Wednesday, February 21 2018



Did KZN 'terror' cell take missing couple?

Mystery surrounds the link between a missing UK couple and an alleged international terror group in KZN's rural ...

Jeff Wicks
3 min read

'Don't throw wet blanket over economy, Gigaba'

Four prominent South Africans share their wish lists for the finance minister’s budget speech

Farren Collins
3 min read



Ramaphosa presses home his 'new dawn'

President tells Times Select cabinet announcement is coming 'soon'

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
4 min read

So, who would you vote for today?

With Zuma's departure the answer to that question is not so easily answered - and opposition parties have a problem

Tom Eaton
3 min read

New chapter: Landmark move for Greece’s national library

Ancient treasures relocated to €600m new home

4 min read


French balloonist Stephane Rousson tested his pedal-powered airship on February 16 2018 ahead of an attempt at crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Nice to Calvi in northern Corsica sometime in September or October this year.



Law and disorder: Judge fumes over double-booking

A high court judge has threatened a Legal Aid lawyer with forfeiting part of his fee for double-booking a trial

Nashira Davids
3 min read

Zim's sex-ban wives step up fight for husbands' pay

First they denied sex to their spouses, now group of furious women vow to take protest to Victoria Falls

By James Thompson
2 min read

Colly good show: Meet Chiefs' chief fan

His sideline show is as entertaining as the soccer, and he does it all for the love of the game

Marc Strydom
3 min read

The wine is fine, for now

Table Mountain is keeping the city’s vineyards alive with water captured on its cloudy slopes

Bobby Jordan
3 min read

Underwater cave gives up a treasure trove of Mayan relics

Human bones, cultural artifacts and animal remains part of extraordinary haul at Mexico site

1 min read


Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba, who will be centre stage when he delivers the Budget speech on Wednesday, enjoys a light-hearted moment in parliament on Tuesday.
Slap happy Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba, who will be centre stage when he delivers the Budget speech on Wednesday, enjoys a light-hearted moment in parliament on Tuesday.
Image: Esa Alexander

Six things about SA you need to know

Hawks mum on Duduzane Zuma’s legal status

The Hawks would not be drawn on whether Duduzane Zuma was a person of interest or if a warrant was issued for his arrest. Spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the crime-fighting unit “can’t talk about those things”, adding that the only person it had mentioned by name was Ajay Gupta. The National Prosecuting Authority said it could only comment if a warrant was issued. This relates to the investigation into the Estina Dairy Farm Project at Vrede in the Free State.

MEC outraged by hospital rape

Gauteng health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa said on Tuesday she was outraged at the allegations of sexual assault at the Dr Yusuf Dadoo Hospital in Krugersdorp. The MEC said she was shocked to hear of the alleged sexual assault by a sessional doctor in the outpatient department on Monday. She said that while police were investigating her department needed to send a strong message to employees and community members that sexual assaults are human rights violations that should be strongly condemned. The department has stopped the services of the doctor implicated in the scandal with immediate effect.

Brown instructs Transnet to report irregularities

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has ordered that Transnet report irregularities identified in an investigation conducted by Werksmans Attorneys, to law enforcement authorities. The investigation concerned the R54-billion procurement of 1,064 locomotives in 2014. The Transnet board decided that the investigation was incomplete, and to refer matters pertaining to the procurement to the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture under deputy judge president Raymond Zondo. Brown said on Tuesday the Transnet board "could not abrogate its responsibility to restore public and investor confidence in the company"‚ and that it had a responsibility to oversee the launch of investigations and disciplinary processes against allegedly errant members of staff. She also ordered the parastatal to act on the Werksmans report.

Madonsela welcomes Zuma’s resignation

Thuli Madonsela has welcomed the way former president Jacob Zuma handled his resignation. The former public protector was speaking at the launch of a festival to commemorate Human Rights Day - a joint effort by her foundation‚ Khulisa Social Solutions, and the Constitution Hill Precinct. Madonsela, whose Secure In Comfort report nailed Zuma for irregularities relating to the R246-million upgrade of his Nkandla homestead, also welcomed the dignity with which Zuma addressed the public. She also warned that although President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment put the country on a pedestal of hope‚ the country is not yet at a summit.

Dutch couple attacked at Garden Route park

Two Dutch tourists were mugged while walking a nature trail at Wilderness on the Garden Route on Monday. SANParks said on Tuesday its rangers and police officials were on high alert after the robbery. The couple were on the Brown Hooded trail when they were robbed of their possessions. The number of patrols on the route, and in the Garden Route National Park itself, had been increased after the incident. SANParks has urged visitors to not make expensive valuables, including jewellery, cameras and cellphones, visible while on trails.

Why SA strategic fuel sale probe was abandoned

The two-year investigation into the sale of 10-million barrels of the country’s strategic fuel reserves by the Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) had to be abandoned because the international legal firm conducting it had declared a conflict of interest‚ Energy Minister David Mahlobo said on Tuesday. He told members of Parliament’s portfolio committee on energy that a new investigation had been launched. He wanted this new probe to be concluded urgently. Mahlobo said he had been informed that the conflict of interest related to the relationship the legal firm had with the international trader that bought the oil from the SFF. He added that the government would investigate recovering the money spent on the investigation. Meanwhile, Mahlobo said SA's energy plan was ready to publish. The plan was approved by the cabinet in December.



