Tuesday, April 10 2018



Deadly wall collapse: ‘She was crying out softly for her mother’

He managed to save one child from the rubble, but it was too late for three-year-old Asiphelele Buthelezi

Naledi Shange
6 min read

‘We suspect it is a hijacked building’

City of Joburg investigates building owner after wall collapses on three children

4 min read

Where should our children play?

Joburg city's brand-new R6m park was targeted by vandals days after its opening

2 min read



Parent-killer now free and going to church

Pastor has taken Hardus Lotter under his wing, hopes to help him reintegrate back into society

Nivashni Nair
2 min read

Road Accident Fund wants R60m for furniture lease - to avoid the sheriff

Times Select has reliably been informed the awarding of a contract has been finalised

By Prega Govender
5 min read

No more speeding in Joburg as cameras are switched back on

But the jury is still out on whether this is the best way to keep traffic under control

Farren Collins
2 min read

World summit leaves dagga couple stoked

Joburg pair emboldened by meeting civil society groups from around the world fighting the same cause

2 min read

Posh hotel's rubbish idea raises the bar

Guests at Durban's Oyster Box work on their tan and clean up the beach in return for a cocktail

1 min read



Helen gets an andile in the bathabile. Mmusi!

A brief A to Z of South African politics

Tom Eaton
5 min read

All is not well with the view of Mzansi

The difference between a global north perception and a global south reality means wellbeing in SA must be redefined

By Serena Hawkey
2 min read



A Winnie Madikizela-Mandela mural in Cape Town’s CBD.
Winnie wall A Winnie Madikizela-Mandela mural in Cape Town’s CBD.
Image: Esa Alexander

Six things about SA you need to know

Pistorius's appeal bid dismissed

The Constitutional Court has dismissed former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s application to appeal against his 13-year sentence for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The court “concluded that the application for condonation should be granted‚ but the application for leave to appeal should be dismissed as it does not engage this court’s jurisdiction”. Pistorius’s lawyers applied for condonation after they missed the court’s deadline for his application for leave to appeal. He wanted to contest the Supreme Court of Appeal ruling that extended his sentence from six to 13 years and five months.

Guns seized after shots near Winnie's home

Police have confiscated firearms carried by three people after gunshots were fired near to the home of the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Police minister Bheki Cele told Safm on Monday he hoped calls by the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans’ Association to stop shooting into the air would be heeded by former combatants. Association spokesman Carl Niehaus condemned the incident on Friday evening while mourners were gathered at the home of Madikizela-Mandela. Cele said police had confiscated guns from three people who were in the vicinity of the house. “One was drunk‚ one shot in the air.”

SA philanthropists give universities a boost

Donations to local universities from South African philanthropists now exceed the income they derive from abroad. Universities benefited from philanthropic efforts amounting to R1.63-billion in 2016‚ an increase of nearly R1-billion over the past four years. But as much as 90% of that funding went to traditional higher education institutions as opposed to universities of technology‚ for example. That’s according to the latest Annual Survey of Philanthropy in Higher Education. The bulk of the financial contributions come from local trusts‚ foundations‚ corporations and individuals.

Facebook leak exposed up to 60‚000 in SA

Nearly 60‚000 Facebook users in SA may be victims of the social network’s data breach. A Facebook spokesman said 33 users in SA had installed an app used to share data with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica‚ the firm often credited with US President Donald Trump’s election victory. In SA, 59‚777 Facebook users were "potentially impacted" through their friendships with people who had installed the personality quiz app‚ the spokesman said. Facebook said the personal information of 87-million of its 2.2-billion users‚ most of them in the US‚ may have been wrongfully shared with Cambridge Analytica.

Cops open 46 cases into Esidimeni deaths

A total of 144 deaths of Life Esidimeni patients are being investigated‚ with the National Prosecuting Authority "currently in the process of formulating charges". So far‚ the police have opened 46 inquest cases ‚ 42 of which have been finalised. This is disclosed by Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane in a written reply to questions in the Gauteng Legislature by Democratic Party MPL Jack Bloom. The delay in finalising four of the cases is due to “outstanding post-mortem reports and missing hospital records”.

Gordhan gunning for Denel

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is expected to make key announcements with regards to cash-strapped state-owned arms manufacturer Denel. Gordhan was meeting Denel’s board of directors on Monday. Denel has been experiencing severe liquidity problems‚ which at one point resulted in the delayed payment of workers’ salaries. The government had to issue the company with an emergency loan guarantee of R580-million to ensure it paid suppliers and its 4‚000 staff. The company has since been working on a plan with the Department of Public Enterprises and the Treasury to address its problems.



