Thursday, July 19 2018



Clear and Present danger: The man who ruined the ANC's day

Luthuli House had a stressful day as one of its own was arrested and suspended for cash-in-transit heist 'links'

3 min read

Forty years later and Solly's Folly is still a Cape Town disaster

Multibillion-rand project to complete freeways and develop strip of land between CBD and Table Bay has been scrapped

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
6 min read

‘You sellout’: Lekota lashed at land hearings

Insults fly as fired-up Mafikeng residents shout down COPE leader's views on expropriation

Amil Umraw
2 min read



Wages can’t keep up with medaid costs

Medical aid premiums outpace salary increases, an annual survey has found

3 min read

We care more for UK bees than our own wildlife

But conversationalists believe there is still time to turn the tide for Africa’s vanishing fauna

Tony Carnie
3 min read

Compassion's the cash when homeless go 'shopping'

Street Store honours Madiba’s spirit by giving clothes and toiletries to those who sleep rough

3 min read

How a masked artist is spreading the Madiba magic

Gasak is the man behind some striking murals across Durban inspired by Mandela’s rainbow nation dream

By Lwandile Bhengu
2 min read

Fomo is literally killing us. Don't be a statistic

A study has found that the fear of missing out is what makes us look at our phones while driving

3 min read

Rats! Just when we thought only humans were this silly

We are not the only species who fall for the sunk cost fallacy - sticking with something when you really do know better

Claire Keeton
3 min read



In hijab and hope, she got in a cockpit and soared

Bigotry in the present and disadvantage in the past, it's an old South African tale, but one that can be overcome

4 min read

Bezos is the richest ever. Or is he?

Amazon founder officially overtakes Bill Gates - but is he really the richest person to have lived?

By Natasha Bernal
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


Cellphone footage has emerged from inside the vintage plane that crashed near Wonderboom Airport, killing two on July 10 2018.


Anti -apartheid activist Monty Naicker's nephew Thumbi Naicker takes his grand daughter Amber Naicker to the Mandela Monument in Howick at the place where Mandela was captured on his way to Johannesburg.
The eye can be deceiving Anti -apartheid activist Monty Naicker's nephew Thumbi Naicker takes his grand daughter Amber Naicker to the Mandela Monument in Howick at the place where Mandela was captured on his way to Johannesburg.
Image: Jackie Clausen

Six things about SA you need to know

Grade 10 pupil shot dead at Northern Cape school

A Grade 10 pupil has been shot and killed at a school in the Northern Cape. Northern Cape education spokesman Geoffrey van der Merwe said the department was in shock after the pupil‚ from Makgolokwe Middle School in Kuruman‚ died on Wednesday. “It is still unclear what exactly transpired or triggered the incident. The perpetrator handed himself over to the police‚” he said. The department was offering counselling to teachers and pupils. “This incident occurred during school hours and on the premises. We encourage anyone with information to come forward and assist the police with their investigation.”

'Hate speech' - the case against BLF

A woman who is taking Black First Land First (BLF) to the Equality Court for alleged hate speech wants the Independent Electoral Commission to review the organisation’s eligibility for registration as a political party. Lucy Strydom said the BLF had the potential to influence public discourse and could not be allowed to continue to propagate its rhetoric of violence and death aimed at white people. She is being represented by the South African Human Rights Commission. A pre-trial hearing on the matter was heard at the Equality Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday. In her founding affidavit‚ Strydom said she was also seeking an order that her complaint be submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions with a view to instituting criminal proceedings against BLF leader Andile Mngxitama.

Hermanus at boiling point as protests continue

Police were being bolstered by units from across the Western Cape as violence escalated on Wednesday in the coastal town of Hermanus. Overstrand cluster commander Brigadier Donovan Heilbron said that despite having reached a “peace agreement”‚ about 3‚000 people had tried to storm through a police barricade to reach the town centre. Residents have clashed violently with police who have arrested several alleged protest instigators‚ which in turn has become the focus of the protests that initially revolved around the question of land. At one point protesters assaulted a policeman in riot gear and stole his shotgun before he managed to chase them off‚ firing live rounds with his sidearm. Police Minister Bheki Cele plans to visit Hermanus on Friday to meet protesters - one of the conditions for a peace agreement put forward by protest leaders.

