Monday, August 27 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Why Trump is suddenly so keen on the SA land debate

The land debate is drenched with his ignorant and damaging views - another populist hack we don't need

Justice Malala
Columnist
4 min read

Malema has ‘personal vendetta’ against Zuma

Bid to have funding for former president's defence withdrawn influenced by politics more than principle, lawyer claims

Karyn Maughan
Journalist
3 min read

Scam alert: ‘How Presidency offered me R200m’

Conmen posing as government officials - including the president - are ripping off gullible businesspeople

Bongani Fuzile
Journalist
4 min read

Exposed! Muscle-building products are whey too low in the good stuff

Far too many protein supplements don’t live up to the claims on their labels and may be ineffective

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

The great coup of the Botanical Society of SA

The Kirstenbosch branch of the Botanical Society of SA led a campaign that sacked the society’s ruling council

Philani Nombembe
Journalist
3 min read

Sex-pest teacher faces 25 years at least, says expert

He expects the state to call pupils to testify, and rope in psychiatrist and psychologist reports too

Prega Govender
Journalist
2 min read

Cowan case: Law firm ‘was hoodwinked’ by conman

Lawyers say they thought it was perfectly legitimate legal practice - it turned out to be a Ponzi scheme

By Tania Broughton
4 min read

Dirty air is killing us faster -scientists now know how fast

Fine pollution particles that penetrate deep into human lungs are taking months off our lives

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

New hope for autistic children comes in the form of a robot

Benefit for families who would have access to such technology, but first kids must be properly diagnosed

Tanya Farber
Journalist
3 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

You can be dumped by your insurer

Rather switch to another insurer if your payouts are in danger of exceeding the premiums you’ve made

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read

Takkies at work are tricky, but not impossible

Pick your time and place and you’ll be cool

By Isabel Spearman
2 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

Former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas told the Zondo commission on Friday, August 24 2018, that Ajay Gupta had threatened him with death if he ever spoke about their meeting at which Duduzane Zuma and Fana Hlongwane were also present.


SNAPSHOT

Nelson Mandela's grandson Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela with his son Mandela Ikraam Mandela, 15 months, and wife Nosekeni Rabia Mandela, who is 5 months pregnant with their second child, at the Mandela Capture Site in Howick. The site was the finish of the Mandela Day Marathon where the family walked the 10km race together for the centenary of Nelson Mandela.
Generations Nelson Mandela's grandson Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela with his son Mandela Ikraam Mandela, 15 months, and wife Nosekeni Rabia Mandela, who is 5 months pregnant with their second child, at the Mandela Capture Site in Howick. The site was the finish of the Mandela Day Marathon where the family walked the 10km race together for the centenary of Nelson Mandela.
Image: Jackie Clausen

Six things about SA you need to know

Coalitions too costly to maintain: ANC

The ANC is calling for fresh elections in Pretoria and Johannesburg because coalition-led governments have “proven to be too costly to maintain”. ANC Gauteng deputy provincial chairperson Panyaza Lesufi said on Sunday: “There is no doubt that the 2016 local government elections have ushered in‚ in an unprecedented way since the dawn of democracy‚ an era of unprincipled coalition governments which have in the instance of Tshwane and Joburg including Nelson Mandela Bay municipalities proven to be too costly to maintain. We therefore believe that the final resolution that will restore order and sanity in all these municipalities is to have a fresh mandate so that the ANC can have a clear mandate and if the ANC does not have that mandate‚ we will make way for those that have been given a clear mandate to run those municipalities.” Lesufi said the City of Tshwane was dysfunctional and needed help in the form of a motion of no confidence in its mayor‚ Solly Msimanga.

Leave us the hell alone: SA farmers to Trump

SA’ farmers have demanded Donald Trump "leave us the hell alone" after the US president criticised the country's land reform plans, accusing him of trying to deflect attention from his own scandals. "The people were furious about Trump - and I think they still are," said Preline Swart, a 37-year-old black woman who farms grain and cattle with her husband east of Cape Town. "He's an outsider and he knows nothing about farming," she said on the sidelines of a summit of farmers, officials and industry players in Bela Bela. "I think Donald Trump must really take his long hair... and leave our people the hell alone.". While many of the farmers at Thursday and Friday's land summit rejected Trump's intervention, many are unsure what the government's plan to expropriate land to fix historical injustices will mean for them.

