Wednesday, May 16 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

That bang you heard was the DA shooting itself in the foot again

Instead of accepting the court decision to reinstate De Lille as mayor, the DA has renewed its frenzied attack on her

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
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
Columnist
5 min read

ANALYSIS: SA’s Israel snub ‘is just hypocrisy’

Experts say withdrawing ambassador displays double standards and will achieve nothing

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

A shack's in my yard - and it's hacking my water

Exasperated Ivory Park resident Lindiwe Nkosi says she and neighbours are struggling to communicate with land occupiers

Farren Collins
Journalist
3 min read

Mom's anguish: All that's left of her little boy are 2 blood drops

Boyfriend charged with murder, but a flicker of hope remains that the 3-year-old will be found alive

Kyle Cowan
Journalist
5 min read

'I know that I may have to pack up and flee again'

Foreign national shop owners are building a mafia operation, say locals who want them out

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
3 min read

The fish are dung for: hippo poo threatens African river life

Combination of climate change and overfertilising is turning hippo pools into fetid black cesspools

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

A man who takes his wife's surname might be not be the brightest

Study finds that the more educated a man is, the less likely he is to change his last name

Suthentira Govender
Journalist
2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Mazwai spat shows we can’t keep our roasts in tsek

Fallout from Somizi's roast climaxed in a clash of the showbiz titans - but it all points to a trend we must curb

By Andile Ndlovu
4 min read

SA must aim with care in its duel with Trump

SA needs to exploit conditions that might disarm US, relations with which have suffered many blows of late

By John J Stremlau
5 min read

VISUAL SIDE

As winter draws closer, some regions of South Africa experienced snowfall on May 15 2018, transforming parts of the country into a winter wonderland.


SNAPSHOT

A worker cleans a Lionel Messi figurine at a small factory on the outskirts of Shanghai, China.
Cleaning Messi A worker cleans a Lionel Messi figurine at a small factory on the outskirts of Shanghai, China.
Image: Reuters/Aly Song

Six things about SA you need to know

Hospital horrors unpacked during visit

Management of the Tembisa provincial tertiary hospital has no choice but to make patients sleep on mattresses on the floor as the facility struggles to cope with the demand for beds. This is one of the major problems faced by the Ekurhuleni hospital, laid bare to provincial management of the SA Human Rights Commission during a visit on Tuesday. Other problems include staff shortages‚ limited working space and a dysfunctional CT scanner. The visit was prompted by media reports of long queues and patients sleeping on the floor. The commission is investigating whether patients’ human rights have been violated. Hospital CEO Lekopane Mogaladi told the commission and reporters that with the number of medical staff available the hospital was struggling to cope with the high number of patients.

Athol Trollip bribe 'impossible'‚ his wife tells court

Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip’s wife testified in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday that he could not have bribed a former DA activist when she claimed he did because he was out of town at the time. Former DA member Nontuthuzelo Jack is facing a charge of criminal defamation after claiming Trollip had offered her a bribe in exchange for digging up dirt on the DA’s provincial chairwoman‚ Veliswa Mvenya‚ during the lead-up to the 2016 municipal elections. On Tuesday‚ Janine Trollip and DA federal chairman James Selfe testified that it was not possible for Trollip to have been at the Motherwell police station on March 20 2016 – which Jack alleged was the meeting spot for the alleged bribe – because he was out of town. Janine testified that the couple were attending a church service in Port Alfred.

KZN disaster teams brace for heavy rains, flooding

Disaster management teams in KwaZulu-Natal are on high alert‚ with heavy rains forecast for the province. KZN MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube has readied disaster teams. Heavy rainfall is expected from Tuesday afternoon and evening into Wednesday. She said heavy rains and subsequent localised flooding posed a serious risk to motorists and pedestrians. “We urge our disaster management teams to pay close attention to routes that are prone to flooding. We also urge motorists and pedestrians to exercise extreme caution‚” said Dube-Ncube. Municipalities have been told to be ready with emergency shelters.

