Monday, February 19 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

EXCLUSIVE: 'Tobacco giant used state to spy'

Whistleblower exposes industrial espionage and tells how it became more sinister as politicians got involved

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
5 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Beyond a great speech, a bigger test awaits Ramaphosa

How he selects his Cabinet of the Capable over the next few days will be key to his success or failure

Justice Malala
Columnist
3 min read

Consumers beware the cancellation clause

Few consumers look for or discuss the ‘out’ clause in the contracts they enter into

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

‘Posing in the nude is empowering for women’

The guest curator of Sotheby’s sale of erotic art argues that little is as confidence-building as disrobing for art

By Rowan Pelling
6 min read

VISUAL SIDE

Ahead of the state of the nation address, TimesLIVE spoke to school kids to find what the problems are that the country is facing and what can be done to fix them.


SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Bags of bail money piling up in state coffers

About a third of people do not collect their cash once their cases are finalised

By Nashira Davids and Farren Collins
3 min read

Van Breda: The mystery of the silence of the lambs

Lack of noise in house on night of axe attack is like a wordless chorus that played over and over again in court

Tanya Farber
Journalist
4 min read

Save money by sorting out your relationship with kids

A better relationship with your teenager improves family finances, lowers stress and reduces dependence on alcohol

Nashira Davids
Journalist
3 min read

R34m vanishes from Marikana community project

Woman was beaten up when she started asking questions about it

Kyle Cowan
Journalist
3 min read

If you think airport parking is expensive, spare a thought for this guy

Car has racked up a ticket of at least R200,000 after being parked at the airport since 2011

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
1 min read

Rescued from pup-nappers: The dog named Cat is back

Katjie, the German Shepherd, was rescued after being dragged over an electric fence and stolen from her family

Petru Saal
Journalist
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

A squirrel made its appearance on the red carpet at Parliament ahead of Sona on Friday night where President Cyril Ramaphosa gave his first state of the nation address.
Squirrel Ramaphosa A squirrel made its appearance on the red carpet at Parliament ahead of Sona on Friday night where President Cyril Ramaphosa gave his first state of the nation address.
Image: ANTHONY MOLYNEAUX

Six things about SA you need to know

NPA ‘reconsiders’ Duduzane fatal crash charges

AfriForum said on Sunday that its legal team has been officially informed that National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams has decided to reconsider the National Prosecuting Authority’s initial decision not to prosecute Duduzane Zuma‚ son of former president Jacob Zuma‚ on charges of culpable homicide. The case relates to an accident on February 1 2014 in Gauteng in which a young woman‚ Mekelina Dube‚ was killed when Zuma’s Porsche collided with a minibus taxi. Abrahams’s decision to review the case comes after Gerrie Nel‚ head of AfriForum’s Private Prosecuting Unit‚ sent a letter on behalf of the Dube family to the NPA at the end of last year to obtain a nolle prosequi certificate‚ which would have made it possible for AfriForum to privately prosecute Zuma. AfriForum described this as a victory for the Dube family and the country.

Passenger found with heroin strapped to thighs

A 42-year-old Seychelles national was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport last week after being found with heroin strapped to their thighs‚ police said at the weekend. The discovery was made during an intelligence-driven operation by an integrated multidisciplinary team on Wednesday morning. The passenger had an “unusual hardness on the [the] thighs”, and the drugs were found after a more thorough search. The heroin is worth an estimated R112,000. The suspect will appear in court soon.

DA wants ‘unfit’ Mkhwebane removed

The DA wants Parliament to remove Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane for alleged incompetence and misconduct. DA spokesperson for justice and constitutional development Glynnis Breytenbach said on Sunday the party had written to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete‚ requesting that she expedite the process to remove Mkhwebane in terms of Section 194 of the Constitution. This was in light of a high court ruling last week that set aside her recommendation that Absa pay back R1.1-billion, a ruling Breytenbach said “ demonstrated that [Mkhwebane] is not to fit to serve as Public Protector”. The decision by the high court to set aside her Bankorp-CIEX report‚ in which she made the recommendation‚ was a damning indictment on her fitness to hold office.

Armed Forces Day will be special: Ramaphosa

Armed Forces Day celebrations on Wednesday will have special meaning this year, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. “They occur as our nation celebrates the change of leadership in the governing party without any appetite for senseless bloodshed‚ because our defence force is led by wise women and men who abide to the ideal of the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law.” Ramaphosa was speaking in Kimberley during an interfaith prayer meeting organised by the SA National Defence Force. Sunday was the first time Ramaphosa had spoken in public since delivering the state of the nation address. Armed Forces Day commemorates the SS Mendi which sank in the English Channel on February 21 1971.

ANC NEC locked in meeting with KZN leadership

Members of the ANC’s national executive committee were locked in a closed leadership meeting with KwaZulu-Natal branch members in Durban on Sunday to explain the recall of Jacob Zuma as head of state. Branch chairs and their secretaries were briefed on the reasons for the recall by members of national and provincial leadership at Moses Mabhida Stadium. The province is a traditional foothold of support for Zuma and a powerful voter base for the party. NEC members Zweli Mkhize and Barbara Creecy‚ as well as KZN Premier Willies Mchunu‚ were among the delegates expected to address the branch leadership.

