Thursday, January 25 2018

the big story

leading the agenda

'I have been caught in the crossfire'

Senior Eskom executive Matshela Koko protests his innocence into state capture at parliamentary inquiry

By Linda Ensor
2 min read

SMART News

In one take

Private eye retreats on ban against spying on our journalists

A former Hawks member‚ now employed at a leading private investigations firm‚ has withdrawn his objection to two ...

By Kyle Cowan
2 min read

I just educated myself, says Zuma

President Jacob Zuma has ordered officials to stop useless government programmes and divert their money to free ...

By Bongani Mthethwa
2 min read

New killer fungus detected in soil and air in Western Cape

A mysterious new fungus, widespread in the Western Cape, kills half the people it infects. The fungus, Emergomyces ...

By Dave Chambers
1 min read
A joint team swooped on five properties on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast where they found dagga plants, cultivating equipment and a specialised hydroponics dagga lab.
CAUGHT STONE COLD A joint team swooped on five properties on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast where they found dagga plants, cultivating equipment and a specialised hydroponics dagga lab.
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Five things you need to know on the local scene

Joint operation cracks giant KZN dagga ring

KwaZulu-Natal police on Wednesday bust a massive international syndicate allegedly operating a hydroponic dagga laboratory in Hibberdene‚ on the south coast. The joint operation — which included members of The Hawks‚ National Intelligence Unit and home affairs — descended on five properties‚ including farms and townhouses‚ and made multiple arrests. KZN Hawks spokesman Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said that the team‚ acting on information‚ clamped down on the clandestine operation — said to be worth hundreds of thousands of rands. — Staff reporter

Lawyer tells EFF: 'Pay back the money!'

Six former Economic Freedom Fighters Mogale City councillors who were expelled by the party last year‚ have been accused of failing to pay their legal representative. Advocate Rodney Manzini of Mkhize Attorneys‚ which represented the councillors‚ said the former councillors‚ led by then EFF chief whip Smanga Mkhumbeni‚ owed him about R30‚000 in outstanding legal fees. — Staff reporter

Rand shows its muscles on Davos optimism

The rand was stable below R12 to the dollar on Wednesday‚ tracking a firmer euro‚ while a number of other factors combined to boost the local unit. Global risk-on trade has seen major global equity markets extend record highs‚ while local sentiment has been buoyed by positive commentary from South African officials in Davos. Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago said there was renewed optimism for SA’s economic outlook in 2018. “People now see SA as a big opportunity‚” report ed Dow Jones Newswires. — Staff reporter

Traffic bosses talk tough on striking cops

The Road Traffic Management Corporation has vowed to deal with the “unacceptable” illegal strike by members of the National Traffic Police‚ who have refused to leave their base over workplace grievances. The national traffic officers went on a go-slow on Monday‚ with half of the 40 officers per shift going out to enforce national traffic laws on the country’s major roads. — Staff reporter

Hawks bust cross-border car thieves

The Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Unit has bust what it believes to be a major cross-border vehicle theft syndicate‚ with the arrests of nine suspects. It said the suspects‚ arrested during a crime intelligence-driven operation‚ included five police officers‚ a Home Affairs official and three runners. Some of the suspects were nabbed in different part of Limpopo and others in Pretoria. - Staff reporter

Ideas

to feed your mind

Overvaal: Nothing is as black or white as it seems

By the time the protesters outside Hoërskool Overvaal lobbed a petrol bomb at the police, it was clear that something ...

Jonathan Jansen
Columnist
4 min read

Why humans will not have to lose in the the robot war

Some of the recent headlines have been dire: “Automation threatens 800 million jobs”,“Robots are coming for jobs”, ...

By ULRICH SPIESSHOFER
3 min read

Zuma's hanging by his terms of reference

It is understandable why President Jacob Zuma’s office is procrastinating over the terms of reference for the judicial ...

By Ranjeni Munusamy
1 min read

THE BUSINESS

you need to know

Desperation stakes as Steinhoff hocks the family ...

Steinhoff International Holdings’ quest for cash has yielded about R13-billion from asset sales as the embattled ...

By Bloomberg
2 min read

What the Dickens? Both the best and worst of ...

Gold started the year with a bang, rising 4% so far and trading near the highest since August 2016. But an equally ...

