Thursday, July 12 2018



Eskom says it can clear the air ... but it's you who'll pay

Govt wants to close loopholes in air pollution laws, but it faces a fight from Eskom over the cost implications

Matthew Savides
News editor
4 min read

Jail's short on Krejcir comforts, and Radovan's bawling about it

From a soft mattress to cold 'African' food, mobster whines that the authorities are trying to 'kill me'

Graeme Hosken
5 min read

Not again! New listeriosis scare centres on frozen veggies

Woolworths recalls frozen product from Hungarian factory implicated in European outbreak

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
3 min read



We must avoid another 'Esidimeni incident'

Allegations of sexual harassment, negligence at prominent Durban mental home to be probed

By Lwandile Bhengu
2 min read

Fricking is no effing f-bomb when you’re flogging a car

Watchdog disagrees with radio listener who argues the word ‘fricking’ is a euphemism for the word ‘f**king’

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

We love you Leafie! Japan falls for a brave little mare on a roof

The miniature horse spent three days stranded on top of a house during deadly floods

1 min read

The bear ripped off his face ... and that was just the start of it

Despite a shredded scalp and half an ear, park ranger drives himself to hospital after fight with momma bear

By Mark Molloy
2 min read

Giant dino surprise forces rethink of Triassic period

Archaeologists were stunned to discover giant bones that suggest the big guys were around earlier than thought

2 min read



Education: More a bulldozer than a great leveler

In SA, if you have no money you have no say in the education of your children and thus their future success

4 min read

How hero coach's time as a monk saved cave boys

Relatives praise him for his leadership and maturity - and techniques learnt from years at a monastery

By Jake Fenton
2 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


Princess Charlene of Monaco, raised in South Africa, is in the country as part of the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations. We had a sit-down interview with her and talked about her life as a princess and what South Africa means to her.


Kenya Wildlife Services translocation team members assess the health of a sedated black female rhinoceros, as it is one of three individuals about to be translocated, in Nairobi National Park.
I mean, talk about stretchmarks! Kenya Wildlife Services translocation team members assess the health of a sedated black female rhinoceros, as it is one of three individuals about to be translocated, in Nairobi National Park.
Image: Tony Karumba/AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

Second death confirmed in Pretoria plane crash

The plane that crashed north of Pretoria on Tuesday has claimed its second life. “We have now confirmed that two people have died‚” the Dutch aviation museum Aviodrome confirmed on Facebook on Wednesday. The Civil Aviation Authority confirmed the second death. Aviodrome said: “One [of the deceased] was a South African technician on-board the aircraft and one factory worker from the building the airplane hit. There are currently still patients in the hospital‚ two of which are critical.” The aircraft was formerly operated by Rovos Air as part of a small fleet ferrying passengers on nostalgic air safaris in southern Africa in conjunction with train journeys undertaken by Rovos Rail. The CAA said the crash happened at around 4.30pm, and that there were 19 passengers on-board, 16 passengers, two pilots and a flight engineer. Of the 19 people on-board, three were Dutch, two Australians and 14 South Africans.

ANC councillor gets 58 years for rape, robbery

The Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate’s Court in Tshwane sentenced ANC councillor Emmanuel Sipho Maselane on Wednesday to a total of 58 years in prison and one life term on four counts of rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances. Magistrate Dan Mokgotsi also ordered that Maselane’s name be placed on the sex offenders’ register. He said Maselane‚ 35‚ a ward 9 councillor in Winterveldt‚ had carefully planned and executed his crimes‚ adding that the scourge of rape was spreading like cancer and touched on the core of social cohesion. He said instead of protecting the weak as a leader of society‚ Maselane had preyed on the people he was supposed to protect. Two of his victims were 14 years old when the crimes were committed in December 2014 and February 2015. The other two victims were 30 and 37.

Lekota calls for refugee camps for foreigners

Cope president Mosiuoa Lekota has called on the government to introduce refugee camps for foreigners. Addressing a press conference by the coalition governments that took over cities like Tshwane‚ Nelson Mandela Bay and Johannesburg‚ Lekota took aim at foreigners. He criticised the government's handling of immigrants, saying the ANC government was allowing foreigners to "flood South Africa". He suggested that putting foreigners in camps was similar to the approach of other countries to handling refugees. Lekota shared the stage with DA leader Mmusi Maimane‚ Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Groenewald‚ ACDP chairperson Jo-Ann Downs and Johannesburg transport MMC Nonhlanhla Mukhuba from the IFP. Speaking to TimesLIVE after the briefing‚ Maimane said his party did not share the Cope leader’s stance.

