Friday, June 29 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

‘It’s something that is going to cause a major blackout in this country’

The NUM has threatened rolling blackouts unless govt deals with its concerns over independent power producers

Aphiwe Deklerk
Journalist
2 min read

It’s a witch hunt! Suspended SARS boss vows to fight back

Tom Moyane is taking to the stand to defend himself. It promises to be explosive

Karyn Maughan
Journalist
3 min read

Knysna disaster: 'Municipality was warned in advance'

If new findings are accepted, municipality could face a very big liabilities bill indeed

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Pupil pregnancy: So rife we need a policy on it

Dept of Basic Education extends deadline for comments on school pregnancies draft policy

Matthew Savides
News editor
4 min read

Flood victims have been in shack-town limbo for 11 years

They say Durban promised them new homes, but for over a decade they have waited in vain

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
3 min read

A hard De Lille to swallow as her fight with DA roars on

Cape Town mayor pulls no punches in open letter to senior DA member as the fight turns, somehow, even uglier

Nico Gous
Journalist
3 min read

Seeing your go-to GP is a matter of life and death

Patients who see the same doctor over a period of time tend to live longer lives than those who don't

Claire Keeton
Journalist
2 min read

Novella's murder orgy: We now know the full horror

Diego Novella has been found guilty of the murder of his American girlfriend in Camps Bay

Aron Hyman
Journalist
4 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Oh, death, where is thy bling? Oh, grave, where is thy thrill for me?

Dying ain't all it's cracked up to be, and we'd do best to remember that while we're still alive

5 min read

Aunty Pat: What we know vs what we believe

In the absence of facts, here is what we believe about the Patricia de Lille saga

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read

Making a spoilt brat skedaddle does wonders for stress

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Journalist
4 min read

If you're human you're prejudiced. It's how you deal with it that matters

No human being is innocent of some form of prejudice, but we can only grow by taking a stand against it - together

By Rich Mkhondo
6 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

National police forces perform acrobatic skills during a parade marking the 41st anniversary of Djibouti's independence.
Police academy is hard these days National police forces perform acrobatic skills during a parade marking the 41st anniversary of Djibouti's independence.
Image: Houssein Hersi/AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

Staff pay takes most of Gauteng education budget

About three-quarters of the budget allocated to the Gauteng department of education will go to paying employees. This was revealed in the 2018/19 budget vote‚ which was delivered by Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. In the 2018/19 budget‚ education received a total budget of R45.2-billion‚ which was an above-inflation increase of 10.7% or R4.3-billion. Of the total budget‚ R33.7-billion‚ or 75%‚ went to compensation of employees. This reflects an increase of 11.5% (R3.4-billion) when compared to the previous financial year.

‘K-word businessman’ must wait to hear fate

Politically connected businessman Peter-Paul Ngwenya will find out next Thursday whether his application for a discharge from the case he is facing – which revolves around his a fight with Investec CEO designate Fani Titi – has been successful. The Randburg Magistrate’s Court heard arguments on Thursday from Ngwenya for a discharge in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act, which states that a court may return a verdict of not guilty if it is of the opinion that there is no evidence that the accused committed the offences in question. This application was opposed by the prosecution‚ which said Ngwenya had a case to answer. Ngwenya is facing two charges of contravening protection orders obtained against him by Titi and business partner Aqeel Patel. He also faces a charges of crimen injuria for referring to Titi as a “QwaQwa k****r” in an SMS.

Suspended SAA CFO hints at further action

Suspended South African Airways chief financial officer Phumeza Nhantsi has hinted at further action following the finding by an internal disciplinary inquiry that she and suspended former CEO Musa Zwane were guilty of gross financial misconduct‚ negligence and dishonesty. Inquiry chairperson Nazeer Cassim SC recommended that Nhantsi and Zwane be summarily dismissed by SAA for their actions in relation to a tender with BNP Capital to source R15-billion in debt consolidation funds at a success fee of R256-million. The deal was stopped after media reports. SAA could have undertaken the deal for R85-million. Nhantsi has denied the allegations and argued they are baseless. On Thursday she said that "because this matter is far from over I believe it is inappropriate to make any further comment at this time”.

