Wednesday, July 18 2018



Obama tells us that, yes, we still can

In what was an expected oratorical masterpiece, former US president Barack Obama hit out at the new world order

3 min read

Cyril has Madiba magic, but needs a lot more Madiba grit

I'm not saying he should be like Putin, but he needs to find his killer instinct and make us believe he can fight graft

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
4 min read

There would be king-size hell to pay if Zille did a Zwelithini

It is useful to remember Mandela's hard line on Zulu-inspired threats to national sovereignty

Tony Leon
6 min read



Sad tale of a tennis champ who had to do it alone

Severe lack of funds forced wheelchair athlete to travel to Wimbledon by herself. She lost in the semifinals

2 min read

HIV stats down, now if only we could get kids to wear condoms ...

While most of the results of the latest survey on the epidemic are heartening, there are still some reasons for concern

2 min read

Bone of contention: Will selling more lion skeletons reduce poaching?

Conservation groups are searing over a decision to double the annual export quota of captive-bred lion skeletons

Tony Carnie
4 min read

How you get the munchies is zol down to hormones

Scientists get to the bottom of how our brains switch to 'hungry mode' after a joint

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
4 min read

Rolls-Royce's flying taxi plans are up in the air

Aerospace giant unveils its hybrid taxi at UK airshow, says it will be flight-ready by the end of next year

3 min read



Reed and weep: king has led us on a merry dance

You have to feel for the minister who must figure out what to do with Zwelithini's graft magnet of a cultural village

Tom Eaton
2 min read

Calling gaming a mental illness is not fair play

If we say this about esports, we can say the same about any other sport - and work, for that matter

By Barry Louzada
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



Nasa's Juno spacecraft captures Jupiter's southern hemisphere as the spacecraft performs its 13th close flyby of the planet.
By Jove Nasa's Juno spacecraft captures Jupiter's southern hemisphere as the spacecraft performs its 13th close flyby of the planet.
Image: Nasa/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill/Handout via Reuters

Six things about SA you need to know

Gupta link killed the business: Manyi

TNA Media’s association with the Gupta family created an unshakeable perception that it was an integral part of “state capture” that led to the collapse of the Afro Voice newspaper. Mzwanele Manyi‚ chairman of Afrotone Media Holdings‚ made this submission in an application in the North Gauteng High Court to place TNA Media under provisional liquidation. Afrotone bought TNA Media from Gupta-owned company Oakbay Investments in August 2017. Manyi said that after his company bought TNA Media‚ Afrotone was confident that it would be able to divorce TNA Media from the state capture saga and the involvement of the Gupta family in its business affairs. He said that despite the best endeavours of Afrotone to distance TNA Media from its past‚ lingering perceptions that TNA Media was still linked to its former owners “unfortunately” remained.

Fort Hare calls off exams owing to protest

The University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape has cancelled what it hoped would be the last leg of their mid-year examinations. The exams have been disrupted by ongoing wage protests. University spokesman Khotso Moabi said the university called off exams on Tuesday because of the disruption and noise caused by members of the National Education‚ Health and Allied Workers' Union‚ who were picketing near the campus. Outside the university building students held their own meeting and were believed to be planning to ask university management to abandon the last leg of exams and “donate” marks to the students.

Tshwane substation fixed, then thieves take cables

After seven days, Tshwane residents who have been without electricity can finally see light at the end of the tunnel. MMC for utility services Darryl Moss said that after engineers had replaced a substation that burnt down‚ they discovered that thieves had helped themselves to the cables when there was no current running through them. This left a number of suburbs without power on Monday night after the city had earlier committed to having all power restored. It was only damaged cables that needed to be repaired, which was expected to have been done by Tuesday evening.

