Thursday, July 5 2018



Lagoon fightback: minister fishing in troubled waters

Molewa backs plan for fish farms in Langebaan's bay waters despite residents' pollution and shark fears

Bobby Jordan
3 min read

Not so Great Kei, as municipal workers haven't been paid since April

Workers at Great Kei Local Municipality are facing eviction and repossessions as they haven't been paid for months

Bongani Fuzile
3 min read

Fuel price is starting to hurt everyone - a lot

And ordinary South Africans should brace themselves for even tougher times, economists warn

Leonie Wagner
4 min read



Big plan to plug SA’s leaks now just a pipe dream

Trainee plumbers paid to sit at home after colleges turned them away because they have not been paid by the government

6 min read

Our best shot: South African HIV vaccine shows promise

Results from a HIV vaccine trial are looking good, with people's immune systems responding well

3 min read

The end is nigh for plastic bags, whether we like it or not

Plastic bags used to mark World Plastic Free Bag Day are the first in SA to be compostable and recyclable

By Dan Meyer
3 min read

Aids helpline pronounced positive after 200 spoof calls

Researchers put it to the test and find that, on the whole, it does its job well

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
1 min read



We can’t pretend we aren’t tainted by our past

Whether we want to believe it or not, all South Africans are affected by the country’s racially divisive history

4 min read

High ambition: where are all the female pilots?

It's about education and prejudice, says one of UK's few female commercial captains

By Robbie Hodges
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



Employees at World Food Programme warehouse prepare food sacks which will be loaded on planes in order to airdrop across South Sudan.
Food is life Employees at World Food Programme warehouse prepare food sacks which will be loaded on planes in order to airdrop across South Sudan.
Image: Patrick Meinhardt/AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

KZN's non-Zulus 'should know they are visitors’

Controversial funeral parlour boss Nkosentsha Shezi‚ who has been rallying support for Zulu monarch Goodwill Zwelithini under the banner of “radical economic transformation champions”, said KwaZulu-Natal should be ceded to the royal household. He was speaking at a royal imbizo in Ulundi, northern KZN, on Wednesday which was called to discuss challenges to the Ingonyama Trust and the authority of traditional leaders. Shezi said: “We aren't just here to support the notion that 29.6% of the land should remain under the Ingonyama Trust. We are here to say that all the land … should be returned to the king.” He also said that the province should be renamed to “KwaZulu”, befitting of the Zulu kingdom. It would also “ensure that the settlers … are reminded that they are visitors here”. A recent report has recommended that the Ingonyama Trust Act be repealed or amended‚ and that the trust be dissolved.

Cosatu comes out to bat for NHI

Trade union federation Cosatu has defended the much-vaunted National Health Insurance‚ saying on Wednesday critics of the scheme were funded lobbyists. Cosatu spokesman Sizwe Pamla said NHI critics have no interest in policies that seek to address South Africa’s inequality crisis. This comes after economists‚ political parties and individuals launched an attack on the NHI bill and the NHI policy. The NHI was introduced by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi as an attempt to provide universal healthcare for all South Africans. Cosatu also vowed to ensure that the redistribution of resources through the NHI favoured the poor, and called on the government not to be distracted by those who are anti-NHI.

Grooms' trike threat to Durban July is off

The Durban July is back on track. A threat to the city's most famous horse-racing event, scheduled to be held in three days and which is worth more than R300-million to the KwaZulu-Natal economy, followed a strike by dozens of grooms at the Summerveld horse-training centre outside Durban on Wednesday. The grooms‚ who are based at the country’s premier horse-training facility‚ were demanding an increase in their hourly wage. Summerveld estate manager and trainer representative Tony Riverland said the grooms had returned to work. An estimated 700 grooms protested outside the entrance to Summerveld. Riverland said the grooms said they would return to work on Thursday despite refusing to sign the wage agreement at the moment. Shop steward Owen Maduna confirmed this and said the wage demands would be dealt with at a meeting with trainers after the race weekend.

