Wednesday, June 6 2018



Comrades cheats exposed: How runners crook the system

There's no turning back now if you haven't qualified for the Comrades – except if you are one of the cheats

Jessica Levitt
Editor: TshisaLIVE
6 min read

Posh girls' school reeling after man found skulking in hostel

Roedean scrambles to boost security after guards collar suspect hiding in the roof

Prega Govender
2 min read

No more Mr Nice Guy: 'Mmusi unplugged' has arrived

What we are seeing is a young black leader who is finally defining himself and refusing to be the DA’s 'blackface'

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
5 min read



Irma gawd! Two Stern works set to sell for R14m

A family is about to get a lot richer as they flog the still-lives by the legendary SA artist

Farren Collins
2 min read

Multimillion sugar cane land claim thrown out of court

Judge raps Elambini community for pursuing claim to KZN land without a shred of evidence

2 min read

Surgeon 'didn't expect' Marli to live after axe attack

It was a miracle she survived her brother's brutal rampage, says prosecutor during sentencing procedures

Tanya Farber
4 min read

Game on: poaching ring gets 'shock' with big arrests

Hawks collar 'kingpins' of a major illicit animal trade ring hailed in a bid to disrupt poaching supply chain

Farren Collins
3 min read

Africa becoming the planet's dumping ground, says UN

Report paints grim picture of continent buckling under severe waste management challenges

Farren Collins
3 min read



Finished your exam early? Knit a problem

School finds productive way to fill pupils' time as they wait for others to finish their papers

Nico Gous
2 min read

Kids turning into zombies? Here's what to do

Pupils are getting way too little sleep, study finds

Claire Keeton
2 min read



Why it's good for us all to keep the super-rich

Leaders who create the right conditions to keep millionaires find that all of their residents are richer for it

Tony Leon
6 min read

They called it liquid gold. Now it literally is

Here are some handy tips on how to survive the hair-curlingly high petrol price. You know you're going to need them

Tom Eaton
2 min read


A methane extracting gas project runs at the Coastal Park Landfill in Muizenberg. The landfill facilitates the disposal of general waste which cannot be re-used or recycled. According to the Kyoto Protocol this project is the first step in getting carbon credits - and an income - for the city of Cape Town. Image credits: Natalie Sternberg Subscribe to Multimedia LIVE here:


Young Buddhist monk Temuulen studies religious texts shortly after waking up in his room at the Amarbayasgalant Monastery in Mongolia.
bet he's not quite so angelic during break Young Buddhist monk Temuulen studies religious texts shortly after waking up in his room at the Amarbayasgalant Monastery in Mongolia.
Image: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Six things about SA you need to know

Discipline Facebook loudmouths‚ ANC orders

ANC officials who badmouthed their leadership on social media, particularly in Gauteng and the Free State‚ are in hot water. The party condemned “in the strongest terms” the insults directed at President Cyril Ramaphosa by ANC leaders and members on social media. This statement was sparked by the ANC mayor of an indebted municipality in the Free State who slated Ramaphosa on Facebook. She was unapologetic even after people questioned her conduct. ANC spokesman Pule Mabe said the party’s social media policy said that any post must be legal‚ ethical and respectful at all times. “We therefore find the recent upsurge in insults towards our leadership‚ particularly the president‚ extremely disturbing and view them in serious light,” he said. The Gauteng and Free State provincial executive committees have been encouraged to institute disciplinary processes against instigators of disunity within the party.

‘Loudest voice’ won’t influence airport renaming

Airports Company South Africa said on Tuesday the process to rename Cape Town International Airport was on track‚ despite disruptions at a public consultation meeting on Monday night. The meeting had been properly concluded despite the demonstrations. Submissions of new names are open until midnight on Wednesday. Proposals by e-mail and through other channels will carry equal weight to those made at public meetings, said Acsa. The decision to rename the airport has triggered vigorous debate‚ especially after EFF leader Julius Malema proposed that the opportunity be used to honour ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela‚ who died in April. “Decisions on a new airport name will not be influenced by threats or based on who shouted the loudest. Views expressed at consultation meetings do not constitute a binding vote on the name to be selected‚” Acsa said.