HIV tweet backfires for Limpopo health dept

The Limpopo health department’s official Twitter account has fallen silent after a barrage of criticism about an insensitive tweet about dying from HIV being a “choice”. The tweet‚ which was subsequently deleted‚ read: “Those who die of HIV and Aids today‚ it’s by choice. Government availed various preventative measures and medication in management of HIV.” Screen grabs of the offending post were circulated on social media. Among those who criticised the department was HIV activist Lebogang Motsumi, who said that even though the statement may have been directed at people who were not testing or taking medication for HIV‚ it was still highly insensitive. Health Department spokesperson Neil Shikwambana said the error originated from a department official.

DA lays charges against Ace

The DA laid charges against ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule in Parys, Free State, on Tuesday, accusing him of failing to report an alleged murder. DA Free State leader Dr Roy Jankielsohn laid the charges after Magashule alleged the former head of the Free State department of police roads and transport, Sandile Msibi, was poisoned – comments the ANC secretary-general made at Msibi’s funeral on January 6. Jankielsohn said that if Msibi was found to have been poisoned then Magashule would be “guilty of obstructing the course of justice by failure to report his suspicions with his supporting evidence to the police”.

One dead in apparent Johannesburg hit

One person has been shot and killed in what appears to be a hit on Tuesday afternoon in Johannesburg. Police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele said there were three people in a silver BMW when two suspects drove up in a white Mercedes-Benz and started shooting at the car. The driver, 46, was killed and the two passengers were injured and taken to hospital. “The motive of the killing is unknown. Police are investigating cases of attempted murder and murder,” Makhubele said. The shooting happened at about 2pm on the corner of President Fouché and Malibongwe Drive in Randburg‚ and two people were injured. Photographs of the scene‚ shared on social media‚ showed a BMW X5 riddled with bullet holes.



That Helsinking feeling: Trump's European rampage

The carnage that began in Brussels is widely believed to have left American credibility in tatters

4 min read

Those bastards murdered my family: How Philip solved a 100-year mystery

The true story of how the Duke of Edinburgh helped piece together the murders of Tsar Nicholas II and his family

By Hannah Furness
3 min read

Our ancestors were burning their daily bread centuries before we thought

Charred bread crumbs found dating back 14,400 years, millennia before the advent of agriculture

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

Grease that sticks: 40 years later and we're still hopelessly devoted

When the musical was released in 1978, no one had any idea that they'd produced a timeless classic

4 min read


Dancers from Batsheva – The Young Ensemble performs a scene from 'Naharin’s Virus' during a dress rehearsal before opening night at The Joyce Theater in New York.
Yes you! Dancers from Batsheva – The Young Ensemble performs a scene from 'Naharin’s Virus' during a dress rehearsal before opening night at The Joyce Theater in New York.
Image: Timothy A. Clary/ AFP


Film’s box-office dream an epic fantasy

With a $113-million budget, the most expensive Chinese film yet made has become a flop of historic proportions, pulled from theatres on its opening weekend after bringing in a paltry $7.3-million. Alibaba Pictures’ special effects-heavy fantasy film “Asura” was intended as the first instalment in an epic trilogy inspired by Tibetan Buddhist mythology, part of a drive by authorities to promote works bearing elements of traditional Chinese culture. The film cost 750-million yuan ($113.5-million) to make, state media said, and opened on Friday, but Chinese ticketing platform Maoyan said it only took in just over $7.3-million at the weekend. By Sunday, the film’s official social media account posted a statement declaring that it would be removed from theatres as of 10 that night. - AFP

The spoof of the pudding is in the cake

Cake was the curse of the 1990s rave scene. A lethal drug from Prague, it affected part of the brain known as Shatner’s Bassoon, which controls how we perceive time. It came in 30cm yellow tablets. It once caused a girl to vomit up her own pelvis. And as anyone who watched “Brass Eye” in 1997 will tell you, it didn’t exist. Twenty-one years before Sacha Baron Cohen duped various soft-target US politicians into advocating the arming of toddlers in “Who Is America?” Chris Morris’s groundbreaking satire remains the textbook example of how this stuff is done. The razor-sharp spoof, with Morris as its all-too-credible anchor, had plenty of controversial moments, from announcing the death of UK comedian Clive Anderson to convincing a radio DJ to say paedophiles “have more genes in common with crabs” than with human beings. - © The Daily Telegraph