By Bloomberg
1 min read

The WORLD

stuff that matters

Too hip to poke their pooches

Hipster pet owners are increasingly refusing to vaccinate their animals, in the latest twist in the spread of the ...

By Harriet Alexander
1 min read

Groping on the Ritz - London's new charity scandal

Hostesses hired to entertain figures from business and politics at a secretive men-only charity fundraising gala in ...

By Reuters
1 min read

Eight things you need to know from around the world

Chihuahua puts woman in hospital after 'out-of-control' attack

A “dangerously out-of-control dog” which hospitalised a postwoman with bites to her leg was a tiny 20cm-tall chihuahua. Amy Ash was left with two puncture wounds to her ankle after seven-year-old dog Louie was seen to be “hanging off her leg”. A London court heard owner John Anslow let Louie and another dog off their leashes in Wimbledon, south London. He denies a charge of being the owner of a dangerously out-of-control dog. — © The Daily Telegraph

Teens are hacking, but not from smoking secret cigs

Teenagers used to rebel by smoking, doing drugs and getting pregnant. But modern British 14-year-olds are eschewing these traditional forms of acting out — in favour of hacking computers. Figures from a study carried out by University College London suggest that more teens of this age have hacked a computer than have had sex or are regular smokers. One in 20 teenagers in the study, which follows children as they grow up, told researchers they had hacked a computer in the past year. Only two percent of 14-year-olds of either gender said they had had sexual intercourse, and three percent said they were regular smokers. — © The Daily Telegraph

Pampering your pooch goes to pot

A Canadian dog-treat maker wants to produce a different kind of munchie. True Leaf Medicine International Ltd is expanding into the nation’s fast-emerging marijuana industry. “Ultimately, we want to be able to produce “finished medicinal poducts” for people and their pets, it said. — Bloomberg

From prem to pudgy: the hidden dangers for c-section babies

Children born by c-section are far more likely to be obese by the time they reach five years old, the biggest ever analysis of the health impacts of caesareans has found. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh found the risk of obesity for under fives jumped by 59% if they had been delivered through a c-section. The youngsters were also 21% more likely to develop asthma by the age of 12. Scientists said there was growing evidence that c-sections influence the development of the immune system and gut bacteria. — © The Daily Telegraph

Tears of the clown who admits to teen porn

A well-known circus clown in the US has acknowledged he pressured a teenage girl acrobat into posing for pornographic pictures and has resigned. The latest man to fall amid the country’s wave of sexual misconduct scandals is Barry Lubin, 65, who performed as a clown called Grandma for the Big Apple Circus. Lubin admitted ithat in 2004 he pressured then 16-year-old Zoey Dunne into posing for porn pictures. — AFP

No funny, no money, bookseller wails as sales plummet

British authors have lost their sense of humour, at least according to one retailer. WH Smith Plc, an ever-present on UK high streets, said a lack of funny book titles has dampened sales over the last 20 weeks. “Book sales were more challenging due to the decline in spoof humour titles and no new, big publishing trends,” the retailer said on Wednesday. — Bloomberg

Deaf mum sues because she can't hear concert

The deaf mother of a Little Mix fan is suing the group's promoter because she could not understand the concert she attended. Sally Reynolds bought six tickets last year to see the band in Sussex, UK. She bought the tickets for herself, two deaf mothers and their daughters who are all able to hear, and asked the promoter, LHG Live, to provide a British Sign Language interpreter. The company offered to give Reynolds care tickets, so they could bring their own interpreters, but she did not think this went far enough to improve the accessibility of the concert. — © The Daily Telegraph

Don't go breaking our hearts, Elton

Elton John is to quit touring after nearly 50 years. The 70-year-old star, whose record sales have been in decline in recent years, is calling time on the road after one last world tour, the Daily Mirror said. — Reuters
A chihuahua has proved that size really doesn't matter ... and especially if you're a poliocewoman.
Don't tune me, young man A chihuahua has proved that size really doesn't matter ... and especially if you're a poliocewoman.
Image: JOSH EDELSON / AFP

SPORT

finish line essentials

PLAY DAY: From the bog to the fields of glory

FOOTBALL SA striker goes from sleeping in toilet to Champions League — and now China South African striker Dino Ndlovu ...

By Agencies
6 min read

Proteas own the day as India is bowled out for ...

Moreover, on a day that required grit and application at the crease, the tourists'  injudicious shot selection further ...

By Liam del Carme
1 min read