Wednesday, August 1 2018



We all are to blame for not protecting Bongani Mayosi

We must guard such gifted leaders from what is, ironically, an attack on black excellence

4 min read

'He was called a coconut and a sellout ... he just couldn't deal with it'

UCT vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng says the institution should have listened to Mayosi after his 2017 breakdown

By Tanya Farber and Dave Chambers
4 min read

Pressures of success: 'Many of us black people will know what that means'

What we don't see behind the success is the pressure of other's expectations of you and the fear that comes with that

Andile Ndlovu
4 min read



ANALYSIS: Why Zuma may just win a stay of prosecution

His lawyers have some strong arguments to make that he suffered irreparable trial prejudice 15 years ago

Karyn Maughan
4 min read

Height of madness: racist Vicki Momberg cries insanity

She plans to tell the court she suffered 'temporary non-pathological incapacity' when using the k-word over 40 times

Karyn Maughan
2 min read

Like Mugabe, Zuma is bitter. Unlike him, Zuma still has some power

Mugabe's theatre: The turn of events north of the Limpopo holds lessons for us

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
5 min read



We need loads more words to shed light on Eskom

There's a dizzying number of reasons for power cuts, so it's time to ditch the old 'load shedding' euphemism

Tom Eaton
2 min read

If you marry your adopted daughter, it's incest

Law clearly answers question raised by the case of a Brakpan woman who killed her father/husband

2 min read

SA needs to grow a thick skin when it comes to organ donation

Asking people to donate skin may make you flinch, but for hundreds of burn victims it's a matter of life or death

3 min read

Fired manager's gorilla warfare ends after 8 years

Industrial Development Corporation prevails over staffer who misled it about albino ape movie

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

Now cyber criminals are ruining our holidays too

Yes, you heard right, hackers are going through all the personal info that hotels have about you

Nivashni Nair
2 min read

Times Select paywall and smart new app launched

Here's how you can keep reading your favourite digital daily edition

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


South Africans are facing tough economic times and the constant rise in fuel prices makes it even tougher. This is why the price of fuel increases, what happens to fuel levies, and what could be done to achieve cheaper fuel prices.


People enjoy a hot summer day on pedalos on Lake Leman during a heat wave in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Showoffs! People enjoy a hot summer day on pedalos on Lake Leman during a heat wave in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Image: Reuters/Denis Balibouse

Six things about SA you need to know

Car thief gives kids R20, says ‘go to school’

Eastern Cape police are hunting for a car thief who drove off with two young children but later dropped off his “passengers” with R20 each so they could get to school. The drama began on Tuesday when a mother travelling with her son‚ 10‚ and daughter‚ 6‚ collided with a pedestrian on the R61 between Mthatha and Ngcobo. She stopped and while she was helping the youngster a man leapt into her Hyundai hatchback and sped off. Police spokesman Captain Dineo Koena said both children were found safe at Chris Hani Park and the car was recovered at Tsolo through its tracker. The children told police the man gave them R20 each and said they must go to school before dropping them off and vanishing.

Woman who killed dad/hubby to be evaluated

Murder accused Cathy van Oudtshoorn‚ who is on trial for shooting her adoptive-father-turned-husband‚ was referred to the Weskoppies psychiatric hospital for evaluation on Tuesday. The 31-year-old admitted in the Pretoria High Court on Monday that she had shot her husband‚ Chris van Oudtshoorn‚ 58‚ in their Brakpan home in 2016. She told the court that she had pulled the trigger after experiencing two decades of sexual abuse. She claimed that she suffered non-pathological criminal incapacity when she shot him. The mother of two is accused of murder‚ robbery‚ possession of a firearm‚ unlawful possession of ammunition‚ and having intentionally defeated or obstructed the course of justice.

Man lived high life but didn’t pay maintenance

A top Durban businessman on Monday began serving an effective four-and-half-year prison sentence after being criminally convicted of failing to pay spousal and child maintenance. Krugersdorp magistrate Abdul Khan also attached his assets‚ the sale of which will enable his ex-wife to recover the more than R1-million she is owed. Legal experts said this was one of the toughest sentences they had heard for a criminal contravention of the Maintenance Act. Evidence before the magistrate was that the man‚ a director of a restaurant franchise chain‚ was living the high life and hiding his assets while his ex-wife and their two children, who are now adults, were living in abject poverty. At times‚ she testified‚ they had to resort to building a fire in the lounge to keep warm and cook when the electricity was disconnected.

