Friday, August 31 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Analysis: DA outplays ANC and EFF in one genius move

Solly Msimanga is safe for at least three months as DA plays by the rulebook to defeat motion to oust him

Caiphus Kgosana
Journalist
4 min read

‘They are my children’: Sowetans stand by foreigners

Desperate residents get foreign shop owners to safety, plead for peace as deadly violence spreads

Naledi Shange
Journalist
3 min read

Home free: BLF backs group that occupied empty house

Thanks to Black First Land First, a group of friends can keep their swanky Pretoria abandoned house

Belinda Pheto
Journalist
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Cyril’s cameo in ‘rough diamond’ tax dispute

President's former company was a BEE partner of a 'dubious billionaire' who tried to wrangle a R90m tax deduction

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

Bloodstains on lover’s pants led to grisly find

A  jilted lover has confessed to the murder of his partner found murdered and stuffed in a coal box 

Belinda Pheto
Journalist
2 min read

Take a walk under the river, where treasure awaits

This marvel of modern engineering yields the largest mined resource on the planet

Tony Carnie
Journalist
4 min read

Working with bullies: When the ‘queen bee’ is being a B

A study has found that 70% of women have endured the sting of a queen bee boss

Nivashni Nair
Journalist
1 min read

There you have it: watching the Kardashians makes you a bad person

Just a minute of exposure to materialism can significantly decrease how people feel towards those who are less fortunate

Suthentira Govender
Journalist
2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Thank heaven for little girls

You know with a heavy pre-broken heart that sooner or later the odds are they will run into boys or the world. Boys and ...

4 min read

EFF now nothing more than the ANC’s partner in crime

Self-proclaimed champion of the oppressed aligned with the looting machine to steal Nelson Mandela Bay

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read

A little wa-ka-mo-leh is worth all a snob’s troubles

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Journalist
5 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

SNAPSHOT

Anyi Gomez, 19, a pregnant Venezuelan from Monagas state, offers to wash car windows at traffic lights in Brazil.
Saving for the baby Anyi Gomez, 19, a pregnant Venezuelan from Monagas state, offers to wash car windows at traffic lights in Brazil.
Image: Reuters/Nacho Doce

Six things about SA you need to know

Bobani takes ‘very nice’ mayoral chair for a spin

Mongameli Bobani swivelled in the Nelson Mandela Bay mayoral chair on Wednesday. Bobani whirled in the leather chair as he held his first mayoral caucus meeting in Athol Trollip’s freshly vacated office. ‘This is a very nice chair,’ Bobani said. PE City Hall was busy as the ANC and UDM celebrated with their supporters, while the DA and its coalition partners – ACDP, COPE and Patriotic Alliance – turned up for work, saying it was business as usual. It followed a dramatic council meeting on Monday, where council speaker Jonathan Lawack was first relieved of his duties when DA councillor Mbulelo Manyati abstained from voting against the no-confidence motion.

Tut-tut: students disrupt a memorial service

Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) students heckled their vice-chancellor on Thursday‚ demanding that he answer their demands after he delivered a tribute speech at slain student Andries Katlego Monareng's memorial service. Monareng‚ 26‚ a third level LLB student from Limpopo‚ and a member of PAC student organisation Pasma‚ was shot dead last week – allegedly by police – following unrest caused by disputed SRC elections. A student took to the podium and demanded that the VC give them ‘answers’. ‘We will not allow any speaker to proceed until we get answers‚’ said the unidentified student. Another student‚ in a Pasma T-shirt‚ called for calm and asked the students to arrange a day to deal with the issues they wanted management to address. ‘This is a memorial service. Let's respect the family. This is not a platform to grandstand‚’ the student said.

ConCourt goes easy on Bathabile Dlamini

The Constitutional Court on Thursday held that Bathabile Dlamini should not be held personally liable to pay costs for an application to extend an invalid cash grant payments contract. The court ruled in February that‚ for a period of six months from April 1‚ Sassa and Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) were under an obligation to ensure payments were made to social grant beneficiaries who are paid in cash. The court had also said a declaration of invalidity of the contract between Sassa and CPS‚ in relation to these cash payments‚ was suspended for six months from April 1 this year. Dlamini and the then-acting CEO of Sassa‚ Pearl Bhengu‚ were ordered to indicate why they should not be held personally liable to pay the legal costs of that application for an extension.

