Monday, April 16 2018



ANC's attempts to honour Winnie just don't wash

Madikizela-Mandela’s death proves the party can no longer rely on history to weave magic come election time

3 min read

When we were heroes: Funeral was one last shake of Winnie's spear

Her send-off was a hark back in time to the ANC of old, infused with her own rebellious spirit

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
4 min read

Water, water everywhere, and not a wink of sleep

A water activist has got people streaming to an affluent Cape Town suburb, but residents say it's illegal

By By Aron Hyman and Anthony Molyneaux
6 min read



At least the ellie was fine: A crash course in gamewatching

Family in Botswana got a lot closer to an elephant than they liked

4 min read

'O bring my terug ...' More and more SA expats just want to come home

UK was the dream, but now South Africans are returning in record numbers

3 min read

Gauteng freeze on new doctors, nurses except for critical posts

Gauteng Health has warned that posts are to be frozen and there will be disciplinary action if new staff is appointed

4 min read

Social media makes you more generous, or is it more obliging?

Research shows that the online world is driving gift-giving

Claire Keeton
2 min read



Coming clean about TCP: When ‘original’ isn’t

The relaunched antiseptic doesn’t contain the ingredients it once did ... but a competitor's product does

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read

How perfect strangers make nights out to die for

There's wisdom and exhilaration to be had when you surround yourself with people you've never met

Claire Keeton
5 min read



Owners and their dogs take part in HK Doggie Dash 2018, an event held to raise money for for abandoned and surrendered dogs in Hong Kong. Dozens of pugs and dachshunds compensated for their modest speed with peppy spirits during the races.
in my mind, I'm a wolf Owners and their dogs take part in HK Doggie Dash 2018, an event held to raise money for for abandoned and surrendered dogs in Hong Kong. Dozens of pugs and dachshunds compensated for their modest speed with peppy spirits during the races.
Image: Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Five things about SA you need to know

Jo'burg objectors' rates unchanged, for now

Johannesburg property owners who objected to their property valuations by the city will continue to pay the original rates until the objection process is finalised‚ mayor Herman Mashaba said on Sunday. The City will ensure no credit management processes will be initiated against objectors‚ conditioned upon continued payments of their previous rates payments to the city‚ along with their invoiced service charges.” The invoices will reflect the rates charge based on the new valuation‚ “because the law prescribes this”. The city received 40,000 objections to the 2018 general valuations roll of 879,000 properties.

Boy, 8, dies in Roodepoort house fire

An eight-year-old boy died in a fire at a home in Florida‚ Roodepoort‚ on Sunday. "ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene to find that a fire had broken out in one of the flats. Several people had already evacuated and were crowded on the pavement‚" spokesman Russel Meiring said on Sunday. Seven of those found outside the burning premises were treated for mild smoke inhalation. They did not want to go to hospital. The eight-year-old’s body was found after the blaze had been put out. It was not immediately clear what had sparked the blaze.

Does bromance loom for Ramaphosa, Malema?

The EFF may soon be joining forces with the ANC. The Sunday Times reported there have been informal discussions between senior leaders of both parties after the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela expressed her wish to them that EFF leader Julius Malema either lead a comeback to the governing party, or that they co-operate in the national interest. Malema said yesterday he did not want to speculate on the possibility of a pre- or post- election alliance. But he said he had spoken to President Cyril Ramaphosa about what was necessary for co-operation between the two parties.

Mashaba praises Malema's Winnie speech, but …

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba praised the family of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Sunday for giving Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema his turn on the podium‚ but said he was not afforded the same opportunity when “my brother” Ronnie Mamoepa died. Mamoepa was an ANC member and President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson. "My personal deepest respect to Mama Winnie Mandela’ family for insisting on Julius Malema to speak at her funeral‚ despite serious misgivings from certain quarters‚" Mashaba tweeted. "The same forces denied me an opportunity to bid farewell to my brother Ronnie Mamoepa." Prompted to elaborate ‚ Mashaba said he had been on the funeral programme to speak at Mamoepa's funeral but was suddenly removed on Friday night. He gave no further details.

DA leaders head to court over top party posts

A senior DA leader is threatening to take the party to court after his opponent was appointed to a position without an election being held for that particular post. Gauteng MPL Khume Ramulifho has written to the party’s federal council chairman, James Selfe, challenging the installation of MP Natasha Mazzone to the recently created position of second deputy federal chairperson. This is the first major fallout in the party after it held its national congress last weekend, at which party leader Mmusi Maimane was re-elected unopposed.



