Wednesday, February 7 2018



Let's hail the Republic as Zuma agrees to exit

How president bowed to pressure to yield the throne

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
2 min read

BACK STORY: How Zuma's exit was brokered

Tuesday's historic deal came as president faced stark choices

Qaanitah Hunter
3 min read



Mmusi a miracle worker? Not so fast ...

DAVE CHAMBERS | Farming’s loss is everyone else’s gain

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

Crèche course to getting your kid into school

SHANTHINI NAIDOO | Five years ago we handed in an application to the closest and the most recommended school in our ...

Shanthini Naidoo
2 min read




Clues litter the trail in the hunt for SA's killer bug

It's ‘CSI for bacteria’ as scientists search for the source of listeria outbreak

Katharine Child
5 min read

The Groot Trek: Capetonians looking for a way out

As Day Zero looms, residents seek out (literally) greener pastures

Farren Collins
2 min read

HIV red alert as pregnant women abandon condom use

Hardly any pregnant women are having safe sex, leaving them at high risk of HIV infection, say University of Pretoria ...

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
1 min read

Now copper thieves are plundering art collections

Many artworks made from recyclable material have become targets for thieves

Suthentira Govender
3 min read


A cat named James wearing a collar and tie yawns at the window of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up for over five years.
help! i can't stand a moment more of this man A cat named James wearing a collar and tie yawns at the window of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up for over five years.

Six things about SA you need to know

ANC assault victim left battered and bruised

Olivia Makete struggled to walk when she woke up on Tuesday‚ still in agony after being kicked by ANC members “defending” Luthuli House. The 52-year-old was photographed being hit off the back of a bakkie and kicked to the ground after an attack at the hands of ANC members on Monday. The man behind the beating, ANC branch secretary Thabang Setona‚ was suspended from the party and spent the night behind bars. Makete said: “We were going to handover a memorandum about service delivery. We need water. We need houses. We need electricity. I fell on my tummy. I do not know the person who kicked me. He kicked on my bum and also on my ribs. In the morning I could not walk‚” she said.

Gauteng appeals Hoërskool Overvaal decision

The governing body of Hoërskool Overvaal had attempted to control the admission of new learners to the school‚ insisting that no learners may be admitted to the school unless they submit to Afrikaans-only instruction. As a result‚ despite the composition of the local community surrounding the school‚ the school remains effectively a white school. These are the submissions the Gauteng Department of Education has made to the Constitutional Court. The department is seeking leave to appeal against an order of the Pretoria High Court last month‚ which set aside the department’s instruction to the school to admit 55 learners who wished to be taught in English.

Four companies face prosecution over Eskom tender

Four companies have been referred for prosecution in the Competition Tribunal for alleged price fixing and tender collusion involving an Eskom tender worth R4.5-billion. This follows a complaint lodged by Eskom and a subsequent Competition Commission investigation into collusive tendering for the supply‚ installation and dismantling of scaffolding and thermal insulation for all 15 Eskom coal-fired power stations‚ the commission said. It said its investigation "found evidence of price fixing and collusive tendering" on the part of Waco Africa (Pty) Ltd‚ acting through its division‚ SGB Cape‚ Tedoc Industries (Pty) Ltd‚ Mtsweni Corrosion Control (Pty) Ltd and Superfecta Trading 159 CC and three joint ventures which SGB Cape formed through bilateral agreements.

Rohde behind bars after failing to pitch for murder trial

Jason Rohde‚ on trial at the High Court in Cape Town for the murder of his wife Susan‚ was rearrested on Tuesday. Rohde’s lawyer‚ Daniel Witz‚ confirmed he was being held at the Stellenbosch police station. Earlier‚ Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe issued a warrant of arrest for the former property executive to attend an inquiry on Wednesday into his breach of bail conditions. Rohde failed to appear in court on Monday‚ when his trial was supposed to resume for the first time since November.

Koko faces new Eskom disciplinary

Eskom’s chief generation officer Matshela Koko‚ who is implicated in awarding contracts to a company linked to his stepdaughter‚ is facing a fresh disciplinary inquiry. Koko was back in the Labour Court on Tuesday to challenge an earlier ultimatum issued by the parastatal that he either resign or be fired. He had planned to argue‚ in a responding affidavit submitted to the court‚ that the power utility had not followed proper procedure when its newly appointed board gave him the ultimatum. But that argument‚ according to Eskom‚ was no longer valid as the ultimatum had been dropped‚ fresh disciplinary charges had been instituted and he was on suspension.

What happened when Zuma met the Zulu king

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini is said to have told President Jacob Zuma to consider going away quietly instead of putting the country into a chaotic and constitutional conundrum‚ BusinessLIVE reported. Zuma paid the Zulu king a visit at a royal palace on Monday. Presidency spokesman Bongani Ngqulunga said the meeting was routine‚ describing it as a courtesy call, while Zulu royal household spokesman Prince Thulani Zulu said he could not comment on the meeting until he had been properly briefed. But a Zulu royal house insider‚ present during the meeting‚ said Zuma had requested a special meeting with the Zulu king to present his side of the story as pressure mounts for him to resign. "The king had asked Zuma if he would not consider resigning from his position. Zuma said he is weighing his options but kept on repeating that if he resigns now it would mean that he would [be] admitting that he had done something wrong. He said he hadn’t done anything wrong during his presidency‚" said the insider.



