Tuesday, August 21 2018



Whistleblower names top Zuma aide as Gupta ‘fixer’

Lakela Kaunda disputes she arranged Saxonwold meeting as claimed by Vytjie Mentor in state capture probe

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
3 min read

Zuma doesn’t want delays - but needs more time

This is because he wants to make a meaningful contribution to the State Capture Inquiry, his lawyer says

Neo Goba
2 min read

Back story: How 500 tons of gold almost foiled heritage site

Mantashe worried that heritage status for Barberton Makhonjwa mountains would block access to 500 tons gold

4 min read



Meet the most arrested ‘innocent’ man in Joburg

Pakistan national alleges that police are used by his enemies to harass him, and he plans to sue

Bongani Fuzile
3 min read

Hopefully that’s the last word on Van Breda

Not once did Judge Siraj Desai let slip his professional approach, even though it was clear he felt drained 

Tanya Farber
4 min read

He was switched at birth, ‘but I love him as my own’

Mothers have come to terms with raising each other's child as they desperately await court-ordered payouts

4 min read

Coelacanths survived meteors but may not survive oil

Oil exploration off the KZN coastline threatens the tiny population of ancient fish species

Tony Carnie
5 min read

Pirates plunder watery war graves for scrap metal

Britain launches probe after Chinese looters destroy ships sunk off Asia during World War 2

By Hayley Dixon
1 min read

Are you serious? Gatwick resorts to whiteboard for info

UK’s second busiest airport forced to use old tech to inform passengers of their flight details ... chaos ensued

By Reuters
1 min read



ANC doesn’t know what the EFF is going on

The EFF knows exactly what it is and what it wants, but does the ANC?

Tom Eaton
4 min read

Land expropriation will lead to SA’s expiration

Ramaphosa needs a mandate to get SA working again, but using the land issue to get it will choke out the country

By Garsen Subramoney
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


The commission of inquiry into state capture began on Monday. In his address, Judge Raymond Zondo discussed the challenges they faced as a commission.


Members of the police enter the building as picketers from Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) stage a protest outside the State Capture Inquiry in Parktown, Johannesburg.
And so it begins Members of the police enter the building as picketers from Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) stage a protest outside the State Capture Inquiry in Parktown, Johannesburg.
Image: Alaister Russell

Five things about SA you need to know

Everyone but ANC knows the party’s over

The ANC says most of its supporters have confidence in the party despite a recent poll finding that 54% of South Africans believe the future of the ruling party is murky. ‘We want to ensure all South African voters‚ and ANC supporters in particular‚ with all humility that we hear their concerns‚ and thank them for their continued confidence in their movement‚’ ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said. An Ipsos poll published on Friday found South Africans were doubtful about the future of the party due to leadership issues and internal divisions. The poll found: ‘Larger proportions of supporters of the main opposition parties agree that the ANC has an uncertain future‚ but it is interesting to note that over half (52%) of ANC supporters also agree.’

'I don’t hate Afrikaners, just racist paedos'

MiWay CEO Rene Otto has apologised after one of his tweets caused an uproar, with a number of Afrikaans users calling for a boycott of his company. The tweet elicited angry responses‚ including one from AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel. Others called for a boycott of MiWay. However‚ talkshow host Redi Tlhabi saw nothing wrong with Otto’s tweet. Otto, who himself identifies as Afrikaner, added he wished to make himself clear that ‘I don't hate Afrikaaners and I never said so. I also don't believe all Afrikaners or South Africans are bad and never said so. I also never said or implied that all Afrikaners are paedophiles and murderers’.

Sunshine Tour turns dark as vandals invade

Vandals attempted to destroy parts of the Wild Coast Sun’s golf course in an apparent attempt to scupper the Sunshine Tour tournament scheduled for the weekend. Under cover of darkness and armed with spades‚ a group of people hacked at the greens on six of the course’s 18 holes. Sun International confirmed that the tour would go ahead. ‘We can confirm that during the evening on Saturday the Wild Coast Sun golf course was vandalised whereby a group of individuals with spades damaged sections of the course including a number of the greens. Groundskeepers are currently repairing the damage and the planned Sunshine Tour event this week will go ahead as scheduled‚’ the statement read.

