Wednesday, August 8 2018

There will be no Times Select on the public holiday on Thursday, August 9. We will be back again on Friday.



This gala dinner should be some bash with Manana there

It looks like a cruel hoax: a convicted woman abuser speaking  at a gathering against gender-based violence

Tom Eaton
2 min read

Analysis: Black farmer sues govt for land it promised him

He trains up and coming black farmers but red tape has prevented him from buying land he has leased for 27 years

Karyn Maughan
4 min read

Gang-raped boy braves school again as bullies are behind bars

Teachers says they and pupils can relax again after reign of terror by group of 13- and 14-year-olds

Prega Govender
3 min read



Walus: Should he stay or should he go?

Lawyers for both sides slug it out over whether Hani's killer deserves parole

Graeme Hosken
4 min read

Making of a monster: Sister reveals Novella's past

Diego Novella’s sister made an impassioned plea for mercy during his sentencing arguments

Aron Hyman
4 min read

‘Help, boss, I need time out - my hubby is going to kill me’

Activists say employers need to do more to assist employees who are victims of domestic violence

Nivashni Nair
3 min read

New life awaits SA lions after massive move to Moz

One of the largest operations of its kind will restore prides to delta ravaged by civil war

Tony Carnie
3 min read

'Murder mom' trial on ice, and all for lack of a bed

KZN's justice system stalls thanks to lack of capacity at hospital where accuseds' mental health is assessed

Jeff Wicks
2 min read

Why boss brown-nosers become office slackers

Kissing up to the boss can increase employees’ bad behaviour in the workplace, study shows

2 min read



Xolani Gwala is a comfort to despondent nation

Amid the leadership crisis and moral decay, he shared his suffering to give courage to others

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
4 min read

Suicide and sin: how God lets victims back in

Major religions have always enforced the stigma around suicide, but it seems their position is now more nuanced

Tanya Farber
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

Times Select gets a paywall: here's what Tom Eaton thinks

An appeal from one of our popular columnists

2 min read


Two trucks collided on a motorway near Bologna airport in northern Italy on August 6 2018, sending a huge ball of fire and billowing black smoke soaring into the sky.


A man reacts next to a member of security forces at the entrance of the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria.
He looks upset A man reacts next to a member of security forces at the entrance of the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria.
Image: Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde

Six things about SA you need to know

Zim president to be inaugurated on Sunday

Zimbabwe’s president-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa will be inaugurated for a five-year term on Sunday‚ the foreign affairs ministry said on Tuesday. Mnangagwa beat Nelson Chamisa‚ leader of the MDC Alliance in last month’s general elections‚ and won 50.8% of the vote. Chamisa got 44.3%. The foreign affairs ministry said on Tuesday Mnangagwa’s inauguration would take place on Sunday 12 August at 10.30am at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. The ministry said it was extending an invite to the heads of diplomatic missions‚ international organisations and consulates that have offices in Harare to. Mnangagwa’s win in the election has already been endorsed by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa‚ Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza‚ Tanzania’s President John Magufuli and Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta. This comes as Chamisa has indicated his party, the MDC Alliance, would challenge the result.

Economy takes centre stage at cabinet lekgotla

The economy was taking centre stage at the cabinet lekgotla at the Sefako Makgatho presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Tuesday. That’s according to Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane‚ who was briefing the media during a short tea break. Mokonyane said the cabinet would intensify deliberations on how to create an investor-friendly environment in SA. "There is a determination not to reinvent the wheel but to have a stimulus package that deals with issues such as agricultural support for food security and productivity in the agricultural sector‚" she said. "The land expropriation intervention by government is part of growing and transforming the economy of our country but‚ most importantly‚ we must achieve the primary objective of a non-racial‚ integrated and a very prosperous South Africa.” The lekgotla is expected to discuss proposals that emerged from the ANC national executive committee last week.

‘Road to nowhere’ cost a cool R117m

R117-million. That is how much the government paid to tar a 14km stretch of road on the outskirts of Somerset East in the Eastern Cape – a road that starts and ends in the middle of nowhere. The road‚ which runs past six farms‚ is relatively quiet, with only about three cars passing through every hour. During a visit to the area by The Herald more than a week ago‚ the team saw only three vehicles in two hours‚ one of which was delivering produce to a farmer. Stock farmer Anthony Gowar‚ whose farm runs adjacent to the road‚ described it as an absolute waste of money as the gravel road was “perfectly” fine to drive on. Gowar said the money used could have been used elsewhere, or to tar a section of the road that was used frequently. Rural development and land reform spokesperson Linda Page said the road was parallel to the technical training division of the police on Zuurberg Road and that townships closer to the road would have an easier route to Somerset East.

