Friday, January 26 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

How Zuma was forced to cook his own goose

State capture inquiry's terms of reference put Zuma's relationship with the Guptas in the dock

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
2 min read

Show us the R11m, Mr Molefe

And paying back his pension is only the beginning of his troubles

By Sipho Mabena
2 min read

smart news

in one take

Now Day Zero haunts the Eastern Cape too

PE is suffering more than Cape Town, say residents

By Petru Saal
4 min read

The customer really is king in the social media age

A children's hoodie, a fragrant body wash and a moisturing lotion all have one thing in common — they have forced ...

By Suthentira Govender
3 min read

Be very careful what you say in front of this computer

Sigmund Freud is either turning in his grave or singing for joy: a computer has now been able to predict psychotic ...

By Tanya Farber
1 min read

Monkeys today, humans tomorrow ... cloning is getting too close for comfort

The first monkeys cloned in the same way as Dolly the Sheep have been born, raising concerns that it may soon be ...

By The Daily Telegraph
2 min read

Moving a colossus can be a colossal pain

Egypt moved an 83-ton, 3,200-year-old statue of King Ramses II to the atrium of Cairo’s new Grand Egyptian Museum on ...

By Reuters
1 min read

SNAPSHOT

Striking Durban University of Technology staff protest outside the vice --chancellor's office in Durban as Mi7 security block access to the building on Thursday
NOT-SO-THIN BLUE LINE Striking Durban University of Technology staff protest outside the vice --chancellor's office in Durban as Mi7 security block access to the building on Thursday
Image: JACKIE CLAUSEN

FIVE THINGS ABOUT SA YOU NEED TO KNOW

Sun Met kicks out Markus Jooste

Beleaguered former Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste will not benefit from any winnings at the upcoming Sun Met in Cape Town on Saturday. "The horses are not going to run under his colours‚ they will run under club colours. He will not benefit directly from any races‚" said National Horse Racing Authority chief executive Lyndon Barends.

WWF warns against shift in poaching trends

The World Wildlife Fund has warned that poachers were increasingly also targeting elephants, with losses in the Kruger National Park increasing from 46 in 2016 to 67 last year. The number of rhinos poached had dropped slightly from 1215 in 2014 to 1028 last year.

It wasn’t me, says Mooinooi murder accused

The panel beater accused of slaying same-sex couple Joey and Anisha van Niekerk told a North West court he had no idea why he had been detained. “To tell you the truth, I do not know really,” the 52-year-old said in court. He is one of eight people accused of killing the couple on the eve of the funeral of Joey’s father.

It wasn’t me either, says Mahlangu

Former Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu told the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings she would not “personally” take responsibility for the deaths 143 mentally ill patients. She would only take the “political blame”, she said. “I cannot carry personal blame. I was not working for myself.”

Tourists beat it as bumber-biting lions chomp on their car

Two Dutch tourists had to make a hasty retreat while on a game viewing trip in Hlhuhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve. Their delight from spotting two lions soon turned into alarm as their rental car started shaking. Then they heard loud crunching sounds – and sped off. Back in the safety of the parking area, they discovered several bite marks and scratches on the back fender of their hired Toyota Corolla.

Ideas

to feed your mind

The perverse magic to be found in perseverance

Every so often you hear about someone with a creative dream that after years of effort shows no signs of coming true. ...

4 min read

'Six million Germans died': The headline that nearly became reality

Of all the stories that have been told of the Holocaust and its horrors, perhaps this is one you won’t have heard. At ...

By Avi Merkado-Ettedgui
3 min read

Yes, we should care about monopoly capital - but we can't forget the Guptas

A Twitter user interrupted my line of thought as I was watching Eskom's Matshela Koko sweat through his testimony at ...

By Kyle Cowan
2 min read

the world

stuff that matters

Teflon Trump: Even paying off a porn star doesn't bother the heartland

Two decades ago this week US president Bill Clinton declared that he “did not have sexual relations with that woman”. ...

By AFP
2 min read

It looks like the 'Escape from Alcatraz' three really did survive

It was the infamous 1962 jailbreak that inspired a Hollywood film — the escape by three inmates of Alcatraz, America’s ...

