Wednesday, June 13 2018



Did you catch that freak show about two Korea criminals?

Masterfully co-produced by Russia and China, what it lacked in substance it sure made up for in style

Tom Eaton
2 min read

Disgraced ex-Hawks boss's daughter to be prosecuted

Alleged cellphone intimidation campaign comes back to haunt her

Graeme Hosken
4 min read

My life of hell since I took on Tim Noakes

Dietitian opens up to Times Select about the abuse she has endured for her anti-Banting views

3 min read



'Guardian angel' tells of dramatic baby rescue

Namibian woman who saved a baby's life after a horrific car accident says she thought of her kids

Jo-Ann Floris
4 min read

It's not if, it's when: cash-van guards' lives of daily fear

The wounds have healed, but desperate men live under the daily threat of another hail of bullets

Jeff Wicks
3 min read

Euthanasia in SA is starting to look a lot more likely

Most medical students are in favour of it, and a crucial court case on it is coming up

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

Instagram gratification: How social media is fueling the fake goods trade

Counterfeit products are becoming ever harder to control, and lax regulations don't help

2 min read

Pesky pellets: long way to go in huge nurdle hunt

As a huge clean-up continues around the clock, only 14 of 49 tons have been recovered along KZN coast

1 min read



Twit-in-chief makes a hash of things for Twitter

The platform's efforts to fix its many problems might have been undone by its CEO's ill-advised tweet

By Andile Ndlovu
4 min read

Travel like you're Tintin: some tips from a master

Chef Anthony Bourdain left behind a feast of wise quotes about travel

By Annabel Fenwick Elliott
5 min read



Today's cryptic crossword

It's time to put your brain to work

1 min read

Today's quick crossword

How fast can you get it done?

1 min read


The African National Congress provincial executive committee in KwaZulu-Natal was recently barred from holding its elective conference. Sowetan editor Sthembiso Msomi explains what could be the cause, and what this means for the PEC.


Kolkata schoolchildren exercise in front of a banner of Brazil's soccer players ahead of the Fifa World Cup on Tuesday.
they're reaching for the stars Kolkata schoolchildren exercise in front of a banner of Brazil's soccer players ahead of the Fifa World Cup on Tuesday.
Image: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

Six things about SA you need to know

Cyril misses own deadline to outline Moyane case

President Cyril Ramaphosa has missed his own deadline to outline his case against suspended SARS commissioner Tom Moyane, prompting another angry standoff between lawyers for the tax boss and the president. Moyane’s lawyers say he wants the misconduct inquiry against him‚ which primarily concerns allegations of wrongdoing in his handling of the corruption claims against his former second-in-command‚ Jonas Makwakwa‚ to go ahead as soon as possible. They suggest Ramaphosa’s failure to meet his own deadline is deeply unfair to Moyane. In a letter to the state attorney on Tuesday, Moyane’s lawyer‚ Eric Mabuza‚ says Ramaphosa’s advocates “specifically undertook that on June 8. 2018, the President would deliver his affidavit substantiating the allegations of misconduct against Commissioner Moyane”. He adds that Moyane reserves his right to approach a court “to compel the President to honour his contractual undertakings”.

'Outrage' after 4 schools torched in a week

The loss of four schools to arson in a week carries a cost of as much as R160-million if the government needs to rebuild them. The human cost is to the hundreds of children affected by the vandalism. Yet the culprits evade repercussions. The Department of Basic Education, hit by budget cuts, is outraged at this state of affairs. Spokesman Elijah Mhlanga confirmed schools have been torched in Jouberton in North West‚ two in Siyabuswa and one in Matsulu on Tuesday - a total of three in Mpumalanga in the past three days. The protests are reportedly related to political dissatisfaction. Mhlanga said the culprits “are known in the community” but nobody identifies them. “When a school is burned down‚ invariably a number of people are involved‚ yet not a single arrest takes place. So the next one gets torched. Another day‚ another one‚ no consequences.”