Mpumalanga hospital armed guards hit by robbers

Mpumalanga provincial hospitals and clinics will be protected by armed guards after a spate of robberies at health facilities in the province. The provincial community safety department said on Tuesday it had resolved to deploy armed guards in all provincial hospitals and community health centres. Department spokesman Joseph Mabuza said that in the most recent incident, at Mapulaneng Hospital last month, a doctor was nearly shot by robbers at the doctors’ residence. A security situational analysis had been conducted on safety at health facilities during a meeting between health MEC Gillion Mashego‚ finance MEC Eric Kholwane and community safety and security and liaison MEC Pat Ngomane on Monday. That meeting resolved to employ armed guards immediately.

No way back for De Lille‚ DA lawyer tells judges

Despite Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille’s spirited fight to reclaim her blue T-shirt‚ her relationship with the DA is irrevocably broken‚ the High Court in Cape Town heard on Tuesday. The beleaguered mayor is challenging the constitutionality of the party’s “cessation clause”‚ which the DA invoked when it terminated her membership last month. The DA’s counsel‚ Sean Rosenberg‚ told a full bench of judges it was clear that at the time of a controversial interview with 702 - during which the DA is adamant De Lille said she would resign from the party - relations between her and the DA were strained, and that the relationship had irrevocably broken down. The case continues.

Councillor to fly rainbow flag despite objection

In an act of defiance‚ a gay DA councillor in Durban plans to hoist a rainbow flag at the city hall on Thursday. This comes after Martin Meyer’s motion to debate hoisting the flag and recognising Pride Month in Durban was rejected. The flag is associated with Pride Month. Meyer said that when he proposed the motion, eThekwini council speaker William Mapena rejected it‚ saying it was not a local government matter. Durban has never recognised Pride Month. Meyer said the motion was for the flag to be raised in the city‚ for Durban to recognise Pride Month and for the metro police to receive sensitivity training to sensitise them to the needs of the LGBTI community. But because it wouldn’t be debated, he said: “On Thursday we will go to city hall and raise the flag ourselves as the city hall belongs to all residents, including the members of the LGBTI community.”

Captain in court over ‘numerous k-word slurs’

A police captain is expected to go on trial in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday for allegedly being racist towards his colleagues. According to Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR)‚ black officers at a police station in Pretoria had filed internal and criminal complaints against the officer for numerous alleged acts of racism against them. The captain is accused of referring to his subordinates by the k-word and “verbally harassing them”, LHR said. LHR was approached by several officers to help them lay complaints against the captain. Some of the complaints go back to 2016. The captain will face a charge of crimen injuria.



Is it a mirage? No, it's the rarely spotted Melania Trump

Rumour mill spins into overdrive after US first lady vanishes for nearly a month

4 min read

It's nonsense that you have to walk 10,000 steps a day

That was just a marketing ploy. There are far better ways to get fit, say health gurus

By Boudicca Fox-Leonard
3 min read

Theatre of pain: play about Zim massacres finally staged

Bold play about Gukurahundi stirs traumatic memories of a horrific chapter of the Robert Mugabe era

4 min read

Need an extra hour every day? Just wait 200 million years

The moon's movement away from Earth will give us a 25-hour day, a new study tells us

By Helena Horton
3 min read


The Queen of Spain delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the European Development Days in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday.
she turned the page only to discover she'd left the rest of her speech at home ... The Queen of Spain delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the European Development Days in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday.
Image: Francois Lenoir/Reuters