Kidnapped man’s family: 'No ransom demand'

The family of a kidnapped Cape Town businessman have denied receiving an e-mail demanding R50-million in Bitcoin in exchange for his release. According to Walid Brown, a spokesman for the family of Liyaqat Parker, the family had not by Wednesday afternoon heard from anyone they could credibly deem to be the kidnappers. Parker‚ 64, from Plattekloof‚ who has been missing since Monday‚ needed to take chronic medication. “The family is waiting for the kidnappers to contact them. They have not received contact from anybody demanding anything. Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said the case was “highly sensitive” and was being investigated by provincial detectives. “Please bear with us as we cannot divulge details of the investigation that has yet to be presented before a court of law‚” said Van Wyk.

De Lille likely to top DA meeting agenda

How will the Democratic Alliance resolve its dispute with Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille? This question will likely take centre stage when the party’s federal council meets at the weekend. At the meeting‚ the DA’s executive is expected to discuss the way forward after the Western Cape High Court ordered last month that the termination of De Lille’s party membership was illegal and invalid‚ effectively reinstating her. The party’s deputy federal executive chairperson‚ Natasha Mazzone‚ said the DA was still inspecting the court judgment and would decide on the way forward thereafter. Asked if the party would be willing to come to an amicable agreement that would see De Lille remain in her position‚ Mazzone said the DA “is open to every possible avenue”.

Water crisis will make PE food prices soar

The dire water situation in Nelson Mandela Bay - with supply-dam levels dropping to below 20% and no real rain expected soon - has raised the spectre of soaring food prices. Agri Eastern Cape president Doug Stern painted a grim picture on Tuesday of skyrocketing meat prices. He also warned of problems with fruit and vegetable production should the situation continue.The South African Weather Service has also expressed serious concern‚ with weatherman Garth Sampson saying this year has been the second-driest since 1960‚ with only 114mm of rain so far. Stern said if no rain fell in the near future it would affect the economy drastically‚ with meat prices in particular spiking once again.



Nazi terror-cell killer gets life, but 'the state has still failed'

Beate Zschäpe's trial for murdering 10 people might finally be over, but questions linger about German police blunders

By © The Daily Telegraph
2 min read

Gird your loins: New Austen adaptation a lot more moist than Mr Darcy

Wet shirts will be surplus to requirements as Andrew Davies adapts and completes Jane Austen's 'Sanditon'

By Anita Singh
2 min read

Say howl do you do to Mexico's new pup stars

A litter of eight Mexican wolves has given new hope for the endangered species

2 min read

Vitamins: Not worth the expensive urine ...

Research has found that popping vitamins does nothing for your heart, and may even cause you to pop your clogs

By Victoria Ward
3 min read


A spectator waves from the side of the road during the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race.
That's cheating! A spectator waves from the side of the road during the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race.
Image: Marco Bertorello/AFP


Try that here and TshisaLIVE will explode

Ugandan police fired live bullets and teargas on Wednesday to break up a crowd of demonstrators who had gathered to protest a tax on the use of social media. Since the beginning of the month access to WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, Tinder and Grindr have been blocked unless users pay a 200-shilling (67c) daily tax. President Yoweri Museveni justified the move saying many citizens did not pay their taxes and should not ‘donate money to foreign companies through chatting or even lying’ on social media. Scores of protesters marched towards parliament, with the rally turning chaotic as a large group of market vendors and motorcycle taxi drivers faced off against police in anti-riot gear, with some lobbing stones at the officers. — AFP

Auction of guillotine moves ahead

A 150-year-old guillotine with ‘a few dents on the blade” went under the hammer in Paris on Wednesday. The 3m tall instrument of execution which was used to dispatch criminals in France until 1977 is in working order. The sale of guillotines has been highly controversial in France where the death penalty was only abolished in 1981. That did not, however, stop another going for à220,000 in 2011 when US pop star Lady Gaga was reportedly among the bidders. Guillotines, sometimes known as ‘The National Razor’ (Le Rasoir National) or ‘The Patriotic Shortener’ (La Raccourcisseuse Patriotique) were first adapted as a ‘humane’ alternative to hanging, when many of the condemned had long, lingering deaths on the scaffold. — AFP

