Fifa unfiltered: Hawks set to conduct Freedom Front Plus-led investigation
On the Fifa corruption scandal: former Fifa official Chuck Blazer’s testimony to American prosecutors has been unsealed in the US. Also overnight is a claim from former Concacaf president – and the man accused of taking the payment directed through Fifa to ensure South Africa hosted the 2010 World Cup, Jack Warner – that he could bring an avalanche down on senior people at Fifa, including Sepp Blatter. Meanwhile at home, the Hawks have confirmed today they are now conducting a preliminary investigation into Danny Jordaan and whether he actually committed a criminal act while causing these payments to be made - after a request from the Freedom Front Plus (FF+). Hawks Spokesperson, Hangwani Mulaudzi:
We received representation from the Freedom Front Plus with regards to this Fifa debacle. We are investigating this issue from just the documents we have from them. The issue here is that everyone has got a right to information and everyone is going to expect us to divulge the details of the investigation and we cannot do that at this stage. This is a matter between us and the Freedom Front Plus; we are not in a fishing expedition, because we are a very high-level organisation. There hasn't been any high-level communication between us and the Americans at this stage.
Meanwhile, some of the action overnight has come from Jack Warner in a video he released that makes claims about Fifa:
EWN Sports Editor, Jean Smyth:
This really is eye-watering and it does feel like at Fifa at the moment is a game of jenga, with threats from Warner about documents will no doubt have Fifa seriously worried. Warner has of course also said he didn't take a bribe over the 2010 Fifa tournament. He's trying to stay out of jail and will do everything he can.
SACCI's calls for power cuts to residences, not industry
A comment by the President of the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) Vusi Khumalo on Wednesday is that some of the biggest companies in the country have suggested to Eskom that only residential areas be cut off during load shedding to allow industry to grow the economy. Indepdenent energy analyst, Ted Bloom:
I think it's a fantastic idea and it's nice to see business apply their minds to the power crisis. And we would need a smart grid because the grid currently is integrated between domestic and industrial consumers. Households consume roughly 30% of available power, and given the daily 30 gigawatts produced by Eskom, domestic use is around 8 gigawatts.
Nanotech to prevent Alzheimer's
A report in The Times newspaper this morning suggests that two Professors at Wits University are now developing a system that would see nanotechnology being used to deliver drugs to the brain to try and stop diseases like Alzheimer's. Wits University's Head of Neurology, Professor Girish Modi:
There's a thing which unfortunately is a good thing to have called the 'blood brain barrier' - nature's way of protecting the brain and preventing toxins from entering, but at the same time, it also prevents medicines from getting through as well.
Can Africa become conflict free?
An opinion piece in the Business Day newspaper today by the MD of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) suggests it will actually be quite a long time before conflicts in Africa come to a halt. Anton du Plessis is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, in addition to heading up the ISS:
A lot of the processes towards democracy are more than often violent ones on the African continent. It's a compressed formation that results in violence, as we move towards less autocratic governments. Poor governance is the result of poor leadership and there needs to be a shift in civil society to stamp this kind of leadership out.
Locusts for lunch? Enter the 'Pestaurant'
A restaurant set up in the Cresta Shopping Centre on Wednesday by the pest control company Rentokil saw them serve creepy crawlies on the menu. Rentokil spokesperson, Nathalie Leblond:
Some of them were more popular than others: surprisingly enough, it was the locusts that were very popular with visitors yesterday. When people plucked up the courage to try, they realised that 'hey, it's not so bad'. There are already 2 billion people that supplement their diets with insects because they are a great source of protein.