Wednesday, April 11 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Exclusive: Top SAA staff face suspension

Times Select understands contracts worth billions of rands are involved

Sabelo Skiti
Journalist
4 min read

Analysis: Why Denel has bombed

Experts say it cannot produce bank guarantees to secure contracts

Katharine Child
Journalist
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Caster kicks Budd

Zola Budd's record has stood for longer than Caster Semenya has been alive

David Isaacson
Journalist
2 min read

How circus school saved me from drugs and gangs

Years of watching YouTube acrobatics videos have paid off for Aviwe Mfundisi

By SERENA HAWKEY and HANNAH GREEN
2 min read

What's to be dune? Durban's sand is in all the wrong places

uShaka Marine World is battling too much sea sand and too little sea water

Tony Carnie
Journalist
4 min read

100 days, 100 Table Mountain climbs ... and counting

Wind, rain and fire can't stop Capetonian who ditched the corporate ladder to do some climbing for a cause

Farren Collins
Journalist
2 min read

A sweet tooth and a hot bath are all you need to reach 112

Masazo Nonaka has been officially recognised as the world’s oldest living man

By © The Daily Telegraph
2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

As if we didn't have enough to worry about already

The looming US-Chinese trade war is going to need some very sane thinking if SA is to emerge unscathed

Tony Leon
Columnist
5 min read

The message about Hani that I can hear at last

When Chris Hani died in 1993, young Tom Eaton, like many others, didn't understand what it meant

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read

VISUAL SIDE

Joyce Seipei, Stompie Seipei’s mother, told a Times Select reporter that she does not believe Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was involved in her son’s murder, and that Jerry Richardson had confessed to her that he had committed the murder. Credit: Khanyi Ndabeni


SNAPSHOT

Devotees pull the chariot of God Bhairab during the Biska Festival also known as Bisket Festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
That's a big load Devotees pull the chariot of God Bhairab during the Biska Festival also known as Bisket Festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
Image: Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar

Six things about SA you need to know

Smile‚ this is rainbow nation‚ says ad watchdog

Making fun of whites’ struggle to pronounce words such as “Mpumalanga” is not racist‚ says the advertising watchdog. An Eskom radio ad that poked fun at coloured‚ black‚ white and Indian accents drew a complaint from listener Andre Stuart‚ who was offended by a jab at the white male’s pronunciation. He said the ad was unlawful based on race since it asserted that “white people do not know how to pronounce Mpumalanga”. But the Advertising Standards Authority said “many first-language English and Afrikaans speakers do struggle with the ‘mp’ sound‚ and the result is amusing to other groups”.

Silence 'repugnant' Hofmeyr‚ says fellow old boy

One of Steve Hofmeyr’s fellow old boys from Grey College in Bloemfontein wants his performance at a primary school stopped. Des Bailes has written to the Western Cape Education Department asking it to prevent the controversial Afrikaans singer from performing at Overberg Primary School in Caledon on April 20. “How are the black learners to feel when this repugnant Afrikaner with racist views starts singing the old anthem and the apartheid flags start waving? There are many more suitable venues in Caledon where Mr Hofmeyer could perform his disgusting brand of Afrikaner racism,” he wrote.

Mass march over 'land grab' arrests in Hermanus

Protesters marched to the Hermanus Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday‚ calling for the release of people arrested during a thwarted land grab in the coastal town. Vehicles‚ a satellite police station and part of a library were torched when protesters clashed with police and a security company after plots of land were marked out last month. Scores of people were arrested. Looters stole stock from foreign-owned shops and foreign families were forced to flee for their lives. Some of the arrested residents appeared in court on Tuesday.

Chaos again as Trollip vote permanently adjourned

A second Nelson Mandela Bay council meeting in as many weeks‚ which was meant to decide on the fate of mayor Athol Trollip‚ descended into chaos on Tuesday. Speaker of council Jonathan Lawack permanently adjourned the meeting even before the six motions on the agenda were debated. This means that the no-confidence motions against Trollip‚ Lawack and chief whip Werner Senekal fall away. The opposition would need to petition Lawack with 61 signatures to hold a special sitting to debate the motions again.

