Thursday, May 3 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Gauteng's water supply at risk

A major - and crucial - water project could be stalled as unimpressed Lesotho businesses head to court

Matthew Savides
News editor
5 min read

Legal spat could shut down police

Intellectual property rights dispute could result in shutdown of vital forensic systems

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

This guy rules: Life Esidimeni judge pays it forward

UWC the first to benefit as former deputy chief justice donates his arbitrator's fees to varsity law schools

By JacquelineFlynn
1 min read

I am what I scrum: Gay rugby team tackles the cliches

You can find them every Sunday afternoon, redefining what the LBGTI community do with their spare time

By Dan Meyer and Anthony Molyneaux
2 min read

A little marvel made with a skedonk and a lot of heart

Film makers overcome a tiny budget and a belligerent old bakkie to make a difference in children's lives

By Dan Meyer
3 min read

Haven amid the horror for orphaned rhino calves

A Limpopo sanctuary offers a second chance to rhinos affected by poaching - but their work is bittersweet

Leonie Wagner
Journalist
3 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Alma materialistic: How varsities cheat students

They care more about funding than academic excellence, and so their degrees have become close to worthless

Jonathan Jansen
Columnist
4 min read

The way we view mentally ill people is sick

We have all got to do better at understanding how to treat mentally unwell people

By Andile Ndlovu
3 min read

VISUAL SIDE

Armed gunmen dressed as police officers burst into an Argentine police station on April 30 2018, and fired at police officers, leaving one officer in serious condition.


SNAPSHOT

Six things about SA you need to know

De Lille has ‘little faith’ she will remain mayor

Patricia de Lille doubts she will remain Cape Town mayor and has “little faith in a positive result” from the DA’s top brass. In a letter to DA bosses she wrote: “As you may understand‚ given the circumstances‚ I have little faith in a positive result. The party is going through the motions, in my view, in order to implement its new recall clause.” De Lille submitted the letter to the DA’s federal executive on Wednesday in a final attempt to save her job. She said she would go to court if she was unsuccessful. The DA’s caucus in the City of Cape Town effectively ousted De Lille in an internal vote of no confidence last week‚ but the decision needed to be ratified by the federal executive before it took effect. De Lille had until 3pm on Wednesday to submit reasons the caucus’ decision should not be carried through.

Guptas want their cars, planes and chopper back

The Guptas say the state has no prospect of convicting them on any criminal charges linked to the so-called Estina Dairy Project scam, and that the latest state bid to freeze assets allegedly linked to that “scam” is baseless and “an abuse of process”. They’re fighting to overturn the freezing of 43 residential‚ farm and business properties‚ two aircraft‚ a helicopter‚ a Porsche‚ a Lamborghini‚ Range Rovers and other cars, as well as bank accounts belonging to Oakbay Investments and Sahara Computers. The case is expected to be heard next week‚ and will be key to the State disproving the Guptas’ vocal stance that they are winning their litigation war with the “recklessly incompetent” National Prosecuting Authority. The NPA has opposed the application, but is yet to submit papers.

Calls for lifestyle audits for Sita and SAPS members

Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) wants lifestyle audits on employees of the South African Police Service and employees of the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) as a matter of urgency. Scopa said it had received information on Wednesday from Sita that showed corrupt relationships between some of the employees of Sita and service providers. Scopa has also asked national police commissioner General Khehla Sitole to submit a report on all current investigations‚ including the Forensic Data Analysts and Unisys contracts, by the end of the month. The committee also told the police to expedite all investigations involving SAPS officials. Scopa has also asked Sitole to tell it why Brigadier Beauty Phahlane‚ the wife of the former acting national commissioner‚ Kgomotso Phahlane‚ had not been suspended for her alleged involvement in corrupt activities within the police service.

