Monday, July 16 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Wake up, so-called leaders! The land-grab revolution is already raging

There is a crisis of leadership as unscrupulous 'entrepreneurs' lead rapidly increasing land occupations

Justice Malala
Columnist
4 min read

Radio ‘sabotage’ row gets ugly in Joburg mayor’s office

Mashaba trades snipes with communications chief over 'failure' to have State of the City Address aired live

By Caiphus Kgosana and Zimasa Matiwane
4 min read

Take heart, Caster, the hormone report is rubbish and you'll win your case

This is the message from three top scientists who have examined the IAAF testosterone report and found it to be flawed

Katharine Child
Journalist
5 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

On a bike and a prayer: A blind man’s mission

Jacob Kruger lost his wife and his eyesight in a bike accident, but that hasn't stopped his passion for life

Nonkululeko Njilo
Journalist
2 min read

Critics all around SA in a spin over Absa’s ‘copycat’ logo

Social media users say it is way too similar to the logo of Telkom subsidiary Open Serve ... you be the judge

Katharine Child
Journalist
4 min read

These geniuses need some polish for their crystal balls

Our journos' World Cup predictions were way off kilter. We should get them to predict Lotto numbers for you to avoid

David Isaacson
Journalist
15 min read

KZN Wildlife not yet out of the thicket despite new board

It’s a step in the right direction, but without a permanent CEO, there could still be troubling times ahead

Tony Carnie
Journalist
3 min read

SA no longer the observer as MeerKAT stands to attention

After 17 years the 64 dishes have been launched and the SKA is complete. We are on the map

Tanya Farber
Journalist
3 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

When it comes to prices, it pays to have an eagle eye

It's worth remembering the price on the shelf so you can save a little at the till

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read

Donald and Vladimir: the beasties who could be besties

The two could not be more different, but that will not necessarily prevent them from bonding in Helsinki

By AFP
4 min read

So you know all about holiday parenting? Think again

Don't fret away about your getaway - it's about lightening up and going 'unplugged', reckons an expert

By Sally Peck
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


SNAPSHOT

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, watch Sunday’s men’s final at Wimbledon. The actor Tom Hiddleston is in the row behind them.
Yellow there! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, watch Sunday’s men’s final at Wimbledon. The actor Tom Hiddleston is in the row behind them.
Image: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Six things about SA you need to know

Probe into VBS 'corruption' must include PIC: DA

The Democratic Alliance has called for the police investigation into VBS executives and Vele Bank for alleged corruption to be expanded to include the Public Investment Corporation. This follows charges laid by the DA on Friday. DA cooperative governance and traditional affairs spokesman Kevin Mileham said the investigation should be expanded to include two PIC officials‚ Paul Magula and Ernest Nesane‚ who were allegedly paid to keep silent while the collapsed bank was being looted. “Media reports indicate that‚ while acting on behalf of the PIC representatives as non-executive directors on the VBS Board‚ Magula and Nesane received payments in excess of R5-million for ‘loans‚ mortgages‚ salaries and a shelf company’.”

Uber 'customer' holds driver at gunpoint

A Port Elizabeth Uber driver was the victim of an attempted hijacking on Saturday night when a "customer" held him at gunpoint during a ride from Humewood to Mount Pleasant. Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said the driver‚ 30‚ picked the 24-year-old suspect up in Humewood at about 8.30pm and on the way the suspect pulled out a firearm and pointed [it] at the driver‚” said Naidu. “He was ordered to stop and get out.” The driver was robbed of his cellphone but the keys had been left in the ignition. “As the suspect walked towards the vehicle [to drive away]‚ the Uber driver ran after him and a scuffle ensued between both of them. "Shots went off and the suspect sustained three gunshot wounds.” The suspect ran to a nearby house in Beethoven Road where an ambulance was summoned. The suspect‚ who is in hospital under police guard‚ lives with his parents in Walmer township.