Guptas‚ Myeni dodge the sheriff

A parliamentary committee inquiry into allegations of state capture has‚ for the time being‚ cancelled hearing testimony from the Gupta brothers. Ajay Gupta‚ Atul Gupta‚ Rajesh Gupta‚ Duduzane Zuma and Dudu Myeni were summonsed on March 13 by the portfolio committee on public enterprises to testify on Wednesday. But inquiry chairperson Zukiswa Rantho confirmed on Tuesday that the sheriff had tried unsuccessfully to serve the summonses on the Guptas and Zuma at their last known addresses on April 4. A security guard at the residence of Dudu Myeni refused to take receipt of the summons.

Swazi king's wife laid to rest after 'suicide'

Swaziland King Mswati III's eighth wife Senteni Masango has been laid to rest after she allegedly committed suicide. According to Mpumalanga News, she is believed to have overdosed on about 40 amytriptyline capsules at the end of March, barely a week after the burial of her sister Nombuso. The king allegedly forbade her from attending her sister’s memorial service or funeral. According to News24, sources close to Masango revealed how unhappy she was with her treatment in the royal household. It was rumoured she lived alone for more than three years in a mansion with not a single visit from her husband.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

'It's not just us. Hundreds of firms used Facebook data'

Cambridge Analytica makes things even worse for beleaguered Mark Zuckerberg

By Margi Murphy
3 min read

Mystery of Shackleton's ship set to be solved at last

SA Agulhas II to carry British scientists in race to find lost shipwreck of Ernest Shackleton's Endurance

By Henry Bodkin
3 min read

Chinese medicine wreaks havoc on two more rare species

Demand for swim bladders pushes totoaba and vaquita marina porpoise towards extinction

By AFP
4 min read

What! You haven't got a dino in your dining room yet?

Dinosaur skeletons have become a trendy interior design must-have, but you need a deep pocket - and a huge lounge

By AFP
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

Tourists and local residents disembark a boat coming from nearby Nusa Penida island as plastic trash pollutes the beach in Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.
A life of plastic - not fantastic Tourists and local residents disembark a boat coming from nearby Nusa Penida island as plastic trash pollutes the beach in Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.
Image: Reuters/Johannes P. Christo

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Lindsey Buckingham goes his own way

Fleetwood Mac have parted ways with Lindsey Buckingham, 68. The British-American band announced they would tour without the US multi-instrumentalist who joined the group in 1974 with then-girlfriend Stevie Nicks. Instead the group will tour with Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn. Cornwall-born co-founder Mick Fleetwood, 70, said: ‘We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realise that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style. We know we have something new, yet it's got the unmistakable Mac sound.’ - © The Daily Telegraph

World's 'hottest chilli' sends man to hospital

A 34-year-old American man required emergency treatment for excruciating headaches and neck pain after eating the world’s hottest chilli. A CT scan showed several arteries in his brain had temporarily narrowed, causing severe episodic ‘thunderclap’ headaches after eating the ‘Carolina Reaper’ which is as strong as military-grade pepper spray. Doctors warned that taking part in hot chilli contests could have unexpected consequences, as they published details of the incident in journal BMJ Case Reports. Produced by The PuckerButt Pepper Company, the Carolina Reaper is the current Guinness World Record holder for the hottest chilli and has been known to reach 2.2 million on the Scoville Scale. That means one drop of its oil would be detectable in 2.2 million drops of water. A Jalapeno pepper typically rates between 2,500 to 5,000 units on the scale. - © The Daily Telegraph

