Tuesday, June 26 2018



'Sperm donor' declared a real dad

Durban court rules that, despite their initial agreement, child's father must have full co-parenting rights

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

The young and the landless: that's the poll soapie we face

Faced with its toughest election yet, the ANC seeks to balance its past with its future

By Ngwako Modjadji and Natasha Marrian
4 min read

Absurd. That's the experts' verdict on NHI

Can medical aids truly exist alongside National Health Insurance? The minister thinks so. Experts disagree

4 min read

Brace yourselves for the economic Ebola that is NHI

No number of Cuban doctors will help us once this virulent legislative virus claims all of ours

Tom Eaton
4 min read



The mystery of the suddenly appearing body

Bloemfontein woman vanishes. A fortnight later, her corpse turns up in her backyard. What happened?

Leonie Wagner
2 min read

Why some of us are laughing all the way to the bonk

People with pathological personality traits tend to be more interested in casual sex than others, a study has found

Tanya Farber
3 min read

Climate-change news: the good, the bad and the unsung heroes

'Climate adaptation' plays a vital role in averting natural disasters, say experts at a green conference

Claire Keeton
6 min read

Defiant Juju doubles down

'Indeed, the majority of Indians are racist,' Malema unrepentantly repeats after court appearance

Jeff Wicks
3 min read



My black dog: The truth about depression

'Having to e-mail my boss and tell him that I couldn’t come into work because I was depressed was agonising'

By Annabel Fenwick-Elliott
7 min read

Afghan Arnies lift weights and spirits in Kabul

More and more men have taken to bodybuilding to cope with the stress, trauma and loss of life in Afghanistan today

4 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 few hundred nudists gathered for a naked day in the sun in the Bois de Vincennes park, east of Paris on 24 June 2018 to celebrate the inaugural Parisian Day of Naturism.


A recent artwork by British activist-artist Banksy in Paris.
Banksy invades France A recent artwork by British activist-artist Banksy in Paris.
Image: Reuters/Benoit Tessier

Six things about SA you need to know

ANC must prove it’s worth the vote: Ramaphosa

The ANC could no longer count on South Africans to vote for the party because it had led the country to liberation‚ President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday. Delivering the opening address at the ANC's election manifesto workshop in Irene‚ Ramaphosa said the ANC would canvass for votes based on what the party had achieved and planned to do. Its election manifesto would be informed by the lived experiences of all South Africans and was set to include input from experts and academics from within and outside party structures. He urged participants to "challenge conventional thinking" and interrogate existing programmes in coming up with a manifesto that would speak to the broadest range of South Africans‚ with a specific focus on young people. A draft document is set to emerge from Monday's workshop‚ which will then be sent to ANC structures to be further fleshed out.

‘Rugby is racist’: Cosatu joins the scrum

There is racism in rugby and the sport is run by the “Stellenbosch mafia”. So said the Congress of South African Trade Unions on Monday. The trade union federation said players and commentators had approached I to complain about racism in the game: “It is clear from the developments in the game that the cabal made up of SuperSport and SARU (South African Rugby Union) are pushing old white interests. The Stellenbosch mafia are also involved in the manipulation of the sport.” The comment comes in the wake of recent scandals‚ particularly involving black rugby presenters at SuperSport. Further allegations of racism and undermining of black analysts surfaced at the weekend‚ deepening the crisis.

Water minister cracks whip on sinking department

The new water and sanitation minister plans to streamline the 428 entities that report to his department. The system is “overly complex”‚ Gugile Nkwinti said on Monday at the Water Institute of Southern Africa conference in Cape Town. A month ago‚ Nkwinti told the Sunday Times he had inherited a bankrupt and dysfunctional department from his predecessor‚ Nomvula Mokonyane. Nkwinti told the Sunday Times his new department was swimming in debt and that there were no proper structures to monitor officials’ performance. The department is facing a full inquiry by three parliamentary committees. But in an upbeat speech on Monday‚ Nkwinti said having streamlined the departmental organogram, he would shortly present the new water and sanitation master plan to the cabinet.