R3.4-million to sleep in Mandela’s cell

How much would you pay to spend a night in the Robben Island cell that the late Nelson Mandela spent 18 years locked in? The CEO Sleepout group is hoping to get local and international business people and celebrities to bid for the experience. Bidding will start at $250‚000 (about R3.4-million). “The highest bidder will win the honour of spending the night inside the historic cell number 7‚ where Mandela spent 18 years‚" the group said on its website. The cell contains only a small bin‚ a bench‚ a metal bowl and cup‚ a mat and metal bars on a small window. The bid closes at midnight on July 17‚ and the sleep-in will be on July 18‚ which would have been Mandela's 100th birthday.

Protesters cause a stink in Tshwane

Rubbish is piling up in and around Tshwane following violent protests that have prevented waste collection and disposal services. Protesters closed landfill sites on Tuesday and barred the city’s contracted companies from doing their jobs. “The situation is getting out of control‚” said the City of Tshwane’s Lindela Mashigo. He said the protesters did not want to follow the proper bidding process for tenders and were trying to disrupt contractors who had won the tenders. The city is approaching the court for an extension to an interdict against the protesters, obtained on July 4 2017. With this, the city hoped that, with the help of police, the “thuggish behaviour will come to an end”.

Woman found alive in morgue still critical

A woman who was declared dead at the scene of a car accident only to be found still breathing in a mortuary fridge later, is still in hospital in a critical condition, the Gauteng health department said on Wednesday. The woman had been travelling on the P111 outside Carletonville in the early hours of Sunday when the driver lost control of the car. She was declared dead by paramedics at the scene‚ along with two other victims. A source at the Carletonville mortuary said his colleagues had loaded the bodies into the fridges and were filling out forms when one returned to check on them. “When he pulled out the woman’s body‚ he saw that she was breathing.” The health department’s Lesemang Matuka said on Wednesday they were not investigating the incident, but had referred the matter to the Health Professions Council.



Spiders and PTSD: the ordeal facing boys trapped in a cave

As divers prepare to rescue a Thai soccer team, experts warn their turmoil may have a huge and lasting effect

By Sarah Knapton
4 min read

Unicorn nearly kills woman - a pink flamingo and swan were also involved

Fifteen people had to be rescued on a single day in the UK after their inflatables veered off course

By Anita Singh
3 min read

She brought him into this world, now she's taken him out of it

A 92-year-old woman has murdered her son over his decision to place her in a care home

By Mike Wright
2 min read

Engendered derision: Scarlett Johansson defends trans role

Actress courts controversy after defending taking the part of a transgender man in gangster biopic

By Alice Vincent
2 min read


Activists from the Spanish Proactiva Open Arms charity place a life jacket on the Christopher Columbus statue after the Open Arms rescue boat arrived at a port in Barcelona, carrying migrants rescued off Libya.
The original migrant Activists from the Spanish Proactiva Open Arms charity place a life jacket on the Christopher Columbus statue after the Open Arms rescue boat arrived at a port in Barcelona, carrying migrants rescued off Libya.
Image: Reuters/Albert Gea


Chaps should eat nuts for their nuts’ sake

Eating nuts “significantly” boosted the number and health of sperm in young men, researchers said on Wednesday. Their findings “support a beneficial role for chronic nut consumption in sperm quality”. Researchers recruited 119 men aged 18-35, who they divided into two groups. One group ate 60g of almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts daily on top of their usual “Western-style” diet, while the second group got no nuts. After 14 weeks, the nut group “had significant improvements in their sperm count, vitality, motility (movement) and morphology (shape)” — all associated with male fertility”. The results were consistent with sperm improvement observed in other studies that looked at diets rich in omega-3, antioxidants such as vitamin C and E, selenium and zinc, and folate. Nuts are rich in many of these nutrients. — AFP

Right, let’s try these on the OR Tambo run

China’s internet giant Baidu has begun mass producing the country’s first autonomous mini-bus, as the firm prepares to roll them out in tourist spots and airports. The 14-seater Apolong has no steering wheel, driver’s seat, accelerator or brake. Co-produced by Baidu and Chinese bus manufacturer King Long, they will soon be pressed into commercial in several cities including Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and the country’s new megacity Xiong’an. Early next year, they are set to enter Japan’s self-driving market as shuttle buses at nuclear power stations or in Tokyo to ferry around elderly people in local communities. Baidu, often referred to as China’s Google, operates the country’s leading search engine and also invests heavily in services ranging from online payments to connected devices and artificial intelligence. — AFP

