Tuesday, May 15 2018



Moyane dares Ramaphosa to testify against him

Otherwise President Cyril Ramaphosa must offer the SARS boss a multimillion-rand settlement

Karyn Maughan
3 min read

Analysis: Mosque bomb a second strike in unholy war

As Muslims embark on Ramadan, blood has already been spilt in a brewing SA Sunni-Shia war

Jeff Wicks
3 min read

Darling Dali, say it out loud: Opinion's ALLOWED

He may huff and he may Mpofu, but the columnists will not fall down

Tom Eaton
5 min read



Do or Di: My pilgrimage to Harry's wedding

Having gone for William's wedding, Arlene Prinsloo's 'obsession' with royalty is taking her back for Harry's

Leonie Wagner
5 min read

Philanthropist is the bee's knees

Gift of the Givers comes to the aid of Knysna's unique honey bees, which have become endangered since last year's fires

3 min read

Breaking news: SA's farts are stinking out the world

Call for switch to vegan diet as SA ranks among top 50 nations for CO2 emissions thanks to how much meat we eat

Graeme Hosken
3 min read

The deadly butterfly effect: humanity sets an evolutionary trap

How farming creates a dependence among these beautiful creatures - and then causes their extinction

Tanya Farber
2 min read

Naledi's no-brainer: bigger isn’t always better

Turns out Homo naledi's small brain was more sophisticated than we might have thought

Tanya Farber
2 min read



‘Killing the Other’ is a photographic exhibition by Alon Skuy and James Oatway commemorating 10 years since the devastating May 2008 outbreak of xenophobic violence that swept through South Africa leaving 60 people dead. The exhibition documents the flare-ups that still continue today. ‘Killing the Other’ opens on Thursday at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre. Here, we give our readers an exclusive sneak preview.



Workers harvest grapes at the La Motte wine farm in Franschhoek.
Cape wines now served dry Workers harvest grapes at the La Motte wine farm in Franschhoek.
Image: Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Six things about SA you need to know

Service delivery protests increasing, most are violent

Service delivery protests are increasing with 94% of them recorded this year being violent‚ Municipal IQ said on Monday.“April was a particularly protest-prone month in North West‚ Northern Cape and Free State municipalities, often affecting roads and basic services‚” Municipal IQ economist Karen Heese said.“Of great concern is that 94% of the service delivery protests we have recorded this year have been violent – a significant uptick when compared to 76% since 2004.” According to Municipal IQ’s Hotspots Monitor‚ the Eastern Cape has overtaken Gauteng as this year’s most protest-prone province. North West narrowly followed Gauteng in third place‚ Heese said.

Farmer flees property before protesters set it alight

An eShowe farmer‚ fearing for his life‚ managed to flee his home just hours before it was overrun by a mob of rioters on Sunday night. The true extent of a night of unrest‚ vandalism and looting was revealed as the sun rose over the farming community in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Monday morning. The Gratton Farm‚ on the fringes of the township of Umlalazi‚ was torched‚ with the farmer’s home razed and a workshop vandalised. This follows the March slaying of subsistence fisherman Siphamandla Xulu‚ allegedly shot and killed by a security guard while gathering bait on a farm adjacent to his home. It is understood the community from which Xulu hails is frustrated by the slow pace of the prosecution of the guard, Walter Magwaza, who is awaiting trial and is in custody.

Appointment of Cape mayco postponed again

The appointment of a new Cape Town mayoral committee has been postponed yet again. New seats have to be filled since the DA has given Patricia de Lille the boot. She has since applied to the High Court in Cape Town to interdict the party from replacing her as mayor and to have her membership reinstated. Acting mayor Ian Neilson said on Monday they had been informed that judgment would be delivered on Tuesday. He initially announced on Sunday that the new committee would be selected on Monday.

