Thursday, June 14 2018

THE WORLD CUP: IT'S HERE!

AND WE'VE WHIPPED OUT EVERY CRYSTAL BALL WE COULD FIND

Sensible? Outrageous? Downright insane?

Here's who our sports reporters think will win the World Cup

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
15 min read

Has all the fun gone down the WC? Let's examine the stats

Looking at the tournament over 84 years, we can gauge whether this is likely to be one to remember or forget

By Patrick Scott and Ashley Kirk
9 min read

Morocco and roll: Dice were stacked against ‘African’ bid

The US, Mexico, Canada bid won because it outmanoeuvred Morocco's in every single area

Bareng-Batho Kortjaas
Sunday Times sports editor
2 min read

Let’s hear it loud and proud for Africa’s hopefuls

A team-by-team rundown of how their stars align

Marc Strydom
Journalist
8 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Teacher deserves a tighter klap: school's parents

Back-slap teacher at The Ridge in Joburg demoted and forced to apologise after incident

Prega Govender
Journalist
2 min read

Meet the 3 men lining up to take over from Zille

As her enforced departure looms, becoming Western Cape premier is a tempting prospect

Aphiwe Deklerk
Journalist
2 min read

Brace yourself, Cape Town, this is how bad things could get

Report paints a gloomy picture of the city's present, and an even gloomier one of its future

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
6 min read

Varsity more a place of looting than of learning: report

Minister orders probe after allegations of shocking extravagance by MUT's top staff

Katharine Child
Journalist
4 min read

Let's talk about sex, baby - but spare us the giggles

Gallery goes where few others dare in displaying artists' explorations of sexuality

Claire Keeton
Journalist
3 min read

Rise to fame: daredevil raccoon conquers skyscraper

Nation holds its breath as creature's climb to the 23rd floor of US building captivates social media

By The Daily Telegraph
1 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Why things never fall apart in SA

Let's list the reasons why, despite the many times we've come to the precipice, we've never toppled over it

Jonathan Jansen
Columnist
5 min read

Dads step up for their kids through the lens of change

Amid plans to help fathers be more involved in parenting, a photo exhibition helps drive the message home

By Wessel van den Berg
4 min read

Singapore slings and arrows: was Kim-Trump a big flop?

The unprecedented sit-down left many questions unanswered, and has given US allies in the region the jitters

By AFP
3 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE

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

VISUAL SIDE


SNAPSHOT

Achilles the cat, one of the State Hermitage Museum’s mice hunters in St Petersburg, gets togged up before ‘predicting’ the winner of the opening match of the Fifa World Cup between Russia and Saudi Arabia. Wisely, Achilles chose Russia.
This definitely wasn't my idea Achilles the cat, one of the State Hermitage Museum’s mice hunters in St Petersburg, gets togged up before ‘predicting’ the winner of the opening match of the Fifa World Cup between Russia and Saudi Arabia. Wisely, Achilles chose Russia.
Image: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Six things about SA you need to know

Esidimeni R159-million compensation ‘paid’

The Gauteng Executive Council said on Wednesday it had settled the multimillion-rand financial claim linked to the Life Esidimeni tragedy. Retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke called on the government earlier this year to compensate the families of the victims who died in the tragedy – and that compensation has now been paid. "The Office of the Premier paid a total of R159.46-million to all the 134 claimants who were part of the alternative dispute resolution process. All payments were concluded by 13 June 2018‚ ahead of the deadline of 19 June 2018 set by Justice Moseneke‚" Gauteng premier David Makhura’s office said. He had ruled that families of the mental patients treated cruelly by the government should each receive R20‚000 for funeral expenses‚ R180‚000 for shock and psychological trauma, and R1-million in constitutional damages.

More cop cars for war on cash-van robbers

The police will deploy an additional 104 "unmarked" high-performance vehicles as part of their latest strategy to combat the rise in cash-in-transit heists (CITs). Police Minister Bheki Cele made the announcement in parliament on Wednesday during a multi-stakeholder meeting convened by the National Assembly's police portfolio committee‚ which was called in response to the recent spike in CITs, in which at least R114-million has been stolen from cash-transport security firms. At least 152 CITs have been reported this year and the firms project to lose at least R470-million through robberies should the trend continue. Responding to questions on what the police are doing to tackle this ‚ Cele said that, among other things‚ they had recently procured 104 high-performance vehicles that would deployed on some of the country's busiest highways to tackle the robbers.

