Zuma's willful act of sabotage

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Weekend Thing with Andrea Teagle   
Weekend of 12 December, 2015
Places in London... are so radicalised that police are afraid for their own
~The unfortnately unquashable Donald Trump
The only reason I wouldn’t go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump
~ Mayor of London, Boris Johnson
Picture of the Week  
Indian Navy marine commandos demonstrate their rescue operation skills during Navy Day celebrations in Mumbai, India,
04 December 2015.  EPA/DIVYAKANT SOLANKI
This Week's Wrap Up...
Willful Sabotage
Since 2009, we've watched President Zuma play South Africa's economy like a Jenga tower: building atop increasingly unstable foundations for his own
benefit. We watched it sway after each brick was removed and each dangerous addition made; but still at the base remained one stable piece helping to keep the economy upright. On Wednesday evening, to the shock of an entire country, that brick – now-ex Minister
of Finance Nhlanhla Nene – was removed in a willful act of sabotage.  Without explanation, Zuma slotted in the little-known David Van
The move stank of disregard for the country and plunged the rand to all-time lows. Now indeed, South Africa is swaying dangerously, just one notch above junk status. But citizens and polticians are not taking it lying down: the conclusion for many is #ZumaMustFall. 
The enemy of my enemy 
After five years of civil war, fragmented Syrian opposition (that is, opponents of both the Islamic State and President Bashar al-Assad) has
agreed on a framework for peace talks with government. The statement called for an all-inclusive regime, and emphasised a transitional period without Assad. A meeting with the current regime is set to take place next month. Arab media is skeptical about real progress while Assad's allies Russia and Iran glower on with
in hand. 
COP21 spillover
The Paris climate change talks have run over into the weekend. At 10:00 on Saturday (8:00 GMT), French foreign minister Laurent Fabius will hand over a final text from the negotiations aimed at crafting a long-term strategy to deal with climate change. After
a fortnight of what U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the most difficult negotiations he has ever been involved in, a green
deal finally looks imminent. Despite last minute blips, this mammoth effort is remarkable given that there are still those saying,"What climate change?" in response to, well, climate change. 
Today will go down in history... 
...As the first time that women in Saudi Arabia voted and ran for office. It's a landmark
but, in many ways, women remain shackled (almost literally) by deeply sexist, traditional
beliefs about gender roles

How Long Will South Africa Survive? by RW Johnson
As predicted. 
Editor's picks from this week
Editorial: An Act of Wilful Sabotage
It’s a strange time to live in this country; it’s strange to be a party to its staccato, barely intelligible rhythms. The Jacob Zuma presidency, which became an inevitability after the bloodletting in Polokwane in 2007, has now descended to its
nadir—the point where self-generated crisis after self-generated crisis has met a commodities meltdown, resulting in something even the most vituperative of Zuma’s detractors couldn’t have predicted: a suicidal kleptocracy so brazen that the
president doesn’t bother trying to cover up his true intentions any longer. By DAILY MAVERICK.
Pursuing the revolution versus “selling out”: Did the ANC make the right

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: THE ADVISOR
Mike Melnick’s offices inhabit a botched Tuscan structure on the outskirts of Alberton, Johannesburg. Melnick is a large man, and on a Friday in
October he was installed behind an oceanic desk, dressed in a Jeep-branded button-up and slacks. M. Melnick Financial Services is an accountancy firm that focuses on owner-drivers, a number of whom are contracted to ABI. In industry terms, Melnick
is a “business advisor”—the intermediary between corporates and their independent drivers, a middleman who opens bank accounts, pays bills, and is generally meant to function as the brains behind the ODs’ brawn. By DAILY MAVERICK
Nuclear Build: Do we really know what we are entering into?
In countries where nuclear power policy serves an overall energy policy that serves the public, and not the other way around, no nuclear power plants are being built. Those part of the world that procure electricity using democratic, transparent and
market-based methods do not build new reactors. It is not surprising. Nuclear energy is ruinously expensive, it is always over budget (by a lot) and suffers interminable delays.
We Have Now Begun Our Descent by Justice Malala
As Predicted. 

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Video of the week 

 Phillip Chbeeb and Renee Kester 

 Daily Maverick's Weekly Culture Dose
The Rosebank market is merrily festive this Saturday with baked sugary goodies (because Christmas doesn't care about the
vendetta against sugar), gifts, decorations and live entertainment. From 9am to 4pm. 
The Jozi Summershine Festival at Marks Park on Sunday features Musiq Soulchild, Tortured Soul and Latin House star Louie Vega, together with SA's own Majozi,Tresor and the Soil. The
afropolitan, wine, whisky and street food infused festival starts at 12.30pm. Tickets from R450. 
Calling all reggae lovers: Jamaica's Anthony B performs at Carfax on Saturday. The international star joins SA's rising reggae acts Momo Dred, Colbert Mukwevho and Nkulee Dube. Doors open at 5pm. Tickets are R150 or R200 at the
Over to Cape Town, the Eat Paint Love Festival takes place in Woodstock on Saturday. It's a celebration of local creativity in - you guessed it - cuisine, art and music. 6pm at the Palms centre. Tickets R40-R60. 
The Gabriëlskloof Favourite Things Market is a hub of 50 stalls offering handcrafted goods and homemade edibles on Saturday from 10am to 6pm. Because everyone loves a free market. 
In Durban, the Wonder Market at Chris Saunders Park offers a Jazzy hang-out spot this Sunday amidst craft, design and delectable delicacies. 9am to 2pm. 
Earmark the Durban Street Food Festival, starting on Wednesday next week (16 Dec), and running until Sunday (20 Dec). Taking place at Rivertown Contemporary Gallery, the festival celebrates the City's wide variety of
cultural cuisine, including  “walkie-talkie” chicken, bunny chows, shisa nyama, halaal meals and organic and vegetarian dishes. All in one place. 
How Long Will South Africa Survive? by RW Johnson
As predicted. 
Fact of Weekend
A new gene editing technique saved the life of an infant with leukemia earlier this year.  One-year-old Layla was dying.
All conventional treatments had failed. So her parents decided to try a new gene-editing
technique known as TALEN
, in a last-ditch attempt to save her life. Researchers extracted immune cells from a donor and genetically engineered them to attack cancerous cells (whilst simultaneously protecting them anti-cancer drugs). Before she
could receive the defense cells, though, Layla had to undergo therapy to have her own immune system wiped out. Three months later, a second bone-marrow transplant revived her immune system, and she's currently doing okay. 
Sporting Weekend
It's the RamSlam T20 Challenge Final on Saturday. This starts at 5.45pm (SS2). 
In the English Premiership, Saturday's matches include Man City v Swansea City at 4.45pm and Bournemouth v Man Utd at 7pm, while on Sunday, catch Aston Villa v Arsenal at 2.30pm, Tottenham Hotspur v Newcaste United at 5.30pm, and
Liverpool v West Brom at 5.50pm. 
Weekend Read:
Putting AB de Villiers back behind the stumps is risky business
It is not that AB de Villiers cannot keep wicket for South Africa, it is just that putting so much extra pressure on the team’s most reliable and
prolific scorer seems a bit unnecessary when there is young talent waiting in the wings. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.

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