Friday, August 10 2018



The Vaal stinks. So does Rand Water

Toxic sludge is killing fish and threatening farms, but Rand Water still thinks CEO deserves 'positive mention'

Aron Hyman
4 min read

Land grabs 'will ruin SA'. It's happened before

Venezuela expert has dire warnings for SA as it plunges down the global property rights index

2 min read



He killed 50 ellies. Now he's a hero ranger

Fifty rangers from 17 countries across Africa were honoured with the African Ranger Award

Tanya Farber
3 min read

Drugs kill addicts - and their moms

Heartbreaking stories of how loving parents are driven to the brink of suicide by their drug-addicted kids

Leonie Wagner
5 min read

How a little fish in a puddle gets out of a muddy muddle

These killifish hatch, grow, mature and produce the next generation in world record time

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
1 min read

'Semenya advantage' science is wrong. Why isn't it being corrected?

The journal that published the dodgy findings refuses to retract them. Times Select asks some surely obvious questions

4 min read

Marikana to state capture: justice's huge cost

A series of inquiries cost a pretty penny, but the state capture probe is going to cost taxpayers a lot more

Karyn Maughan
2 min read

Our medical students are back and getting stuck in to saving SA lives

Hundreds of medical students have returned to SA after spending six years studying in Cuba

By Lwandile Bhengu
3 min read



Stop defending Malan. Start defending his victims

Why are so many more concerned about the discredited general's reputation than about his innumerable victims?

Jo-Ann Floris
3 min read

Fellow citizens, the best we can do now is vote this lot out

The likes of DD Mabuza have left us no option but to find our own political millstones and do what is right

4 min read

I'm infinitely lucky that I'm not like Ernest Hemingway

Unlike the writer, I don’t think that when something is gone, it's gone for good

4 min read

Pillay's bosses pin SAICE's misogynist colours to the mast

By giving its CEO a pass, the SA Institution of Civil Engineering proves boys’ clubs will be boys’ clubs

Tom Eaton
3 min read

Actors in a hubbub over pay as scholars argue over crumbles

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
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

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

An appeal from one of our popular columnists

2 min read



A lioness takes a swipe at Bhanu the Asiatic lion during an event to publicise World Lion Day at London Zoo.
Not today, Romeo A lioness takes a swipe at Bhanu the Asiatic lion during an event to publicise World Lion Day at London Zoo.
Image: Toby Melville/Reuters

Six things about SA you need to know

Cops probe Sbahle Mpisane crash

The car accident which left celebrity Sbahle Mpisane fighting for her life has become the subject of a criminal investigation. Police have confirmed that detectives are probing the circumstances that led to the accident on Durban’s Margaret Mncadi Avenue (formerly Victoria Embankment) in the early hours of Thursday. Police spokeswoman Colonel Thembeka Mbele said Mpisane’s BMW burst into flames after it crashed. “The cause of the accident is unknown at this stage. A case of reckless and negligent driving has been opened in Durban Central police station,” she said. Emergency medical services sources said Mpisane was critically injured when her car left the road and hit a pole. The vehicle overturned‚ trapping her inside.

EFF's Mashego slams varsity, Cele at funeral

Economic Freedom Fighters Gauteng chairperson Mandisa Mashego took a swipe at Rhodes University and the police ministry on Thursday for failing to protect victims of rape and sexual assault in universities. Speaking at the funeral of Rhodes University student Khensani Maseko, who committed suicide after allegedly being raped earlier this year‚ Mashego called the university management hypocrites‚ saying their policies do not protect the rights of rape victims. She also lashed out at Police Minister Bheki Cele‚ who was at the funeral‚ for not making a commitment to end the scourge of gender-based violence.

Gender summit to tackle ‘crisis’: Ramaphosa

The government will convene a national gender summit on August 31 in an attempt to find a solution to "the crisis" of the rise of violence against women in the country. This was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa who was addressing a Women's Day celebration in Paarl in the Western Cape on Thursday. He said "the brutal and subtle war against women" in the country had reached "unprecedented levels". It was “a war against women’s bodies‚ their dignity‚ their right to freedom‚ their right to security and equality. It is an affront to our common humanity and a betrayal to the values of our constitution”. To this end‚ a conversation on how to resolve the problem was of utmost importance to also help the government formulate appropriate policies to mitigate the scourge.

KZN top cop says officers must toe Woolies line

KwaZulu-Natal’s top cop has called his troops to heel‚ insisting that officers must submit themselves to being searched when entering Woolworth’s stores across the province. Moreover‚ provincial commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi said his officers shouldn’t be shopping in uniform whether they were on duty or not. His statement on Thursday follows a newspaper report that police officers had complained about being searched. The searches were instituted after the retail chain was targeted by an arsonist‚ with several incendiary devices planted in Durban stores. Mkhwanazi said officers would toe the line.

Eskom reaches 'in-principle' wage deal

Eskom and trade unions reached an "in-principle" wage deal, the power utility said late on Wednesday, potentially ending weeks of tense negotiations that have led to power outages in the country. Last week Eskom offered the three main unions a salary increase of 7.5% this year and 7% next year and in 2020, plus an inflation-linked increase in housing allowances and a one-off cash payment of R5,000. The offer was accepted by the Solidarity union last week while the two larger unions, the National Union of Mineworkers and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, said they would consider it.

