Monday, March 26 2018



Grounded! Why SAA Cargo wasn’t cleared for takeoff

Airline missed a crucial deadline to upgrade software that allows aircraft to communicate while in the air

Sabelo Skiti
3 min read



The return of the Economic Fighting Fascist

With the cloak of the anti-Zuma struggles torn away, the scary and dangerous Malema has been unmasked

4 min read

As a consumer, know when to give a retailer the boot

Always interrogate a company’s returns policies before you buy anything

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read

H2WOE: the frightening picture of SA’s water crisis

A new report highlights overexploitation of our water resources, and the bold decisions needed to deal with it

Matthew Savides
News editor
3 min read

The colour of happiness: We really are social chameleons

Our changing face colours signal how we’re feeling

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

Bully for them: Researchers get a handle on child abuse

Study finds one in three young people interviewed in schools had experienced some form of sexual abuse

8 min read

Salute to a star: Morris Goldberg and all that jazz

Old chum of Masekela and Makeba is back to play at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 

By Dan Meyer
4 min read

Flying the nest: Why young adults often refuse to take wing

Much like humans, parents of wild southern pied babbler chicks are also struggling to get their kids out of the nest

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

Ag shame! Racist man unable to shoot cats in his yard

Guesthouse owner Andre Slade, who shot an unarmed burglar, wants his gun back so he can shoot cats in his yard 

Jeff Wicks
3 min read



There’s more than one kind of gay

You can’t bring about acceptance for the gay community while still catering to the ignorant too

By Andile Ndlovu
4 min read

The bitter life as the other half of an alcoholic

You have to feel for the pain of the partner (be it in business or marriage) left to carry the can

By The Daily Telegraph
6 min read



Amabhubesi dancers from Pietermaritzburg take part in the sixth annual Ingoma Dance Competition in Durban on Sunday.
dancing the blues away Amabhubesi dancers from Pietermaritzburg take part in the sixth annual Ingoma Dance Competition in Durban on Sunday.
Image: Rajesh Jantilal

Six things about SA you need to know

D-Day for Gupta brothers

Monday is D-Day for the Gupta brothers to appear before Indian tax authorities. Atul‚ Ajay and Rajesh initially had to appear on March 16‚ but the tax authorities granted them a 10-day extension. The brothers could reportedly be charged with money laundering and fraudulently amassing properties. Amrendra Kumar‚ a senior income tax official in India’s Uttar Pradesh state‚ previously told Reuters the Gupta brothers were suspected of finding ways to bring “illicit money” into India. Tax authorities raided Gupta properties in Dehradun and Saharanpur on March 6. reported 125 Gupta-linked properties were identified in the raids.

Vandals trash 1,400 train coaches

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has lost almost 1‚400 train coaches to vandalism in the past three financial years, resulting in more than R503-million in losses. This was revealed in response to parliamentary questions by the Democratic Alliance. Metrorail lost 823 coaches and Shosholoza Meyl 565 over those three years, amid a 31% drop in security personnel. DA transport spokesman Manny de Freitas accused Prasa of failing to implement contingency plans to alleviate the “scourge of vandalism and violence on our railway system”.

Rape case opened against Jordaan

Musician and former MP Jennifer Ferguson has opened a case of rape against South African Football Association (Safa) boss Danny Jordaan. Ferguson posted on Facebook on Sunday that she had made the decision “after many months of deep consideration‚ consultation and attempts to mediate according to principles of restorative justice as embodied by the Truth and Reconciliation process South Africa has followed”. Ferguson broke her silence on Facebook on October 18, 2017, claiming Jordaan allegedly raped her at the Holiday Inn in Port Elizabeth 24 years ago. At the time, Jordaan denied the claims through his attorney. Police spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini confirmed Ferguson opened a case of rape at the Parkview police station in Johannesburg before it was transferred to Port Elizabeth.

Soccer deaths probe called off

The Department of Sport and Recreation confirmed its withdrawal of an inquiry into the death of two fans at a pre-season Carling Black Label Cup match‚ but said it would pursue its investigation through “other law enforcement agencies”. A notice was posted in the Government Gazette in which Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa said she was calling off the long-awaited inquiry into the incident at the match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs on July 29‚ 2017. The inquiry had been established by Xasa’s predecessor‚ Thembelani Thulas Nxesi. Sport and Recreation said the inquiry had been abandoned owing to active opposition and a lack of cooperation by “the affected stakeholders”.