JMPD to keep impounding 'illegal, unsafe' vehicles

The City of Johannesburg says its Metro Police Department will continue to impound vehicles found to be illegal or unsafe. The vow comes as a Alexandra taxi association embarked on a strike on Monday after more than 500 minibus taxis were impounded by the JMPD at the weekend. The strike affected areas including Midrand‚ Sandton‚ Woodmead and Alexandra. “It is with regret that we note the one-day strike staged by an Alexandra-based taxi association aimed at countering the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department’s effort to enforce the rule of law of our city‚” the city said, adding that the rules it was enforcing were compulsory “and enforcement … applies across the board”. The JMPD was on high alert and officers had been deployed to the identified hot spots.

IEC can’t meet voters’ roll deadline

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) was not in a position to comply with the June 30 deadline imposed by the Constitutional Court that all voters’ addresses must be recorded on the national roll. This was revealed during the interviews for three IEC vacancies‚ conducted at the Office of the Chief Justice. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng asked Reverend Bongani Finca‚ who wants to be appointed as IEC commissioner for another term‚ whether the IEC would comply fully with the order made by the court on June 14 2016. “We have already made an application to your court for an extension. We realised that in the period given to us‚ there will be some addresses that are still outstanding‚” Finca said. The interview panel‚ headed by Mogoeng‚ is interviewing candidates to fill three commissioner vacancies at the IEC.

Wits to get first black female chancellor

Wits University has confirmed that its next chancellor will be a black woman - for the first time in its history. The announcement was made on Monday after the university made a call for nominations to fill the vacancy in April 2018. Following the call‚ Dr Judy Dlamini and Dr Anele Mngandi emerged as hopefuls to replace former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke‚ whose term ends in November 2018. Both are black women. No date was given for when the new chancellor would be named, but she would assume duties in November 2018.



The lunch that sent a kid-killer to jail after 32 years

For 3 decades the rape and murder of a 12-year-old went unsolved, but then the killer made a seemingly small mistake

By Mike Wright
2 min read

Leash of life: Chernobyl's dumped dogs have hope at last

They've survived for 30 years in a nuclear disaster zone, terrorised by wolves. Now their angels have arrived

4 min read

Greenwich Observatory hasn’t observed anything for 60 years - until now

A new telescope has been installed at The Royal Observatory to restore its status as a working telescope

By Sarah Knapton
4 min read

Wasp packs marvellous punch for gender equality

Evangeline Lilly is the centre of the buzz over 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' - Marvel's first superheroine movie

3 min read


A man looks at his cellphone on a tricycle outside a mannequin shop in Shanghai.
She comes in all shapes and sizes A man looks at his cellphone on a tricycle outside a mannequin shop in Shanghai.
Image: Reuters/Aly Song


Kiwis squawk over butchered anthem

It wasn’t the scoreline that angered New Zealanders after their rugby league Test loss to England, but what was dubbed the “worst” rendition of their national anthem. New Zealand Rugby League chief executive Greg Peters described singer Crystal Collins’ version of “God Defend New Zealand” as “disgraceful” and urged promoters to explain. Saturday’s match was played in Denver to promote rugby’s 13-man version in the US, but the talking point became the way Collins stumbled through the anthem without appearing to know the words or tune. Television commentator Glen Larmer called it “the worst rendition” he had ever heard. - AFP

Hecklers held after student’s suicide

The suicide of a Chinese student who threw herself off a building after complaining of sexual harassment by a teacher has sparked online anguish about social decay, particularly because some onlookers egged her on and clapped when she jumped. The 19-year-old surnamed Li jumped to her death from the eighth storey of a building in the city of Qingyang last Wednesday, state media reported. Videos of the incident shared online showed Li sitting on a ledge for hours while rescue workers tried to talk her down. Some passersby on the street below heckled her, shouting, “How come you haven’t jumped yet?” When she jumped, some people clapped while a rescuer worker screamed out in distress. Police have detained some onlookers who shouted at Li, according to the China Youth Daily newspaper. - Reuters