Six held for Cape mob-justice killings

Six people have been arrested in connection with the gruesome deaths of two suspected robbers who were allegedly killed by an angry mob in Makhaza, Khayelitsha, in Cape Town last Sunday. The victims‚ who were accused of housebreaking‚ died after being assaulted and set alight. Western Cape police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrè Traut said the Harare Tracing Team had worked tirelessly to arrest the suspects. They had been led to the six suspects “during a tracing operation”. More suspects who escaped arrest were being sought. The suspects - a 43-year-old woman and five men between the age of 24 and 43 - would appear in court in Khayelitsha once they had been charged.



Dear Britain, Easter Island wants its stolen friend back

The indigenous inhabitants of Easter Island are attempting to recover priceless artefacts they say were illegally taken

2 min read

While you were sculpting biceps, gangs were breaking bones

Italian police have bust bone-breaking insurance fraud gangs

1 min read

What do piglets, postage stamps and China's child policy have in common?

Year of Pig postage stamp design sparks debate over whether China will loosen its family planning policy

By Yawen Chen
2 min read

Own a Samsung Galaxy S7? You should read this

A flaw detected in the smartphone could allow hackers to spy on tens of millions of users

By Joseph Archer
2 min read


A duck dives to clean its feathers in a pond in central Vienna.
Bottoms up A duck dives to clean its feathers in a pond in central Vienna.
Image: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters


Argentina votes 'no' to abortion

Argentine senators on Thursday voted against legalising abortion in the homeland of Pope Francis, dashing the hopes of women's rights groups after the bill was approved by Congress's lower house in June. According to an official tally, 38 senators voted against, 31 in favour, while two abstained. Argentina now allows abortion only in cases of rape or risks to a woman’s health, and activists say 3,000 women have died from illegal abortions since 1983. – The Daily Telegraph

Iraq to get back its looted treasures

The British Museum said on Thursday it is returning to Iraq a collection of 5,000-year-old looted antiquities seized from a London dealer shortly after the US-led invasion in 2003. The eight objects were confiscated by police in May that year after the dealer failed to produce proof of ownership, and were passed to the museum for analysis earlier this year. Three of the objects carry Sumerian inscriptions which identify their origin as the Eninnu temple in the ancient city of Girsu, now known as Tello, in southern Iraq. - AFP

Jolie's claims are the pits, says Brad

Brad Pitt has hit back at claims that his estranged wife Angelina Jolie has made in a lawsuit that he has not paid child support since the couple's separation two years ago. Pitt's legal team issued a court filing that said he had paid more than $1.3m in costs and loaned $8m to Jolie to help her buy a house. The documents added that Jolie's claims were ‘a thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage’. The filing is a rebuttal to one made by Jolie on Tuesday, in which she claimed that he had ‘paid no meaningful child support since separation’. – The Daily Telegraph

World Cup kicks Adidas to new highs

Adidas on Thursday said the World Cup in Russia and strong e-commerce sales lifted net profit in the second quarter, keeping the company on track to meet its 2018 goals. Net profit at the Bavaria-based company more than doubled to 396 million euros between April and June, up from 158 million the previous year. - AFP

Another lynx in UK's chain of restoring wilderness

Wild lynx could return to Britain for the first time in 1,300 years after landowners agreed to let them roam on 440km squared of forest in Northumberland. The Lynx UK Trust said consent for its project to release six Eurasian lynx into Kielder Forest was now a ‘near certainty’ after the owners of 20 adjoining plots in the forest agreed the animals could be let loose on their land. If the release is successful it could lead to the widespread reintroduction of the cats into the Scottish Highlands and other parts of Britain. – The Daily Telegraph

Wanna be a dad? Stop smuggling those budgies

Men trying to become a father the old-fashioned way are better off wearing loose underwear, according to a study published on Thursday. Compared to men who favour snug-fitting briefs, devotees of boxer shorts had a significantly higher count and concentration of sperm, researchers reported. The sperm were also more lively, and levels of a reproductive hormone were more favourable to generating offspring. - AFP



The Tyme is right: why a new bank in SA makes cents

Does the country really need another bank? BEE investment group African Rainbow Capital seems to think so

By Giulietta Talevi
5 min read

It's not the first time FirstRand has had a bout of blushes

Steinhoff revelations recall some previous awkward situations

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Let's hope Van der Merwe won't be a joke at Trencor AGM

Textainer shareholders gave his ego a bruising. Now he has to present his mediocre results to the Trencor mob

By Ann Crotty
1 min read



What a drag it is being Bianca

Queen bee Bianca Del Rio opens up ahead of her performances in South Africa this weekend

By Andrea Nagel
7 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
1 min read

If booze and chocolate aren’t enough, try bingeing on these

Weekends are for streaming: here are five serial winners

By Tymon Smith
1 min read

NEW MOVIES: In cyberspace no one can hear you meme

Films zoom in on the ubiquity of social media, exploring the dangers of our frenetic interconnected world

By Tim Robey
6 min read



SPORTS DAY: An exorcist is what Solinas chiefly needs

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
7 min read

Rassie's best still not a good bet against the All Blacks

The Boks have major positional challenges before even thinking about dealing with the collective All Black might

3 min read

Blasts from the past

Today in SA sports history: August 10

By David Isaacson
1 min read