Tuesday, April 24 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

How much-loved snack nearly killed dad

Number of listeriosis cases continue to rise but Tiger Brands still arguing

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read

The pits: Komapes get no cash; R27bn to fix loos

Court dismisses compensation bid but orders department to fix infrastructure

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
6 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Taxi bosses hail digital whizz's 'brilliant' app

Skhona Khumalo's app tells you all you need to know about catching a minibus taxi ride - and gives passengers a voice

Katharine Child
Journalist
3 min read

He's proved his mettle in the world of metal

Kashief Booley of Prince Albert comes with an anvil, a forge and a passion for fire – just like in the old storybooks

By Julienne du Toit
5 min read

Mystery parking police stick it to Joburg's 'jackass' drivers

Putting notices on badly parked cars is common in Mzansi, but this unofficial traffic warden has made a special effort

Nivashni Nair
Journalist
2 min read

Go bos and stop the rot: Cape citizen scientists needed

PhD student calls on Capetonians to help save fynbos from a root-rotting microbe

By Jacqueline Flynn
2 min read

From horror to help: Genocide victim becomes medicine man

A Rwandan genocide victim turned to Doctors Without Borders to help those who need it most

Matthew Savides
News editor
3 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

I'm goin' ta ignore Gunther, as there's good too

We may dwell on the headline-horrors of life, but there are many thousands being carefully, quietly excellent

Tom Eaton
Columnist
5 min read

Time to get rid of bloated bureaucracies

The appetite of overstaffed municipalities for revenue and pay increases has to end

By Janine Myburgh
7 min read

VISUAL SIDE

Kate, the wife of Prince William, gave birth to a boy at a hospital in London on Monday April 23 2018. He is the British royal couple’s third child and is fifth in line to the throne.


SNAPSHOT

Men look at women attending a yoga session a day ahead of Earth Day, inside a shopping mall in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China.
Peeping Toms Men look at women attending a yoga session a day ahead of Earth Day, inside a shopping mall in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China.
Image: ReutersStringer

Six things about SA you need to know

Cop offered to 'microwave' drunk drivers' samples

A police officer who told drunk drivers he could get them off the hook by microwaving their blood samples not only lost his job but was also convicted of corruption. Shaun Hoffman‚ a former warrant officer stationed at Pinelands police station in Cape Town‚ was convicted of two counts of corruption in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crimes Court. In 2015, on two occasions, Hoffman approached people who were arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol‚ with an offer to destroy the evidence by heating their blood samples in a microwave oven, said police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Traut. He tried to solicit bribes of R2‚000 and R1‚000. Hoffman was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment‚ which was suspended for five years.

Obama to deliver Madiba lecture

Former US president Barack Obama is coming to South Africa to deliver the 2018 Nelson Mandela annual lecture‚ one of many events planned to mark what would have been Madiba's 100th birthday. The Nelson Mandela Foundation said on Monday Obama will deliver the lecture on July 17 at the Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg‚ a day before Madiba's birthday. Foundation CEO Sello Hatang said the theme for this year, developed in recognition of the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, is around renewing the Mandela legacy and promoting active citizenship in a changing world. “This year we thought: who can best represent the legacy of Madiba than the person whom we believe took on the baton when he became president of his own country … Who can respond to the challenge?” said Hatang. Obama, clearly, was the answer.

Investec chair faced death threats, racial slurs

Investec chairman Fani Titi told the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday that his longtime friend Peter-Paul Ngwenya had threatened to kill him‚ despite a protection order telling him not to do so. Ngwenya‚ a politically connected businessman who spent almost five years on Robben Island‚ is facing a charge of crimen injuria for calling Titi a k****r. Titi told the court that Ngwenya had stormed his business premises and threatened to kill him and his business associates. “I was told that he said‚ ‘I will kill these dogs if they don't get my money’‚" said Titi. The conflict between the two businessmen and friends of 20 years stems from a multimillion-rand deal that went sour. Ngwenya claims Titi owes him close to R54-million. It degenerated last June when Ngwenya called Free State-born Titi a “QwaQwa k****r” and a “bantustan boss” in an SMS intended for Titi’s business partner Aqueel Patel. The case continues.

