Wednesday, May 9 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

EXPOSED: Listen as Manana makes his 'offer'

A recorded conversation reveals the moment Mduduzi Manana tried to get out of a tight spot

By Aphiwe Deklerk and Penwell Dlamini
4 min read

De Lille made 'serious technical error' - analyst

But while her DA and mayoral career might be over, she is not succumbing easily, vowing to fight the party in court

Philani Nombembe
Journalist
5 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Energy regulator wants to police off-grid households

Off-grid electricity retailers believe the registration plan by the Nersa is just another way to tax South Africans

Farren Collins
Journalist
2 min read

Silent deaths as Klerksdorp hospital protest drags on

Doctors warn that people may die from not getting their medication as protesters continue to frighten patients away

Katharine Child
Journalist
3 min read

Some hair-raising good news about the fate of your pate

Researchers working with an osteoporosis drug stumble upon a follicle-stimulating side-effect

Claire Keeton
Journalist
3 min read

Vulture shock: powerlines fry one rare bird a day

Despite plans to curb the death toll, experts fear it might be too late to reverse the trend

Tony Carnie
Journalist
2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

So much for 'new dawn': SA silent on atrocities

In the face of a murderous Assad and possible war in the region, our response has been tepid and fearful

Tony Leon
Columnist
6 min read

Child labour is the real price of going green

Children working in cobalt mines in the DRC are the labour behind our ‘environmentally friendly’ electric cars

Tanya Farber
Journalist
4 min read

VISUAL SIDE

Gold crosses, halo-inspired headdresses and angel wings filled the red carpet at New York's Met Gala on May 7, as some of the world's biggest celebrities embraced the religious theme of the so-called Oscars of the East Coast.


SNAPSHOT

Faithfuls participate in the annual Panchimalco Flower and Palm Festival festival in Panchimalco, 18km south of San Salvador.
Flower girl Faithfuls participate in the annual Panchimalco Flower and Palm Festival festival in Panchimalco, 18km south of San Salvador.
Image: Marvin Recinos/AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

Ramaphosa guns for ex-spy boss Fraser

President Cyril Ramaphosa is to set up a review panel to probe shenanigans at the State Security Agency‚ including the alleged abuse of R1-billion of taxpayers' money by its former director-general‚ Arthur Fraser. Ramaphosa made the announcement in the National Assembly on Tuesday while responding to questions from MPs on what he was doing to deal with "malfeasance‚ corruption‚ abuse of resources" within the SSA and the crime intelligence division of the SAPS. He said he would soon be setting up a panel of security experts to probe the systems and governance of the country's top security agencies. The panel would also probe allegations that Fraser wasted about R1-billion by running the Principal Agent Network project when he was the DDG of SSA in the early 2000s.

Man killed 'for cash to pay for wife's funeral'

A 66-year-old man was shot dead in Sunrella, north of Johannesburg, on Sunday while allegedly carrying cash to pay for his wife’s funeral. It is alleged the man was driving from the bank in Fourways. Arriving at the gate of a plot near Lanseria, he was blocked from behind by a silver-grey Toyota Corolla. “Three unknown armed men opened the door of his vehicle and shot him. He died at the scene after sustaining two bullet wounds to his upper body,” said Douglasdale police spokesman, Captain Mpho Tshetlhane. The suspects then searched the man’s vehicle before fleeing in their own. It was not known what valuables were in the deceased’s vehicle.

Supra toots own horn in budget speech

Embattled North West premier Supra Mahumapelo delivered his budget speech on Tuesday morning, blowing his own horn‚ saying his office had investigated cases of irregular expenditure and had implemented consequence management. Mahumapelo‚ who is facing revolt from his own people in the province and in his party‚ said his office had achieved a turnaround time on payment of suppliers. He has been accused of corruption and failing to provide proper services to communities in the North West. The Hawks recently raided his office looking for documents in its investigation related to a multimillion-rand IT contract with Nepo Data Dynamics which controversially receivedR215-million for its rollout of the province's IT transformation programme.

Man stops fingering grandson for murder

The grandfather of a man alleged to have butchered his ex-girlfriend took to the stand in the Protea Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday‚ where he backtracked on a statement he made to the police in March 2017, in which he implicated the young man in the crime. Thomas Khumalo had alleged his grandson‚ Nkululeko Khubeka‚ had confessed to killing Nonhlanhla Phangela. Phangela was brutally killed in March 2017‚ allegedly at the hand of Khubeka‚ the woman’s ex-lover. She was stabbed close to 30 times. On Tuesday‚ Khumalo denied that his grandson had tried to take his own life. Instead‚ he said he was simply shaken up after he and his girlfriend were attacked as they walked in an open veld.

Boy, 5, dies after starting fire, hiding under bed

A five-year-old died in Cape Town on Tuesday after hiding under a bed after he started a fire by playing with paper near a paraffin heater. Fire and Rescue spokesman Theo Layne said the fire‚ in Samora Machel‚ also destroyed 20 shacks and left 66 people homeless. The child’s grandmother‚ who was looking after him‚ fled her shack when she saw the fire‚ not knowing he was under the bed. The incident brought the week’s shack fire death toll in Cape Town to 10.