Blaze at shelter leaves 250 animals in need

“The thought of my dogs burning haunts me‚” the owner of the fire-ravaged Kitty and Puppy Haven in Midrand said on Tuesday. An unexplained fire consumed an extensive section of the animal sanctuary at the weekend. Samantha Berger said she felt such relief when she was told all the dogs were “okay” despite Sunday’s blaze. Heaps of wasted and burnt dog food littered the shelter on Tuesday. Buildings were also gutted at the shelter, which opened 18 years ago. The sanctuary houses more than 250 animals, including dogs‚ pigs and cats. The rescued dogs are at foster homes and placed in unscathed parts of the sanctuary. Community groups across Johannesburg are mobilising on social media to raise donations. The damage is estimated at R300‚000. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Land petition grows to 34‚000 as cut-off looms

More than 34‚000 people have voiced their disapproval of land expropriation without compensation before Friday’s deadline for public comment. The Institute of Race Relations is collecting names as part of its submission to parliament against the policy‚ which it says will erode property rights‚ stunt the economy and undermine democracy. Those who signed were from “all communities and all walks of life”, the institute said on Tuesday. The IRR has taken a strong stand against land expropriation without compensation‚ arguing that stable property rights are critical for economic advancement and that fast-tracking land expropriation will not increase the number of successful black commercial farmers. Its submission to parliament calls for the government to focus on supporting farming infrastructure, such as rural roads and dams, and helping emerging farmers with financing.

Council for Educators ‘appalled’ by assault video

The South African Council for Educators is “appalled” at a video that has gone viral on social media purporting to show two pupils assaulting a teacher. “Whilst we condemn and act decisively in dealing with teachers involving themselves in such conduct‚ the council feels something drastic needs to be done in stopping learners from conducting themselves in such a manner‚” it said. The exact circumstances of the video were unclear earlier on Tuesday. In the 21-second clip a pupil grabs the teacher by her hair while a second kicks her from behind. The pupil in front then grabs the teacher around her neck and wrestles her to the ground while the other continues to kick. The teacher fights back before the pupils overpower her again. Council spokesman Themba Ndhlovu condemned the pupils and said teachers needed support‚ protection and “respect at all times”.

Man badly hurt in East Rand gyrocopter crash

A man was seriously injured on Tuesday afternoon when his gyrocopter crashed in an airfield in Petit near Benoni on the East Rand‚ paramedics said. Paramedics arrived to find the aircraft lying on its side in the middle of a field, with a man lying in front of the wreckage, ER24 said. The man had numerous injuries and was in a serious condition‚ said spokesman Russel Meiring. He was treated on scene and airlifted to a nearby private hospital. The exact circumstances of the crash are unknown.



WATCH | Poo to you: Kim insists on own pen, toilet abroad

The North Korean dictator worries about leaving behind biological information about himself

By Mike Wright
2 min read

Shoebox treasure: vase found in attic sells for R250m

Family happens upon the rare Qing dynasty piece that had been packed away for decades

2 min read

Saudi women bikers are revved for a revolution

But even as the historic lifting of a decades-long driving ban approaches, they still live in fear

4 min read

Gait-way to attraction: why a sexy walk is crucial

Waists, hips and bottoms are all fine and good, but the way a woman moves is as important, a study reveals

2 min read


Workers unveil 'Gold Lamé', an installation by disabled artist Tony Heaton, in Liverpool on Tuesday.
a crash course in art Workers unveil 'Gold Lamé', an installation by disabled artist Tony Heaton, in Liverpool on Tuesday.
Image: Phil Noble/Reuters


Major blow in Alzheimer's fight

British and US pharmaceutical giants AstraZeneca and Eli Lilly on Tuesday abandoned a large clinical trial of a treatment for Alzheimer’s that they had been developing together. The decision to scrap the phase III clinical trial comes as a major setback in the race to find a cure for the disease. The two firms were working on two treatments, one for patients of early Alzheimer’s, the other for those with mild Alzheimer’s dementia. An independent data monitoring committee ruled that both the treatments “were not likely to meet their primary endpoints upon completion and therefore should be stopped for futility”. - AFP