Proof that poms had a hand in US independence

A rare parchment copy of the American Declaration of Independence has been found at a British archive among the papers of an aristocrat who supported the rebels. The manuscript was discovered at the West Sussex Record Office in Chichester. Tests showed it was produced in the 1780s — just a few years after the declaration itself was issued in 1776. The document is the only other contemporary manuscript copy of the Declaration of Independence on parchment apart from the signed copy at the National Archives in Washington DC, known as the Matlack Declaration. Researchers said X-ray fluorescence analysis of the document found a high iron content in holes in the corner of the parchment, indicating that nails may have been used to hang it. DNA tests also revealed the parchment was made of sheepskin.— AFP

WhatsApp with the lynchings in India?

WhatsApp said on Wednesday it was “horrified” by a spate of lynchings in India sparked by false rumours shared on its platform. More than 20 people have been killed in India in the last two months after rumours were spread on smartphones about child kidnappers, thieves and sexual predators. Rumours on WhatsApp about child kidnappers saw eight men killed in eastern Indian last year but the same information has since resurfaced. Attacks have been reported in at least 11 states recently, most recently in Maharashtra where five men were bludgeoned to death by a crazed mob on Sunday. With more than 200 million users, India is WhatsApp’s biggest market. Its parent company Facebook has also been grappling with a global data privacy scandal. — AFP

More Russian toxin attacks in the UK?

British counter-terrorism officers joined a police investigation on Wednesday after two people were found in critical condition from suspected exposure to an unknown substance near the English city of Salisbury where a former Russian spy was poisoned. Reports said the man and woman had been poisoned and were showing similar symptoms to those displayed by ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia who were victims of a nerve agent attack in March. Samples of the toxin involved had been sent to the nearby military research centre of Porton Down for testing. The pair, both in their 40s, were found slumped unconscious on a bench on March 4. They were initially believed to have taken heroin or crack cocaine from a contaminated batch of drugs. — Reuters

Grisly criminal war hots up in Nigeria

Nigerian police say they have found the bodies of 41 men with their throats cut in a northern area that is notorious as a hideout for criminal gangs. Eighteen bodies were found in a river on Sunday while 23 others were discovered in a nearby forest in the Zurmi area. Police arrested four suspects after searching the bush area and also found machetes and guns. The suspects were identified as members of a widely-feared local vigilante group “who decided to carry out the extra-judicial killings”. Police believe the victims were gang members who raid villages, steal cows and abduct locals for ransom. The attacks have prompted villagers to form militia groups accused of killing suspected bandits. Those killings attract reprisals from motorcycle-riding criminal gangs, who carry out indiscriminate killings and arson in retaliation. — AFP



Little guys force JSE to jack itself up

Smaller stock exchanges have pushed the JSE to lower costs, cut unnecessary costs and improve its IT systems

By Jana Marais
1 min read

Get set for whipsaw action on Steinhoff shares

Volatile trading activity as investors vacillate between hopes of recovery and fears of steady demise

By Ann Crotty
1 min read



Frida Kahlo: Where does the art stop and the person start?

A reflection on the vagaries and charms of fashion

3 min read

If you're tired of looking at the old mug ...

Use our easy guide to select the perfect mask for your skin

By Nokubonga Thusi
1 min read

Ronaldo may not be winning the World Cup, but he rocks a moisturiser

What men can learn from this soccer hottie

By Keneilwe Eleanor Pule
2 min read

Meet Daphne Self, the face and figure of the greynaissance

No retirement date for this 90-year-old model. Her tip? Eat well and smile: a smile is as 
good as a facelift

By Caroline Leaper
7 min read



SPORTS DAY: Uruguay sweat over Cavani’s fitness

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
4 min read

Bleak Super Rugby showing doesn’t have to be a Bok drag

Generally one is insignificant to the success of the other

By Craig Ray
3 min read