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World record?: Participants toss placards into the air after completing an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Human National Flag at Tundikhel in Kathmandu on Saturday (August 23 2014). According to the organiser Bhawesh Khanal, president of Human Values for Peace and Prosperity, an non-profit organisation, more than 30 000 people took part, attempting to break the record held by Pakistan in which 28 957 people had participated.

Picture: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

King Zwelithini’s sixth wedding, tight deadlines and 3G gridlock

Saturday. The Croc and I are in Ulundi. Again. We’re waiting, but not for the Commander in Chief. This time. The CiC’s here, but he’s not the reason why we’re waiting.

Hot or Not

  • This Week

    Hot:

    Laughter is the best medicine, but it wasn’t enough to cure actor Robin Williams of his deep depression. He made us weep with laughter and, in his darker roles, just weep – and hid his own demons behind a wide smile and sad eyes. His ­suicide this week left the world a little emptier.
    Thanks for the memories, Robin – we’re sorry for your pain.

    Not:

    President Jacob Zuma has mastered the art of passing the buck. After keeping us waiting for months for a response to the Public Protector’s Nkandla report, he delivered what was essentially two pages of a reply as most of the 20 pages were a regurgitation of other reports. And the substance was: Ask the police minister.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    When science is cool, it’s really cool. European spacecraft Rosetta caught up with a comet this week. It will ­attach a probe to 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko – Chury to its friends – and gather data from its surface. This will offer a peek into what reports call a kind of “astronomical time capsule” to see what things were like when our solar system was born.

    Not:

    Lending money to poor people at high interest rates is bad enough. Springing one of the biggest shockers in South Africa’s corporate
    history is not hot either. Not long ago, African Bank’s management indicated it was at rock bottom. Almost R10 billion got burnt this week once the extent of its ­problems became clear.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Team SA for their 37-medal haul with three days to go at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, getting closer to the target of 43 set by Sascoc and already surpassing the 33 from the 2010 Games. The SA lawn bowls (five gold medals), judo (one) and Rugby Sevens teams proved that the nation should not only always rely on swimming and athletics for gold medals.

    Not:

    What will it take for the US to ­finally ditch its “softly, softly” ­approach to Israel? Not even the bombing of a UN-run school in Gaza by Israeli forces could do it. The US called the act “indefensible” and called on Israel to “live up to their own standards” of protecting civilians. That’ll show ’em, Obama. Or not.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    It is common cause that when a minister’s official car breaks down, the department hires a replacement. Not for Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, who chose to drive her own private car when her state car was not in use. At a time when government is calling for cuts in excessive spending, Pandor’s action shows a minister leading by example.

    Not:

    Dragged for kilometres during a hijacking and then dying. That’s the end of life for four-year-old Taegrin Morris. His death should shock us all into taking a stand against crime. The fight against crime cannot be relegated to the police alone. It will also take society’s efforts to clear our country of violent criminals.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Nelson Mandela, who has provided one of the very few reasons to believe in humanity this week. Even after death, the statesman has us out on Mandela Day doing our 67 minutes for the needy. In the week of atrocities like the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and the escalating carnage in Gaza, we needed this. Thanks again, Madiba.

    Not:

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who ordered ground troops into Gaza this week after his armed forces rained bombs on the area, killing more than 260 Palestinian civilians. Among them were four cousins, aged between
    9 and 11, who were photographed running for their lives on the beach before being killed.

Heels over Head: Say cheese and bite through le mud

Running comfortably downhill is something I’ve given up trying to achieve in this life. Give me an uphill and I love it, but only until facing the downhill that complements it.

King Goodwill Zwelithini plays for high stakes

@PaddyHarper1 7 July 2014 14:51

Thursday. The Croc and I are hanging in Ulundi. Ulundi’s a weird place. I should know. I lived there for a year back when the Grumpy Prince was running the place.

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This is an act of rebels masked as parliamentarians who are committed to hijack our democracy, Parliament and legislatures.
ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa on the behaviour of EFF MPs in Parliament

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