Tuesday, July 3 2018

THE BIG FREEZE

WHY'S IT HAPPENING, WHO'S NEXT AND HAS IT ENDED THE DROUGHT?

Brrrr! It's about to get flipping cold y'all

In the wake of the snow, 'ridiculously' cold conditions set to chill the country to the bone

By Matthew Savides and Nico Gous
3 min read

Dams filling up, but keep the champagne corked for now

Cape dams showing signs of reviving after rainfall and snow, but experts say the problems are by no means over

Tanya Farber
Journalist
2 min read

It's raining misery for Cape shack dwellers

Heavy downpours pile further suffering on children, the elderly and sickly in informal settlements

Philani Nombembe
Journalist
2 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Another one bites the dock: Zuma summonsed to court

Gerrie Nel vows to get justice for Duduzane's alleged car crash victims

Karyn Maughan
Journalist
2 min read

She's da bomb: Child's pen is mightier than bullets

At just 12, Janna Jihad is regarded at the world's youngest journalist

By Lwandile Bhengu
3 min read

OMG this is the best job ever! You can be a puppy raiser

International Guide Dog Federation is now on the prowl for new 'puppy raisers'

Suthentira Govender
Journalist
3 min read

Who knew plump pumpkins would be key to fighting crime?

A Durban community has beaten back the bad guys with garden forks and spades

By Lwandile Bhengu
3 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Stop fueling around. Just vote the ANC out

Never mind the petrol hike - you can do something about the broken, bankrupted Road Accident Fund

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

What a gas! It's the 1st photo of a baby planet

Scientists release spectacular image of gas giant bigger than Jupiter swirling into existence

By Sarah Knapton
3 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

Vakhegula Vakhegula is South Africa’s very own team of grannies who are making headlines all around the world because of their soccer skills.


SNAPSHOT

Members of the Mauritanian military brass band wait on the tarmac for the arrival of the French president to Nouakchott airport where he will later take part in the African Union (AU) summit.
A polite nose pick before the president arrives Members of the Mauritanian military brass band wait on the tarmac for the arrival of the French president to Nouakchott airport where he will later take part in the African Union (AU) summit.
Image: Ludovic Marin/AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

ANC KZN leadership battle drags on in court

The ANC’s KwaZulu-Natal leadership remains in flux as a court challenge mounted earlier this month - which halted the rerun of the party’s provincial elective conference - drags on. On Monday morning the matter was before the Pietermaritzburg High Court‚ where an interim order preventing the staging of the conference was extended. Disgruntled ANC members, who claim to represent 44 branches out of 88 in the troubled Moses Mabhida region, had rushed to court on June 8 to prevent the three-day conference scheduled for that afternoon. The application is being defended by the ANC and members of the provincial task team‚ who were cited as respondents. The matter remains up in the air‚ adjourned without a date, while internal ANC dispute resolution teams try to resolve it.

Racism accused accepts Hitler remark was ‘hurtful’

Velaphi Khumalo‚ who called for black South Africans to do to white people what “Hitler did to the Jews”, says he has accepted that his remarks were “grossly inappropriate”. His counsel‚ Stuart Wilson‚ told the Equality Court sitting at the South Gauteng High Court on Monday that Khumalo had apologised for the statements. Wilson said the question to be asked was whether he can be sued twice in the Equality Court for hate speech, which arose from the same remarks. The first complaint against Khumalo was lodged by the ANC, and Wilson said the SA Human Rights Commission was coming after Khumalo for substantially the same words. He described the SAHRC’s action against Khumalo as an abuse of process. Khumalo’s words did not constitute hate speech‚ Wilson argued. “A reasonable person would have read the words in context‚ and would have understood them as meaningless hyperbole.” The hearing continues.

Stepdad accused of 10-year-old's rape wants bail

A Verulam man accused of repeatedly raping his 10-year-old stepdaughter is forging ahead with a bail application, and even plans to call a witness to bolster his bid for freedom. The 44-year-old mechanic‚ who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of the girl‚ appeared briefly in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Monday. He has been in custody for three weeks following his arrest by a private security company. The bail application is expected to go ahead on Tuesday after the man’s legal team secure the attendance of their witness and get clarity on the charges. It is understood that the girl had confided in a neighbour that her father was allegedly abusing her‚ prompting a mob of neighbours to set upon him.

