Wednesday, March 14 2018



Tell-all book: How Zuma directed ANN7's editorial policy

'The push in our favour should be subtle'

Matthew Savides
News editor
5 min read

'We want models, not ugly old bitches'

New book on the Guptas claims no credible journalists wanted to work for them

Matthew Savides
News editor
3 min read

READ IN FULL: Behind the scenes at Gupta TV

Rajesh Sundaram, who was headhunted to start ANN7, tells all on what went down behind the scenes

By Rajesh Sundaram
26 min read



Parly committee just not cricket, say Guptas, Zuma

The Guptas and Duduzane Zuma have spurned parliament

Kyle Cowan
5 min read

Gigaba saw no evil, heard no evil, spoke no evil

All my decisions were for good governance, insists minister at state capture probe

By Linda Ensor
3 min read

'I was just doing my job'

Paediatrician who treated listeriosis-infected children from a Soweto crèche says it was a normal day on the job for her

Katharine Child
2 min read

Ombud torpedoes party at Simon's Town barracks

Defence force chief told to put a lid on antisocial behaviour by notoriously noisy navy recruits

Bobby Jordan
2 min read

Tech that! Poachers are up against it in this reserve

From drones to fibre fences and facial recognition, Rietvlei is ramping up the fight to save the rhino

Farren Collins
3 min read

Brobots or nobots: the future of AI is a question of gender

If ever there was a survey that emphasised that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, it has to be this report

Nivashni Nair
2 min read



Racism is racism and no one should get away with it

... including Julius Malema, and even when it is politically expedient for the ANC

Tony Leon
6 min read

Mr President? Hello? Where’s this new dawn of yours?

The state is now looking under couch cushions and between the seats of the car for that R16-billion

Tom Eaton
2 min read

The clumsy lamentation of people who lost an election

There is yet another underhanded attempt to unseat the Eastern Cape ANC provincial executive committee

By Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha
5 min read


Thousands trapped in eastern Ghouta are hiding in shelters amid an incessant bombing campaign by the Syrian government.


An internally displaced Congolese women walks with her belongings along the shore line of lake Albert after spending the night out in the lake for safety in Tchomia.
Long walk to freedom An internally displaced Congolese women walks with her belongings along the shore line of lake Albert after spending the night out in the lake for safety in Tchomia.

Six things about SA you need to know

Cyril could spill the beans on Zuma legal bill

Could South Africa know on Wednesday just how much taxpayers have paid for former president Jacob Zuma's legal battles? In a word, yes. President Cyril Ramaphosa will face questions on Wednesday from EFF leader Julius Malema about just how much Zuma's personal legal fees have cost the state. And in questions tabled before Parliament, Malema also wants to know “on what legal provision(s) or policy did the state rely when using state resources to fund the former president's legal costs?” Ramaphosa is facing increasing pressure to reveal the costs of Zuma's state-funded legal campaign to avoid prosecution for corruption. The pressure includes legal action from the Democratic Alliance. By answering Malema's questions Ramaphosa can avoid being seen to acquiesce to a DA demand, but can meet his constitutional obligations to provide this information.

Drought declared a national disaster

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize has declared the drought and water crisis affecting parts of the country as a national disaster. He said South Africa “should continue to save water as water is one of the indispensable commodities”. There were no comforting signs of improvement in three of the worst-affected provinces – the Western Cape‚ parts of the Northern Cape‚ and the Eastern Cape. Dam levels in the Western Cape were the lowest in the country at 25.5%. The reclassification of the drought as a national disaster will allow the government to tackle the problem in a coordinated way, with access to funding reserved for national disasters.

Paul Mashatile leaves Gauteng executive

Gauteng premier David Makhura has appointed deputy speaker of the legislature Dikgang Uhuru Moiloa as the new MEC of human settlements. Moiloa replaces Paul Mashatile‚ who has taken up his duties as the new treasurer-general of the African National Congress‚ a full-time job based at the party’s Luthuli House headquarters. Moiloa has been an ANC provincial executive committee member since 2008. He has also served as chairman of the housing committee‚ the petitions committee‚ economic development, and was chairperson of the committee of chairpersons‚ all in the Gauteng legislature.

Man busted in Cape Town nightclub ‘war’

An alleged Cape Town extortion racketeer was arrested on Monday night after an alleged assault and intimidation incident in Diep River last Wednesday. It is understood that the man is connected to a group that has tried to take over Cape Town’s nightclubs and which is controlled by alleged mafioso Nafiz Modack and alleged Sexy Boys gangster and convicted murderer Jerome Booysen. The man‚ who recently appeared in court on extortion and intimidation charges‚ was recently released from Pollsmoor after a prolonged bail hearing in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court. Since 2015, Cape Town’s nightclubs have become the centre of a territorial dispute between security groupings.

Worries over autopsy delays in Gauteng

A sit-in by labour unions over a bonus dispute started on Monday night at the Gauteng health department‚ amid concerns about delays in autopsies at state mortuaries in the province. Forensic pathology workers have downed tools. This follows a go-slow that started last week but has seemingly become a full-scale strike. The Germiston mortuary seems to be worst affected‚ with 65 bodies piling up because of the illegal strike‚ said the DA’s Jack Bloom. The workers’ grievances relate to allegedly unfulfilled promises after their strike in June last year. Families have been forced to delay funerals because the bodies of their loved ones are taking longer to be released. The unions staging the sit-in are Denosa‚ Nehawu‚ PSA‚ Hospersa and Nupsaw.

Times Select apologises to Gavin Davis

Times Select apologises to Gavin Davis, former policy chief of the DA, for failing to offer him a right of reply to allegations made in "Veil of Secrecy as DA policy chief quits amid tensions ahead of 2019", originally published in The Times and TimesLIVE in October. Mr Davis rejects the allegations contained in the story as having no merit. We accept that our failure led to a one-sided account of the circumstances that led to his resignation. We apologise for the breach.



