Tuesday, March 13 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

SARS appoints firm linked to 'dodgy' payments

SARS second in command Jonas Makwakwa was accused of benefitting R1.3m in payments

Sabelo Skiti
Journalist
3 min read

Rameo and Julius: Cyril's strange wooing of Malema

The strategy – if there is even a strategy at all – to court Julius Malema is strange

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Top lawyers suddenly go quiet over listeriosis

Lawyers who were outspoken before are now mum due to 'conflict of interest'

Katharine Child
Journalist
2 min read

Calm down, not all cold meat has listeria

Listeria or other foodborne pathogens don't care whether something is organic, natural, MDM or prime fillet

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

Early humans survived supervolcano thanks to SA caves

Caves near Mossel Bay have revealed that, despite the Toba catastrophe, early modern humans thrived in SA

Tanya Farber
Journalist
3 min read

'Very scary': Scientists prove fake news travels faster than truth

Fake news is 70% more likely to be retweeted while true stories take six times longer to reach people

By The Daily Telegraph
2 min read

Why South African wildfires can be really cool

Smoke in clouds counteracts the greenhouse effect, new research reveals

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

Smartphones are not so smart for the environment

Data centres chew electricity generated by fossil fuels

Tanya Farber
Journalist
2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

A bad drama with sex dolls and overblown politicos

Zambia's absurd debacle is just another bad turn by ham actors in the amdram horror we call 'current affairs'

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

Women must take centre stage in the land debate

The dream of breaking the cycle of poverty will be cut short if they continue having limited decision-making power

By Mercia Andrews
2 min read

VISUAL SIDE

A Bangladeshi airliner with 71 people on board crashed on March 12 2018 while coming in to land at the Nepali capital, killing at least 50 people.


SNAPSHOT

Young girls wait to greet US ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec, as he visits a President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief project for girls' empowerment in Nairobi.
Yay - a day off school! Young girls wait to greet US ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec, as he visits a President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief project for girls' empowerment in Nairobi.
Image: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Six things about SA you need to know

Guptas and Myeni dodge state capture inquiry

The Gupta brothers and former SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni have been accused of showing an “unacceptable disregard” for Parliament by not putting in an appearance at the state capture inquiry. The portfolio committee on public enterprises, tasked with the inquiry into the mismanagement of state funds in state-owned enterprises, said on Monday it expected to hear evidence from Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba‚ Myeni and the Gupta brothers - but soon afterwards it emerged that Myeni was still booked off sick and a lawyer representing the Guptas indicated they were out of the country. DA MP Natasha Mazzone said the party would request on Tuesday that the Guptas and Myeni be formally summoned to appear, and they would be liable to a fine or imprisonment of up to 12 months if they ignored the summons.

DA to fight land grab despite 'consequences'

The DA remains steadfast in its stance against land expropriation without compensation‚ despite the risk of losing the mayorship of the Nelson Mandela Bay metro. Mmusi Maimane said on Monday his party was maintaining this stance despite the “consequences”. This comes after Julius Malema’s EFF threatened to vote Athol Trollip out as NMB mayor because the DA had voted against its motion for land expropriation without compensation in Parliament. Instead of toeing the EFF line‚ Maimane slammed the cosying up between the ANC and EFF in the municipality‚ saying it would bring controversial characters like former National Youth Development Agency boss Andile Lungisa into positions of power. Maimane again slammed the attempts to change the property clause of the constitution.

Expropriations hit Gauteng metros

The City of Johannesburg said on Monday it would uphold the law as it tried to fight a surge in land grabs across the country’s economic capital. Mayoral committee member for community safety Michael Sun confirmed there had been land invasions in Blue Hills‚ Midrand and other parts of the city. There were also apparent land grabs in Tshwane. In the most recent incident, Johannesburg Metro Police officers were dealing with a grab in Blue Hills since Saturday. Regarding an incident in Olievenhoutbosch in Tshwane, President Cyril Ramaphosa said no one had the right to illegally occupy land. Sun said the rise in land invasion was a serious concern for Johannesburg.

Lesufi commends teacher accosted by pupil

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Monday visited the Three Rivers School in the Vaal, where a pupil threw a book at a teacher. He said he had met the pupil's parents, as well as the teachers and other school roleplayers. A video of the incident went viral. Psycho-social support had been made available to pupils in that class and the teacher since Friday. While he did not want to pre-judge the investigation‚ Lesufi said that during the meeting he was impressed by the teacher's professionalism. In cases of dispute, proper channels should be followed within the education department‚ he said.

Salga wants Ramaphosa’s ear on energy

The leadership of the SA Local Government Association (Salga) wants to meet President Cyril Ramaphosa to discuss energy in the country and the role played by local government. On Monday‚ Salga released its declarations following its energy summit held in Sandton last week. They “seek an audience” with Ramaphosa in the wake of the summit, the organisation said. Salga wants Ramaphosa, in conjunction with the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Salga‚ to appoint a team of experts to provide strategic direction and support to municipalities. During the debates at the summit‚ municipalities wanted more options on who they procure electricity from. Eskom reassured municipalities that it was fixing its internal problems and would address any concerns raised by councils. Currently‚ municipalities owe Eskom R30-billion.

