Thursday, March 1 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Grabs will land us in even bigger trouble

Analysts warn land expropriation without compensation will lead to huge investment losses

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
4 min read

'Free education' and we're stuck with mud schools

The state's funding of free higher education forced huge cuts in education infrastructure grants

By Prega Govender
4 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

The monsters of race still lurk in our shadows every day

Absence of discriminatory laws does not mean the absence of discrimination

Jonathan Jansen
Columnist
4 min read

Abalone poaching and the myopic view from a drone

Video fails to convey the true story of access to wealth that is deeply skewed along racial and class lines

By Kimon de Greef
6 min read

Hate pongs? Then you probably love Trump

People who are easily disgusted by the body odours of others are also drawn to authoritarian political leaders

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

VISUAL SIDE

28-year-old Sipho Ruben Radebe makes remote-controlled model trucks and cars in Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal. Video shot by Thuli Dlamini



SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

'I want a divorce - and I'm taking the eggs'

It's a good idea to have an antenuptial contract to decide the 'custody' of egg cells and sperm, say family law experts

Nivashni Nair
Journalist
3 min read

Single gene turns salmonella into an African mass killer

A single genetic change is playing a key role in an epidemic killing 400,000 people a year in sub-Saharan Africa

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

SA to release govt data going back 100 years

New portal will release research on environmental, socio-economic, technological drivers for every SA region

Farren Collins
Journalist
3 min read

SNAPSHOT

Economic Freedom Fighters march to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto to demand quality public healthcare.
Seeing red Economic Freedom Fighters march to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto to demand quality public healthcare.
Image: Phill Magakoe

Six things about SA you need to know

Hawks raid Jacques Pauw's home

A search and seizure warrant obtained by anti-terrorism police shows authorities believe Jacques Pauw‚ author of the bestselling book ‘The President's Keepers’‚ is in possession of secret intelligence documents in violation of the apartheid-era Protection of Information Act and the Intelligence Service Act. Pauw‚ speaking from his home‚ said the officers from unit‚ which usually investigates terrorists‚ were searching his home‚ guesthouse and restaurant.

Zim parents go to court for custody of their kids

The parents of eight Zimbabwean children approached the Pretoria High Court on Wednesday to stop their children's repatriation to Zimbabwe. The South African and Zimbabwean governments want to repatriate the children after they were intercepted, unaccompanied, in November while on a truck in Rustenburg. They did not have travel documents. The children are at an unknown location, with their whereabouts kept from their parents. In court papers, advocate Simba Chitando described the way parents were kept in the dark as “callous”. The court papers stated that the parents would be happy to take the children to Zimbabwe themselves and that to deny them the chance was unlawful. The Department of Social Development said it did not believe the applicants were the children’s actual parents. The case has been postponed until Friday.

EFF 'flexing its muscle with PE mayor threat'

The Economic Freedom Fighters is not only flexing its political muscle but is also pushing to re-establish its centrality in a coalition government‚ say analysts. On Tuesday, EFF leader Julius Malema told the National Assembly his party was planning on pushing for a motion of no confidence in Democratic Alliance Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip. This came after the DA refused to support an EFF-sponsored motion that could end in a constitutional change to allow land expropriation without compensation. The motion was overwhelmingly passed. Political analyst Khaya Sithole said the EFF wanted all parties to be aware of its power as a kingmaker.

Blood, phones key in UK couple kidnap case

Cellphones stolen from abducted Britons Rod and Rachel Saunders - found in the possession of Eshowe teenager Themba Xulu - are expected to help police decode the circumstances of their kidnapping. The 19-year-old was arrested on Monday and appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. He and co-accused Fatima Patel‚ 27‚ and Sayfydeen Aslam Del Vecchio‚ 38, are alleged to have kidnapped the prominent botanists while they were travelling in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The latter two remain at the centre of the high-level probe‚ facing charges related to terrorism. State advocate Adele Barnard told the court Xulu would face multiple charges including kidnapping‚ robbery with aggravating circumstances and theft. She revealed that large amounts of blood were found in the back of the couple’s stolen car, which was recovered by police last week.

ANC confirms Mbalula's move to Luthuli House

The ANC confirmed on Wednesday that former police minister Fikile Mbalula had been redeployed to Luthuli House with immediate effect. Mbalula would take up the position of head of elections‚ said deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte. She said the move followed Sunday’s special national executive committee meeting where it was resolved to deploy several committee chairpersons to Luthuli House in the hope of rebuilding the party’s fortunes. Mbalula had announced his move on social media last week, just hours before President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a cabinet reshuffle.

