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Picking Up Stompies: Weekend Edition 04/08/2013
Posted by on Aug 5th, 2013

mugabe wins

Asshole alert. Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has won a seventh term in office, officials say, amid claims of electoral fraud. US and UK reject the vote..meanwhile South Africa’s Zuma congratulates him. Sigh. [BBC]

Government to pay R1 billion for Mala Mala game reserve. The government has agreed to pay out more than R1-billion to settle a land claim against one of South Africa’s most exclusive game lodges. [TimesLIVE]

An inflatable fishing boat has survived an attack by a great white shark off Strandfontein. The shark bit down, puncturing the boat, held on and thrashed for over a minute. [iol]

Uruguay is about to become the first country in the world to fully legalize the production and sale of marijuana [TIME]

Twitter to tackle abuse. Following a week of intense criticism, Twitter has pledged to improve its rules over abuse and making its reporting process simpler. [Wired]

South African cricketer Dale Steyn swapped the cricket pitch for the Hollywood limelight when he filmed a cameo role in the new Adam Sandler romantic comedy The Familymoon [Channel24]

Cops shoot and kill 14-year-old gunman in the Bronx [NYDaily News]

KwaZulu-Natal government forked out a whopping R28m for the internationally renowned North Sea Jazz Festival that did not take place and is now battling to recoup the money. Because South Africa. [News24]

South African media darling and business mogul Khanyi Dhlomo has found herself in the spotlight. Her new luxury store Luminance has come under intense scrutiny after it was awarded a R34.1-million loan from the National Empowerment Fund  [Mail & Guardian]

LA Driver Deliberately Hit Pedestrians on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Short CCTV video shows the precise instant in which a driver hit multiple people on Venice Beach’s boardwalk last night, killing one and injuring twelve, one in critical condition [Gawker]

SA’s unemployment rates rise to near-record levels [Daily Maverick]

World’s first test-tube burger, made from lab-grown meat, to be cooked and eaten in London today..will cost R3.8 million [Mail Online]

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