Ajay Gupta on 'religious pilgrimage' in India

Ajay Gupta is reportedly undertaking a religious pilgrimage with his family in India. eNCA and the SABC reported on Monday that Gupta, regarded as a wanted fugitive by authorities in South Africa, was in India. “I have just been speaking to a close family friend of the Gupta brothers and he has confirmed that Ajay Gupta is now in fact in Saharanpur‚” eNCA correspondent Rebecca Bundhun told the broadcaster. Gupta‚ who reportedly stayed at a hotel in the capital New Delhi over the weekend‚ said in a media interview he was being targeted because of politics, and denied any wrongdoing‚ particularly in India where tax authorities have raided properties owned by the Gupta brothers.

Ramaphosa sends Mabuza to meet Putin

In a bid to strengthen South Africa's ties with Russia‚ Deputy President David Mabuza is off to Russia to meet with president Vladimir Putin‚ the presidency said on Monday. "President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed (Mabuza) as his special envoy to the Russian Federation‚" said Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko. "The deputy president will meet president Putin in Moscow [on Tuesday] to‚ among others‚ convey President Ramaphosa’s message of congratulation to Putin on his re-election in March and his subsequent inauguration on May 7 as president of the Russian Federation." Diko said Ramaphosa was looking forward to further strengthening the already existing political‚ economic and trade ties between South Africa and Russia.

Justice for Courtney Pieters postponed

The trial for Mortimer Saunders‚ who is accused of raping and murdering three-year-old Courtney Pieters‚ was postponed on Monday. This will afford him time to appoint an expert pathologist to challenge the state's autopsy findings. In dispute is the autopsy report which the defence said contributed to the rape charges against Saunders. Lawyer Mornay Calitz said in the Cape Town High Court that because Saunders was relying on legal aid to fight his case, the appointment of an expert witness had to be cleared by Treasury, which may take two weeks. Judge Pearl Mantame postponed the matter to May 28. Pieters was murdered in Elsies River in May 2017. Saunders and Pieters's father‚ Aaron Fourie‚ were best friends at the time of her murder and Saunders was a tenant in the same house where the murder and rape allegedly took place.



Don't be fooled by the smile, the pope is a man of steel

... and he needs to be as he pushes his agenda of equality through in spite of the Catholic old guard's opposition

3 min read

I am Kilauea, hear me roar: volcano sounds 'like a 747'

Thousands ordered to evacuate, buildings destroyed as more fissures rip open on Hawaiian volcano

By Reuters
2 min read

Airborne killer: the virus behind the next pandemic

The next worldwide outbreak will most likely to be a virus that can spread through the air, say researchers

By Rob Crilly
3 min read

Cruz control: How film's top couples balance on-screen with off-screen

Penelope Cruz says while she enjoys working with her husband Javier Bardem, she wouldn’t want to do it all the time

4 min read


Smoke from safety flares fill the air as French state-owned SNCF railway company employees and labour union members demonstrate as part of a nationwide strike in Paris.
Street party! Smoke from safety flares fill the air as French state-owned SNCF railway company employees and labour union members demonstrate as part of a nationwide strike in Paris.
Image: Reuters/Benoit Tessier


Brit kids pouring into shrink’s offices

Britain’s primary schools are facing a mental health crisis as figures show the number of children needing National Health Service counselling has risen by a third. Children as young as three were referred to professionals by their teachers as the number of under-11s needing psychological help rose to almost 19,000 in the past year, from less than 14,000 three years earlier. Statistics show the number of referrals to mental health services by all schools rose by almost 10,000 from 25,140 in 2014/15, to 34,757 in 2017/18. More than half of these were for primary school children. - The Daily Telegraph

Trump footie honour puts boot into Palestinians

Jerusalem's leading football team announced it was changing its name to Beitar Trump Jerusalem on Sunday as Israelis basked in national pride and pro-American fervour in preparation for the controversial US embassy move to the disputed city. Palestinians readied for their own protests on Monday over the embassy's inauguration, including another mass demonstration. Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, both White House advisers, arrived in the country a day ahead of a ceremony to open the embassy. Beitar Jerusalem, which has won six premier league titles, said it was changing its name in honour of Trump’s historic decision. - The Daily Telegraph

