Monday, May 21 2018



ANALYSIS: Come on, racists, at least try to show remorse

Just like Vicki Momberg, in the 'swart man' case Meyer Bester failed to take responsibility for what he said

Karyn Maughan
7 min read

Ashwin Willemse a quota player? Get off the grass

Rugby is riddled with racism, and the Willemse issue must not end with an internal probe

David Isaacson
3 min read

Give me land, lots of land, but please give me a job too

Giving municipal land to those seeking a better life is welcome, but finding work in cities is the real challenge

3 min read

Is this the woman diverting the Gupta millions?

Newly-filed court papers may shine more light on who was behind the infamous R200m VAT refund

Kyle Cowan
3 min read



Ships duck Cape Town dock. Here's why

City missing out on millions thanks to damaged dry dock that has stood idle and unrepaired for years

Bobby Jordan
2 min read

Horns of a dilemma: Saving the rhino is in its DNA

New South African website aims to show the world that rhino horn can be legally harvested and sold

4 min read

Tourists skip the Taj Mahal for our very own V&A Waterfront

Cape Town tourist spot ranks as one of the top 10 leading visitor attractions in the world

1 min read

Hard lessons from the 'Old Man': My life as Madiba's grandson

Ndaba Mandela’s book recounts his journey into manhood with his grandfather towering over him

Matthew Savides
News editor
4 min read

Terrified TUT students' pleas are heard. Now they want action

Robbery and abuse of women rampant as Police minister steps in after listening to desperate students

Siphe Macanda
4 min read

Little Johnny won’t much like this class monitor

A Chinese school has installed facial recognition technology to track how attentive pupils are

By Neil Connor
1 min read



You might be flying blind with that air ticket

Mistakes are very easy to make, not so quick to fix

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

No kids? Ain't nobody's business but mine

We have moved on from the days when childless women were seen as witches, but we still have a way to go

By Rosa Silverman
6 min read



Kami Rita Sherpa, 48, a Nepali sherpa, waves after returning from climbing Mount Everest for a 22nd time, a new record for the most summits of the world's highest mountain.
high-flyer Kami Rita Sherpa, 48, a Nepali sherpa, waves after returning from climbing Mount Everest for a 22nd time, a new record for the most summits of the world's highest mountain.
Image: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

Six things about SA you need to know

Petrol bombs hurled during Cape housing protest

A violent protest over housing led to law enforcement authorities and police being attacked with petrol bombs and stones at Parkwood in Cape Town on Sunday. A 15-year-old by was hit in the mouth by a projectile as officers retaliated, Law Enforcement spokesman Wayne Dyason said A petrol station shop was reportedly looted and some roads were closed. It started peacefully when residents planned to hand over a memorandum to the local councillor about their housing needs. Dyason said the group “put up pegs and structures in what was initially supposed to be a peaceful protest. They said they would remove the pegs and structures as soon as the memorandum was handed over. They reneged on this and more people moved in last night.” When authorities removed the pegs and structures on Sunday, some people “reacted violently”.

Another woman accuses Jordaan of sexual assault

A second woman has accused SA Football Association boss Danny Jordaan of a sex offence. The 40-year-old author opened a case of sexual harassment against Jordaan this week, a month after musician and former ANC MP Jennifer Ferguson reported a case of rape to the police in March. The author, who cannot be named, alleges Jordaan groped her, tried to force himself on her and attempted to rip off her underwear in the boardroom of a five-star Sandton hotel in March 2011, where she was interviewing him for a soccer book. She says she was saved by a waiter knocking at the door. The former Nelson Mandela Bay mayor has denied Ferguson’s claims. His lawyer, Mamodupi Mohlala, said the allegations seemed to be “an attempt to render Dr Jordaan illegible to stand for the Safa presidency [next] Saturday”.

Review handbook and reduce cabinet: DA

The government should review the ministerial handbook and reduce the size of the cabinet‚ the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday. The party said that since assuming office‚ President Cyril Ramaphosa had promised to address government excesses, including giving due consideration to downsizing his cabinet. “It is clear‚ however‚ from some parliamentary replies we have received that he has not taken any steps to address some of the opulent costs that come with his cabinet.” The party said the country’s sluggish economy and growing budget deficit called for restraint in government spending. This year alone the country’s 35 ministers and 37 deputy ministers would earn R163.5-million and more than R510.5-million over the medium-term.

Rescuers go to aid of stricken yacht and ill sailor

The National Sea Rescue Institute’s Richards Bay crew had to evacuate an ill Filipino sailor from a vessel anchored offshore of the northern KwaZulu-Natal port on Sunday morning. The evacuation comes just a day after the crew had to tow a stricken yacht into the port. Jacques Kruger‚ NSRI Richards Bay duty coxswain‚ said the crew had rendezvoused with the motor vessel Nord Sirius to evacuate a 23-year-old Flipino sailor suffering from anxiety. The sailor was treated by a paramedic‚ secured in a stretcher, put on a sea rescue craft and taken to the NSRI base in Richards Bay. “The patient has been transported to hospital by an ICE Medical Rescue ambulance in a stable condition in the care of paramedics‚” Kruger added.

Children found passed out at school food fair

Seven children found passed out on the pavement and inside taxis during an “unruly” school food fair had to be taken to hospital in Cape Town. Law Enforcement spokesman Wayne Dyason said officers were alerted to a complaint about children behaving in an unruly manner at the Wynberg school on Saturday. “The officers found a number of children passed out on the pavement and passed out in taxis. The allegation was that alcohol had been given to the pupils from the taxis. Alcohol could be seen in one of the taxis and a female lying in the taxi passed out. Some of them were vomiting.” Ambulances were called and medics treated the children. Dyason said the school had to be cleared of children and the food fair was stopped‚ at the request of the school. Seven of the children were taken to hospital.

