Thursday, February 1 2018



Inside Transnet's R41m ‘looting meeting’

Transnet chairperson Linda Mabaso held meeting at her son's home while mourning her husband's death

By Sabelo Skiti
3 min read


Research company Viceroy released a report on Tuesday, January 29 2018, in which it stated that Capitec is a loan shark with massively understated defaults masquerading as a community microfinance provider. Capitec has since denied the claims.



JZ conundrum splits ANC, but who holds the key?

New leadership cannot agree on heads of the party’s key committees

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
4 min read

State capture: So much looting, so many charges

A raft of legislation governing the protection of taxpayers’ money should be used against those who looted billions of ...

By Graeme Hosken and Kyle Cowan
3 min read

Here are the people who should be very worried

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo will not have to start from scratch when his commission of inquiry into state ...

By Kyle Cowan and Graeme Hosken
6 min read

Ben Martins: ‘The Guptas are not that rich’

Deputy Public Enterprises Minister Ben Martins has told parliament he saw nothing problematic about the presence of ...

By Thabo Mokone
3 min read

Probe continues as Manyi’s ANN7 gets the chop

An investigation into millions of rand in improper payments from Multichoice to the then Gupta-owned ANN7 will ...

By Siphe Macanda
3 min read

It’s a tall story: Giraffe roamed Still Bay in the Ice Age

The discovery of fossilised giraffe footprints next to crashing waves in the southern Cape has forced a rethink about ...

By Dave Chambers
2 min read

At least some orphans of the rhino war get a second chance

Behind the latest grim statistics on South Africa’s unrelenting rhino poaching crisis, we don’t always hear about the ...

3 min read

Whale whizzkid talks, counts and calls her trainer by name

Whales are known for their impressive communications skills which allow pods to “talk” to each other through complex ...

By The Daily Telegraph
3 min read


A lunar eclipse of a full 'blue moon'hovers above the big wheel on the Santa Monica Pier in California on Wednesday.
BIG WHEEL, BIGGER WHEEL A lunar eclipse of a full 'blue moon'hovers above the big wheel on the Santa Monica Pier in California on Wednesday.
Image: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Six things about SA you need to know

Rape case against school counsellor begins

The trial of former school counsellor Darren Goddard - who is accused of raping and sexually assaulting several young boys in 2016 - began in earnest in the Pietermaritzburg High court on Wednesday. Goddard has been charged with seven counts of rape‚ six of sexual assault and two counts relating to child pornography. His alleged victims were aged between 5 and 12 years old and had been referred to him while he was working at the school. He pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Steinhoff 'fraud' hard to detect - Christo Wiese

Detecting fraud within a company was hugely difficult for board members‚ especially if the CEO was allegedly involved‚ Steinhoff shareholder and respected South African businessman Christo Wiese said in parliament on Wednesday. Wiese was replying to questions by MPs as to why the Steinhoff board was "asleep at the wheel" while alleged accounting irregularities were being committed and had failed in its fiduciary duties. "I can only say that cleverer people than this board have been duped before by people committing fraud. To detect fraud in a company is an extremely difficult if not impossible task and it becomes more difficult when‚ as is alleged in this case‚ the CEO is directly involved‚" Wiese said.

Gauteng health department is 'corrupt and broke'

The Gauteng health department is mired in corruption and what premier of Gauteng David Makhura calls "scams". It is also broke. These allegations emerged at the Life Esidimeni hearings. Makhura was testifying at the Life Esidimeni hearings‚ which aim to find closure for families who lost loved ones when 143 mentally ill patients died. Life Esidimeni homes looked after severely mentally ill patients for the department of health for 36 years‚ until the contract with the service provider was ended in September 2015. Senior officials testified the contract was terminated due to a lack of money. But other officials, and Makhura, said there was money - it was just being "syphoned off" due to corruption.

Top Billing presenter's killer released on warning

The man who caused the death of Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere has been released on warning pending the release of a probation officer's report. Preshalin Naidoo was on Wednesday found guilty of causing the death of Mhere and his friend Kady-Shay O'Bryan. Mhere and O’Bryan‚ who was a passenger in the car Mhere was driving‚ died at the scene of the accident on William Nicol Drive in Fourways‚ Johannesburg‚ on January 31‚ 2015. Naidoo's case was postponed to March 9 for the probation officer's report.

Brian Molefe appeals 'pay back the money' court ruling

Former Eskom boss Brian Molefe on Wednesday applied for leave to appeal a Pretoria High Court order that his reappointment and pension fund pay-out were unlawful - which his nemesis‚ the Solidarity trade union‚ has already announced it will oppose. On January 25‚ a full bench of the high court ruled made a scathing ruling against Molefe‚ finding that former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s “damning” State of Capture report could not be ignored and would hang over Molefe until he was cleared. Molefe was told to pay back an estimated R11-million he has already received as part of the total R30.1-million pension payout. Molefe was also ordered to pay the legal costs of Solidarity‚ the DA and EFF.

Eskom's Maritz placed on permanent suspension

State-owned power utility Eskom announced on Wednesday that chief information officer Sean Maritz has been placed on permanent suspension. Exact reasons for the suspension were not provided, but Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said it was due to "allegations of impropriety". Maritz was acting CEO of the parastatal until the appointment of Phakamani Hadebe earlier this month.



What Biko would have told young black people about racism

When a white Randburg teacher was recorded telling black school pupils that they were “idiots” who did not achieve ...

4 min read

How to get a bachelor's degree in advanced silliness

Do you want to fascinate and horrify people by making the sound of an angry dolphin crossed with a teenage boy whose ...

