Monday, March 5 2018



BACK STORY: How the Guptas managed to escape

The Hawks insist they were ready to pounce, but the NPA was tardy in dealing with the docket

3 min read

Depolonisation: It started with a casual chat

Paediatrician says a 'serendipitous' meeting with a colleague led to the discovery of the listeriosis outbreak

5 min read



Deeds, not words, matter amid the land hysteria

A huge political risk is simmering amid the outcry over expropriation without compensation

4 min read

No swift fix for this old bag

Read the car owner’s manual for details on airbag protection 

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read

Keith Richards on his shocking new sobriety

‘The drugs are so bland these days,’ says Stones guitarist

By Neil McCormick
8 min read




Cyril's cabinet casualties reshuffle their futures

In the wake of Ramaphosa's rejig, former ministers talk about their plans for life after parliament

By Siphe Macanda and Aphiwe Deklerk
3 min read

Probe ramped up as more Ford Kugas catch fire

At least nine Kugas, which underwent the safety recalls, have caught fire since December

Graeme Hosken
5 min read

Cape drought a real stinker for MECs

How MEC Alan Winde plans to get through the drought in just two T-shirts

Bobby Jordan
2 min read

It's not them, it's us to blame for SA's plastic oceans

Recent UCT study shows plastic fragments on our beaches come from local sources

Tanya Farber
1 min read


Kachalla Bukar, father of Aisha Kachalla, a missing student of Government Girls Science and Technical College, holds a dress of her daughter in Dapchi, in Yobe, Nigeria.
Keepsake Kachalla Bukar, father of Aisha Kachalla, a missing student of Government Girls Science and Technical College, holds a dress of her daughter in Dapchi, in Yobe, Nigeria.
Image: Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde

Six things about SA you need to know

World told: Don't panic about land grabs

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has urged the international community not to panic over the parliamentary process on land reform. She said she had noted a number of international organisations and individuals commenting on the parliamentary processes in South Africa in relation to land distribution. “There is no need to panic or be alarmist‚” she said.

Athol Trollip too white for Malema

EFF leader Julius Malema wants to remove Athol Trollip as the mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro on April 6 because he is white. “Why not [Herman] Mashaba? Why not Solly [Msimanga] and all of that? Because the mayor of [the] DA in PE (Port Elizabeth) is a white man‚” Malema said. “Not because Mashaba and Solly will not be touched. They will be touched‚ don’t worry‚ but we are starting with this whiteness.”

No one's invited me, says Mbeki

The Thabo Mbeki Foundation says that neither it nor the office of former president Thabo Mbeki have received invitations to attend ANC events leading up to the 2019 national elections. The foundation was responding to a statement by ANC spokesman Pule Mabe to the effect that “former presidents will start attending party events leading up to the 2019 elections”.

Gupta firms 'cooked BEE books'

The Democratic Alliance is to lay a complaint‚ with supporting evidence‚ to B-BBEE commissioner Zodwa Ntuli on possible fraudulent BEE certificates used by Gupta-linked businesses to secure supplier contracts with Eskom. In a statement‚ the DA said the Gupta entities’ actions‚ combined with Eskom’s willingness to blindly accept these‚ might constitute criminal behaviour and must be urgently investigated.

Suspect in cop killing swiftly nabbed

A suspect has been arrested in connection with an attack in which one policeman was killed on another wounded in Sunnyside‚ Pretoria‚ on Friday night. The Sunnyside Trio Task Team had followed up information and traced the 21-year-old suspect to a student residence in Sunnyside. The suspect was arrested on Saturday afternoon‚ less than 24 hours after the incident.

Huge meth stash found in Cape

Western Cape police working with customs officials discovered 19 bags of suspected uncut crystal methamphetamine worth about R30-million after stopping a truck in Parow Industria near Cape Town on Friday night. The crystal meth was stashed in two fridges inside the truck‚ which came from Johannesburg and was destined for a warehouse in the area.