Stellenbosch University pays tribute to prof

Stellenbosch University has paid tribute to veteran political economist and academic Professor Johannes "Sampie" Terreblanche‚ who died on Saturday at 84 following a brief battle with brain cancer. Prof Wim de Villiers‚ rector and vice-chancellor of the university, said Terreblanche was a “legendary political economist, much-loved inspirational lecturer for thousands of our students‚ and one of Stellenbosch University’s critical voices”. Terreblanche received an honorary doctorate from the university in 2015. He was honoured for "his outstanding contributions as profound analyst of socio-economic systems, and his fearless advocacy for the end of apartheid”. De Villiers said Terreblanche’s contribution to political transformation was aimed at social improvement for the majority.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

'Shut the f*** up and change the law on guns'

Almost 20 years after Columbine, and after yet another school shooting, a new generation of US pupils has had enough

By Chris Graham
5 min read

Scientists raise the baa with human-sheep hybrids

A  breakthrough means organs grown in animals will be available for transplant within the next five to 10 years

By Sarah Knapton
3 min read

Fashion enables the disabled

There's a growing market of products designed to make things easier for people with disabilities

By AFP
4 min read

Borneo is fast losing its treasured orangutans

Number of great apes has plummeted in the past 15 years

By AFP
1 min read

Colourful carnival celebrated in the belly of the beast

Carnival Tlaxcala is held despite being in the middle of Mexico’s biggest gang infested regions

By AFP
3 min read

SNAPSHOT

A Chinese-Cambodian woman offers money to a dog 'begging' at a temple during the start of the Lunar New Year in Kandal.
Year of the dog A Chinese-Cambodian woman offers money to a dog 'begging' at a temple during the start of the Lunar New Year in Kandal.
Image: TANG CHHIN SOTHY / AFP

SIX THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD

Oldman's blood, tears and sweat with makeup

Gary Oldman’s remarkable transformation into Winston Churchill has earned ‘Darkest Hour’ numerous award nominations. But it seems the actor also deserves credit for his dedication to preserving his makeup through gruelling hours of filming. Oldman did not sleep and barely ate on set in order to keep the makeup looking good as new, the make-up team has revealed. “He’s so respectful of our craft,’’ they said. — © The Daily Telegraph

Daughters can inherit ovarian cancer from dads

Ovarian cancer can be passed on to women via their fathers, scientists have established for the first time. New genetic research has finally answered why some sets of sisters share a higher risk of developing the disease than that of their mother. The new study found those who inherit the genes for the disease via their father tend to develop symptoms around six years younger than those who inherit them from their mother. — © The Daily Telegraph

From Pac-Man to crypto: Atari's new move

Atari has become the latest company to pivot to cryptocurrency, launching a digital coin, Atari Token, in a bid to revive the gaming pioneer’s fortunes. The creator of some of the most iconic video games consoles of the 1970s and 1980s, which faded from the gaming industry and filed for bankruptcy in 2013, has now joined the growing list of companies jumping on the blockchain technology trend. Atari's shares have jumped more than 60% since it announced the launch last week. — © The Daily Telegraph

A dump may trump poaching tycoon

Thai officials will test human faeces found in a wildlife sanctuary to prove their case against a tycoon accused of poaching a leopard. Premchai Karnasuta has denied poaching charges levelled against him. A wildlife official said the discovery of the excrement was important because it was near the campsite and he did not believe Premchai would wander deep into the woods for such a purpose. He said the poo was suspiciously close to spent bullet casings and the location where the leopard was skinned. “It can prove that he was there; he cannot say he was not there,” he said, adding that the waste would be tested for Premchai’s DNA. — AFP

Oh no! It's the new 'Macarena'

It’s another viral dancing sensation. And once again, it’s from Daddy Yankee. The Puerto Rican king of reggaeton who co-wrote ‘Despacito’ has people around the world moving their hips with his latest song, ‘Dura’. Millions of people have clicked on online videos inspired by ‘Dura’ as aspiring dancers around the world — from fresh-faced children to top models to endearing elderly people — find their groove, with varying degrees of skill or stiffness. ‘I’m beyond honoured and feel very blessed,” Daddy Yankee said. — AFP

Sorry, French fries don't cure baldness

Japanese scientists have warned that eating french fries will not cure baldness, after research was published suggesting that chemicals used in cooking fried potatoes could help fight hair loss. A research team at Yokohama National University succeeded in producing clusters of 5,000 hair follicle germs (HFGs), the base organs that produce hair, with the aid of dimethylpolysiloxane, a material that was key to cultivating large numbers of HFGs. — Reuters

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Viceroy's new salvo against Capitec better than its first

The US firm's initial report was widely criticised, but its second one makes a reasonable point

By Stuart Theobold
4 min read

A little light shed on the dark art of short-selling

Betting on the downside is seldom disclosed

By Moyagabo Maake
3 min read

Solar power: How a Cape school is making it real

Global investors use Bitcoin to buy into the project

By Dan Meyer
5 min read

JSE hovers around the heights of euphoria

All Share index rose nearly 6% last week

By Maarten Mittner
3 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Flu will be nothing to be sneezed at this winter

Watch out, the virus has wreaked havoc in the UK

Shanthini Naidoo
Journalist
4 min read

There is, um, rising demand for penis implants

New York chaps are mad for it

Claire Keeton
Journalist
2 min read

OH, THE AGONY: Help, I work for a competent jerk

Our weekly bit of lighthearted advice

By Yolisa Mkele and Nina Hastie
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Around the world

A round-up of the sporting news

By David Isaacson
6 min read

Forget the Aussies, Kiwis are the Super Rugby benchmark

How SA teams square up to NZ Super Rugby threat will determine whether Boks have what it takes to beat All Blacks

Khanyiso Tshwaku
Journalist
3 min read

Blasts from the past

Today in sports history

By David Isaacson
1 min read