Burnt-out Merc‚ rifle found after 'hit' in Joburg

Police have recovered a car and a high-powered rifle allegedly used in a drive-by shooting and murder in Randburg‚ Johannesburg. The driver of a BMW X5 and his two passengers were shot in what appeared to be an alleged hit on Tuesday. Police have refused to reveal the identity of the 46-year-old driver who was killed in the shooting on the corner of President Fouche and Malibongwe Drive. But they did confirm that a white burnt-out Mercedes-Benz‚ which the gunman and an accomplice were driving at the time of the shooting‚ had been found in Honeydew. Police spokesman‚ Captain Kay Makhubele‚ said the rifle had been found inside the car. He said the motive for the killing was unknown at this stage. Makhubele said the two passengers were only slightly injured in the attack.

Finally‚ power returns to Tshwane

The City of Tshwane says it should be able to switch on power in the remainder of Equestria on Wednesday after the suburb and others in the capital city had no electricity for days. “We are this morning finalising switching back [on] the remainder of Equestria - half of which is still without power‚” the city said on Wednesday. “At about 1.56am we finished repair work to the damaged cables on the corner of Solomon Mahlangu and Lynnwood roads. The cables had been damaged by a contractor working on that intersection.” Tshwane city manager Moeketsi Mosola apologised to residents who were left in the dark after a substation fire plunged parts of the capital city into darkness.

Clifton beach under attack by turd force

Some very posh poo has polluted one of Cape Town’s larniest beaches. A sewage spill at Clifton 1st Beach - near The Bantry‚ where an apartment recently sold for R53.8-million - forced the City of Cape Town to issue a warning on Wednesday that people should stay out of the sea. “The spill emanated from a sewer blockage at a nearby property and the city’s teams are hoping to repair the blockage as soon as they’re able to gain access to the property‚” it said. “Any form of full-contact recreational activity such as swimming‚ diving‚ water-skiing‚ surfing‚ paddle-skiing and windsurfing may increase the risk of gastrointestinal problems as well as skin‚ eye‚ ear and respiratory irritations. “Any person who uses the sea in this area therefore does so at their own risk.”



I’m sorry I called you a pedo when you made fun of my sub - Musk

Elon Musk explains that bizarre 'pedo' rant - we're still wondering if he's gone nuts

2 min read

Ten years on, the joke's still on rabid Heath Ledger haters

It's easy to forget the insane campaign to stop the Aussie playing The Joker in 'The Dark Knight'

By Alice Vincent
6 min read

Nope, you don't remember being a baby - your brain is lying to you

Research suggests that memories cannot form before the age of three

By Sarah Knapton
3 min read

Orphaned kittens may give Scottish wildcat a lifeline

There's new hope for world's rarest feline with discovery of two weak and dehydrated little ones

By Sarah Knapton
4 min read


Mannequins are displayed outside a clothing shop in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Pretty maidens all in a row Mannequins are displayed outside a clothing shop in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Image: Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar


Who needs speed when you’ve got biltong?

Hot dogs and other cured meat such as bacon, salami and biltong may be causing manic episodes, according to a new study. Scientists at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the US say they suspect the chemical preservative nitrate is causing the disorders. Patients diagnosed with mania, an abnormal mental state characterised by hyperactivity, euphoria and insomnia, were more than three times more likely to have recently consumed processed meats compared to those with no history of psychiatric disorders. The study was backed up a further experiment in rats who were fed a diet with added nitrates and had mania-like hyperactivity after just a few weeks. — © The Daily Telegraph

Dr Bumbum is the butt of a deadly joke

A Brazilian celebrity butt-enhancement surgeon called Dr Bumbum has gone on the run following the death of a patient just hours after undergoing cosmetic surgery at his home in Rio de Janeiro. Denis Furtado was considered capable of performing magic on women’s bottoms, and his Instagram account reflects his popularity with 650,000 followers. But now he is wanted by police after Lilian Quezia Calixto died after a butt enlargement procedure. Following the controversial injection of acrylic glass filler, Calixto started feeling ill. Upon arriving at hospital on Sunday, she was suffering from a racing heart-beat and hypertension, and after four heart attacks she died. Soon after, Furtado disappeared and is now wanted for homicide. — AFP