Fraudsters use fake City Power cards

City Power has warned about imposters and fraudsters claiming to be City Power employees and using fake ID cards to rob Johannesburg residents. “Members of the community are encouraged to be vigilant and verify the identity of City Power employees and contractors who seek entry into their properties‚ by demanding them to produce their ID card and the job card with work order number for the work they claim to come to do‚” it said. Technicians or contractors most likely to request access to resident’s properties would include meter readers‚ cut-off teams‚ or meter maintenance teams‚ it said.

DA knives out for Tshwane mayor

Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga is fighting for his political life amid murmurs that black members of the DA in the city could vote with the opposition to oust him. Msimanga is facing scrutiny over how much he knew about of a R12bn contract awarded to an engineering consultancy to manage the city’s infrastructure projects. The fallout has led to the suspension of city manager Moeketsi Mosola. A motion of no confidence in Msimanga will be debated in council on Thursday. The Sunday Times understands that, in the event the vote takes place through a secret ballot, some members of the DA caucus are ready to vote with the opposition. Msimanga does not see eye to eye with DA Tshwane regional chair Abel Tau, who Msimanga snubbed for a position on the mayoral committee. There are also questions as to how long Msimanga has known that there was a problem with the contract - and how much he knew.

Foundation slams ‘k-word outburst’

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has condemned racist remarks allegedly made by ANC Youth League eThekwini regional executive member Suzanne Govender. Govender resigned this week after a WhatsApp conversation with a colleague in which she allegedly used the k-word was posted on Facebook. Foundation executive director Neeshan Balton said: “It’s perturbing that an ANC member‚ someone who should have been schooled not only in the policies of the party but in its non-racial history‚ has reportedly used such terminology … It is disappointing that someone who was serving on its youth league regional leadership structures is alleged to hold such racist views.” Govender told the Daily News she was the victim of a smear campaign and did not respond to earlier queries from TimesLIVE.

R100k for a rug: ‘splurge’ on ministers’ homes

Cabinet ministers are eating at dining tables that cost more than a small car. Public Works officials have been summoned to tell parliament’s standing committee on public accounts about the hefty prices of furniture used at ministers’ homes. One invoice, seen by the Sunday Times and sent to Public Works by Huracãn, the company contracted to supply furniture, includes a R100,800 dining room rug, R25,200 for a child’s bed headboard, four scatter cushions for a child’s bedroom at R861 each, totalling R3,444, and R18,900 for a guest room chair. Another document, drawn up by officials, gives details of the cost to furnish the main bedroom in a minister’s house in Pretoria. It includes a mahogany dining table for R84,000, 10 dining chairs totalling R157,000, R63,000 for a mahogany king-size bed, and R44,100 for two three-drawer mahogany pedestals.

THE WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Pope ‘begs God’s forgiveness’ over sex abuse scandal

Francis in Ireland under cloud as former Vatican official says pontiff ignored abuse claims against clergy

By AFP
4 min read

Spain has yet another ‘Franco Must Fall’ brush with fascists

Prime minister wants to turn monument into a place of reconciliation instead of a magnet for the far right

By AFP
2 min read

Facial recognition sniffs out man putting his foot in it

A search revealed the man’s authentic identification card concealed in his shoe

By AFP
1 min read

It’s the vegan militants vs butchers, with the latter threatening a braai

A French vegan festival has been cancelled as an alliance of hunters and farmers seek revenge

By Rory Mulholland
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa is congratulated by the Chief Justice, Luke Malaba, after taking the oath of office during his presidential inauguration ceremony in Harare.
After almost a month ... Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa is congratulated by the Chief Justice, Luke Malaba, after taking the oath of office during his presidential inauguration ceremony in Harare.
Image: Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

FIVE THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

German town evacuated after WWII bomb found

A German bomb disposal team successfully defused an unexploded World War II bomb that had forced the evacuation of 18,500 people in the city of Ludwigshafen. The 500Kg aerial bomb, thought to have been dropped by American forces, was discovered during construction work earlier in the week. ‘Good news: the bomb has been defused! Citizens may return to their homes,’ the city of Ludwigshafen said on its official Twitter feed. Authorities ordered all those living within a kilometre radius of the bomb site to leave their homes from 08:00 am (0600 GMT) as a precaution ahead of the defusing operation. It took the bomb squad just over an hour to complete the delicate task, and the all-clear was given shortly after 2:00 pm. – AFP

