Tuesday, April 3 2018



Saint, sinner, struggler, South African

In her eventful and difficult life, Winnie Mandela became the embodiment of her country's contradictions

By Ed Cropley
6 min read



The ANC doesn't even know what it stands for any more

Unlike previous leaders, the ANC today is swayed by the loud mouths that pepper our political establishment

4 min read

In the navy, the knobkierie does the talking

Top naval officers allegedly in knobkierie skirmish over controversial report

Bobby Jordan
4 min read

Jobless matriculants hired to 'improve' education in rural schools

Department says it's difficult to recruit, retain and develop qualified teachers

By Prega Govender
2 min read



WATCH: Hikers who were attacked take their Table Mountain back

Is Cape Town's iconic national park under threat or will authorities save it in time?

1 min read

To BEE or not to BEE ... businesswoman's shares sold to her for R1

But company still uses her name as shareholder for BEE points

Khanyi Ndabeni
4 min read

Sorry, not sorry: Tourists turn their backs on Western Cape

Hygiene cited as a reason for not visiting drought-stricken Cape Town

Nashira Davids
2 min read

Don't panic - we are actually not addicted to our smartphones

New study shows it is human interaction that is addictive

2 min read



Good while it lasted: the end of April Fools'

It feels painfully out of place in a world where nobody can tell the difference between the news and absurd fiction

Tom Eaton
4 min read

Don't be suckered by surcharges

Retailers do it, but many municipalities are the worst culprits, slapping on a charge of between 3% and 5%

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read



Haitian voodoo followers bathe in a sacred pool during a ceremony in Gonaives, 171km north of Port-au-Prince.
White-out Haitian voodoo followers bathe in a sacred pool during a ceremony in Gonaives, 171km north of Port-au-Prince.
Image: Hector RETAMAL / AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

Protesters close Durban-Joburg freeway

The N3 has been reopened after an angry mob forced its closure at the Mooi River Toll Plaza on Monday morning‚ causing massive traffic delays. Several trucks were burnt and looted in the chaos. Secondary routes were also affected, adding to the traffic woes. Police and the N3 Toll Concession said the road was reopened in both directions by about midday. There were, however, still some delays as the debris and burnt-out vehicles were moved. The closure came on one of the busiest days of the year on the country’s roads‚ with many South Africans making their way home from coastal and inland areas as the Easter weekend draws to a close.

EC farm attack suspect due in court

A 32-year-old man is expected to appear in the Hankey Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday following an attack on a farm outside the Eastern Cape town last month. He was arrested a few kilometres from the Lesotho border on Wednesday and some of the property taken from the scene was recovered. The man will appear on four charges of attempted murder‚ rape‚ illegal possession of a firearm‚ robbery with aggravating circumstances‚ theft and indecent assault. A Port Elizabeth businesswoman and her three children were attacked inside their Hankey farm house on Friday, March 23.

Cable theft leaves parts of Joburg dark

Parts of Johannesburg were without power on Monday owing to cable theft. City Power said it hoped power would be restored later in the day. Large parts of the area have been without power because of cable theft at the Hawkens switching station. The areas affected by the outage are: Randburg‚ Bromhof‚ Boskruin‚ Ferndale‚ Randpark Ridge and Strijdompark.

Three children die in E Cape crash

Six people believed to be members of a single family‚ including three children‚ were killed on Monday morning when the vehicle they were travelling in veered out of control and overturned on the N2 outside Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. Two women survived, with one of them fighting for her life at Settler's Hospital in Grahamstown‚ said Grahamstown police spokeswoman Captain Mali Govender. Three minors and three men were killed instantly when the driver of the silver Opel SUV lost control on a sharp curve and the vehicle overturned. There were eight people in the vehicle.

Breakthrough in search for missing cop?

Police rescue divers recovered the body of a woman from a submerged police car in the Sand River near Dundee on Sunday. Search and Rescue Unit divers had been scrambled to the scene after the roof and blue lights were spotted protruding from the water. It is understood that an officer had been inspecting a low-lying bridge at Landmansdrift when he saw the roof of the bakkie downstream. A dive operation was conducted in the rapidly flowing river. The decomposed body of a woman was recovered from the bakkie. It is not yet clear whether this is linked to the vexing disappearance of a Dundee cop‚ his wife and his friend nearly 10 days ago. Warrant Officer Arnesh "Jakes" Juggan‚ 56‚ his wife Molly‚ 54‚ and their friend Ashoak Rajoo‚53‚ have been missing since March 23.

Full alert as traffic picks up

The Department of Transport warned on Monday that law enforcement agencies would be on high alert as the Easter long weekend came to an end. With a marked increase in traffic volumes expected on all major routes as holidaymakers return home‚ it urged motorists to drive with extreme caution. The department added that preliminary reports indicated that driving at high speed‚ and driving unlicensed or unroadworthy vehicles, were the major offences committed by motorists in the past four days. From March 29-31‚ 4‚153 notices had been issued for driving at high speed‚ 1‚946 for driving unlicensed vehicles‚ 1‚009 for driving without drivers’ licences‚ 1‚393 for drivers who were driving without fastening seatbelts, and 926 for driving vehicles with worn tyres.