'I woke to missiles streaking across the sky of Damascus'

A journalist describes how an air strike turned a quiet Syrian suburb into a chaotic nightmare

By Danny Makki
2 min read

Court rules naked torso not revenge porn - it’s art!

An art student was charged after submitting a photograph of her topless ex-boyfriend for her art degree

By Helena Horton
3 min read

You may be an adult, but are you a grown-up?

19 signs that you’re a big person now

By Annabel Rivkin and Emilie McMeekan
3 min read

Fashion from the gutters: Designer makes new from old

UK designer Christopher Raeburn creates from the unexpected

3 min read


Racegoers during Ladies Day at the Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool.
yes ... ladies ... Racegoers during Ladies Day at the Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool.
Image: Reuters/Darren Staples


Lawyer in fiery suicide protest over fossil fuels

A well-known gay rights lawyer and environmental advocate burned himself to death in New York on Saturday in a grisly protest against ecological destruction. The charred remains of David Buckel, 60, were found by passers-by in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. He left a suicide note in a shopping cart near his body that said he hoped his death was "honourable" and "might serve others". It continued: "Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result - my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves." - The Daily Telegraph

Don't give robots human rights: experts

Some of the world's leading robotics and artificial intelligence experts are calling on the European Union to rethink plans to grant robots legal status because it could breach human rights law. A group of 140 academics spanning 40 countries signed a letter to the European Commission that warned granting robots similar rights to humans was “inappropriate” and “non-sensical” from an ethical and legal perspective. Under legislation being considered by the EU, robots would have the right to dignity, integrity, remuneration and citizenship. – The Daily Telegraph

Instagram to do a Facebook

Instagram will soon allow its users to download all the information the social network has about them, similarly to Facebook. The image-sharing site is working on a tool following in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. “We are building a new data portability tool. You’ll soon be able to download a copy of what you’ve shared on Instagram, including your photos, videos and messages,” a spokesperson said. - The Daily Telegraph

Beethoven 'needs speeding up'

Orchestras play Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony way too slowly, says leading conductor Benjamin Zander, who has recorded a zippy new version with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra which will see the usual 100-minute score slashed to just 80. Although Beethoven included clear tempo marks in the symphony, Zander claims they were never intended to be taken literally. He points to the slow movement which includes a fanfare that when played at a traditional pace sounds more like a dirge. “The fanfare usually sounds nothing like the bracing event, bristling with energy and majestic impatience, that Beethoven intended,” he said. – The Daily Telegraph

Millennials too squeamish to touch meat

A UK supermarket is to introduce touch-free packaging to help squeamish millennials who are afraid to touch raw meat before cooking it. Sainsburys said it was bringing in the straight-to-pan plastic pouches, which are known in the industry as ‘doypacks’, after a survey showed the prospect of coming into contact with uncooked meat products induced high levels of anxiety among shoppers under the age of 35. “Customers, particularly younger ones, are quite scared of touching raw meat. These bags allow people, especially those who are time-poor, to just ‘rip and tip’ the meat straight into the frying pan without touching it, ” the retailer said. – The Daily Telegraph

Vendor's chainsaw cries banned

A market trader in England has been banned from shouting about his goods after his yelling landed him with a noise complaint. Wayne Bellows's family have been selling fruit and vegetables at the Saturday market in the Lymington for the past 80 years. The 53-year-old was left "shocked" after local officials deemed him too noisy to continue using his voice to promote his goods. Bellows's loudest shout reached 111 decibels, around the same as a rock concert or a chainsaw, but he said it is all "part and parcel of street life". – The Daily Telegraph



Forget codes, give me a leader with character

We need people with genuine ethics if we are to recover our respect and faith in business leadership

By Stuart Theobald
4 min read

Cooling bitcoin craze sees SA miners back off

Heat comes off demand for cryptocurrency processors

By Nick Hedley
2 min read



What Facebook knows about you will make you feel dirty

Why your ignorance is their strength, and some tips on what you can do about it 

By Paula Andropoulos
6 min read

Getting up close and personal with vaginal rejuvenation

The dark underside of this intimate craze

By Paula Andropoulos
5 min read

Oh, the agony: My boyfriend, Sir Koolio the Magnificent

Our weekly bit of lighthearted advice

By Yolisa Mkele and Nina Hastie
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Pirates keep Premiership hopes alive

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Marc Strydom
5 min read

Para integration is the big winner at Commonwealth Games

Paralympic athletes are not just included but fully integrated in the teams and their events

By Nick Mulvenney
3 min read

Blasts from the past: Ludick loses fizz against Cokes

Today in sports history: April 16

David Isaacson
1 min read