Friday, June 1 2018



Forced history till matric is disaster: teachers

A government plan to phase in compulsory history is met with very mixed responses from academics

Prega Govender
4 min read



IN PICTURES: Hospital under siege

Protesters demanding performance bonuses trashed a Joburg state hospital on Thursday

By Alon Skuy and Naledi Shange
1 min read

Rohde has some questions of his own

On day 2 of his cross-examination Jason Rohde repeatedly picked holes in questions posed by the prosecutor

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
5 min read

Ever wondered what animals actually see?

When it comes to seeing detail, humans trump most animals, but we fall down in other areas, a study shows

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

Is singing 'hit the boer' a dismissible offence?

Concourt grapples with dismissal of workers for singing an old struggle song

Ernest Mabuza
3 min read

Till wealth us do part: black women turn to divorce

Women are now more likely to file for divorce, and black divorcees are the dominant group, statistics show

Khanyi Ndabeni
3 min read

Slain Sadia: 'Bring back the death penalty'

Petition launched on Monday has already garnered 20,000 signatures - but experts say it will never be successful

Nivashni Nair
2 min read

It's cheaper to flush clean water down the drain than fix the leaks

Joburg has set aside R3-billion to fix water leaks this year, but that will barely cover a fifth of the problem

Kyle Cowan
2 min read



When my school of strife became a school of life

It took just one, out-of-the-box head boy to transform my school days

4 min read

If only we could return this presidency to sender

The photo of Kim Kardashian with Donald Trump at the White House pretty much sums up how much things have gone wrong

Tom Eaton
4 min read


Personnel from Aquila Private Game Reserve successfully relocated a 1.5-ton rogue male hippopotamus during a special operation. A photographer captured the moment the hippo launched itself from underwater and attacked the airborne helicopter, surprising the crew who did not even realise they were on top of the animal.
Blue fin for lunch Personnel from Aquila Private Game Reserve successfully relocated a 1.5-ton rogue male hippopotamus during a special operation. A photographer captured the moment the hippo launched itself from underwater and attacked the airborne helicopter, surprising the crew who did not even realise they were on top of the animal.
Image: Albert Jansen van Roosendaal


Six things about SA you need to know

Zuma to fly solo in legal fees battle

President Cyril Ramaphosa will not be fighting for his predecessor Jacob Zuma to continue getting state funding of his legal fees. Instead‚ Ramaphosa will leave the matter entirely in the court's hands. Zuma is due to appear in the Durban High Court on corruption charges next week. Ramaphosa has now filed a notice to abide by the decision of the High Court when it decides on applications by the DA to turn the taps off on government’s continued funding of Zuma’s fees. He has yet to respond to a similar application bought by the EFF to force Zuma and his lawyers to repay the state money already spent on his criminal defence‚ as this application was filed after that bought by the DA. Ramaphosa has indicated that he will file an “explanatory affidavit” in the DA case. This means that it will now be up to Zuma – as a private individual – to convince the court that he is legally entitled to that state funding.

Sandton lawyer admits to dumping family dog

A lawyer from a top Sandton firm admitted on Thursday to dumping a dead family Labrador on the side of the road. The man was caught on CCTV footage opening the boot of his Mercedes-Benz‚ and glancing around before dumping the carcass on a quiet suburban street. The man made the admission during a teleconference at the law offices. He then agreed to meet the SPCA when he returned to Johannesburg next week. The Sandton SPCA is laying criminal charges for illegal dumping‚ in terms of Johannesburg by-laws. The SPCA said it was stunned by the behaviour of a leading member of the legal fraternity‚ and by his attitude towards a beloved family pet. The law firm has distanced itself from the incident.

Zuma will help win elections‚ church tells ANC

If President Cyril Ramaphosa and the ANC want a two-thirds majority in next year's national elections‚ they need former president Jacob Zuma. Bishop Timothy Ngcobo‚ provincial secretary of the National Interfaith Council of SA, made this remark during a prayer to welcome Zuma back home in Nkandla on Thursday. The prayer was attended by religious leaders and about 500 people at the Mnyakanya sports grounds near Zuma's homestead. His comment came a day after the ANC lost Ward 7 in Nkanda to the IFP‚ despite Zuma campaigning in the area. The controversial bishop‚ who led a march during Zuma’s court appearance in Durban on graft charges in May‚ said Zuma's work would be more prominent now that he is on retirement. He also praised Zuma for championing radical socio-economic transformation‚ land expropriation without compensation and free higher education.