'No winners‚ only losers' after bus strike

Bus drivers who engaged in a national strike would have to work for up to year to recoup the month’s pay they lost because of the no-work-no-pay rule. That was the view of Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Janine Myburgh, who on Tuesday described the bus strike as a “disaster” that left behind only losers and no winners. The unions settled for a 9% increase. “It will take a year of higher wages to wipe out their losses and pay back the loans many of them needed to put food on the table for their families‚” said Myburgh.

Denel boss quits cash-strapped company

Arms manufacturer Denel's board of directors said on Tuesday they have accepted the resignation of the group’s CEO‚ Zwelakhe Ntshepe‚ with immediate effect. Ntshepe has been with the company for 20 years‚ and was appointed into the his position six months ago‚ following a two-year acting period‚ the board said. In his resignation letter‚ Ntshepe cited personal reasons for leaving the company. The recently appointed chairperson of the board‚ Monhla Hlahla‚ said the board is focused on a turnaround that will deal with liquidity and performance issues. In 2017‚ Denel admitted it was having severe liquidity problems‚ which had resulted in the delayed payment of workers’ salaries. It was also battling to pay suppliers.

Bheki Cele thunders in as he targets Cape Flats

The former police commissioner is back - this time as minister - and he wants the Cape Flats to know “Bheki Cele and his boys were here”. Dressed in black and wearing one of his signature Panama hats‚ Cele arrived at the Mitchells Plain Indoor Sports and Recreation Centre on Tuesday to introduce residents to the 269 police officers of Operation Thunder. The “stabilisation and normalisation” operation will run for 90 days in the gang-infested Cape Flats and surrounding areas. It will include suburbs such as Nyanga‚ Manenberg‚ Kraaifontein and Hanover Park‚ which make daily headlines for murder‚ rape and drug-related crime. The police minister listened to residents bemoaning the high levels of crime. Some told him they had no confidence in the police; others saluted the high-ranking officers flanking him.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

Royal folk-up: Unwelcome relatives, 'sick' dad, what else could go wrong?

Meghan has to contend with dodgy relatives and a father who may be too ill (or embarrassed) to walk her down the aisle

By Gareth Davies
5 min read

Dismantling of North Korea nuclear site 'well under way'

But sceptics warn Pyongyang has yet to make any public commitment to give up its arsenal

By AFP
2 min read

They can't catch the Kachin, thanks to some obliging ellies

Thousands of displaced Kachin people are being helped to flee Myanmar conflict by mahouts and their elephants

By AFP
1 min read

Suicidally-sexed critters are really screwed Down Under

Two of Australia's marsupials, known for 14-hour sex sessions, are on the endangered list

By AFP
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

The son of one of the Egyptian Christians who were beheaded in Libya by Islamic State in 2015 touches his father's picture at a church in al-Our village south of Cairo, Egypt.
Touching The son of one of the Egyptian Christians who were beheaded in Libya by Islamic State in 2015 touches his father's picture at a church in al-Our village south of Cairo, Egypt.
Image: Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Outrage as school uses animals for entertainment

The Christopher Columbus High School in Florida has been accused of ‘shameful’ animal cruelty for using a caged tiger and other exotic animals to entertain students at its prom night. The school has since apologised after a video posted on social media showing the captive big cat on display prompted outrage among animal rights supporters. Animal rights group Peta criticised the tiger display, suggesting it ‘sends the harmful message that living beings are props to be used for human amusement’. - © The Daily Telegraph

Sobering discovery: women better at wine tasting

A study has found that while men have a stronger emotional reaction to all wines than women, the female palate is more discerning and thus makes women better wine tasters than men. Dr Caroline Chaya who led the study, concluded: ‘In general, men reported higher scores on significant emotions than women for all the wines. But women, although they gave generally lower ratings than men, reported greater differences between the wines.’ The study may give oenophiles cause to reconsider traditional gender roles, which see men more often offered wine to taste in restaurants. Last year only one of thirteen inductees to the Court of Master Sommeliers was a woman. - © The Daily Telegraph

