Monday, February 26 2018



How Koko cooked up dicey multi-billion Eskom deal

Regiments and McKinsey would have made hundreds of millions

Sabelo Skiti
3 min read



A budget message bigger than the empty suit delivering it

With key reformist initiatives, it spoke to a narrative that is gaining steam within the ANC and society

3 min read

The great store card fee racket: You’re being ripped off

National Credit Regulator says it’s illegal

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

WW2 was for the birds: The secret missions of pigeons

Intelligence agents came in many forms during the war

By Gordon Corera
6 min read




Isis is real threat in SA - analyst

British couple still missing after believed to have been targeted by two members of an Isis cell in rural KZN

Jeff Wicks
4 min read

'We are asking for love and respect'

Traditional healers are scathing of their counterparts who believe in the myths about albinism

Naledi Shange
3 min read

Beware the 'very, very violent' Table Mountain crime

... but SANParks is working hard to make the area safer

Claire Keeton
3 min read

Meet the granny who teaches women to drive in her old Tazz

For her pupils, a driver's licence means freedom, equality and independence

Nashira Davids
1 min read

This cheetah bling will ensure these cats have nine lives

They might not look very fetching on a big feline, but these hi-tech gadgets are for their own safety

Tony Carnie
2 min read

Scientists find a way to take Valium out of recycled water

A breakthrough by the University of Johannesburg could make water-recycling safer

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read


Congolese soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo rest in an ADF rebel camp, near the town of Kimbau, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Forest nightmares Congolese soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo rest in an ADF rebel camp, near the town of Kimbau, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Image: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Six things about SA you need to know

Africa needs vibrant young leaders: Graça Machel

Africa's youth and women need to stand up and take charge as the continent's new leaders. That was the message by former first lady Graça Machel in Johannesburg at the weekend. Speaking at the African Leadership Academy, she said Africa “does not need leaders who are 75 or 65 years old”. She called on Africa's emerging young leaders to remain committed to the cause for the development of Africa. Machel‚ the widow of Nelson Mandela‚ said leadership was about integrity and values and making the choice to lead.

Church used by cop killers to be shut down

The church a gang of Eastern Cape police killers used as a base for their deadly crime spree is under investigation for operating as an alleged "Satanic" cult and will be shut down. The Seven Angels Ministries church was the scene of a bloody shootout on Friday night when the gang refused to surrender to police who surrounded the sprawling complex of zinc shacks and brick buildings. Police Minister Fikile Mbalula described the so-called church and its practices as Satanic, while national police commissioner General Khehla Sithole said that when they had finished processing the crime scene they would close down the church.

SaveSA commends Cyril for dumping Abrahams

The Save South Africa campaign has commended President Cyril Ramaphosa for “finally putting a stop to the shenanigans” around the leadership of the National Prosecuting Authority. Ramaphosa wrote to the Constitutional Court on Friday, saying he was withdrawing his predecessor’s appeal against a judgment that Shaun Abrahams should vacate his position as NPA head. SaveSA said this decision “left Abrahams to fight for his own future as National Director of Public Prosecutions – a battle he is‚ we sincerely hope‚ destined to lose”. Ramaphosa’s decision was a “very important development” which proved he was honestly trying to restore the integrity of the criminal justice system.

Call to root out 57 cops with criminal records

The Democratic Alliance said it was deeply disturbed by a reply to a parliamentary question which revealed that 57 SAPS members working at Family Violence‚ Child Protection and Sexual Offenses units had criminal records. DA police spokesman Zakhele Mbhele said the crimes included at least three cases of culpable homicide‚ seven of common assault‚ two of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm‚ and one instance of pointing a firearm. Other crimes included driving under the influence‚ reckless or negligent driving‚ fraud‚ loss of firearms, defeating the ends of justice and theft. He called on Police Minister Fikile Mbalula to urgently brief Parliament's police portfolio committee on how he intended to root out these members.

Mnangagwa wants meeting with Mugabe

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has requested a meeting with his predecessor‚ Robert Mugabe. The two former allies are set to meet for the first time since Mnangagwa ascended to power with military assistance. Mugabe said this to close family and friends at his 94th birthday celebrations in Harare at the weekend. He added that he would not hold back because Mnangagwa and the military had acted illegally and lied to the people. Mugabe's utterances come as the newly formed New Patriotic Front claimed December’s coup was not bloodless. Mugabe concurs, saying people were injured and “some were killed”.

Illegal abalone worth R2.3m seized in Durban

A SAPS and Hawks sting operation at the Durban police led to the seizure of 1.6 tons of illegally harvested frozen abalone. The stash is valued at R2.37-million. SARS spokesman Sandile Memela said the sting operation was initiated after the Hawks seized illegally harvested abalone from a container in Port Elizabeth earlier this month. Intelligence gathered in that bust had resulted in a ship travelling to Sri Lanka being ordered to return to South Africa. The ship arrived in Durban earlier this week, a “suspicious container” was inspected using two sniffer dogs, and 156 boxes of frozen abalone were found.



