Monday, June 18 2018



SA is falling apart and, yes, it is your fault

We're all playing the blame game. We'd be better advised to take an unflinching look in the mirror

4 min read

SA's had enough: Eskom must get its act together. Here's how

While its employees hold the country to ransom, we need to fix the economy by reducing the cost of power

By Stuart Theobald
4 min read

Beware! Populists could rule SA, Motlanthe warns

Voters should pick apart what left- and right-wing populists tell them, lest they end up running the country

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
3 min read



Farmers, it's not about race and we're listening

Agriculture DG speaks to Times Select after summit to address farming community's many concerns

Graeme Hosken
4 min read

R250m school unused months after it was opened

Gauteng demands to know why special-needs school hasn't accepted a single pupil

2 min read

KZN top cop moved as watchdog turns up heat

A senior KZN cop has been sent to the Eastern Cape as Ipid probes him for interfering in political violence

3 min read

The listeriosis trauma gets even worse for mom and baby

Theto, 6 months, is about to undergo a third op, all because her mother liked Enterprise polony

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

Concrete fact about dodgy polony: it goes into cement

This is how some of the 2.6 million rolls of the inedible stuff have been disposed after the listeriosis outbreak

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
1 min read

Tubby dogs teach humans new tricks about obesity

Scientists say the behaviour of fat dogs has parallels with overweight people who see food as a reward

By Reuters
1 min read



Wave Tata to hopes of getting parts quickly

Choose your car carefully because you never know how long it’ll take the manufacturer to replace ‘crash’ parts

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

Parenting is hard enough without all the advice

With new, often contradictory research findings coming out every single week, we are left utterly baffled

Tanya Farber
3 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



Prince Albert II of Monaco kisses his wife Princess Charlene after she, with her team, won the Riviera Water Bike Challenge in support of the Princess Charlene Foundation in Monaco.
all the romance of the riviera Prince Albert II of Monaco kisses his wife Princess Charlene after she, with her team, won the Riviera Water Bike Challenge in support of the Princess Charlene Foundation in Monaco.
Image: Eric Gaillard/Pool/Reuters

Six things about SA you need to know

Mark Kingon reappointed acting SARS head

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene reappointed Mark Kingon as the acting commissioner of the South African Revenue Service on Sunday for another 90 days. Section 7 of the SARS Act empowers the minister to appoint an acting commissioner, while the president appoints a permanent commissioner‚ the Finance Ministry said. According to the SARS Act‚ Kingon can stay in the position for only 90 days. Kingon was appointed as acting SARS commissioner on March 20 after President Cyril Ramaphosa suspended commissioner Tom Moyane. The Presidency previously suggested there were 12 misconduct charges against Moyane‚ including his alleged failure to act on evidence of criminality against his former second-in-command‚ Jonas Makwakwa.

Mbete slams 'baseless' Twitter business claims

Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete says she has noted with dismay the dissemination of false‚ malicious and defamatory gossip on Twitter claiming she has several business interests that were not divulged to parliament's Register of Members’ Interests. According to this account‚ "Baleka Mbete owns 146 trucks‚ her trucks transport iron ore and coke (not cold drink some type of coal) from kuruman to durban‚ and she hired 136 Zimbabweans and only 10 south africans. She did not disclose this to parliament. #ZumaFiles". Another account‚ @alfred_cabonena‚ rehashes the claims. "The faceless @AdvBarryRoux account‚ in particular‚ has been spreading fabricated and malicious claims against prominent South Africans‚ seemingly without any shred of evidence‚" Mbete’s office said. Mbete wished to place it on record that the allegations were “false and baseless”.

Woman sought for ‘kidnapping’ 2-month-old girl

Western Cape police are searching for a woman who allegedly disappeared with her friend’s two-month-old girl from Kiki Hostels in Gugulethu on Saturday. Police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said the child’s mother had left her two children - the baby and an eight-year-old girl - with Sinovuyo Nodali‚ 32‚ while she went shopping on Saturday morning. When she returned the eight-year-old was in the house but the baby and suspect were nowhere to be found. The suspect’s boyfriend had indicated that Sinovuyo came to the house and collected all her clothing and left. The boyfriend said that a day before the incident, Sinovuyo asked him for money, which he gave to her, said Rwexana. Report information to Detective Sgt Mongi Ngedle on 078 221 7817 or Gugulethu on 021 684 2300‚ or Crime Stop on 086001011.

Deaths at Sibanye-Stillwater mines probed

The Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate is investigating and compiling a report on Sibanye-Stillwater as 20 out of the 45 mining deaths reported since the start of 2018 have occurred at the company’s mines. This was announced by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Sunday. This would allow for “appropriate action” and not “knee-jerk” reactions. “We are very worried about the fact that out of 45 fatalities thus far‚ 20 are from one company.” Mantashe said the number of deaths in the gold mining industry were “far ahead” of other mining sectors.

DA ropes in UK guru to clean up image

The DA has procured the services of a controversial international political strategist to help polish its public image ahead of the 2019 general elections. This is according to well-placed sources in the DA who told the Sunday Times the party has resolved to rope in the strategist who led the ill-fated campaign of the Conservative Party in Britain’s snap election in 2017. Insiders said the electoral guru, who has also led campaigns for right-of-centre parties in countries such as Australia, Canada and Sri Lanka, was in the country a fortnight ago, meeting DA leader Mmusi Maimane, among others, to discuss his role in the DA’s 2019 election campaign. Maimane did not respond to questions about the matter this week, while the party’s executive director of communication said they did not discuss such issues with the media.

