Friday, May 25 2018



BACK STORY: SA Express warning signs were ignored

Memos seen by Times Select reveal aviation authority was not the only institution to raise the alarm

Karyn Maughan
3 min read



Dear white pupils, you're privileged. Do something about it

Jeppe High School for Boys deputy principal Kevin Leathem delivered a powerful lecture to his pupils on the P-word

By Kevin Leathem and Tammy Bechus
13 min read

Dear 'white' schools, stop deliberately keeping apartheid alive

A Sunday Times reader, inspired by Ashwin Willemse, writes an open letter about nonsensical school application policies

By Parent7764
7 min read

'Sex abuse charges shouldn't stop us working in schools'

Don’t judge us all just because a few senior members are facing allegations, says Equal Education

Leonie Wagner
4 min read

The better the local schools, the higher the house prices

Studies show people pay much more for homes near top schools, and KZN's North Coast has taken note

2 min read



The latest traffic fine leak leaves a million of us exposed

Nearly a million South Africans vulnerable to fraud, identity theft and a host of other nasty surprises

Petru Saal
3 min read

Guptas' Oakbay agents explain why they shouldn't go to jail

Management, lawyers argue they weren't in contempt of court for throwing out business rescue practitioners

Kyle Cowan
4 min read

SA's saviour ARV drug can give babies defects

Hailed as wonder pill, Dolutegravir found to increase chances of moms giving birth to infants with neurological damage

2 min read

UCT scientists devise cheaper, better Epipen replacement

Very welcome news for people at risk of anaphylactic shock

Nora Shelly
2 min read



The ice madman cometh, and water load of nonsense it all is

Here we go again. The great let's-tow-an-iceberg idea is being floated once more

4 min read

It's getting a lot more heated at the Eskom water-cooler

Awkward situations must abound in government offices as the captured and uncaptured are forced to mingle

Tom Eaton
2 min read

How hoist blew up into heist, all thanks to an old French fart

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
3 min read



Six things about SA you need to know

Bitcoin kidnap child at home and unharmed

Police have confirmed that 12-year-old Katlego Marite‚ who was kidnapped near his home in Witbank at the weekend‚ has been found. Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said on Thursday morning that police were with him after he was found “alone” - meaning he was not in the company of any of his alleged kidnappers. Marite had been snatched just metres away from his Tasbet Park home on Sunday as he walked from a nearby spaza shop. A ransom note had later been left at the home. The kidnappers had demanded 15 Bitcoins to be paid before May 27 in exchange for his safe return‚ which would total an estimated R1.5-million.

Ramaphosa expects R420bn from SOEs

President Cyril Ramaphosa has told parliament state-owned companies have committed to investing more than R420-billion in the economy in the next five years. He made the announcement while responding to concerns raised by opposition parties during his budget vote debate in the National Assembly on Wednesday. Ramaphosa has also rejected criticism by EFF leader Julius Malema‚ who on Wednesday slammed the newly formed investment team as too elitist and not in the interest of the poor. Ramaphosa said the team was already doing good work and had helped unlock investment opportunities worth billions of rand over the next five years.

Eskom's R595m paid to Trillian ‘can't be found’

The R595-million Eskom paid Gupta-linked Trillian Capital, as part of an allegedly criminal deal, has “disappeared”‚ making it impossible for the Asset Forfeiture Unit to recover. But the state is still going after the R1-billion the state power utility paid to international consultancy firm McKinsey‚ after negotiations over the return of that money broke down. Eskom is seeking to overturn its “master service agreement” with McKinsey and Trillian‚ arguing that the R1.6-billion in payments it made to the consultancy firms were unlawful. McKinsey has said it is prepared to pay back the money “should a court order be made”. In papers filed at the Pretoria High Court on Thursday‚ Asset Forfeiture Unit head of operations Knorx Molelle applied for the forfeiture of the R1-billion on the basis that it is the proceeds of crime.