Cop could land up in the joint for smuggling dagga

A police officer dispatched to fetch inmates so they could appear in court got himself arrested instead for smuggling dagga to a prisoner. The officer‚ from the Mankweng police station‚ was arrested after being spotted smuggling dagga into the Polokwane Correctional Centre in Limpopo. Department of Correctional Services (DCS) spokesperson Logan Maistry said the officer was at the prison to pick up inmates who were due to appear in court on Tuesday when a DCS official caught him. DCS chief operations officer Mandla Mkabela commended the prison warden for his “exemplary conduct”. “We also want to warn the public‚ no matter who you are‚ not to perpetuate further crime in our correctional facilities. Corrections is critical in correcting society,” he said.

Susan Rohde hanged herself: Pathologist

A second expert hired by property mogul Jason Rohde has told the high court in Cape Town that his wife, Susan, hanged herself. Forensic pathologist Dr Izak Loftus concluded his testimony on Tuesday. Before he stepped off the witness stand‚ Rohde’s counsel‚ Graham van der Spuy‚ asked for his opinion on Susan’s death. “I believe beyond reasonable doubt that the deceased on that morning hanged herself‚” said Loftus. “She did not die instantaneously. She was rescued [and] she was unsuccessfully resuscitated‚ in that moment passing urine. That was the process of dying.” Forensic pathologist Dr Reggie Perumal also supported this version of events when he testified in Rohde’s defence in June. The former Lew Geffen/Sotheby’s CEO has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife. The state is convinced Rohde killed his wife at a company conference at Spier‚ near Stellenbosch‚ in July 2016. The trial continues on Wednesday.

Guess where R145m winner hid his ticket?

Where would you keep a winning lottery ticket of R145-million? In your sock, of course! So says the young Secunda-based engineer who scooped the Powerball jackpot on Friday. "I kept it in my sock at night because I thought about what if thieves were to come in here," said Thabo. Even as he reported for work on Monday, the ticket was still safely tucked away in his boot. He was speaking on Tuesday at the Ithuba offices where he and his 30-year-old wife came to claim their winnings. Thabo said he was in disbelief when he found out on Saturday afternoon that he was the sole winner of the jackpot. The couple’s true identities have been withheld. The couple, who have no debt expect for their car, want to lead a life as normal as possible before resigning from their jobs. They intend on only letting their parents know.



Hot mess: The 6 things that will tip us over into Hothouse Earth

No matter how we try to reverse climate change, the real danger comes when the planet decides it's had enough

4 min read

Hero or killer: either way, the ‘Blood Lady’ is back

Ivory Coast's ex-first lady, who will soon be freed, relished the power she wielded in her husband's regime

3 min read

Fancy another lie-in? Snap out of it - sleep is ruining your health

A new study reveals that too much sleep is even worse for our health than too little sleep

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

That's a wrap: Robert Redford says he quitting acting at 81

Legendary star says he's had enough - after all, he's been doing this since the age of 21

4 min read


Swans sit in boats as they were caught at Hamburg's inner city lake Alster. Due to hot weather the swans are collected from waterways around the northern city of Hamburg, Germany, and taken to quarters where they usually spend the winter.
Some hot chicks Swans sit in boats as they were caught at Hamburg's inner city lake Alster. Due to hot weather the swans are collected from waterways around the northern city of Hamburg, Germany, and taken to quarters where they usually spend the winter.
Image: Reuters/Fabian Bimmer


Goat rentals cause havoc in Idaho

More than 100 goats burst into a neighborhood in Boise, Idaho startling residents and captivating spectators on social media as they feasted on lawns, flower bushes and tree leaves. The herd belongs to We Rent Goats, a company that provides goats to clear weeds on private and public property. The herd of goats had been at work clearing some land for the county when scores of the inquisitive animals escaped early in the morning. The goats was wrangled into a truck by company workers an hour after their escape. By then the goats had already built up an online following of social media users. One reporter for the local KTVB news channel dubbed it the '#Boise Goat-a-Palooza 2018.' – Reuters