Ivanka comes up trumps on the money front

Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law made at least $82m in outside income while serving as senior White House advisers last year thanks to investment deals from companies they had previously led. Ivanka Trump reported $3.9m from her stake in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, as well as more than $2m in severance pay from the Trump Organisation. Her husband Jared Kushner took in at least $70m from his family’s property business. - AFP

Red alert: Don't copy Louboutin's soles

French luxury shoe designer Christian Louboutin has won an EU legal battle over trademarking his signature red-soled high-heeled shoes. Louboutin took Dutch shoe maker Van Haren to court in the Netherlands in 2012 after Van Haren sold similar shoes, and a spokesperson for the European Court of Justice said: “The Dutch company has to respect the trademark.” - AFP

King of Spain's brother-in-law is off to jail

The King of Spain’s brother-in-law was on Tuesday sentenced on appeal to five years and 10 months for syphoning off millions of euros in a case that has shamed the royals. Although he lost the appeal, Inaki Urdangarin’s revised sentence is slightly lower than the term he had been handed in February 2017, with the former Olympic handball player expected to begin his sentence within days. Urdangarin, who is married to Spain’s Princess Cristina, took millions of euros from a non-profit foundation he headed. The subsequent scandal cam close to dethroning the Spanish monarchy. - AFP

Olympic legend's toddler daughter drowns

The 19-month-old daughter of U.S. Olympic skier Bode Miller has drowned in a Southern California swimming pool. "We are beyond devastated," Miller said in an Instagram post that showed several photos of the blonde, blue-eyed, chubby-cheeked toddler. "Never in a million years did we think we would experience a pain like this." Miller, 40, is the most decorated male U.S. skier with 33 World Cup wins, two overall titles, four world championships and six Olympic medals, including gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games in the super-combined. At the 2014 Sochi games, he was the oldest alpine skier - at age 36 - to win a medal. – The Daily Telegraph

La Liga admits: We spied on fans

The Spanish football league La Liga has admitted that its official smartphone app has been making audio recordings in order to identify pirate broadcasts of football games. The league said its app detected the location of users and, if they were found to be in a bar, it then recorded audio clips using phone microphones. The app used an algorithm to identify whether the person was watching a football game from the recording and compared that with their location to see if it the bar owner had paid for a licence to show the game or not. La Liga has denied any wrongdoing and said that users allowed the app to access their location and microphone in an optional clause. – The Daily Telegraph



Novus share price gets the collywobbles all over again

After the departure of senior executives, shareholders don’t yet seem to believe things can’t get worse

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Active beats passive where it counts: Just follow the money

Why is so little of the country’s R2.2-trillion unit trust savings pot invested in low-cost index trackers?

By Hanna Ziady
1 min read

Afrimat: It’s a dirty business but someone’s got to do it well

Mining and quarry operator is still in a very good space, is highly cash generative and has a strong balance sheet

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read



Why I’m going to go vegan ... with some exceptions

Yes I know it sounds fishy, but meat me halfway

By Jessica Brodie
5 min read

Experiential food museums leave a sour taste in my mouth

And why you should approach them with caution

By Jessica Brodie
2 min read

For fake’s sake, who needs genuine tourist attractions?

Copycat landmarks are popping up everywhere

By Greg Dickinson
4 min read

Calling all heroes of the rhino anti-poaching battle

Entries open for the Rhino Conservation Awards, to be presided over by patron Prince Albert of Monaco

By Claire Keeton
3 min read



SPORTS DAY: Wishing Tendai all the Beast for his 100th cap

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
4 min read

Time to face the painful truth: Sport is ruining our heroes

We must see players for what they are: human and deserving of more consideration

Telford Vice
4 min read

Blasts from the past: Gibbs ‘drops the World Cup’

Today in SA sports history: June 13

David Isaacson
1 min read