Cops hunt for cash-in-transit robbers

Police in Hoedspruit near Phalaborwa in Limpopo have launched a massive manhunt for a group of gunmen who robbed a cash-in-transit vehicle on Saturday afternoon. Limpopo police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said that the vehicle was travelling along the R40 from Accornhoek towards Hoedspruit at about 2pm on Saturday when the gunmen in a VW Amarok and a Toyota Corolla started shooting at the vehicle. The driver of the cash-in-transit vehicle lost control and it overturned. The men then blew up the security vehicle and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Drive-through ‘freak accident’ kills man

A man died in a “very serious freak accident” in the drive-through of a fast-food restaurant in Midrand. Netcare spokesman Nick Dollman said the accident happened in the Kyalami area at about 1.40am on Saturday. The man had apparently parked too far away from the drive-through window, and as he tried to get out of the vehicle it moved and drove over him. He was stuck underneath it when emergency services arrived. Despite being treated on the scene, the man died of his injuries. Police are investigating.



Zuckerberg unzipped: His rapid slide to unfriend status

Facebook users are outraged he isn’t doing more to defend their data

4 min read

Why Iranian men flex their pecs in ‘houses of strength’

Gyms in Tehran are an odd mix of ancient and modern

4 min read

A private jet and grilled salmon: It sure is a dog’s life

A growing number of pet owners are indulging their pampered pooches on specialist holidays

By Donny Kwok and Pak Yiu
2 min read

The ‘desert alien’ is actually a poor little human girl

The skeleton found behind a Chile church is a human born with several deformities 40 years ago

By Sarah Knapton
3 min read


Boys play outside a bakery in Dapchi, in the northeastern state of Yobe, Nigeria.
Great car lineup Boys play outside a bakery in Dapchi, in the northeastern state of Yobe, Nigeria.
Image: Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde


Even he's sick of his policies

UK Brexit Secretary David Davis was so ill during a BBC TV interview that a bucket was placed next to him in case he vomited live on air. He struggled through the interview despite suffering from a sick bug, with the BBC taking the decision to place a bucket and a packet of tissues next to him in case he took a turn for the worst. Davis was praised by the BBC’s editor of live programmes for his “commendable concern for our studio floor”. – The Daily Telegraph

Kim and join us ... if you're thin

Kim Kardashian’s social media rallying cry for the US students marching against gun violence has come under scrutiny over an apparent photoshop faux pas as she attended the rally. Sharing the photo with her 109 million Instagram, she posted: “Let’s March”. However, many of the comments from fans suggested the image had been photoshopped to make her look thinner. A squashed car in the background of the photo and a bend in the kerb, which appears straight in the original, were among the giveaway. – The Daily Telegraph

Thanks, but no planks

Holding plank for ever-increasing periods of time has become a staple of many gym classes. Fitness experts claim it builds core, strengthens back muscles, tones the arms and teaches endurance. But one sports scientist suggests that holding the position for any longer than 10 second intervals is pointless. According to spine biometrics professor Stuart McGill, fitness fanatics will see greater gains from doing shorter holds more frequently. He advises three bouts of 10 seconds as the ideal regime. – The Daily Telegraph

Grace Mugabe, ivory smuggler

Zimbabwean police are investigating Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace, accused of smuggling ivory worth millions to underground foreign markets. Parks and wildlife authority investigators handed documents to police showing that the former first lady “spirited large consignments of ivory to China, the United Arab Emirates and the United States among other destinations”. - AFP

Hammond's home isn't his castle

Richard Hammond has been targeted by burglars who broke into his sprawling country castle in a "James Bond-style" midnight raid. Police were called to the former “Top Gear” star's 20-acre UK estate by neighbours. The property is said to be "as secure as Fort Knox", prompting one local to suggest burglars could only access it via helicopter. It is not clear whether the family was home at the time of the alleged break-in. – The Daily Telegraph

Editor bludgeons wife to death

A British newspaper editor in Dubai was found guilty on Sunday of bludgeoning his wife to death with a hammer and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Francis Matthew, the former editor of the English-language Gulf News, had faced the possibility of the death penalty in the July 2017 killing of Jane Matthew, his wife of over 30 years. Although he initially claimed robbers had broken into their home and killed her, he later confessed his wife had grown angry with him because they were in debt and needed to move. Matthew said he got angry when his wife called him a "loser" and told him "you should provide financially". – The Daily Telegraph



Sexist drivel goes from locker room to 'broadroom'

In its charge across the line of acceptable behaviour, this JSE-listed firm put on a display of male fragility

By Stuart Theobald
4 min read

Steel yourselves: SA pleads with US

Minister makes formal submission as country faces 25% duty on steel and aluminium

By Mark Allix
3 min read



Beware the boogieman: What Facebook knows about you

... and how it uses your information

By James Titcomb
5 min read

Feminasty, feminazi ... why do millennials loathe feminism?

Young people reckon the label is a dirty word 

By Pearl Boshomane Tsotetsi
3 min read

Oh the agony: My boss told me that she loves me

A tongue-in-cheek (and everywhere else) advice column

By Yolisa Mkele and Nina Hastie
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Morkel runs riot in SA triumph

A roundup of international sporting highlights

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
5 min read

Six appeal in the north vs the sorry south - no contest

The Six Nations’ popularity stands in stark contrast to that of its direct rival in the south, the Rugby Championship

Liam Del Carme
4 min read