Tuesday, August 28 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Sex pest: ‘His mom is taking this very badly’

The former assistant coach at Parktown Boys' High School has been asked to resign from his job at a security company

Prega Govender
Journalist
3 min read

Those fingered in state capture ‘must be forced to testify in person’

Call by Zondo commission’s lawyers may have implications for Gupta family and the Zumas

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
2 min read

How Guptas tried to capture Vytjie Mentor

Ex-ANC MP describes how a play was made for her allegiance

Amil Umraw
Journalist
5 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Trollip dumped thanks to one of his own

Nelson Mandela Bay mayor was unceremoniously removed from his position, thanks to the abstention of fellow DA member

By Siyamtanda Capa and Naziziphiwo Buso
3 min read

Mabuza victorious in ‘David and Goliath’ court battle

Court lifts protection order against deputy president, but his accuser is not about to give up the fight

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
4 min read

Sbahle crash: Dad vows to find whoever nearly killed his girl

The socialite’s dad, a former cop, wants to find out how Sbahle’s sports car careened into a tree and caught fire

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
2 min read

Navy officer wrecked my project, says salvage diver

Maritime expert says he is being victimised by the Simon’s Town harbour master

Bobby Jordan
Journalist
2 min read

Tuning into the cosmos while keeping the mice at bay

SA scientists aren’t letting anything get in their way in their quest to find out when stars and galaxies were formed

Suthentira Govender
Journalist
2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Why do we think the A-Team can fix us?

There is only one authority that will get us out of our fix: ourselves

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

Structural racism bathes in the sun, sands of time

Beaches, unlike physical configurations which are mutable, are the ultimate litmus test for racists cleaving to the past

Tanya Farber
Journalist
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

On day 4 of the state capture inquiry hearings on August 27 2018, the commission discussed how the cross-examination of witnesses would work. Karyn Maughan explains.


SNAPSHOT

Durban’s Flatfoot Dance Company and Cape Town’s Unmute Dance Company join forces to present ‘The Longitude of Silence’ a work choreographed by Lliane Loots and Andile Vellem at this year’s 20th JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience which takes place in Durban from August 28 to September 9. The companies are working intensely for 14 rehearsals over 14 days to create this new work. Pictured in rehearsals were Nadine Mckenzie (Unmute) and Sifiso Khumalo (Flatfoot).
Moving Durban’s Flatfoot Dance Company and Cape Town’s Unmute Dance Company join forces to present ‘The Longitude of Silence’ a work choreographed by Lliane Loots and Andile Vellem at this year’s 20th JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience which takes place in Durban from August 28 to September 9. The companies are working intensely for 14 rehearsals over 14 days to create this new work. Pictured in rehearsals were Nadine Mckenzie (Unmute) and Sifiso Khumalo (Flatfoot).
Image: Jackie Clausen

Six things about SA you need to know

November court date for Zuma’s legal fees case

An application to review and set aside the agreements between the Presidency and Jacob Zuma to cover the legal costs incurred by him for his criminal prosecution will be heard in the High Court in Pretoria on November 6 and 7. James Selfe‚ the Democratic Alliance’s Federal Council chairperson, said on Monday the party had received confirmation of this date‚ and that the matter would be heard before a full Bench of the high court. In March the DA filed papers asking that the agreement be reviewed‚ declared invalid and set aside. The legality of Zuma’s past and present legal funding by the state is being challenged by the DA and the Economic Freedom Fighters.

Parts of Joburg without trash collectors

Pikitup will not be collecting garbage in some parts of Johannesburg “until further notice”. “It is regrettable that Pikitup has to suspend services due to its staff being threatened with violence‚ putting their lives in danger and unable to leave depot premises every morning in order to go and carry out their daily duties‚” Pikitup spokesperson Muzi Mkhwanazi said in a statement on Monday. Mkhwanazi said that violent protesters went to the Central Camp and Zondi depots on Monday morning. They want to be insourced‚ despite not “meeting the set criteria during the verification process currently under way”. A Pikitup truck was burnt in Diepkloof‚ Soweto‚ and another stoned and damaged on Friday. Pikitup managing director Lungile Dhlamini told depot managers that it would be irresponsible to work under unsafe conditions. The strike has affected, among other areas, Diepkloof, Orlando East, Orlando West, Meadowlands, Pimville, Kliptown, and Dobsonville.