Best not fowl up the queen’s swan count

An 800-year-old tradition of counting the swans owned by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth started on Monday, an annual ceremony of “swan upping” that in modern times has become a means of wildlife conservation. The upping involves three teams - one representing the queen and the others the old trade associations of the Vintners and Dyers - who patrol the River Thames in south England over five days to capture, tag and release any families of swans with young. In the 12th century the ownership of all unmarked mute swans in open water in Britain was claimed by the Crown, which ensured a ready supply for feasts. - Reuters

Elvis, Moby and the ballad of a free pig

A YouTube animal rights activist has been taken to court for stealing a farmer's pig to save it from the slaughter. Wesley Omar swiped the pig from Belmont Farm in Leicestershire before sitting it in the footwell of the passenger seat of his car and played an Elvis Presley song to soothe it. The 23-year-old filmed the theft and posted it on YouTube and Facebook to encourage people to question whether they need to eat meat. A subsequent video of the pig being rehomed was shared by US musician Moby, which led to a farmer at the farm spotting it and reporting Omar. The pig is now named Wilbur and is living at an animal sanctuary owing to the farmer not being able to take it back because of contamination risks. - © The Daily Telegraph

Mother Teresa’s order in adoption racket

India has ordered an immediate inspection of all childcare homes run by a religious order founded by Mother Teresa after a nun was arrested over an alleged adoption racket. Illegal adoption is big business in India with more than 100,000 children reported missing every year, the government says. Many are given up by desperately poor parents but others are snatched from hospitals and train stations. Police arrested the nun and a worker this month at one of the Missionaries of Charity’s homes in Ranchi, Jharkhand, over allegations that at least five infants were sold for potentially thousands of dollars. The scandal came to light after local child welfare authorities informed police about a newborn missing from the home, which is meant to care for unwed pregnant women and mothers in distress. - AFP

How many moons do you need, by Jupiter?

A dozen new moons have been discovered around Jupiter, bringing its total number of known moons to 79, the most of any planet in our solar system, astronomers announced on Tuesday. One of the new moons was described as a “real oddball” by researcher Scott Sheppard at the Carnegie Institution for Science, because of its tiny size - it measures just about 1km across. It also “has an orbit like no other known Jovian moon” and is “likely Jupiter’s smallest known moon”, he added. This oddball takes about a year and a half to circle Jupiter, and orbits at an inclined angle that crosses paths with a swarm of moons travelling in a retrograde, or in the opposite direction of Jupiter’s spin rotation. - AFP



Executive pay: Asset managers very quick to approve rewards

Stanlib and Investec barely bat an eye when it comes to signing off the remuneration packages for bosses

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

GPI beefs up its boardroom with fast-food veteran

New CEO Moodley has held senior positions internationally at Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

Edcon is cutting costs like it’s going out of fashion

CEO Grant Pattison is closing nonperforming assets such as stores-within-stores, but is it enough to save it?

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read



Why is some repulsive little bum always chewing gum?

A top Joburg restaurateur is grossed out by what she found under her tables

By Andrea Burgener
2 min read

Where to spend the day to celebrate Nelson Mandela

Places that honour our great president and allow you to spend his centenary birthday with him

By Staff reporter
3 min read

Memorable Madiba moments

A selection of the best from a new book on Mandela

By Kate Sidley
4 min read



SPORTS DAY: ‘Africa won the World Cup, not France’

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
6 min read

How will Tiger hack it at nasty Carnoustie?

Woods returns to the Open after sitting out the major for the past three years - and reckons he's up for it

3 min read

Blasts from the past: Louis breezes in to grab the Open

This day in SA sports history: July 18

David Isaacson
1 min read