Education dept probing cases of racism

A string of race-fuelled clashes at KwaZulu-Natal schools has drawn the condemnation of Education MEC Mthandeni Dlungwane. On Monday‚ Dlungwane expressed concern over “growing racial and ethnic intolerance” which was gaining prominence. This follows several incidents in which teaching was disrupted as a result of racist altercations. All incidents are being investigated. It is understood that learning at Queensburgh High School was halted last week after a fight between groups of black and white scholars. The academic programme at Parkhill Secondary School was also disrupted after claims of a racial attack on a teacher. Similar attacks on teachers‚ thought to have been borne out of race issues‚ are also being probed at Burnwood High School and Riverdene High School.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

Pretty noisy polly is driving the Dutch crackers

Whether they fall into the love 'em or hate 'em camps, the Dutch are in a flap over parakeets

By AFP
3 min read

Your sex partner had better be a real-life human

Zambia's crackdown on sex dolls provokes fierce rights debate

By AFP
3 min read

Putin's opponents: a strawberry king and a TV star

Seven candidates and one glaring absence ready to run against Russia's President Putin 

By AFP
7 min read

Lamb could be leading Trump to his slaughter

The congressional race on Pennsylvania is a national barometer for Trump sentiment

By AFP
4 min read

Predictions of a reformed China crumble after Xi

His rule started amid much hope for a more liberal future, but that hope has turned to dust

By AFP
4 min read

Don't mess with Italy's pizza - even if you're a chef

‘Crunchy’ margherita leaves pizza purists in bits

By John Phillips
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

An English Setter is judged during the final day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain.
Brushing twice a day? An English Setter is judged during the final day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain.
Image: Reuters/Darren Staples

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Plane crashes claim 60 lives

At least 50 people were killed and 20 injured when a Bangladeshi passenger plane crashed in Kathmandu on Monday, an official said. There were 67 passengers and four crew on board the US-Bangla Airlines plane from Dhaka. The cause of the crash was not yet known. In another incident, 11 people were killed when a private plane crashed in Iran while flying the daughter of a prominent Turkish businessman and her friends back from a hen party, officials said on Monday. Aviation authorities said the pilot had asked to descend owing to a “technical problem”. - AFP, Telegraph

Mars trips coming soon, says Musk

Elon Musk said a rocket ship his company is building for trips to Mars could make short flights by as early as next year. SpaceX is “making good progress on the ship and the booster” he said at the South by Southwest event in Austin, Texas. Musk, 46, who dreams of creating a human colony on Mars, said in 2017 he was building the new “BFR” rocket ship that would be capable of travelling anywhere on Earth in under an hour. It would ultimately be able to make missions to the moon or Mars. - The Telegraph

Gay-conversion shrink abused male patients

A Toronto psychiatrist who believes homosexuality is a sexual disorder that can be overcome, has been found guilty by Ontario’s medical regulator of sexually abusing two of his male patients, reports The Toronto Star. Dr Melvyn Iscove, 72, engaged in mutual masturbation and oral sex with two male patients on different occasions during therapy sessions, and once had anal intercourse with one of them in his office, the committee found. Both complainants said they thought the activity was part of the therapy and an attempt to cure them of homosexuality. - Staff reporter

Putin’s granddad cooked for Stalin

Vladimir Putin’s paternal grandfather worked as a cook for both Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, the president said in a film posted on the internet on Sunday. In the two-hour documentary, Putin said Spiridon Putin was a valued member of Stalin’s staff. The wartime Soviet leader, who died in 1953, conducted extensive purges during his around three decades in power. “(He) was a cook at Lenin’s and later at Stalin’s, at one of the dachas in the Moscow area,” Putin said. - Reuters

Teenager’s acid moped madness

A British teenager who sprayed acid into the faces of six motorcyclists during a two-hour robbery spree in London was jailed for 10 and a half years on Monday. Derryck John, 17, threw the liquid through the visors of motorcyclists in an attempt to blind them and steal their scooters, escaping twice with vehicles. The use of acid in street attacks in Britain has risen sharply over the past two years, prompting the government to limit the sale of sulphuric acid and ban children from buying it. - Reuters

'Little black dress' designer dies

Hubert de Givenchy, the aristocratic French fashion designer famous for the “little black dress” and styling Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, has died at 91, his partner said on Monday. Givenchy dressed everyone from Princess Grace of Monaco to Jane Fonda. Longtime partner Philippe Venet said he died in his sleep. With his perfect manners and old-school charm, the tall and handsome designer was the acme of French elegance and refinement. His 40-year friendship with his muse Hepburn, who he met on the set of the comedy Sabrina in 1953, helped make him a fashion legend. - AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Bottom line: Only here for beer (and pricey grub)

AB InBev and Woolworths under the microscope

By BusinessLIVE reporters
3 min read

Trade wars: Don’t leave no one to play with

Tit-for-tat battles can have enormous consequences

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

What’s up doc? Miss South Africa gets all literary on us

Proof that it’s silly to judge a book by its cover

By Jennifer Platt
2 min read

Is the rhino worth saving?

An extract from Clive and Anton Walker's book 'Rhino Revolution: Searching for New Solution'

By Jennifer Platt
8 min read

Great escapist reads: A frothy frisson of Ian Fleming

Spies, women’s lib and the spirit of Brigitte Bardot

By Andrew Donaldson
7 min read

What’s up? On the walls of Joburg galleries this week

Unmissable William Kentridge in conversation

By Staff writer
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Rabada in trouble but SA come good

Your roundup of the day's sporting news

David Isaacson
Journalist
5 min read

When is a sport not a sport?

If we accept chess and e-sports, let’s at least be good sports about it

By Telford Vice
6 min read