Fibre installation halted by business forums

Fibre internet provider Vumatel has halted work in KwaZulu-Natal‚ claiming its contractors have been intimidated and threatened by certain business forums. Vumatel said on Monday that “contractors appointed by Vumatel to roll out Fibre to the home (FTTH) infrastructure have put a temporary stop to their work in KZN after the escalation of threats and intimidation on site by various groups”. Vumatel informed clients in an e-mail that it was not “safe or practical for the contractors to continue working in the field at the moment”. Earlier this month, National Treasury said it had received complaints about “the abuse in certain provinces and municipalities of the requirement that 30% of public procurement contracts be subcontracted to designated groups”. Treasury slammed such practices are illegal.

‘No blanket pardon’ for Fees Must Fall students

No blanket exemption from prosecution nor presidential pardons for students linked to violent Fees Must Fall protests will be granted‚ Justice Minister Michael Masutha said on Monday. But he did offer to guide the students in applying to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for a review of prosecutorial decisions in cases of students who are already charged and whose cases are on trial. The activists declined to join a joint media briefing with the minister in Pretoria on Monday when they heard that their call for presidential pardons and amnesty for their participation and acts in the fee-hike revolt had not been granted. Masutha said their demands that all charges against them be dissolved immediately could not be met. He clarified that President Cyril Ramaphosa could not interfere with the processes of the judiciary.

Western Cape dam levels rise to 55%

Winter rainfall has taken the average dam levels in the Western Cape from a low of 16% nearly four months ago to 55% on Monday. A cold snap, accompanied by rain and snowfall over the weekend, will probably contribute to a further rise. But provincial minister of local government‚ environmental affairs and development planning Anton Bredell urged residents to continue using water sparingly. “Using less must be the new normal. Even though dam levels are recovering‚ the message remains to conserve water‚” he said. Average dam levels in the province‚ which has grappled with the effects of a severe drought‚ were just 16% towards the end of April. In total‚ dams feeding the City of Cape Town are now at 62%.

Candidate attorneys to rewrite exams after ‘leak’

Candidate attorneys will have to rewrite their exams after all four papers were leaked. The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) said on Monday all four papers would be rewritten in October. The exact dates would be announced at a later stage. The decision was made to “protect the integrity and reputation of the profession”. Investigations were under way to find the source of the leaks and those involved. The LSSA would ensure appropriate action was taken against anyone complicit in the leak.

THE WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Looks like a bruised ego ‘caused airliner to crash and burn’

A female co-worker was found to have triggered an emotional breakdown in the pilot

By AFP
2 min read

Pro-Kremlin media condemn ‘chief Russophobe’ McCain

The US senator 'loved the flames of war. Let's believe he'll have enough flames where his soul is resting now' 

By AFP
2 min read

At cross porpoises: French flip out over frisky dolphin

Naughty animal triggers beach ban, but but one lawyer insists the authorities are overreacting

By AFP
1 min read

Wrinkly brow? Now you’ve got something else to worry about

New research now says a furrowed forehead could point to heart disease and early death 

By Laura Donnelly
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

Young Hindu priests take a holy bath together as part of a ritual during the Janai Purnima, or Sacred Thread, festival at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu. Hindus take holy baths and change their sacred threads, also known as janai, for protection and purification during the festival.
water beads Young Hindu priests take a holy bath together as part of a ritual during the Janai Purnima, or Sacred Thread, festival at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu. Hindus take holy baths and change their sacred threads, also known as janai, for protection and purification during the festival.
Image: Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Facebook unfriends ‘genocide’ general

Facebook said on Monday it was removing certain Myanmar military officials from the social media website and an instagram account to prevent the spread of “hate and misinformation” after reviewing the content. “Specifically, we are banning 20 Burmese individuals and organisations from Facebook - including Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, and the military’s Myawady television network,” Facebook said. This came after a UN probe called for him to be prosecuted for genocide over a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. “We’re removing a total of 18 Facebook accounts, one Instagram account and 52 Facebook pages, followed by almost 12 million people.” The world’s largest social media networking site said it had removed 46 pages and 12 accounts for engaging in coordinated, “inauthentic” behaviour on Facebook. – Reuters, AFP

Terrified rail staff bite the bullet

A Japanese rail company has defended a safety exercise that requires employees to sit beside tracks in tunnels as bullet trains speed by at 300km/h. JR West said it has no plans to alter the exercise despite complaints from some employees. About 190 staff working on safety maintenance for Japan’s famed shinkansen bullet train have had the training, a company spokesman said. JR West introduced the training in 2016 after an accident in 2015 in which part of the train’s exterior fell off, a spokesman said. The purpose of the drill was reportedly to impress on the staff how fast the train moved and therefore how seriously they needed to take their jobs. Despite the huge volume of passengers it serves, the network operates with an enviable punctuality rate. It also has an unparalleled safety record, with no one ever having been killed in a crash in its half-century of service. – AFP

