Wednesday, September 5 2018



Lives blown to pieces: families reel from deadly Denel blast

Despite the tears and stunned disbelief, the plant was operating as normal after an explosion killed at least 8 workers

Aron Hyman
3 min read

Is it absurd? Is it a pain? No, it’s SuperJeff!

We all know Radebe has superpowers. We’ve seen first hand that he is bulletproof. But how did he fix the fuel price?

Tom Eaton
2 min read

Mantashe or mouse? Gwede should stop dithering and stand before Zondo

Instead of rubbishing their testimony he needs to join the brave, principled witnesses at the state capture inquiry

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
5 min read



Slipping through the Net: Why SA's teens are killing themselves

Internet Disorder is a real condition and it's having a devastating impact on our nation's youngsters

Prega Govender
4 min read

Ads add massively to teen boozing scourge, study finds

Stalled alcohol bill must be passed as soon as possible to save our youth, campaigners insist

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

It's getting harder to keep teens out of self-harm's way

Why is the scourge reaching epidemic proportions, and what can parents do when they discover their child is doing it?

By Guy Kelly
5 min read



Krejcir: Send me home or I’ll escape

Mobster musters every argument he can think of - and then some more - to get himself deported to Czech Republic

Karyn Maughan
3 min read

Fuss over Fassie film isn't the drama SA asked for

Battle between son and music producer means legendary singer’s story will take much longer to hit the screens

Leonie Wagner
2 min read

Crash carnage driver buoyed by the kindness of strangers

Tireless supporters stick by Sanele May on fifth anniversary of Pinetown accident that killed 24 people

Nivashni Nair
2 min read

Critter campaigners aren't beating about the bush, baby

They want a Joburg development canned to protect 50 bushbabies, but developer says the cuties will be accommodated

Alex Patrick
4 min read

What's the secret to 80 years of marriage? A wife’s patience

With a combined age of 208, the Matsumotos have entered the record books

By Mayuko Ono
1 min read

Elephant massacre: ‘The largest I’ve seen in Africa’

At least 90 carcasses, mostly of tuskers, found as Botswana becomes new focus for ivory poachers

1 min read



Just Do It - and damn the consequences

Nike has also restored our faith that some brands are capable of doing good, in spite of the potential for turbulence

Andile Ndlovu
4 min read

What the Tinder generation can learn from Grandma

Long-term relationships, sex and dating - why a whole generation is making a hash of it

By Zoe Strimpel
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


Six things about SA you need to know

DA wants urgent parliament debate on economy

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane will write to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete requesting an urgent debate on how to get the country's economy "up and running again" after Statistics SA announced that the country was in recession - for the second time in two years. The economy has battled to fully recover and stabilise after former president Jacob Zuma’s disastrous tinkering with the National Treasury at the end of 2015. Stats SA announced on Tuesday that the economy was officially in recession‚ with GDP growth down by 0.7% in the second quarter of 2018‚ following the huge 2.6% contraction in the first quarter. Reacting to the news‚ Maimane said the recession could be blamed on the ANC’s economic policies and its inability to create jobs for the recession. Despite a change of leadership in the ANC - from Zuma to Cyril Ramaphosa - very little else had changed, he said.

Pikitup woes spark health hazard fears

Concerns are growing that Pikitup’s failure to collect refuse could become a health hazard in some parts of Johannesburg. Pikitup has been unable to collect refuse in parts of Midrand and Soweto due to job seekers who have staged a protest at some of its depots. Pikitup spokesperson Muzi Mkhwanazi said their employees were not on strike, but they were unable to operate because of people who were demanding jobs from the waste management company. Protesters were preventing trucks from leaving the depots and were threatening employees’ lives, said Mkhwanazi. The affected depots were Midrand‚ Central Camp near Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, and Zondi in Soweto.

Rain on way but crisis still grips some towns

A cold front accompanied by rain was expected to make landfall in the western parts of the country late on Tuesday. The South African Weather Service said that although the front was expected to bring showers in the Western Cape‚ the outlook for the interior of the country would be dry and windy for the rest of the day. Snow Report SA said there could be light snowfall across the high peaks of the Cederberg‚ Hex River Mountains and the Boland Mountains north of Wellington overnight on Tuesday. Recent rains have raised the average dam levels in the Western Cape to 58%‚ a dramatic improvement on the 16% recorded at the start of winter. But further inland‚ the town of Beaufort West along the N1 is still grappling with a crisis. Its previous main source of water‚ the Gamka dam‚ is empty.

Mashaba seeks action over ANC council boycott

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba plans to report the entire ANC caucus to the council’s ethics committee after the party boycotted a special council sitting. Mashaba said the stayaway was unconstitutional, and accused the party of a plot against his administration. Mashaba said the ANC was being deliberately obstructive. “Today’s special council [meeting] was decided upon‚ with the ANC present‚ during last week’s council meeting. This was required because of the deliberate efforts of the ANC to delay the proceedings of that council meeting. This is only the latest in a string of many attempts by the ANC caucus to disrupt the business of council,” he said.

