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Weekend Thing with Andrea Teagle   
Weekend of 5 December, 2015
"Some foreigners with full bellies and nothing better to do engage in finger-pointing at us. First, China does not export revolution; second, it
does not export famine and poverty; and third, it does not mess around with you.
So what else is there to say?"
– Chinese President Xi Jinping, Mexico, back in 2009.  
Picture of the Week  
On the 5th Day of Christmas, DM gave to you... Santa on a Scooter, near Laubbach, Germany, 3 December 2015. EPA/THOMAS WARNACK
This Week's Wrap Up...
Reading is believing? 
Remember that time you read about an alleged SARS rogue unit in the Sunday Times? Well, none of that is true, according to former Times investigative
journalist Pearlie Joubert in a recent affidavit that followed her January resignation. The covert investigative unit had allegedly spied on President Jacob Zuma and attempted to infiltrate the ANC. Joubert indicated that the stories were
false, and part of a politically-motivated effort to advance untested allegations against former deputy SARS commissioner Ivan Pillay and others through the media. Who then is telling the truth? Who do we trust? 
南非欢迎习主席到访 *
President Zuma gave Chinese President Xi Jinping a hearty welcome - no doubt helped along by the $6.5 billion in deals signed last week - at the start of an Africa-China heads of state summit on Friday. China will
invest $2.5 billion of Chinese investment going to South Africa’s state-owned rail company, as well as provide as $500 million loan to Eskom. Government has been at pains to emphasise that the lopsided relationship is really a mutually beneficial partnership.
* South Africa welcomes the visit of Chairman Xi. If controversial plans to introduce Mandarin in schools are
realized, this asterisk may one day be unnecessary. 
Californian Carnage
A year-end party in a social services centre in San Bernardino became a scene of carnage after a shoot out left 14 people dead and 21 wounded on Wednesday. Both shooters, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his Pakistani wife Tashfeen Malik,
27, were killed by police. Motives for the attack are currently unclear. On the one hand, Farook was county health worker, leading some to suspect a work-place gripe; on the other, the couple had amassed a large stockpile of explosives, ammunition and pipe bombs.
The pair was not on any watchlist and had a 6-month old child. Amateur sleuths move over: the FBI has taken over the investigation.
 
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Editor's picks from this week
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.
God, Spies and Lies: How journalists, spooks and politicians shaped South
Africa

While confirmation that the charismatic and influential former Sunday Times editor, Tertius Myburgh, was a voluntary spy for the apartheid government
is one of the more sensational revelations in veteran journalist and editor John Matisonn's just-published book, the work is also a detailed and unflinching examination of the symbiotic relationship between business, journalism and politics. By
MARIANNE THAMM.
ICG: To the Islamic State and Back
In January this year, Gasan’s 36-year-old wife secretly took their two daughters, aged three and twelve, and resettled in a part of Syria held by IS.
In this testimony, Gasan describes the extraordinary ordeal he underwent to smuggle himself into Syria, how he lived in the IS “Caliphate” for five months, and what happened when he tried to find his children and bring them back. By Ekaterina
Sokirianskaia for the INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP.
Hundred years old, still a work of genius: Einstein’s Theory of General
Relativity

On the occasion of the first public release of Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, J. BROOKS SPECTOR contemplates its importance and place
in history.
Daily Maverick Podcast: Climate change and COP21
While world leaders meet at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, the Daily Maverick team speak to Professors Bob and Mary
Scholes, two of the three authors of the new book Climate Change: Briefings from Southern Africa. Then they hear some of the innovative responses to the issue in the low-lying city of Lagos before finally discussing a rather extreme solution: human
extinction.
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 Daily Maverick's Weekly Culture Dose
 
Check out the first installation of Jozi’s latest trendy monthly market at the Old Fort at Constitutional Hill. Market @the Fort is a youthful fusion of African fashion, film, food and music: transforming
this historical spot into a celebration of contemporary life and culture. Tomorrow from 10-4pm.
 
For lovers of shopping, fashion and design, the brand new Work Shop New Town is sure to make an appearance on Christmas wish lists. The historic Potato Sheds-turned-shopping-destination is home to SA’s trendiest designer
brands. Weekend hours: Saturday 10-7pm; Sunday 10-4pm.
 
Performed by Olympic ice skaters, the Imperial Ice Stars, Swan Lake on Ice is at the Teatro at Monte Casino until 10 January. Tickets R150- R400.
 
 It’s cherry season in Ceres. The best gifts are often experiences; relieving laden trees of perfectly polished cherries is summer fun epitomized. Entry to Klondyke Farm is R20pp. Picking goes right through December.
 
The Table Mountain Blues Summit combines live
performances
 from 12 top South African blues artists, including Aiden Martin Trio, Frank Freeman and Gerald Clark, with the whimsical beauty of Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville. Saturday from 11am. Tickets R195.
 
Music and movement combine in ‘Sound of Yoga’ featuring instrumental legend Guy Buttery, in Durban on Sunday. Instructor Dave Gardner will lead the yoga session.  Tickets
R350.  Book here.
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Fact of Weekend
Tetris reduces Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In 2009, Oxford University researchers found that focusing on
a visual-spatial task, like the computer game Tetris, immediately after a traumatic event reduces subsequent flashbacks and and other psychological symptoms. More recent research, involving 52 participants who watched video
footage of distressing events, found that even after a whole day had passed – enough time for memory to consolidate – just 12 minutes of Tetris was still beneficial in reducing
subsequent PTSD. 
Sporting Weekend
In the African Cup of Nations, on Saturday, it's Egypt v Mali at 6.45pm (SS4); Algeria v Nigeria at 6.45pm (SS9). 
In Cricket, South Africa's fourth Test against India, day 3, began at 5.30am (SS2). It continues into Day 4 tomorrow at 5.30 am (SS2). 
For the RAM Slam T20, flick between VKB Knights v Warriors  (Chevrolet Park, Bloemfontein), Dolphins v Cobras (Durban) and Titans v Highveld Lions (Sahara Park Willowmoore, Benoni) on Saturday, 6pm. 
Weekend Read: South Africa’s tour of India: A wake-up call for cricket’s Kings of the
Road
 South Africa’s reign as Kings of the Road in world cricket has come to an end. While the conditions have been
extreme, this tour has been somewhat of a wake-up call for South Africa. They are still in a “transitional period” and have to guard against being caught napping when the next phase of that period kicks in. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.

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