctors?

You would think that a halfway qualified doctor with pretty decent results would have no difficulty getting her fees paid, and borrowing some
money to cover her living expenses. It's taken her months of begging and pleading simply to get a loan lined up. When it comes to real funding, amazingly, the kitty is empty.
Nel Marais: The Economic Freedom Fighters - The Real 2015
Story

Given the stuttering economy, and the extremely high levels of unemployment, especially among young black people, the EFF might well be the party
to watch during the municipal elections. Although the EFF still faces a plethora of challenges, including limited funding - there is no specific information on its financial position available - leadership squabbles and ideological differences, it
is expected to be a serious challenge to the ANC in Limpopo, the North West, parts of Gauteng, and even the Free State. If not the outright winner, it might garner enough votes in some municipalities to govern in coalition with the DA, Congress of
the People and/or the United Democratic Movement.
In case you
missed it
Pursuing the revolution versus “selling out”: Did the ANC make the right
choice?

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has struck a raw nerve and he knows it. The negotiations during the
transition to democracy and the legacy of Nelson Mandela are the most celebrated eras of South Africa’s torrid history, which Malema has now set about taking down. What started as a response to a question he was asked in London has now flared into a
major national debate. He says the ANC compromised on “fundamentals” when “our people were prepared to fight on”. Malema was of course not there at the time. Some people who were, have a different perspective. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
Casualties of Cola: OUTSOURCED
Above a faded couch in Moses Mkhondo’s makeshift home hangs a framed tableau of the perfect South African village. The
collage was assembled by Mkhondo himself, back when he made a living driving trucks filled with Coca-Cola to spaza shops and taverns and corner cafes throughout Johannesburg’s East Rand. The collage is meant to represent Mkhondo’s ideal world: a
bustling middle-class town, centred around a Coca-Cola depot from which great trucks ply the roads, dispensing bottled joy to a booming country. For 30 years, Mkhondo could pretend to himself that he lived in this world. In early 2014 he was forced
to stop pretending. By DAILY MAVERICK CHRONICLE.
Analysis: The case for Nomgcobo Jiba
If there is ever an organisation which appears to symbolise what is claimed to be political meddling by President Jacob
Zuma it is the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). It is the institution which has perhaps been the greater victim of interference than any other. From the original appointment of its first head, Bulelani Ngcuka, all the way through to the
dropping of the criminal charges against Zuma, to the appointment of Advocate Shaun Abrahams as its current boss, there have been political fingerprints all over it. In the last two years or so, the focus has been on one of the NPA's four deputy
leaders, Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba. The less than subtle claim against her has been that she is Zuma's person, that he has "captured" the NPA through her. Now, finally, we have the case for Jiba, the logical set of legal reasons, as advanced by her and
her supporters, as to why she should not be suspended or fired. And they make a compelling case. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
Blikkiesdorp: A place “worse than hell”
The residents of Blikkiesdorp have been battling ACSA and the City of Cape Town over uncertainty regarding their future,
particularly with respect to plans for upgrading the airport near their homes. A new documentary has been released telling the story of their struggle. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
Op-Ed: Mandela’s footprint and the great sell-out myth
After watching an inspiring production that commemorated the life and struggles of the late Nelson Mandela via song,
dance and spoken words drawn from his actual letters to friends and family, J. BROOKS SPECTOR contemplates the charge that Nelson Mandela somehow “sold out” the future of most South Africans for the chimera of political power.
Making African cities open to street trading: Q&A with Professor Claire
Benit-Gbaffou

The Save the Hawkers Campaign, including multiple organisations of informal traders, was launched in the wake of
Johannesburg's Operation Clean Sweep, when police evicted 7,000 traders from the streets in 2013. Last week, at the Africities Summit, Save the Hawkers launched an informal street trading charter championing more inclusive policies across the
continent. GREG NICOLSON asks Professor Claire Benit-Gbaffou from Wits' Centre for Urbanism and Built Environment Studies (CUBES) what it's all about.
Five lessons for South Africa after their series defeat in
India

A 3-0 defeat in a series where the team collectively managed just two half-centuries, both of them coming from the same
player, means that South Africa will return home with their tail between their legs. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks five of the lessons South Africa learnt on this tour.
Thembinkosi Gcoyi: China-Africa: Commitment and
Opportunity

From a South African perspective, China remains an opportunity there for the taking. We need to equal the major task of
refining our capacities to gain meaningfully from this relationship. I don’t mean the government in this case. I mean us, as South Africans.
Sisonke Msimang: Casualties of Cola: Why even a flawed media is worth
defending

As you read this story you will recognise that the economic system that continues to keep black people very, very poor
in this country has been broken for so long, and the private sector has been so strong for so long, that we have a vast imbalance that has been allowed to flourish unchecked. We the people have not been demanding when it comes to scrutiny of
corporate conduct. The media has led us and also followed us in this silence. It is a mutually reinforcing culpability.
Ivo Vegter: Scrap the Carbon Tax Bill
Eager to make a progressive showing at the Paris Climate Conference, the South African government is trying to bundle
through a Carbon Tax Bill. It allowed only six weeks for comments, ending on 15 December 2015. A major new tax deserves more than token public consultation. Also, it’s a bad idea.
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