Monday, February 12 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Today the Cyril-Zuma tango ends

Ramaphosa proved on Sunday that he's had enough of negotiations. It's time to show who's boss

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
2 min read

‘This would have broken Madiba's heart’

Granddaughter talks about what Mandela might have thought about SA today - and what he would have done in Zuma's shoes

Philani Nombembe
Journalist
4 min read

Raging bull: Fury over R6.9m TB-ridden buffalo

Businessman sues government for R500m after alleging it knowingly sold him a sick beast

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
4 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

The trouble with Zuma's myths is that many believe them

Thobeka Madiba-Zuma's message reflects the chilling mindset of the first citizen, his family and his cronies

Justice Malala
Columnist
3 min read

Tenant alert: what will that nail in the wall cost you?

Move out leaving a nail in the wall and you wave goodbye to getting your deposit refunded in full

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read

Today's word in hand: preservation

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Journalist
1 min read

VISUAL SIDE

Mike ‘Buthie’ Arbuthnot, 85, swam his 45th Midmar Mile, which is the world’s largest open-water swimming event, on Saturday.


SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Into a murky world of cops, clubs and cafes

Was it diligent police work or police on gangster payrolls that put Cape Town's alleged underworld kingpins behind bars?

Aron Hyman
Journalist
3 min read

Here’s your Xmas bonus! Oops, sorry, you have to pay it back

National Health Laboratory Service wrongly paid employees in 2015. Two years later, they must pay it back

Siphe Macanda
Journalist
3 min read

'If a Cape store gets new bottled water, it's sold in an hour'

The price of bottled water is spiking in the Mother City

By Ray Ndlovu and Palesa Vuyolwethu Tshandu
3 min read

Kenyan cows still fat despite the drought

Farmers feed their livestock by switching to hydroponic technology

By Justus Wanzala
3 min read

He used to face death daily. Now he's walking on air

After a heart and double lung transplant, Matthew Legemaate knows something about facing - and beating - the odds

Nivashni Nair
Journalist
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

A young hunter rests next to his tamed golden eagle during an annual hunters' competition at Almaty hippodrome in Kazakhstan.
Young and the restless A young hunter rests next to his tamed golden eagle during an annual hunters' competition at Almaty hippodrome in Kazakhstan.
Image: REUTERS/SHAMIL ZHUMATOV

Six things about SA you need to know

SA troops accused of torturing civilians

A high-level delegation of military lawyers and investigators will be sent to the Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate allegations that South African peacekeepers tortured scores of civilians. Reports emerged at the weekend that South African peacekeepers were involved in the torture of women and men. More than 1‚000 troops from five South African Infantry Battalion - which is based out of Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal - are taking part in a United Nations peacekeeping mission in that country. SANDF spokesman Brigadier-General Mafi Mgabozi confirmed that reports on alleged torture had been received, and that while they were allegations at this stage, the seriousness of the claims meant they could not be ignored.

Western Cape fires contained

Three veld fires in the Western Cape have been extinguished or been contained, CapeNature has said. The fires at Buffelsrivier and Zanddrift were extinguished, while the active fire on the northern side of the Kammanassie Mountain appeared to have burnt itself out and was contained. The fire in the Swartberg mountains also remained contained. Operations would continue to ensure no flare-ups occurred. In total, about 11‚000ha was burnt, but no structures were damaged, the organisation said.

Police committee slams criminal cops

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police has condemned the participation of senior police officers in crime, and says the fight against crime can only be won if led by a credible and corruption-free SAPS. The committee noted that over the past week several current senior and former senior SAPS officials had been hauled to court across the country. Committee chairman Francois Beukman said any act of criminality by SAPS members had to be condemned‚ more so those committed by senior police officials.

SA athletes assaulted in alleged race attack

South African athletics champions Thabang Mosiako and Rantso Mokopane were assaulted in an apparently racially motivated attack, allegedly by North West University students. The assault took place a week ago during the university's student fundraising RAG event, but only came to light at the weekend. Mosiako‚ a 5,000m champion who was to compete in Algeria in March‚ was knocked unconscious during the assault close to the university. Mosiako‚ Mokopane and their friend‚ Sandy Londt‚ were attacked by a group of men who they believe are students at the university. There are fears that Mosiako's immediate athletic dreams could be shattered, with concerns round the extent of his head injury. Police confirmed that an investigation in under way, but no arrests have been made.

Parliament group backs Zulu king’s complaint

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services said it supported Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini’s decision to lay a complaint against insurance company MiWay. This comes after a leaked recorded conversation between a sales rep and King Zwelithini starts with the rep addressing Zwelithini by his first name. The king reprimands the rep. Prince Thulani Zulu said at the weekend that the royal family considered this an insult. Committee chairperson Dr Mathole Motshekga said the call is “clearly” a violation of the Protection of Private Information Act, which stipulates how private and public bodies should handle and protect individuals’ personal information. Motshekga believes the incident defies “culturally acceptable practices”.

