Wednesday, January 31 2018

THE BIG STORY

LEADING THE AGENDA

De Lille’s dossier lays bare the DA’s dirty linen

The tensions between Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and the DA have exposed the party’s dirty linen in court ...

By Philani Nombembe
4 min read

'Martins introduced me to Guptas' - Montana

Former Passenger Rail Agency SA Group CEO Lucky Montana gave an explosive account of the machinations of state capture ...

By Khulekani Magubane
3 min read

Damning report is full of errors, says reeling Capitec

Capitec wasted no time in tackling what it said were “factual errors” made by Viceroy Research in a bruising report the ...

By Hanna Ziady
3 min read

VISUAL SIDE

Estina‚ the company that ran the Gupta-linked Vrede Dairy Farm Project, had only R9‚000 in its bank account before the first payment of R34-million was deposited into it by the Free State department of agriculture. How was the dairy farm looted?

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Esidimeni: Mahlangu's sums 'don't add up'

The Gauteng health department spent R60-million on lawyers in 2015 when it shut Life Esidimeni clinics to cut costs.

By Katharine Child
3 min read

Table Mountain attack: 'His children idolised him'

Douglas Notten and his wife Julia were about to stop and share some coffee when a man approached from behind on the ...

By Petru Saal
3 min read

Science and maths beamed to a rural school near you

Melikhaya Jacobs’ smile is bathed in bright blue light emitted from a screen in his rural KwaZulu-Natal classroom that ...

By Jeff wicks
2 min read

What was once science fiction is now becoming fact

The science behind it may seem simple: if a small insect crosses in front of a light bulb, it will obscure some of the ...

By Tanya Farber
2 min read

The 'holy grail' of dinosaurs has been discovered

The discovery of the fossilised remains of a new species of dinosaur in the Sahara Desert has been described as a ...

By Dan Meyer
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

Five things about SA you need to know

Winnie out of hospital after kidney scare

After being admitted to Johannesburg’s Milpark hospital 10 days ago‚ political stalwart Winnie Madikizela Mandela has been discharged. Her family said in a statement on Tuesday they were “delighted that she has now been discharged from hospital”. She was suffering from a kidney infection.

Mbalula 'cannot treat SAPS like his own spaza shop'

The SA Policing Union has given Police Minister Fikile Mbalula 24 hours to retract a tweet claiming that two senior commanders were dumped from the force because they were “rotten cops”. The union lashed out at Mbalula saying that while they were happy to root out corruption, the dignity of their members had to be maintained. "The minister cannot treat the SAPS as his spaza shop‚” the union said.

It’s official: Chris Maroleng is the new SABC COO

The South African Broadcasting Corporation has officially announced that Chris Maroleng has been appointed as the new chief operations officer of the public broadcaster. His appointment is effective from February 1.

Six dozen parties prepare to square up in Zim poll

Seventy-five political parties registered to contest in the looming elections in Zimbabwe - up from 35 that existed prior to 2017. The so-called big league has the Movement for Democratic Change alliance‚ made up of seven political parties whose leaders MDC that split in 2005. The alliance believes that Zanu-PF is weaker without ousted leader Robert Mugabe at the helm.

Olive festival cancelled thanks to drought

South Africa’s top olive producing region has been forced to cancel its annual olive festival - which draws thousands of visitors - due to a shortage of water in the Cape. Organisers of the Riebeek Valley Olive Festival said they had taken the decision because they felt it would be irresponsible and inappropriate in light of the extreme water restrictions faced by households‚ businesses and farms in the valley. The festival traditionally celebrates the end of the olive harvest in May.

'Poor leadership' to blame for Eskom woes

Power utility Eskom’s liquid assets dwindled to R9-billion at the end of September, from R30-billion a year previously‚ after a tariff increase of only 2.2% and a 1.9% decrease in electricity sales volumes‚ the power utility said on Tuesday. Its auditors issued an unqualified review but with an “emphasis of matter” on its ability to continue as a going concern for the next year to 18 months. At the end of September‚ its gearing ratio (debt to equity) had risen to 72%. Interim CEO Phakamani Hadebe said Eskom had reached this point because of poor leadership.
Former Prasa CEO Lucky Montana testifies at parliament's inquiry into state capture on Tuesday. He said the Guptas put him under pressure from as far back as 2012.
CLAWS FOR PAUSE Former Prasa CEO Lucky Montana testifies at parliament's inquiry into state capture on Tuesday. He said the Guptas put him under pressure from as far back as 2012.
Image: Esa Alexander

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

Syrian govt 'definitely blasted own people with poison gas'

The Syrian government’s chemical weapons stockpile has been linked for the first time by laboratory tests to the ...

By Anthony Deutsch
5 min read

Kenya now has two 'presidents' ... and a lot to worry about

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga had himself sworn in as an alternative president Tuesday in front of thousands of ...

By AFP
3 min read

Monkeys fuming in latest VW ethics bust

Germany’s scandal-hit Volkswagen vowed internal “consequences” on Tuesday as outrage mounted over monkey and human ...