Parliament can't find Guptas for Eskom hearing

The parliamentary committee probing the alleged capture of Eskom by the Guptas is battling to locate the controversial family and its lawyers in order to serve them with a notice to appear before it. This is according to ANC MP and chairperson of the Eskom inquiry‚ Zukiswa Rantho‚ who said on Wednesday the public enterprises committee still wanted the Guptas to appear before the inquiry. However‚ they had been struggling to make contact with the family since December when they last exchanged communication. Rantho said they tried to contact the lawyers who last wrote to the committee on behalf of the family‚ but the legal firm told them the Guptas were no longer its clients. The Guptas had been lined up to appear before the Eskom inquiry on March 13.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

'Minority Report' technology fuels wave of China detentions

Human Rights Watch claims predictive software and data analysis violates privacy rights

By Reuters
2 min read

Moon Control to Major Tom

4G heads for the stars with a new moon network

By Helen Chandler-Wilde
1 min read

There's a wacky mascot for everything in Japan

Japan has literally thousands of mascots, ranging from the uber-cute to the frankly disturbing

By AFP
2 min read

Get fit or get out

Sweden’s latest craze is mandatory exercise at the office

By AFP
3 min read

SNAPSHOT

Sri Lanka's Special Task Force members perform at a demonstration during their 35th anniversary in Kalutara.
You spin me right round baby ... Sri Lanka's Special Task Force members perform at a demonstration during their 35th anniversary in Kalutara.
Image: Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Phones that keep an eye on the old-timers

Looking after an elderly relative who lives alone can be a huge source of worry. But what if your smartphone could automatically alert you if your mother has stayed in bed all morning or suffered a fall? Small sensors that monitor home activity and can send alerts to smartphones are marking it easier to keep an eye on seniors from a distance, helping them to live independently for longer instead of going to a nursing home. The products on display at the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile phone fair in Barcelona, are part of the rapidly growing elderly care tech industry. This is expected to be worth $20-billion in the US alone by 2020, according to Laurie Orlov, an industry analyst. — AFP

How blind people ‘see’ as well as bats

Just as bats bounce sound waves off objects to find their way in the dark, some blind humans spontaneously make clicking sounds with their mouths to navigate the world, scientists said on Wednesday. Not only that, but they adjust the speed and volume of the clicks when they need to zoom in on a hard-to-place object. “Even though people have not been ‘designed’ to echolocate, they have adapted their brains extraordinarily well to detect faint echoes and to instinctively adjust emissions as the task changes,” said Lore Thaler of Durham University in the UK, co-author of a study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. — AFP

Consider the lilies thought to be lost

A water lilies painting by the Impressionist artist Claude Monet that once belonged to a Japanese collector but was lost for decades after World War 2 has been found. The oil painting, called Water Lilies: Reflection of Willows, was reportedly discovered by a researcher rolled up in the corner of a storage facility at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The canvas, now badly damaged, once belonged to the Japanese business tycoon and prolific art collector Kojiro Matsukata who is thought to have bought it directly from the artist before the war. The painting, which measures more than 2m by 4m in size, disappeared after he sent it to Paris for safe keeping during the years building up to World War 2. — The Daily Telegraph

Japanese get the mutters with Twitter

Riding a wave of new users, improved advertising options and an embrace of video content by users and advertisers alike, Twitter’s revenue has leaped in Japan. At the same time, the company has attracted more eyes in Japan: user numbers rose to about 45 million in October from about 40 million just over a year earlier. Ad industry executives say Twitter’s policy of allowing aliases and the idea of tweeting — sometimes translated as “muttering” in Japanese — allows Japanese users to express their opinions in a culture that tends to be outwardly reserved. — Reuters

Streisand likes her dogs the way they were

Not once, but twice: before Barbra Streisand’s dog died, she cloned it. The US singer and actress disclosed this in an interview published on Tuesday by Variety magazine. Streisand’s dog Samantha — a Coton de Tulear, a small breed with a cotton-like coat — died last year. The cloned versions are named Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett. Streisand, 75, did not give many details of the cloning but said she collected cells from the mouth and stomach of her dying dog. — AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Construction: Oh for the glory days of 2010

All eyes now on fresh prospects for economic growth

By Mark Allix
4 min read

All the skinny on Naspers and Gold Brands

What’s going down in China? And when is food chain Chesanyama being joined by its UK stablemate? 

By Staff reporters
3 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Fear and clothing: Beautiful revenge of the Gucci cyborgs

A reflection on the vagaries and charms of fashion

Aspasia Karras
Columnist
3 min read

Mnike: Just do it

A local art collective takes a famous logo and makes it their own

By Pearl Boshomane
2 min read

Top 5 fashion moments from Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week was an incredible show of Italian fashion

By Nothemba Mkhondo
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Around the world

A roundup of international sporting highlights

By Agencies
4 min read

The curse of the rotten refs

The same bad movie keeps playing, season after season

Marc Strydom
Journalist
3 min read

Blasts from the past: Cricket World Cup 1992

Today in sporting history

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read