Everyone at schools to be vetted, says MEC Lesufi

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says school governing body members will now be vetted to ensure the safety of children at schools. He made the announcement when he presented his department’s 2018/19 budget. "Our argument is that anyone that comes close to our children must be vetted. Whether you are a gardener‚ teacher‚ a member of the (governing body) … "We are now soliciting various state-owned databases such as the Equality Court … every judgment that is made there‚ we must have access (to it) to make sure that the person (found guilty) is not in our school system,” Lesufi said after tabling his budget. In recent years Gauteng has seen a number of incidents of racism‚ sexual assault and violence‚ which Lesufi wants to address.

Petrol hike could have been worse: AA

This was according to the Automobile Association on Thursday as it released its fuel price outlook for July. Petrol prices were expected to rise by 26 cents a litre next month‚ diesel by 24 cents and illuminating paraffin by 20 cents - in spite of South Africans being “thrown a lifeline” by declining oil prices. “Without oil's decline‚ the fuel price hike for July would have been far higher‚” the AA said‚ particularly as the rand continued to lose value against the dollar. “The average rand/dollar exchange rate used to calculate the basic fuel price has slipped in a virtually straight line since the start of June. The month began with the rand at around R12.65 to the dollar‚ but the average currently stands at nearly R13.30. Fortunately‚ international oil prices have retreated at a similar rate‚ resulting in a fairly moderate fuel price increase outlook for July.”

Malema makes Lekota see red at land hearings

Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota has criticised the land expropriation public hearings process in Limpopo‚ saying it is being “stage managed” by the EFF. He was speaking on the sidelines of the hearings into potential amendments to Section 25 of the constitution in Mokopane on Thursday. Parliament's Joint Constitutional Review Committee is engaging the public on a review of the constitution to enable the expropriation of land in the public interest without compensation. Lekota said parliamentarians could not allow EFF leader Julius Malema to pick who could address the committee during the hearings. Lekota and Malema got into an altercation on Wednesday after the Cope leader confronted him about his "interference". Lekota also questioned why committee chairperson Vincent Smith had allowed Malema to co-lead the hearings. On Wednesday‚ Malema had to intervene repeatedly to calm the crowds in Marble Hall‚ also assisting Smith with the selection of the speaking order.

THE WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Historian's hounding exposes dark heart of Putin's Russia

Human Rights Watch has named this 'the worst human rights crisis in Russia since the Soviet era'

By AFP
3 min read

Stooping the colour: Is the queen starting to crack up?

Usually robust British monarch to miss royal engagement because she feels 'under the weather'

By Hannah Furness
6 min read

Missionary impossible: I wasn't on Cruise shortlist, says Scarlett

Actress fumes after former Scientologist says she was auditioned to be the actor's girlfriend

By The Daily Telegraph
2 min read

Handbag designers' delight: Crocs also come in orange

Scientists have discovered a subgroup of orange crocodiles living in Gabon's caves

By AFP
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

A woman walks along a passageway past apartments at a building in Tokyo.
no two neighbors are the same A woman walks along a passageway past apartments at a building in Tokyo.
Image: Martin Bureau / AFP

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Guides make mountain of cash with chopper scam

Tourists hiking in Nepal’s Himalayan mountains are being pressured into costly helicopter evacuations at the first sight of trouble by guides linked to powerful brokers who are making a fortune on “unnecessary rescues”, industry insiders say. Dodgy operators are scamming tens of thousands of dollars from insurance companies by making multiple claims for a single chopper ride or pushing trekkers to accept airlifts for minor illnesses, an AFP investigation has revealed. In other cases, trekking guides, promised commission if they get tourists to return by chopper, are offering helicopter rides to tired hikers as a quick way home, but billing them as rescues to insurance companies. - AFP

Two more bishops quit in sex abuse scandal

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of two more Chilean bishops caught up in the country’s sexual abuse scandal, the Vatican said, bringing to five the number he has accepted so far. The bishops were heads of the dioceses of Rancagua and Talca and the pope named commissioners to run them. He accepted resignations of three bishops on June 11. Last month, all of Chile’s 34 bishops offered to resign en masse after a meeting with the pope over allegations of a cover-up of sexual abuse in the country. - Reuters

