Thursday, August 16 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Analysis: Why it’s ‘only logical’ for state to foot Zuma’s legal bill

It started early on - the state paid a lawyer R1m in 2004 to ‘observe’ the Schabir Shaik trial

Karyn Maughan
Journalist
4 min read

Granny-killer's victims 'too weak to lift a plate of food'

Judge rips into Kershwin Goldstone who murdered three pensioners, saying his crack addiction was no excuse

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
3 min read

IT man lied on CV, says parastatal. It's a vendetta, he replies

Development agency says he's missing a master's degree, but he insists it's all a plan to 'tear me apart'

Bongani Fuzile
Journalist
2 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

A wing and some flair: Meet SA's pigeon king

As world champion racer, Samuel Mbiza has turned his hobby into a golden ticket

By Reuters
3 min read

Nasa is going asteroid hunting - in our backyard

US space agency to build observatory in SA after space rock scare, and to avert a dinosaur wipe-out scenario

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
4 min read

ANC guns for DA in Tshwane over 'dodgy' tender

Party wants municipality placed under administration over contract awarded to an engineering consultancy

Amil Umraw
Journalist
3 min read

Recipe for happiness: 45 minutes' exercise 3 times a week

Exercise, especially cycling, has the best effect on reducing  depression and anxiety by up to 40%

Katharine Child
Journalist
3 min read

Bongani Mayosi's legacy: A global drive to save millions

The cardiologist was a driving force behind a worldwide strategy to improve access to lifesaving cardiac surgery

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
4 min read

Move over boss - we want a real leader

Demand is growing in SA for self-aware leaders who inspire teams, support growth and are ethical

Suthentira Govender
Journalist
3 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

It’s a giant F for student aid scheme: now heed the lessons

Pointers on how to get it right are often lost in emotive stories about hungry students sleeping in toilets

Jonathan Jansen
Columnist
5 min read

The spy who won me over: I was nearly Idris Elba's Bond girl

The voice, the smile, the flirtiness - trust me, he would be the best Bond we've had in 30 years

By Celia Walden
4 min read

Don't bother to fib. Your doc knows how that remote got into your bottom

Patients are less than honest about more than just alcohol, says doctor-turned-comic and author Adam Kay

By Adam Kay
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

Struggle stalwart Zondeni Sobukwe died on Wednesday. Tributes have poured in for Zondeni, who was married to Pan Africanist Congress founder Robert Sobukwe.


SNAPSHOT

Israeli soldiers play backgammon at their post near the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border.
Down time Israeli soldiers play backgammon at their post near the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border.
Image: Reuters/Amir Cohen

Six things about SA you need to know

Hawks still determined to haul Guptas to SA

The Hawks have assured parliamentarians that they are continuing to work behind the scenes with Interpol regarding the extradition of the Guptas - from either India or Dubai - to ensure they face charges linked to state capture. Hawks head Lieutenant-General Godfrey Lebeya and Police Minister Bheki Cele made the remark in parliament where they were briefing the portfolio committee on police on the high-profile cases they were probing. Despite pressure from opposition MPs to explain why the Guptas were not being extradited to face charges‚ Lebeya said he was not at liberty to give reasons at this stage because they were still addressing the matter and cooperating with Interpol and the Justice Department‚ which is responsible for implementing extradition treaties. Cele added that they did not want to bungle the matter.

ANC calls for talks on mining job cuts

The ANC has called for dialogue with the mining sector over looming job cuts in the industry. Zizi Kodwa‚ the party’s head of the presidency‚ said on Wednesday the ANC was “emphatically against any retrenchments in both the private and public sector”. The mining sector was “an industrial development backbone upon which our economy relies”, and it was unsustainable that mineworkers continued to bear the brunt of losses in the sector since the losses were “not necessarily a function of productivity but [an] historical and irrational management decision”. Kodwa said legislation enjoined all parties in the sector to urgently convene a dialogue aimed at finding alternative solutions to the impasse.

