Thursday, March 29 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Momberg jailed for her words ... and lack of them

If she'd shown remorse for her racist rant, she would have probably been spared prison

Karyn Maughan
Journalist
4 min read

Even in death, Kathrada is a blessing to SA

Ahmed Kathrada died just as the ANC reached its nadir, but his final act helped bring about the change he yearned for

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Dry-as-dust Cape Town to double the price of water

The price of water will more than double between July 1 this year and July 1 2020

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

Investigate Sassa bosses, says Treasury

New report says Sassa acting CEO Pearl Bhengu deliberately delayed grants payment process

Kyle Cowan
Journalist
3 min read

Stifling Cape Town drought puts the heat on urban trees

Everything is parched, but for trees in urban areas it means they can't perform their valuable ecosystem services

Tanya Farber
Journalist
3 min read

Help at hand as Esidimeni families get their windfalls

Financial experts will give advice to relatives not used to dealing with large amounts of money

Katharine Child
Journalist
4 min read

Mum's shouldn't be the only word, says Durban dad

Blogger calls on shopping centres to rethink moms-and-tots parking bay signs

Nivashni Nair
Journalist
2 min read

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IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

How to shift from class to classroom consciousness

As with the land issue, the pot will boil over in education because we did not act when we had the chance

Jonathan Jansen
Columnist
4 min read

Finding peace and light just takes a little hard walk

I’m a different person in different situations, and you probably are too. One of them is better and nicer

5 min read

Oh faux the days when fakery didn't rob us of fun foolery

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Journalist
4 min read

VISUAL SIDE

Scientists at New York University have discovered a previously unseen human organ, called the interstitium. The organ is believed to comprise 20 percent of all bodily fluids.


SNAPSHOT

A boy walks on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, in Alexandria, Egypt.
HE'S A FLOATER A boy walks on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, in Alexandria, Egypt.
Image: Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Six things about SA you need to know

Gigaba loses court battle with Oppenheimers

The Supreme Court of Appeal on Wednesday dismissed with costs an application by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba for leave to appeal to it in his battle with the Oppenheimers. The case concerned Gigaba’s approval of Fireblade Aviation’s application for an ad hoc international customs and immigration component of a corporate fixed-base aviation operation in January 2016. In October last year the Oppenheimers won their court battle to operate the private international terminal‚ with government customs and immigration support‚ after accusing Gigaba of reversing his approval. Gigaba had granted Fireblade permission to operate the terminal on January 28, 2016‚ only to reverse his approval three days later. In a judgment on October 27 last year‚ Pretoria High Court Judge Sulet Potterill declared that the minister’s approval could not be revoked without due cause. The SCA agreed that an appeal against Potterill’s judgment has “no reasonable prospect of success”.

Social grant beneficiaries to pay R10 ‘bank charge’

More than 5.4-million beneficiaries who collect social grants at ATMs and shops using their South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) cards will incur a R10 “banking fee” for the next three months. This was revealed by the agency’s Dianne Dunkerley in Parliament on Wednesday. She assured the portfolio committee on social development that grants would be paid electronically from April 1 and at cash pay points from April 3. GroundUp reported that while MPs welcomed Sassa’s efforts to secure the payment of grants next month‚ many raised concerns about the R10 charge. Dunkerley said the “banking fee” was a result of a Constitutional Court order on Friday which allowed the current service provider, Cash Paymaster Services, to continue cash payments until September.

Cele to announce Mdluli’s replacement

Police Minister Bheki Cele and national Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole will introduce new appointments in key divisions of the police service on Thursday‚ including a new head of crime intelligence. In January the head of crime intelligence‚ Richard Mdluli‚ who had been suspended since 2012‚ was relieved of his duties by former police minister Fikile Mbalula. Mdluli‚ who is on trial for kidnapping and has weathered numerous allegations of fraud and corruption‚ was on paid leave for six years‚ earning a full salary and bonuses. He has pleaded not guilty. Other appointments include the provincial police commissioner of the Free State, and the new divisional commissioners for detective services and protection and security services.

Mabuza slams Ace’s R20m farewell

Deputy President David Mabuza lambasted the Free State government for throwing a reported R20-million farewell party for outgoing premier Ace Magashule. Mabuza addressed the matter while responding to questions from MPs in the National Council of Provinces on the progress the government has made regarding lifestyle audits on civil servants and public representatives. He said the government would “enquire” from the Free State government what led to them hosting the party. All public servants in the Mangaung area were ordered to leave work at 9am on Wednesday morning to attend. The former premier of Mpumalanga said he had also recently quit as a provincial leader but no party had been held for him because there was no money for it. On lifestyle audits, Mabuza said they were finalising guidelines.

Primary source of listeriosis outbreak ‘unknown’

South Africa's departments of health‚ trade and industry and agriculture‚ forestry and fisheries told Parliament on Wednesday the primary source of the deadly listeriosis outbreak was still unknown. According to the DA‚ the departments briefed a joint-sitting of the portfolio committees on progress made to contain the further spread of the listeria bacteria. DA MP Patricia Kopane said that the departments said the traces of listeria found at Enterprise and Rainbow Chicken facilities were “a source but not the primary sources” of the outbreak. More than 180 people have died and there are more than 900 more confirmed cases in the country.

