Tuesday, January 30 2018

THE BIG STORY

LEADING THE AGENDA

Ace and Jessie: The JZ fight-back plan is on

A bid to rally more support for a fight-back plan to keep Zuma in power seems to be in full swing

By Kyle Cowan
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

'Muslims, avoid bottled water ... for now'

Muslim Judicial Council investigating its options for Day Zero

By Nashira Davids
2 min read

'I just heard a loud bang'

The moment Khadeeja Gani heard a loud bang on the roof of her car, she knew she was in danger.

By Naledi Shange
2 min read

Billionaire will pay your bills ... if you're lucky

Evelyn Dhlamini was so broke that each month she had to alternate between which of her three children's school fees to ...

By LEONIE WAGNER
1 min read

Hey goodlooking! Bronze Age hunk puts modern teeth to shame

A skeleton of a young Bronze Age man has revealed a "good-looking chap" with better teeth than many modern-day Britons, ...

By The Daily Telegraph
1 min read

White roses, praying ... and Trump jokes at the Grammys

Bruno Mars, who has revived retro funk and R&B for a new generation, on Sunday swept the Grammy Awards in a surprise ...

By AFP
2 min read

The exercise app laying down a trail for insurgents

A map showing paths taken by users of an exercise tracking app reveals potentially sensitive information about American ...

By AFP
1 min read

VISUAL SIDE

Researchers announced last Thursday that a partial jawbone bearing seven teeth unearthed in a cave in Israel represents what scientists are calling the oldest-known Homo sapiens remains outside Africa, showing that our species trekked out of this continent far earlier than previously thought.


SNAPSHOT

Usain Bolt trained with Mamelodi Sundowns at Chlorokop on Monday.
HAVING A FIELD DAY Usain Bolt trained with Mamelodi Sundowns at Chlorokop on Monday.
Image: SIMPHIWE NKWALI/ Sunday Times

Five things about SA you need to know

Cape Town Cycle Tour: how water will be saved

The Cape Town Cycle Tour will add two million litres of water to the city’s local water grid to offset the water footprint of an estimated 15 000 participants from beyond the Western Cape’s borders. Organisers of the tour – which will go ahead in 2018 – said they would purchase two million litres of spring water sourced from only licensed suppliers‚ outside of the drought ravaged province.

Water crisis could trigger Cape Town junk status

Cape Town risks having its municipal bonds cut to junk by Moody’s because of its water crisis. "Two of Cape Town’s main industries‚ tourism and agriculture‚ are likely to decline [because of the water crisis]‚ reducing employment‚ gross value added and tax income‚" Moody’s associate analyst Daniel Mazibuko wrote in a research note released on Monday.

New Crime Intelligence, Hawks heads 'to be appointed soon'

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says new heads of the police Crime Intelligence division and the Hawks will be appointed soon. “[Richard] Mdluli is out … Morris Tshabalala and all other Morris Tshabalalas who are there [at Crime Intelligence] and who have been doing as they wish‚ whatever is the case‚ I think that the new broom will actually clean." Former crime intelligence officer Morris “Captain KGB” Tshabalala was dismissed from the police on Monday after allegedly defrauding the crime intelligence secret service account.

Wits lecturer suspended in 'monkeys' row

A lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) has been suspended for allegedly making derogatory racial remarks about protesting university workers. The man‚ identified as engineering lecturer Dieter Hartmann‚ was alleged to have sent through an email in which he labelled the strikers as "monkeys".

AG raises red flag over Cape Town finances

The Auditor General has raised serious red flags about financial governance in the City of Cape Town. A new report by the Auditor General makes damning findings against the municipality’s leadership. One of the key remarks made in the report is that there was “bias” relating to the bid specifications of a certain tender‚ which “did not allow all potential suppliers to offer their goods or services”. It is understood that this has to do with a R300-million electric bus tender that was awarded to Chinese bus company BYD.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo wins fifth Grammy

Legendary South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo has won its fifth Grammy award. The ceremony took place in New York on Sunday. Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been nominated 19 times.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

Easy Kim, easy go as North Korea's funds are blown sky-high

A vital slush fund controlled by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly been drained by a series of missile and ...

By The Daily Telegraph
2 min read

Don’t be fooled by Trump’s tweet bleats

He is notorious for tweeting from the hip, unleashing tirades at all and sundry at all hours of the day and night. Yet ...

