Wednesday, April 25 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Revealed: Guptas claimed another R89m in VAT

For the second time SARS has allowed a multi-million VAT repayment claimed by a Gupta firm to be given to a third party

Kyle Cowan
Journalist
4 min read

Bodybuilder's murder 'an underworld hit'

Boksburg athlete Tyrel Ekermans was cutting steroid deals when he 'disrespected' local syndicate boss, say sources

Aron Hyman
Journalist
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Peekaboo, we see through you! Media firm 'a fraud'

Business owners are claiming to have been defrauded to the tune of around R200,000 by Peekaboo and Absolute Media

Khanyi Ndabeni
Journalist
7 min read

Pig farmers get some help to bring home the bacon

Businessman throws lifeline to an industry reeling from listeria hysteria and plummeting pork prices

Nivashni Nair
Journalist
2 min read

Forensic services get their own body of evidence

New academy to promote professionalism and scientific integrity in the industry

Tanya Farber
Journalist
2 min read

The big Queen need no longer give Cape Town a wide berth

Cape Town's new cruise liner terminal is now officially complete and open for business

Bobby Jordan
Journalist
2 min read

That killer smile could be a fatal blow for the elephant

Tuskers and other animals are cursed with too much charisma, a study has found

Tanya Farber
Journalist
2 min read

Put that booze down - it's making your PMS worse

Unfortunately, for women wanting to take the edge off a bad day, alcohol raises the risks of PMS by up to 45%

Claire Keeton
Journalist
2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Red carpet must wait: political reality bites Ramaphosa

Mahikeng is a reminder that his road to reform is littered with party-political obstacles

Tony Leon
Columnist
4 min read

Panic on the streets of Llandudno may not be such a bad thing

Cape Town may be turning on Patricia de Lille, but where would it be without her?

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

Field of shattered dreams

Why I won't be following my father's example and taking my children to the soccer

Matthew Savides
News editor
3 min read

VISUAL SIDE

Lutendo Mugagadeli, who goes by the name Vendaboy Poet, realised his dream of meeting Cyril Ramaphosa when British Airways invited him to welcome the president before they flew from Durban to Johannesburg on April 23, 2018. Mugagadeli often shared his aspirations to be the president's official praise singer on social media.


SNAPSHOT

Opposition supporters and deputies shout slogans as they gather at 'May 13 Square' in Antananarivo to offer their condolences to the families of victims killed in protests on April 21 in Madagascar.
Revolting island Opposition supporters and deputies shout slogans as they gather at 'May 13 Square' in Antananarivo to offer their condolences to the families of victims killed in protests on April 21 in Madagascar.
Image: Rijasolo/AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

Virginity test activist lashes Zuma’s bride-to-be

The doyenne of virginity testing in KwaZulu-Natal has lashed out at Jacob Zuma’s bride-to-be for bringing the ancient Zulu custom into disrepute. Nomagugu Ngobese‚ who founded the Nomkhubulwane Culture and Youth Development Organisation, which promotes the practice, said on Tuesday it was an "insult" that Nonkanyiso Conco claimed she was a director of the organisation. Conco gave birth on April 12. “Nomkhubulwane has rules and one of them is that you must introduce your boyfriend‚ and if your boyfriend is paying lobola for you‚ we accompany you when you get married and you still get tested before you get married. We don’t test people who are already people’s wives. That’s an insult to our culture‚” said Ngobese.

Stadium security guard thought he would die

“I thought I was going to die,” security guard Sabelo Maziba thought when angry fans attacked him following Kaizer Chiefs’ loss to Free State Stars at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday. Footage of Maziba cowering on the ground while he was beaten with chairs‚ punched and kicked by fans‚ went viral. Maziba was among 18 people who were injured following Chiefs’ loss in the semifinal of the Nedbank Cup. Maziba, who sustained mainly head injuries, said he saw fans jumping over the fence but couldn’t stop them. “They started hitting me. I just kept my head down. The pain is terrible‚ I’m not feeling well‚” he said.