Third KZN ‘cop killer’ gunned down in shootout

A third man linked to the murder of KwaMashu policeman Mbiko Buthelezi was killed in a shootout with police in Ulundi in the early hours of Tuesday. The man – understood to have been on the run since Buthelezi was gunned down near the KwaMashu men’s hostel last week – made his last stand in the northern reaches of the province. This brings to three the number of men killed by police in the wake of the officer’s murder. Hawks spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo confirmed that officers descended on a homestead in Ulundi and were met with gunfire. They returned fire‚ fatally wounding a man they had been tracing. Two other men were killed in a dramatic exchange of fire with police at the hostel at the weekend. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate confirmed it was examining the circumstances of the shooting.

Giraffe tramples mom and 3-year-old in Limpopo

In a freak accident involving a giraffe a mother and her child were critically injured. ER24 said on Tuesday the incident occurred on a farm in Hoedspruit‚ Limpopo‚ on Monday afternoon. “ER24 paramedics were alerted to this incident after the Hoedspruit Medical Rescue arrived on the scene and assessed the patients. Assessments showed that a mother‚ believed to be in her 30s‚ as well as a three-year-old boy‚ had sustained numerous injuries and were in a critical condition‚” said spokesman Russel Meiring. The mother and child were stabilised by Hoedspruit Medical Rescue before being rushed to a nearby airfield and airlifted to Busamed Modderfontein for “urgent treatment”.
High waves triggered by Typhoon Jebi are seen at a fishing port in western Japan.
THIS IS HOW YOU MAKE AN ENTRANCE High waves triggered by Typhoon Jebi are seen at a fishing port in western Japan.
Image: Kyodo via Reuters


A Cape Town suburb hit by the infamous crowbar gangs and high levels of house robberies has become a pilot project for an inter-disciplinary task team comprising two metro police officers, the SAPS, neighbourhood watch groups and private security companies that hopes to stop property crime in the area. The task team has been running for six months but is it working? TimesLIVE went to find out.


The news you don't normally get to hear

'Not in my name': the mum who took on the IRA and won

Susan McHugh paved the way for an end to the Troubles and, 25 years later, we are reminded of her immense courage

By Judith Woods
7 min read

Buzzkill: Aldrin bitter about ‘anti-US’ moon landing film

Apollo 11 astronaut wades into the controversy about the movie ‘First Man’ being ‘un-American’

By Nick Allen
2 min read

Ex-sex slaves to the rescue after killer floods

Victims of sex trafficking have shown a devastated Indian community what they have to offer

By Reuters
2 min read

UK's Royal Academy finally gets its nude awakening

Academy seeks to redress the imbalance of women's place in the art world in show on the Renaissance

By Hannah Furness
2 min read


Japana's Raio Kuchisubo competes in the men's snowboard halfpipe final for the FIS Junior World Championships during the Winter Games NZ in New Zealand.
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT Japana's Raio Kuchisubo competes in the men's snowboard halfpipe final for the FIS Junior World Championships during the Winter Games NZ in New Zealand.
Image: Iain McGregor-Winter Games NZ/Handout via Reuters


Spain’s ‘stolen babies’ come back to haunt

Spain’s first trial linked to thousands of suspected cases of babies stolen from their mothers during the Franco era resumed at a Madrid court on Tuesday, decades after the scandal broke. A handful of activists protested outside the Madrid court. Activists say hundreds of similar cases dating back to the right-wing dictatorship of 1939 to 1975 have failed to make it to court in Spain because of a lack of evidence or time limits to file charges. During Francisco Franco’s dictatorship, the newborns of some left-wing opponents of the regime, as well as of unmarried or poor couples, were removed from their mothers and adopted. New mothers were frequently told their babies had died suddenly within hours of birth and the hospital had taken care of their burials, but in fact they were given or sold to another family. Baby stealing began in the 1950s after Franco came to power following the 1936-39 civil war pitting left-wing republicans against conservative nationalists loyal to the general. It was part of an effort to purge Spain of Marxist influence. – AFP

Japan smashes glass ceiling with ‘space elevator’

A Japanese team working to develop a ‘space elevator’ will conduct a first trial this month, blasting off a miniature version on satellites to test the technology. The test equipment, produced by researchers at Shizuoka University, will hitch a ride on an H-2B rocket being launched by Japan's space agency from next week. The test involves a miniature elevator stand-in – a box just 6cm long, 3cm wide, and three centimetres high. If all goes well, it will provide proof of concept by moving along a 10-metre cable suspended in space between two mini satellites that will keep it taut. The mini-elevator will travel along the cable from a container in one of the satellites. ‘It’s going to be the world’s first experiment to test elevator movement in space,’ the university said. The movement of the motorised ‘elevator’ box will be monitored with cameras in the satellites. It is still a far cry from the ultimate beam-me-up goals of the project, which builds on a long history of ‘space elevator’ dreams. – AFP