Jay Z faces Tidal wave of ire over lemonade

Norwegian songwriters, composers and music publishers said on Monday they had lodged a complaint against Jay Z’s music platform Tidal after a media report said its streaming statistics had been manipulated. The financial daily Dagens Naeringsliv claimed last week the streaming numbers for Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo” and Beyonce’s “Lemonade” were inflated through manipulated user play counts on Tidal, allowing the stars excessive royalty payouts. The online music service rejected the allegations, calling them a “smear campaign” fed by “lies”. Tidal’s lawyer Jordan Siev said its data had been stolen. But the Norwegian organisation Tono, representing about 30,000 rights holders, said the streaming manipulation claims were “strong” and “apparently credible” as they filed a complaint with the Norwegian police. - AFP

What a lotto luck: Aussie wins twice in a week

A stunned Sydney man who was celebrating an Australian lottery windfall could not believe it when he won again less than a week later. The unidentified man, in his 40s and from the suburb of Bondi, picked up A$1,020,487 on Monday last week and then scooped another A$1,457,834 on Saturday. Asked what he would do with the cash, he said: “I’m not going to be stupid with it.” He plans to invest in some Sydney real estate, buy a new car, and “a holiday to Honolulu goes without saying”. Lottery organisers could not estimate the likelihood of winning twice in a week, but the odds of winning once are one in 1.845 million. - AFP

Flowers, applause in the street greet Alfie's hearse

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Liverpool on Monday to mourn 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who died last month following a highly charged battle between the hospital and his parents. They applauded as the funeral cortege passed Everton football club’s Goodison Park stadium. People placed flowers on the hearses, which carried floral tributes reading “Warrior”, “Our Hero” and “Son”. Evans died after doctors at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital withdrew life support, following a long legal battle and a campaign by the parents that drew support from Pope Francis. The parents had fought to take their son, who had a degenerative condition that caused irreversible brain damage, to a clinic in Rome but lost in court. British law states that parents “cannot demand a particular treatment to be continued where the burdens of the treatment clearly outweigh the benefits for the child”. - AFP

Hong Kong student hits sour note with Chinese

A Hong Kong student leader has been declared an “enemy of the people” by Chinese state media for speaking out over a new law against disrespecting the national anthem. Alice Cheung, 21, head of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, was surrounded by security officers during a meeting at the city’s legislative council last week seeking citizens’ views on the controversial new law, which opponents say could pave the way for political prosecutions. Cheung told the committee she wanted “to vomit” every time she heard the national anthem. Hong Kong does not have its own anthem so China’s is played to represent it at events. - AFP



Cock-a-hoop Astral sets its beady eye on feeding Nando’s

CEO Schutte vows to battle ‘job-killing’ poultry imports

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

Pasop, Amazon, post offices are coming to eat your lunch

Since they know just about everything about everybody, post offices can be a hub for ultimate deep data mining

By Mark Barnes
3 min read

Jokes aside, Gwede could be just the guy to fix SA mining

It is immediately apparent that he doesn’t pander to whining, claims to entitlement or industry pressure

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read



Just for the record: This’ll get you Moanin’ in the Moonlight

Some essentials to add to your vinyl collection

By Andrew Donaldson
6 min read

Do you know the magical world outside of Joburg?

Hamilton Wende, author of the Arabella series, launches a new book

By Jennifer Platt
3 min read

Artists of a world afloat in a sea of metadata clusters

The pop-punk philosopher princes of photography

By Graham Wood
7 min read



SPORTS DAY: If ‘dad’ calls, Doc could return to Chiefs

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
5 min read

You don’t understand, we coulda been contenders ...

If Budler and Mthalane are successful in their bids, SA could again boast three bona fide world champions

David Isaacson
2 min read