Zuma death stalls hate-speech fine payment

The sudden death of his younger brother has resulted in Edward Zuma, a son of former president Jacob Zuma, stalling on a R30‚000 payment to an impoverished school as part of his punishment for hate speech. The Equality Court in Durban ordered in May that Zuma apologise to the South African public and pay two schools R30‚000 each for hate speech he directed against Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. Zuma had until June 30 to pay the first school, Umthombo Secondary School in Mpophomeni‚ outside Pietermaritzburg. SA Human Rights Commission spokesman Gushwell Brooks said Zuma’s attorney had requested an extension to pay his first instalment “due to a bereavement”. Nhlakanipho Zuma‚ 25‚ died on Sunday evening after a short illness. He was the youngest of five children born to the former president and his third wife‚ the late Kate Mantsho.

Ten die after mainlining nyaope drug

Doctors in Johannesburg say they have seen a “dramatic rise” in the number of patients who have damaged their hearts by injecting nyaope. After reporting the first three patients in 2014‚ cardiologists Ruchika Meel and Mohammed Essop say they had seen 68 by February 2017. All but two were male‚ and 10 died. Meel and Essop work at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto‚ and say in the July edition of the South African Medical Journal that they expect to see cases of infective endocarditis increase in tandem with the popularity of injecting nyaope‚ also known as whoonga. Meel and Essop said most of the 58 patients who did not die responded to antibiotics or refused surgery. Three patients had “destroyed” heart valves replaced.

NSFAS big spender Sibongile Mani in court

Accounting student Sibongile Mani appeared in the East London Magistrate’s Court on Monday facing charges related to her spending spree on Peruvian weaves‚ alcohol and lavish parties. It was a brief appearance for the Walter Sisulu University student‚ who allegedly spent more than R800‚000 in three months in 2017 after an administrative led to her receiving R14-million for food and book allowances from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). Magistrate Rochelle Sam postponed the matter to July 24 to allow Mani's lawyer‚ Asanda Pakade‚ to get a copy of the charge sheet from the National Prosecuting Authority.

THE WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

What a carry-on: Aussies are going nuts with 'bag rage'

Staff sworn at, attacked as major chainstores ditch free lightweight plastic bags

By AFP
2 min read

Bigots are the reason for the HIV spike

Crackdown on gay people in Indonesia has led to a sudden, disastrous resurgence of the disease

By AFP
2 min read

Churchill 'was sexually abused as a boy'

Historian says prep school thrashings physically and emotionally scarred the future British PM

By Steve Bird
3 min read

Hope and spray: Brits line up to get a dose of deadly flu

Volunteers to be infected with a lethal strain in a bid to to find a better cure

By Sarah Knapton
3 min read

SNAPSHOT

The Red Arrows Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team perform during an event to celebrate Armed Forces Day in Llandudno, Wales.
FAN LOVE The Red Arrows Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team perform during an event to celebrate Armed Forces Day in Llandudno, Wales.
Image: George/MoD/Crown Copyright/Handout via Reuters

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Their World Cup does not runneth over

Nearly one in three people aged 18 to 24 in Russia wants to leave the country and live abroad, according to a survey by public pollster VTsIOM. Of those young people who said they wanted to emigrate (31%) Germany was the most popular destination and favoured by 16% of respondents, while 7% wanted to move to the US and 6% to Spain. Russia is currently basking in international attention as it hosts the football World Cup. But quality of life declined over President Vladimir Putin’s previous Kremlin term and it has become increasingly isolated on the global stage in recent years. The economy has been hit by western sanctions over its annexation of the Crimea region in Ukraine. It has also quarrelled with Western powers over its role in the war in Syria. - AFP

Time running out for trapped soccer team

A huge international search for 12 boys and their football coach in a flooded Thai cave has made agonising progress as rescuers battle muddy torrents in almost total darkness, in a race against time. Bad weather has hampered the rescue for the youngsters, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach through the snaking Tham Luang cave, one of Thailand’s longest, and toughest to explore. Rains finally eased over the weekend and water pumps working around the clock have helped to stem the floods. But several tunnels leading to where the boys are believed to be were still submerged in murky waters on Monday afternoon as the search, using Thai navy SEAL divers, entered its ninth day. It is not known why the team ventured into the cave.- AFP