Ex-deputy top cop is new Hawks boss

Advocate Seswantsho Godfrey Lebeya has been appointed as the new head of the Hawks‚ the government announced on Thursday following Wednesday's cabinet meeting. Lebeya takes over as national head for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) from Yolisa Matakata‚ who was acting in the position. Lebeya‚ who has a doctorate in law‚ was deputy national police commissioner from February 2011 to May 2016. He was also one of the candidates to replace Thuli Madonsela as public protector. The crime-fighting unit has been at the centre of investigations into state capture surrounding the Gupta family.

SA soldier tried to kill wife with parachute

A South African-born soldier was found guilty on Thursday of attempting to murder his wife by sabotaging her parachute. British Army sergeant Emile Cilliers‚ 38‚ was convicted in the Winchester Crown Court of two attempted murder charges and a third count of damaging a gas valve at the home he shared with his wife‚ Victoria. The couple married in 2011 at the Twelve Apostles Hotel in Cape Town‚ but four years later experienced skydiver Victoria was almost killed when her main and reserve parachutes failed during a 1‚200m jump. In the other incident, Cilliers caused a gas leak in the couple’s house to blow up his wife. The prosecution argued that the father of six's motive was to claim a £120,000 (R2-million) life insurance payout that would clear his debts. He has not yet been sentenced.

Mayor in 'death plot' swaps chain for shackles

Endumeni Local Municipality mayor Sboniso Mbatha - at the centre of an alleged plot to kill the municipality’s speaker over the awarding of a tender - swapped his mayoral chain for shackles after appearing in the Estcourt Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. Mbatha‚ along with councillor Mthembeni Majola and alleged hitman Xolani Makhathini‚ was remanded in custody. The trio were arrested in a predawn raid by members of a task team installed to investigate a wave of political killings. Hawks spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said the team had intercepted communications pointing to the murder plot. The three would be charged with conspiracy to commit murder, and would reappear in court on May 31.



Mia culpa: Woody Allen's son comes to his defence

Painting a bleak picture of 'fatal family dysfunction', Moses Farrow says his mother was the parent really to blame

By Harriet Alexander
5 min read

They don't meth around in Malaysia: Aussie gran to hang

Court doesn't buy her story about falling for an online romance scam and being given a bag by a stranger

2 min read

Yet another cancer study has ruined bacon and beer for us

Cutting alcohol and leading an active life can reduce your risk of getting cancer by up to 40%

By Laura Donnelly
5 min read

Stormy: Call me Godiva and where's the wine cellar?

Daniels is awarded the keys to West Hollywood for standing up to Trump

2 min read


Doormen outside Annabel's private members club in London dressed for the Chelsea Flower Show.
Just two peony men Doormen outside Annabel's private members club in London dressed for the Chelsea Flower Show.
Image: Reuters/Toby Melville


Alexa, who is God?

The Church of England has launched an Amazon Echo “skill” that allows people to ask questions about God, Jesus and prayer. The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, said the app was designed to help agnostics find out more about faith and the church. Digital programmes were a “priority for development”, he said. On Far and Wide. The Alexa programme will allow users to ask questions including “what is faith?”, “what do Christians believe?”, and “who is God?” They will need to install it by telling the device “Alexa, open the Church of England”. It can also read the Lord’s Prayer, or say a suitable prayer for occasions including for the morning, evening or a grace before meals. - The Daily Telegraph

Stress dies in a garden of messy delights

Messy, wild-looking gardens are better for mental health than pristine pruning, an exhibitor at the Chelsea Flower Show has claimed. Matt Keightley, who designed the RHS Feel Good Garden, said that for mental health, gardens should be natural and untidy, and that perfect geometric shapes can be stressful. He told the BBC’s Jeremy Vine Show: "It's a planting that has quite organic and quite natural form. And the idea behind that is rather than geometry and straight lines - you don't want people to feel forced through the garden, they need to feel compelled to move into it and meander round it at their own pace, and feel at complete ease when they move through the garden.” The garden, commissioned by the Royal Horticultural Society, will be donated to Camden and Islington Mental Health Trust after the show. - The Daily Telegraph

