Thursday, May 10 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Why Maimane should quit

He tried to tackle privilege and racism in the DA, but he failed. Now he just gives them a black facade of legitimacy

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
5 min read

Genocide myth busters vow to separate white from wrong

Group is out to fight ‘Swart Gevaar’ fear-mongering and debunk the idea there is a plot to kill whites in SA

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
4 min read

Answer honestly: Would you keep your child in a black-majority school?

White-dominant schools serve the class interests of whites and the class aspirations of blacks

Jonathan Jansen
Columnist
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Guptas may be trying to 'steal' another R1bn

A business rescue practitioner has warned that two legal challenges against Gupta mines may be a ruse by the family

Kyle Cowan
Journalist
4 min read

Eastern Cape matrics face exam ban for bunking

Pupils will be banned from writing the final exams on a fulltime basis if they are absent for more than 20 days

By Prega Govender
4 min read

Sani lodge has a mew reason to feel on top of the world

Tigger the cat, who calls the shots at the mountain hotel, has just earned global prestige

Suthentira Govender
Journalist
2 min read

Counselling, art, music and therapy will work wonders for our healthcare

Focus falls on providing palliative care for the millions who need it

Nivashni Nair
Journalist
2 min read

VISUAL SIDE

US president Donald Trump announced his decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal on May 8 2018. But what exactly is the Iran nuclear deal? And how does it affect South Africa?


SNAPSHOT

Indian youths play in a swimming pool during a hot day in Chennai.
Rajesh immediately regretted his decision Indian youths play in a swimming pool during a hot day in Chennai.
Image: Arun Sankar/AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

ANC man gets two years for water-jug assault

Nelson Mandela Bay ANC councillor Andile Lungisa has been sentenced to two years’ direct imprisonment for an attack on DA councillor Rano Kayser during a heated council meeting in October 2016. Magistrate Morne Cannon said it was clear Lungisa showed no remorse for his actions‚ HeraldLIVE reported. Lungisa was found guilty in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Cannon said he proved to be a poor witness who changed his version of events as the trial proceeded. Lungisa was found to have unlawfully and intentionally hit Kayser over the head with a glass water jug without provocation. Lungisa was set to appeal the conviction and sentence.

MPs reject ‘shock imagery’ abortion law change

MPs have rejected a proposed bill by the African Christian Democratic Party which insists that women who want an abortion must have ultrasounds first and mandatory counselling‚ which could include making the woman look at pictures of foetuses. The bill was written by MP Cherrylyn Dudley‚ under advice from conservative group Doctors for Life. It was opposed by the Treatment Action Campaign and Section 27. The portfolio committee on health found there was a “lack of conclusive evidence” that the proposed amendments would enhance the provision of care. It also found that the costs of providing the services were prohibitive and that the proposed amendments would present further barriers to accessing termination-of-pregnancy services.

The municipal debt collector cometh

The KwaZulu-Natal cooperative governance and traditional affairs department is on a mission to recover a whopping R16.4-billion - almost the equivalent of that budgeted by the Treasury to run the country's education system. MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube continues her push to recover the debt from municipalities in the province: R512-million owed by national and provincial departments‚ R1.1-billion by businesses‚ R5.1-billion by households and the remainder by other consumer debtors. This debt is based on figures reported by 24 municipalities. Spiralling consumer debt to the municipalities prompted the department to launch the “Pay Your Levies - Nothing 4 Mahhala” campaign in eDumbe, northern KZN this year. As part of the campaign, Dube-Ncube will join ratepayers’ associations‚ big business and residents on Thursday to sign a pledge to pay for municipal services.

DA to lay charges against Manana

The Democratic Alliance intends to lay charges of corruption and extortion against ANC MP Mduduzi Manana. The DA’s spokesperson on women‚ Terri Stander‚ said a voice clip that surfaced this week, allegedly of Manana offering money to his victim, was good enough for him to face criminal charges. Her office said it was finalising logistics to open a corruption and extortion case. On Sunday‚ Manana’s former domestic worker Christine Wiro opened a case of intimidation‚ assault and crimen injuria at the Douglasdale police station in Johannesburg. She accused Manana of pushing her while coming down the stairs. Manana denied this and said he would lay charges of extortion against her for demanding R100,000 from him to drop the charges. But on Tuesday‚ TimesLIVE received an audio file alleged to be of Manana offering a “consolation” to Wiro if she dropped the charges.

