Monday, June 4 2018



'Why do white people like Cyril so much?'

This question, by an ANC member, goes to the heart of the new Zuma movement as it tries to win back its kleptocracy

3 min read

Daily terror for govt staff in dodgy office tower

Secret documents show building that was hit by bomb in 1980s is serious occupational hazard

Graeme Hosken
5 min read



Doccie fest shock as funder abruptly pulls plug

Madonsela film premiere soured as organisers told that National Film and Video Foundation had withdrawn support

By Tymon Smith
3 min read

Scientists are putting plastic into the ocean, but for a good cause

Scientists and fishermen are on a plastic tag search to keep an eye on the tuna population

Tony Carnie
4 min read

What whopping wasters we are: SA is a top food dumper

We toss more household food than our sub-Saharan African neighbours, although we fare better than the Europeans

Tanya Farber
3 min read

It's true after all: If you want to be less fat, eat less fat

And it's got nothing to do with your genes. It's just that the more fat you eat, the less you can taste it in food

1 min read

You're as guilty as anyone else of spreading fake news: study

Researchers find tweeters are more interested in being first than in being correct

1 min read



Secrets and lies - they’re all in call recordings

Telesales agents can blatantly lie to potential customers to get them to agree to a deal, but you’ve got recourse

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

At last we're singing the baby blues

A new movie looks powerfully at postpartum depression. It's the start of a very necessary conversation

Tanya Farber
4 min read



Queen Elizabeth II acknowledges the crowd during Derby Festival at Epsom, England, on Saturday.
queen of the flowers Queen Elizabeth II acknowledges the crowd during Derby Festival at Epsom, England, on Saturday.
Image: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Six things about SA you need to know

Maimane's big regret: keeping Zille

Helen Zille should have been removed from decision-making structures after she stepped down as party leader, DA leader Mmusi Maimane has said. He told the Sunday Times, he said it was “untenable to keep your former leader and your current leader same in the same structures”. He said Zille would not return to any DA government position when her term as premier ends next year.“Being a party leader is like being a pilot, flying through turbulent waters. The last thing you need is the former pilot sitting in the jumper seat trying to tell you what to do,” he said. Zille told the Sunday Times that she knew how Maimane felt as she too had to continue serving in DA structures with former leader Tony Leon after he stepped down. However, she said she and Maimane played “very different roles in the party”.

Metro cop helps deliver baby on M1

A Johannesburg Metro Police officer found herself having to go above and beyond the call of duty last week when she was forced to swap her role as law enforcement officer for that of midwife. JMPD Inspector Frieda Ramafemo was on her way home at the end of her shift on Tuesday evening when she was waved down by an Uber driver near the Riviera Road turnoff on the busy M1 highway. The driver explained that his pregnant passenger was experiencing contractions and that it appeared she would have to give birth inside the vehicle. Inspector Ramafemo immediately called for an EMS ambulance to come to the scene and then assisted the mother in labour. The gave birth to a healthy boy before the ambulance arrived.

Police vow crackdown on cash-van bandits

In 2018 there has been a cash-in-transit heist every day, on average, and it's time to take the war to the criminals, says Police Minister Bheki Cele. The rate of heists so far this year has tripled since last year, and Cele says his new commanders at the Hawks and crime intelligence will lead the fightback. "[Those units] have been completely ineffective, spending more time defending themselves and living in court," he said. Among his plans are the re-equipping and revitalisation of specialised units. "No one will be in the barracks, they will be back on the roads," Cele told the Sunday Times this week.

Gauteng MEC’s car hijacked

The bodyguard of Gauteng MEC for Sport‚ Arts‚ Culture and Recreation‚ Faith Mazibuko was hijacked on Saturday while waiting for the MEC in an official vehicle. Police are searching for three armed suspects who accosted the sergeant‚ pointing firearms at him and demanding the car keys. “The suspects then drove with the police officer until they dropped him off at Bosmont in Sophiatown. The officer did not sustain any injuries.” Captain Mavela Masondo‚ provincial police spokesperson‚ said. Police have launched a manhunt for the suspects and are on the lookout for a grey Mercedes Benz ML 500. The suspects are said to be driving in a white Jetta Volkswagen. Police are appealing to anyone who has information that can help lead to the arrest of the suspects or has spotted the hijacked vehicle to call the nearest police station or the Crime Stop number on 086 001 0111.

Cops nab 5 after supermarket robbed

Mpumalanga police have arrested five men believed to part of a gang that robbed a supermarket in Leandra on Saturday. The bust came about after a tip-off from a resident who noticed suspicious activity at the back entrance used by staff‚ police said. A red Toyota RunX and a white Toyota Avanza with occupants parked close to the supermarket, as well as a Hyundai Accent and white Toyota Corolla, sped off when police approached, and a chase ensued. The police said they intercepted the Avanza and two suspects were arrested. The RunX was spotted at Embalenhle where officers cornered the car and the suspects jumped fled on foot towards the veld. Police managed to arrest three suspects and seize an AK47 rifle and 45 live ammunition rounds.