Varsity students in ‘hunger crisis’

University students are the victims of a “hidden hunger” crisis‚ a conference in Cape Town has been told. Hunger levels among students are higher than in the general population‚ Stephen Devereux of the National Research Foundation told the National Colloquium on Access to Food for Students. More than 30% are food insecure‚ compared with 26% of the population‚ he said‚ adding that “campus food insecurity is much higher than we realised”. The failures of the beleaguered National Student Financial Aid Scheme played a key role in hunger because of long delays in distributing funds and the inadequacy of food vouchers‚ he said. Hunger played a significant role in the student dropout rate. “If people are hungry‚ they cannot concentrate‚ they become stressed and anxious. A number of these students are working on top of studying and this‚ too‚ affects their academic performance.”

Mashaba won’t apologise for Trump tweet

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has refused to apologise for a tweet he posted, and later deleted, that compared President Cyril Ramaphosa with his US counterpart, Donald Trump. Mashaba told SABC’s Morning Live on Wednesday that his tweet was not personal or intended to praise Trump, but to spark a discussion on the failures of governments. On Monday‚ Mashaba shared a picture listing Trump’s “successes” alongside Ramaphosa’s “failures”. Defending the tweet‚ he said: “I looked at the performance of the two countries because we are being told these lies that the poor economic performance and high unemployment is a result of global economic issues. It’s got nothing to do with the personalities‚ but the failure of this government.” Pressed that he was effectively supporting Trump‚ Mashaba replied: “We are not stupid. All the looting‚ mismanagement and maladministration has happened under Cyril’s watch.”

Rocket grenades for sale on Nelspruit street

Three men have been arrested for trying to sell rocket-propelled grenades on the street in the Nelspruit CBD‚ the Hawks said on Wednesday. They were arrested on Tuesday after police followed up on information‚ said spokesperson Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi. The suspects had two rockets they were “peddling” for R300‚000 each. “These are weapons of war and we believe that they are from Mozambique‚” she added. Two of the suspects are foreigners and the third is South African.

Parastatals, state depts owe eThekwini R230m

The eThekwini municipality is grappling with parastatals and state departments that owe more than R230m. A report outlining the steps city fathers were taking to recover outstanding debt was tabled before the executive committee on Tuesday. It revealed that entities‚ including the National Ports Authority‚ Transnet‚ Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa‚ Department of Human Settlements, and the Ingonyama Trust‚ collectively owe R231.3m. This includes R216.6m in arrears and R14.6m in current debt. Various factors‚ identified by the report’s authors‚ led to difficulties in recovering the bad debt. City finance head Krish Kumar said progress had been made in recovering debt.

THE WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

They were no Goodfellas: Did the mafia Cosa the bridge to collapse?

Engineers believe the mafia's dodgy cement may be behind the Genoa bridge's failure

By Chris Graham
5 min read

Senator invokes Nazi ‘final solution’, calls for 'whites first' Oz

Queenslander stuns house in calling for Muslim ban and return of the White Australia policy of 1901

By afp.com
2 min read

After 72 years, a WW2 veteran escapes from its icy prison

Wings, propellers, tin cans turn up as crashed American Dakota starts to emerge from its glacial time capsule

By Abby Young-Powell
2 min read

Millennials have saved Kenya (they're good for something)

Kenya is the world’s sixth largest exporter of avocados – with three percent of the world’s total

By AFP
3 min read

SNAPSHOT

A banner reading 'Solidarity at sea is not a crime' is seen on board of a Lifeline ship as the MV Aquarius approaches the harbour of Valletta, Malta.
No pirates A banner reading 'Solidarity at sea is not a crime' is seen on board of a Lifeline ship as the MV Aquarius approaches the harbour of Valletta, Malta.
Image: Reuters/Guglielmo Mangiapane

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Bombs hold no fear for this old crock

American alligator Muja arrived at Belgrade Zoo on the eve of World War 2 and is believed to be the oldest of his kind in captivity, and still in good health with a hearty appetite for his age. Generations have come to watch Muja, who is still agile at feeding time when he munches on rats and quails. This is when his age shows, though, as he sometimes misses the target when he snaps at his food. So far Muja’s only health issue has been gangrene, which led to him having his front right claw amputated in 2012. Muja arrived from Germany in August 1937. He was two years old at the time, putting him in his early 80s today. He survived two carpet bombings of the Serbian capital — one by Germany in 1941 and the other by the Allies in 1944. — Reuters