Rasool will try to rescue Western Cape ANC

Fikile Mbalula revealed on Monday that former Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool would spearhead the party’s election campaign in the province. Rasool was recalled by the ANC as premier in 2008 after he was accused of paying some journalists to write stories portraying him in a good light. He was also accused of driving factionalism in the party. Mbalula‚ head of the ANC election campaign‚ said that Rasool was being deployed as the provincial election head after having led the province “as it’s most successful premier” between 2004 and 2008. The announcement comes during a period of “Ramaphoria” which spread across the country after Cyril Ramaphosa took over as president from Jacob Zuma and also, according to Rasool, has “coincided with the DA’s implosion”. Rasool said he would not be a candidate for premier if the ANC won the province.

More water thefts in Western Cape

The Western Cape government is probing allegations that water is being stolen as it makes its way from the Bergrivier dam to the Misverstand weir. Local government‚ environmental affairs and development planning MEC Anton Bredell said that a coordinated law enforcement response had been put in place to catch anyone trying to illegally divert the water intended for the Saldanha area. The Bergrivier dam sluices have been opened to release 5-million cubic metres to the parched Misverstand dam, which had been predicted to run out of water later this week. Bredell said there had been attempts to “extract water irregularly” as it headed towards Misverstand. This included attempts to channel water from the river to off-stream dams. He warned that anyone caught doing this would face harsh penalties.

Joburg ambos twice under attack at weekend

The City of Johannesburg's Emergency Management Services said it was concerned about attacks on its paramedics following two separate incidents at the weekend. On Saturday at about 7pm‚ ambulance crews based at the Northview fire station were shot at while attending to an assault case in Sandringham‚ said EMS spokesman Robert Mulaudzi. They survived unharmed. On Sunday at about 6pm‚ four paramedics based at the Eldorado Park fire station were attacked by residents after they responded to an emergency call about a woman who was killed during an alleged assault by her boyfriend in Freedom Park. The residents started attacking the woman’s boyfriend, and paramedics were injured while trying to intervene.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

The spare's spare: How previous royal third-borns fared

What lies in store for William and Kate’s new baby boy?

By AFP
2 min read

In Afghanistan, some of the boys are girls

If a family doesn't have a son, a daughter has to step in and fill his role, right down to wearing male clothes

By AFP
5 min read

Remote tribe lynches Canadian ... and posts it on social media

Indigenous Peruvian villagers suspected him of murdering their medicine woman

By The Daily Telegraph
2 min read

Good boy! Old dog saves lost girl, 3, from death in Outback

Max the cattle dog never left little Aurora's side all night as temperatures dropped and rain pelted down

By Jonathan Pearlman
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

Local resident Alexey Seryogin, 50, rides a three-wheeled velomobile which he made himself on his own design, past a cow in the Siberian village of Balakhta, in Krasnoyarsk region, Russia.
Three-wheeling moobile Local resident Alexey Seryogin, 50, rides a three-wheeled velomobile which he made himself on his own design, past a cow in the Siberian village of Balakhta, in Krasnoyarsk region, Russia.
Image: Reuters/Ilya Naymushin

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Heatwave quip puts fat in Twitter fire

Transport for London has faced mass criticism after a “fat-shaming” message was left on a noticeboard on Saturday. The message read: “During this heatwave please dress for the body you have … not for the body you want!” The message ignited a barrage of criticism on Twitter. TFL said later the notice put up at Blackhorse Road had been removed. The message is part of TFL’s Quote of the Day in which uplifting messages are posted for London commuters. - The Daily Telegraph

Buddha's Nazi salute meant to 'annoy girlfriend'