Skype your sangoma: Modern spiritual practices

Discovering that decades-old African practices still have a place in modern society

Naledi Shange
5 min read



It's curtains for Met Opera conductor after abuse claims

World-famous muso's lurid secret life of cultish hero-worship, orgies and exploitation is exposed

3 min read

Mainstream rom-com finally gets the kiss of real life

A tale of first love, told from the perspective of a gay teen, marks a significant cinematic milestone

4 min read

Syncing to a new low: the disturbing world in an app

Video-sharing app slammed over posts about teenage self-harm and sexually explicit content

By Matthew Field
2 min read

The myth that won't sink: fake news on a Titanic scale

After the liner went down, the transition from tragedy to massive commercial enterprise was instantaneous

By Frances Wilson
4 min read


Naked cyclists ride their bikes along Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to demand better condition of the city roads and to raise awareness on the safety of cyclists and reducing oil dependence, as part of the World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) international movement.
A padded seat please Naked cyclists ride their bikes along Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to demand better condition of the city roads and to raise awareness on the safety of cyclists and reducing oil dependence, as part of the World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) international movement.
Image: Nelson Almeida / AFP


What new colour will the Eiffel Tower be?

Since its construction in 1889, the Eiffel Tower has been given a fresh lick of paint 19 times, an impressive feat given it takes 60 tonnes of coating to freshen up the famous Parisian monument. With a three-year project to give the tower a facelift beginning in October, speculation is rife as to what colour the city's authorities will choose for the latest revamp. The Eiffel Tower was originally a deep red before being re-painted ochre in 1892. The turn of the century saw its hue change to yellow, then to brown from 1907. An effort was made to return it closer to its roots in 1968 when it was painted a red-brown. It is currently a murky brown. – © The daily telegraph

Nat Geo: Yes we were racist

National Geographic acknowledged in an editorial that for decades its “coverage was racist”, adding that the only way to rise above its past was to “acknowledge it”. For its upcoming issue, dedicated solely to race and how it “defines, separates, and unites us”, the magazine asked a preeminent historian to examine the publication’s own history. Susan Goldberg, the magazine’s Editor in Chief, admitted she was left “speechless” by some of the racist coverage, adding: “It hurts to share the appalling stories from the magazine’s past.” – © The daily telegraph

Zoo can’t figure out panda-breeding

Edinburgh Zoo has announced it will not attempt to breed its giant pandas this year as keepers take time to study why programmes elsewhere have succeeded while they keep failing. The Scottish team has been trying to mate Chinese pandas Tian Tian(sweetie) and Yang Guang (sunshine) naturally and through artificial insemination since 2012. However during that time zoos in France, Belgium, China and the US have all succeeded in producing panda cubs. The black and white bears arrived on loan from China in December 2011 and are due to remain at Edinburgh Zoo for a decade. Tian Tian has had cubs before in China so keepers know she is able to become pregnant. – © The daily telegraph

Philippines clutches snatched critters

Philippine authorities seized a cache of some 300 creatures, which included squirrel-like sugar gliders, wallabies and a threatened species of cockatoo, in one of the nation’s largest wildlife busts. Four suspects were arrested in the raid that turned up animals native to Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The haul also included seven red birds of paradise and 26 Moluccan cockatoos, which wildlife monitor IUCN considers to be at high risk of extinction in the wild. Philippine officials put the market value of the confiscated creatures at $192,000, which is more than all the live wildlife seized by Manila last year. - AFP

Who stole a shark tooth? Officials want it back

A giant fossilised Megalodon tooth has gone missing from a supposedly secret location at a remote Australian World Heritage site, and wildlife officials want it back. The well-preserved tooth, which could be valuable to collectors, is an estimated 2-2.5 million years old. Arvid Hogstrom from Parks and Wildlife in Western Australia said “very few people” knew of its location. “It is not something someone would have stumbled across and they have been required to put a bit of effort in to get it out of the rock as well,” he said. “We presume ... an amateur collector (has taken it) or someone that just wants to have a fossil sitting on their mantelpiece.” - AFP

Famous ice bridge collapses - no one sees it

The natural arch in Los Glaciares National Park in the Patagonia region has collapsed in the dead of night, thwarting thousands of tourists who had hoped to watch the spectacle. An arch forms regularly in a glacier called Perito Moreno as the water flow from a canal eats away at the ice. For the first time in 16 years, the bridge fell in 2004 and since then it has come down every four years of so. The Patagonia glacier is a UNESCO world heritage site. - AFP



Healthcare group needs to mop up a bloody mess

Ascendis CEO is trying his best to stem the bleeding

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

MultiChoice needn’t be scared of Netflix ... yet

Slow and unaffordable internet is to blame

By Nick Hedley
1 min read



Turned off by TV dinners? Tune in to something fresh

Catering company By Word of Mouth has launched a new convenient food offering

By Roberta Thatcher
2 min read

Six very sensible reasons to skip the supermarket

Why you should know where your food comes from

By Roberta Thatcher
2 min read

Say no to unfantastic plastic: Straws suck, it’s official

Responsible restaurants have ditched the pollutants

Suthentira Govender
3 min read

This museum teaches us how to hate

If you're going to hate, do it properly, and start with a trip to Iran's museum of US anti-sentiment 

By Matthew Savides
3 min read



SPORTS DAY: Baxter blasted for picking Furman

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
5 min read

C’mon Gatlin, give us the inside dope on doping

World 100m champion just ignores the sticky subject

David Isaacson
3 min read

Blast from the past: ‘Timeless Test’ ends after 10 days

Today in sports history

By David Isaacson
1 min read