THE THIRD UMPIRE
Early in July, the Eskom chairman publicly denied reports that the utility was running short of working capital. It now emerges that just 10 days later, he went cap in hand to the finance and public enterprises ministers to beg for help to avoid a liquidity crisis.
It is tempting to cheer any indication that Zimbabwe’s extended nightmare might be nearing an end, but the national army commander’s threat to intervene in the Zanu-PF succession battle raises the prospect of a descent into civil war.
Bafana’s failure to qualify for next year’s Fifa World Cup in Russia is disappointing, although hardly unexpected. But four-time champions Italy? Yes, for the first time in 60 years the Azzurri have missed the cut after a goalless draw with Sweden.