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Seeker Daily asks “How Corrupt is South Africa?” Science, Technology & Curiosity 30 JUN 2016

When it comes to YouTube, the majority of clips that I choose watch are informative, and so channels like DNews, It’s Okay to Be Smart, Last Week Tonight and Vox et al. all make a strong showing on my YouTube front page. I particularly enjoy Seeker Daily (formerly known as TestTube Network), which, as they themselves state, is a channel “is committed to answering the smart, inquisitive questions people have about life, society, politics and anything else happening in the news. It’s a place where curiosity rules and together we’ll get a clearer understanding of this crazy world we live in.”

So I was rather pleased this week when my beloved country South Africa popped onto their radar for a bit.

nelson mandela statue in front of the union buildings in pretoria, south africa

Sadly though, it was for all the wrong reasons, because the question they were tackling for the day was “How Corrupt is South Africa?”.

It is of course not the whole or even an completely informed version of the story, but it is perhaps an excellent representation of how South Africa does currently look in the eyes of the West.

Which is a bit of a pity to be honest.

This isn’t a fair picture. The country as a whole is not corrupt, just certain aspects – and those are almost entirely at the points where business meets government. In other words, the exact same problem that occurs all over the world, to both rich and poor countries alike!

Related Link: Seeker Daily | YouTube

USA Sport Stadium Funding Sport & Health 21 JUL 2015

Naturally, sports stadiums in the United States are big. Very big. And very expensive too, partly because they keep seeming to try and one-up each other when it comes to newness and features.

miami marlins baseball stadium united states of america usa

Of course, everyone knows that there is very big money in American sports, one just has to look at the salaries earned by top NFL football players, NBA basketball players and MBA baseball players to see that. But what is surprising however is a lot of their mega stadiums aren’t actually self-funded – instead, the trend is very much to get the hosting cities to pay for everything!

John Oliver’s research team over at Last Week Tonight with John Oliver took a look and came up with some very surprising (and infuriating) information on the topic:

Obviously here in South Africa we have our own stadium problems thanks to the 2010 FIFA World Cup (which was, admittedly, AWESOME!), but that said, it is rather nice having such a beautiful stadium like Cape Town Stadium around.

I just wish it hadn’t cost quite as much, and somehow become a little more self-sufficient and a little less reliant on my tax money!

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FIFA Corruption, Sepp Blatter finally Resigns, and of course, South Africa looks Dirty Cartoons | Sport & Health 04 JUN 2015

Each and every year before a FIFA World Cup event, we get reminded by media outlets about the various scandals and controversies surrounding world soccer’s overseeing body FIFA.

Last year was certainly no different, with John Oliver and his research team over at Last Week Tonight with John Oliver having a proper go:

Now of course scandal for FIFA is back again, with the surprise move of the USA arresting a dozen of the highest ranking FIFA officials in Switzerland on corruption charges – instantly opening up a massive can of worms and headaches for the football organisation.

(Particularly funny, because as noted, it’s taken the country with seemingly the least amount of interest in soccer to actually do something about this group that holds itself above countries’ laws!)

Needless to say, comedian John Oliver and his team immediately weighed in on the story:

The reality of all of this is of course that it seems long overdue, but at least it has forced the hand of Sepp Blatter and he has stepped down (at last).

Though of course, this could just be an attempt to jump ship before it completely sinks…

Sadly though, South Africa has now been drawn into the thick of it, and no matter how sports minister Fikile Mbalula and his team try to spin it, it is looking pretty much like we paid bribes in order to get the World Cup in 2010.

Sigh, can this beautiful country of ours not get a break or two sometime?

Of course, FIFA and the World Cup has been an inspiration for Zapiro on more than just a few occasions before, but this particular scandal seems to have brought out the best from one of South Africa’s most recognised political cartoonists:

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My favourite editorial cartoon coming out of this debacle however has to be the one drawn up by the Dr. Jack and Curtis team for EWN (Eyewitness News):

top fifa officials arrested cartoon ewn eyewitness news cartoon by dr jack and curtis

Hilarious!

Related Link: Times Live | EWN | Zapiro | YouTube