Friday, March 9 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

SA track star after handsaw attack: 'I'm good'

But he is devastated about missing the SA triathlon championship in two weeks' time

By Suthentira Govender and Yasantha Naidoo
3 min read

'He's the only one who gave us enough to live on'

Down-and-out pensioners bleeding financially as their 'investment broker' is arrested for fraud

Tanya Steenkamp
Journalist
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Diamond hides unique gift from deep underground

An astonishing treasure inside a tiny sliver of diamond has ascended from the mine east of Pretoria

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

SAP had 'no direct contact' with Guptas

Investigation finds no direct connection but there is evidence of payments to Gupta-linked companies

By Genevieve Quintal
3 min read

SIU raids college after R2.9m spending spree

Employees under investigation after three parties cost the Pretoria institution nearly R3m

By Prega Govender
3 min read

The sandwich brigade: Cold meat is out - what's left?

Hilary Biller, Sunday Times Food editor, reminds us about some perennial and forgotten favourites

By Hilary Biller
2 min read

'How gaming almost ruined my life'

The World Health Organisation has concluded that gaming addiction should be classified as a mental disorder

Nivashni Nair
Journalist
2 min read

Out of the mouths of babes ... a strange collection of objects

Coins top the list of bizarre things kids pop into their mouths and inhale, a study has found

Tanya Farber
Journalist
1 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

She rolled out the barrel and she had a barrel of fun

Your life doesn't have to be a success to be successful, as the Queen of the Mist more than proved

5 min read

How innocent bystanders became the FeesMustFall scapegoats

UWC academic describes how a group of students was persecuted for 3 years before charges were dropped

By Shirley Brooks
14 min read

What's troubling Malusi Gigaba?

... even 'thinking-of-you' notes signed with a smiley-face by the president aren't helping much

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read

To string the ham is to be strung along by baloney

WORD IN THE HAND: Hamstrung

Sue de Groot
Journalist
2 min read

VISUAL SIDE

In a media briefing on Thursday, March 8 2018, EFF leader Julius Malema explained his position on a variety of issues including land, listeriosis, state capture and divorcing the DA.


SNAPSHOT

Julius Malema at the EFF headquarters in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, on Thursday. Malema says South Africa needs to understand that land expropriation without compensation is no longer a debate topic but a reality.
From shadows Julius Malema at the EFF headquarters in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, on Thursday. Malema says South Africa needs to understand that land expropriation without compensation is no longer a debate topic but a reality.
Image: Alon Skuy

Six things about SA you need to know

Gupta-linked firms got payments from SOEs

Transnet and Eskom did make payments to Gupta-linked entities‚ and there were indications of mismanagement and irregularities, but there weren’t payments to government officials or state-owned enterprises. This is part of the findings of global software company SAP’s investigation into contracts with the two state-owned enterprises‚ released on Thursday. The mismanagement was in relation to the management of the Gupta-linked third parties and the irregularities were in the adherence to SAP’s compliance processes‚ Adaire Fox Martin‚ the company’s president of global customer operations in Europe‚ the Middle East and Africa‚ Middle and Eastern Europe and greater China‚ said on Thursday. SAP has been embroiled in the Gupta scandal‚ along with other companies‚ such as consulting firm McKinsey and Trillian Capital Partners‚ which were all linked to Eskom contracts.

State wants racist estate agent jailed

Estate agent Vicki Momberg will go to jail for her racist rant - if the state has its way. Momberg shot to notoriety after a video of her ranting about k*****rs, filmed shortly after she was the victim of a February 2016 smash-and-grab in Northriding, Johannesburg, went viral. In the video she used the k-word 48 times. She was convicted of four counts of crimen injuria related to the incident, and the Equality Court ordered her to pay R100,000 in damages to one of the officers she berated. It is understood that prosecutor Yusuf Baba is expected to argue in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court today that Momberg is an unrepentant racist, with a history of using racist insults, and deserves direct imprisonment. If he succeeds, Momberg may become the first person in South Africa to get jail time for using racist language.

