Monday, June 11 2018

TOP STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Thanks, Kolisi, for reminding us we can change SA despite our 'leaders'

Politicians bring despair, but ordinary people inspire hope that SA will overcome its challenges

Justice Malala
Columnist
4 min read

How Kolisi kept calm and carried us on to victory

Ellis Park was a metaphor for his personal story as he proved he is the right man for the Boks' bold new phase

By Craig Ray
3 min read

Exposed: There's rot in the roof of SA realty

Public protector will look into maladministration and corruption claims at estate agencies' regulatory body

Farren Collins
Journalist
5 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Esidimeni bill to rocket. Who will pay it?

Gauteng will have to dig deeper if payouts swell from R160m to about R300m

Katharine Child
Journalist
3 min read

‘We don't just want land, we want property too’

Constitutional review committee hears radical plan to seize ownership of both urban and rural properties

Bongani Mthethwa
Journalist
3 min read

It may just be a city, but is it a ‘just’ city? As in fair and open?

There is a way to free up the rigid grids and class divisions that spoil life for all our cities’ residents

Tanya Farber
Journalist
2 min read

Social media trolls push teens to the brink of suicide

KZN study also finds strong link between drug use and suicide attempts among bullied teens

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

Chubby tummies are a health time bomb for SA women

Researchers call for urgent nutritional education to 'halt the escalating epidemic' linked to unhealthy diets

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

Smile! And say ‘conservation’

3.2 million wildlife photos, put into a computer system, could be a ‘game-changer’ for wildlife ecology

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

WELL DONE, COMRADES

ALL THE DRAMA OF THE BIG DAY


IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Balloon payments can sure pop car buyers' bubble

Make sure you know what you're getting into if you agree to this supposedly cost-cutting deal

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

Yoga, cheesecake for new moms in ‘sitting centres’

Chinese can now afford places like this centre for new mothers, where staff fuss over every baby sniffle

By AFP
4 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE

Today's cryptic crossword

It's time to put your brain to work

By Times Select
1 min read

Today's quick crossword

How fast can you get it done?

By Times Select
1 min read

VISUAL SIDE


SNAPSHOT

One of the participants of a 'trashion show'a t the Howick Agricultural Hall in KZN on Saturday.
flag bag One of the participants of a 'trashion show'a t the Howick Agricultural Hall in KZN on Saturday.
Image: Rogan Ward

Six things about SA you need to know

Zweli Mkhize denies R4.5m kickback allegation

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Zweli Mkhize has denied that he facilitated a loan from the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) for a fee. The Sunday Times reported that a letter of demand from a Johannesburg law firm exposed the alleged R4.5-million kickback for Mkhize and other ANC supporters for helping an oil company get a huge loan from the PIC. The letter‚ dated October 2017‚ names Mkhize in a legal claim against Afric Oil‚ which describes itself as South Africa’s 'first BEE fuel distribution company" On Sunday, Mkhize called the allegations ridiculous: “I have never facilitated the said loan negotiations nor have I sought any ‘facilitation fee’ from the said company." He would be seeking legal advice.

Diplomat's guards probed for shooting 'robber'

Security guards protecting a diplomat are under investigation for attempted murder after they shot and wounded an alleged robber in Pretoria. A graphic video shows the diplomat and his entourage attempting to drive off shortly after the man‚ who was armed with a knife‚ was shot on Du Toit Street on May 25. Police spokesman‚ Colonel Lungelo Dlamini‚ said a case of attempted murder was under investigation. "Those who shot the knife-man were security guards for the diplomat. They were confronted by the man who they shot in the upper body‚" he said‚ declining to identify the diplomat's nationality. The wounded man was taken to hospital.

Search for missing plane de-escalated

Search operations for a pilot and his light aircraft that disappeared over KwaZulu-Natal last week have been de-escalated‚ police said on Sunday. This follows three days of aerial‚ maritime and land searches‚ spearheaded by the Aeronautical Rescue Co-ordination Centre. Shoreline patrols would be conducted by the Isimangaliso Wetland Park for the next week‚ police said. Search-and-rescue personnel have been looking for the light aircraft since Thursday. It evidently took off on Wednesday from Newcastle‚ bound for the coast‚ but never returned.

Ministers claim phones bugged in Fraser era

The inspector-general of intelligence has confirmed he is investigating claims by three cabinet ministers that their phones were bugged during controversial spy boss Arthur Fraser’s leadership of the State Security Agency. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, Transport Minister Blade Nzimande, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi and SACP second general secretary Solly Mapaila have approached inspector-general Setlhomamaru Dintwe. Dintwe’s office said Gigaba lodged a complaint on May 4 about his cellphone communications being unlawfully intercepted, “although the complaint is based on an incident that apparently took place in 2017”. This was while Gigaba was minister of finance. Mapaila confirmed to the Sunday Times that the entire SACP leadership — excluding Jeremy Cronin — had obtained expert confirmation that their cellphones were being tapped.

Cops nab 113 illegal miners in Mpumalanga

Police arrested 113 illegal miners in the Evander area in Mpumalanga on Friday. The arrests were part of an operation by the Crime Prevention and K9 units in the Secunda cluster which concentrated on searching for dangerous weapons and narcotics‚ closing down shebeens and tracing undocumented foreigners and wanted individuals. “All the arrested will appear at the Evander Magistrate's Court on Monday‚ facing various charges‚” Mpumalanga police said. Provincial police commissioner for Mpumalanga Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma said the operation and arrests demonstrated the police’s resolve “to stamp the authority of the state as provided for in Operation Fiela II”.