Court rearranges bloomin’ homophobe case

After siding with a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, the US Supreme Court has sent back to lower courts a dispute over a florist who declined to create flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding based on her Christian beliefs. The justices threw out a 2017 ruling by Washington state’s Supreme Court that Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers in the city of Richland, had violated the state’s anti-discrimination law and a consumer protection measure. The court ordered the top Washington state court to revisit the case in light of its ruling on June 4 in favour of Colorado baker Jack Phillips, who similarly cited his Christian beliefs in refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Stutzman, who refused to provide the arrangements to Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed, was hit with a $1,000 fine and directed to make arrangements for same-sex weddings if she does so for opposite-sex weddings. - Reuters

Cats on a cold-blooded killing spree

Feral cats kill more than one million reptiles every day in Australia, a new study shows, with the staggering slaughter threatening many species. Cats have wiped out entire populations of some animals in Australia since being introduced by Europeans settlers two centuries ago, with efforts to cull or sterilise them so far failing to slow their march. The new findings are based on more than 10,000 cat dietary samples contributed by environmental scientists across the country. About 650-million lizards and snakes fall victim to feral and pet cats annually, they found. “On average each feral cat kills 225 reptiles per year,” said lead researcher John Woinarski, from Charles Darwin University, adding that feral cats consume more reptiles in Australia than in the US or Europe. -- AFP

Bird batterer gets off fairy lightly

A man who bludgeoned six fairy penguins to death has been sentenced to just 49 hours’ community service by an Australian court, sparking outrage from conservationists. Joshua Jeffrey was convicted of aggravated cruelty to animals after he battered the birds with a stick while drunk on a beach with two others at Sulphur Creek in Tasmania state in 2016. Magistrate Tamara Jago called it a “callous act” against “vulnerable penguins” and said Jeffery, 20, had shown no remorse, the Hobart Mercury reported. The newspaper reported that Jago took Jeffrey’s “intellectual limitation into account” when she sentenced him to community service and ordered him to pay costs of A$82 in a ruling Birdlife Tasmania slammed as “no deterrent whatsoever”. -- AFP

Kids’ soccer team trapped in flooded cave

Hundreds of rescuers have been mobilised to save 12 children and their football coach from a flooded cave in northern Thailand, where they have been trapped for two days amid heavy rain and dwindling food supplies. Divers found bicycles, shoes and footprints in the 5km-long Tham Luang cave, where the youngsters’ football team and their coach have been trapped since Saturday, an official said. The group is believed to have retreated into the cave as heavy monsoon rain fell and flooded the entrance of the cave in a national park near the border with Myanmar. -AFP



What will it take to relax the iron grip on Naspers shares?

Every unlisted 'A' share has 1,000 times the voting rights that listed 'N' shares enjoy

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Omnia results should show benefits of diversification

About 37% of the chemicals producer’s earnings come from the rest of Africa, Brazil and Australia

By Mark Allix
1 min read

How to do yourself (and the world) a world of good

For most of us success and peace remain work in progress. But we’re not done yet

By Mark Barnes
4 min read



Just for the record: Get into the groove and play it long

Your fortnightly guide to music on vinyl

6 min read

Art creates its own reality, but now that reality is virtual

Mary Sibande introduces her work into the VR medium

By Graham Wood
5 min read

Bestsellers: If you haven't bought one, what are you gossiping about?

The books that have sold the best countrywide in June

By Jennifer Platt
3 min read

OBITUARY: David Goldblatt

A great loss to the South African art world

By Goodman Gallery
2 min read



SPORTS DAY: Things could get Messi against Nigeria

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
3 min read

Sad to say, Newlands, but your time has come and gone

Moving into a stadium with a greater capacity, superior facilities and an incredible atmosphere is a no-brainer 

By Craig Ray
4 min read