Schools need private-sector help: Motshekga

Private-sector commitments may help the education department overcome part of the budget shortfall it faces for upgrading school infrastructure‚ minister Angie Motshekga said on Wednesday. Speaking before her budget vote speech in parliament‚ Motshekga said the cuts to the education budget were owing to the constrained fiscal environment and the need to find money to fund free higher education. She conceded that the budget cuts posed a challenge to improving school infrastructure‚ but said she was confident that with the support offered by mines and businesses‚ progress would be made. The school infrastructure audit requested by President Cyril Ramaphosa was complete‚ and officials were finalising a plan to tackle the schools in need of improvements‚ she said.

Limpopo man fined R1m after rhino horn bust

Wealthy Lephalale businessman Tony Freitas has been fined R1-million in a case involving rhino poaching. Police are still on the case as they follow the trail to where the horns were being taken. Freitas was arrested in January 2017 for involvement in what was called a rhino slaughterhouse. TimesLIVE reported at the time that officers of the Limpopo Stock Theft and Endangered Species Unit found rhino feet and meat in a cold-room. Rhino tails and two skins were in the salt room. The Lephalale Regional Court sentenced Freitas‚ 57‚ on Monday to the fine or 10 years’ imprisonment on various charges, including hunting specially protected animals without permits‚ possession/donation of rhino parts without permits, and selling rhino meat without permits.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

News flash: It's even better without Instagram

Simon Parker loses his smartphone but rediscovers a wonderful world of travel outside of Instagram

By Simon Parker
4 min read

The three American Kims freed from North Korea

Who are the US citizens who were released as US state secretary visits the reclusive state?

By AFP
2 min read

Wait - what! Kellogg’s is baaaaad for vegans?

Many cereals are fortified with vitamin D, which is made from animal by-products

By Katie Morley
1 min read

Could Stormy burn down the White House - or just leave it wet?

Stormy Daniels performs at a strip club while patrons discuss her potential to bring down President Donald Trump

By AFP
3 min read

Robin Williams 'was sobbing in my arms every day'

Legendary comic told a makeup artist he didn't know how to be funny anymore, a new book reveals

By The Daily Telegraph
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

Balinese artists dressed in decorative costumes take part in the Maritime Festival at Pandawa Beach on the resort island of Bali, Indonesia.
Spaghetti Balinese Balinese artists dressed in decorative costumes take part in the Maritime Festival at Pandawa Beach on the resort island of Bali, Indonesia.
Image: Reuters/Johannes P. Christo

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Ja, sure, Google wants you to cut online time

Google will set time limits on apps and make smartphones easier to ignore in response to fears that they are becoming too addictive. A software update to Android, the company’s smartphone operating system, is designed to make it easier to ignore cellphones. It is one of the first times a major technology company has acknowledged that smartphones and social media apps may have become too distracting, following calls from health experts that people have become dependent on the devices. Unveiling the changes at its annual developer conference in Silicon Valley, Google said future Android phones would include an optional app timer that will alert owners when they have spent a pre-set amount. — The Daily Telegraph

One kind of Samaritan you never want help from

French authorities have opened an inquiry into the death of a young woman just hours after her distress call to emergency services was mocked by the operator. Naomi Musenga, 22, dialled France’s emergency dispatch number on December 29 last year complaining of strong stomach pains. In a recording of the three-minute call, Musenga’s voice can barely be heard as she says “It hurts all over” and “I’m going to die ...” “You’re going to die, certainly, one day just like everyone else,” the female operator responds. She is also heard mocking Musenga’s complaints with a colleague, before telling the victim to call a doctor for a house visit. Five hours later Musenga again called the emergency services, which finally dispatched an ambulance that brought her to a hospital. But she died shortly after arriving from a heart attack. — AFP

Calling, calling Inspector Clouseau ...