Former employees turn on tech giants

Ex-Google and Facebook employees launch a campaign after becoming disillusioned with the technology

By Ben Riley-Smith
2 min read

There she blows: SpaceX launches ‘world’s most powerful rocket’

SpaceX launched the world’s most powerful rocket on Tuesday

3 min read

It's blood on the catwalk as fashion fights #MeToo and Instagram

New York Fashion Week is reeling in a very new, very unfamiliar world

3 min read

No ifs or butts - vaping is better for you, say experts

UK authority stubs out e-cig myths, says they should be stocked in hospital shops

By Reuters
2 min read

The missing link has been found – and it’s hideous

Scientists found a new type of arachnid entombed in chunks of amber from northern Myanmar

By Will Dunham
2 min read

The next sound will be silence: Paul Simon announces farewell

Paul Simon announced what he said would be his final tour, saying he had grown tired of traveling after 50 years as a ...

2 min read

Google eyes are better than a doctor

Artificial intelligence could be better at spotting eye disease than human doctors 

By Victoria Ward
2 min read


Members of the King's Troop fire a 41-gun salute in Green Park, central London, on Tuesday to mark the 66th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne.
blow me away, officer Members of the King's Troop fire a 41-gun salute in Green Park, central London, on Tuesday to mark the 66th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne.


Grown men quake in fear as they try to catch escaped toy

Armed police were summoned in Scotland after a farmer thought he spotted a tiger in his cow shed. Bruce Grubb, 24, called the police, fearing the predator would attack his pregnant cows, but became suspicious when it failed to move during a 45-minute standoff. After driving towards it in his truck he realised he was looking at a large cuddly toy. By that time several police vehicles, including an armed unit, had responded. “I got a hell of a scare,’’ said Grubb, who emphasised that he had not been drinking at the time. He claimed the first officer on the scene “refused to get out of the squad car” as he thought it was real. — © The Daily Telegraph

Read the sign, mate. Tourists have one croc of a night

Three British backpackers have been saved after their caravan became submerged in rapidly rising crocodile-infested floodwaters in Australia. The trio, in their early 20s, climbed onto the roof of their vehicle, parked just metres from a warning sign about saltwater crocodiles, as they waited overnight for rescue. “They had no shirts on. They had a cold and wet night,’’ said a rescue official. “The signs are not there for general information. It's quite specific, there are crocodiles there.” — © The Daily Telegraph

Is nothing sacred? It turns out even tea causes cancer

Drinking hot tea can increase risk of cancer, a study has found. Combined with excess alcohol consumption, it also raises the relative risk of developing oesophageal cancer five times. The disease was already known to be linked to drinking alcohol and smoking, but those risks are heightened by the addition of daily cups of "burning-hot" tea, scientists discovered. — © The Daily Telegraph

It would've been more fun if he'd let the guys crash them

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte watched bulldozers flatten dozens of luxury vehicles as part of a drive to fight corruption at the country’s customs bureau. A Jaguar, a Lexus, a Corvette Stingray and dozens of top-end German sedans and Japanese SUVs worth a combined $1.2-million were crushed in the capital Manila. “Reduce them to scrap metal,” Duterte gleefully commanded customs employees. — AFP

Those of you who fancy bald men won't want to read this

Polished pates and thinning thatches may one day be a thing of the past, thanks to Japanese scientists who have developed a way to grow hair follicles at a record rate. The study used two kinds of cells placed in silicone containers to cultivate “hair follicle germs” — the sources of the tiny organs that grow and sustain hair. The team managed to cultivate 5,000 within just a few days, enough to replenish hair. The method is a massive step up from existing laborious techniques that can create just 50 or so “germs” at once. — AFP

Foucault it! As if the world hasn't been bored enough

The fourth volume of Michel Foucault’s ground-breaking ‘The History of Sexuality’ will be published Friday, 34 years after the death of the French philosopher. ‘Confessions of the Flesh’ — which deals with the prickly question of consent — is finally being released after his literary executors decided that, what with the #MeToo movement, the time was ripe for his ideas. — AFP.



Sellers rush for the door but bargain-hunters lurk

The JSE All Share Index dropped sharply on Tuesday for the eighth straight session as global markets continue to reel ...

By Maarten Mittner
2 min read

PSG wades in to Cape crisis with desalination plans

Adventurous investment company PSG Group has not had to wait long for its investment in GrahamTek, a desalination and ...

By Marc Hasenfuss
2 min read

Urgent call to Cyril: Save our miners from Zwane

The mining industry has asked ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa for a meeting to talk about the impasse over the third ...

By Allan Seccombe
2 min read

Investors, here’s why you should adopt Adapt IT

CHRIS GILMOUR | Software solutions company is a buy

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read



Peas and goodwill to all

A new cook book gives advice on how not to die

By Hilary Biller
3 min read

Big ideas for little kids on safari

Bush breaks for all ages in Kenya and SA

By Sally Peck
10 min read



SPORTS DAY: All you need to know

David Isaacson rounds up the sporting news

By Agencies
5 min read

Ajax in danger of being docked points for fielding Ndoro

Ajax Cape Town are running a major risk by continuing to field Tendai Ndoro even after winning their initial case at ...

Mark Gleeson
Soccer writer
3 min read

Blasts from the past

On this day in history: February 7

By David Isaacson
1 min read