Friday, February 2 2018

THE BIG STORY

LEADING THE AGENDA

The Minister of Minions

Public Service Minister Faith Muthambi 'is running a bloated private office'.

Thabo Mokone
Journalist
5 min read

He risked death to find his captured SA friend

... but now photographer's Syrian captors have demanded $100,000 for a proof-of-life video

Khanyi Ndabeni
Journalist
3 min read

VISUAL SIDE

The moon was very close to Earth on Wednesday, 31 January 2018. This was due to a lunar eclipse that coincided with a blue moon. The last time this happened was in 1866.

Internationally acclaimed South African film ‘Inxeba (The Wound)’ premiered on January 30, 2018. We chat to actor Niza Jay Ncoyini as well as the filmmakers.

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Row over raid on Lesotho dissident's hideout

Opposition members claim Lesotho officials are plotting with SAPS to kill them.

By Sabelo Skiti and Siphe Macanda
3 min read

‘Our teachers live in fear’

The murder of a Northern Cape teacher, who was stabbed to death by a 15-year-old pupil, has sparked calls for increased ...

Bafana Nzimande
Journalist
2 min read

Nasa images paint devastating picture of waterless Cape Town

If a picture paints a thousand words, then satellite images write novels – especially if you're looking at what they ...

Matthew Savides
News editor
2 min read

Get up off your bum and burn off the blubber

Get up, stand up! In his legendary refrain Bob Marley was singing about human rights — but it rings true for your ...

By Claire Keeton
2 min read

Who is the advocate deciding JZ's fate?

Since her appointment as KZN director of public prosecutions five years ago, Advocate Moipone Noko has been dogged by ...

Bongani Mthethwa
Journalist
3 min read

DA firebrand quits KZN legislature

Her job will be to devise a plan to win more DA support in KZN

Siphe Macanda
Journalist
1 min read

Michelle finally tells us what the box happened with that gift

It was the moment when the Obamas officially met the Trumps and the outgoing first family welcomed the new incumbents ...

By The Daily Telegraph
1 min read

SNAPSHOT

Artist Daria Marchenko attempts to adjust the lighting to properly capture a portrait of U.S. President Donald Trump made of coins and casino tokens by herself and Daniel D. Green in a classroom in New York.
MONEY SHOT Artist Daria Marchenko attempts to adjust the lighting to properly capture a portrait of U.S. President Donald Trump made of coins and casino tokens by herself and Daniel D. Green in a classroom in New York.
Image: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Six things about SA you need to know

'Generations' star David Phetoe dies at 85

The family of David Phetoe has confirmed that the veteran actor has died. His son, Eugene Phetoe, said the 85-year-old actor had been ill and was in hospital when he died. "He was sick at home and we took him to hospital. He died [on Thursday] afternoon," he said. Eugene said when the family went to visit the iconic stage actor, they were told they had just missed him taking his last breath. He was most popular for his character, Paul Moroka on 'Generations'.

Gauteng urged to stop sending water to the Cape

Gauteng residents were urged on Thursday not to jeopardise their own water supply by sending truck-loads of donated water to the drought-stricken Western Cape. The department of water and sanitation cautioned that as much as the situation was dire‚ it had not reached a crisis. “The situation in Cape Town‚ although dire‚ is not in a place really where we need to be cutting water from all over the country towards it‚” said department spokesman Sputnik Ratau.

Zimbabwean opposition leader attacked

Zimbabwe's former vice president and now opposition leader Joice Mujuru was attacked on Thursday by what her party claimed were youths aligned to Zanu PF. Mujuru was in Harare's high density suburb of Glen Norah addressing a rally when a group of youths threw a barrage of stones at her. She was however‚ saved from harm by her security detail - one of whom sustained head injuries.

Severe storm leaves 950 miners trapped underground

A total of 950 gold miners from Sibanye's Free State operations have been stuck underground since a severe storm on Wednesday night‚ the company said on Thursday afternoon. Spokesperson James Wellsted said a severe storm hit the province on Wednesday‚ causing disruptions to their power supply. "It damaged two Eskom power lines which supply us with power so the night shift [workers] could not be brought back up in the morning‚" said Wellstead.

Tributes pour in for slain Joburg traffic officers

The two Johannesburg Metro Police Department officers killed when an allegedly drunk driver ploughed into the roadblock they were manning on Monday were described as "human, disciplined, extremely clean, dedicated and hardworking". Speaking at a memorial for the women on Thursday, the JMPD's Mike Botolo said the pair never had any disciplinary issues. Albert Pretorius‚ the man alleged to have been behind the fatal crash‚ has been charged with culpable homicide and drunken driving.

KZN agriculture officials fired for R5m fraud

Two KwaZulu-Natal department of agriculture and rural development officials have been fired for fraud and corruption amounting to R5-million. The pair colluded with service providers by inflating invoices to get kickbacks. The department has laid criminal charges against both officials and the service providers in a bid to recover the money. MEC Themba Mthembu told the KZN legislature on Tuesday that the department's supply chain management division was beset by gross malpractice‚ corruption and mismanagement.

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Call me the minister of funny walks, but I’m the one laughing

Say, how are your New Year’s resolutions going? I’m going to take a flyer and guess they’re not going quite as well as ...

4 min read

Parents still tearing their hair out over ‘ridiculous’ travel laws

Families travelling to South Africa are are still being caught out by stringent regulations on visiting with children, ...

By Hugh Morris
4 min read

DA’s arrogance is nothing new

Meetings of the DA federal executive should be televised as demonstrations of how to snatch defeat from the jaws of ...