One of the world’s most wanted jewel thieves and the suspected ringleader of the so-called Pink Panther Network is being sought by police in connection with a £2-million diamond heist in London. Vinko Osmakcic, a Croatian national who uses a number of aliases, has been named as a suspect in the theft of three rings from an art fair last July. The Pink Panther gang has been linked to a string of audacious raids around the globe dating back to the early 1990s, netting £300-million (R5-billion) worth of gems and jewellery, when they were thought to operate out of Japan. In 1992 they were suspected of stealing a diamond worth £500,000 from a jewellery show in Hong Kong. They were also linked to similar raids in Thailand, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Monaco and Hawaii. — The Daily Telegraph

Excellent adventures of Bill and Ted and Rambo

Sylvester Stallone’s combat hero Rambo is getting ready to draw blood again in a fifth sequel. Stallone — now 71 — posted a teaser poster on Instagram showing Hollywood’s most famous Vietnam veteran kneeling with his signature knife and the words: “Rambo V. Fall 2019.” “Something wicked is coming this way,” the actor commented in a caption, a decade after his character last strapped on his famous headband. And nearly 30 years after cinema-goers last saw time-travelling headbangers Bill and Ted, Keanu Reeves has signed on for a third excellent adventure. Slackers Ted “Theodore” Logan and Bill S Preston Esq. are now middle-aged dads bogged down by responsibility and in a musical slump. — AFP

More fissure, bang, pop in Hawaii

Emergency crews ordered Hawaii residents to leave their homes after two new fissures opened up near the Kilauea volcano, almost a week after it started a series of huge explosions. People in the southeast corner of Big Island were told there was an “immediate danger”. Kilauea started spewing fountains of lava as high as 90m into the air on Thursday. Walls of molten rock destroyed houses as deadly volcanic gases rose through cracks in the earth. Two new fissures — the 13th and 14th — formed on Tuesday and started releasing toxic gases. Kilauea has been in a state of nearly constant eruption since 1983. — Reuters

One way to beat that wretched Kempton Park run

Within minutes of using an app to book a ride, you can look down from a helicopter taxi high above Bangalore on one of several new Uber-style chopper services. In under 30 minutes — a quarter of the time it would have taken from downtown Bangalore by road — you can stroll through Kempegowda International Airport to your gate. Private helicopter charters are now far cheaper and more accessible to the public, allowing anyone with a smartphone and a credit card to order a ride. In Bangalore, a seat in a helicopter from the airport to IT industrial park Electronic City goes for about $65 (R820) a person. In Brazil’s Sao Paulo, the app Voom offers a 30km helicopter ride to the airport for about $150 (R1,800). — AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Forget airtime, Vodacom’s biggest business is funerals

... and life insurance, with a payments platform and loans and savings products still in the pipeline

By Nick Hedley
3 min read

Telkom’s hunt for an auditor: This is getting ridiculous

That five major audit firms hold such sway smacks of some sort or regulatory capture

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

What’s behind Piet Viljoen’s bid for lame-duck Astoria?

RECM & Calibre may be shooting the lights out, but its target purchase has misfired badly since listing

By Giulietta Talevi
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Fear and clothing: Wake up, we’re living in real-life Gilead

A weekly column on the vagaries and charms of fashion

Aspasia Karras
Columnist
3 min read

A dress by any other name

On the world stage with celebrities in the spotlight, a dress is never just a dress

By Charlie Gowans-Eglinton
2 min read

'Rafiki' becomes a friend of gay rights in Africa

Controversy surrounding Kenyan lesbian film has placed the issue of gay rights in Africa firmly in the spotlight

By Andrew Donaldson
3 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Boks will miss their Marx in Tests

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

Is Percy as footballer of the season Tau much to hope for?

Sundowns superstar and Maritzburg United midfielder Siphesihle Ndlovu are the favourites

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Journalist
2 min read

Blasts from the past: Madiba inauguration inspires Bafana

Today in SA sports history: May 10

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read