Girl dies in bouncy castle horror

A girl of about four died after being thrown from a bouncy castle which is said to have exploded on a busy tourist beach at Gorleston-on-Sea in Norfolk. On Sunday. The girl, who has not been named, was flung 6m into the air, witnesses said. She went into cardiac arrest received CPR at the scene, and later died at the James Paget Hospital. The owner the play area on Gorleston beach, Curt Johnson, who was not at the scene, said the trampoline exploded “because of the heat”. A police investigation is under way. - © The Daily Telegraph

Trump pills all the rave on the street

Some drug traffickers appear to be using President Donald Trump’s image to brand their wares. An Indiana State Police report about 129 arrests in a series of drug busts in northern Indiana includes a photo of what police describe as “Trump-shaped ecstasy pills”. They are orange and stamped with a face. On the back are the words “great again”, an apparent reference to Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again”. Traffickers sometimes produce uniquely shaped or coloured drugs as a marketing technique. The report doesn’t provide details, including how many of the pills were seized. The six-day operation in June involved traffic stops by state and city police, as well as sheriff's departments. LSD, cocaine and other drugs were also seized. - AP

Call to free shark trapped in restaurant

A video of a blacktip shark being kept in an aquarium at a Malaysian restaurant has sparked online anger, with many calling for the animal’s release from its confining home. The video posted on Facebook by a diver who went to the restaurant outside the capital Kuala Lumpur showed the animal swimming back and forth in a tank “barely 6ft (1.8m) long, 3ft deep and 3ft high”. It had 17,000 views and 283 shares as of Monday, with outraged people slamming it as “absurd and so primitive”, and demanding: “Free Charlie the Shark!” Blacktips are found in warm, temperate and tropical waters along coastal areas across the world, and can grow up to 2.5m long and weigh up to 100kg, according to National Geographic. It is classified as near threatened. - AFP

Facebook in a deeper data hole

Facebook continued to share data with 61 companies despite concerns about the quiz app commissioned by Cambridge Analytica. The social network gave the companies a year to wean themselves off the rich data provided by Facebook through its API, including Nike, UPS, dating app Hinge, a social marketing service, a Russian newspaper and a variety of news networks, after it grew concerned that developers could be abusing the function. This conflicts with repeated assurances from Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg since the data scandal came to light earlier this year. He has insisted to the European Parliament and US lawmakers that the function that allowed apps to receive detailed, personal information, including photos and friends lists, had been shut down in April 2014. Documents before the US Congress reveal that in addition to the companies granted a cooling-off period, five apps had access to users' friends data. – © The Daily Telegraph

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Never mind the unicorns, are you ready for the ghosts?

As investors, it’s as important to predict future failures as it is to identify that next cheeky upstart

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

MTN, Vodacom wake up as Sassa talks of ‘mobile money’

Agency is looking for new ways to distribute grants when its contract with Cash Paymaster Services ends

By Nick Hedley
1 min read

Component makers will be a big part of car industry lift-off

Shiny outlook for SA’s manufacturers after major investments by Mercedes-Benz, VW and Toyota

By Mark Allix
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Sex research: Making sense of how the other half make out

Slap and tickle, slip and tackle ... there’s a whole world of funky fun and games you can learn from

By Andrew Donaldson
8 min read

An Old Master pops up in the middle of Joburg

It’s not every day a 'new' Rubens goes on auction

By Graham Wood
10 min read

Not yet 30 but making millions from art. How do they do it?

A new London gallery is using Instagram to bring art to a whole new generation

By Lucy Davies
4 min read

How to write the perfect thriller

An interview with the author of The Perfect Girlfriend

By Jennifer Platt
4 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Neymar sticks the knife into Mexico

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
5 min read

Test cricket’s glass is half empty ... what a dam shame

Why the World Test Championship won’t help to top up the old fart format ... it needs to make itself relevant

Telford Vice
Journalist
4 min read