‘Leaks’ led Hawks raid at premier's offices

The office of North West premier Supra Mahumapelo said the Hawks' raid at their offices on Thursday was linked to the leak of contracts between them and IT company Nepo Data Dynamics‚ which was contracted to integrate the province's IT systems. Spokesman Brian Setswambung said Nepo Data Dynamics had been given a three-year contract in 2016. The documents were circulated on social media after being taken by a junior employee, he said. Mahumapelo was not present at the time of the raid. The three-hour raid started at 8am.

Huge polony dump after listeriosis confirmation

A whopping 4‚000 tons of polony and viennas is the initial estimate of how much recalled cold meat will be sent to dumpsites. This is according to EnviroServ Waste Management's Dr Johan Schoonrad‚ a treatment and disposal specialist. At least 180 people have died from listeriosis‚ linked to bacteria at the Enterprise factory in Polokwane. Consumers have been advised to return meats to retailers to dispose of. Late on Wednesday afternoon the Department of Environmental Affairs gave an exemption to waste management companies to dispose of the meat in hazardous waste landfills rather than in medical waste sites. Schoonrad said waste companies had been waiting for permission to dispose of the polony without classifying it as a medical waste product. It is not clear which waste management company will be chosen to dispose of the cold meats.

Cosatu backs Nehawu on water strike

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) says it fully backs a strike by members of the National Education‚ Health and Allied Workers Union in the Department of Water and Sanitation. The strike began on Thursday after negotiations collapsed between Nehawu and the employer. The umbrella body called on newly appointed minister Gugile Nkwinti to provide leadership and engage with workers on their demands. Thousands of water and sanitation staff members went on strike on Thursday‚ protesting against alleged corruption within the department. Nehawu members are demanding better working conditions and an end to outsourcing. The union claims that former minister Nomvula Mokonyane used outsourcing of services‚ ranging from cleaning to dam construction‚ to milk the department’s coffers.

Mthatha campus shut over violence fears

In light of a number of rampages that led to property damage and had put the lives of students and staff at stake‚ Walter Sisulu University vice-chancellor Professor Rob Midgley decided to close the Nelson Mandela Drive campus in Mthatha on Thursday. The university was also considering closing the Butterworth and Buffalo City campuses. Mthatha campus students complained about a number of issues‚ including the online allocation of student accommodation. A security vehicle was torched at the Mthatha campus on Wednesday and guards were injured. Butterworth campus students have cited unhappiness around accommodation and general infrastructure development, while Buffalo City campus students have cited unhappiness about the new online room allocations. A meeting was scheduled for Thursday to deal with the impasse.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

Why I left my friend to die on killer mountain

Fellow climber, then rescuers face the most terrible of choices on notorious Himalayan peak

By AFP
4 min read

Trump's gag reflex helps him weather the Stormy

White House says the president won its bid to silence porn actress bent on talking about their affair

By Steve Holland
2 min read

More worried about ailing whaling than the whale itself

Anger as Norway raises its quota in attempt to revive the industry

By Henry Samuel
2 min read

Jupiter's big psychedelic show reveals a whole new whirl

Nasa's spacecraft gives an unprecedented look at the gas giant's interior, and solves a 50-year puzzle

By AFP
2 min read

Amazon swears Alexa isn't plotting your demise

Tech giant to quiet smart speaker’s creepy spontaneous cackling

By AFP
1 min read

SNAPSHOT

Participants stand behind the security barriers during a rally on the International Women’s Day in Diyarbakir, Turkey. The banner in Kurdish reads: 'Women, Life, Freedom'.
Still trapped Participants stand behind the security barriers during a rally on the International Women’s Day in Diyarbakir, Turkey. The banner in Kurdish reads: 'Women, Life, Freedom'.
Image: Reuters/Sertac Kayar

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Bones belonged to Amelia Earhart: study

