Monday, June 25 2018



Zuma's fight-back is on. It's going to get nasty

The collapse of the ANC is a continuation of the Nasrec War of 2017 - and he is waging it on all fronts

4 min read

De Lange and the short of top cop's removal

Experts tell us whether or not the police union is right to challenge Gauteng commissioner's 'early retirement'

Graeme Hosken
3 min read



In a tented limbo, 70 families wait ... and wait

Evicted from a Joburg block over a year ago, they were promised new homes, but the promises remain unfulfilled

By Nonkululeko Njilo
5 min read

No fees, no matric ball: school blasted for taking hard line

While the Education Department backs KZN school, Equal Education says it infringes on pupils' rights

Nivashni Nair
3 min read

Are you a glass-half-full sort? Well, scammers love you

Research has revealed that people who see the world through rose-tinted glasses are most susceptible to scams

2 min read

The ins and outs of keeping your sex safe

A condom factory in Durban is at the heart of reducing HIV/Aids across the country, and creating jobs at the same time

Nivashni Nair
3 min read

Investigations now under investigation - what's next?

Suspicions raised about former top cop's R6,2m tender from Eastern Cape premier's office

Bongani Fuzile
4 min read



Airport lounge comfort can come at a very uncomfortable cost

Check your rewards scheme closely and frequently, because its benefits can - and do - change at any time

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read

If you thought Johnny Depp’s acting was pretty weird ...

... you’ve got to read the craziest revelations from the Rolling Stone interview that has Hollywood worried 

By The Daily Telegraph
5 min read

'I feel like a bird': wheels of change turn for Saudi women

The driving ban is finally over, and one woman's moving words remind us how precious our taken-for-granted freedoms are

2 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



A reveller at the Gay Pride Parade in Mexico City.
eye dandy A reveller at the Gay Pride Parade in Mexico City.
Image: Claudia Daut/Reuters

Six things about SA you need to know

No arrests for murder of Stellenbosch farmer

No arrests have been made yet in connection with the murder of renowned Stellenbosch strawberry farmer Jeffrey Zetler‚ who was found stabbed to death in his office on Saturday. Western Cape police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said police were still investigating, and no further information was available. Zetler‚ 62‚ was the owner of Mooiberge strawberry farm. He had reportedly survived four previous robberies. According to Ian Cameron‚ head of community safety at AfriForum‚ it was one of three farm murders in South Africa within 24 hours.

Three bust for possession of AK-47, police items

Two men and a woman have been arrested in Soweto‚ Johannesburg‚ for possession of an AK-47 rifle and several police items. The suspects‚ between 23 and 42 years old‚ were apprehended by the Limpopo and Mpumalanga Tracking teams. “The team acted on intelligence that led them to a house near the Nancefield Hostel in Soweto where they found three people‚ a woman and two men. The house was searched and the police seized an AK-47 rifle with serial number filed off‚ 57 rounds of ammunition‚ SAPS docket covers‚ handcuffs‚ a fake police appointment certificate and a fake identity document‚” police said. The suspects would appear in court soon.

Black anchors accuse SuperSport of racism

Black presenters at SuperSport have accused the channel of racism, victimisation, pay disparity and intimidation. The claims are made in a letter by MVMT Attorneys, which is believed to have been written on behalf of anchors Owen Nkumane, Xola Ntshinga, Kaunda Ntunja and Gcobani Bobo. The letter follows allegations by SuperSport presenter Ashwin Willemse that the company tried to “whitewash” his claims of institutionalised racism at the channel and that he was threatened with the loss of his contract if he pursued his litigation through the Equality Court against his co-presenters Nick Mallett and Naas Botha. SuperSport spokesman Clinton van der Berg confirmed they had received the letter and said the matter was being investigated. He denied any threat had been made against Willemse.

Venda king goes after VBS execs for loan spree

Venda King Toni Mphephu Ramabulana has accused senior executives of the troubled VBS Mutual Bank of leaving him with a R240,000 monthly bill after they allegedly used his name to secure money from the bank, which went towards a shopping spree for luxury items, including a Bell helicopter. The Sunday Times exclusively revealed that Ramabulana is planning to open a case of fraud and corruption against former VBS chairman Tshifhiwa Matodzi and Vele Investments’ Robert Madzonga. He has sent a lawyer’s letter to Vele Investments, demanding it settle an R11-million debt for luxury cars and a house in Dainfern Golf Estate. Matodzi and Madzonga are accused of having hoodwinked the king into believing that the house, a Range Rover, a BMW 7 Series and two Mercedes-Benz Vianos were gifts. The king wants the R12-million Bell helicopter - which he was also made to believe was a gift - sold.

SABC appoints new Group CEO and CFO

The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s board of directors has announced the appointment of Madoda Nxakwe as Group CEO and Yolande van Biljon as CFO of the public broadcaster. It said appointments were in line with its commitment to continuously ensure stability within the organisation. Nxakwe will take up his appointment on July 1 while Van Biljon’s is effective from Monday. The board said Mxakwe “brings to the SABC a wealth of broad combination of great skills and expertise derived from senior executive positions in business‚ communications and public affairs in both the private and public sector at a national and global level”.