A YouTube prankster convicted of a hate crime after filming a pet dog giving Nazi salutes and putting the footage on the internet has been fined £800. Mark Meechan, 30, recorded his girlfriend's pug, Buddha, responding to statements such as “gas the Jews” and “Sieg Heil” by raising its paw. After complaints, police arrested him for allegedly committing a hate crime. Meechan, of Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, insisted he made the video to annoy his girlfriend, Suzanne Kelly, 29, but was convicted under the Communications Act after a trial at Airdrie Sheriff Court. - The Daily Telegraph

Rightwingers attack migrants on island

A far-right group launched a violent attack on migrants staging a sit-in protest on the Greek island of Lesbos, injuring about 12 people, police said on Monday. The violence erupted on Sunday after members of the radical Patriotic Movement gathered in the main city Mytilene, where about 200 Afghan asylum seekers were protesting against miserable living conditions. Despite a police presence the situation escalated as the extremists threw bottles and lit flares, shouting “Burn them alive” and “Throw them in the sea”. Tensions spiralled further when leftwing activists arrived and started fighting with the far-right supporters. - AFP

Pro-lifers booted from abortion clinic

A ban on pro-life protests outside an abortion clinic in London came into force on Monday in a first that pro-choice campaigners hope will set a precedent for the country. The local authority in Ealing, west London imposed an exclusion zone after claims that women and staff at the Marie Stopes clinic were being intimidated and harassed by vigils that have been held outside the building for 23 years. The weekly vigils at the clinic, which provides abortions and vasectomies on the state-run National Health Service, have become almost daily in recent years. - AFP

Airfare dinkum! I’m off to Bali, says 12-year-old

A 12-year-old Australian jetted off to Bali on his own after stealing his parents’ credit card and tricking his grandmother into giving him his passport, reports The Guardian. When his mother told him he couldn’t go to Bali, the boy found an airline that allowed 12-year-olds to fly unaccompanied, and a hotel room, and booked, the report said. He told his family he was going to school before hopping onto his razor scooter to catch a train to the airport, where he used a self-service check-in terminal and boarded flights for Perth then Indonesia. - Staff reporter

Reporter gets to gropes with seedy side of fest

A reporter for Teen Vogue who visited the Coachella to investigate sexual harassment at the US music festival ended up being “repeatedly violated by strangers” herself. “During the 10 hours I was reporting on this story, I was groped 22 times,” Vera Papisova, the magazine’s wellness editor, wrote in an article published last week. Papisova interviewed 54 women while researching her article, and was told that “all of them had a story of sexual assault or harassment that occurred this year at Coachella”. - The Daily Telegraph

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Don’t give me guff, just say what you *%&!#@$ mean

Over time it will become clear who tried hard and failed honestly, and who were just frickin liars

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

Bidvest beefs up at the top to bolster offshore ambitions

Experience in food, banking and infrastructure is key for expansion both in South Africa and further afield

By Mark Allix
1 min read

If not a bath, the rand takes a cold shower

Local currency hit by rising oil price and stronger dollar

By Maarten Mittner
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Bloody hell! Imagine Macbeth in bleakest 1970s Glasgow

Jo Nesbø’s antihero is a basic good bent cop who kills his boss, Duncan, to get his job as chief commissioner

By Andrew Donaldson
7 min read

Penn on paper: Microscopic art zooms in on big themes

Joburg artist explores science both large and small

By Mary Corrigal
4 min read

Find the right balance in life by lowering your standards

Know your priorities and don't take shortcuts

Claire Keeton
Journalist
3 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Khoza sticks the knife into lax stadium cops

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
5 min read

League of death and mayhem deserves a state crackdown

Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa must call a full-blown commission of inquiry, with the power to subpoena

Marc Strydom
Journalist
5 min read

Blast from the past: Corrie gets a klap from Klitschko

Today in sports history: April 24

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read