Wednesday, May 2 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Gupta mines 'face ruin' amid coal 'challenges'

Revealed: New court bid to have ‘incompetent’ business rescue practitioners removed

Kyle Cowan
Journalist
5 min read

South Africans could be the next kidnap target

Since January, at least eight prominent foreign businesspeople have been kidnapped in SA for vast ransoms

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

WATCH: Why Centurion looks like Swiss cheese

The city needs R100m to start fixing the problem

Abigail Javier
Journalist
1 min read

Cape Bar is racist, two advocates claim

'Unconscionable racist practices,' claim the pair. Not true, says the Bar

Philani Nombembe
Journalist
4 min read

Forget conservation, Krugersdorp wants a 'Disneyland' fun park

A portion of the Krugersdorp Game Reserve may soon be developed into a massive theme park

Tanya Steenkamp
Journalist
4 min read

Nestum Dorma: New Yorkers go gaga over opera for babies

It's all about infant noises and a dose of challenging grown-up music - and it's a sellout hit at the Met

By AFP
3 min read

People-owned cinemas make watching movies affordable – and fun – again

iStarring Cinemas has launched South Africa’s first crowd-funded pop-up cinema in Joburg

Farren Collins
Journalist
2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Show and telly: how I wasted your money at SABC

How two blokes from Cape Town sold the suits at the broadcaster a cliché of a nouveau riche fantasy

Tom Eaton
Columnist
5 min read

Bi the way, straight men don't exist

Bisexuality is nothing new, yet half of bisexual men are afraid of coming out

By Lewis Oakley
6 min read

VISUAL SIDE


SNAPSHOT

Cape Town's Ratanga Junction theme park closed its doors on May 1 after being open for 20 years.
Up and away it goes Cape Town's Ratanga Junction theme park closed its doors on May 1 after being open for 20 years.
Image: Esa Alexander

Six things about SA you need to know

Conservationists fume over lion skeleton policy

The killing of more than 50 lions on a Free State farm last week has conservationists in an uproar over the government's lion skeleton export policy. Bloemfontein SPCA senior inspector Reinet Meyer said that what they and nature conservation authorities had discovered on the farm was a "deplorable" scene, a "lion slaughterhouse". "It was terrible. For me a lion is a stately animal‚ a kingly animal. Here he is butchered for people just to make money‚ it's absolutely disgusting‚" she said. Activists at the Blood Lions Campaign said the Department of Environmental Affairs’ new policy permitting the export of 800 lion skeletons every year was partly to blame.

Icasa tells NCC to deal with data expiry

Icasa has dodged the “data expiry” matter‚ saying it’s the National Consumer Commission’s job to force the cellphone industry to allow subscribers to use prepaid data for up to three years. All Icasa has said about its about-turn on data expiry is that it did so “after careful consideration of submission by interested parties”. “However‚ the authority is of the view that the NCC‚ as the custodian of the Consumer Protection Act‚ should take the necessary steps to enforce compliance (with regard to data expiry).” In the seven years since the act came into effect‚ all the networks have insisted that Section 63, which requires that all prepaid goods and services be redeemable by consumers for at least three years, does not apply to them.

R15m 'emergency bill' for Durban beach repair

Five Durban beaches are finally getting a badly needed infusion of sand, but the emergency operation will cost ratepayers at least R15-million in extra costs because of lengthy failures by the municipality and Transnet to repair the city’s sand-pumping scheme. Last week‚ a huge black plastic pipeline began to spew seawater onto the severely eroded remnants of North Beach. Over the next three weeks the temporary ship-to-shore pipeline will be shifted to the Dairy‚ Suncoast‚ Country Club and Sunkist beaches to replenish the sand and prevent Durban’s popular promenade from washing into the Indian Ocean.