Power to Joburg CBD restored

Power to the Johannesburg CBD and surrounding areas which have been without electricity for the past three days has been restored. City Power spokesman Sol Masolo‚ said the power had been fully restored by 1.30am on Sunday. The cause of the outage was a fire that started in the underground cable tunnels. The areas that to which power was restored included Selby‚ Marshalltown‚ parts of the city centre and Salisbury. “City Power technicians entered the tunnels on Friday after Johannesburg Emergency Services declared them safe‚ and worked feverishly throughout the night and the whole of Saturday to complete testing of burnt and damaged cables‚ and repairing cables that could be repaired. The ones that could not be repaired were replaced.



'Stolen babies': Spain's dirty fascist secret exposed

Thousands of newborns were snatched from their mothers to stop the 'red gene' being passed on

3 min read

Prince of cool: meet Jordan's fast-rising heir to the throne

He cuts a stylish figure, is enormously popular, and is already well immersed in world affairs

3 min read

The show must go on: What happens when the lead leaves?

Whether by death, design or disputes, TV shows are adept at losing key characters and carrying on without them

By Jill Serjeant
3 min read

We've been killing off our ape cousins for thousands of years

'New' but already extinct gibbon found in ancient tomb reveals humans' long history of destroying ape species

By Mark Molloy
2 min read


Festival-goers cool off as they attend the Hellfest music Festival in Clisson, France.
it was flippin' fantastic Festival-goers cool off as they attend the Hellfest music Festival in Clisson, France.
Image: Stephane Mahe/Reuters


Space travel isn't all fun: astronaut

The dream of boldly going where only a few have gone before has inspired hundreds to sign up with space tourism companies like Virgin Galactic. But Nasa astronaut Anna Fisher has warned many are unprepared for the rigours of spaceflight and the toll it will take on their bodies. She was sick for the first two days of her mission on the Discovery space shuttle in 1984 and said she was concerned that people paying hundreds of thousands of pounds did not fully appreciate what might happen. “It’s not like riding a commercial aircraft, not at all, and I can see all these problems with people up there and throwing up and messing up somebody’s flight that they paid $250,000 for.” – The Daily Telegraph

Masked men terrorise Roma camp

Masked assailants have attacked a Roma camp in western Ukraine, killing one person and injuring four others including a child. The incident follows a series of attacks on Roma communities in the country. A group of masked individuals attacked the camp late on Saturday with weapons including batons. A 24-year-old man died from stab wounds and three more people were hospitalised, including a 10-year-old Roma boy and a 30-year-old woman. Police have already detained seven attackers and the organiser. It is not yet known whether they are members of radical groups. - AFP

Lightsaber blasts into record books

In the “Star Wars” films, Han Solo once told a lightsaber-wielding Luke Skywalker: “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.” That was the case when one of the blaster pistol props used by Harrison Ford in “Return of the Jedi” (1983) went under the hammer on Saturday, selling for $550,000 — topping the $450,000 previously fetched by Skywalker’s lightsaber from the first two films. An Ewok axe went for $11,250, while another blaster prop from the film fetched $90,624. - AFP

World Heritage Committee has a lot to ponder

Inuit hunting grounds, World War I cemeteries, Art Deco heritage in Mumbai and Italy’s wine-producing Prosecco hills are among 30 hopefuls in the running to join Unesco’s famous list as the World Heritage Committee meets from Sunday in Bahrain. Delegates at the annual gathering will also debate adding locations including Kenya’s Lake Turkana and Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley to those sites considered “in danger”, but could remove the Belize Barrier Reef from the risk list due to an oil activity ban. - AFP

US starts reuniting kids with parents

The US Homeland Security Department says the government had reunited 522 children separated from adults as part of a “Zero Tolerance” initiative and planned to reunite another 16 children over the next 24 hours. It added thats a small number of children separated for reasons other than zero tolerance would remain separated, including if the familial relationship could not be confirmed. - Reuters

'Red Sonja', 54, is a mom again

The actress Brigitte Nielsen has given birth to her fifth child, and first daughter after four sons, at the age of 54. The Red Sonja star confirmed to that she and her TV producer husband Mattia Dessi have welcomed a 2.5kg baby girl named Frida. She said: “We are overjoyed to welcome our beautiful daughter into our lives It’s been a long road, and so worth it. We’ve never been more in love.” Dessi, 39, is the Danish Italian actress’s fifth husband. –The Daily Telegraph



A shot in the arm, or shot in the foot: will NHI work?

The bill is thin on detail about the financing and minimum care levels, and there are tricky political obstacles

By Stuart Theobald
4 min read

PSG Group strikes paydirt with its stake in retirement villages

‘I don’t think we’ve ever made an investment that has hit the ground running as hard as Evergreen,’ says CEO

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

Zeder sows seed of a bold plan to grow agribusiness in SA

Looking for a big payback from investment in marketing seeds, fruit exporting and logistics, and ‘urban farming’ 

By Marc Hasenfuss
2 min read



Computer viruses? It's real goggas we must fear

Rapid advances in biology are making it easier for terrorist scientists to make rogue viruses

By Ben Farmer
3 min read

Now Instagram swaggers into YouTube-land

The photo-sharing app will soon let you share hour-long videos designed for your smartphone

By Moiketsi Thipe
2 min read



SPORTS DAY: It's not all Elton's fault, says Rassie

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
6 min read

Soccer-punched: World Cups make fools of us all

Marx was wrong - soccer is the opium that hijacks our critical attention when we need it most

Telford Vice
5 min read

Blasts from the past: Bungu loses IBO belt to Mashaba

Today in SA sports history: June 25

David Isaacson
1 min read