EFF member fined for defacing Boer War statue

A former Nelson Mandela Bay EFF deputy regional chair has been sentenced for defacing the Anglo-Boer War statue in Uitenhage‚ three years ago. Elijah “Bo” Madwara‚ 34‚ must either pay a R4,000 fine or face six months’ imprisonment – of which half was suspended for three years – for malicious damage to property. He was also fined R2,000 (or four months’ imprisonment) for obstructing a police official. Madwara, who was sentenced in the Uitenhage District Court on June 29, said on Monday he had since moved to East London and was now just an ordinary member of the EFF. “I am tired of this and I am just paying the fine‚” he said. “I really don’t have the appetite even [to] appeal this.” Madwara was accused of leading a group of people who vandalised the memorial statue on April 2 2015. The incident was filmed on a cellphone.

Guard murdered for protecting RDP houses

Tshutsha Daniso was watching over new RDP houses being built in Bardale‚ Mfuleni‚ Cape Town when he was shot dead on Friday night. Daniso was guarding houses at the Siluncedo People’s Housing Project and Ilitha People’s Housing Project. “Just as he returned from collecting firewood and sat on a chair‚ the thugs shot him dead‚” said Mashikwe Luzipho‚ who was on the same shift. Luzipho said they were busy making tea. Their colleagues were out patrolling the construction site. Luzipho said criminals tried to steal anything they could from the newly built houses‚ including doors and windows while the cement was still wet. He said he now fears for his life. Western Cape police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana confirmed a case of murder has been opened.

Ouch! Brace for taxi fare hikes

The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) has announced taxi fare increases between R1 and R10 for local trips and R1 to R20 for long distance journeys from August 1. The fare hike was attributed to a sharp rise in the price of petrol and the recent fuel levy increase. “Santaco’s highest decision-making body‚ Management Council (Manco)‚ has decided at its specially convened meeting that taxi fares for local and long-distance operations will increase‚” the organisation said. “For the January 2017 until January 2018 period alone the petrol price has increased with 130%. There was a further fuel levy increase in 2018. Santaco has therefore decided the August 2018 increases will only be valid until June 2019‚ when they will be reviewed.”



Civil rights legend revved up by Uber and 'racist' yellow cabs

Veteran activist Al Sharpton slams Uber caps, saying New York yellow cabs won't pick up black people

By Harriet Alexander
1 min read

Without Steve Jobs, Apple has lost its mega bite

Company should channel the visionary founder and give its phone some personality, says ex-creative director

By Margi Murphy
5 min read

How Homo sapiens stormed to victory in the human race

Our ability to thrive in the most extreme climates separates us from other forms of early man, say experts

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

OMG! Not only is he a medalist, but this doggy could be yours

Stormy the dog finished a half-marathon and his reward was a medal and hopefully a new home

1 min read


North Korean Lieutenant General An Ik San crosses the concrete border to attend a meeting at the Peace House of the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea.
To the shed North Korean Lieutenant General An Ik San crosses the concrete border to attend a meeting at the Peace House of the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea.
Image: Yonhap via Reuters


World record: Longest swim with no limbs, in sack

Swimming instructor, lifeguard and adventurer Yane Petkov - Bulgaria's answer to Houdini and Michael Phelps combined - reclaimed the Guinness world record for swimming along with his hands and feet tied while fully wrapped inside a sack. Petkov, 64, swam 3,380 metres in Macedonia’s Lake Ohrid, beating the record of Indian fisherman Gopal Kharvi, who in 2013 swam 3,071 metres in the Indian Ocean - though not in a sack. Petkov took around three hours to worm his way along through the water, face-up and feet first, before he emerged on the shore in the ancient town of Ohrid, a popular holiday resort. – Reuters