White Aussie part of fake #BlackLivesMatter page

A senior Australia’s National Union of Workers figure — who is white — was linked to a fake ‘Black Lives Matter’ Facebook page that has raked in thousands of dollars in donations. The fake page had almost 700,000 followers — more than twice as many as the official Black Lives Matter page — before it was suspended. It allegedly ran fundraising campaigns earning more than US$100,000 in the United States. Some of the money was then transferred to Australian bank accounts, raising new questions about the integrity of Facebook’s platform and the content hosted there. ‘The NUW is not involved in and has not authorised any activities with reference to claims made,’ National Secretary Tim Kennedy said in a statement. - AFP

A noisy plane sounds like Trump: Queen

The Queen joked that a noisy plane 'sounds like President Trump' during cordial chat with Sir David Attenborough at Windsor Castle. The two 91-year-olds strolling slowly around the garden during a culmination of a year’s filming for the Queen’s Green Planet documentary, which follows the progress of a project known as the Queen’s ‘Commonwealth Canop’, which aims to create a network of forests around the globe, second only in size to the Amazon rainforest. As it happened, the pair’s genial chatter was marred by the aforesaid overhead din. The Queen could not contain her irritation. ‘Why do they go round and round when you want to talk?’ she pondered aloud. Poking fun at the noisy aircraft favoured by US leaders, she joked: ‘Sounds like President Trump or President Obama.’ - © The Daily Telegraph

Scientists use sperm whales clicker counter

Scientists have recorded thousands of hours of ‘clicks’ that sperm whales make to forage for food and communicate in the hope that the audio recordings will eventually help them measure the number of the endangered whales that use Antarctic waters, which will in turn assist with efforts to manage their survival. They recorded whale vocalisations over six years and found they used clicks for communication, echolocation and foraging. The recordings showed adult male sperm whales forage in Antarctic waters in summer and autumn, and leave the region when heavy sea ice sets in over winter. ‘We also found the whales predominantly foraged during daylight hours and were silent at night, possibly due to the availability of their prey,’ said Australian Antarctic Division acoustician Brian Miller. – AFP

‘Black Panther’ the new king of the world

‘Black Panther’ goes on further than ‘Titanic’ ‘Black Panther’ broke more records exceeding revenues from the 1997 blockbuster ‘Titanic’. Already the highest-grossing superhero film in US history, its cumulative total in the US and Canada now exceeds $665.6-million. The film, still flourishing in its eighth week out, netted $8.7-million for fourth spot after ‘A Quiet Place’, ‘Ready Player One’ and ‘Blockers’. ‘Avatar’ (2009) and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (2015) are still ahead, with $760-million and $936.7-million in ticket sales respectively. In terms of global sales, ‘Avatar’ leads with $2.8-billion, followed by ‘Titanic’ ($2.2 billion), both directed by James Cameron. ‘Black Panther’ is only 10th worldwide. – AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The bottom line: The sorry saga of Sagarmatha

And foreigners on the hunt after German offer for M&R

By BusinessLIVE reporters
3 min read

Anyone for Szczecin? Promise in Polish property

A closer look at JSE-listed Echo Polska Properties

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

An eerie walk among the ghosts of the Carlton Hotel

New book gives a spooky glimpse into an icon that has stood untouched for 20 years

By Graham Wood
7 min read

A hell of a lot better than a poke in the eye

The new Hawaiian craze is everywhere and often fake

By Jessica Brodie
2 min read

Try a little tenderness: This one’s not only for the lonely

A new eatery in Melville from the people who brought you Hell’s Kitchen and La Santa Muerte

By Jessica Brodie
3 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Chad eyes his 17th Commonwealth medal

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Bareng-Batho Kortjaas
Sunday Times sports editor
5 min read

What would sport be without a spot of jiggery-pokery?

Gambling keeps television sport alive. And its history runs from Lord’s cricket ground to the mafia

Telford Vice
Journalist
6 min read

Blasts from the past: Hansie sacked for talking to bookies

Today in sports history: April 11

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read