By AFP
1 min read

Droopy lips and a perfectly placed hump - but no botox please!

Huddled together on a dusty racetrack, Saudi judges scrutinise pouty lips and shapely humps in a high-stakes camel ...

By AFP
3 min read

SNAPSHOT

A man holds a mask of ousted separatist leader Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday in Barcelona. The speaker of Catalonia's parliament, Roger Torrent, delayed a key debate in the regional assembly on s Puigdemont's bid to form a new government, but defended his right to return to power.
HEAD OF GOVERNMENT A man holds a mask of ousted separatist leader Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday in Barcelona. The speaker of Catalonia's parliament, Roger Torrent, delayed a key debate in the regional assembly on s Puigdemont's bid to form a new government, but defended his right to return to power.
Image: Pau Barrena/AFP

SIX THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD

No, you definitely could not paint this better yourself

A rare Picasso painting on auction for the first time is expected to fetch $50 million, Sotheby’s said. Femme au beret et a la robe quadrillee (Marie-Therese Walter) is a colourful and angular depiction of Picasso’s French lover. “Of all of the artist’s styles and decades, this is the one that most epitomises the legacy of Picasso as a portraitist of women,” said art expert Thomas Bompard. — AFP

'Violent' vegans spread terror across Enlgish countryside

hile meat industry groups have held meetings with anti-terrorism police to discuss how to manage the militant campaigners. Action by vegan activists, some of whom use abusive language and send death threats, has become more intense in recent months. "We've had situations of activists lying down in front of lorries, holding their children up to pig wagons, which is irresponsible whichever way you look at it," a farmers’ spokesman said. — © The Daily Telegraph

Tree surgeon's last cut was the deepest

A tree surgeon who quit his office job to pursue his dream career died when he accidentally cut through his own safety rope. Daniel Edwards, 29, plummeted 12 metres from a monkey puzzle tree after cutting through the rope as he pruned it in Hampshire, England. — © The Daily Telegraph

Eating Med-style the best medication for wannabe moms

Eating a Mediterranean diet may significantly boost women’s chances of becoming pregnant through IVF, a study has found. Those in a trial who ate more fresh vegetables, fruit, whole grains, legumes, fish and olive oil while undergoing the treatment had an almost 70% better chance of conceiving than women eating less healthily. — © The Daily Telegraph

'Enthusiastic yes' the kiss of death for lurv?

A compulsory sexual harassment course at a top Australian university which tells students they must get an “enthusiastic yes” before kissing someone was ridiculed on Tuesday as a box-ticking exercise. “It’s a bit unrealistic. No one is going to ask for them to spell it out and ask for it,” student Eleni Vellios said. — AFP

There were 85 plumbers, but the toilet remained broken

A Norwegian flight with a broken toilet was forced to return to Oslo only 20 minutes into the journey — even though the plane was carrying 85 plumbers on their way to a trade convention. “We would have liked to fix the restrooms, but unfortunately it had to be done from the outside and we did not take the opportunity to send a plumber [out] at 10,000 metres,” the plumbers’ boss said. — © The Daily Telegraph

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Mzansi and the art of political correctness

For the purpose of a new book I have been commissioned to write, I have recently delved into the origins of the term ...

Tony Leon
Columnist
7 min read

Top job for South African gives African countries sway at the IMF

South Africa’s Reserve Bank governor, Lesetja Kganyago, has been selected as the first sub-Saharan African to serve as ...

By Danny Bradlow
5 min read

Free will liberates us from the monkey-clone conundrum

Why the excitement? After all, 22 years have passed since the birth of the first cloned animal, Dolly the sheep. During ...

By Daniel Hannan
4 min read

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Cyril, act now to end joblessness nightmare

South Africa’s persistently high unemployment rate is shocking.

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

Why is Naspers trading at a discount?

Even though foreigners have been pouring money into South African stocks in early 2018, Naspers’s discount to net asset ...

By Nick Hedley
2 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Sandwiches fit for an Arabian king

"I miss my home and my family, but the people in South Africa are truly good to us, they make being here much easier." ...

By Roberta Thatcher
3 min read

Reel life: Visit where the famous movies and TV series were shot

Rewind a couple of months and there wasn’t much to lure visitors to the unassuming mountain town of Sylva, North ...

By Daily Telegraph
4 min read

Five things a first-time visitor to London should do

London is a city of about 8.7 million people with its roots in Roman Britain and – Brexit deliberations aside – it’s ...

By William Smook
4 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: England hamstrung before Six Nations

RUGBY Injuries overshadow start to Six Nations  Injuries during the Six Nations are one thing, but the fact they are a ...

By Agencies
3 min read

Starstruck by a Bolt out of the blue

South African sport can be the best and the worst of things. The former applies when somehow we're able to attract ...

By Khanyiso Tshwaku
2 min read

This day in sporting history

January 31 1966: Local golfer Papwa Sewgolum beats Gary Player, the overnight leader, and Harold Henning by one shot to ...

By David Isaacson
1 min read