President declares special funeral for queen mother

President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a special provincial official funeral for the queen mother of Western Mpondoland‚ Queen Fikelephi Bhongolethu Ndamase‚ who died on Thursday. This was announced by Ramaphosa’s spokesperson‚ Khusela Diko‚ on Wednesday. The 56-year-old queen mother of AmaMpondo AseNyandeni will be buried on Saturday at Nyandeni Great Place near Libode, where she had been staying since marrying Nkosi Makaziwe Mabalengwe Ndamase‚ son of King Tutor Nyangilizwe Ndamase. “The president has ordered that the national flag be flown at half-mast at every flag station in the Eastern Cape on Saturday‚ June 16 2018‚ the day of the funeral‚'' said Diko.

Mashaba under pressure to cut costs

City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has vowed to cut luxuries such as international travel and other non-essential projects in order to focus on real service delivery. Mashaba vowed to hold local government officials accountable as he tries to secure money to reduce the infrastructural backlog in the city. To achieve this‚ Mashaba said his office decided to deprioritise certain expenditure and redirect the money to the poor. Among other projects‚ he spoke of focusing on the inner city and working with the private sector to build affordable accommodation and better roads. Deprioritising did not mean essential services would be neglected. To ensure meaningful progress, Mashaba said he would hold officials in every department thoroughly accountable. The city’s much-contested budget was finally approved on Tuesday after opposition parties forced him to reduce it by R300-million.

Strike forces Fort Hare to postpone exams

The University of Fort Hare was left with no option but to postpone the remaining exams owing to the wage strike by unionised academic and non-academic staff. The remaining exams, which were to have been written this week, will be written in the next semester‚ between July 17 and 20. Students were still left with four days of exams when more than 500 Nehawu unionists downed tools on Tuesday morning and switched off the electricity supply to the university’s three campuses (East London‚ Alice and Bhisho) and locked staff out of the workstations. The striking workers demanded a 12% wage increase‚ while the university said it could only offer 6%.

Nelson Mandela Bay budget finally passed

The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality finally passed its 2018/19 budget on Wednesday‚ with the help of the African Independent Congress (AIC). It was the council’s fourth attempt to pass the budget, and had been clouded by uncertainty when AIC councillor Thsonono Buyeye arrived more than an hour late for the meeting. It was scheduled for 9am. After voting‚ Buyeye quickly left the chamber. ANC councillors arrived at the venue on Military Road in Port Elizabeth‚ but left without attending the meeting. The EFF was also in the building but did not attend. United Front councillor Mkuseli Mtsila did attend the meeting‚ although he did not support the budget. Mayor Athol Trollip thanked councillors Mtsila and Buyeye for attending - their presence allowed a quorum to be reached.

THE WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

He faced certain death. Then, a 'miracle'. Now he has a normal life

French child with rare bone disease given little hope for survival, until Canadian doctors stepped in

By AFP
3 min read

Bach better than Bee Gees for babies in the womb

Foetuses are happier listening to classical music than contemporary songs, say doctors

By Henry Bodkin
1 min read

It's a flick in 2 billion, but not everyone's marveling at it

While Marvel's 'Avengers: Infinity War' sets a box-office record, one director bemoans 'hyper-gonadal' fatigue

By The Daily Telegraph
1 min read

SNAPSHOT

Manuel Oliver, whose son was killed in one of the US’s many mass school shootings, cries in his Los Angeles hotel room before painting a mural to commemorate the victims and promote gun control. Minutes before leaving the hotel room to paint the mural, Oliver put on his son's headphones and played his favourite music. Almost immediately, he started to cry and had to take them off.
swirling emotions Manuel Oliver, whose son was killed in one of the US’s many mass school shootings, cries in his Los Angeles hotel room before painting a mural to commemorate the victims and promote gun control. Minutes before leaving the hotel room to paint the mural, Oliver put on his son's headphones and played his favourite music. Almost immediately, he started to cry and had to take them off.
Image: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Two pints of xenophobic lager, please

The UK’s third-largest pub chain, JD Wetherspoon, will stop serving French champagne and German beer in the run-up to Brexit. It will replace drinks from EU countries with those from the UK and other non-EU nations across all 880 pubs from July 9. It is switching from drinks which are produced in France and Germany to sparkling wines from Australia and beer from the UK. Wetherspoon’s chairman and founder Tim Martin is a vocal Brexit supporter and was a Leave campaign donor in the run-up to Britain’s shock 2016 referendum result in favour of leaving the EU. Wetherspoon even printed special anti-EU beer mats for punters ahead of the vote. — AFP