Bones found on a remote Pacific island are most likely those of lost aviator Amelia Earhart, a new forensic study has found. The pilot, who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, disappeared over the Pacific in 1937 while attempting to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe by air. Numerous theories emerged about her fate, including that she was captured by the Japanese. But the study by Professor Richard L Jantz at the University of Tennessee concluded that bones found on the island of Nikumaroro three years after her disappearance are hers. - The Telegraph

Suspect free after no movement in case

Essex police’s “Poo Watch” has ended. It had been a battle of nerves between officers and a suspected drug dealer who refused to go to the toilet, Sky News reported. Lamarr Chambers, of Brixton in south London, who was suspected of swallowing a stash of class A drugs, spent 47 days in custody refusing to go to the toilet. Frustrated police were forced to release him on "medical and legal advice", the report added. - Staff reporter

Holocaust museum rescinds Suu Kyi award

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has rescinded its top award to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi because of her failure to condemn and stop military attacks on her country’s minority Rohingya Muslims, the museum said on Wednesday. The rescission of the Elie Wiesel Award to the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner is the latest honour to be retracted over her silence about widespread abuses against the Rohingya. Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy have refused to cooperate with United Nations investigators, fed hate attacks on the Rohingya and denied reporters access to areas where alleged abuses have taken place, the museum wrote to Suu Kyi. - Reuters

Trio fight over Charles Manson’s ashes

The body of murderous cult leader Charles Manson, which has been on ice in a California morgue for three months, could soon be released, reports the Daily Beast. Amid a court battle over rights to Manson’s ashes, On Wednesday Kern County Superior Court Commissioner Alisa Knight said she plans to rule on the fate of the body in the coming days, according to county attorney Bryan Walters. She reportedly did not want to wait for anyone to do any further DNA tests. Two potential heirs and a longtime friend, all men, are vying for Manson’s ashes. - Staff reporter

Sex abuse-accused removed from textbooks

Three prominent South Korean writers and artists accused of sex abuse will have their works and almost all mention of their names removed from school textbooks, the government said on Thursday, as the country’s #MeToo campaign spreads. They include Ko Un, a top poet regularly tipped for the Nobel Prize for literature, prominent stage director Lee Yoon-taek and playwright Oh Tae-seok. Women in South Korea have long been reluctant to come forward about sex abuse owing to fears of public shaming and bullying. - AFP

Poisoning of former spy an ’act of war’

Amber Rudd has promised to bring those behind the attempted murder of a Russian double agent to justice as MPs accuse the Kremlin of a “brazen act of war”. The home secretary described the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter as a “reckless” crime, adding that it was conducted in the “most cruel and public way”. Former minister Sir Edward Leigh said the circumstantial evidence against Russia was "very strong", warning that if the Kremlin were implicated it would be an act of war aimed at “humiliating our country”. - The Telegraph

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Standard Bank set for ‘4th industrial revolution’

The future is digital, says CEO Sim Tshabalala

By Moyagabo Maake
2 min read

Has MMI run out of plans to grow its business?

Concerns that share buyback means partial liquidation

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Carmen get it: Bizet’s classic comes to Joburg

Ballet with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra

By Paula Andropoulos
1 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
1 min read

‘The Dude abides’: 20 years on and still burning one

How The Big Lebowski became a cultural phenomenon

By Patrick Smith
9 min read

Get hip to where it’s happening this weekend

Oh the things you can do if you really want to jol

By Yolisa Mkele
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Out of bed and straight onto the course

The sporting news of the day from around the world

Bareng-Batho Kortjaas
Sunday Times sports editor
5 min read

Former Proteas weigh in on the %$#@*&! sledging debate

Let the players sort things out for themselves, they say

Liam Del Carme
Journalist
4 min read

When you pick a fight, Saffers, know who you’re dealing with

Lessons to be learnt from the Warnergate saga

By Telford Vice
2 min read

Blasts from the past: Amla makes his ODI debut

This day in sporting history

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read