Wednesday, August 15 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Minnie 'would never have killed himself'

Former colleagues say he was an excellent policeman who believed in the paedophilia case against apartheid ministers

By Gareth Wilson
4 min read

‘He wasn’t a poacher - he died trying to make a living’

Hout Bay residents say police killed young fisherman for making a living, as they threaten to torch more buildings

By Aron Hyman, Bobby Jordan and Anthony Molyneaux
4 min read

Zuma-linked taxi dons go legal in bid to expand empire

The long fight over routes is littered with bodies. Now the feared Gcabas are going by the book to grab 10 more 

Bongani Mthethwa
Journalist
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Mom: 'Movie of what Novella did plays in my mind'

Mother tells court of the 'life sentence' of pain she has been condemned to after Gabi Alban's brutal murder

Tanya Farber
Journalist
4 min read

‘Why did Van Breda blow chance of lighter term?’

Siraj Desai says he'll consider axe killer's appeal, but wonders why lawyer didn't speak up in the past

Tanya Farber
Journalist
4 min read

Shaun's successor: Expect more treading water than rocking the boat

Dr Silas Ramaite has been appointed as acting NDPP - for the third time - and hopes aren't high for sweeping reforms

Qaanitah Hunter
Journalist
3 min read

Cyril's schools plan is the pits of hypocrisy, says NGO

How can he launch a plan to eradicate pit toilets when he's fighting a court order to improve schools' infrastructure?

Kgaugelo Masweneng
Journalist
3 min read

Missing son was 'tortured, killed, then dumped by cops'

Three cops face allegations they tortured and murdered an ex-con suspected of being involved in a murder

By Jeff Wicks and Lwandile Bhengu
4 min read

Vroom with a view to making a change in Africa

KZN adventurer leads an all-women crew to raise funds to alleviate human-wildlife conflict on the continent

Nivashni Nair
Journalist
2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Come what May, there is a finer model for our future

When the economy is spluttering at 1% growth it is time to put on the hair shirt, not to go on a drinking binge

Tony Leon
Columnist
7 min read

There are two DAs, and they’re heading for divorce

Tweets by Zille and Mashaba show the party is split into two groups that can't share a bed any more

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read

Special directors on state capture will help rebuild NPA credibility

With its reputation in ruins, a new director won't be able to fix the dysfunctional NPA on his or her own

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
4 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE

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

VISUAL SIDE

A motorway bridge collapsed on Tuesday over the northern Italian port city of Genoa, killing dozens of people, according to the local ambulance service. Many people are feared dead as cars were sent down over a river, railway tracks and buildings.


SNAPSHOT

Muja is officially the oldest American alligator in the world living in captivity. Already an adult, he was brought to Belgrade from Germany in 1937, a year after the opening of the zoo. Muja survived three bombings of Belgrade, World War 2 and all hardships the zoo went through.
What a big baby! Muja is officially the oldest American alligator in the world living in captivity. Already an adult, he was brought to Belgrade from Germany in 1937, a year after the opening of the zoo. Muja survived three bombings of Belgrade, World War 2 and all hardships the zoo went through.
Image: Reuters/Marko Djurica

Six things about SA you need to know

Protect workers’ interests or else, Cosatu warns

Cosatu has given the ANC an ultimatum ahead of the national elections in 2019‚ saying the party will “pay the price” if it fails to balance the demands of “capital” with those of labour. The federation said on Tuesday workers would have no reason to continue supporting the ANC if it did not promote and protect their interests. On Monday, the party’s special central executive committee discussed the mass job losses in SA‚ the impact of the VAT increase on the poor, and alleged plans by the government to retrench public servants. The federation said its forthcoming national congress would decide how it should deal with the ANC’s failure to implement its own policies and those of the alliance.

Parly committee livid over officials’ no-show

The chair of parliament’s energy committee‚ Fikile Majola‚ was spitting mad on Tuesday when departmental officials failed to arrive as scheduled to brief MPs on the fuel price. Majola accused the department of boycotting the committee‚ which he said could only have been done with the knowledge of Energy Minister Jeff Radebe. The meeting was scheduled several weeks ago. A week ago‚ Radebe told Majola he would not be able to attend because he was needed at a SADC summit in Windhoek‚ and his apology was accepted. Majola said the meeting would proceed with the deputy minister‚ Thembi Majola‚ and the departmental officials. When officials failed to arrive on Tuesday without apologies or explanation‚ Majola and fellow MPs were livid. "It is absolutely unacceptable,” Majola said. The meeting endorsed a proposal by the DA’s Gavin Davis to summon Radebe to the meeting next Tuesday.

