Monday, January 29 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Keep calm and you'll carry on getting water, Cape Town told

Don’t panic. Together we’ve got the water crisis under control.

By PETRU SAAL and DAVE CHAMBERS
4 min read

What SA needs is for the wealthy to fork out

The iconic writer Ursula K. le Guin died last week. She was mourned by many the world over. In her story The Ones Who ...

Justice Malala
Columnist
4 min read

'Expel "sex video" principal'

The Gauteng education department will on Monday formally ask the country's professional body for teachers to strike off ...

By PREGA GOVENDER
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

You really do have to read the small print

Many a business contract contains a paragraph, buried deep within the small print, which essentially says that nothing ...

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read

Table Mountain hikers go rogue to fight criminals

Drone surveillance, secret observation points and armed patrols – not what you expect on a quiet stroll across Table ...

Bobby Jordan
Journalist
3 min read

At R600k a day, this ship needs to save our seas

State-of-the-art vessel arrives in SA to research climate change

By Nivashni Nair
1 min read

Newborn babies worst affected by listeriosis outbreak

Babies less than a week old are bearing the brunt of the listeriosis outbreak. The National Institute for Communicable ...

By Tanya Farber
1 min read
Two women pose for photos as they wait for the start of the Met horse race at Kenilworth in Cape Town on Saturday.
ORANGE IS THE NEW TRACK COLOUR Two women pose for photos as they wait for the start of the Met horse race at Kenilworth in Cape Town on Saturday.
Image: RODGER BOSCH/AFP

Six things about South Africa you need to know

Magashule faces no-confidence vote

The Democratic Alliance will table a motion of no confidence against Free State premier Ace Magashule in the provincial legislature‚ DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Sunday.

Guptas not to be charged any time soon, says Zwane

The National Prosecuting Authority has rubbished a report that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane‚ three Gupta brothers and their associates are to be charged with money laundering‚ among other charges‚ in the next few weeks. The Sunday Times reported that the case would become the first state capture to be prosecuted.

R6m in undeclared currency nabbed en route to Dubai

The South African Revenue Service has revealed that customs officials at OR Tambo international airport prevented over R6-million in undeclared currency from being smuggled out of the country on Thursday after intercepting two passengers travelling to Dubai.

Gupta Leaks voted newsmaker of the year

The Gupta Leaks have been named as the 2017 National Press Club Newsmaker of the Year‚ with the recipient of the award being the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism.

Multichoice will be probed over dodgy payments

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has confirmed to the Democratic Alliance that it will be conducting an investigation into Multichoice. This follows a complaint lodged by the DA in November requesting that Icasa conduct an inquiry into payments made by Multichoice to ANN7 and the SABC‚ allegedly in exchange for political influence over government policy on Digital Migration‚ in its favour.

Search on for 62 missing Esidimeni patients

DA Gauteng shadow MEC for health Jack Bloom will open a missing persons case on Monday to assist in locating the 62 Esidimeni patients who have still not been located.

the world

stuff that matters

Spate of volcanic eruptions is normal, say scientists holding thumbs

The spate of activity around the so-called Ring of Fire has raised concerns that a major and potentially deadly ...

By AFP
1 min read

Trump charms the stocks off the economic elite

A Sunday Telegraph correspondent finds some cautious cheer in the US president's Davos speech

By Jeremy Warner
2 min read

'Hitler and Stalin couldn't stop me. Being nearly 100 definitely won't'

She has worked in her legendary bookshop since World War 2, and her final chapter is far from finished.

By AFP
3 min read

POINT OF VIEW

Hugh Masekela’s sister, Barbara Masekela, spoke fondly of her brother on Sunday, January 28 2018, at his memorial in Johannesburg, saying that his love for life made him heartbroken when he knew h...