Brits quiche their manhood goodbye

British men are afraid to choose the vegetarian option in a restaurant for fear of being socially shunned, researchers claim. Scientists from the University of Southampton found even men who dislike meat or are unable to eat it for health reasons find it difficult to pick a vegetarian or vegan dish from a menu for fear of being ridiculed. A research project found men had experienced “social isolation” among friends after admitting to reducing their consumption of meat. The findings are to be presented to the Royal Geographical Society’s Annual International Conference this week. For the research, 22 participants were drawn from three different groups: “green-minded men” who are exploring vegetarianism for environmental reasons, “exercising men” who want to keep protein intake high without relying on meat, and men who relied on the emergency aid of food banks. – © The Daily Telegraph

Move over Robin Hood, a murderous fox is back

A conniving fox deemed too dark for Disney for his thieving, murderous ways is to be reintroduced to a new generation of children, brought to bedtime stories and the big screen in a project from Oxford University. Reynard the fox, a medieval children’s story that fell drastically out of fashion for its cynical, shocking storylines, is to be welcomed back into mainstream culture in a modern retelling that will not shy from its most disturbing elements. The project will result in a new illustrated children’s book and four films to be screened at a festival in 2020. The story was explored but rejected by Disney in 1937, when it was looking for a new animated film to make after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Notes from production meetings, held in the Walt Disney archives, detail qualms about how to present a hero who was anti-establishment, amoral, and with no redeeming backstory. The idea eventually mutated into the fox character of Robin Hood, with Reynard’s original Dutch stories. – © The Daily Telegraph

Wood you believe what these thieves did?

Thieves in Paraguay have made off with 42 powerful rifles from the police armoury – and replaced them with wooden and plastic replicas, the BBC reports. Officers discovered the FN FAL battle rifles were missing during an inspection ordered after the weapons started popping up on the black market. Some of the rifles, which had been in storage in the city of Capiatá since they were being replaced with newer models, are thought to have ended up in Argentina and others in neighbouring Brazil, the report said. Paraguayan media have labelled the incident the “most embarrassing scandal” yet to hit the country’s police force. The officer in charge of the armoury has been replaced, but no arrests have so far been made, the report added. - Staff reporter

A ball’s as bad as a bull on the run

A Spanish village that replaced Pamplona-style bull running in the streets with an animal cruelty-free alternative using gigantic plastic resin balls is considering forcing participants to use helmets after a man ended up in hospital with a severe head injury during this year’s run. The 29-year-old was airlifted from the mountain village of Mataelpino, where he was crushed against a metal barrier during Sunday’s ball running. This comes after another man was left in a coma and another suffered three broken ribs after similar incidents during the 2017 festival. The ball, which reportedly weighs about 250kg, careers down the steep streets with metal barriers to keep it rolling along the route. Participants are given safety instructions, and warned against taking a direct hit. Witnesses said the man “froze” as the ball approached him at the end of the route, crushing him against a safety barrier. – © The Daily Telegraph

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Nobody ever won a relay race on their own

It’s in our hands now – let’s stay in the lane and pass the baton into the future

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

Massmart isn’t in the wars, it’s in intergalactic conflict

As the biggest decliner among the major retail stocks, you might hope for a dramatic reversal. Not impossible?

By Tim Cohen
1 min read

Is Gwede about to kick mining bill proposals into touch?

Hopes high that amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act will be scrapped

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read

What’s cooking in fast-food franchising?

Franchise sector ‘allows entrepreneurs to run big businesses in a small context, and to achieve a decent turnover’

Suthentira Govender
Journalist
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Colonialism: The empire strikes back, sort of

Someone dares to have something positive to say about the imperial era, plus Palestine and Germaine Greer

By Andrew Donaldson
8 min read

All we thought we knew about Vincent van Gogh is wrong

Rumours about the famous artist have led people to believe that his work was never seen

By Hannah Furness
3 min read

When the world is on steroids, teach your kids to be softies

We live in two realities: we are more connected than ever and more emotionally disconnected

Claire Keeton
Journalist
3 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Season gathers steam for Chiefs, Sundowns

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Journalist
5 min read

Why are the Springboks such a sputtering jalopy on the road?

Last Saturday’s rugby equivalent of a car crash doused the Erasmus era in a cascade of cold reality

Craig Ray
Journalist
4 min read

Blasts from the past: Second silver in a row for Hestrie

Today in SA sports history: August 28

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read