Expensive Venice coffee shops taking the piss

A cafe customer in Venice who was stunned when presented with a €43 (R660) bill for two coffees and two bottles of water has prompted a social media outcry. Juan Carlos Bustamente, 62, shared a photo of his receipt from Caffe Lavena in the notoriously pricy St Mark's Square on Facebook, where it attracted worldwide media attention. The steep bill was a result of the surcharge the famed eaterie collects from customers sat outside in what is regarded as the sunniest corner of the piazza, opposite the extravagant façade of St Mark’s Basilica, where they can listen to the orchestras that play there. A spokesman for Lavena pointed out that this extra fee is stated on the menu, and that a coffee at the bar inside costs just €1.25 (R19). However, with so many complaints from tourists over exorbitant pricing at restaurants in Venice, particularly in the St Mark's Square corner, the city's major vowed to step in and investigate this year. – The Daily Telegraph

Couple sentenced for pimping kid on dark web

A German mother and her partner have been convicted for selling the woman's son for sex on the internet. The woman was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison and her partner to 12 years. The two were accused of repeatedly abusing and raping the boy, now 10, and selling him to other men on the dark web for more than two years. The abuse was filmed. Several other men have already been convicted in separate trials. The couple was also ordered to pay a total €42,500 (R655,000) in compensation to the boy and another victim, a young girl. – The Daily Telegraph

Monks' winter prep includes climate prayers

Monks and residents at the Tnagyud Gompa Buddhist monastery, some 5,500 metres above sea level in the Indian Himalayas, are already feverishly preparing for winter, stocking up on food and fuel, drying vegetables - and praying. Winter snow can leave the monks in complete isolation for seven months a year. The months before winter are some of the busiest as the permanent occupants follow a strict regime of Buddhist prayers, daily chores, preparation for winter months and study of the holy texts. The monastery is currently occupied by around 20 monks, but when the snows come only around a dozen will remain. While local residents want more tourists and better infrastructure, the monks they are also holding out hope that those in power can make progress combating climate change. - AFP

Oz also wants its dead back from N Korea

Australia has pressed North Korea over the remains of 43 soldiers still missing after the Korean war in a rare encounter between the two nations. Some 17,000 Australians fought as part of the United Nations multinational force defending South Korea from Communist North Korea during the 1950-1953 conflict. Of these, 340 were killed and over 1,216 wounded. Forty-three were listed as missing in action and presumed dead. Australia raised the matter after 55 sets of remains thought to be of American soldiers killed during the conflict finally returned home this month. Forensic assistance has also been offered by Australia to help the process. – AFP

Apparently ivory isn’t a girl’s secret desire

A Singapore online store selling ivory jewellery has sparked uproar, with an animal rights group slamming the shop for offering products made from ‘tortured’ elephants. Ivory Lane offers earrings for Sg$160 R1,500) and necklaces for Sg$800 (R7,700), and insists its products are made from ivory that was obtained before 1990, when an international ban on the trade began. It is still legal in Singapore to export and import products made from ivory sourced before the ban took effect. The shop's Facebook page shows a picture of women wearing the items, with the message: ‘Ivory is a secret desire for most girls.’ But consumers in the affluent city-state reacted with outrage, flooding the store's page with hundreds of angry comments and demanding its closure. - AFP



Four hundred families could lose everything at Gupta mine

New business rescue practitioners are foraging for funds to settle Shiva Uranium's outstanding wages and other expenses

Poloko Tau
3 min read

Is Walmart a bit sick and tired of slack-assed Massmart?

US consumer goods giant might well decide it has bigger priorities than its underperforming SA subsidiary

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

Is it the beginning of the end of the JSE as we knew it?

Dwindling market activity made worse by political talk that reminds global investors of Zim and Venezuela

By Giulietta Talevi
1 min read

Yet another Iqbal Survé-led Sekunjalo deal goes phut

Two JSE-listed entities controlled by the Sekunjalo boss were about to do a transaction. Why was it suspended? 

By Ann Crotty
1 min read



It all makes purrfect sense to cat-lovers

It's International Cat Day and we are loving all the furry cuddles!

Nivashni Nair
2 min read

By the book: How to make slaving over a hot stove fun

Seven new cookbooks to jolly up your mealtimes

By Michele Magwood
2 min read

For your own safety, you’ve got to learn when to Lego

Airlines are going to great lengths to make in-flight safety videos entertaining

By Andrea Nagel
1 min read

Fancy a luxury cruise? Forget the boat, just take to the skies

New blimp gives first-class touring a new meaning

By Moeketsi Thipe
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: It’s funking hard being a mom and a star

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
4 min read

Watch out, TV - nobody’s forcing us to tune in to you

Would you subscribe to DStv if it weren’t for SuperSport? And what if there were a better way to get your fix?

Telford Vice
6 min read