North West R100m animal donation probe

Two parliamentary committees have ordered National Treasury and the auditor-general to probe how the North West provincial government spent R100-million on gifting "high-value species" to private individuals. The decision was taken on Tuesday during a joint meeting of the portfolio committee on environmental affairs and the select committee on land and mineral resources. It comes after the Sunday Times revealed at the weekend how North West premier Supra Mahumapelo allegedly gave former president Zuma 24 cows and a bull as a gift worth R1.5-million in October 2016, at a time when the North West department of rural‚ environmental and agriculture development was spending R100-million on a donation of "high value" to the South African Rare Game Breeders Holdings.

Teen rugby star drowns after boot camp

The body of a teenage rugby player who drowned while swimming off a Durban beach was recovered by police rescue divers on Monday. Search-and-rescue unit members pulled the body of 17-year-old Mlungisi Mtambo‚ a development player from Newcastle‚ from the surf at Wedge Beach. It is understood that Mtambo and other players had been in Durban for a KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union training camp‚ and had gone swimming on Sunday. The rugby union said the high-performance under-18 rugby development camp was held ahead of a schools tournament in Gauteng on Friday. Mtambo’s family was in the process of identifying the body, the union said.

Angry mob necklaces two alleged car thieves

Three people have died in Wells Estate‚ Port Elizabeth‚ after they were beaten and burnt to death on Tuesday following the recovery of an alleged stolen vehicle in the area. Two were necklaced with tyres while the third was beaten to death. It is believed two others managed to flee. The incident is believed to have happened early on Tuesday after the car was found at a house. Angry residents allegedly then captured the suspects‚ interrogated them and later burnt two of them.

Jailed for life‚ inmates turn to courts for parole

Almost 200 prisoners serving life sentences in five Eastern Cape prisons have turned to the courts to compel Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha to release them on parole. The 194 applicants‚ who filed court papers at the Bhisho‚ Mthatha and East London high courts‚ are among the 376 lifers in the Eastern Cape who are still serving sentences for murders‚ rapes and robberies despite qualifying for parole. Their lawyer argues that his clients‚ once classified as dangerous‚ are now rehabilitated after going through all the programmes‚ making them eligible for parole.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

Finnish and klaar with universal basic income

Finland decided to try out the idea that so excited the world in the mid-2010s, but they rapidly lost their enthusiasm

By James Crisp
3 min read

How a Kennedy stopped a major UK gay sex scandal

RFK neatly curtailed a potentially damaging disclosure at a time homosexuality was illegal in the UK

By Anita Singh
3 min read

Oz's animals are dying in droves, but do they give a flying fox?

Over the last 200 years at least 34 Australian mammal species and 29 birds have become extinct

By AFP
2 min read

Tupac shocker: Madonna fails to stop sale of breakup letter

Rapper told the Material Girl his image would be tarnished by dating a white woman

By © The Daily Telegraph
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

Commuters walk on a platform after they arrived at the Saint-Lazare train station in Paris during the tenth day of a nationwide strike by French SNCF railway workers.
It'll be on foot I'm afraid! Commuters walk on a platform after they arrived at the Saint-Lazare train station in Paris during the tenth day of a nationwide strike by French SNCF railway workers.
Image: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Boy steals credit card, takes expensive holiday

A 12-year-old Australian boy stole his parents’ credit card and flew to Bali after a row with his mother. The boy spent four days overseas, where he said he checked into a hotel, hired a scooter and drank beer before a friend alerted his mother to a geotagged video of himself playing in a swimming pool. The holiday cost his parents Aus$8,000 (Over R75,000). ‘He just doesn’t like the word ‘no’, and that’s what I got, a kid in Indonesia,’ his mother said. Jetstar, the airline he travelled on, had since changed its procedures to prevent children over 12 from travelling without parental permission. – AFP

Elephant skin – the new ivory

Myanmar has watched with alarm as the number of slain elephants found in the country’s forests rises each year, with many blaming the trade in the mammal’s hide. The biggest market for the products is in China, where the tough skin is ground up and used to treat stomach or human skin ailments, or sold as jewellery in the form of blood-red beads and pendants. Unlike poaching for ivory, the skin trade does not discriminate between genders and ages in elephants, making them far more vulnerable. This means that no elephant is safe. Some 2,000 wild elephants are thought to be left in Myanmar, the second largest population in the region after Thailand. Last year 59 elephant carcasses were found in the wild, a jump from four in 2010, according to government statistics. - AFP

