Friday, April 13 2018



Billionaire comes to the rescue of two Gupta mines

Quinton van der Burgh has won a temporary contract to keep Optimum and Koornfontein afloat

Leonie Wagner
3 min read

Now racist Slade refuses to pay rent to King Zwelethini

Guesthouse owner faces eviction because he doesn’t recognise the monarch’s authority over ‘God's land’

Jeff Wicks
3 min read

Detained in Dubai: 'We are worried but not panicking'

Family speaks on SA man in Dubai who is under investigation for Gupta video

Graeme Hosken
2 min read



Jailed for life for protecting her baby's rapist

Mom refuses to disclose rapist's identity - now he is a still a free man

Karyn Maughan
3 min read

Top staff removed from state agency

Independent Development Trust is under threat after key managers are pushed out

Siphe Macanda
4 min read

Rampant child abuse in shack communities fuels HIV risk

Study links childhood trauma to risky sexual behaviour

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
1 min read

Desperate scam victims open civil case to claw back money

Alleged Ponzi scheme has left hundreds of people, mostly pensioners, destitute in Mpumalanga

3 min read

An early shift could literally be the death of night-owls

They're not just whining. Night-owls have a 10% higher risk of dying than early birds

2 min read



The greatest love of small

No matter how seemingly trivial or nonsensical an act is, if it is done for love it is noble

5 min read

Oh cum, all ye party faithful

Is it perhaps time our local parties joined in the sperm wail that's risen from China?

Tom Eaton
3 min read

Will the season of reruns never end?

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
4 min read


Billy Long of Missouri questioned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on April 11 2018 about the FaceMash website that Zuckerberg created as a sophomore in college. Zuckerberg confirmed that the site was not connected to Facebook and no longer exists.


Vendors sit under umbrellas inside a wholesale flower market in Bengaluru, India.
Sunblock Vendors sit under umbrellas inside a wholesale flower market in Bengaluru, India.
Image: Reuters/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

Six things about SA you need to know

Dad throws baby off roof during SAPS standoff

A man trying to stop police from demolishing his shack has been arrested for attempted murder after hurling his six-month-old baby off the roof of their home. The father became involved in a stand-off with police‚ getting onto the roof of his shack at Joe Slovo informal settlement in Nelson Mandela Bay, in a bid to stop it from being demolished. The baby girl was caught by a Metro police officer and was unharmed after her father threw her off the roof.

Never worked with a black advocate in 35 years

Justice Minister Michael Masutha was astounded that one of the applicants for a vacancy in the Durban High Court, Elizabeth Law, had not worked with a black counterpart in her 23 years as an advocate. Law was asked by commissioner Thandi Norman SC: ‘Have you worked with any African females on any matter? Law said she had not. ‘Are you telling me in 23 years‚ you have never had an opportunity‚ desire and so on to tag along a junior member of the bar who is African let alone an African woman. Was it a matter of choice that you preferred yourself not to work with those people‚’ Masutha asked. Law said she had not actively gone out and asked people to join her on a case.

505 gunshots in nine days in Cape Town gangland

An expanding network of robotic ears and eyes called ‘ShotSpotter’ is helping law enforcement in some of Cape Town’s most troubled suburbs to fight gang violence‚ but bullets are still flying in huge numbers. The devices placed strategically across seven square kilometres covering Manenberg and Hanover Park triangulate gunshots with pinpoint accuracy. They detected 176 shooting incidents involving 505 gunshots over the first nine days of April. Some 90% of these incidents took place in Manenberg. Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said 'There has been an unprecedented increase in the number of shooting incidents in the last two weeks. One of our challenges has been getting officers to the scene of shooting incidents detected by ShotSpotter'.

'ANC disowned Zuma like they did Winnie'

Bishop Timothy Ngcobo has accused the ANC of treating former president Jacob Zuma like the late struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. The senior religious leader said South Africa and the ANC owed Madikizela-Mandela a “big apology” for not providing her with the necessary protection when she appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1997 amid allegations of murder. ‘Today we experience the same with former president Jacob Zuma‚ where his own organisation disowned him with allegations of charges of the arms deal during a time when he was MEC of KwaZulu-Natal‚’ Ngcobo said.

Ford offers Kuga owners settlements

The National Consumer Commission will by mid-May go public with its long-awaited investigative report into whether Ford SA and its sister companies are guilty of ‘prohibited conduct’ with respect to the scores of Kuga SUVs that caught fire. NCC spokesman Trevor Hattingh said the NCC had embarked on a two-pronged investigation – to gather facts and evidence to prove alleged prohibited conduct by Ford SA‚ and ‘to facilitate the resolution of individual disputes’. Ford SA communications manager Rella Bernardes said the company was duty-bound to contact customers who had “reported problems”‚ and had been doing so to ‘provide the required support’. Asked how many had accepted compensation‚ she said: ‘Any settlements made with customers are strictly confidential. Safety continues to be our priority.’