Baby Boom! Supersonic travel could be back

Luxury air travel faster than the speed of sound: A US start-up is aiming to revive commercial supersonic flight 50 years after the ill-fated Concorde first took to the skies. Blake Scholl, the former Amazon staffer who co-founded Boom Supersonic, is backed by Richard Branson and Japan Airlines. Boom Supersonic’s aircraft, dubbed Baby Boom, is expected by the company to fly for the first time next year with the aim of slashing journey times by half. The proposed aircraft has a maximum flying range of 8,334km at a speed of Mach 2.2 or 2,335km/h. The Concorde was retired following an accident in 2000 in which one of them crashed shortly after takeoff from Paris, killing 113 people. — AFP

Sorry Mr Delivery, here comes Mr Roboto

Along a quiet residential street in Beijing, a yellow and black cube about the size of a small washing machine trundles leisurely to its destination. This ‘little yellow horse’ is an autonomous delivery robot, ferrying drinks, fruit and snacks from the local store to the residents of the ‘Kafka’ compound in the Chinese capital. The robots are seen by their creator as the future of logistics in China, where he says one billion packages will eventually be delivered every day. Travelling at a less than overwhelming 3km/h — a slow human walk — the robot has room for improvement. Weighing 30kg, the robots have four cameras constantly scanning the world around them and a laser tele-detection system allowing them to avoid obstacles. — AFP

Get-out-of-jail card for Nazi killer

German judges ordered the release of a key accomplice to a neo-Nazi gang that killed 10 people in a seven-year, racially motivated murder spree, saying he had served enough of his sentence to no longer pose a flight risk. Ralf Wohlleben was sentenced to 10 years in prison for procuring the weapon used to commit the murders by the National Socialist Underground of eight Turks, a Greek man and a German policewoman from 2000 to 2007. Wohlleben was a ‘guiding spirit’ and ‘mastermind’ in the gang, said prosecutors. Judges ruled that since Wohlleben had already spent six years and eight months in custody while on trial, he could be given conditional release. The murders shook a country that believed it had learned the lessons of its past. — Reuters

Congratulations as Cliff keeps private life secret

Veteran British pop star Cliff Richard has won a privacy case against the BBC after it broadcast live on television a police raid on his home. He was awarded at least £210,000 in damages. The 77-year-old singer was applauded by fans as he left court, and they sang his hit song ‘Congratulations’. Richard’s home was raided in 2014 as part of an investigation into an allegation of sexual assault involving a young boy dating back to the 1980s. The BBC coverage was picked up around the world, but he was never arrested or charged and was told in 2016 there was insufficient evidence against him. Richard is the third biggest-selling artist in British singles chart history, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley. — AFP



So property’s down 20% this year ... is it a buyable bottom?

Investor sentiment has been hurt by ugly allegations against Resilient, but surely the worm will turn

By Alistair Anderson
4 min read

Sibanye takes the pain now, but at last it has room to move

Streaming deal removes debt from the balance sheet and reduces interest repayments

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read

Trencor beggars our belief in shareholder capitalism

Deal with subsidiary Textainer reduces the ability of shareholders to hold executives accountable

By Ann Crotty
1 min read



Six reasons to follow Baddie Winkle

A weekly foray into the vagaries and charms of fashion

1 min read

Oh man, if you don't know what to wear, we've got you

New artistic directors were eager to show off their interpretations of their brands' legacy styles

By Keneilwe Eleanor Pule
3 min read

How to drop the extra baggage

It’s important to develop a coherent packing strategy

By Emily Cronin
5 min read



SPORTS DAY: Spinners need to rock up to the Lankan party

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Bareng-Batho Kortjaas
Sunday Times sports editor
5 min read

Tussocks, scrub, gorse, grass, hillocks and heather ... oh boy

The oldest golf tournament is an ageless and enduring test, and only four South Africans have won it

Craig Ray
4 min read

Blasts from the past: Losing streak for 1997 Boks drags on

This day in SA sports history: July 19

David Isaacson
1 min read