Leave politics out to be a successful Forrest

How the son of a New Zealander made his many millions in that most challenging of nations, the DRC

4 min read

Mountaineer storms off on K2 solo 'suicide' mission

Denis Urubko abandons his team after a row to take on one of the world’s most difficult climbs alone

1 min read

Campaign drives itself: Nissan could be the new Uber

Nissan hopes to become Uber’s competitor with its new self-driving car services

By Naomi Tajitsu
3 min read

Neanderthals were not knuckle-dragging brutes

New studies show that the earliest cave art belonged to Neanderthals, not humans

3 min read

Wild horses won't be dragging anybody away

New DNA evidence proves that wild horses have gone extinct

2 min read


An Afghan child, who works as a balloon vendor, waits for customers alongside a street in Kabul.
A load of hot air An Afghan child, who works as a balloon vendor, waits for customers alongside a street in Kabul.
Image: Wakil Kohsar / AFP


Sitting is better for you than standing: study

Standing desks increase bodily pain and slow down people’s cognitive functions at work, new research suggests. Experts have warned that despite the “feverish” trend towards adopting the adjustable desks, there is little solid evidence to support their use, as well as concerns they may do more harm than good. The new study has linked prolonged use of standing desks with lower limb discomfort and deteriorating mental reactiveness. – The Daily Telegraph

First Bollywood superstar takes last bow

Sridevi Kapoor, who was often cited as the first female Bollywood superstar, has died aged 54 after suffering a heart attack in Dubai. The death of Sridevi, reportedly while attending her nephew’s wedding in the emirate late on Saturday, prompted an outpouring of grief from fans and fellow actors as well as condolences from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. - AFP

Yes, but what would Jesus have done?

Christian leaders on Sunday took the rare step of closing the Church of the Holy Sepulchre built at the site of Jesus’s burial in Jerusalem in protest at Israeli tax measures and a proposed property law. The church is considered the holiest site in Christianity and is a major pilgrimage site. - AFP

Diana's charity confesses: We hired hookers

The landmine charity backed by Princess Diana was on Sunday dragged into the sector-wide sex scandal after apologising for not properly investigating claims its staff paid prostitutes. British-based Mines Advisory Group admitted it had ignored allegations about the “habitual use” of prostitutes by aid workers in the DRC. - AFP

'We promise, officer, we weren't going far ...'

A 13-year-old boy has been caught driving a car, with his mother and a toddler in the back seat. Officers in Peterborough, UK, who stopped the car were astonished when the family explained the situation, insisting it was ‘only a short journey’. Police had noticed that the car was being driven in a ‘suspicious manner’. It was not clear whether the mother was unable to drive. – The Daily Telegraph

'Take a bike' is now 'Take a hike', the first of several Asian dockless bike share operators that launched in Paris last year, has announced it is pulling out of the city because thousands of its bicycles were stolen or vandalised. ‘The mass destruction of our fleet has become the new entertainment of underaged individuals,’ the Hong Kong startup said, explaining that more than 1,000 bikes had been stolen and around 3,400 more had been vandalised. – The Daily Telegraph



Fixing a mine after a Gupta smash-and-grab spree

Any new owner of the Optimum coal mine will be wary of potential nightmares left over from their stewardship

By Stuart Theobold
4 min read

Viceroy 'got lucky' with sensational Steinhoff report

Hundreds of short-sellers write reports such as these, and they go nowhere, says analyst

By Moyagabo Maake
3 min read

Let's raise a glass to Distell's cautiously ambitious plans

Much of the growth impetus at top and bottom line will come from its endeavours in Africa, says the company

By Marc Hasenfuss
2 min read



Granny power: What’s the secret of the super-agers?

Simple: always look on the bright side of life

By Guy Kelly
5 min read

I don’t care for whom the bell tolls, as long as it’s not for me

Since Bell patented the first telephone, it’s shaped human behaviour. And not always in a good way.

By Tracey Hawthorne
4 min read

The queens were out in force at London Fashion Week

As fashion month rolls on, we take a look at some of the fashion highlights from London Fashion Week

By Nothemba Mkhondo
1 min read

Oh, the agony: My son is pinching from my purse

Tongue-in-cheek advice for your most profound problems

By Yolisa Mkele and Nina Hastie
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Around the world

Your daily roundup of sport around the world

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
5 min read

Why US sports yank South Africans' chains

Baseball made America make sense to me - up to a point because I’m thoroughly South African about the rest of US sport

By Telford Vice
6 min read