Hawks hunt cash-heist mastermind

After 178 cash-in-transit heists this year the Hawks have named their public enemy No 1, who is believed to be behind at least 23 of them. He is 38-year-old Wellington “Bibi” Cenenda, from Tembisa on the East Rand, whose gangs have netted R46-million from raids including the double cash-van bombing in Boksburg on May 17.“We catch him and we end it all,” Gauteng Hawks boss Major-General Prince Mokotedi told the Sunday Times this week. Six of Cenenda’s alleged key lieutenants have been arrested in the past 10 days, and Mokotedi said the net had been closed by a combination of old-fashioned detective work — including the identification of prisoners and suspects who had recently been paroled or given bail — and hi-tech techniques such as cellphone tracking.

Gordhan link to Presidency pick raises eyebrows

Questions are being raised about the appointment of a former in-law of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan as chief of staff in the Presidency. Roshene Singh, who was once married to Ketso Gordhan, Pravin’s nephew, is moving to the Union Buildings as chief of staff. She currently works at Luthuli House as elections co-ordinator. But there are concerns that the appointment gives Gordhan too much proximity to President Cyril Ramaphosa. “The president is facing serious leadership challenges within; his appointments are being scrutinised. The national question is being used against him. He needs to exorcise himself of the theory that he likes minorities and they are influential,” said an ANC insider who asked not to be named.

DA looking at possible coalitions after 2019 polls

DA leader in Gauteng John Moody says the party has started looking at possible coalitions after next year's general elections. Speaking after the party's federal council meeting in Johannesburg‚ Moody said internal discussions were being held on three possible outcomes. "We are looking at a scenario of being the governing party‚ a coalition and also an official opposition party. We've had experience on local government coalitions‚" he said. DA leader Mmusi Maimane admitted that managing coalitions was not easy. "Coalitions are difficult‚ there are complicated issues but I think they are the future of South Africa. If we're not careful enough to get into managing the principles of the coalition‚ which is about saying we will never tolerate corruption in a coalition. When people come to a coalition they must stick to the principle of voting together and voting with the coalition (partners)‚" he said.

Man bust driving at 238km/h on N1

A speeder was bust allegedly driving at 238km/h in his Mercedes-Benz on the N1 freeway by Gauteng Traffic Police on Saturday morning. The 33-year-old ‚ who is self-employed‚ claimed he was late for a funeral in Limpopo‚ the Gauteng Department of Community Safety said. The incident occurred in a 120km/h zone near Murray Hill, north of Pretoria. The man was arrested on the spot and taken to the Hammanskraal police station where he was charged with reckless driving and an alternative charge of exceeding the prescribed speed limit of 120km/h on a freeway. The man is expected to appear in the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court this week‚ the department said. It said it was concerned about the reckless and negligent driving that the province was continuing to experience on its roads.

THE WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

We've finally spotted a ghost - and it's shedding light on light

Let there be light: 'ghost' particle found 2km beneath Antarctica holds key to breakthrough in physics

By Henry Bodkin
2 min read

Scarlett-faced Johansson transforms views after role backlash

Actress steps down from the part and admits she was insensitive towards critics

By The Daily Telegraph
2 min read

Well that's awkward: Pilot's smoke nearly kills passengers

A vaping pilot caused a plane to plunge 6,500m after the smoke shut off the air conditioning

By The Daily Telegraph
1 min read

I swear I'm not drunk. It's just my 'bad back'

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker stumbled at a Nato summit, but denied having had any alcohol

By AFP
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

A man wearing a Vladimir Putin mask at the Helsinki Calling protest ahead of the meeting between the U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.
Putin it away A man wearing a Vladimir Putin mask at the Helsinki Calling protest ahead of the meeting between the U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.
Image: Grigory Dukor/Reuters

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Cave boys cry over Navy Seal's death

