THE THIRD UM­PIRE

Business Day - - OPINION -

SOLLY MA­PAILA

As the world watches with mor­bid fas­ci­na­tion while Venezuela Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro leads his coun­try down the tubes after steal­ing the elec­tion, the SA Com­mu­nist Party deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary sends him “warm con­grat­u­la­tions”. Se­ri­ously?

MUL­TICHOICE

Broad­cast­ing au­thor­ity Icasa says it will amend its reg­u­la­tions to en­sure ma­jor sport­ing events are broad­cast on free-to-air chan­nels. That could be the death knell for DStv, whose sub­scriber-only pack­ages are built on ex­clu­sive rights to sport.

DON­ALD TRUMP

In his mind, ev­ery­thing the US pres­i­dent does is bet­ter than any­thing achieved in the past. In­clud­ing, as of the week­end, the cur­rent shut­down of gov­ern­ment due to his in­sis­tence on build­ing a wall on the bor­der with Mex­ico. It is now the long­est shut­down ever.

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