Students buy knives‚ pepper spray after rapes

Female students on the University of Fort Hare’s Alice campus are arming themselves with knives and pepper spray in what they believe is a fight for survival. This drastic shift comes after a student said she was raped outside the campus on Sunday – the fifth reported case of campus rape since last year. A suspect was arrested on Monday. Fearful female students said they were buying Okapi knives and they intended using them if they felt under attack. Fear and anger were sparked by the apparent ease with which the attacker managed to chase his victim onto campus on Sunday night after the alleged rape - right under the noses of what the women say are ineffectual security guards. Students said this proved the weakness of campus security arrangements. University spokesman Khotso Moabi said it was unfortunate that students had to resort to such drastic measures.

Gauteng premier asked to probe dodgy deals

Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba cannot investigate himself over allegations of procurement maladministration in his city‚ while Tshwane mayor Solly Msimang cannot claim ignorance about tender irregularities in his backyard. This is according to Dikgang “Uhuru” Moiloa‚ the Gauteng MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs and human settlements‚ who has called for Premier David Makhura to institute forensic investigations into the two DA-run metros to uncover the truth. The MEC was briefing the media on issues affecting his two departments. Moiloa said attempts to seek clarity from Mashaba and Msimang on allegations of tender and procurement irregularities have drawn a blank as they continue to snub his requests. To this end‚ he warned‚ being aware of wrongdoing in Tshwane and Joburg while ignoring the problem would lead to a collapse of governance in the two most crucial cities in the province.

Motsoaledi, Cele vow clampdown over state fraud

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says he wants to see people who colluded with the state attorney’s office to defraud the state through fraudulent legal claims, in jail. “I want people arrested. There are lawyers‚ private lawyers in the Eastern Cape, that need to be arrested. Why is it taking so long? We need to break these cartels and networks‚” Motsoaledi said at a briefing in Pretoria on Tuesday. As a result‚ Police Minister Bheki Cele said he instructed the head of the Hawks‚ advocate Godfrey Lebeya‚ on Tuesday to pursue criminal charges against some of those implicated in collusion with the state attorney’s office. “There are matters where the police have to act … and the [Special Investigations Unit] will continue its work‚” he said. The Sunday Times reported that state attorneys who collude with unscrupulous lawyers have cost taxpayers more than R80 billion by unlawfully settling cases and losing cases by the state.

Cyril launches campaign for safer school toilets

Five months after the death of five-year-old Lumka Mkhethwa‚ who fell into a pit toilet at her school in Bizana in the Eastern Cape‚ the government has launched an initiative to improve sanitation at schools. President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the Sanitation Appropriate For Education (Safe) initiative at the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria on Tuesday. Ramaphosa said the aim of the initiative was to encourage collective action to give all children in the country something that many took for granted. “We are here to ask you to be part of a bold social initiative to ensure that every school in the country has safe and appropriate sanitation facilities. This is an initiative that will save lives and restore the dignity of tens of thousands of our nation's children as our constitution demands.”

THE WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Fire and ice: Russian Arctic becomes wildfire hot spot

Ten times more fires recorded in the region than a decade ago, raising the threat of 'black carbon'

By Alec Luhn
1 min read

That’s my monarchy! Noble sues France for Monaco throne

Aristocrat says a bit of royal wrangling 100 years ago robbed his family of their right to rule

By Rory Mulholland
2 min read

Has Bingbing's bling bling finally caught up with her?

Chinese film star Fan Bingbing vanishes amid crackdown on tax evasion by entertainers

By AFP
2 min read

Tired of the screams as your hooves hit the road? There's surgery for that!

Cinderella surgery: The latest trend  in cosmetic surgery targets the feet 

By Leah Hardy
6 min read

SNAPSHOT

A performer with a mask of President Donald Trump poses in Berlin's Madame Tussaud's with a figure of Hillary Clinton.
Art imitates life A performer with a mask of President Donald Trump poses in Berlin's Madame Tussaud's with a figure of Hillary Clinton.
Image: Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Vaping: You might as well just smoke

Scientists found that the vapour inhaled from e-cigarettes damages immune cells, preventing them from clearing out harmful bacteria, and that vaping speeds up the death of lung cells by 50 fold and could trigger lung diseases in later life. Researchers said changes to lung tissue were similar to those seen in regular smokers and found the vapour triggered the effects of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, an umbrella term for diseases including severe bronchitis, asthma and emphysema. Scientists and health officials across the world are currently divided over the safety of e-cigarettes. However, the US Surgeon General has warned that e-cigarettes leave young people at risk of nicotine addiction, brain development problems and mood disorders, while the World Health Organisation has said it is concerned that heating e-fluid can lead to the ‘formation of toxicants.’ – The Daily Telegraph

Is this the world’s best job?