Transnet wants new offices: the aircon is too old

Transnet executives have come under fire for their plans to ditch the Johannesburg CBD for the upmarket Waterfall precinct in Midrand. MPs questioned why the company was seeking to move to rent office space when it owned a building‚ during a visit by the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. ‘We heard yesterday that you own this building but you want to go lease another building because there is a problem of maintenance with this building‚’ said ANC MP Nthabiseng Khanou during a meeting with the Transnet board and management at the Carlton Centre. Transnet COO Mlamuli Buthelezi defended the decision to look for new office space. ‘The trigger here is that the Carlton Centre was opened in 1972‚’ he said‚ adding that the air-conditioning systems and lifts were very old.

Crowd supports xenophobic looters

A crowd of protesters gathered outside the Ntuzuma Magistrates' Court in KZN in support of two men who were arrested in connection with the looting of foreign-owned shops. According to local police‚ the two men were arrested following a string of violent attacks and looting aimed at spaza shops belonging to foreign nationals operating outside Durban. It is understood that the men are executive members of the North Region Business Association‚ which caters for Inanda‚ Ntuzuma and KwaMashu. The protesters who gathered in support of the men said that they wanted government to regulate the presence of foreign nationals because ‘they are stealing our jobs’.



Wait! Don’t flush Goldie - there’s an orphanage for him

The Aquarium de Paris allows residents to drop off their unwanted fish

3 min read

#SheToo: Weinstein accuser bust for her own ‘hush-up’

She faces accusations of sexual assault and paying her alleged victim money for his silence

2 min read

Discovery of ‘water worlds’ boosts hunt for aliens

Exoplanets' outside our solar system are likely to contain an abundance of water, scientists have found

By Henry Bodkin
1 min read


Cattle at a livestock market ahead of the Eid al-Adha in Istanbul, Turkey.
City life Cattle at a livestock market ahead of the Eid al-Adha in Istanbul, Turkey.
Image: Reuters/Murad Sezer


Victorian prison nightmare gets 2018 reboot

The British government has taken over the running of a major prison from contractor G4S after an inspection found that staff locked themselves in offices to avoid prisoners who were using drugs and violence with near impunity. The justice ministry said on Monday it had taken back control of the Victorian-era HMP Birmingham to counter “squalid“ conditions where blood, urine, vomit and faeces were left to fester in cells and showers, attracting rats and cockroaches. Inspectors of the prison, which holds 1,200 people, said they were physically affected by the stench of drugs, while their cars were set on fire during their visit. The intervention poses yet another challenge to a government that is consumed by, and deeply divided over, its exit from the European Union. In the past year alone it has also had to take over the running of a major rail line and a number of construction projects when their private ownership failed. – Reuters

‘Dear Catholics … ‘ Pope is deadly serious

Pope Francis, facing simultaneous clergy sexual abuse crises in several countries, has written an unprecedented letter to all the world’s Catholics, asking each of them to help uproot “this culture of death“. In the letter, addressed to “the people of God”, he also promised that no effort will be spared to prevent abuse and its cover-up. “We have realised that these wounds never disappear and that they require us forcefully to condemn these atrocities and join forces in uprooting this culture of death,” he said. The letter also responded to a recent grand jury report in the US state of Pennsylvania. He said that while most cases in the report “belong to the past,” it was clear that abuse “was long ignored, kept quiet or silenced“. A Vatican official said it was the first time a pope had written to all of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics about sexual abuse. Past letters on the scandal have been addressed to bishops and faithful in individual countries. - Reuters