By Ben Riley-Smith in Washington
1 min read

In a secret sanctuary far away, the fight is on to save the shark

For millions of years, new-born hammerhead sharks have grown up in nurseries sheltered by the mangrove swamps and reefs ...

By AFP
3 min read

Duterte's revenge on anti-corruption prosecutor

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday punished an anti-graft prosecutor suspected of leaking his bank records ...

By AFP
0 min read

SNAPSHOT

A young supporter takes a selfie with the presidential candidate of the Citizen Action Party, Carlos Alvarado, during an election campaign rally in San Jose, Costa Rica, on Sunday.
IT'S TONGUE AT THE TOP A young supporter takes a selfie with the presidential candidate of the Citizen Action Party, Carlos Alvarado, during an election campaign rally in San Jose, Costa Rica, on Sunday.
Image: EZEQUIEL BECERRA / AFP

Six things you need to know about the world

If God wasn't with them, at least The Force was

Star Wars fans have defied warnings they were breaching God’s law by attending the first film to be shown in a public cinema on the Isle of Lewis on a Sunday. All 183 tickets were sold for the showing of The Last Jedi. Two protestors turned out at the cinema, with a woman holding a placard urging the cinema-goers to keep Sundays holy on the Sabbatarian isle off the west of Scotland. — AFP

Note to self: Never take a large metal object near an MRI

An Indian man died after being sucked into an MRI machine while visiting a relative at a hospital in Mumbai on Monday. Rajesh Maru, 32, was yanked towards the machine by its magnetic force after he entered the room carrying an oxygen cylinder. — AFP.

Facebook faces up to its responsibilities

Facebook is publishing its privacy principles for the first time and rolling out educational videos to help users control who has access to their information. The videos will show users how to manage the data that Facebook uses to show them ads, how to delete old posts and what happens to the data when they delete their account. — Reuters

Last parade for Beetle Bailey's creator

Cartoonist Mort Walker, whose lovable Beetle Bailey character survived decades of military life at dysfunctional Camp Swampy without ever doing any real work, has died. Walker, who was 94, died of complications from pneumonia. — AFP

J-pop gets more crypto than ever

A new J-pop girl band is capitalising on the cryptocurrency craze by singing about the digital currency market while wearing metallic wrestling-style masks and French maid dresses. Each girl in the eight-strong group, who go by the name of Virtual Currency Girls, wears a furry mask to represent a different currency, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple. — © The Daily Telegraph

Allen's crimes and misdemeanours come back to haunt him

Rumours are swirling that Woody Allen's latest film, 'A Rainy Day In New York', will not secure a theatrical release as former collaborators line up to condemn the filmmaker due to allegations of sexual abuse. Allen has been dogged by claims that he sexually assaulted his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was seven. — © The Daily Telegraph

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

To privatise or not to privatise ... that is the question

Always a tricky one, but that’s no reason to not re-open the debate. Privatisation is not the panacea for all public ...

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

Cape water crisis gave Agri SA a surprising ally

The current drought gripping the south-western parts of South Africa started as far back as the end of the 2015 summer ...

By Janse Rabie
4 min read

Giving Stalin's victims back their dignity

He has shone a light on the lives and deaths of tens of thousands of Joseph Stalin’s victims, but Russian historian ...

By AFP
4 min read

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Anglo cashes R850m for its last Eskom-linked coal operation

Anglo American has drawn a firm line under one of the most uncertain businesses in its portfolio, agreeing to the sale ...

By Allan Seccombe
2 min read

Water? No problem, say top Cape real estate developers

Several prominent listed real estate groups have promised tenants they will have water in the event of Day Zero, when ...

By Alistair Anderson
3 min read

Nothing cryptic about this $533m digital currency robbery

Hackers have stolen roughly 58 billion yen ($533-million) from Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck, raising ...

By Reuters
3 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

South African artists build up some Dutch courage

Kunsthal KAdE in the Netherlands will host a new exhibition titled Tell Freedom by 15 South African artists who engage ...

By Christa Dee
1 min read

Bookmarks: The Nazis' biggest blunder

Sometimes the story behind the publication of a novel can be even more extraordinary than the novel itself. This is ...

By Andrew Donaldson
3 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Snags strike grand unified Korean plan

WINTER OLYMPICS Language barrier in unified Korean team The unified Korean women’s ice hockey team faced an unexpected ...

By Agencies
5 min read

Coetzee's letter burns his bridges with SA Rugby

Death, taxes and a Springbok coach falling out with his bosses are three of life’s guarantees. And last week the final ...

By Craig Ray
2 min read