Thursday, April 12 2018

THE BIG STORY

LEADING THE AGENDA

Malema set for Winnie funeral despite ANC qualms

Disquiet among some ANC leaders about Malema ‘hijacking’ the event

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
3 min read

'Winnie's tears could not fall'

Personal assistant shares moving recollections at Soweto memorial of her time with the struggle icon

Naledi Shange
Journalist
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Listeria fallout hits pork industry hard

Small-scale farmers 'will be the first to go' as the price of a pig drops by half and processing plants shed jobs

Tanya Steenkamp
Journalist
4 min read

‘Slut list’ teen getting help after suicide bid

As viral list destroys lives and families, focus shifts from finding its authors to assisting its victims

Nashira Davids
Journalist
2 min read

Oil be damned - science puts smart food on the menu

Researchers are cooking up a range of foods aimed at reducing diet-related and non-communicable diseases

Farren Collins
Journalist
3 min read

'Removing the child from the problem won't fix the problem'

Activist believes government should focus on strengthening families in the community instead of on removing children

Nivashni Nair
Journalist
3 min read

The bot line

Teching it all the way

Ghosts in the machine: how robots can harm us or help us

The Fourth Industrial Revolution poses specific challenges in the search for an African robotics identity

Tanya Farber
Journalist
2 min read

Robots on the rise thanks to SA innovation

From sweeping streets to teaching kids, South African brainboxes are carving out a niche in the robotic revolution

Tanya Farber
Journalist
4 min read

For R114,5m you can stay in a not-so-luxurious hotel

Reservations are already open for the world’s first space hotel and the cost is ... costly

By Tom Mulvihill
1 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

No, Mandela was not wrong. The fault is all ours

The case for a radical reconciliation

Jonathan Jansen
Columnist
4 min read

Soon you'll be able to add air-milezzzzzz

Airbus has plans to turn cargo holds into sleeping and relaxation compartments for passengers

By Soo Kim
3 min read

VISUAL SIDE

A New Zealand couple came face-to-face with an elephant while on a foot safari in the Kruger National Park in Limpopo on April 9, 2018. The couple who are in South Africa on honeymoon said the bull charged at them three times before it left.


SNAPSHOT

A woman reacts next to UN soldiers as inhabitants of the mainly Muslim PK5 neighbourhood demonstrate in front of the headquarters of MINUSCA, the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central Africa Republic, in Bangui.
Help A woman reacts next to UN soldiers as inhabitants of the mainly Muslim PK5 neighbourhood demonstrate in front of the headquarters of MINUSCA, the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central Africa Republic, in Bangui.
Image: Florent Vergnes / AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

SA will help businessman who confronted Gupta

South African businessman Justin van Pletzen, who became an online celebrity after a video of him confronting Ajay Gupta in Dubai went viral‚ remains in detention in the emirate city though the reason for his arrest is still unknown. Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesman Ndivhuwo Mabaya confirmed on Wednesday that Van Pletzen had been arrested in Dubai. Consular staff from the South African mission in Dubai had visited him‚ and the department would "maintain contact with Mr Van Pletzen and his family to render consular services".

Momberg appeal bid fatally defective, says state

State advocate Yusuf Baba says Vicki Momberg’s leave to appeal application is "vague" and fails to establish her basis for appeal. The 49-year-old was sentenced to an effective two years behind bars on four counts of crimen injuria - impairing the dignity of black police officials by using the k-word 48 times. Her lawyers argue the authenticity of the video that captured her 2016 rant was not established. But Baba said the person who recorded that video was called as a witness‚ and Momberg's previous lawyers never disputed its authenticity.