Limpopo police bust ‘drug lord’

Limpopo police have arrested a 34-year-old they suspect is a drug lord. “On June 15 2018‚ a sting operation was conducted in the Motetema policing area outside Groblersdal where a ‘drug lord’ finally met his fate‚” police said. “The intensified, intelligence-driven operation comprising of members of the Provincial Crime Intelligence Unit and members of the Detectives Unit managed to track down a 34-year-old man at a rented two-room house which he used to manufacture an assortment of drugs. The suspect was caught while sleeping and apprehended on the spot. Various drugs to the street value of over R1-million and a firearm were confiscated.” No indication was given of when the man would appear in court.



Bonking Boris dodges debts by saying he’s an Afro-diplomat

Ex-Wimbledon champion declares he is an envoy for the Central African Republic and hence immune from bankruptcy claims

By Christopher Hope
3 min read

Loch 'n load: scientist hunts for Nessie's 'monster DNA'

But he warns that his findings will probably be a good deal smaller than what most people imagine

3 min read

End of an innings: cricket fans bemoan loss of Oval icon

After more than 100 years the famous gasholder is about to become a block of flats

By Steve Bird
3 min read

That ghostly voice in space belongs to Stephen Hawking

Broadcast was beamed towards the nearest black hole as the physicist was interred at Westminster Abbey

By Reuters
1 min read


Mexico fans leave little doubt about their allegiances before their country’s World Cup match against Germany in Moscow.
hat-headed Mexico fans leave little doubt about their allegiances before their country’s World Cup match against Germany in Moscow.
Image: Christian Hartmann/Reuters


Apple, Winfrey in win-win deal

Apple has signed a multi-year deal with Oprah Winfrey to develop a series of programmes, as technology giants race to take the lead in entertainment. The iPhone maker said it was looking to "embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world", although did not provide any further detail on the programmes or Winfrey's role in them. Amazon and Netflix were also looking to strike deals with Winfrey, but Apple managed to clinch a deal after "aggressively pursuing" her. – The Daily Telegraph

Royal couple in horror collision

A Cambodian prince and former prime minister was injured and his wife killed in a head-on collision on a highway in the country’s southwest on Sunday. Prince Norodom Ranariddh and his wife Ouk Phalla were rushed to hospital after a taxi travelling in the other direction slammed into their motorcade. Phalla died in a nearby facility while Ranariddh, the head of the royalist Funcinpec party, was flown to Phnom Penh for further treatment. - AFP

I was exhausted, says taxi driver after WC crash

A taxi driver who ploughed into a Moscow pavement on the third day of the World Cup, injuring at least seven people, said in a video released by authorities on Sunday he had been working for 20 hours solid before the incident. The unnamed man said he had slept for only two or three hours before his shift. “I do not know how it happened,” he said, adding that he had not been drinking and was “very sorry”. At least 600,000 foreign tourists are expected to visit Russia during the World Cup. - AFP

Parachute husband gets life in jail

A British army sergeant who sabotaged his wife’s parachute, causing her to plunge 1,200m to the ground after jumping from a plane, was jailed for life on Friday for trying to murder her. Victoria Cilliers, 41, suffered severe injuries to her spine, broke her leg, collarbone and ribs and only survived because she landed in a newly ploughed field. Her SA-born husband Emile Cilliers, 38, who had denied attempted murder, will have to serve at least 18 years in jail. – Reuters.

Hollywood couple's Tesla explodes

Actor Mary McCormack has shared video of her British husband's Tesla car shooting flames while in Southern California traffic. McCormack, best known for her roles in “The West Wing” and “Murder One”, said her husband Michael Morris, the director and producer, had been driving along a major route through Los Angeles when the fire was first spotted by other road users. Morris has produced episodes of hit Netflix shows including the controversial drama “13 Reasons Why”, “Kingdom” and “Bloodline”. - The Daily Telegraph

That's one expensive tipple

The last batch of late legendary winemaker Henri Jayer’s Burgundies — which include some of the world’s most expensive wines — went on sale in Geneva on Sunday expected to rake in up to $13-million. In all, 1,064 bottles were going under the hammer. They included Cros-Parantoux Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru, which ranks among the world’s priciest wines. - AFP



The sorry state of steel: the govt is to blame

The industry is beset with problems, but it all boils down to errant policy over steel

By Mark Allix
3 min read

Too many red flags for investors in North Korea

Despite renewed optimism over foreign investment in North Korea, history paints a far bleaker picture

4 min read



Poo nappies? Just part of the job for the new-age dad

A study shows that millennial fathers are more hands-on, emotionally and physically, than ever before

By Lwandile Bhengu
3 min read

Why you should be wild about the World Wide Fund

Feel better about yourself on a Monday

By Claire Keeton
3 min read

Take heart if you’re stuck in the U-bend of unhappiness

A midlife crisis is a necessary part of growing up

By Jonathan Rauch
11 min read

Beware the drunk-hunting Uber driver

A new app lets drivers know if you have had a few pots  and won’t notice a higher fare or roundabout route

By Joseph Archer
3 min read



SPORTS DAY: Beast 'surprised' Cyril knew who he was

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
6 min read

I love him, I hate him: the anatomy of a Ronaldo fan

Portugal’s love-hate relationship with their golden child is quintessentially Portuguese - they even have a word for it

Telford Vice
5 min read