Monday, July 2 2018



Judges must wait to hear why their reprimand over waiting has been delayed

Judges who reprimanded magistrates over admin chaos have renewed their criticism a year later, and they're still waiting

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

All well and good, Motsoaledi, now where are your doctors?

Oncology machines worth R40m each in state hospitals stand idle because there aren't enough cancer doctors

3 min read

Getting it dead wrong: woman found alive in morgue fridge

It's not the first time it's happened, and it'll happen again, say paramedics who insist they weren't negligent

Graeme Hosken
4 min read



Kids left stranded for years as adoption officials dither

It's become so bad in KZN that they're being taken to court, accused of deliberately blocking the process

By Tania Broughton
4 min read

Elon Musk helps Clanwilliam look on the sunny side of life

Rural Western Cape mall goes off-grid with a huge Tesla battery hooked up to banks of solar panels

By Jessica van den Heever and Nichola Loock
2 min read

Village savaged by serial killer now fears the worst again

Even after the murderer was apprehended, three more girls were killed ... and now another is missing

Bongani Fuzile
4 min read

Afcot to be kidding: Gupta man at heart of retrenchments

Tangled web of attachments linked to laying-off of workers at company owned by prominent West African

Bongani Fuzile
3 min read



Will a good leader please stand up. We need you

There is no one to guide us out of the mire as global leadership descends into name-calling and race-baiting

4 min read

So you think your cellphone is insured?

Think again. Your policy might still only cover one of your old phones that is no longer in use 

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 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



Designer Ronald van der Kemp appears at the end of his haute couture fall-winter 2018/2019 fashion show for fashion house RVDK in Paris.
Orange is the new orange Designer Ronald van der Kemp appears at the end of his haute couture fall-winter 2018/2019 fashion show for fashion house RVDK in Paris.
Image: Regis Duvignau

Six things about SA you need to know

Another SABC board member quits

There has been another resignation on the SABC board. Victor Rambau has tendered his resignation‚ reducing the board to only eight members. TimesLIVE understands that Rambau has written to President Cyril Ramaphosa‚ Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane and chairman of parliament’s portfolio committee on communications, Humphrey Maxegwane, informing them of his decision to leave the board. A board member said Maxegwane had been informed by his employer‚ Standard Bank‚ that its employees should no longer serve on boards of listed companies or state-owned companies. Rambau’s resignation presents a minor challenge for the board because with only eight non-executive directors it does not meet the required quorum to take decisions. However, the full board‚ which includes the group CEO and the group CFO‚ can still meet and take decisions.

Man late for wedding clocked at 210km/h

A 31-year-old man who was apparently rushing to make it in time for a wedding was allegedly caught driving at 210km/h on the R21 near Olifantsfontein on the East Rand on Saturday. Gauteng’s community safety department said the speeder‚ who was driving a Mercedes-Benz E350‚ was arrested on the spot by the Gauteng Traffic Police’s High Speed Unit. He was taken to the Olifantsfontein police station where he was formally charged with reckless driving and exceeding the prescribed speed limit of 120km/h on a freeway. The man was later released on R1‚000 bail and would appear in the Tembisa Magistrate’s Court shortly.

Brace for another petrol price hike

The petrol price‚ already at a record high‚ is set to go up again this week. Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has announced that the price of 93 octane will increase by 26 cents per litre and 95 octane by 23c/l on Wednesday. One of the main reasons was a depreciation of the rand against the US dollar (R12.51 to R13.29) during the review period, which led to a higher contribution to the basic fuel price on petrol‚ diesel and illuminating paraffin by 43.21 c/l‚ 44.36 c/l and 44.62 c/l respectively. “The rand’s movements were mainly influenced by global factors. The market has started to become worried about the effect that the trade war between the US and China will have on the global economy‚” Radebe said.

Cash heist fears after explosives stolen

Mpumalanga police are hunting thieves who broke into the Forzando Colliery in Bethal, Mpumalanga and made off with explosives on Friday night. “It is believed that the reason might be to supply daring and vicious gangs who are hell-bent on committing cash-in-transit robberies‚ ATM bombings and other related violent crimes‚” police said. Mpumalanga police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma has appealed to residents to help the police in their investigation, and report information that may lead to arrests and recovery of the explosives to Detective Captain Rian Douglas on 084-2304-630.

Race for DA’s Gauteng premier candidate widens

Former DA national spokesperson Refiloe Ntsekhe has joined the race to become the party’s candidate for premier in Gauteng. She is the fifth high-profile DA leader to do so. Members of the Gauteng legislature Makashule Gana and Jack Bloom are vying for the candidacy with City of Tshwane speaker Katlego Mathebe and MP Ghaleb Cachalia. The party officially closed its application process on Friday. “I have thrown my name in the hat‚” said Ntsekhe. The party is expected to interview the candidates next Friday.