Foreign countries should steer clear of China map

US clothing retailer Gap has apologised to China over a T-shirt with a map showing the mainland but omitting Taiwan, becoming the latest foreign firm to run afoul of Beijing’s policy on the self-ruling island. The map also omitted South Tibet and the South China Sea, which had prompted hundreds of people to complain on Gap’s official account on China’s Weibo microblogging website. Gap issued its apology saying it ‘respects the integrity of China’s sovereignty and territory. We have removed the product from the Chinese market and destroyed them all.’ - AFP

Clown and yodelling sidekick murder girlfriend

A clown and his yodelling sidekick, stars of the reality TV show Belgium’s Got Talent, have been arrested for the brutal murder of a mother of three in front of her children. Kevin Lapeire, a winner of a prize for the best clown in Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, goes under the guise of his alter ego ‘Doctor Aspirin’. But it's claimed the 31-year-old was unable to get on with the three teenage children of his 47-year old girlfriend, leading to their break-up a few days ago. It is alleged that Lapeire roped in Dietwin Haegeman, 38, who is better known in Belgium as ‘Dietwin the Yodeller’ a lederhosen-clad performer, to take revenge. The pair is alleged to have broken into the home of the family and tying up the 12, 15 and 17-year-old children before killing their mother in front of them with a knife. Lapeire reportedly told the terrified children: ‘I am no longer a clinic clown but a crimiclown. That's how I will become famous.’ - © The Daily Telegraph

Art expert finds new Rembrandt

A Dutch art expert has discovered a previously unknown portrait by Rembrandt, which he bought 18 months ago at a London auction for around £130,000 (over R2-million). Dating from about 1634, ‘Portrait of a Young Gentlemen’ is the first unknown painting by the Dutch master to turn up in more than four decades and is likely worth millions of pounds. It was bought in late 2016 by Dutch art dealer and expert Jan Six at a Christie’s auction in London. Six, who has also written a book about his discovery, intends to sell the newly-found painting after it has been on display in Amsterdam. - AFP

Anne Frank's dirty jokes found in diary

Researchers using digital photo editing techniques have managed to read the text on two pages from Anne Frank's world famous wartime diary that the teenager had covered with brown masking paper, revealing risque jokes and an explanation of sex and prostitution. The Anne Frank Foundation announced the discovery of the previously unseen pages on Tuesday, saying it helps to explain her adolescent interest in sexuality. Anne wrote her diary while she and her family hid for more than two years in a secret annex behind an Amsterdam canal-side house in an attempt to avoid Nazi occupiers during the Second World War. - © The Daily Telegraph

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The tender trap: Procurement goes horribly wrong in PE

IDC-funded Chinese car plant is five months behind schedule because of protests by local small businesses

By BusinessLIVE reporter
1 min read

Now galloping in the desperation stakes, Lonmin

At least 20,000 jobs could be lost at struggling platinum miner if Sibanye takeover fails

By BusinessLIVE reporter
1 min read

The drugs are clearly working: Behind Aspen’s magic formula

Not just R5.5-billion invested in Port Elizabeth and thousands of jobs, but billions in export revenue too

By Mark Allix
3 min read

Quite a few pots at the end of African Rainbow Capital

The combination of visionary Patrice Motsepe and two former Sanlam investment pros is paying off big time

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

There’s so much more to Berlin than a Deutsche treat

Cosmopolitan, creative and just a little bit edgy

By Gary Cotterell
3 min read

Any idea about the royal wedding cake, old fruit?

Kensington Palace has asked Claire Ptak to step outside tradition to create a splendid lemon elderflower cake

By Rebecca Deuchar and Jessica Brodie
2 min read

Why the chuckling ghost of Orson Welles haunts Cannes

The festival was supposed to finally show the premiere of a lost masterpiece almost 50 years in the making

By Tristram Fane Saunders
10 min read

Discomfort food: Where you pay more if you’re white

If nothing else, this New Orleans pop-up restaurant provides food for thought

By Jessica Brodie
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Luc will be on Sundowns' side against Barca

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
5 min read

What wonders did Davids perform at Maritzburg?

How a young coach took an unglamorous, unfancied team from the backwaters to the verge of glory

By Nick Said
4 min read