The Antarctic sea is on thin ice

Antarctic sea ice shrinks to its lowest on record

1 min read

Diary of high jinks and horror sheds light on pilots of war

Chaplain's account of Battle of Britain life hailed as one of the finest accounts of a fighter station at war

By Ben Farmer
3 min read

Poor little rich MP

The wealth of China’s richest lawmakers rises by a third

By Elias Glenn
1 min read

Sorry hipsters, Egyptians were inked 5,000 years ago

Tattoos have been discovered on mummies after millennia under wraps

By David Doyle
1 min read


A woman daubed in colours kisses her monkey during Holi celebrations in Chennai, India.
Monkey business A woman daubed in colours kisses her monkey during Holi celebrations in Chennai, India.
Image: Reuters / P. Ravikumar


Hot and steamy is OK for pregnant women

Pregnant women can enjoy hot baths and saunas without raising their temperature to levels that might harm their unborn child, a new review has suggested. Current health advice states that women who are expecting should avoid heat stress because it risks taking their core temperature beyond 39C. But the new review found that sitting in a sauna, exercising or enjoying a hot bath did not dangerously elevate temperature. – The Daily Telegraph

Don't touch Elton's piano, ever

Elton John left the stage in Las Vegas because a “rude” fan was interfering with the performance, he said on Saturday. “A fan put his hands on the piano keys while I was playing and continued to do so even after I asked him to stop,” the entertainer, 70, said on Twitter. “This guy was rude, disruptive and had no care or respect for our show and so I let him know how I felt, then left the stage until they had removed him.” He later returned to the stage, but the group of fans did not. - AFP

No more 'Vaterland', thank you

Germany’s equality czar wants to remove words like “fatherland” and “brotherly” from the country’s national anthem, following Canada and Austria in adopting gender-neutral phrases. Kristin Rose-Moehring made the proposal to strike male-specific references from the anthem in a letter to staff ahead of International Women’s Day. Germany should replace “Vaterland”, or fatherland, with “Heimatland”, or homeland, and substitute “courageously with heart and hand” for “brotherly with heart and hand”, she wrote. - Reuters

Matt Smith thought acting was 'girly'

Matt Smith has revealed that he dealt with mockery from his friends and believed acting was “girly” at the start of his career. The “Doctor Who” and “The Crown’ actor, who was a promising junior footballer before a back injury ended his career at Leicester City football club, said: “It was very difficult for me to tell people that I had been released, because the vain part of me thought: ‘I am Matt and I’m the footballer.’ At school I was the footballer, and suddenly I wasn’t that – The Daily Telegraph

Diesel cars still belching out bad fumes

Diesel cars marketed as the “cleanest in history” are still belching out more than four times the legal limit of harmful nitrogen oxide. A study of the newest models of the greenest Euro 6 diesel cars on sale across Europe by Greenpeace investigators found half of cars recently approved for sale would not be allowed on the market if tested today. Although car manufacturers were ordered to clean up their emissions following the Volkswagen “dieselgate” scandal in 2015, limits for nitrogen oxide did not come in until September last year. – The Daily Telegraph

Delight as Dalit gets elected

Pakistan elected its first female senator from the lowest Dalit caste in weekend polls. The surprise victory of opposition candidate Krishna Kumari Kohli in the senate election stirred a wave of optimism on social media, as Pakistanis celebrated the rare success for a woman from a marginalised community at the bottom of the Hindu caste hierarchy. - AFP



How to spot a fraud in the wake of Steinhoff

Leaked e-mails indicate Markus Jooste was manipulating the company’s financials as far back as 2014

By Stuart Theobold
4 min read

Anxious times for platinum miners

Thousands of jobs on the line if prices don’t recover

By Allan Seccombe
2 min read



Being kind to others means you’re being kind to yourself

The amazing health benefits of being nice 

Claire Keeton
2 min read

Ever get the feeling someone’s watching you?

Facebook ads will soon be able to target you based on your religious or political beliefs

By Margi Murphy
3 min read

OH, THE AGONY: I think the guy I like is a cheat

Tongue-in-cheek advice for your most profound problems

By Yolisa Mkele and Nina Hastie
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Around the world

A roundup of international sporting highlights

By Agencies
5 min read

Mbenge needed some Lerena intensity against a bum

One fighter showed he can be a champion contender, but the other needs to learn from his mistakes

David Isaacson
2 min read