SA kids as young as 8 shooting up heroin

South Africa has emerged as a key player in the global distribution of heroin, according to a multinational report. The Mpumalanga coal-mining towns of eMalahleni and Middelburg have been “decimated” by the trade, since they are a popular stop for truckers ferrying the deadly drug along the N4 from Mozambique ports to Johannesburg. Children as young as eight in these towns are peddling heroin in schools, with one rehab reporting it had treated 48 children for addiction in the past year. The report by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime and Interpol says corrupt police and customs officials have allowed international drug traffickers to swarm into South Africa. It names Gauteng’s City Deep container depot as a heroin smugglers' haven, and says 75,000 South Africans inject heroin daily, the highest number in Africa.



WhatsApp hoaxes are killing people in India

The state of Tripura has had to cut its Internet to try to stop a spate of mob killings over WhatsApp hoaxes

3 min read

Nudists are bouncing all over Paris

Hundreds of naturists descended on a theme park on Sunday for a spot of trampolining

4 min read

After 200 years, Polish rafters are pretty good at their job

Mountain river guides have been propelling rafts full of tourists down Poland’s Dunajec River Gorge for 200 years

3 min read

After 105 you stop aging - now to make it past 100

Research has found that death rates begin to decelerate after 80 years old and then approach a plateau after 105

By Sarah Knapton
3 min read


A dog plays during a warm spell in Bala Lake, Wales.
He's having a Wales of a time A dog plays during a warm spell in Bala Lake, Wales.
Image: Andrew Yates/Reuters


Woman tells of shark bite terror

A woman who was pulled into crocodile-infested waters in northwestern Australia when a shark bit her finger as she attempted to feed it has described the terrifying moment which nearly cost her a digit. The two-metre Tawny nurse shark sucked at Melissa Brunning’s right index finger "like a Hoover”, she said. "I think the shark was in shock as much as I was. I came up and I was like: 'I've lost my finger, my finger's gone'." Cellphone footage of the incident in late May showed Brunning screaming as she was dragged into the water before the boat's crew and friends quickly pulled her out. "This is not a shark attack, this is just a blonde doing a stupid thing,” she said. – AFP

Fury after 41-year-old marries girl, 11

The marriage of a Malaysian man with an 11-year-old Thai girl has sparked outrage in the Muslim-majority country with one activist on Sunday labelling the groom a “child predator”. Malaysian Muslims below the age of 16 are allowed to marry if they obtain the permission of a religious court. But the country’s women and families ministry said there was no record of religious authorities approving the union. The 41-year-old husband could be jailed for six months if he married without permission. Malaysian activists have called for law reform to end child marriage. - AFP

Depp's ex hopes she's found Paradis at last

Actress and singer Vanessa Paradis has married French director Samuel Benchetrit. The small ceremony was attended by a few dozen guests, including Paradis’ 19-year-old daughter Lily-Rose Depp, born during her 14-year relationship with Johnny Depp which ended in 2012. Paradis and Benchetrit, both 45, made their relationship official in August 2017. Paradis has two children with Depp, but the couple never married. - AFP

Drake hip-hops to new streaming record

Drake has smashed streaming records with his new album “Scorpion”, with Apple Music and Spotify both reporting unprecedented listenership in its first day. The Canadian hip-hop superstar’s fifth studio album was streamed 170 million times in the 24 hours after its release on Friday. The worldwide figure is the highest ever reported by any streaming service for an album over one day. - AFP

Mystery as entire family is found hanged

Police in India's capital said they found 11 bodies in a home in mysterious circumstances on Sunday, 10 of them blindfolded and hanging from the roof. The victims belonged to a family and most had lived in one. Police are investigating whether the victims - four men, three women and four girls - died by suicide or were killed. No suicide note was found. There were no bullet marks on the bodies of the victims, and there was no sign of forced entry into the house. – The Daily Telegraph

Infamous thief in second spectacular jail-break

A notorious career thief who was once France’s most wanted man pulled off a daring jailbreak on Sunday, fleeing a prison in the Paris area by helicopter. Redoine Faid, 46, broke out of the prison within minutes, helped by a number of heavily-armed men. The escape came after an appeals court sentenced him to 25 years for masterminding a May 2010 botched armed robbery, in which a policewoman was killed. It is the second time Faid has pulled off a spectacular jailbreak — in 2013, he blasted his way out of a prison using dynamite - AFP



Wanted: undertaker to clean up Steinhoff mess

There are many private equity players that specialise in distressed firms, and they might have an appetite for it

By Stuart Theobald
4 min read

Vox Telecom hints it’s getting into media biz

Fibre network provider is bulking up for expansion 

By Nick Hedley
2 min read



Why it’s super sexy to let old age get on top of you

Women over 50 are having better sex than millennials, according to a new survey 

By Rowan Pelling
5 min read

It’s come to this: Buy a phone so you can take slicker selfies

The Sony XA2 Ultra’s claim to greatness is it has two selfie cameras

By Sylvia McKeown
4 min read

Couch potato and (hide the) sausage: Yuck to päntsdrunk

The latest Nordic wellness trend of sitting in your house getting pissed in your jocks is boring and desperate

By Yolisa Mkele
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Russia rejoices in Spain and suffering

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
7 min read

Bet your boots, the World Cup needs a first-time winner

Fresh champion will do wonders for this edition given the recent formulaic tedium of international football

2 min read

Blasts from the past: Jolly good show by SA tennis chap

Today in SA sports history: June 2

David Isaacson
2 min read