Traffic order insured to ensure your safe arrival

The 186 traffic pointsmen helping motorists navigate peak time travel in Johannesburg will keep their jobs for six more months. After this‚ a tender process will be finalised to cover the next three years. Danie Matthee‚ CEO of the project's anchor sponsor OUTsurance‚ said: ‘We are pleased to have the opportunity to be part of the pointsmen project for at least six more months.’ The pointsmen project began 13 years ago‚ with OUTsurance stating it had to date invested more than R190m with their current contribution in excess of R20m a year.

Woman fails to tell Bobani from ‘baboon’

A Port Elizabeth woman who called new mayor Mongameli Bobani a baboon on Wednesday said she did not know what had come over her when she posted the offensive slur on Facebook. Gretchen November, 43, said she and her children had been threatened by strangers via phone calls and messages. ‘I don’t know what came over me, I really did not mean that our new mayor was a baboon,’ she said. The mother of four, who insists she is not racist, has since deleted her post and inboxed about 14 people, apologising for what she had said.

AfriForum fights school admissions policy

The termination of the role of feeder schools‚ erosion of the school governing bodies’ (SGBs) role and the exclusion of SGBs from the determination process regarding schools’ capacity were among the objections raised by AfriForum on Thursday as it called for draft regulations on the admission of learners to schools in Gauteng to be scrapped. The organisation made the call after submitting its own comments on the Draft Regulations on the Admission of Learners‚ which were published by Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi in a special Provincial Gazette on July 30. The draft regulations make provision for the MEC of education in the province to have the final say about a school’s language and admission policy. The proposed regulations state that no pupil may be refused admission to a Gauteng public school on grounds that constituted unfair discrimination - including race‚ gender‚ disability‚ belief‚ culture‚ language‚ pregnancy or illness.

VISUAL SIDE

Former government spokesman and GCIS CEO Themba Maseko, who told the State Capture Inquiry about how then president Jacob Zuma removed him from his post after he refused to spend R600m of the GCIS’s budget on the Guptas’ media outlets The New Age newspaper and ANN7, said he believes that there is a basis for potential criminal prosecution of Ajay Gupta and Jacob Zuma.


THE WORLD 

The news you don't normally get to hear

Move over Viagra, olive oil is the key to getting the job done

A study has found that Mediterranean diet makes men 40% less likely to suffer impotence

By Laura Donnelly
2 min read

Holy flip! What the hell did they do to this temple?

Tourists love it but Malaysian heritage department takes a dim view of the dazzling decor

By AFP
1 min read

Smiley faces make dead animals so much tastier

Farm animals apparently react well to positive human interaction just before their trip to the slaughterhouse

By Henry Bodkin
1 min read

Pigeon pair had a great scam but it just wasn’t bulletproof

Milk cartons and a fast train were key to a cunning plot to home in on a big cash prize

By AFP
1 min read

SNAPSHOT

A participant of the Mexico state of Quintana Roo arrives to perform during the general audience of Pope Francis in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican.
Many parrots gave up their feathers A participant of the Mexico state of Quintana Roo arrives to perform during the general audience of Pope Francis in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican.
Image: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

When good intent is a load of rubbish

UK festival goers are leaving tens of thousands of tents behind in the mistaken belief they will be donated to the homeless and refugees, a charity has warned. The vast majority of the rubbish abandoned in fields after events such as Reading and Leeds this bank holiday weekend is “avoidable plastic pollution” that will be taken to landfill. Green campaigners said the idea that sleeping bags, tents and chairs would be put to better use was “complete nonsense”. Matt Wedge, director of Festival Waste Reclamation and Distribution, a charity set up to divert usable “waste” towards vulnerable people, said: “There is a common misconception that leaving your tent is like making a donation. It’s simply not the case. We coordinate local volunteers and charity groups and take as much as we can for the homeless and refugees in Calais and Dunkirk. But realistically, up to 90% gets left behind.” – © The Daily Telegraph

Boffins weed out good news for psychotics

British scientists have unravelled how a non-intoxicating component of cannabis acts in key brain areas to reduce abnormal activity in patients at risk of psychosis. While regular use of potent forms of cannabis can increase the chances of developing psychosis, the chemical cannabidiol (CBD) appears to have the opposite effect. CBD is the same cannabis compound that has also shown benefits in epilepsy, leading in June to the first US approval of a cannabis-based drug. Research at King’s College London had shown that CBD seemed to counter the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the substance that makes people high. But how this happened was a mystery. Now, by scanning the brains of 33 young people who were experiencing distressing psychotic symptoms but had not been diagnosed with full-blown psychosis, the researchers showed that CBD capsules reduced abnormal activity in the striatum, medial temporal cortex and midbrain. Abnormalities in these regions have been linked to the onset of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. - Reuters