Three crushed by concrete slab

Three people were killed when part of a building‚ which had been under construction‚ collapsed on Chamberlain Road in Wentworth, south of Durban on Wednesday. Several others were injured. Initial reports from the scene indicate that three people‚ understood to be construction workers‚ were killed when they were crushed under tons of concrete. A concrete slab lay over what appeared to be an articulated truck and a burst pipe sent a stream of water skyward. All the bodies had been recovered by Wednesday evening, and the labour department said it was investigating the incident.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

'What the Nazis were unable to do, thugs have done'

French Jewish community reels after murder of Holocaust survivor as tensions flare over a march in her honour

By AFP
3 min read

To the manner porn: scandals take gloss off the Trumps

A porn star, a Playboy model and a sticky divorce - there's no end to the first-family soap opera

By AFP
4 min read

The unknown tipping point to a future without antibiotics

Global antibiotic consumption has soared dramatically, fueling fears of drug-resistant superbugs

By AFP
2 min read

Aboriginal Australians are all one big family

They descend from a single group that landed on the continent and spread out

By AFP
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

Yoichi Suzuki shows 'AIBO', a pet dog robot, to his bed-ridden mother at his house in Takahagi, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan,
I said I wanted a cat! Yoichi Suzuki shows 'AIBO', a pet dog robot, to his bed-ridden mother at his house in Takahagi, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan,
Image: ReutersKim Kyung-Hoon

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Russia warns of Cold War because of cold shoulder

Russia’s Ambassador to Australia said on Wednesday the world will enter into a “Cold War situation” should the West continue its bias against Moscow in response to the nerve agent attack against a former Soviet spy in Britain. “The West must understand that the anti-Russian campaign has no future,” said Russian Ambassador Grigory Logvinov. “If it continues, we will be deeply in a Cold War situation.” Russia denies any part in the March 4 nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England. The US and governments across Europe are expelling Russian diplomats en masse in response. — Reuters

China goes gaga for Kim

Accompanied by his wife, greeted by honour guards, and entertained at banquets, Kim Jong Un made his international debut as North Korea’s leader by being wined and dined in the capital of the world’s most populous country. Kim’s “unofficial” visit to China this week marks his first known trip outside the North since taking power in late 2011, and it helped burnish the image he has recently been cultivating as a leader who has to be shown respect by the world’s most powerful. Despite recent chilly relations between the neighbours, Chinese President Xi Jinping rolled out an actual red carpet for Kim, who arrived from Pyongyang in a 21-car bulletproof train. — Reuters

Facebook cranks up privacy tools

Facebook said on Wednesday it would overhaul its privacy settings tools to put users “more in control” of their information on the social media website. “We’ve heard loud and clear that privacy settings and other important tools are too hard to find and that we must do more to keep people informed,” Chief privacy officer Erin Egan said in a blog post. The updates include improving ease of access to Facebook’s user settings, a privacy shortcuts menu and tools to search for, download and delete personal data stored by Facebook.— AFP

Angolan fraud money frozen in UK

The $500-million at the centre of an alleged fraud involving the son of Angola’s former president was transferred out of a Standard Chartered account held by Angola’s central bank, the British bank said on Wednesday. The Angolan prosecutor general’s office said on Monday it had charged Jose Filomeno dos Santos, the former president’s son, and Valter Filipe da Silva, the former governor of the central bank, with fraud over the case. Britain’s National Crime Agency said last week that $500-million had been frozen in the UK as part of an investigation into a potential fraud against Angola’s central bank and could be returned to the southern African country. — Reuters

Shots ring out in latest Lula moment

Gunshots fired at the bus convoy of fiery leftist former leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva plunged Brazil’s already turbulent presidential election into dangerous new territory on Wednesday. Lula, who is fighting in the courts to avoid starting a 12-year prison sentence for corruption, was due to wind up a campaign tour with a rally in the city of Curitiba. The 10-day trip had been previously targeted by opponents throwing stones and eggs at the buses and at the two-term former president, who despite his legal problems leads polls ahead of the October 7 election. But the gunshots late on Tuesday ramped up tension in what’s already shaping up to be the most volatile leadership contest since Brazil’s military dictatorship ended in 1985. — AFP

It’s all go for Van Gogh

The first Van Gogh painting to go under the hammer in France in more than two decades was unveiled on Wednesday. 'Women Mending Nets in the Dunes', which the Dutch artist painted early in his career at Scheveningen near The Hague, is expected to go for around $6-million when it is auctioned in June. But with the art market booming, and prices for artists like Van Gogh rocketing, experts said it was hard to predict exactly when the bidding would stop. — AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The horror: JSE heads for worst quarter in eight years

Reels from the strong rand and global risk-off trade

By Maarten Mittner
3 min read

Global markets might just blow a gasket next quarter

Ominous signs as risk-averse investors flee volatility

By Jamie McGeever
3 min read

Volcanic growth for bitcoin miners in chilly Iceland

Ground zero in a digital gold rush for cryptocurrencies

By AFP
3 min read

The bottom line: Long4Life is short on critical mass, for now

And Steinhoff bigwigs snub parliamentary hearings

By BusinessLIVE reporters
3 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Fear and Clothing: It's neither black nor white - it's off-white

A weekly column on the vagaries and charms of fashion

Aspasia Karras
Columnist
4 min read

Ova to you: Here’s how to properly crack Easter

Your guide to the sweetest treats we could find

By Roberta Thatcher
2 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in your cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
1 min read

Next week is a long way off: make the most of it

What to do over the long weekend

By Yolisa Mkele
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Lehmann caught cold by the ball-tampering

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Bareng-Batho Kortjaas
Sunday Times sports editor
5 min read

Mothiba’s breakthrough shows it takes Tau to tango

Bafana strikers faced a long, patient slog to the top

By Nick Said
3 min read