Someone tell her ‘sick’ means ‘cool’ these days

Sarah Palin claims Sacha Baron Cohen posed as a wounded military veteran to dupe her during an interview. On Monday it emerged Cohen was returning to TV in a satirical comedy titled ‘Who Is America?’ and he had been secretly filming for a year. A teaser for the show featured former US vice president Dick Cheney signing a ‘waterboard kit’ and he was not the only politician targeted. Former governor of Alaska Palin alleges Cohen, 46, used a wheelchair to convince her he was a wounded military veteran when she agreed to take part in an interview. ‘I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive [sic], sick “humor” of the British “comedian” Sacha Baron Cohen, enabled and sponsored by CBS/Showtime.Truly sick.’ — © The Daily Telegraph

Basil’s funny-walking out of UK over Brexit

‘Monty Python’ and ‘Fawlty Towers’ comic John Cleese says he is moving to the Caribbean in November in protest of the ‘awful’ debate on Brexit. The 78-year-old said he now plans to relocate to the ‘gorgeous’ island of Nevis. ‘I am so disappointed with so much about this country at the moment and I just think so much of this country is disappointing. Very few people have any idea of what’s actually going to happen. Why’s everyone so passionate when they can’t possibly know what the outcome is?’ He added that he has ‘particular beef’ with the ‘lying and triviality’ of British newspapers. The comedian also said that ‘George W Bush voters’ of the mid-West and south of the US have ‘no sense of irony’. Asked if he meant that they were a ‘bit thicker’, he replied: ‘Yes.’ — © The Daily Telegraph

The Taj Mahal is full of sh*t — literally

India’s Supreme Court has threatened to shut the Taj Mahal and castigated the authorities for not acting fast enough to protect the 17th century white marble monument. ‘Either we shut down the Taj or demolish it or you restore it’ the court warned the government. ‘Eighty million people visit the Eiffel Tower which looks like a TV tower’ the judges said. ‘Our Taj is more beautiful, and if you had looked after it your country’s foreign exchange problem would have been solved.’ Tiny insects that breed in the garbage-choked Yamuna River that lies beside the Taj had infested the monument, their corrosive excrement staining its marble. Coating the Taj with a herbal ‘mud pack’ to mitigate this damage had done little or nothing to repair its blemished marble, experts said. — © The Daily Telegraph

Grisly grizzly attack has a happy ending

A Canadian park ranger who survived a mauling by a grizzly bear that ripped off part of his scalp and half of his ear says he feels ‘blessed to be alive’. Jordan Carbery fought off the 227kg mother bear last week. ‘I thought my guts were hanging out,’ said the 50-year-old, who was attacked as he attempted to photograph grizzly cubs in a cherry tree just a few metres from his front door. ‘She ripped off a portion of my scalp, half my ear, tore my pectoral muscle, gave me an umbilical hernia, and several deep canine teeth puncture wounds, plus several other wounds! Then I drove myself to the hospital!’ he said. ‘Canines went 3-4cm in! I’m doing remarkably well.Good thing I have such a thick skull!’— © The Daily Telegraph



Hectic, bru: Locals pour rands into trading cryptocurrencies

Despite the steep selloff in December and January,  speculative traders are piling in to bitcoin and ethereum

By Nick Hedley
2 min read

Calling, calling Telkom: SAA needs your urgent assistance

As SAA prepares to take on private investors, Telkom shows how private-sector participation in SOEs works

By Nick Hedley
1 min read

All at sea: Trencor bosses paddling madly to keep up

Painstaking committee work and expensive auditing have tied the shipping group in governance knots

By Ann Crotty
1 min read



Clothes for the one percent

A reflection on the vagaries and charms of fashion

3 min read

Being old isn’t Helen earth any Moore: In fact the stars are quite Fonda ...

Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore and Jane Fonda reveal their anti-ageing secrets 

By Celia Walden
9 min read

Dolce & Gabbana went cray cray - what more can we say?

One wonders if it’s possible to have a fashion overdose

By Bethan Holt
4 min read



SPORTS DAY: Wimbledon stunned by Anderson upset

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
5 min read

Oh what a sour pickle the PSL finds itself sucking on

Legal mess over Tendai Ndoro leaves little chance of the new local soccer season starting on time

By Nick Said
3 min read

Blasts from the past: Anyone remember Brent Russell?

Today in SA sports history: July 12

David Isaacson
1 min read