Monday, April 9 2018



Searching for our truth, in black and white

Is racism getting worse? Experts say it's complicated but there is hope

6 min read

From rage to reconciliation: 'I would do it all over again'

Paarl road rage victim who washed his assailant's feet says he has no regrets

3 min read

The bondage of racism on a 'born-free'

Why the Nguni phrase 'Huu, Abelungu!' is slowly becoming a South African proverb

5 min read

What’s the colour of love?

How Sindi Sithole met Marinus van Zyl ... and learned many truths, both good and bad, about SA society

3 min read

Life lessons for a school that produced a miracle

Former headmistress reflects on Parktown Girls' High's journey to social cohesion and equality

By Anthea Cereseto
5 min read

Should unrepentant racism end in jail time?

A Gauteng court is dealing with at least five racism cases a month - and the number is growing

Karyn Maughan
4 min read

Beware! Malema and Kriel thrive on racial hatred

In between these two extremes sits a silent majority who wonder what the noise is about

4 min read

Book extract: 'Making love in a war zone'

An extract from Jonathan Jansen's new book on interracial loving after apartheid

14 min read

A land of two nations, but in Cato Manor it is not so simple

 ‘We don’t want them here’

By Hannah Green
2 min read

Sadly but true, some people are nicer than others

But you have to take the trouble to find them

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
1 min read



Zuma's scheming the sign of a trapped, desperate man

With the possibility of jail looming, the former president might have revolt and rebellion on his mind

4 min read

Scam alert: Read this before paying another invoice

Beware this all-the-rage online banking fraud

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read

What decadent hell is this?

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
3 min read


During his interview for the post of Constitutional Court Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo retold the amazing story of how a shopkeeper helped support his family so that he could complete his law degree. Credit: Judges Matter


Six things about SA you need to know

Deep-sea divers found alive

A diving instructor and his student were found floating in the sea‚ alive‚ more than 8km from where they went missing off the coast of Port Elizabeth on Sunday. The alarm was sounded at 9.30am when diving instructor Jean Snyman‚ 45‚ and his student diver‚ Rezano Damoense‚ 36‚ were reported missing during a deep-sea dive. Ian Gray‚ station commander of the National Sea Rescue Institute at Port Elizabeth, said the pair had accompanied a group of recreational divers aboard a commercial boat. The recreational divers surfaced due to poor visibility at the dive site. They were not aware that the pair on the deep dive had surfaced away from the boat. Two sea rescue boats, five other boats and a helicopter mounted the search.

Trollip wins race against Msimanga

Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip has been re-elected to the position of DA federal chairperson. Trollip defeated Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga in a fiercely contested election at the party's federal congress due to end in Pretoria on Sunday. With Mmusi Maimane re-elected unopposed as party leader‚ the battle between Msimanga and Trollip was the fiercest contest at the DA national congress. DA national spokesman Refiloe Ntsheke also emerged as the only woman to be elected to the new top leadership of the party as the third deputy federal chairperson.

Bheki Cele applauds arrests for Cape killings

Police Minister Bheki Cele has applauded Western Cape police for arresting two suspects linked to the murder of four people in Brown’s Farm‚ Philippi‚ near Cape Town‚ on Tuesday evening. Police said on Sunday two suspects‚ aged 27 and 34‚ had been arrested over the weekend and that detectives were in hot pursuit of a third. Gunmen shot and killed four occupants sitting in a car‚ including two children aged 12 and 13‚ on April 3. A fifth person was critically injured.

Headless body found on North West street

North West police have appealed to the public to help them identify a man whose headless body was discovered lying in a street in the mining town of Mooinooi on Thursday. The victim‚ believed to be in his 30s‚ was dressed in a brown T-shirt‚ a blue jersey‚ black jeans and a brown waistbelt. Anyone with information that might lead to identification of the body or location of man’s family can call Detective Sergeant Sello on 079 357 4633 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Invest in youth or fall like apartheid: Motlanthe

The government and the ANC must invest in young people if they do not want to fall like apartheid or the Roman empire‚ former president Kgalema Motlanthe warned on Sunday. He was speaking at St Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg at a service commemorating the life of the late struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. “Far much more mightier systems‚ the system of apartheid‚ the Roman empire‚ the Mongolian empire‚ the British empire came and fell.” Motlanthe warned the government against overindulging in celebrating the past. “When you celebrate‚ you don’t focus on the challenges of the day,” he said.

MKMVA condemns ‘shooting’ at Winnie’s home

The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans’ Association has condemned incidents allegedly involving some of its members firing guns into the air outside the home of the late struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Spokesman Carl Niehaus said on Sunday: “The military component of our liberation struggle and the important role that uMama played as a liberation soldier of Umkhonto we Sizwe we are very proud of. We will never forsake that proud heritage‚ and we appreciate and understand when our comrades give expression to the deeply felt emotions associated with it. However‚ a critical part of the training and life of any liberation soldier is discipline and respect for life … that discipline can never condone the reckless shooting of arms into the air.”