We’ll just call you ‘salmon’, old trout

When Chinese state TV accidentally revealed much of the ‘salmon’ sashimi eaten in the country was actually rainbow trout, domestic fish farmers faced a crisis of consumer confidence. After fishing for a solution, they came up with an idea: to officially deem the rainbow trout a type of salmon. A feel-good spot on state broadcaster CCTV earlier this year highlighted China’s ‘freshwater salmon’ fish farming on the Tibetan plateau. Thousands of sceptical comments piled up on social media, some questioning how the ‘salmon’ could migrate thousands of kilometres over dozens of dams from China’s northwest to the ocean, as most salmon do after hatching. Rainbow trout are related to salmon but not the same species. — AFP

High hopes as beer goes to pot

Constellation Brands, the US-based maker of Corona beer, said it would invest $4bn more in Canopy Growth, raising its stake in the Canadian marijuana producer to 38%. The company, which also makes Svedka vodka, took a 10% stake in Canopy in October for $191m, making it the first major wine, beer and spirits producer to invest in legal cannabis. The investment comes as some 30 countries pursue medical marijuana ‘while also rapidly laying the global foundation needed for new recreational cannabis markets’, the companies said. Beer giant Molson Coors announced August 1 it was teaming up with Canadian medical marijuana grower The Hydropothecary Corporation to develop cannabis-infused non-alcoholic beverages. — AFP, Reuters

Abbot fingered in sex probe resigns

The head of China’s government-run Buddhist association quit his post on Wednesday amid an investigation into allegations that he coerced several nuns into having sex with him. Xuecheng, a Communist Party member and abbot of the Beijing Longquan Monastery, is one of the most prominent figures to face accusations in China’s growing #MeToo movement. In a 95-page report that circulated online late, two monks accused Xuecheng of sending explicit text messages to at least six women, threatening or cajoling them to have sex with him, claiming it was a part of their Buddhist studies. Two monks, who are no longer members of the monastery, said four women gave in to Xuecheng’s demands .— AFP

New meaning to ‘moving at a glacial pace’

A glacial lake has burst in northwestern China, prompting evacuations of mountain residents and a warning from Greenpeace that climate change could trigger similar events. Some 35 million cubic metres of water rushed through roads but there were no casualties. Glacial outbursts have become more frequent since the 1980s as a result of rising temperatures, Greenpeace said, citing research by the Chinese Academy of Science. ‘As temperatures climb, glacial outbursts, flooding, and seasonal water shortages will only become more severe.’ There are over 46,000 glaciers in China, which environmentalists say are at high risk of bursting their banks as temperatures increase. — AFP

Enthusiasm for UK-Oz long-haul palls

More than one in five seats on the much-vaunted first scheduled non-stop service between the UK and Australia are being left empty, amounting to 52 free spaces on each flight. The Heathrow-Perth route launched in March to great fanfare. The 14,469km service entered the record books as the second longest flight in the world and first ever non-stop passenger link between the two countries. But data reveals the flights have been departing only 78% full, on average, since the route was launched - meaning dozens of empty seats. – The Daily Telegraph

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Stalled in the slow lane: What next for logistics companies?

Sector accurately reflects the gridlocked SA economy

By Tim Cohen
3 min read

Investec shareholders turn a blind eye to Jooste misgivings

Former MD Kantor elected to board despite his close business partnerships with Steinhoff’s former boss

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Blue-sky thinking outside the box for Trencor’s JSE flight

Container-leasing group wants to delist and unbundle its assets, but it is far from a done deal

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Fear and clothing: Well, well, wellness, what have we here?

A weekly reverie on the vagaries and charms of fashion

Aspasia Karras
Columnist
2 min read

Pardon my French, but I prefer nail art

French manicures are still popular, say salon owners in SA, but bold expressionism is taking over

Nivashni Nair
Journalist
2 min read

Not quite living dolls make us go rubbery at the knees

Digitally created supermodels are slaying on Instagram

By Tabi Jackson Gee
4 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Brighton first XI was Tau much to hope for

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

Jolly good, All Blacks. Now can we get our competition back?

The Six Nations is a far more interesting tournament because no team completely eclipses the others

Craig Ray
Journalist
4 min read

Blasts from the past: French stun the Boks for series win

Today in SA sports history: August 16

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read