Inventor’s pet project is the dog’s bollocks

A US man has proved you can monetise anything, even dogs’ testicles. Gregg Miller told CNBC he has developed “testicular implants for pets", or Neuticles. These silicone implants replace testicles after neutering. For the sake of appearance, naturally. And it's made the 64-year-old inventor a millionaire. He claims that over the last 20 years he's sold more than 500,000 sets of Neuticles, which cost $310 on average, although a watermelon-sized custom set Miller made for an elephant in a zoo would set you back $2,800. The report said he came up with the idea when he had to neuter his bloodhound dog named Buck in the 90s. When he asked his vet if someone made implants, the vet told him it was “the craziest damn thing I’ve ever heard of”. - Staff reporter

Cops on loo duty seek evidence of smear campaign

In Turkmenistan it is wide to look before you wipe. Local police are reportedly inspecting public toilets and loos in homes for evidence that locals have been using newspapers featuring photographs of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. The regional police in the Balkan region allegedly issued the order, Moscow-based news website reports. They have been told to look for the leader's "soiled" pictures in landfills and at rubbish collection points. The report say found guilty of "damaging" the president's image will receive a warning. There are likely to be quite a few of those since, according to the Alternativnnyy Novosti Turkmenistana website, the impoverished Turkmens don’t spend their money on toilet paper. - Staff reporter

It's World War 2 all over again in Dresden

The German city of Dresden extended the evacuation of 9,000 people triggered by the discovery of an unexploded World War 2 bomb after a failed defusal sparked a fire near the 250kg dud explosive, police said. The corroded aerial bomb had been discovered during construction work in the city, which was heavily bombed toward the end of the war. A bomb squad blasted away the detonator on Wednesday, but this set ablaze materials placed nearby to help absorb blast waves from a potentially larger detonation. About 25 flights in and out of Dresden were scrapped on Wednesday, and more were cancelled on Thursday. More than 70 years after the war, unexploded bombs are regularly found in Germany, a potentially deadly legacy of the intense Allied bombing campaign against Nazi Germany. - AFP

Irish abortion laws force women across the border

On average, nine women leave Ireland every day to have an abortion in the UK. This totalled 3,265 people travelling to the UK from Ireland in 2016 for a legal but privately funded abortion that they couldn't have in their own country. Since 1980 more than 170,000 women and girls have done the same, travelling to another country - usually Britain or sometimes the Netherlands - for an abortion. On Friday, the Irish will go to the polls in a referendum over whether to repeal some of the world's toughest abortion laws and allow these women to have abortions at home. - The Daily Telegraph



Snickers as Standard Bank sticks with tainted KPMG

Puzzling vote at bank’s AGM to reappoint auditing firm

By BusinessLIVE reporter
1 min read

Some heartburn in UK but no coronary for Famous Brands

Steers and Wimpy owner is forced to close some outlets due to lower consumer confidence ahead of Brexit

By Nick Hedley
2 min read

Offshore: If there’s something strange, who you gonna call?

Most global banks have pulled out of SA, but Swiss outfit Banque Syz is staying put to find you a haven

By Giulietta Talevi
4 min read



Get hip to the hepcats: What’s hot on the African street

Five swinging looks that could only come out of Africa

By Keneilwe Eleanor Pule
2 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
1 min read

Films that go behind the seams in the fashion biz

Put on your designer pyjamas and get your snacks out

By Rebecca Deuchar
2 min read

Get yourself a ticket to ride on Bombay’s Grand Journey

Just gin time for a little winter pick-me-up

By Staff reporter
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: What’s gone wrong with Warren Whiteley?

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
4 min read

Sad to say, but AB missed the bus from very good to great

Sorry, but there’s no silverware to show for his efforts

4 min read

Blast from the past: Hendriks chops Campese into chunks

Today in SA sports history: May 25

David Isaacson
1 min read