Unisa exams pushed back two weeks

The University of SA (Unisa) has extended the start of first semester examinations by two weeks to give all students reasonable time to prepare. Vice-chancellor‚ Professor Mandla Makhanya said on Wednesday that in reaching the agreement‚ the institution took into consideration grievances raised by students about the late delivery and receipt of study material, as well as late receipt of assignment feedback. The decision had been taken “to afford all students a reasonable time to prepare for examinations”. Makhanya also lamented that they were sitting with a serious challenge of the delay in the confirmation of NSFAS grants and the subsequent delay in the purchasing of textbooks for beneficiaries. He said this had huge implication in terms of examination readiness and the potential of students to succeed.

Mantsoe guilty of murdering Karabo Mokoena

Sandile Mantsoe was found guilty on Wednesday of murdering his girlfriend‚ Karabo Mokoena‚ and disposing of her body by burning it beyond recognition. He was further found guilty of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm related to an assault that put Mokoena in hospital on her birthday last year. Acting judge Peet Johnson said that if Mokoena had committed suicide, as alleged by Mantsoe‚ there would have been no reason for him to conceal that. Mokoena’s charred remains were found in a ditch in Lyndhurst on April 29 2017. Despite pleading not guilty to all the charges‚ Mantsoe admitted to dousing her body with petrol and pool acid before setting it alight. He claimed Mokoena had committed suicide at his lavish Sandton Skye flat by stabbing herself in the neck. But Johnson found the state had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

Golden Lions ‘disturbed’ by alleged racist incident

The Golden Lions Rugby Union has condemned a racially motivated incident during which Wanderers Rugby Club players were verbally and physically attacked at a match last week. Golden Lions Union president Kevin de Klerk said on Wednesday he was “disturbed” by the incident: “We don’t stand for racism under any circumstances.” The matter has been referred to a disciplinary committee, and action would be taken depending on its findings. The Wanderers club said their players reported to their coach that the other club’s players were hurling racial insults at them. The k-word was used on several occasions, it said.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

Just what the Donald ordered: Trump 'wrote own medical note'

President dictated missive describing his glowing health, his former doctor claims

By The Daily Telegraph
4 min read

'Slavery a choice': Yeezy's not nuts, he's addicted to opioids

In a rant, Kanye West described slavery as a choice and attributed his 2016 mental breakdown to opioid addiction

By The Daily Telegraph
3 min read

Scientists rave about ecstasy as a cure for PTSD in soldiers

Party drug boosts the effect of psychotherapy for those with post-traumatic stress disorder, study shows

By Henry Bodkin
2 min read

No one told them it was gonna be this way ... China pulls 'Friends'

China's legions of 'Friends' fanatics are heartbroken after top portal Sohu abruptly stopped broadcasting the sitcom

By AFP
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

Members of the cigar club Duesseldorf pose in spiked helmets and striped costumes as they take part in an event to launch the bathing season at the beach of Binz on the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen, northwestern Germany.
It may be bathing season - but are we ready? Members of the cigar club Duesseldorf pose in spiked helmets and striped costumes as they take part in an event to launch the bathing season at the beach of Binz on the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen, northwestern Germany.
Image: Stefan Sauer / dpa / AFP

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Macron makes a deliciously sexist gaffe

Emmanuel Macron, the French president, has raised eyebrows during his visit to Australia by calling prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s wife Lucy “delicious”. At the end of a joint news conference, Macron turned to Turnbull and said: “Thank you and your delicious wife for your warm welcome.” Macron’s interesting choice of English prompted instant mirth on social media, amid some confusion over his intent. The jury appears to be out over whether it was an odd but deliberate play on words or a linguistic slip-up. The French word for delicious — délicieux — can also translate as “delightful”, even if it is a rather antiquated sexist term. — The Daily Telegraph

Droning on about another Chinese world record

A Chinese drone company has broken the Guinness World Record for most drones flown simultaneously in a 13-minute flight that involved 1,374 drones spread over a kilometre. EHang Egret clinched the record by 156 drones from US technology firm Intel, which flew 1,218 drones in formation during the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February. During a night performance on Sunday in the Chinese tourist city of Xian, the drones took on 16 different 3D formations, including a camel, a Buddha and a high-speed train. As part of the performance the drone formation spelt out a popular political slogan and paid tribute to President Xi Jinping’s cornerstone foreign policy initiative, “One Belt One Road”. — Reuters