Dead or alive, where in the world is Gaddafi's son?

Saif al-Islam is back in the news, but rumours about his whereabouts persist

4 min read

The siren and the scientist: brilliance cursed by beauty

Her ingenuity ignored in life, a new film tells the story of Hedy Lamarr, the technological trailblazer

4 min read

Kazakhstan's freezing capital gets the cold shoulder

Despite lavish, futuristic architecture, many who were forced to move to Astana find it a chilly fit

3 min read

Heavyweight lawyers square up on Trump battlefield

A roster of big names are lined up as the US president faces a whirlwind of courtroom challenges

4 min read


A Palestinian protester wearing a mask holds a knife during clashes with Israeli security forces near the border with Israel in the southern Gaza Strip.
Masked avenger A Palestinian protester wearing a mask holds a knife during clashes with Israeli security forces near the border with Israel in the southern Gaza Strip.


Message from dad 50 years after death

A UK charity shop worker was left stunned after someone donated an old book containing handwritten notes from her own father 50 years after his death. Gil Oakley, 74, was tidying the bookshelves at the shop where she volunteers when she stumbled across a copy of 'Stanley Gibbons Postage Stamp Catalogue' dated 1956. When she opened the book's cover she was stunned to find his distinctive handwriting neatly penned on the first page. "It is such an amazing coincidence for it to have ended up here, in the charity shop I volunteer in," Oakley said. – The Daily Telegraph

Space lab is a damp squib

China’s 8.5-ton Tiangong-1 space lab burned up in the sky over the South Pacific on Monday, meeting its fiery end after wrong-footing space officials who were tracking its final journey. The bus-sized module crashed to earth at 1.15am, with the vast majority burning up as it re-entered the atmosphere. The remote location of impact deprived space-watchers of the illuminated spectacle that many had hoped. – The Daily Telegraph

NYPD blues for TV world

US television writer and producer Steven Bochco, the creator of iconic shows such as ‘Hill Street Blues’, ‘NYPD Blue’ and ‘LA Law’, has died from leukemia at the age of 74. Bochco was known for his risk-taking approach that brought gritty realism and large ensemble casts to the small screen. The 10-time Emmy Award winner was also behind comedy-drama ‘Doogie Howser, MD’. - AFP

Kim crazy for K-pop

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un smiled, clapped and said he was ‘deeply moved’ by a rare performance by South Korean K-pop stars in Pyongyang. The appearance of Kim and his wife at the concert was unusual as his authoritarian regime typically struggles to prevent any infiltration of the South’s pop culture. Kim, the first North Korean leader ever to attend a show by entertainers from the South, shook hands with the performers and ‘expressed his deep thanks to them’. - AFP

'The Beach' is forced to close

Before it hit the Hollywood big screen, the secluded white sands and crystal blue waters of Thailand’s Maya Bay were feted as a magical, unspoiled getaway for weary travellers. But the silent beauty of the once pristine bay on the island of Koh Phi Phi Leh ended when it featured in the 1999 Leonardo DiCaprio movie ‘The Beach’. Now groaning under the burden of 200 boats and 4,000 pleasure-seekers a day, Maya Bay will be closed to the public for four months from June, to allow its battered coral reefs and sea life to recover. – The Daily Telegraph

Justin turns to Jesus

Justin Bieber celebrated Easter by proclaiming his belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Instagram. The pop star has been attending services at the Hillsong Church, a Pentecostal megachurch founded in Australia, for the past two years. Bieber posted to his 98.3 million followers: “Easter is not about a bunny, it’s a reminder that my Jesus died on the cross for my sins and then rose from the dead defeating death! I believe this happened and it changes everything! I am set free from bondage and shame, I am a child of the most high God and he loves me exactly where I am, how I am, for who I am.” The post was, somewhat bizarrely, followed up by a string of four very similar selfies of Bieber wearing novelty rabbit glasses and clutching a toy rabbit. – The Daily Telegraph



Is the ideal of African unity a dream or a nightmare?

The African Continental Free Trade Area could spell success, but it's doubtful we will all be one big happy family

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

The onerous task of untangling the Steinhoff web

Forum hopping and regulatory jurisdictions are making it difficult to pin down who was to blame

By Ann Crotty
4 min read

Crumbs for the taxman after Naspers's Tencent sale

There will be minimal capital gains tax due, thanks to SA law on local and international investors

By Ann Crotty
2 min read



Art of the jol: raising cultural capital at First Thursdays

The best art shows to take in while you enjoy the biggest pooza of the month

By Andrea Nagel
5 min read

Living Shores authors still having the tides of their lives

George and Margo Branch's great book gets an update

By Claire Keeton
5 min read

Seeing the world through the lens of life

Our choice of images from the gallery of the Sony World Photography Awards 2018

By Staff reporter
4 min read



SPORTS DAY: Games chief has some salve for Durban

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
5 min read

The day the Undertaker laid this 'sport' to rest

Whether wrestling is a sport is open to interpretation, but the fans don't care if it's scripted

3 min read

Blast from the past: Boks stunned in Bloem

Today in sports history: April 3

David Isaacson
1 min read