Hunt for man who ‘raped his 3 daughters’

Limpopo police have launched a hunt for a man who allegedly raped his three young daughters. The rapes and other sexual acts occurred between 2009 and 2018 in Bendo Park‚ Polokwane‚ police said. The girls are seven‚ 10 and 13 years old. “Upon the discovery of these heinous deeds‚ the mother of the three girls laid charges of sexual assault and rape against her estranged husband,” they said. “The provincial commissioner‚ Lieutenant-General Nneke Ledwaba, has expressed concern‚ disappointment and disgust in this matter, and has assigned a team of investigators to hunt the perpetrator so he can face the full might of the law.”



WhatsApp tax will deal with 'consequence of gossiping'

Uganda joins other African countries as it imposes a social media tax

By Adrian Blomfield
2 min read

Will you get cancer? There's a test for that ...

A new ‘holy grail’ test can detect 10 types of cancer before a person gets sick

By Henry Bodkin
4 min read

Want to suip alone at home in your undies? Go ahead

Introducing ‘päntsdrunk’, the Scandinavian lifestyle trend we've been waiting for

By Guy Kelly
2 min read


Darryl Sumiki of Hilo watches lava light up the sky during the ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii.
lake of fire Darryl Sumiki of Hilo watches lava light up the sky during the ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii.
Image: Terray Sylvester/Reuters


Cumberbatch is now a real-life crime-fighter

Benedict Cumberbatch channelled his inner Sherlock Holmes by leaping to the defence of a delivery cyclist under attack by four men. The man had been cornered and was being beaten up when Cumberbatch passed in an Uber. Seeing the cyclist being hit over the head with a bottle prompted the star to jump into the fray. “Benedict was courageous, brave and selfless,” the Uber driver said. “They tried to hit him but he defended himself and pushed them away. He wasn’t injured. Then I think they also recognised it was Benedict and ran away.” - AFP

Whale eats 80 plastic bags, dies

A whale has died in Thailand after swallowing over 80 plastic bags, ending an attempted rescue which saw volunteers and government vets attempt to nurse the mammal back to health. The small male pilot whale became the latest of hundreds of marine plastic victims after it was found barely alive in a canal. A veterinary team tried "to help stabilise its illness but finally the whale died”. An autopsy revealed 80 plastic bags weighing 8kg in its stomach. - The Daily Telegraph

Dutch getting too English for their own good

The growing popularity of English as a medium of instruction at Dutch universities is ringing alarm bells in The Netherlands, and the education department is finalising a proposal to deal with the matter. Britain’s exit from the EU next year has only accelerated the phenomenon, with international students flocking to the Netherlands which provides an ideal base for those wishing to study in English within the EU. Some 90% of the Dutch population speaks English. “The Dutch language is gradually disappearing from campuses,” lamented educator Ad Verbrugge, stressing the “seriousness” of an “unprecedented situation in Europe”. - AFP

Smartphone market's battery is dying

After a decade of sizzling growth, the smartphone market has suddenly cooled. Surveys show smartphone sales last year shrank slightly for the first time since the 2007 debut of the iPhone, and preliminary data this year suggests further deceleration. Analysts say several factors have hit the smartphone market including the lack of new features that wow consumers, people holding their devices longer and the saturation of key markets including China, which had been driving growth. - AFP

In the prawn world, introverts are tops

Prawns have personalities and cautious crustaceans do better in the battle for food, new research suggests. Scientists studying rockpool prawns found some were consistently shy, while others were bolder. But this bravery may come at a cost - as the risk-takers tended to do worse than other prawns when competing for food. "We found that the shyer prawns were better at controlling a food source," researchers said. "This means that when they found food and possible rivals were nearby, they stayed and fed for longer than bolder prawns.” Boldness was tested by repeatedly putting prawns into an unfamiliar tank and seeing how much they explored and ventured into the middle. – The Daily Telegraph

Father Ted is back, and now he sings too

Beloved Irish sitcom “Father Ted” left the small screen over 20 years ago. But now, co-writer Graham Linehan has revealed, it will be making a comeback – as a musical. Linehan, who, with Arthur Matthews, created the absurd comedy about three Roman Catholic priests exiled on a fictional island, tweeted: “‘Pope Ted—The Father Ted Musical’ written by Arthur Mathews and myself, music by Neil Hannon, is almost written. I just thought you’d like to know. THIS IS NOT A DRILL!”– The Daily Telegraph



Split and Polish: Mr Price eyes offshore prize

mrpHome store to open in Poland by the end of 2018

By Nick Hedley
2 min read

What transparent nonsense: Treasury's PIC blunder

Its objection to more Public Investment Corporation transparency is contradictory and at odds with global best practice

By Stuart Theobald
4 min read



A dad’s survival guide: The toddler at the wedding

There are life lessons to be learned from taking your kid to a family marriage

Matthew Savides
News editor
5 min read

Walking back to happiness, woopah oh yeah yeah

Getting your legs working is a great way to keep fit

By Claire Keeton
2 min read

‘Look Ma, no hands’ ... and we know how well that turned out

Experts warn that self-driving cars will inevitably kill people, but may well be safer in the long run

By Margi Murphy
2 min read



SPORTS DAY: Cue the excuses for blundering Bafana

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
8 min read

Life's a pitch: Is it time for a salary cap in the ailing PSL?

It would level the playing field and ensure the financial sustainability of the league

By Nick Said
4 min read

Blast from the past: England clobber Boks at Loftus

Today in SA sports history: June 4

David Isaacson
1 min read