SNAPSHOT

The worst tanker oil spill in decades is unfolding across hundreds of miles of the East China Sea after an Iranian oil tanker carrying more than 100,000 tonnes of toxic oil collided with a freighter and exploded, killing all 32 crew onboard. The ship burned, spewing its cargo, for more than a week before sinking in the waters between China, Japan and South Korea.
TROUBLED WATERS The worst tanker oil spill in decades is unfolding across hundreds of miles of the East China Sea after an Iranian oil tanker carrying more than 100,000 tonnes of toxic oil collided with a freighter and exploded, killing all 32 crew onboard. The ship burned, spewing its cargo, for more than a week before sinking in the waters between China, Japan and South Korea.
Image: REUTERS

SIX THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD

Oi, cobber, this land is our land

More than 25,000 people took to the streets on Australia Day on Friday to protest against the celebration of the start of white colonisation and persecution of Aboriginal Australians 230 years ago. January 26 marks the anniversary of the first British settlers landing in Sydney Cove, New South Wales, in 1788, but for indigenous Australians, the date means the start of oppression, including dozens of massacres throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. — Reuters

Tencent gets Hollywood stars in its eyes

Internet giant Tencent said on Friday it will take a stake in the US production company behind the Mission: Impossible and Terminator series, marking China’s latest incursion into Hollywood. Tencent is part-owned by South Africa’s Naspers. The deal will give Tencent the opportunity to co-finance Skydance Media films, which will benefit from the Chinese firm’s distribution and marketing in the world’s second-largest movie market. Skydance has produced 15 films, most in collaboration with Paramount Pictures, including the Star Trek franchise. It is preparing to release sequels to the Mission: Impossible, Terminator, and Top Gun sagas in the next two years. — AFP

Extreme deprivation for China’s lunar landing trainees

Chinese students spent 200 continuous days in a “lunar lab” in Beijing, state media said on Friday, as the country prepares for its long-term goal of putting people on the moon. Four students crammed into a 160-square-metre cabin called “Yuegong-1” — Lunar Palace — on the campus of Beihang University. The volunteers lived in the sealed lab to simulate a long-term space mission with no input from the outside world. The facility treats human waste with a bio-fermentation process, and volunteers grew experimental crops and vegetables with the help of food and waste byproducts. — AFP

Dutch bust shady Russian Cozy Bear hackers

Dutch intelligence services hacked Russian cyber attackers and alerted US counterparts after watching them transfer “thousands” of Democratic Party e-mails ahead of the 2016 US election, Dutch media reported Friday. The Dutch national intelligence service had been watching the notorious group known as Cozy Bear since 2014, according to the Volkskrant daily and a Dutch TV’s Nieuwsuur. — AFP

Killer fire strikes South Korean hospital

A huge fire tore through a South Korean hospital on Friday killing at least 37 people, the government said, in the country’s worst blaze for a decade. Around 130 others were hurt in the fire, which comes just weeks before thousands of athletes and foreign visitors are expected in the country for the Winter Olympics. — AFP

Who didn’t let the dogs out?

As the Year of the Dog approaches, some shops run by the Chinese diaspora in Malaysia are keeping canine figurines hidden inside to avoid causing offence in the Muslim-majority country. Dogs are considered unclean in Islam, and a more conservative form of the faith has been gaining traction among Malaysian Muslims, causing tensions with the country’s substantial religious and ethnic minorities. — AFP

IDEAS

to feed your mind

Don't understand custom law? That's fine, but don't look down on it

Customary law continues to be subordinate to Roman Dutch Law

By Mwelo Nonkonyana
2 min read

The tale of Shaun Abrahams and his full spinal transplant

It’s too early to judge Cyril Ramaphosa’s intentions or actions but there is no doubting his style.

Tom Eaton
Columnist
2 min read

Saudi women start driving into what they hope will be a better future

They might be getting some basic freedoms, but they worry whether their better world will last.

By Josie Ensor
6 min read

THE BUSINESS

You need to know

Billionaires playing silly burgers with our food

What do Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Leonardo DiCaprio all have in common? Aside from vast wealth and fame, all ...

By The Thomson Reuters Foundation
3 min read

China's trillion-dollar push into the Arctic

China is pushing its ambitious global trade infrastructure programme to the Arctic, outlining on Friday its vision for ...

By AFP
2 min read

lifestyle

culture comes alive

Snoozing helps you cut down on junk food

Spending an extra 90 minutes in bed may not seem like the obvious way to lose weight, but according to a study, it ...

By Sarah Knapton
1 min read

Those voices in your head don't mean you're crazy

What if you could talk to the voices in your head, and tell them to shut the hell up? It sounds a simple solution to ...

By Shanthini Naidoo
6 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Fed blubs through victory speech

David Isaacson rounds up the day's sports news you need to know

By Agencies
3 min read

The best of Tests, the worst of Tests, my son

Dean Elgar's finest hour came in the most discouraging of circumstances

By Telford Vice
4 min read