Wednesday, March 7 2018



Why are we laughing when babies are dying?

Listeriosis memes and puns expose our fantastic callousness

Tom Eaton
2 min read

ANALYSIS: Four reasons why the case against Tiger Brands is strong

The NICD has spent three months building a multi-layered case to identify the source of a listeriosis outbreak

Katharine Child
3 min read

Listeriosis in Enterprise factory: 'It's everywhere'

The listeria often creates a biofilm - and then it is a 'tough bastard to get rid of'

Katharine Child
3 min read



Looking for Guptas' Indian laundromat

Indian tax inspectors' raids in the north of India are linked to an international money-laundering probe

By Kyle Cowan and Graeme Hosken
4 min read

Isis WhatsApp: British couple is 'good hunt'

Isis-accused couple appears in court as British couple remains missing

Jeff Wicks
3 min read

Let's talk about sex

Exhaustive sex education lessons are coming to South African classrooms

By Prega Govender
4 min read

Let's stop monkeying about when it comes to racism

The H&M controversy has focused minds on how to solve the SA problem that refuses to go away

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
3 min read

'Hell no, I won't go'

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane comes out swinging in parliamentary hearings

Thabo Mokone
2 min read

No vape will he be allowed into our anti-smoking pow wow

A vaping activist has been banned from attending the tobacco conference in Cape Town 

Katharine Child
3 min read


The X-rated ban on the film ‘Inxeba (The Wound)’ has temporarily been lifted after an agreement was reached at North Gauteng high court in Pretoria on March 6 2018.


Members of Fawu and Saftu march to SARS in Johannesburg to protest against the illicit cigarette trade on Tuesday.
Seeing red Members of Fawu and Saftu march to SARS in Johannesburg to protest against the illicit cigarette trade on Tuesday.
Image: Simphiwe Nkwali

Six things about SA you need to know

Woolies denies repackaging Enterprise products

Woolworths Food has denied claims that it has been repackaging ready-to-eat meat products from Enterprise after the social media army demanded answers. After the announcement by the Department of Health of the source of the listeriosis outbreak on Sunday, Woolworths recalled any ready-to-eat meat product linked to Enterprise establishments in Polokwane and Germiston. This led to suspicion on social media that the retail store has been repackaging Enterprise stock and selling it at different prices. Woolworths spokeswoman Kirsten Hewett refuted the claims, but said the products were “sliced and packed in a dedicated production facility” at the two Enterprise plants.

Gauteng sets aside R28m for Esidimeni payouts

Gauteng's treasury has set aside R28-million to the premier’s office to respond to financial implications flowing from the Life Esidimeni arbitration. Gauteng finance MEC Barbara Creecy said on Tuesday an agreement had been reached with the families of the victims in relation to individual compensation. “An amount of R28-million is allocated in this budget to the department of the premier‚ to honour this commitment‚” she said when tabling her budget in the provincial legislature. Creecy also made a public apology on the tragedy, as she was part of the executive of the province when it took place. At least 144 psychiatric patients died after the Gauteng health department moved 1,700 people from Life Esidimeni homes into ill-equipped NGOs and state facilities in 2016.

Protests halt studies on Walter Sisulu campuses

Academic programmes have ground to a halt at two Walter Sisulu University campuses. Students at the Nelson Mandela Drive site on the Mthatha campus have boycotted classes since last week over accommodation and the “academic exclusion” of fellow students. On Tuesday morning all five sites on the Buffalo City campus were without students. The student representative council on the Mthatha campus said the issues were over provision of accommodation to all students and the university not allowing students to register because they have outstanding fees. A mass meeting was held on Tuesday to find a way forward.

Home Affairs back at ANN7 studios

Officials from the Department of Home Affairs returned to the ANN7 studios in Midrand on Tuesday. A convoy arrived at the premises of the former Gupta-owned channel just before midday. It was the second visit in two weeks. On 22 February, officials descended on the premises, saying later this was part of "a routine inspection". The action was believed to be related to staff from India who may not have work permits. At the time‚ the department said it would release its findings once they were verified. The Gupta family's Oakbay Investments sold its shares in ANN7 and The New Age newspaper to Mzwanele Manyi's Lodidox last year‚ in a "vendor-financed" deal‚ reportedly for R450-million. The reasons for the follow-up visit were not immediately known.

Over-the-limit driver takes 14 kids to school

A man five times over the drink-drive limit was arrested on Tuesday while driving 14 children to school in Cape Town. The 61-year-old’s seven-seater Toyota Avanza was stopped on the N2 near Langa at 7.15am because it was using the bus lane‚ City of Cape Town traffic department spokesman Maxine Bezuidenhout said. The officer smelled alcohol on the man’s breath and he was unable to produce a driving licence. The children in the vehicle were aged between six and 10. A breathalyser test revealed the driver was “more than five times over the legal limit”. He was arrested and the pupils were taken to school by the traffic department.