DA wants Ramaphosa to suspend spy boss

The Democratic Alliance has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to immediately suspend State Security Agency director-general Arthur Fraser pending an investigation into serious allegations against him. On Wednesday‚ Inspector-General of Intelligence Setlhomamaru Dintwe accused Fraser of threatening him and trying to block an investigation into the allegations. Dintwe said this had forced him to go to court to seek legal protection. Fraser was implicated in the alleged mismanagement of state security funds in Jacques Pauw’s book, The President's Keepers‚ which claimed a huge sum of taxpayers' money was wasted on a project headed by Fraser.

Granny who 'abused' granddaughter dies in prison

A Durban grandmother‚ who had been accused of causing the death of her three-year-old grandchild by tying her to a bed for three nights and beating her‚ has died in Westville Prison. The 55-year-old was awaiting trial for the savage abuse of the child and her two siblings. She and her 31-year-old daughter allegedly burnt them with a hot iron and a cigarette‚ sexually assaulted them‚ and beat them with belts‚ rulers and spoons. Legal Aid spokesman Bongani Mahlangu confirmed on Wednesday that the woman's lawyer had been informed of her death. He did not know the cause of death.

Day Zero could still come‚ Cape businesses warned

How will your company be affected if the taps run dry for three months this year or next? That’s the grim scenario businesses have been asked to contemplate in a survey of the economic impact of the drought in the Western Cape. It is estimated that since 2015 the drought has cost more than R14-billion in the agriculture sector alone‚ but the provincial economic development department has commissioned the survey to get a more accurate picture across all business sectors. Businesses are asked about their water consumption and savings‚ and the costs in securing alternative supplies.

AfriForum asks cops to go after Shaun Abrahams

AfriForum filed criminal charges against National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams and six other senior members of the National Prosecuting Authority on Wednesday. Monique Taute‚ head of AfriForum’s anti-corruption unit‚ said the complaint follows an anonymous letter AfriForum received which elaborates on allegations of serious criminal conduct. Taute said a plea was made in the letter that AfriForum ensure the rot within the NPA was stopped. One allegation was that a witness protection vehicle was allocated to Abrahams‚ who used it for personal benefit.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

For old timers' sake: TV finally thinks outside the box

As the young move on to other media, producers are waking up to the needs of their vast grey audience

By AFP
3 min read

It's a fair-skinned cop, mate: whites run everything

There is 'dismal' diversity among senior state and business leaders in Australia, according to a report

By AFP
2 min read

Reasons to smiley: emojis raise the tone on Twitter

The tiny icons in different hues have been doing wonders for inclusion on social media, say researchers

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

Thugs attack man in wheelchair - and get a very nasty surprise

Afghan War veteran fights back and sends thieves fleeing empty-handed

By The Daily Telegraph
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

A protester uses a tennis racquet to hit a tear gas canister during the evacuation operation by French gendarmes in the zoned ZAD (Deferred Development Zone) at Notre-Dame-des-Landes.
Fancy a game? A protester uses a tennis racquet to hit a tear gas canister during the evacuation operation by French gendarmes in the zoned ZAD (Deferred Development Zone) at Notre-Dame-des-Landes.
Image: Reuters/Stephane Mahe

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

'Taboo' TV show dwarfs its rivals

A shocking but “good-hearted” show called "Taboo' has broken television records in Belgium by telling jokes about paraplegics, amputees and minorities. And it could be soon coming to a screen near you after wowing TV executives from across the globe at the MIPTV market in Cannes, France. “This is the show that laughs with people who you should not really be laughing at,” says its presenter, comedian Philippe Geubels. The line-up on the first series included obese and poor people, dwarves, those with terminal and mental illness, gays, blind people and people of colour. “There are lots of advantages about having a child without arms,” Geubels tells an audience amid gales of laughter. “It won’t pick its nose or put its elbows on the table.” — AFP

Poison victim not Russian home any time soon

Julia Skripal has reportedly refused assistance from the Russians since waking up in hospital, as her home country claims Britain has “abducted” her. The daughter of Sergei Skripal, a Russian double agent spent weeks in a critical condition after being poisoned with nerve agent novichok, which is thought to have been smeared on the front door of Skripal’s Salisbury home. The 33-year-old was taken to a “safe house” on Monday after being discharged, and has refused consular assistance from the Russian Embassy. —The Daily Telegraph