PE robbery suspects nabbed within an hour

Three people were arrested within an hour after they allegedly robbed a fast-food outlet in Port Elizabeth on Friday night. The outlet on Circular Drive, Walmer, was robbed by two men at gunpoint‚ police said. One had requested a bottle of water and as the attendant went to fetch it he pulled out a firearm and demanded cash. Cash was taken from the till. The attendant hit the panic button and the suspects fled in a silver VW Polo. After police watched video footage‚ the Flying Squad and the K9 unit searched for and cornered the car, and arrested the three suspects. Some of the stolen cash and a toy gun were found. The suspects, aged 20‚ 26 and 26, will appear in court on Monday.



Forget Bitcoin, genome sharing is the new currency

How you could make money renting out your DNA

By Ben Farmer
8 min read

Transgender marriage: From hate in Haiti to acceptance

A Haitian woman who revealed she was transgender before her wedding day goes on to fight for tolerance 

3 min read

Dry run: Japan forced to whisk its whiskies off the market

Drinkers of Japanese whisky in low spirits as supplies dry up

By Danielle Demetriou
1 min read

Slimy little so-and-so’s ... Gotta keep them snails happy

Thai snails are kept healthy for their cosmetic slime

By Juarawee Kittisilpa
2 min read


A woman uses her iPhone to take photographs of illuminated sculptures shaped as animals during a preview of Vivid Sydney, promoted as the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, at Sydney's Taronga Zoo.
out of darkness into the marvelous light A woman uses her iPhone to take photographs of illuminated sculptures shaped as animals during a preview of Vivid Sydney, promoted as the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, at Sydney's Taronga Zoo.
Image: David Gray/Reuters


Killer teen 'had been spurned by first victim'

A teenaged boy who shot and killed eight pupils and two teachers in Texas had been spurned by one of his victims after making aggressive advances, her mother said yesterday. Sadie Rodriguez, the mother of Shana Fisher, 16, said her daughter rejected four months of aggressive advances from accused shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17. Fisher finally stood up to him and embarrassed him in class. ‘A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn’t like,’ she said. ‘Shana being the first one.’ – Reuters.

Hawaii volcano claims first casualty

A stream of lava blocked a Hawaii highway on Sunday that serves as an escape route for coastal residents, while the first known serious injury was reported from fresh explosive eruptions from the Kilauea volcano. A homeowner who was on a third-floor balcony had his leg shattered from his shin to his foot when hit by lava spatter. Lava spatters ‘can weigh as much as a refrigerator and even small pieces of spatter can kill’, an emergency services spokesperson said. – Reuters.

Tweeters' thumbs fly for Harry's wedding

Over six million people tweeted on Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle, more than three times the number during his older brother’s wedding. The most picked up post was by Lucy Sempey and was retweeted nearly 105,000 times. It was a photograph of Markle outside Buckingham Palace as a teen with the message: ‘One day you’re 15 and posing outside Buckingham palace and 22 years later you’re marrying the Prince. Unreal.’ - AFP

Trump can't spell his own wife's name

Donald Trump welcomed his wife Melania home to the White House after a week in hospital for kidney treatment - but managed to misspell her name as ‘Melanie’ in a hastily deleted tweet. ‘Great to have our incredible first lady back home in the White House,’ wrote Trump on Twitter. ‘Melanie is feeling and doing really well. Thank you for all of your prayers and best wishes!’ The message was quickly replaced with a message that spelled the first lady's name correctly. – The Daily Telegraph

Cougar kills biker in rare attack

A mountain lion has killed one mountain biker and mauled another in Washington state when they rode into its territory, and authorities later said they shot the animal dead. men were riding together down a remote, backwoods trail when they encountered the animal. The first rider received deep scratches and the other was dragged away by the cougar to its den. The 31-year-old survivor rode 3km out of the area and called emergency services. Fatal cougar attacks are extremely rare in North America. – The Daily Telegraph

Dylan guitar goes for stratospheric sum

A guitar that played a key role in Bob Dylan’s artistic evolution from folk music to rock has fetched a $0,5-million at auction. The instrument, a 1965 Fender Telecaster that belonged to Robbie Robertson, Dylan’s guitarist, was used by Dylan, Eric Clapton and George Harrison. It had been expected to fetch between $400,000 and $600,000. A heavily decorated belt worn by Elvis Presley at a 1972 concert in Hawaii sold for $354,400. - AFP



E-commerce: Richemont won't be caught YNAPing

Rupert-owned firm looks to boost digital capabilities with 'a major milestone in our transformation journey'

By Marc Hasenfuss
3 min read

Business rescue is best way to deal with SAA

The fortunes of the ailing airline must be turned around, lest it becomes the government’s Lehman Brothers

By Stuart Theobald
4 min read



What do you mean my fridge is checking me out?

Big Brother is now right there in our homes and, if anything, we aren't being paranoid enough

By Toby Shapshak
3 min read

How to deal with Generation Z without becoming all thumbs

There are certain things you’re just gonna have to learn

By Yolisa Mkele
2 min read

Save a life (or maybe your own) with the Sunflower Fund

Project finds ‘genetic twins’ for essential transfusions

By Hannah Green
3 min read



SPORTS DAY: Two crowns at once is a Hek of a feat

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
6 min read

Jordaan caught between Morocco and a hard place

State has told Safa president not to vote for Moroccan World Cup bid but CAF wants a united African front 

Mark Gleeson
Soccer writer
2 min read

Blast from the past: Bailey blocks Brighton in FA Cup

Today in SA sports history: May 21

David Isaacson
1 min read