Sorry, old fruit, you’re too ugly to eat

Looks do count, and no less so when it comes to fruit and vegetables. More than 50 million tonnes grown across Europe are discarded each year, partly because they did not meet consumers' expectations of how they should look, a University of Edinburgh study has found, reports the BBC. Published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, the study focused on how much food was tossed out in the European Economic Area before it reached the point of being sold. It found that farmers selling to supermarkets grew more food than they were contracted to, to offset that proportion deemed unfit for sale. Other reasons for discarded produce were tight government regulations and supermarkets’ high standards, the researchers said. – Staff reporter

Hostess hits high Cs to survive icy sea

British air hostess who fell from the back of a cruise ship has said her yoga fitness and singing helped her to survive 10 hours in the sea. Kay Longstaff, 46, was pulled from the Adriatic Sea on Sunday morning, having plunged from the Norwegian Star as it sailed 95km off the Croatian coast on Saturday. The tourist said she is "lucky to be alive" and thanked her "wonderful" rescuers as she was taken to a hospital in the Croatian town of Pula. Rescuers said Longstaff, believed to be a former Virgin Atlantic cabin crew member who now works on private planes, was exhausted but had recovered by the time they took her ashore. She said the fact that she practices yoga helped her stay afloat, while she sang to not feel the cold. Longstaff had reportedly had a drunken argument with friends and family before she fell overboard. – © The Daily Telegraph, staff reporter

Child slaves end up on London dagga farms

Large numbers of child slaves may be working on cannabis farms in London, experts warned on Monday, after new figures emerged showing the scale of cultivation of the illegal drug. Police have found 314 illegal cannabis farms in the British capital since 2016, according to official data obtained by the London Evening Standard newspaper, the equivalent of one every two days. Experts say children are being trafficked from Vietnam and other countries to work on these farms, which are often on residential properties, and that the scale of the problem has been vastly underestimated. “The high number of cannabis farms across London and trafficking of Vietnamese children to work in them is extremely worrying,” said Jakub Sobik, a spokesman for Anti-Slavery International. “Potentially thousands of children and young people are being trafficked from Vietnam and exploited by ruthless criminal gangs,” he said. - Reuters

Women get the message, lout and clear

Italy’s Lazio football club distanced itself from some of its most hardcore supporters after a group of fans distributed leaflets demanding women sit or stand at the back of their Rome stadium. Lazio's ultras, a group of die-hard supporters often associated with the political right, handed out a letter at the gates of their ground on Saturday, saying women should be banned from the front 10 rows of the Curva Nord terrace at the Olympic Stadium. The notices said "in the trenches, we do not allow women, wives and girlfriends". The Lazio ultras have a longstanding reputation for violence, racism and anti-semitism and have long been considered politically close to far-right and neo-fascist movements. – © The Daily Telegraph



Cheerio and all the best to SA mining’s toughest nice guy

SA business will miss AngloGold Ashanti CEO’s strong, ethical and principled stance on state corruption 

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read

Print’s not exactly charming, but will new faces fix Novus?

News of yet another senior executive’s resignation certainly won’t help settle shareholder nerves

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Here’s how to create not only jobs but small businesses

Companies must deal with employees as businesses. If you’re the driver of a delivery vehicle, say ...

By Mark Barnes
4 min read



White House may burn, but Trump’s tweets smoulder on

The exposés are unstoppable but it remains to be seen if Trump’s supporters are even one bit concerned

By Tymon Smith
2 min read

Becoming you: transitioning to who you really are

Landa Mabenge transitioned from a woman into a man and shares his story

By Jennifer Platt
7 min read

There is an essence here, but it sure isn’t vanilla

Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner Igshaan Adams stitches the sacred with the sacrilegious

By Graham Wood
5 min read

Just for the record: Johnny Kongos trips in Madchester

A bi-weekly vinyl review

By Andrew Donaldson
7 min read



SPORTS DAY: Rassie prunes six from squad for Pumas trip

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
5 min read

Ben there, done that: Of boos, boo-boos and boo-hoo-hoo

What happens (and doesn't happen) when sport and the real world collide?

Telford Vice
4 min read

Blasts from the past: Percy pinches Tri Nations for Boks

Today in SA sports history: August 21

David Isaacson
1 min read