Find KZN killers or else‚ Cele warns cops

Police Minister Bheki Cele urged law enforcement agencies to "pull up their socks" in tracking down the killers of several political leaders on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast or face "consequence management". Cele was speaking in Margate on Tuesday morning‚ where he met police‚ including the head of the Hawks and the special task team to investigate political killings. This follows the death of ANC branch leader Sifiso Cele‚ who was shot execution-style in full view of his partner and children on Monday morning. His death came two weeks after that of Nombuso Mqadi‚ also from the Oshabeni branch.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

Scientists stick it to blubber: kilos drop off with one jab

Injection that mimics gastric bypass surgery is hailed as the most exciting weight-loss treatment yet

By Charles Hymas and Sarah Knapton
4 min read

Silent shame: India doesn't talk about male rape victims

The rape of a Mumbai boy, and his subsequent suicide, casts light on deeply ingrained discrimination

By Reuters
6 min read

A dying breed: fighting bulls are a family's passion

The Martin clan of bull breeders defy widespread revulsion in defence of a 'sacrificial ritual'

By AFP
3 min read

The horror story is real: Driverless Uber saw woman, hit her anyway

The self-driving car that killed pedestrian thought she was a plastic bag

By Matthew Field
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

A class with Nigerian dwarf goats held by the 'Hello Critter Goat Yoga' team in Los Angeles. The goat yoga fitness craze is sweeping the United States with classes now held in pubs, farms and halls across the country.
You goata be kidding me A class with Nigerian dwarf goats held by the 'Hello Critter Goat Yoga' team in Los Angeles. The goat yoga fitness craze is sweeping the United States with classes now held in pubs, farms and halls across the country.
Image: Mark Ralston/AFP

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Cabbie couldn’t resist R17m left in his car

A Hong Kong taxi driver has been arrested on suspicion of stealing HK$1.1-million (over R17-million) that a passenger, the owner of a currency exchange, left in his cab. The driver, who was tracked down through the call centre used by the woman to book the ride, first told investigators that he hadn’t seen the money and suggested another passenger may have stolen. But the cash was later found at his home and he was arrested on suspicion of theft and for misleading officers. - AFP

Retiree runs Thai ‘sex tours’

A 66-year-old American man has been arrested in a sting operation for allegedly running an online brothel service matching men in northern Thailand with Myanmar sex workers across the border. The man is behind a website and Facebook page called ‘Burmese Border Chicks for Hire’ that sold sex with Myanmar women for 6,500 baht (around R2,500). The business brought women to meet clients on the Thai side of the border, and also offered to ‘guide’ men into Myanmar for sex services, police said. ‘He has been operating for at least 10 years,’ Colonel Jirabhob Bhuridej said. – AFP

No more ‘half-naked’ students in the library please

The University of Zambia, the country’s biggest institution of learning with over 35,000 students, asked female students to stop visiting the library ‘half-naked’, suggesting that their skimpy outfits were distracting their male counterparts. A notice stuck in front of the main library read: ‘It has come to our attention that some female students dress half-naked as they use the library, a situation which is disturbing the male students. We therefore advise the female students to dress modestly as you use university facilities, read the notice. - AFP

Leopard snatches and eats toddler

Ugandan authorities are hunting for a leopard in Queen Elizabeth National park after it snatched and ate a ranger's three-year-old son. The toddler had been left in the care of a nanny at the unfenced staff quarters of a safari lodge in the park, when he was taken by the leopard. The nanny was allegedly not aware that the child had followed her until she herd him scream. She intervened but it was too late and the leopard had vanished into the bush. A search was mounted until rangers found the child’s skull the next day. There is an ongoing hunt for the leopard with the intent on removing it from the wild because once it has eaten human flesh, there is a temptation to eat another human, rangers explained. - © The Daily Telegraph

Vanilla is the new gold

The price of vanilla has gone through the roof following natural disasters such as last year's Cyclone Enawo, which left a third of Madagascar’s plantations damaged. This was further exacerbated by political unrest and rioting. Around 85% of the world's supply of vanilla pods comes from Madagascar. Since 2016, the price of just over 1kg of vanilla pods has gone up by 500% to around R7,500. Vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world after saffron and is a difficult spice to cultivate, as it is extracted from the delicate vanilla orchid flower and can take five years to get from the ground to the table. Around 97% of vanilla used in the West is artificial, created from coal tar extracts. - © The Daily Telegraph

Man who attacked Warcraft gets year in prison

A Romanian man who launched a cyber attack on the servers of the hugely popular online fantasy game World of Warcraft over a squabble with other players was sentenced to one year in prison. Calin Mateias, 38, of Bucharest, was extradited to the United States to face felony charges over the 2010 attack that saw him flood World of Warcraft servers with a massive amount of traffic and requests, thus making the game inaccessible for thousands of players. ‘Angered by a player he regularly competed against, the defendant determined to defeat his WoW opponents by interrupting the game’s server so they could not access the game,’ prosecutors said in court documents. - AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Who’s willing to take a bet on Sun International’s fortunes?

Gaming and leisure group is laden with debt, but says it has plenty of heavyweight support for its rights issue

By BusinessLIVE reporter
1 min read

AngloGold did the right thing by cutting its SA losses

Now it needs the government to provide incentives to keep its remaining operations - and employees - afloat

By BusinessLIVE reporter
1 min read

Scottish lessons from a Saffer-Scot about Scotch

Our correspondent samples the business end of whisky

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

The intangibles: Unesco’s world heritage feelings

A more unusual bucket list

By Rebecca Deuchar
4 min read

What your mom really wants this Mother’s Day

Creative local producers are giving traditional Mother’s Day gifts a stylish reinvention

By Roberta Thatcher
2 min read

Liam on me! There's a new delight in Franschhoek

The emphasis on local produce and making food from scratch makes this a restaurant to remember

By Jess Brodie
2 min read

The Lisbon buzz begins in its bakeries

Dion Chang shares his favourite moments in Lisbon

By Dion Chang
3 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Zidane reckons Ronaldo will be fit for Reds

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
3 min read

What our cricketers can learn from Major League Baseball

Proper allrounders in cricket are just about extinct, but in the US they’ve unearthed a ‘two-way’ phenomenon

Telford Vice
Journalist
5 min read

Blasts from the past: Not even a Lara 92 can stop Proteas

Today in SA sports history: May 9

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read