Endangered ocean giant killed by plastic

Sperm whale's system couldn't cope with a stomach filled with rubbish - including a jerry can

By Hannah Strange
2 min read

Facebook lost in a game of smoke and minors

Tobacco companies use “organic” marketing to hook kids while the social media giant struggles to police them

By Aisha Majid
3 min read

Is ‘being bored’ the next travel trend for millennials?

For people who are tired of cities, technology and work

By Greg Dickinson
3 min read

Puppets bring refugees and elephants closer together

Pantomime training is used to kindle harmony between the Rohingya and tuskers in Bangladesh

2 min read


A boy in traditional costume plays with a dog during Easter celebrations in the Nekrasov Cossack community, who are descended from the Don Cossacks and are Orthodox Old Believers, in Stavropol region, Russia on Sunday.
I'd much rather have you than an easter bunny A boy in traditional costume plays with a dog during Easter celebrations in the Nekrasov Cossack community, who are descended from the Don Cossacks and are Orthodox Old Believers, in Stavropol region, Russia on Sunday.
Image: Eduard Korniyenko/Reuters


Ballet just tutu much trouble for kids

Talent shows are putting children off ballet as they are no longer willing to spend time perfecting the discipline, director at the UK’s Royal Academy of Dance Dr Andrew McBirnie says. Entries for ballet exams among British children have been in “steady decline” over the past decade. “Ballet is hard and takes a long time to learn and perfect,” he said. “This is out of step with the sense that you can be an overnight sensation because you have a talent that magically appears.” – The Daily Telegraph

Rapper goes very public with pregnancy

A day after releasing one of the most eagerly awaited rap debut albums in recent years, rapper Cardi B made another splash — revealing she is pregnant. The star showed off an unambiguous baby bump as she appeared on “Saturday Night Live”, becoming a top trending item on social media. In a teasing confirmation to persistent pregnancy rumours, she took the stage twice on the show, first concealing her body with a fulsome feather, then donning a body-hugging white dress and smiled knowingly as the lights shone on her protruding belly. - AFP

Wet wipes cause babies' allergies: study

Parents should avoid using infant wipes and thoroughly wash soap off their babies to reduce the risk of childhood food allergies, scientists have warned. Researchers have hailed a “major advance” in understanding what causes the complaints after tests revealed links between skin damage and intolerance to certain foods. They suggest that an increasing failure by parents to rinse away soap after washing their babies is contributing to the rise in childhood food allergies. - The Daily Telegraph

Man dies in blaze at Trump Central

An elderly man died late on Saturday and four firefighters were injured after a blaze erupted on the 50th floor of Trump Tower in New York. Art dealer and Trump Tower resident Todd Brassner, 67, was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital “This was a very difficult fire. As you can imagine, the apartment is quite large, we are 50 stories up. The rest of the building had a considerable amount of smoke,” police said. - AFP

Dumped Kylie still believes in love

Kylie Minogue is determined to find love again after being left “broken” by the end of her engagement to actor Joshua Sasse. The singer, who turns 50 next month, said it had been “a beautiful moment” when she got engaged after a whirlwind six-month romance. Just six months later, the couple had split up. Minogue said it was too complicated to specify what had gone wrong. “I'm not giving up on relationships, though, and I'll probably be foolish again,” she said. – The Daily Telegraph

Filipinos strip off for very fun run

Clad in underwear, loincloths, tutus or body paint, hundreds of semi-naked young people pounded the streets of Manila on Sunday in an unusual race that brought a sweaty spectacle to the capital of the conservative, mainly Catholic Philippines. The city’s first-ever “Underpants Run” drew crowds from dawn as around a thousand runners in skimpy outfits jogged and sprinted around an upscale shopping district. “It was a feast for the eyes ... people were hyped,” 30-year-old runner Ronald Tugade said. - AFP



Why the gold giants are stepping away from SA

Search for cheaper ounces drives them far afield

By Allan Seccombe
2 min read

Bank 'goes rogue': Where were the auditors?

The VBS Mutual Bank curatorship story is unprecedented in the history of bank collapses

By Stuart Theobald
4 min read



Bliksem! How to box your way to the top

Soapie star Nicole Bessick on fighting and fitness

By Staff reporter
4 min read

You’re deficient! Find out why

There really might be something wrong with you

By Madeleine Howell
5 min read



SPORTS DAY: Oh so Clos for Chad at Games

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
4 min read

Bafana wins show need for a youthful boost

Hopefully, Stuart Baxter sees that an emphasis on youth does not necessarily mean a slump in results

By Marc Strydom
4 min read