Oh crap! Toilet paper is going up

Toilet roll and tissues have been swept up in an escalating international trade row. Higher prices in the wake of possible tariffs would exacerbate what is already mounting pressure on consumer product company profits from soaring costs from pulp, a main ingredient in tissues, diapers and sanitary towels. As many as 1,000 rolls of toilet paper can be made from the pulp of one eucalyptus tree. The price of hardwood pulp, an ingredient in tissues and toilet paper, has surged by about 60% since late 2016. The price of softwood pulp, used in diapers and sanitary pads, jumped by 21% during that period. Additionally, in an effort to shed its role as the main recycler of the world's waste, China only imported 7.1 million tons of waste paper in the first half of 2018, down 52% from last year. Its ban on imported, unsorted mixed recycled paper came into effect December 31, leaving the Chinese in sudden need of large quantities of recovered pulp, used in packaging. - Reuters

Man blows himself up on soccer field for no reason

A man died after blowing himself up in the middle of an empty football field in the eastern Belgian town of Verviers in an apparent suicide. According to officials, the man was alone at the time. The federal prosecutor's office responsible for terror cases said that it was not responsible for this case, suggesting that police do not believe the incident involves terrorism. The man was a European former career military officer in his fifties. – AFP

British holidaymakers stayed home this summer

The heatwave sweeping northern Europe was on Tuesday blamed for a dip in earnings at travel group Thomas Cook, with record temperatures at home suppressing demand for last-minute foreign trips. The British holiday giant, which offers package holidays to northern Europeans looking for summer sunshine, warned that annual earnings were now expected to come in at the lower end of market forecasts. Despite the airline it operates performing strongly, the company’s total gross profit fell 3 percent in the three months to June 30. – AFP

It's OK to nuke Netherlands, but not to blaspheme

A relatively new anti-blasphemy party whose leader has reportedly vowed to nuke the Netherlands should he ever come to power did surprisingly well in Pakistan's elections last week, which were tainted by the rise of extremist groups. Islamic fundamentalist parties fielded more than 1,500 candidates in Pakistan's provincial and national elections that were won by cricket hero turned politician Imran Khan .Extremists were a major talking point going into the contest with politicians, including Khan, accused of pandering to their vote base by trumpeting hardline issues such as blasphemy. - AFP

Vietnam's first military scalp with ‘Little Baldy’

A Vietnamese military court sentenced the first military official to go on trial in the communist-ruled country's ongoing crackdown against corruption to 12 years in jail. Former colonel Dinh Ngoc He, known by his nickname ‘Little Baldy’, was convicted of ‘abusing power in performance of official duties’ and ‘using fake documents’. The sentencing follows the disciplining of two deputy ministers at the Ministry of Public Security, both of whom were stripped of their party credentials by the Communist Party for ‘lacking responsibility’, the party's inspection committee said. - Reuters



Your food is great, Woolies, but the clothes? Tsk, tsk

Hero to zero in four short years and the culprit, once again, is that graveyard of SA retailing: Australia

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

Brasher anything but rash in yanking Pick n Pay into line

Without harsh measures, CEO has overseen a powerful share price rise since he took over five years ago

By Ann Crotty
3 min read

A bit rich when banks whine about being misunderstood

Competition Commission told it’s ‘whimsical’ at tribunal hearings on alleged rigging of currency trades

By Ann Crotty
1 min read



There’s a certain tasty twist in the tale of authentic boerekos

Inside Annelien Pienaar’s boerekos cookbook

By Andrea Nagel
2 min read

The lowdown on this mix of upper crust and down home

Upper Bloem is chef Andre Hill's homage to Bo-Kaap

By Kim Maxwell
2 min read

Where in the world would you go if you were Idris Elba?

Actor goes from sleeping in Mandela’s prison cell to exploring Rwanda, with a jol or two in Ibiza and Miami

By Nick McGrath
5 min read



SPORTS DAY: Kohli acts cool ahead of first England Test

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Sazi Hadebe
4 min read

Christchurch on a crutch! Why it’s going to be hell for Lions

SA teams have an abysmal record at the home of the Crusaders, site of this weekend’s Super Rugby final

3 min read