By Rozina Sabur and Mike Wright
1 min read

India braces as battle over epic movie 'Padmaava' looms

Thousands of police in riot gear guarded cinemas across India on Thursday amid threats of violence by Hindu hardliners ...

By AFP
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

Papuan children play in the river in Agats, the capital of Asmat district in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province, on Thursday. Some 800 children have fallen ill a measles-and-malnutrition outbreak in Papua, with as many as 100 people, mostly toddlers, feared to have been killed in the outbreak.
HANG IN THERE Papuan children play in the river in Agats, the capital of Asmat district in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province, on Thursday. Some 800 children have fallen ill a measles-and-malnutrition outbreak in Papua, with as many as 100 people, mostly toddlers, feared to have been killed in the outbreak.
Image: BAY ISMOYO / AFP

SIX THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD

Fifth time lucky for racy ‘Audi man’?

ormer German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will marry a South Korean translator 26 years his junior after his fourth marriage fell apart. The 73-year-old — whose colourful private life and multiple marriages earned him the nickname “Audi man’’, a reference to the German carmaker’s four-ring symbol — said that he would wed Kim So-Yeon this year. — AFP

Bangkok is literally sinking in sin

Thai police are checking dozens of Bangkok mega-brothels to see if they are illegally siphoning off groundwater for “soapy massages” offered to clients that may be contributing to the gradual sinking of the capital. The crackdown was launched after a trafficking raid on Victoria Secret massage parlour found underage sex workers, a ledger listing bribes to officials and evidence the venue was stealing groundwater to avoid paying pricy utility bills. — AFP

Weinstein’s victims were ignored until his power waned

Harvey Weinstein’s accusers were finally heard only because the US producer’s power was “on the wane”, US-British actress Rachel Weisz said on Thursday. “It’s about economics — he wasn’t turning over the big bucks any more,” she said. — AFP

Grumpy Cat all smiles after windfall

The owners of the Grumpy Cat brand, based around a cat with dwarfism and an underbite who perpetually looks grumpy, have successfully sued a company for £500,000 for unauthorised use of pictures of the animal. Grumpy Cat Limited struck a deal with US coffee company Grenade, allowing it to sell its “Grumppuccino’’ iced coffee drink featuring a photo of the cat, but the firm started using the image on other products. — © The Daily Telegraph

Field of Dreams becomes a nightmare

It was one of the most famous fields in film history: the baseball diamond Kevin Costner’s character Ray built in 1989’s Field of Dreams. But now vandals have caused thousands of dollars of damage to the field near Dyersville, Iowa, where the movie’s most famous scenes were shot. A vehicle drove onto the field on Monday night, following heavy rain, leaving gashes four inches deep in the soil. — © The Daily Telegraph

Becoming a father is a freeing experience

An Indian court has freed for two weeks a convicted murderer serving a life term so that he can try to become a father. Siddique Ali, 40, was freed by the Madras High Court following a plea by his 32-year-old wife so the couple can undergo fertility treatment. — AFP

the business

what you need to know

Knives come out for embattled Woolies boss after disaster in Oz

Analysts are divided on whether Woolworths CEO Ian Moir should fall on his sword after the retailer was forced to ...

By Michelle Gumede
2 min read

Populism, please meet globalism and capitalism (and everybody be nice)

One of the big discussion points at Davos is how to deal with globalisation and improve capitalism.

By Tim Cohen
5 min read

Brazil turns to blockchain in corruption wars

Brazil hopes to reduce corruption with blockchain — the technology behind the bitcoin currency — as it reels from a ...

By Thomson Reuters Foundation
2 min read

lifestyle

culture comes alive

Soon there'll be a lot more Phiri-maniacs

Nonku Phiri is a rising star on the South African music scene

By Bob Perfect
3 min read

It'll be a real Swizz if you miss this one

We’re drinking in the last dregs of summer and it is promising to go out with a bang

By Yolisa Mkele
1 min read

SPORT

Finish line essentials

SPORTS DAY: A step too Farhaan?

The day's must-know sports happenings, compiled by David Isaacson

By Agencies
3 min read

This one is going to be a fight to the finish

The final Test in the Freedom Series has developed into one of inches

By Liam del Carme
2 min read