Five die in head-on collision on N1

Five people died on Tuesday morning when a Datsun Go collided head-on with a Hyundai i10 on the N1 between Laingsburg and Prince Albert in the Western Cape. Kenny Africa‚ Western Cape provincial traffic chief‚ said the crash happened at about 3.30am. “We have just reopened the N1 and the death toll is still five people in the one vehicle (Datsun Go)‚ and four who were seriously injured (in the Hyundai).” The N1 had been closed from 3.30am to 9am. Two men‚ two women and a three-year-old child died in the accident.

Cops nab 3 men following soccer violence

Three alleged soccer hooligans have been arrested as a police tracing unit works to bring those responsible for the bedlam following the Nedbank Cup semi-final 10 days ago to book. Police said a 35-year-old truck driver‚ taxi rank manager‚ 29‚ and a taxi owner‚ 35, are wanted for cases of public violence at Moses Mabhida Stadium and will appear at the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. Violence erupted at the Durban stadium after Kaizer Chiefs lost to Free State Stars. The pandemonium left many people injured and property damaged.

Police swoop on notorious hostel 'hitman'

An alleged Glebelands hostel hitman, described by police as one of their most wanted suspects, was arrested in a swoop on Monday. Spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said a joint operation by police units had led to the arrest of the man wanted for murder and attempted murder cases at the hostel and Montclair. “Police traced the man, who remained very elusive, to the Harding area.” The 38-year-old would be charged with the attempted murder of a woman who was shot and wounded in 2016 at the hostel‚ and with two charges of murder relating to a 2015 incident in which two hostel residents were killed at Montclair.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

Big stars cash in on inglorious fall of Harvey Weinstein

Top players join bankruptcy suit against Weinstein as Ashley Judd sues producer for derailing her career

By Alice Vincent
3 min read

Cardinal sin? A look at the top Oz cleric facing paedo charges

Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric to stand trial over ‘multiple’ historical sex abuse offences

By AFP
3 min read

It's time to K-pop the North Korean bubble

Despite an agreement to cease all ‘hostile acts’, North Korean defectors are still sending K-pop to their homeland

By AFP
2 min read

Germ warfare: Bacteria warn each other when antibiotics are coming

Scientists find that Pseudomonas aeruginosa 'talk to each other' to dodge certain drugs

By Anne Gulland
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

Leicester Morrismen throw their hats during May Day celebrations at Bradgate Park in Newtown Linford, Britain.
Hats off to them Leicester Morrismen throw their hats during May Day celebrations at Bradgate Park in Newtown Linford, Britain.
Image: Reuters/Darren Staples

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Zika-carrying mosquitoes spread across France

Aggressive tiger mosquitoes that can carry diseases such as Zika, dengue and Chikungunya fever have spread throughout half of France. The invasive insect, which originated in Asia and can be recognised from its distinctive black-and-white striped body and legs. Its numbers — and the area affected — have doubled in the past two years. Tiger mosquitoes have propagated an epidemic of dengue fever in the French Indian Ocean island of Réunion and the health authority fears that returning holidaymakers could bring the virus in mainland France, where it could be spread by tiger mosquitoes. - © The Daily Telegraph

Eyebrows raised over record $150m Modigliani

Eyebrows were raised last week when Sotheby’s announced the sale of a Modigliani nude for $150-million – the highest ever estimate on a work of art. But sell it will, because someone has guaranteed to pay the price. The only question now is whether anyone will pay more. For the last 30 years, Modigliani nudes have continually broken the artist’s record. A seated nude (La Belle Romaine) which sold for a record $8-million in 1987, sold again in 1999 for a new record of $16.8-million, and then again in 2010 for a record $69-million. Sotheby’s $150-million painting was last sold (by the Las Vegas hotelier Steve Wynn) at Christie’s in 2003, when the Irish horse breeder John Magnier bought it for a then-record $27-million. - © The Daily Telegraph