200 patients return to fire-hit Cape Town hospital

More than 200 patients evacuated from a Cape Town hospital after a fire on Saturday have been given the green light to return. Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo said the fire department had inspected Mitchells Plain District Hospital and declared it safe for patients to be moved back into the wards. However‚ the emergency centre at the hospital — where the fire started in the roof void — would not reopen. Instead, a temporary emergency centre was set up to attend to walk-in patients‚ while Emergency Medical Services will be transferring patients that require hospital admission to other hospitals.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

From scrapheap to ‘Brazil's Cinderella’

Modeling sensation Sandra Passos, 28, is taking new ideas of beauty to China

By AFP
3 min read

Charity doesn't begin at home for Oxfam

Prostitution claims in stricken Haiti just the tip of the iceberg - and the UK government knew about it

By Harry Yorke
6 min read

Iranian women throw veils to the winds of change

Small but unprecedented protests reignite debate over conservative clothing rules for women

By AFP
4 min read

Ova to you: Human eggs made from scratch

Grown in a lab for the first time

By Henry Bodkin
2 min read

Winter Games thaw tense Korean border

Olympics brings detente to notoriously tense demilitarised zone

By Reuters
3 min read

The humanity we share, from strippers to rebels

The quiet genius of photographer Susan Meiselas

By AFP
4 min read

SNAPSHOT

Russian conceptual artist Andrey Kuzkin performs near the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, northern Germany.
Head strong Russian conceptual artist Andrey Kuzkin performs near the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, northern Germany.
Image: DANIEL REINHARDT / DPA / AFP

SIX THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD

Sorry, he's taken. Idris Elba gets engaged

UK star Idris Elba has announced his engagement to his girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre. Elba, 45, asked the beauty queen to marry him while the pair were on stage at a screening of his latest film ‘Yardie’ in London on Saturday. Staff at the cinema could not resist sharing the couple's happy news with their 18,000 Twitter followers. Elba and Dhowre, who won Miss Vancouver in 2014, began seeing each other last year. — © The Daily Telegraph

Bad news for ladies who lunch

Low-alcohol beer and wine promotions risk fueling day-time drinking, a new Cambridge University study suggests. A review of the UK’s four largest supermarkets also found advertising strategies may be increasing people’s overall alcohol intake. Products’ low-alcohol content was played down in favour of ambiguous phrases such as “lunchtime treats”, “perfect for all occasions” and “to refresh thirsty sportsmen and women”. The study found the messaging may encourage consumers to use low-strength beer and wine as a replacement for soft drinks, such as at lunch, rather than as a replacement for normal strength alcohol. — © The Daily Telegraph

Four ellies killed in horror train crash

A passenger train has collided with a herd of elephants crossing the tracks in India’s northeast, killing four of the endangered animals in the high-speed accident. The impact of the collision in Assam state late on Saturday derailed the engine but no passengers were injured. Another elephant was seriously injured in the accident, he added. — AFP

Peter Rabbit in trouble with PC brigade

A new Peter Rabbit film starring James Cordon is at the centre of a “food bullying” row over a scene in which a gang of rabbits pelt blackberries at a man they know is allergic to them. Several groups representing allergy sufferers have called for a boycott of the film, warning that it is “grossly offensive” and makes light of a potentially fatal condition. Parents of children with food allergies have also expressed disgust at the scenes. — © The Daily Telegraph

Why not to give your kids 2nd-hand toys

Children who play with second-hand plastic toys may be exposed to unsafe levels of chemicals like lead and cadmium that have been linked to developmental problems and organ damage, a UK study suggests. Researchers tested 200 second-hand plastic toys they found in homes, nurseries and charity shops. — Reuters

Wills and Harry too tall for 'Star Wars'

Princes William and Harry don’t appear as Stormtroopers in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi" after they were cut from the film for being too tall. William, 1.87m, and his younger brother Harry, 1.85m, donned characteristic white body armour and helmets for a scene that was filmed during their visit to the film’s Pinewood studios set in April 2016. However the scene failed to make the final edit after it was realised the strapping royals towered over their Imperial counterparts. — © The Daily Telegraph

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

ETFs are a no-brainer - for now

As their popularity grows we will come to realise exchange-traded funds are not good in every sense

By Stuart Theobold
4 min read

Capitec 'not worried' about its shares

Bank says short positions are normal and don't necessarily originate from Viceroy report

By Moyagabo Maake
3 min read

Bears savage horribly rattled global markets

JSE down 6% this year already

By Maarten Mittner
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

‘Alternative’ water: Raise a glass to the posh stuff

Is it really heathy or just an expensive fad?

By Tomé Morrissy-Swan
5 min read

Oh, the agony: I can’t get a job

Our new weekly advice column

By Yolisa Mkele and Nina Hastie
1 min read

Love, virtually: The rise of the avatar celebrity

Instagram’s virtual superstar actually has 561,000 followers and counting

By Paula Andropoulos
2 min read

Carrots are tops: Gingers win emoji battle

Redheads get represented with 12 of their kind added to the emoji collection

By The Daily Telegraph
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Around the sporting world

A look at all the day's top sports stories

By Agencies
13 min read

At the Beckerling and call: Mondays will never be the same

Characters like Constant Beckerling must be cherished while they're still available to charm our screens

Khanyiso Tshwaku
Journalist
2 min read

Blasts from the past

This day in sports history

By David Isaacson
1 min read