Hay fever boosts risk of depression

Suffering from hay fever or other common allergies significantly increases the risk of depression and anxiety, a major new study suggests. Analysis of nearly 200,000 people showed for the first time a link between the so-called ‘three A’s’ - allergic rhinitis (hay fever), asthma and atopic dermatitis (eczema) with psychiatric disease. Scientists believe inflammation caused by allergies may also be increasing the likelihood of psychiatric conditions. The stress of coping with an allergy may also explain the link. Researchers used health insurance data to compare 46,647 people with allergies to 139,941 without. While those without one of the three main allergies had a 6.7 per cent chance of developing a psychiatric disorder within a 15-year period, for those who were allergic the risk was 10.8 per cent. - © The Daily Telegraph

Man jailed for giving police cameras the finger

Timothy Hill, a company director, jammed speed cameras with a laser in order to escape fines whilst sticking his finger up at them. The 67-year-old fitted a laser jammer to his white Range Rover which meant that his speed came up blank. Hill drove past mobile speed camera vans in England three times in December and each time he was photographed gesturing to the camera with his middle finger. But his actions were spotted by police. Hill was jailed for eight months and banned from driving for a year for perverting the course of justice. After the case, Traffic Constable Andrew Forth said: ‘If you want to attract our attention, repeatedly gesturing at police camera vans with your middle finger while you're driving a distinctive car fitted with a laser jammer is an excellent way to do it. - © The Daily Telegraph

World’s first penis, scrotum transplant done

Doctors at Johns Hopkins University have performed the world’s first total penis and scrotum transplant on a US military serviceman who was wounded in Afghanistan. The 14-hour operation was performed by a team of nine plastic surgeons and two urologic surgeons. The entire penis, scrotum without testicles and partial abdominal wall came from a deceased donor. The extent of his sexual function will not be known for about six months, doctors said. Only four penis transplants have ever been done successfully, including this latest one. Two have been done in South Africa. - AFP

Canada attack: Van driver charged with murder

Alek Minassian, the 25-year-old van driver who ran over 10 people when he ploughed onto a busy Toronto pavement has been charged with murder. He also faces multiple counts of attempted murder. Police said Minassian was not known to them before Monday’s attack. He also was not in the crosshairs of intelligence and security agencies, leading Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to sideline the theory of a terror attack such as those carried out by extremists in London, Nice and other major cities. - AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Thriving PSG has no plans to chase big new opportunities

Solid results from investment house, which says it has enough on its plate for now

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

Slumming it: Time to buy into beaten-down listed property?

The market seems to have stabilised following the massive selloff of the Resilient group of companies

By BusinessLIVE reporter
1 min read

Gupta-linked Nkonki folds after damning AG decision

Closure is a setback for transformation of the auditing profession, and diversification away from the big four

By BusinessLIVE reporter
1 min read

Here’s to your health: Zeroing in on AfroCentric’s growth

Acquisition-fed healthcare investment group on the up

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Get a load of this: Seven good reasons not to cut the carbs

As if you needed any excuses!

By Staff reporter
3 min read

Prawns in the endgame: Why seafood farming sucks

Being a pescatarian isn’t as sustainable as you think 

By Andrea Burgener
3 min read

Why the hype about hipster travel trends is, like, so unhip

The Millennial version of cool is way past its sell-by date

By Sherelle Jacobs
4 min read

Why you sometimes need to leave me the hell alone

Time by ourselves is essential for us not to burn out

Shanthini Naidoo
Journalist
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Time eventually catches up with Habana

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
6 min read

Fingers point in every direction but still no action

Zero acceptance of responsibility or tangible moves made by PSL or police over violent pitch invasions

Marc Strydom
Journalist
5 min read

Blast from the past: Another rout in Murray’s final bout

Today in sports history: April 25

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read