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
1 min read

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

Poland's death camps law proves hatreds die hard

Bill that criminalises any reference to 'Polish death camps' infuriates Jews, Ukrainians

By Reuters
3 min read

My crutches: A North Korean defector's moving story

Ji Seong-ho, 35, a North Korean defector who appeared at President Trump’s State of the Union address this week, is ...

By Heekyong Yang and James Pearson
2 min read

Gasps at VW as car pollution tests reveal epic failure

The results of rigged animal tests that have plunged the German car industry into renewed turmoil were suppressed ...

By Justin Huggler
3 min read

Sunk ... the world’s first climate change refugees

With its pristine sands, glistening saltwater flats and gently swaying palms, Kiribati ought to be a tropical paradise ...

By AFP
3 min read

Kava palaver: Hipsters enjoy the high without the hangover

It’s been a mainstay in the South Pacific for thousands of years. Now stressed-out millennial New Yorkers are kissing ...

By AFP
4 min read

SNAPSHOT

Workers roll out a red carpet for  the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to walk down on their arrival at Gardermoen Airport in Oslo, Norway, on Thursday.
CHILLY RECEPTION Workers roll out a red carpet for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to walk down on their arrival at Gardermoen Airport in Oslo, Norway, on Thursday.
Image: REUTERS/Hannah McKay

SIX THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD

Want to lose weight? Make your partner go on diet

Having a partner on a diet increases your chances of weightloss, according to a new study. US researchers tracked 130 men and women who went on a diet — and also monitored their partners, who were not actively participating in weight loss efforts. Six months on, one third of the partners had lost at least three percent of their body weight despite not signing up to a diet. — © The Daily Telegraph

Tinder was being mean to over-30s, court rules

A US court has swiped left at Tinder, rejecting an appeal and ordering the app to stop age discrimination on its Tinder Plus service, in which users aged 30 and over must pay more to use the dating app’s premium service. Tinder had said that older users of Tinder Plus are generally in a better financial position than its younger users, justifying the discount pricing. — © The Daily Telegraph

Good news for 'Downton' fans: Fellowes is at it again

‘The Gilded Age’, the new period drama from ‘Downton Abbey’ creator Julian Fellowes, will premiere in the US next year. Set in New York in the 1880s, the show will portray “a period of immense social upheaval’’. — © The Daily Telegraph

George and Charlotte 'will be chucked out into the cold'

When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge return from their overseas trip, their children George and Charlotte could rightfully expect an armful of gifts and a happy-to-be home cuddle. Instead, they may be in for a rude awakening. The duke has spoken of how he had been inspired by hardy Swedish children, who play outside in all weather and are all the healthier for it. In a speech detailing how the British could learn from the Swedish people, the Duke said he would take home the lesson of how youngsters are “actively encouraged’’ to go out in the cold. — © The Daily Telegraph

Bitcoin flies to new heights in Oz

Bitcoin has taken a further step towards mainstream use this week with the news that it will be accepted at one of Australia's biggest airports. Brisbane Airport is set to become the planet's first aviation hub to recognise the virtual currency. Passengers will be able to use it in the airport's shops, bars and restaurants. — © The Daily Telegraph The Teenage Mutant NiBitcoin has taken a further step towards mainstream use this week with the news that it will be accepted at one of Australia's biggest airports. Brisbane Airport is set to become the planet's first aviation hub to recognise the virtual currency. Passengers will be able to use it in the airport's shops, bars and restaurants. — © The Daily Telegraph

Mutant Ninja Turtles 'must switch to vegan pizza'

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles should go vegan and switch to dairy-free pizza, an animal rights group has urged. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) believes the crimefighting foursome could inspire fans watching their new series to “try it themselves” by making their trademark snack vegan. “Modern kids are embracing vegan food, so why shouldn’t modern Ninja Turtles?” said one Peta official.

BESPOKE

THE WORLD IN FULL COLOUR

Myanmar, how can they resist you?

Authorities allowed organisers to hold the launch event of an LGBT festival in public for the first time.

By Reuters
1 min read

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

S&P spells out why it likes Capitec

As the National Treasury comes out to bat for Capitec, asking the Financial Services Board to consider a market abuse ...

By Giulietta Talevi
4 min read

PIC admits to Steinhoff unease as far back as 2016

It has now emerged that there was some shareholder concern about Len Konar’s long tenure on the Steinhoff board as far ...

By Ann Crotty
3 min read

DRDGold rolls out a shining set of results

Higher gold production pushed DRDGold firmly into an interim profit, marking a turn in the company’s fortunes as it ...

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read

Green light for Harmony Gold’s ‘gamechanging’ new mines

Harmony Gold, which is edging closer to a decision on its Wafi gold and copper project in Papua New Guinea, secured ...

By Allan Seccombe
2 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Gary Oldman fights them on the beaches, never surrenders

The new film about Winston Churchill’s devastating first weeks as Prime Minister in 1940, Darkest Hour, which opens in ...

By The Daily Telegraph
5 min read

Kim Wilde: ‘Two million watched me drunk-singing on the Tube’

1980s star Kim Wilde has hurtled back into popular culture thanks to a drunken indiscretion.

By Neil McCormick
6 min read

Swizz, Casper, Ingo and Fat Jack have your weekend covered

Put on your party shoes and prepare to play

By Yolisa Mkele
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Around the world

SEVENS No easy ride for South Africa at Games The Blitzboks have been handed a comfortable draw for the Commonwealth ...

By Agencies
5 min read

Safa presidency: Rhoo needs to get his hands dirty first

Lucas Radebe would probably be rehearsing his election victory speech in front of his bathroom mirror by now if ...

By Mninawa Ntloko
3 min read

Blasts from the past

On this day in history - February 2

By David Isaacson
1 min read