They freed Willie so she could die happy

A dying dog who spent most of her life chained up outside finally got a taste of the life she deserved when animal activists drew up a bucket list that included a canoe ride, pizza night, a spa day with a massage, a visit to the fire station, a day at the beach, and sleeping on a soft bed for the first time. Miss Willie had lived on a patch of dirt in Halifax County, North Carolina for 12 years, Inside Edition quoted People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals staffers as saying. Over the years they had visited the lovable dog from time to time. On her most recent visit, staffer Jes Cochran noticed Miss Willie was too weak to stand, and she was found to have end-stage heartworm disease, lung tumours and two tick-borne diseases, among other problems. Her owner reportedly agreed to give her, after which she enjoyed two weeks of pampering. Miss Willie died 16 days later. - Staff reporter

Kiwis not amewsed by village ban

A village in New Zealand has announced plans to ban cats, drawing a furious response from some feline fans. The measure was unveiled by local officials of Omaui, a small community on the country's South Island, as a way to protect the area's native bird life. Under its Pest Management Plan, which was opened for consultation on Tuesday, residents would be required to desex, microchip and register their domestic cats with Environment Southland. They would then not be allowed to replace them when they die. "There's cats getting into the native bush; they're preying on native birds, they're taking insects, they're taking reptiles - all sorts of things," biosecurity operations manager Ali Meade said, according to Newshub. "They’re doing quite a bit of damage." – © The Daily Telegraph

Pooch’s new ‘pups’ got a roar deal in life

A lion, tigers and spotted hyenas are growing up alongside golden retriever puppies at a Beijing zoo after being abandoned by their mothers. The Beijing Wildlife Park put the eight cubs, including Siberian tigers, a white tiger, spotted hyenas and an African lion, to nurse with a golden retriever, alongside her own puppies. Wang Shuo, an animal nursery worker at the zoo, said a white tiger cub was the first abandoned baby to get milk from the dog. “Soon after, we had a Siberian tiger, an African lion and spotted hyenas come one after another.” Visitors to the park have been enchanted by the sight of the cubs frolicking with the puppies. “I think it’s incredible,” said Meng Ying, a 28-year-old accountant. “I thought if these animals lived together there would be bloody scenes, but as we can see they’re playing and growing together in harmony.” - Reuters

Autonomous cars drive locals crazy

Self-driving cars designed by Waymo, a subsidiary of Google's parent company, Alphabet, have problems understanding the basic rules of the road, according to a new report. The Chrysler Pacifica minivans are being tested in the suburban town of Chandler in Arizona under the watchful eye of safety drivers. However, locals have become increasingly frustrated by their presence, the Information claims. The cars reportedly have difficulty turning left on fast-moving roads and have a habit of stopping at traffic signs for longer than necessary. Locals also allege the vehicles brake suddenly, and have trouble merging into heavy traffic. They say the cars struggle with "basic" road features such as T-junctions. – © The Daily Telegraph

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Net 1 shrugs off social grants hangover: Next step crypto

CEO cheers as payments company’s fraught contract with the SA Social Security Agency is finally over

By Giulietta Talevi
4 min read

Very little fire in Brimstone but it’s not all ash it seems

Investment company hurt by lower share prices among its associates and joint venture holdings

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

Will somebody now please run Eskom like a proper company

From a financial point of view there is no justification for its existence. An inspired plan is urgently needed

By Lisa Steyn
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Anyone who had a heart would hightail it to Hartiwood

Get thee to Hartbeespoort on Saturday, the first day of spring, for the finest food and film fair around

By Andrea Burgener
2 min read

Gooey, soppy, sad, hilarious ... hooray, it’s romcom season

Can nearly 80 million Netflix account holders be wrong? Of course not!

By Miche Peterson
4 min read

Tom Cruise will dogfight another day, but not this year

Delay to ‘Top Gun’ sequel will allow producers to use the latest camera technology and newest warplanes

By The Daily Telegraph
1 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
3 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Bafana’s Lebo set for R135m French move

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

Rassie’s glass is half full for now, so watch out Wallabies

Bok coach has won three of his six matches in charge, but heaven help him if he slips up any further

Liam Del Carme
Journalist
2 min read

Blasts from the past: Terrible day in 1980 as Burger dies

Today in SA sports history: August 31

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read