It's just a Trump to the left: horror show looms at US polls

From health care to gun control, older white voters are finding reasons to shun the Republican Party

By Sharon Bernstein and Chris Kahn
5 min read

Dying to be big: Force-feeding girls for the pleasure of men

Heavier girls are deemed more beautiful and likelier to find a good husband in Mauritania

By Zoe Tabary
3 min read

Gamblers have more brains. That’s not necessarily a good thing

Problem gamblers have more grey matter in regions linked to mental health conditions

By Henry Bodkin
1 min read

Schools have stopped skirting the gender issue

Britain's leading boarding schools have started permitted boys to wear skirts to school

By Joel Adams
3 min read


Young Mexicans help a compatriot to climb the metal wall that divides the border between Mexico and the United States to cross illegally to Sunland Park, from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico.
Wall's no match for will Young Mexicans help a compatriot to climb the metal wall that divides the border between Mexico and the United States to cross illegally to Sunland Park, from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico.
Image: Herika Martinez / AFP


It’s a world full of gogglers

The average person around the world spent nearly three hours a day in front their television last year, said a report released Monday. Eurodata TV Worldwide said television viewing was holding up despite more and more people watching online platforms like Netflix and Amazon. Americans and Canadians were the biggest TV addicts, watching four hours and three minutes on average daily. European viewers came next on three hours and 49 minutes a day in 2017, just ahead of Russia and Brazil, the data gathered from 95 countries showed. - AFP

Emperor finally toppled after 2,000 years

A gale-force wind has toppled a giant statue of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, and flattened its face at a popular tourist resort in Shandong province. The 19m, six-ton bronze depicts the first monarch to unify warring factions in China, and who established the Qin dynasty (221-206 BCE), according to the state-run People’s Daily. Photographs showed the structure was hollow, with metal bars inside. The monument was built in 2005 to attract visitors to the tourist resort. - AFP

Princely honour is a bridge too far

An online petition demanding the M4 motorway bridge that connects England and Wales is not named after Prince Charles has attracted 25,000 signatures. Scores of people also took to the streets calling for the bridge to be named after “someone who has achieved something for our nation”. Protesters at a demonstration in Cardiff held Welsh flags and signs including “No to the Prince of Wales bridge! Let the people decide”. Another called the move: “Pointless, expensive propaganda”. Plaid Cymru councillor Keith Parry said the renaming decision should not have been made unilaterally. - The Daily Telegraph

Holy Hebridean row over mosque

The first mosque in the Outer Hebrides is set to open this year despite firce opposition from the local arm of the Presbyterian Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) which has urged followers to pray that "no mosque will ever appear in Stornoway". Reverend David Blunt, of the Presbytery of the Outer Hebrides, has said "Islam is incompatible with, and indeed a threat to, our religious and civil liberties, as is very evident from the situation which prevails in those countries where it dominates." - The Daily Telegraph

Hair for breakfast is hard to digest

The BBC has received official complaints about a presenter's "off-putting cascading hair". Tina Daheley, 37, posted a selfie on Instagram with the viewer's critique beneath. "I would like the presenter on BBC Breakfast this morning to tie her hair back," she wrote. "She would look so much more professional. I don't doubt her ability but her cascading hair is off-putting." Daheley, who presents the news, sport and weather on The Radio 1 Breakfast Show, has continued to appear on BBC television programmes with her hair down. - The Daily Telegraph

I just knew she was the carrying kind

With a sliding dive worthy of a rugby try, Chris Hepworth flung himself and his partner over the finishing line to become UK Wife Carrying champion, and now he has his eye on the world title. The couple beat about 40 pairs over the 380m course on Sunday, in a race marred by the injury of one wife when her husband slipped in the copious mud and landed on her. Most of the competitors adopt the “the Estonian carry“, with the wife upside-down, her legs over her partner’s shoulders and gripping him around the waist from behind. - Reuters



GT Ferreira and his workers say bye to a billion

No thanks to major investment in sinking Steinhoff

By Ann Crotty
3 min read

Why we could all do with some Chinese lessons

What if, instead of expecting people to come to established businesses, we established businesses where they are?

By mark barnes
4 min read



Your handmade guide to the world of Margaret Atwood

The author of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has enchanted a new generation of bibliophiles and feminists

By Paula Andropoulos
4 min read

Winnie or lose? Why books about the late icon suck

Critics slam biographies as error-strewn, inaccurate, naive and vague or overly sentimental and uncritical

By Andrew Donaldson
5 min read

What’s up in the galleries

Exhibitions to keep a beady eye on

By Compiled by Andrea Nagel
6 min read



SPORTS DAY: One-two sweep by SA sprinters at Games

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
6 min read

Soccer to me, baby: Why the beautiful game is butt-ugly

Football is to sport what McDonald’s is to food: tasteless, ubiquitous rubbish

By Telford Vice
4 min read

BLASTS FROM THE PAST: Schwartzel, what a Player!

Today in sports history: April 10

David Isaacson
1 min read