Peppa Pig, an ‘icon for slackers’, is banned

A Chinese internet platform has given the British cartoon ‘Peppa Pig’ the chop as state media lamented that the series had become a ‘subversive’ icon for slackers and anti-social young people. At least 30,000 clips of ‘Peppa Pig’, whose heroine is a playful bright pink pig, were removed from the popular Douyin video-sharing platform, while the #PeppaPig hashtag was banned from the site. The BBC children’s cartoon is on a list of content censored by Douyin, in the same way as men disguised as women, excessive nudity or ‘erotic behaviour’. The People’s Daily, mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, said a number of schoolchildren try to differentiate themselves by competing for Peppa Pig watches or accessories to the benefit of makers of counterfeit goods, it lamented. Parents complained that some pre-schoolers liked to ‘to oink and jump in puddles’ after watching the cartoon. – AFP

Barking mad: Japan team invents ‘wood alcohol’

Discerning drinkers may soon be able to branch out after Japanese researchers have invented a way of producing an alcoholic drink made from wood. The researchers at Japan’s Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute say the bark-based beverages have woody qualities similar to alcohol which is aged in wood barrels. They hope to have their ‘wood alcohol’ on shelves within three years. The method involves pulverising wood into a creamy paste and then adding yeast and an enzyme to start the fermentation process. So far, they have produced tipples from cedar, birch and cherry. - AFP

Mongolians sip ‘air cocktails’ to cope with smog

Fed up with the smog in Mongolia’s capital, residents have resorted to sipping ‘lung’ tea and ‘oxygen cocktails’ in a desperate bid to protect themselves from pollution, despite health officials saying there is no evidence they work. Ulaanbaatar topped New Delhi and Beijing as the world’s most polluted capital in 2016. But some businesses are cashing in, even though a WHO official says there is no evidence that such anti-smog products work. Advertisements in Mongolia boast that ‘drinking just one oxygen cocktail is equal to a three-hour-walk in a lush forest’. At the produce section of the State Department Store, blue cans of oxygen called ‘Life Is Air’ are on sale for $2, and promise to turn a glass of juice into a foamy, sweet ‘oxygen cocktail’. Other stores and pharmacies have oxygen cocktail machines that resemble coffee makers and can turn a juice into a frothy drink for $1. – AFP

WhatsApp co-founder leaving Facebook for frisbee

WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum out word that he is leaving Facebook, which bought the smartphone messaging service four years ago for $19 billion. Koum said in a post on his Facebook page that he is taking time off to pursue interests such as collecting air-cooled Porsches, working on cars and playing ultimate Frisbee. US media reports indicated that a disagreement with Facebook over the privacy of user data may have also been a factor in Koum’s decision to quit his position as a high-ranking executive and likely leave his seat on the board at the leading online social network. - AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Solutions should be based on evidence, not tweets

Fake news isn’t even needed to spread bad policy ideas 

By Stuart Theobald
4 min read

Results say Cartrack is a steal

Telematics operator thrives on rising annuity income

By Chris Gilmour
2 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Just for the record: Looks do still count

A bi-weekly vinyl review

By Andrew Donaldson
9 min read

Michelin magician does his fare share for your mum

Top chef Liam Tomlin and UCOOK have put all you need in a box to make Mother's Day extra-special

By Andrea Nagel
3 min read

PING! ‘You have a new, if shortlived memory’

Drawing or painting images from your holiday will make you remember it better. But does it really matter?

By Greg Dickinson
4 min read

Remembering the greatest Formula One driver of all time

Ayrton Senna died 24 years ago on April 30

By Pearl Boshomane Tsotetsi
3 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Salah crowns an epic season with another prize

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Marc Strydom
Journalist
5 min read

Downs on the up: How Pitso has revolutionised SA football

Sundowns are changing the game in South Africa, raising the bar like Chiefs did in the 1970s and 1980s

Marc Strydom
Journalist
5 min read

Blast from the past: Black marks against Waterkloof

Today in sports history: May 2

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read