Cops chase third suspect in Chatsworth hijacking

Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Thursday that investigators had identified a third man alleged to have played a role in the hijacking that resulted in the death of Sadia Sukhraj. The nine-year-old had been with her father, Pastor Shailendra Sukhraj, on a school run on Monday morning when he was pulled from the car while in the driveway of her grandfather's Shallcross home by three men who then sped off with Sadia, her father in pursuit. During the pursuit she was shot‚ and later died in hospital. A suspected hijacker died at the scene and another was arrested. Cele said police were “chasing” a third suspect, saying they “just need to go pick him up”. He was speaking after a visit to the family in Shallcross, which followed the court appearance of 39-year-old Sibonelo Mkhize‚ who abandoned his bid for bail in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

Petrol shock forecast for June

Fuel prices will jump to record highs in June‚ the Automobile Association said on Thursday. Petrol was expected to rise by up to 85c a litre‚ diesel by 87c‚ and illuminating paraffin by 82c. Commenting on unaudited month-end fuel data released by the Central Energy Fund‚ the AA said rand-dollar exchange rates and the international oil price were affecting the increases, which will kick in next Wednesday. The association said the price hike also included a large deficit carried over from April, with the department’s monthly close-out taking place early owing to the public holidays. After this, the rand lost “almost 60c against the US dollar in a matter of a day”, which the AA said made a fuel price rise a virtual certainty.

Golf course hit by brazen grass theft

A 4m strip of pristine grass was dug up and stolen in a brazen theft at the Oudtshoorn Golf Club in the heart of the Klein Karoo. Club committee member Willem Burger said he was doing his rounds on a golf cart‚ checking that all was in order‚ when he noticed that someone had marked off sections of a patch of grass on the course. The following morning he “saw that the grass had been stolen”. Burger said theft was a huge problem which put a strain on the club’s finances and ability to beef up security. The fence, flagsticks and rakes had been stolen in the past. He Burger did, however, see the humour in the grass being stolen. “It is actually a compliment that someone would come all this way to steal our grass. That means we actually look after our grass.”



Most rape isn't violent, it's just lazy, says Aussie feminist

Germaine Greer suggests most rapists should get community service, and insists we must stop 'pathologising' the crime

By Anita Singh
3 min read

Paris jihadists were dumbos in jogging pants, say victims

New documentary shows the defiance of ordinary people in the face of the Bataclan horror of 2015

3 min read

It's a specs-tacular fact: glasses wearers are smarter

A groundbreaking investigation of intelligence genes links higher cognitive ability to poor eyesight

By Henry Bodkin
1 min read

Stop being such a Hunt!

Aussie politician Greg Hunt has finally apologised for a torrent of foul language he unleashed at a female mayor

2 min read


Social activist Rajendra Kumar Tiwari, wearing a headgear made from empty cigarettes packets, speaks on his cellphone as he conducts an anti-tobacco awareness campaign to mark World No Tobacco Day in Mumbai.
Holy smokes Social activist Rajendra Kumar Tiwari, wearing a headgear made from empty cigarettes packets, speaks on his cellphone as he conducts an anti-tobacco awareness campaign to mark World No Tobacco Day in Mumbai.
Image: Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas


Farmer udderly desperate to save pregnant cow

A pregnant cow from Bulgaria that roamed into neighbouring Serbia has been condemned to death because she crossed the EU border, prompting a desperate plea from her owner to save her. Red cow Penka, due in about three months, wandered from its herd near the village of Kopilovtsi on May 12, straying over a border checkpoint into non-EU Serbia. But after she was returned to her owner, Ivan Haralampiev, by a farmer over the frontier, Bulgarian officials said the animal must be put down because of strict EU rules, despite being given a clean bill of health by Serbian vets. “The motives are that she had left the borders of the EU” and cannot be imported back into the European Union, Haralampiev told BNT television. Officials said it was not in their powers to save Penka from the EU regulations. - AFP