ANCYL’s Moraka lashes ‘sellout’ leader Maine

Battle lines have been drawn between ANC Youth League leaders after their president‚ Collen Maine‚ threw North West chairman Supra Mahumapelo under the bus by revealing he was the one who introduced him to the Gupta family. Maine was addressing a Winnie Madikizela Mandela memorial service in Potchefstroom on behalf of the youth league. Addressing another memorial service‚ the youth league’s deputy secretary-general‚ Thandi Moraka‚ took a swipe at Maine for his comments‚ saying he does not deserve to be called a comrade.’He is a sellout of note. Immediately after Nasrec comrade Collen went to comrade Cyril and said to him that as the youth league we want to apologise for having supported comrade Nkosazana‚’ Moraka said.



Zim chooses to laugh rather than cry over Mugabe’s ‘regasi’

A new satirical play chronicling the final days of Robert Mugabe’s rule has captivated Zim audiences

4 min read

It seems many Romans stopped their roamin' in England

Studies show that people living in the south east of England may have got their DNA from Romans

By Sarah Knapton
3 min read

After 60 years a Castro won't be in (full) control of Cuba

The new Cuban president won’t be alone at the helm of the communist island

3 min read

Short men: Good for baby-making, but an extra foot in the grave

A study suggests that women should reproduce with shorter men, but that doesn't mean being short is a good thing

By Francis Blagburn
6 min read


Children take a rest after playing soccer at Ciliwung river basin in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Rich dad, poor dad Children take a rest after playing soccer at Ciliwung river basin in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Image: Reuters/Beawiharta


Baby born 4 years after parents die

A surrogate mother has given birth to a baby boy in China four years after his parents died in a car crash. The couple was undergoing fertility treatments before the fatal accident in 2013. Their parents fought a drawn-out legal battle to gain access to the couple's fertilised embryos. – The Daily Telegraph

I'm bipolar, admits Mariah

Mariah Carey has revealed that she suffers from bipolar disorder and has entered treatment. “Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” the singer said. She long presumed that she had a sleeping problem but her insomnia and irritability turned out to be the lows of bipolar disorder, commonly known as manic depression. - AFP

Spacey faces new assault charge

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office is reviewing a 1992 sexual assault accusation against Kevin Spacey. The alleged incident involved an adult male, but the nature and origin of the sexual assault accusation was not disclosed. – The Daily Telegraph

Man dragged from plane: officer sues

A former aviation security officer who lost his job after dragging a man from an overbooked United Airlines flight is suing the airline. James Long forcibly removed 69 Dr David Dao, 69, from the flight on April 9 last year after he refused to leave voluntarily. Footage of the shocking incident was shared globally. Long was sacked from his job in August following a disciplinary investigation. He alleges he didn’t receive adequate training on how to deal with the situation and claims that United should have been aware that calling security to remove a passenger would “require the use of physical force”. – The Daily Telegraph

Netflix nixes Cannes festival

Netflix will not be premiering any of its films at the Cannes Film Festival this year, the head of the streaming video company has confirmed. Ted Sarandos accused Cannes of being stuck in the past after a recent change to the festival's rules blocked Netflix films from competing for its top award. Films must now be given a general cinema release in France to compete for the prestigious prize, whereas Netflix generally uses a "day-and-date" release model, with films appearing simultaneously in cinemas and online. – The Daily Telegraph

End nigh for only tropical polar bear

An elderly polar bear at Singapore zoo, one of the site’s most beloved animals, may be put down after its health deteriorated markedly, the zoo operator said on Thursday. Inuka, the first polar bear born in the tropics, has reached the grand old age of 27 — well into his 70s in human years and two years older than the average lifespan of the creatures in captivity. An examination revealed that the health of Inuka, who has been receiving treatment for arthritis for some time, had declined markedly. His activity levels have fallen over the past three months and he now prefers resting over interacting with his keepers. - AFP



Sagarmatha still haggling over non-listing

Says it is compliant with regulations, but JSE disagrees

By BusinessLIVE reporter
1 min read

Gatvol Shoprite workers tell management to EFF-off

Nationwide protests targeting the busiest times for holiday shopping have involved Malema’s party

By BusinessLIVE reporter
1 min read



SA film scores cheers and tears at US film festival

‘Beyond The River’ wows Californian viewers

By Staff reporter
2 min read

Oh you silly cult: The weird wiles of a real-life sex guru

Six-part documentary about Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his acolytes has Netflix viewers hooked

By Rebecca Hawkes
13 min read

In ‘A Quiet Place’, noise does an awful lot more than annoy

Scary psycho-thriller about sound-hunting killer aliens

By Yolisa Mkele
2 min read

Hey you! Don’t watch that, watch this ...

Get off the couch this weekend. Here's where to go

By Yolisa Mkele
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Bafana on the bounce up Fifa rankings

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Bareng-Batho Kortjaas
Sunday Times sports editor
6 min read

Tendai Ndoro: What a daft fuss about a very simple issue

Matter of the player’s eligibility was straightforward

Sazi Hadebe
3 min read

Blasts from the past: Chester Williams blitzes Samoa

Today in sports history: April 13

David Isaacson
1 min read