Musk mugged me, says farting-unicorn man

SpaceX chief Elon Musk has become embroiled in an “absurd” dispute over his company’s use of a flatulating unicorn image he is accused of “ripping off”. The multibillionaire first shared the image, created by Colorado artist Tom Edwards, with his 22-million Twitter followers in February 2017. Edwards produced the unicorn mug design in 2010 and years later it grabbed the attention of Musk, who tweeted: “Maybe my favourite mug ever.” Musk used a copy of the image in March 2017 to promote a hidden “sketch pad” feature in Tesla vehicles and then again in a Christmas card to owners of the electric cars later that year. While Edwards was initially delighted with the boost in sales of his unicorn mugs as a result of Musk’s promotion, The Guardian reports he has now accused the SpaceX CEO of using the image without his permission in Tesla’s operating system. - © The Daily Telegraph

Sniffles snuff out naked island bliss

Masafumi Nagasaki was living in a state of perfect bliss, spending his days wondering naked and alone on a Pacific island, until reports of his ill-health prompted police to take him away from his Robinson Crusoe-like existence and forced him to rejoin mainstream Japanese society. Nagasaki, 82, had lived a simple life on the remote island of Sotobanari for nearly 30 years, after moving there to escape the hamster wheel of urban life, but has now been forced to leave despite insisting he wanted to die there. Documentary maker Alvaro Cerezo said he “probably only had the flu”. The man who came to be nicknamed "the naked hermit" was coy about his background, although he did indicate that he had been married and had two children. - The Daily Telegraph

Six albinos to contest Malawi elections

Six candidates living with albinism will contest the elections next year, a rights groups has said, defying hostility in Malawi where 21 albinos have been murdered since 2014. “One of the issues contributing to the violation of our rights is our invisibility,” said the Association of People with Albinism, which confirmed Tuesday that six members would contest either parliamentary or council seats. Apart from violence and discrimination, albinos are also exposed to eye problems and a heightened risk of skin cancer. Assocition director Overstone Kondowe sai the aim was to “put some of our members in decision-making organs”. - AFP

Site has hard-on for the hard of hearing

Pornhub, the world’s world's most-visited porn site, has launched closed captioning for the benefit of viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing. The company says it will start by uploading captions for more than 1,000 of its most-viewed videos, reports Gizmodo. These would be selected from the straight, "popular with women", gay, bisexual, and transsexual categories. The clips would reportedly come with "descriptive and interpretive" text, including dialogue and "non-dialogue" sounds, and would help viewers tell who is speaking as well as identify changes in emotion. - Staff reporter

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Lebashe slams Holomisa’s talk of ‘undue’ PIC profits

BEE investment firm founder blames a ‘malicious agenda’ for accusations it is in bed with PIC boss Dan Matjila

By Giulietta Talevi
4 min read

Spur licks its lips at prospects for its new Greek acquisition

Part of a push to diversify from the Spur brand with forays into pizza and pasta, steakhouses and seafood

By Marc Hasenfuss
2 min read

Hats off to government for making Mercedes welcome

Unlike in mining and petroleum, the govt’s Automotive Production and Development Programme has been a  success

By Mark Allix
1 min read

Long4Life wades boots and all into R3.9bn Rage footwear

What next for former Bidvest titan Brian Joffe? Perhaps Tekkie Town?

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Oh boy, a gay teen romcom that plays it utterly straight

Sweet and moving, ‘Love, Simon’ is comfortingly average – the point of it is not to stand out, but to fit in

By Tim Robey
3 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
1 min read

Has Apple got a hope in hell of pipping Netflix?

Apple plans to spend $1-billion on TV and movies in 2018, rising to $4.2-billion within four years

By Ed Power
3 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Colombia chop out Africa’s last line of hope

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

Super Rugby rumbles back in a battle for quarterfinal spots

Apart from the Crusaders, who are well clear of the pack, the top nine teams had better hit the deck running

Liam Del Carme
Journalist
2 min read

Blasts from the past: Hashim steps up to whip the Windies

Today in SA sports history: June 29

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read