A hunny of a collector’s piece

The original map of the Hundred Acre Wood from the Winnie-the-Pooh children’s stories is set to go under the hammer, with an estimate price tag of up to $200,000. The ink sketch by EH Shepard in 1926 lays out the much-loved fictional world created by AA Milne, depicting characters Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet and Eeyore. The map will be auctioned at the English Literature, History, Science, Children’s Books and Illustrations sale in July. Four other Winnie-the-Pooh illustrations by Shepard are also being offered, including one of Christopher Robin and Pooh walking to say goodbye, as in Milne’s ending in “The House at Pooh Corner” - Reuters

Punk band’s Vegas shooting quips off-key

In reinforcing its edgy image a rock band left many people grumbling about poor taste during the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival in Las Vegas, reports Referring to the October 1 Vegas shooting that left 58 people dead and 489 injured, NOFX frontman Fat Mike told the crowd: “We played a song about Muslims and we didn’t get shot. Hooray.” A fellow band member was heard on videos shared on social media saying: “I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you are in a country band.” As it that weren’t bad enough, a third member chimed in: “That [massacre] sucked, but at least they were country fans and no punk rock fans,” followed by: “You were all thinking it.” The band’s ill-conceived quips were met with boos. - Staff reporter

Stiff fine for red-light rowdiness

Amsterdam has warned rowdy British and Dutch tourists who “party excessively” in the city that they could face stiff fines, in the latest campaign to halt drunken mayhem on the streets. The campaign targets men aged 18 to 34, who are increasingly attracted by the freewheeling Dutch capital’s beer-drinking and soft-drug culture, as well as the salacious draw of its red-light district. Enticed by cheap travel, groups of young men, mainly from elsewhere in the Netherlands or Britain, frequently roam the inner city’s canal-lined streets at weekends, on elaborate pub crawls or to celebrate noisy stag parties. “All too often the result is drunkenness, noise in the street, litter and public urination,” Amsterdam Marketing said. - AFP

It’s number 21 for UK’s biggest family

Britain's largest family is about to get bigger. Despite vowing mere months before that No 20 would be their last, the Radfords of Lancashire are expecting another, Sky News reports. The baby girl will join Noel and Sue Radford's other children: Chris, Sophie, Chloe, Jack, Daniel, Luke, Millie, Katie, James, Ellie, Aimee, Josh, Max, Tillie, Oscar, Casper, Hallie, Phoebe, and Archie. The report says a boy, Alfie, was lost when Sue was 23 weeks’ pregnant in 2014. The oldest, Chris, born when Sue was 14, will be almost 30 years older than the new addition. The Radfords, who live in a former care home, reportedly spend £300 a week on food shopping, getting through 18 pints of milk, three litres of juice and three boxes of cereal every day. - Staff reporter

Wear a veil, face a fine, says Denmark

Denmark has become the latest European country to ban the Islamic full-face veil in public spaces, in a move slammed by rights campaigners as “a violation of women’s rights”. Anyone who wears a garment that hides the face in public will be punished with a fine, says the law, which was passed by 75 votes to 30 in parliament. Presented by the centre-right government, the legislation was also backed by the Social Democrats and the far-right Danish People’s Party. The new rule will take effect on August 1. Wearing a burqa, which covers a person’s entire face, or the niqab, which only shows the eyes, in public will lead to a fine of 1,000 kroner (R1,700). The ban also targets other accessories that hide the face such as balaclavas and false beards. - AFP



Uh-oh, that echoing silence is the sound of Taste in trouble

By sticking its head in the sand and refusing to speak openly, it only makes things seem even more dire

By BusinessLIVE reporter
1 min read

Germans get all sniffy about M and R tie-up with Aveng

Aton, with a bid on the table for Murray & Roberts, is not hot on idea of SA construction groups joining forces

By Ann Crotty
2 min read

What is SA’s most digitally savvy bank? No, it’s not FNB

In fact Investec was the first truly branchless bank

By BusinessLIVE reporter
1 min read



The Kennedy curse gets a new treatment

A new film looks at the accident that scuppered Ted Kennedy's presidential hopes

By Tymon Smith
3 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
1 min read

Hear here: I’m telling you podcasts are the new TV

Here are five great listening experiences to get you started if you’re not already hooked

By Rebecca Deuchar
2 min read

How to warm the cockles of your South African soul

Two great homegrown gigs it’s worth wrapping up for

By Staff reporter
2 min read



SPORTS DAY: Eddie Jones full of attacking talk for England

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
5 min read

The link between Mohamed Salah and Leonardo da Vinci

They flew, they crashed, they rose to fly again ...

Telford Vice
5 min read