Has Black Sam Bellamy risen from his watery grave?

Archaeologists believe DNA tests will confirm they have found the remains of the world’s richest pirate

By Rozina Sabur
2 min read

Who's your daddy? Man wins custody of 13 surrogate kids

Wealthy Japanese man's case shines a spotlight on Thailand’s largely unregulated surrogacy business

By Aukkarapon Niyomyat
2 min read

Their life would have sucked without an 'evolutionary win'

The common vampire bat overcame the challenges of a blood-only diet, thanks to natural selection

2 min read

Disney cartoons saved in the wonderland of science

Former Tate conservation expert steps in to stop hand-painted originals from crumbling into dust

By Sarah Knapton in Austin
2 min read


Lufthansa tests humanoid robot 'Josie Pepper' at Munich airport.
New spice of life Lufthansa tests humanoid robot 'Josie Pepper' at Munich airport.
Image: REUTERS/Michaela Rehle


Charity shop’s mammoth donation

Fossils and animal bones which date back five million years were handed in to a Norwich, UK, charity shop to be sold at an auction. The extraordinary haul includes mammoth bones, the remains of bison and fossilised sea urchin. The charity said it hopes the bones can "raise a considerable amount of money" for its new hospice, the Nook, when sold. – © The Daily Telegraph

China's war on funeral strippers

China has launched its latest crackdown against the scourge of funeral strippers. The Ministry of Culture said that it was targeting "striptease" and other "obscene, pornographic and vulgar performances" at funerals, weddings and traditional Chinese New Year public gatherings. The war on strippers at funerals has been a long one for China. Authorities first began clamping down on "obscene" performances in 2006 and launched a second campaign in 2015. – © The Daily Telegraph

War hero, 88, karate-chops 5 robbers

London Metropolitan Police have praised an 88-year-old military veteran for fighting off a gang of five robbers to rescue a young woman from being mugged. John Nixon trained as a commando in the 1940s and fought in the Korean War. He stepped in to help the woman by karate-chopping one of the knife-wielding attackers to the ground. “My training kicked in. I landed a blow to his neck which rendered him semi-conscious. Fear is not in my dictionary,” Nixon said. – © The Daily Telegraph

Sip of the desert: Baby it’s for you

A UAE-based company has unveiled what it calls the world’s first camel-based baby formula, an instant powder mix aimed mainly at infants allergic to cow’s milk. Camel milk for centuries was a staple for Bedouin peoples across the Gulf, who continue to include the vitamin-rich milk in their modern-day diets. Camelicious unveiled the product at an international food and beverage trade event in Dubai. “This milk complements the UAE values and traditions that are handed down from one generation to another,” said Camelicious general manager Saeed Juma Bin Subaih. - AFP

This bandit won’t be spanked

Singapore has agreed not to cane a man accused of carrying out a rare bank robbery if Britain extradites him to face charges. David Roach, a Canadian citizen, is wanted in Singapore for allegedly stealing Sg$30,000 from a bank in 2016 after strolling in and presenting a threatening note. Flogging with a heavy rattan cane is a common punishment in Singapore with convicted bank robbers facing a minimum penalty of six strokes, as well as at least two years in jail. But Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs said Britain had sought assurances that, if found guilty, Roach would not face corporal punishment. – AFP

Grey squirrels brainier than red ones

Grey squirrels could have taken over from native red squirrels in the UK due to their problem-solving powers. A study tested wild squirrels with two tasks, one easy and one more difficult, to get hazelnuts. Both species were equally successful at the easy task - opening a transparent lid - but more of the grey squirrels cracked the difficult one, a more complex task of pushing and pulling levers. Dr Pizza Ka Yee Chow said: "It is not yet clear whether grey squirrels are born better problem solvers, or whether they work harder because they're an invasive species living outside their natural environment." – © The Daily Telegraph



The brakes are off, the clutch is out, now let’s accelerate

Top economists optimistic about the road ahead

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

Plenty of homework to do for the education sector

And what’s really happening among media companies?

By BusinessLIVE
3 min read

Jamie Oliver: Problems at Naked Chef’s empire laid bare

Rising heat in the UK restaurant sector forces the celebrity cook to look further afield for growth

By Bradley Gerrard
5 min read



Russian in where other bartenders fear to tread

Russian bartender supreme stirs it up in South Africa

By Tanya Steenkamp
3 min read

Jerusalem laid bare: A night at the Walled Off hotel

A most unusual sleepover on the West Bank, at an installation designed by infamous street artist Banksy

By Jessica Brodie
3 min read

Noma 2.0: Better late than never, or is it?

Superstar chef Redzeppi playing catch-up after he messes up opening date for his relaunch of Noma

By Jessica Brodie
3 min read



SPORTS DAY: All around the world

A roundup of the sporting highlights of the day

By Agencies
5 min read

PSL: A striking lack of goals means fewer bums on seats

Local league needs coaches with the killer instinct

By Nick Said
3 min read

Blasts from the past

Today in sports history

By David Isaacson
1 min read