Praise be to me, tweets Trump

US President Donald Trump has congratulated himself on his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a blast of tweets fired off even as Air Force One touched down in Washington. Trump has been criticised for lending legitimacy to the North Korean dictator, whose regime has an atrocious human rights record, by attending the meeting in Singapore. “Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office,” he wrote. “Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea ... No longer — sleep well tonight!” Trump also repeated an earlier tweet criticising Robert de Niro, who used an expletive to blast the president at the Tony Awards. In the tweet Trump called the actor “a very Low IQ individual”. — AFP

No tipsy toffs allowed at Ascot this year

Booze-addled racegoers could face being barred from entry to Royal Ascot next week as the authorities are introducing breathalyser tests in a bid to avoid some of the unsavoury scenes witnessed at other meetings this season. The authorities have acted to prevent the meeting — which is attended by Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family — falling prey to the mass brawls that occurred at Ascot and Goodwood in May. They are also introducing more than 20 sniffer dogs who will seek out people in possession of illegal drugs, drugs amnesty boxes, increased “visible” security and ending the practice of mobile alcohol sellers or “beer hawkers”. — AFP

Great, now you can afford a coffin to live in

As housing prices spiral in Hong Kong, people are living in ever-shrinking spaces such as box-like “nano-flats”. Blocks of sleek miniature apartments are springing up around the densely packed city at an eye-watering cost. Finance worker Adrian Law, 25, paid more than $765,000 (R10-million) two years ago for his tiny studio apartment. His slim glass building squeezes four apartments onto each floor and includes “nano-flats”, a new term for homes of under 20 square metres. Law’s bed folds away against the wall and he keeps most of his belongings at his parents’ home. He eats mostly take-away food as the kitchen is too small for cooking. Hong Kong’s real estate is the most expensive in the world, with median house prices at 19.4 times median incomes.— AFP

Better late than never for ‘new’ Mexican turtle

Slow and steady wins the race, and it seems to have worked for a small type of turtle native to western Mexico that has been declared a new species. For 20 years, residents of the area around Puerto Vallarta, a Pacific coast resort town, had been telling scientists about the little turtles native to their area. But it was only in May that zoologists were able to identify them as the world’s newest species, Kinosternon vogti, is named for US herpetologist Richard Vogt. The turtles, recognisable by a yellow spot on the tip of the nose, are also endangered. Measuring just 10cm long, they easily fit in the palm of a hand. Just four of the turtles have been documented so far. — AFP

Washington’s golden likeness to coin a cool $1m

A one of a kind 18th century gold coin bearing the likeness of the first US President, George Washington, is expected to fetch more than $1-million when it goes up for auction in August. The 1792 Washington President gold eagle coin was never circulated as money, but is instead thought to have been presented to Washington when post Revolutionary War plans were being drawn up for the first US Mint. Washington refused to have himself depicted on coins, considering the notion “monarchical”. Currency researchers believe the coin was given to him as part of a sales promotion in a bid to obtain a contract to strike US coinage, and that Washington carried it as a personal memento. — Reuters

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Vodacom’s new BEE deal is nice, but does it do enough?

Giving more staff a stake makes sense, but the scheme falls short of reaching 30% empowerment threshold

By Nick Hedley
1 min read

Debt-laden Sun International feels the Chile winds blow

As it loses out on all but one of five casino licences in South America, it may not be such a bad thing after all

By Giulietta Talevi
1 min read

Just what we all need: A robot to rate our credit scores

Artificial intelligence will scan applicants' social media profiles and other data, says fintech boffin Synthesis

By Nick Hedley
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Sad secrets sewn into the label

A reflection on the vagaries and charms of fashion

Aspasia Karras
Columnist
3 min read

And now for the World Cup of eating and drinking

Get those taste buds fit and ready for a kicking

By Jess Brodie
3 min read

‘Too skinny’ Ugandan model wows Europe via South Africa

Now she's in Grazia and modelling for Gucci

By Leonie Wagner
3 min read

The verdict has been read: Louboutin keeps its red

It is the heart and sole of his brand

By James Crisp
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Gloves off for Tiger and Phil

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

Blasts from the past: Gysie kicks Lions’ butt

Today in SA sports history: June 14

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read