AfriForum mulling legal action on land grabs

Civil rights group AfriForum says it is considering legal action over the expropriation of land without compensation. Deputy CEO Ernst Roets said the organisation had notified parliament in writing that it would consult its legal team regarding the option to declare as illegal the process entailing that Section 25 of the constitution be amended to empower the state to expropriate property without compensation. Roets said it appeared that the process related to gaining the public’s input on the amendment had been manipulated from the beginning to reach an outcome that would support the ruling party’s stance. “AfriForum has identified 10 potential procedural irregularities that may have a substantial impact on the outcome of the process regarding the public hearings that have been organised for this objective and that already need to kick off in two weeks.”

THE WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Blood test may predict premature birth

Medical breakthrough is very good news, what with premature birth being the main cause of babies' deaths

By AFP
1 min read

'Trench, Sylvia Trench': the first Bond girl dies at 90

Eunice Gayson recalled helping a very nervous Sean Connery remember his famous line in 'Dr No'

By Catherine Gee
3 min read

He said what?! Philip, Prince of Clangers in his own words

The queen's consort turned a stately 97 on Sunday, and it's worth savouring some of his memorable lines

By AFP
3 min read

Short first innings at museum for Kohli wax statue

Fans go wild - literally - for the lifelike rendering of their cricketing hero

By AFP
1 min read

SNAPSHOT

A security guard tackles a streaker during Saturday's New Zealand v France rugby match in Auckland.
Tackling his tackle A security guard tackles a streaker during Saturday's New Zealand v France rugby match in Auckland.
Image: Ross Setford/Reuters

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Bankrupt Boris Becker sells all his trophies

Boris Becker’s Wimbledon cups have gone on sale as the bankrupt tennis player seeks to pay off his debts. A total of 81 lots are being sold. One miniature of the Challenge Cup from Becker’s collection has seen an opening bid of £1,000. Amongst the more valuable items is the three-quarter size replica of the Renshaw Cup, which was awarded to Becker after he became the youngest ever Grand Slam singles champion at the age of 17. This is being sold with a reserve of £8,000. Becker’s fortune was eroded by bad investments and expensive settlement deals. – The Daily Telegraph

Alligator eats woman out walking her dogs

The body of a woman who disappeared while walking her dogs near a Florida lake on Friday has been found soon after officials said they believed she had been bitten and probably killed by an alligator that was later captured. Her severed arm was found inside the alligator. A witness saw the woman walking two dogs and then later noticed the dogs alone, barking near the water. One of the dogs had a fresh injury, a gash on its side. Trappers had previously spotted the 3.5-metre alligator. Fatal alligator attacks on humans remain rare in Florida. – The Daily Telegraph

Removing tonsils is bad for long-term health

Having tonsils removed more than triples the risk of developing asthma in later life, a new study suggests. The first long-term investigation into consequences of the common childhood procedure also found increased risk of influenza, pneumonia as well as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. As many as one in five people who underwent a tonsillectomy went on to suffer from serious diseases they would otherwise not have developed. Experts said the 30-year research indicates that while the modest benefits of the operation - preventing a recurring sore throat - mostly vanish by the age of 40, it boosts the lifetime risk of serious conditions. – The Daily Telegraph

There really was a pot of gold in this garden

A demolition team called in to tear down an abandoned house in western France this week struck gold — literally. At the house in Brittany the workers found a lead container that they initially took for a World War 2 artillery shell. But then “they shook it and heard the sound of coins”. Inside, they found 600 Belgian gold coins dating to 1870. The owner of the house “was not surprised” by the find as his grandfather was a coin collector. - AFP

GPS causes woman to drown in sewer

A young woman drowned and a man is missing after they were caught inside Prague’s drain system by torrential rains while participating in a global GPS-based treasure hunt. They were among a group of four people “geocaching” — using their smartphone’s GPS to search for little treasures hidden all over the world — when the rapidly rising water from the storm trapped them in the Czech capital’s underground drainage system on Saturday night. The other two members of the group managed to escape and were hospitalised. - AFP

Indian fans get a bit confused about fact vs fiction

Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra apologised on Sunday after a furore over a US TV series that showed her uncovering a terror plot hatched by Indian Hindu nationalists. The episode of spy thriller “Quantico” showed Chopra’s character, an FBI agent named Alex Parrish, thwarting the plan and noticing one of the terrorists wearing a Hindu rosary. The terrorists had tried to frame Pakistanis for the attack planned ahead of a summit on Kashmir, a disputed Himalayan territory that arch-rivals India and Pakistan claim as their own. The episode, aired on June 1, triggered outrage in India with many fans taking to social media to “shame” the Indian-born actress and calling her a “traitor“. - AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Brick by brick, firm is regaining trading status

Financial results for Brikor might further fan flickers of shareholder optimism

By Marc Hasenfuss
2 min read

That rainy day is going to be rough for many MPs

While some members hold investments, providing financial security, many have none at all

By Stuart Theobald
4 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Why we rode the most deadly motorbike circuit of all time

The Isle Of Man TT is more of a religion than a motorcycling event

By Andrew Bonamour
3 min read

Nothing scares a parent more than ‘nothing happened’

Those ‘thank goodness’ and ‘what if’ moments are the things of our nightmares

Shanthini Naidoo
Journalist
2 min read

The difference between Norm the psychopath and normal

A ‘psycho’ artificial intelligence creature sees death in everything. Can it be reformed?

By Margi Murphy
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Clean sweep for SA at Comrades

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
6 min read

Amazon's English footie foray is a game changer

American giant to break new ground by streaming Premier League matches online

By Sam Dean
2 min read

Blasts from the past: Siphiwe sticks a miracle past Mexico

Today in SA sports history: June 11

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read