Boiled dinner has no bark, no bite

A South Korean farmer killed and cooked a neighbour’s barking dog before inviting its unsuspecting owner to join him for a dog-meat dinner, police said on Wednesday, in a case that has sparked online outrage. He claimed he was so irritated by the dog’s constant barking that he threw a stone at the two-year-old Welsh Corgi, resulting in the animal losing consciousness. He then strangled the animal and cooked it. As many as a million dogs are still consumed in South Korea each year, with the greasy red meat — which is invariably boiled for tenderness — believed to increase energy. — AFP

Young Aussie bust for scamming her folks

A 24-year-old in Australia pretended to have cancer and swindled £23,000 (about R400,000) from her parents and friends in a “despicable” scam to fund her partying, drug use and overseas travel. Hanna Dickenson, then 19, convinced her parents she only had weeks to live and desperately needed money for a life saving treatment and for travel to New Zealand and Thailand for special procedures. Her parents asked neighbours and friends to assist. Nathan and Rachel Cue took money out of their mortgage and donated £11,000 but went to police after spotting images that Dickenson posted on Facebook which showed her drinking and partying. Police charged Dickenson with obtaining property by deception. She pleaded guilty to seven charges. — The Daily Telegraph

Glamour and glitz ditched on Gold Coast

The Gold Coast’s iconic meter maids, famous for their flowing locks and gold bikinis, have accused Commonwealth Games organisers of booting them off the streets during the competition. The scantily clad women have been a feature of the Australian holiday hotspot since the 1960s, topping up parking meters to help beach-goers avoid fines. But trouble is brewing in paradise and meter maids chief Roberta Aitchison has slammed Games organisers for allegedly preventing her staff from working. “We add that little bit of sex appeal, glitz and glamour to the beautiful beaches. The organisers have directed the council to get us off the streets. We feel a little bit like homeless people.” — AFP

Welcome to the world, Prince Jaxon

When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pick a name for their forthcoming third child, it is likely to be one that carries the weight of history with it. So while Ethan, Logan and Jaxon were all popular last year, they are unlikely to be bestowed upon the younger sibling of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Nor, for that matter, are Lola, Harper or Zoe, all popular choices for girls in 2017. (If there’s a lesser known King Jaxon or Queen Zoe lurking in the lineage of the British Royal family, I stand corrected, of course.) So what, then, are the runners for the name of the latest Royal baby, expected to be with us any week now? The best odds are on Mary, Alice, Victoria, Elizabeth, Albert, Arthur, Frederick, Philip, or James. — The Daily Telegraph

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Platinum: What do you mean there’s no crisis?

Minister should know that more than half of all platinum mines are unprofitable and jobs are at risk

By BusinessLIVE reporter
1 min read

Resilient: Murky questions remain after all-clear

Investors appear unimpressed with probe results

By BusinessLIVE reporter
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Man or muse? See who makes our top designers tick

The people who inspire some of our favourite clothes

By Nothemba Mkhondo
2 min read

Fear and Clothing: Unlocking the coat

A weekly column on the vagaries and charms of fashion

Aspasia Karras
Columnist
2 min read

Fur better or fur worse? Big names scarper from skin trade

Burberry is fur free, Tommy Hilfiger isn’t. American Vogue is, British Vogue isn’t … Time to get faux real

By Rebecca Deucher
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Manyonga fights off Aussie for gold

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Bareng-Batho Kortjaas
Sunday Times sports editor
6 min read

Get set for more one-hit wonders on Tiger’s hit parade

Nobody is likely to dominate the majors like Woods did

By Craig Ray
3 min read

Blasts from the past: Bothma cracks a never-caught record

Today in sports history: April 12

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read