The 12 boys and their coach rescued from a Thai cave were on Sunday mourning the death of an ex-Navy Seal who died while taking part in the mission, the health ministry said on Sunday. The boys, who are still recovering in hospital, were only told about his death on Saturday after a medical team said they were strong enough mentally to handle the news, though many wept after hearing it. “All cried and expressed their condolences by writing messages on a drawing of Lieutenant Commander Saman and observed one minute of silence for him,” a health spokesperson said. - AFP

An orange a day keeps the myopia away

Eating an orange every day reduces the risk of deteriorating eyesight by up to 60%, a new study suggests. The 15-year analysis indicated that people who regularly eat oranges are far less likely to develop macular degeneration. Researchers in Australia interviewed more than 2,000 adults aged over 50, following their subsequent progress. Even eating an orange once a week seemed to offer significant benefits. –The Daily Telegraph

Haiti tells PM where he can put his fuel hike

Haiti Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant has resigned following deadly violence and looting sparked by a now-abandoned plan to raise fuel prices. Last week, the government in the impoverished Caribbean country announced plans for major fuel price hikes — 38% for gasoline, 47% for diesel and 51% for kerosene. The announcement sparked mass protests, with streets in the capital Port-au-Prince and other cities blocked with barricades of debris and burning tires. The government quickly did an about-face and called off the planned price increases. - AFP

Gold's in fashion and under the hammer

Sotheby’s is to hold its first ever auction entirely dedicated to gold after a spike in demand for artefacts and furniture made with the precious metal. The event will feature a solid gold head of supermodel Kate Moss and a gold chair which once sat in Napoleon's Throne Room. ‘Gold has always been a universal symbol of status and has huge historic provenance but we have seen this renewed demand for gold items mainly due to new interest from markets such as Asia, Russia and the Middle East,’ the auction house said. – The Daily Telegraph

UK politician caught sexting barmaids

UK Prime Minister Theresa May's former chief of staff has resigned after a Sunday newspaper revealed he sent sex texts to two barmaids. Married Andrew Griffiths, 47, is alleged to have sent up to 2,000 lewd messages to the women, demanding explicit videos and photographs. Griffiths said: ‘I am deeply ashamed at my behaviour which has caused untold distress to my wife and family, to whom I owe everything, and deep embarrassment to the prime minister and the government I am so proud to serve.’ – The Daily Telegraph

Woman drank radiator water after cliff plunge

An Oregon woman who disappeared a week ago was rescued from the bottom of a California coastal cliff where she survived by drinking water from the radiator of her wrecked sports utility vehicle. Angela Hernandez, 23, was found by a pair of hikers on Friday evening after they saw her wrecked Jeep partially submerged at the bottom of a 60-metre. ‘It's usually the fall that gets them, or the ocean that gets them, and she was lucky to survive both,’ a Highway Patrol spokesperson said. – The Daily Telegraph

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Bots and trolls get down to the business of propaganda

Harassment and intimidation are part of business, but social media creates a whole new problem

By Stuart Theobald
4 min read

Coal, hard facts: it's the end of an era for Sasol plant

The Secunda coal-to-liquids plant, the world’s largest, will be the last the company runs

By Lisa Steyn
3 min read

Telkom the 'best call' to weather regulatory storm

In face of a raft of new laws, Telkom is best placed to mitigate risk over the next 12 months, says JP Morgan

By Nick Hedley
3 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

The lazy person’s guide to learning a little from the sloth

'Be More Sloth' is a light-hearted self-help book that encourages you to take it easy

By Staff reporter
1 min read

How to take the barb out of your babbelas

Don't let a hangover keep you home from work. Here's how to deal with your weekend indulgences

By Maria Lally
3 min read

The apps that time forgot

Once, in a universe far away, these kept us distracted

By The Daily Telegraph
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Nole ends Kevin's Wimbledon dream

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
7 min read

World at their feet: France and Croatia shaped by turmoil

Both teams are richer for having players whose journey to football was characterised by war and strife

Liam Del Carme
Journalist
3 min read