Tom Eaton
2 min read

Please welcome our new baby

At the end of last year I had the heartbreaking task of writing a farewell column as we announced the closure of The ...

Andrew Trench
Group editorial director
4 min read



Trump's lies, damned lies and statistics

Donald Trump used his State of the Union address in part to take credit for the strength of the US economy

By Reuters
3 min read

She played cello at Auschwitz, now she worries the Nazi spirit is back

A 92-year-old Holocaust survivor warned on Wednesday against rising anti-Semitism in Europe in the first ceremony ...

3 min read

Paws remain where lions once walked

For 3,000 years, the lion sculptures of Syria’s Ain Dara stood as testaments to the Iron Age.

4 min read

‘Today is a great day for elephants’

Hong Kong voted to ban ivory sales in a landmark move Wednesday to end the infamous trade in the city. Lawmakers ...

2 min read

Fury as Iran’s top lawyer says hijab protesters are ‘trivial, childish’

Iran’s chief prosecutor has played down recent protests by women removing their headscarves in public, saying they were ...

2 min read


A supporter of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga jumps from a bus after riot police fired teargas canisters to disperse them after his swearing-in ceremony in Nairobi.
THINGS FALL APART A supporter of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga jumps from a bus after riot police fired teargas canisters to disperse them after his swearing-in ceremony in Nairobi.
Image: Isaac Biosse/Reuters


Elon Musk sets the world alight, literally

Elon Musk has taken on the digital payments industry, the car industry and the space industry. But now he has turned his hand to an entirely different sort of venture: flamethrowers. The Tesla and SpaceX founder said he had sold 10,000 branded flamethrowers, , or “zombie defenders’’, since they went on sale at the weekend, costing $500 each. The new venture came about as a joke that got out of hand, but has proved to be a huge hit with Musk fans. — © The Daily Telegraph

You and your BFF really are on the same wavelength

It is often said that good friends are on the same wavelength, but now scientists have proven it is true. MRI scans show that the brainwaves of close companions match when watching videos clips of a wide variety of subjects. In fact, it is even possible to calculate just how close the friendship is simply by measuring the synchronicity of neural activity. — © The Daily Telegraph

Nothing like coffee to wake you up, but this is a bit much

An Indonesian family lived with the bodies of two dead relatives in the hope that keeping their corpses could bring them back to life. Neneng Hatidjah, 77, refused to let medical officers inside her house, which was emitting a strange smell. They later found the nearly skeletal bodies of Hatidjah’s deceased husband and daughter. She had sprinkled powdered coffee around the remains in the hope it would resurrect them. — AFP

Forget haute cuisine. The French are nuts for Nutella

The French government has implored supermarkets to refrain from the kind of promotion deals that have led to in-store scuffles over cut-price jars of Nutella. Videos of shoppers jostling as they tried to grab heavily discounted tubs of the chocolate spread in Intermarche stores have gone viral over the past week. “We can’t have scenes like this every few days in France,” Economy Minister Bruno le Maire said. — AFP

You know when someone's so fit you just want to slap them ...

A British sportsman who ran 130km along a French motorway after competing in a mountain endurance race has been cautioned by local police. The man, aged 29, set off to run from the Valmorel ski resort to Lyon airport after taking part last weekend in the Spartan Race, a gruelling obstacle course in the snow. “Apparently his legs were still good after the race and he decided to run all the way to the airport,” a police source said. — © The Daily Telegraph

Her peacock-and-bull story didn't quite work out

An artist was turned away from boarding a United Airlines flight with her “emotional support peacock” over health and safety concerns. New York-based performance artist Ventiko attempted to board a flight with the bird. Ventiko had purchased a separate seat to take her colourful pet on the flight, but United Airlines said the passenger had been told in advance the peacock would not be allowed on board. — © The Daily Telegraph



‘We will start farming camels here’

Meet the farmers on the banks of Cape Town’s largest (almost empty) dam

4 min read



Wiese: ‘It was literally a bolt out of the blue’

At 9.45am on Monday December 5 Christo Wiese’s world collapsed.

By Ann Crotty
3 min read

Unpicking the explosive Viceroy allegations about Capitec

Viceroy Research’s report contains a number of explosive allegations against Capitec, including that its bad debts are ...

By Hanna Ziady
3 min read

Vodacom shoots lights out, but hurdles lie ahead

After reporting strong third-quarter numbers, Vodacom faces a more challenging trading environment in which it will ...

By Nick Hedley
1 min read

New Largo sale a symbol of new order in SA coal mining

The sale by Anglo American of its New Largo coal project is a symbolic moment for the industry, one which touches on ...

By Hilary Joffe
5 min read

Bitcoin tanks as Facebook bans cryptocurrency adverts

Bitcoin’s price has slumped after Facebook announced it would ban adverts promoting cryptocurrencies and US authorities ...

By James Titcomb
2 min read



Melania's dress is her Trump card

Aspasia Karras writes a weekly column on the vagaries and charms of fashion

3 min read

Simon and Mary nail a hat trick

A collection of fashion news from here and around the world

By Andrea Nagel
2 min read



SPORTS DAY: Around the world

Arsenal have signed striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund on a long-term contract for a club-record ...

By Agencies
4 min read

Manic climax to PSL’s January transfer window

There is a school of thought that the January transfer window is never a good time to do business because clubs often ...

By Nick Said
5 min read

Blasts from the past

On this day in sports history ... February 1

By David Isaacson
1 min read