The job advertisement on Facebook sounded almost too good to be true. A living wage, a car, a lovely house to live in - bills paid - with a terrace overlooking the Aegean Sea, just a short walk from a pristine beach on the Greek island of Syros. The job? Caring for up to 70 cats, amounting to four hours of work a day. Joan Bowell, a cat sanctuary owner, and her husband Richard, plan to return New York. They have now drafted five volunteers to narrow down the 3,000 applications from people offering to take their place to a pool of 50-100. The position comes with a salary up to €600 (R 9,709) a month, with bills, housing and veterinary expenses paid, starting Nov 1, after a voluntary two-week transition period in October. - The Daily Telegraph

Sweden's into its hot-wheels - not the politicians

Up to 80 cars were set on fire overnight across western Sweden by masked vandals in what police suspect was a coordinated attack weeks before a general election. Most of the cars were burned at around 20 locations in Sweden's second largest city of Gothenburg. Authorities said two suspects aged between 16 and 21 have been arrested so far. Police said they believe the attacks were organised on social media. No one was injured in the car blazes. The incident triggered outrage among Swedish politicians who are busy campaigning for the September 9 general election. - AFP

Sorry Melbourne, Vienna is the new ‘it girl’

Austria's capital Vienna has beaten Melbourne to be ranked the ‘world's most liveable city’ in a new annual survey released Monday, ending the southern Australian city's seven-year reign. It is the first time a European metropolis has topped the annual chart compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit which identifies the best urban playgrounds to live and work in. Each year 140 cities are given scores out of 100 on a range of factors such as living standards, crime, transport infrastructure, access to education and healthcare, as well as political and economic stability. Vienna scored a ‘near-ideal’ 99.1, beating Melbourne into second place on 98.4. At the other end of the spectrum the five worst cities to live in were Damascus at the bottom of the table followed by Dhaka, Lagos, Karachi and Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. - AFP

American schoolboy running for governor

Most 14-year-old American schoolboys might be fixated on baseball, chasing girls and dodging their homework. Not Ethan Sonneborn. He's running for governor in Vermont. The teenager is taking advantage of a quirk in the constitution of the bucolic northeastern state that imposes no age limit on running for governor. Candidates only have to have lived in Vermont for at least four years. Ethan, happily for his campaign, has lived in the state for 14. He faced a crowded field of adult rivals in Tuesday's Democratic gubernatorial primary. His website proclaims him a champion for middle- and working-class families, with ‘the right ideas’ on healthcare reform, economic development and education - never mind that he's still years from graduating high school. - AFP

Malaysia dumps that hideous ape logo

Malaysia's new government will change an official tourism logo featuring an orangutan wearing sunglasses after it sparked a storm of mockery. The ‘Visit Malaysia 2020’ logo has an image of the orangutan with its arm around a proboscis monkey, a picture of a turtle - also sporting shades - and multi-coloured, uneven lettering. It was released in January as part of a campaign to attract more tourists to the tropical Southeast Asian country but it was widely panned for being ugly and outdated, with thousands signing a petition calling for it to be dumped. Despite the criticism, the then-tourism minister stood by the design, which also includes a retro image of Kuala Lumpur's iconic Petronas Twin Towers. But the scandal-plagued government of prime minister Najib Razak was booted out of power in May, and new Tourism Minister Mohamaddin Ketapi is now pledging to alter the logo. A contest will be held to re-design it. - AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Life in the fast food lane hits a few speed bumps

Famous Brands joins Spur and Taste Holdings in finding the going rather tough ... how they must envy Nando’s

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

Learning to Curro favour: Private schools are cooking

Not targeting the ‘super-rich’ market, but rather offering low-fee models with a mass market appeal

By Marc Hasenfuss
2 min read

They may be NUTs but they provide some food for thought

Nutritional Holdings wants to raise R10m on the JSE at the princely sum of 0.001 cents a share

By Giulietta Talevi
1 min read

World’s most pricey long drop just keeps on sucking cash

News that 1,560 people face the sack at South Deep mine just adds to the woes that Gold Fields faces

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Olive oil may not be better for you than butter, but hey

Forget the spurious ‘Mediterranean diet’, buy local olive oil for its sheer gorgeous taste

By Andrea Burgener
2 min read

Meat that’s soft and sticky and smoky, just the way you like it

Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery at Spier Wine Farm has us licking our lips for its opening 

By Kagiso Makgalemele
3 min read

Travelling solo is worth being a childless, penniless spinster

I’m unlikely to find Prince Charming on my lonesome travels. And that empty bed is one I’ve chosen to lie in

By Annabel Fenwick Elliott
5 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Will Marx be able to budge Mbonambi?

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

Solinas: Has he got enough plaster for the Chiefs cracks?

Debatable that the overhaul of the squad promised soon after Komphela’s departure has been achieved

Marc Strydom
Journalist
4 min read

Blasts from the past: Skinstad shines as super-sub in 1998

Today in SA sports history: August 15

David Isaacson
Journalist
2 min read