Huge same-sex marriage EU breakthrough

Same-sex partners of EU citizens have the right to live in any member state whatever their nationality, the bloc’s top court ruled on Tuesday, even in countries that do not recognise gay marriage. The court was ruling in the case of Romanian man Relu Coman and his American husband Robert Hamilton, who were married in Brussels in 2010 and two years later sought to move to Romania. The Romanian authorities refused to give Hamilton permission to live in the country on the grounds that he could not be classified as Coman’s spouse because the laws there do not recognise same-sex marriage. - AFP

I'm a poster boy for MeToo: Woody Allen

Woody Allen has described himself as “the poster boy for the MeToo movement”, telling an Argentine talk show that he has “always had a wonderful record” with the actresses he has worked with. Allen, 82, said he believes the movement is “a good thing” because it brings “justice” to abusers in Hollywood. "I’ve worked with hundreds of actresses and not a single one - big ones, famous ones, ones starting out - have ever, ever, suggested any kind of impropriety at all,” he said. – The Daily Telegraph

Airline's top job 'too challenging for a woman'

Qatar Airways’ chief sparked disbelief on Tuesday by saying his carrier was led by a man because “it is a very challenging position” — even as airline bosses admitted more women should be in top roles. Akbar Al Baker said his airline had taken steps to address gender equality, but when asked why it was led by a man, he replied: “Of course it had to be led by a man because it is a very challenging position.” He later defended the carrier, saying it was the first Middle Eastern airline to have a female pilot and that other women were in senior roles. - AFP

Radio legend takes first day off in 50 years

UK radio legend Nicholas Parsons missed game show “Just A Minute” for first time in more than 50 years as Gyles Brandreth stepped in for a ‘very unexpected’ episode. The presenter, 94, has been on the BBC Radio 4 programme since its inception in 1967 but was absent from last night's installment. The BBC was quick to assure listeners that Parsons was just enjoying a rare day off. However, a number of concerned viewers still wrote messages online saying that “Just A Minute” without Parsons felt like the end of the world. – The Daily Telegraph

New treatment cures woman of deadly cancer

A Florida woman with advanced breast cancer has been “cured” by an injection harvested from her own immune system in what scientists have described as an “extremely promising” world first. Judy Perkins, 52, was given months to live after seven types of chemotherapy failed and she had developed tumours the size of fists in her liver. But, following the new treatment, she has now been completely cancer free for two years and leads an active life. – The Daily Telegraph

Comedian 'fine' after being mugged

Michael McIntyre was targeted by thieves on a moped as he was about to go on the school run. The UK comedian was in his parked Range Rover in Londonwhen two males smashed the car windows with a hammer and stole his £5,000 watch. Witnesses reported that the comedian tried to comfort his shaken sons in the aftermath of the attack. His said the star was "fine" after the incident in north west London. – The Daily Telegraph



Tiger burning not so bright

Three shameful episodes in the food producer’s recent history portray a company losing its conscience

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

Tekkie Town’s rift with Star has become a trifle tacky

Shoe chain is dying to get out of Steinhoff’s orbit, but it’s stuck in a web of murky management transactions

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Montauk is cooking with gas and prospects are looking hot

HCI spinoff generates electricity and gas from waste landfill sites across the US, and shares are running hard

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read



Dim sum decoded: How to get your dumplings in order

Oh boy, have you got a treat in store

By Jessica Brodie
3 min read

Hungry for another diet fad? It’s time to try bio-hacking

All the skinny on Silicon Valley’s latest: a mixture of fasting, liquid food gunk and ‘raw’ water  

By Jessica Brodie
2 min read

The Milner is a luxurious place to ride out Cape's chilly season

And come again when the weather is balmy

By Andrea Nagel
4 min read



SPORTS DAY: Vermeulen likes the ‘new vibe’ in Bok camp

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
5 min read

We’ve had some great boxers, but no Sugar Ray Robinson

I’ll get it in the neck for saying this, but none of our SA champs stand up to the all-time great

David Isaacson
3 min read

Blast from the past: Naas to the rescue against Ireland

Today in SA sports history: June 6

David Isaacson
1 min read