Pigs are everywhere, and farmers are livid

European farmers are suffering the consequences of an explosion in the wild boar population over the past three decades, venturing off woodland in search of food. With a gaping hole in the ground and tangled corn stalks strewn across Yves Rolland's field, it looks as if it has been hit by a tornado. ‘Every year it gets worse. They destroy everything,’ the French farmer fumes, striding through what's left of the crop. ‘The boars come every night, in a pack. They nibble a little bit over here, a little bit over there, trampling on everything.’ They have already ravaged eight hectares of his land this year – 10% of his farm on the edge of the Paimpont forest in the northern French region of Brittany. The number of boars shot by French hunters gives an idea of how their numbers have soared. Some 150,000 were killed in 1990-91, according to hunting authority ONCFS, but by 2016-17, the figure had swelled to 700,000. - AFP

Gingers are people too

Ginger, auburn, strawberry blonde; all types of redheads turned out in their hundreds in western France for the first ‘Red Love’ festival. Festival-goers enjoyed concerts and shows including a fashion parade of 18 redheads in wedding dresses. Among the best-selling items on display were T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan ‘Ginger is the new black’. By midday, 1,200 people had showed up, said organiser Pascal Sacleux, who expressed the hope that ‘one day the jokes at the expense of redheads will be a thing of the past, when everyone realises how unfounded and stupid they are’. - AFP

Talk about old-school

Men from across Europe - and one woman - donned armour and battled with swords outside the Manasija monastery in Serbian as part of a festival sampling life from hundreds of years ago. The ‘Just Out’ festival takes place every year outside the walls of the medieval monastery, built in the early 15th century and listed by UNESCO since 2010. The combatants were grouped depending on their skill and fitness, with those in the strongest category often knocking rivals to the ground, their helmets dented. Visitors also tried out archery, wood carving and cooking the food of the time. The festival lasted four days instead of the usual two this year to commemorate the 600th anniversary since the monastery was built. - Reuters

Trump, please don’t politicise girl’s murder

found in a cornfield last month, 34 days after she vanished while out jogging. Cristhian Rivera, 24, has been arrested and charged with murder, and appeared in court on Wednesday. He is an illegal immigrant from Mexico who worked at an Iowa dairy farm using a fake identity card to pass employment checks and collect his wages. Trump said the case showed the need for the US to build a wall on its southern border with Mexico. But Billie Jo Calderwood, Tibbett's aunt, said: ‘I don't want Molly's memory to get lost amongst politics. It's not about race, it's about people joining together to do good. Samantha Lucas, her cousin, said she didn't want the case to be part of a political discussion. – The Daily Telegraph

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

How deep is the rot? Why we need commissions of inquiry

They are not a form of justice in themselves, but they help us understand what the country has been through

By Stuart Theobald
4 min read

Massmart reality bites Walmart’s African aspirations

The US giant's high-profile acquisition of Massmart promised so much but has delivered very little

By Siseko Njobeni
3 min read

There’s gold in them thar hills ... just a pity it’s all overseas

As gold companies ditch their mines in SA to chase cheaper ore abroad, they have become takeover targets

By Allan Seccombe
4 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Well blow me over, after all these years: A folding phone

Samsung's new X could be a retro-style winner

By Sylvia Mckeown
1 min read

Things aren’t looking too peachy for the humble banana

Is it is in danger of extinction? Bananageddon?

By Tymon Smith
2 min read

Our incredibly shrinking circles of close friends

How many true chums is it healthy to have?

By Tymon Smith
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Draw will have to do for Chiefs, SuperSport

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

By Marc Strydom
6 min read

Hello and goodbye: Malesela booted onto unenviable list

The Chippa United coach is on the list no coach wants to be on - the first to be fired at the start of a new season

Mark Gleeson
Soccer writer
3 min read

Blast from the past: Anaso in under 20sec for 200m bronze

Today in SA sports history: August 27

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read