Gibson guitars strike a bum note

The maker of Gibson guitars, omnipresent for decades on the US music stage, is filing for bankruptcy protection. After Chuck Berry died, his beloved cherry-red Gibson guitar was bolted to the inside of his coffin lid. David Bowie favoured the 1989 Gibson L4. Slash and Eric Clapton swear by them. Gibson, founded in 1894 and based in Nashville, Tennessee, sells more than 170,000 guitars a year in more than 80 countries, including more than 40% of all electric guitars that cost more than $2,000. In the hands of musicians from Jimmy Page to Duane Allman, Gibson’s electric guitars have been a foundational element of blues and rock. BB King’s signature guitar, “Lucille”, was a Gibson. — The Daily Telegraph

Trump trumped on social media by India’s Modi

US President Donald Trump may rule the roost on Twitter, but he lags far behind Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Facebook. Modi is by far the most followed world leader on the gargantuan social networking platform, counting 43.2 million followers. That is nearly twice the 23.1 million who follow Trump, according to a study by communications firm Burson-Martsteller. But Trump counted a total of 204.9 million comments, likes and shares over the past 14 months — nearly twice as many as Modi, who counted 113.6 million, the study said. It also found that Trump on average posts five times a day on Facebook, which is more than double the number of posts from the Indian premier. — AFP

Who needs Tinder when you’ve got Facebook?

Facebook will launch a dedicated dating service in a challenge to hugely popular dating apps like Tinder. In a move to attract users from dating apps, Facebook will launch features within its app which connect users to people who are not their friends to help them meet new people and start relationships. Speaking at Facebook’s F8 conference in San Jose, California, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said: “If we are focused on helping people build meaningful relationships then perhaps this is the most meaningful of all ... so we are launching a whole set of new features around dating.” — The Daily Telegraph

Mozambican men go for DIY circumcision

Mozambique is to circumcise 100,000 men over the coming months in one of the largest mass drives to combat the spread of HIV. Boy bands, doctors and government officials have all been enlisted to urge males to opt for the procedure, amid warnings that African states are in danger of missing a UN target to circumcise 27 million men by 2021. Circumcision is believed to be an effective preventative measure in the fight against HIV. In an additional bid to meet the target, the country is to trial a DIY male circumcision kit, which can be carried out at home. Men can attach the kit, which consists of two rings, to stop blood flow to the foreskin, slowly killing it. It can be removed after seven days. — The Daily Telegraph

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Warwick’s Kilbride kicks off acquisition spree with Cadiz

The first of a number of deals in the coming 36 months

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

Drums fall silent for private schools group Pembury

Suspended from JSE after missing results deadline

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

Trencor boxed in by ‘onerous’ JSE reporting demands

Exchange stipulates an arduous individual audit of its entire container fleet – about three million units

By Marc Hasenfuss
2 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Fear and clothing: ’Tis the season of peak outrage

A weekly column on the vagaries and charms of fashion

Aspasia Karras
Columnist
2 min read

A scandalous yarn about South Africa’s mohair industry

Video shows upsetting scenes on local angora farms

By Paula Andropoulos
2 min read

Why the fash-pack have their eyes on Tokyo and Seoul

New York, London, Milan and Paris aren’t the only fashion week runways worth watching

By Nothemba Mkhondo
1 min read

Ri life: The unlikely rise of a style muse in North Korea

The fashion sense of leader Kim Jong-un’s wife plays a subtle role in the nation’s cultural power politics

By Charlie Gowans-Eglinton
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Big three in a race to sign Jali

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

If rugby racists won't change their ways, they must be forced to

21-year-old Roodepoort Rugby Club player uses the k-word against a black player, and nothing has been done about it yet

Khanyiso Tshwaku
Journalist
2 min read

Blasts from the past: Arnold Taylor blitzes through Oz

Today in sports history: May 3

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read