CPS 'should not make money from Sassa contract'

Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) should not be making a profit from its extended contract with the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa)‚ the counsel for Freedom Under Law (FUL) argued on Tuesday. While FUL was not opposed to Sassa's application to have its contract with CPS extended, it wanted the court to apply a no-profit principle. The contract Sassa currently has with CPS was declared invalid by the Constitutional Court‚ but was extended until the end of March after the agency failed to find a new contractor. Sassa is asking the Constitutional Court to extend its contract with CPS by six months. CPS told the court that it is not to blame for the social grants crisis and that the company executed its job of administering social grants for five years efficiently and effectively.



'Poisoning' of ex-spy summons the ghost of Litvinenko

Discovery of former double agent on a park bench reminiscent of ex-KGB agent's murder 12 years ago

By Toby Melville
5 min read

Anything ewe can do: Aussie women shed stereotypes

There's been a gender rethink on sheep-shearing farms as more women enter the profession Down Under

3 min read

Submarine killing: The dark depths of Peter Madsen

Some paint the 'Rocket Man' as a dreamer, others as a freak who fantasised about killing a woman

3 min read

Little that glitters for Sierra Leone's gold miners

Those who scour the murky river for a pittance don't expect much to change after the election

4 min read


People sunbathe in front of the wall of the Peter and Paul Fortress in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.
Gotta do what ya gotta do! People sunbathe in front of the wall of the Peter and Paul Fortress in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.
Image: Olga Maltseva / AFP


Emma Watson’s tattoo artist can’t spell

Emma Watson made light of the grammatical error in the new tattoo she showed off during the Oscars. The actress was seen with a new inking which said ‘Times Up’. This prompted many on social media to point out it was missing the apostrophe. Watson made light of the grammatical faux on Twitter. She said: “Fake tattoo proofreading position available. Experience with apostrophes a must.” Her suggestion was quickly met with a number of eager applicants. - © The Daily Telegraph

Apple keeps emergency workers busy

Apple employees have been injuring themselves by accidentally walking into the glass walls of the company's brand new $5-billion headquarters. Apple Park was designed by Steve Jobs to give workers the impression of being immersed in their natural surroundings, with the walls to appear invisible behind the surrounding 4,600 trees. The company has now been forced to place rectangular signs around the building after three people suffered injuries having mistaken the glass panels for walkways in January and having to call 911 for medical assistance. - © The Daily Telegraph

French doctors criticise Macron's love of wine

President Emmanuel Macron has come under fire from a group of French doctors after he offered his outspoken support for wine, confessing to drinking glasses at lunch and dinner. He also promised not to tighten the so-called Evin law, which restricts advertising on alcoholic beverages. Nine leading doctors warned that “seen from the liver” wine was as bad for one’s health as any other alcoholic beverage. But, Macron said that, ‘I was raised by my grandparents who had this formula: ‘Red wine is an antioxidant”. - © The Daily Telegraph

Canadian serial killer’s bodies keep piling up

Toronto is reeling after an alleged serial killer’s victims keep piling up. Landscaper Bruce McArthur, 66, has been charged with the murders of at least seven gay men whose remains were found in large planters. McArthur was arrested in January following an investigation into the disappearances of two gay men. A search of his property revealed the discovery of the remains of seven people as well as a photograph of a dead man. Authorities have appealed to the public for help in identifying the victim from the photograph. - AFP

We’re bored of the Oscars

Early ratings for ABC’s 90th Academy Awards telecast stumbled to an-all time low. Overnight returns have the near four-hour show averaging an 18.9 overnight Nielsen rating. That represents a 16% drop on last year’s telecast, which will go down in infamy for its disastrous climax, when the wrong movie was briefly awarded best picture due to a mix-up with the envelopes. Stephen Battaglio, author of books about television, speculated that viewers may have become weary of speeches from the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements against sexual harassment and gender inequality in the entertainment industry. – AFP

Hairdressers say no to ‘fashionable’ beards

Hairdressers in Pakistan’s conservative northwest have announced a ban in their shops on “fashionable” beards, saying trendy facial hair violates Islamic law. “Creating different beard designs is against the Sunnah (teachings) of the Prophet Mohammed,” Sulemani Hairdressers Association president Sharif Kahlu said. He said tens of thousands of barbers, all members of his association, have promised to abide by the decision and notices would be pasted in shops throughout the province informing customers. - AFP



Sea Harvest profits are rolling in from the deep

Investors splash out on the share, pushing it up 7%

By Marc Hasenfuss
3 min read

‘Invest your money offshore and die poor’

That's the rosy-hued word from a leading economist

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read



Culinary medicine: How to treat yourself right

Food trends in the age of self-care

By Jessica Brodie
2 min read

Spare us the bumf, guff and waffle about superfoods

Take the supposed health benefits with a pinch of salt

By Andrea Burgener
2 min read

Wind your watch back 30 years and get set for Lisbon

A long weekend in Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city

By Nick Bancroft Cooke
8 min read



SPORTS DAY: Caster in a record-breaking mood

Bareng-Batho Kortjaas compiles the sports news of the day

Bareng-Batho Kortjaas
Sunday Times sports editor
5 min read

Time to show some love for sport’s great unloved

Without fans in stadiums sport would lose its soul

By Telford Vice
4 min read