Stop clinging to Clinton: Lewinsky walks off stage

Monica Lewinsky cut short an Israeli interview and walked off stage after what she described as an ‘off-limits’ question about Bill Clinton. Lewinsky sat for an interview with an Israeli TV anchor at a Jerusalem speaking event on Monday, where the now 45-year-old delivered an address on the dangers of social media. She abruptly rose from her seat and strode off stage after the opening question – on whether she still expected a personal apology from Clinton. ‘I'm so sorry. I’m not going to be able to do this,’ Lewinsky said before walking away. – Reuters

Belgium lets beer past ferment

Belgians are famous for taking their beer seriously, but authorities are now moving to preserve some of the historic cafes where drinkers have been quaffing since the early 20th century. In the village of Alsemberg, the PastaCafe is one of those that has best kept its 1920s and 1930s decor. The ‘charming, authentic’ bar is the opposite of the modern ‘bling’ drinking haunt, says the young manager. Belgium, whose thousands of beers have since 2017 boasted UNESCO World Heritage status, has hundreds of such old cafes. Seven of them have already been listed in the region and the three others nominated in August, including the PastaCafe, are set to be added next year after a routine public inquiry by local authorities. The goal is to show future generations this furniture, stucco ceilings and vintage mirrors, even if it imposes some constraints on the bar owners themselves. – AFP

‘I flirted with Van Gogh’s ghost’

When Willem Dafoe was limbering up to play Vincent van Gogh in a new film about the painter, he did something that will give museum curators nightmares for years to come. He was leafing through a ‘lost’ sketchbook of the artist's from his time in Arles, when the film’s director – American painter Julian Schnabel – looked at him like a man possessed. ‘We had the white gloves on and everything,’ Dafoe said, ‘and we were gently going through it looking at the drawings. Then at one point Julian grabbed my hand and slammed it down on one of the sketches. ‘It was like something out of The Exorcist,’ the actor said. ‘He was forcing a transmission – a connection between me and Van Gogh – and I think it worked. While the authenticity of the sketchbook is disputed – the Van Gogh Museum and two major experts on the artist are at war over the issue – Dafoe believes it is genuine. – AFP

Germany, do you Nazi you have far-right problem?

The German foreign minister called on the country’s ‘silent majority’ to ‘get up off the sofa’ and take a stand against the far-right in the wake of neo-Nazi riots. The minister’s call comments come after violent protests over the fatal stabbing of a man by migrants in the city of Chemnitz last week, in which neo-Nazis openly made Hitler salutes and abused foreigners. Protests at Chemnitz lasting several days came after the death of a German-Cuban man in a suspected stabbing by two migrants from Iraq and Syria. More protests passed off largely peacefully on Saturday amid a heavy police presence. Protesters poured into Chemnitz from across Germany and trains to the city were full. The nationalist Alternative for Germany party (AfD), which has seen its support rise in the polls since the protests began, held a silent march through the city led by Björn Höcke, one of its most controversial politicians, who has previously called for a ‘180-degree turn’ in German attitudes to the Second World War. Meanwhile, Left-wing protesters held a rival rally, and water cannons and riot police were deployed to keep them apart. – The Daily Telegraph



Nene’s finger hovers over the panic button after GDP shock

Market hammered but finance minister says economic structural reforms and a stimulus package are coming

Thabo Mokone
3 min read

When Shoprite starts to battle we know we’ve got a problem

Results were unexpectedly poor for a company that  had a strong track record, even in the tough times

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

Russian in where Raven dares to tread: are we bold enough?

London-listed group that invests in Russian commercial property will begin trading on the JSE next week

By Alistair Anderson
1 min read

Never mind, Libstar, Xmas is just around the corner ... oh

Given the recession, the holiday period may be bleak enough to hurt the consumer foods company further

By Giulietta Talevi
1 min read



Give your kids some culture: Make a start with yoghurt

Scientists reckon it’s great for fighting childhood obesity

By Shanthini Naidoo
1 min read

When last did you have a proper old natter over coffee?

One Viennese man is bringing conversation back into coffeehouse culture - even if you need a little jolt first

By Tymon Smith
1 min read

Flaunt your inner Queen and be Freddie for a Day today

The world celebrates Freddie Mercury’s birthday

By Staff reporter
4 min read



SPORTS DAY: Nike knocked as new ad celebrates protest

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
5 min read

Boks vs Wallabies: My, how the heavyweights have fallen

They clash this weekend in a contest that used to be one of the most important in rugby. No longer, sadly

Craig Ray
3 min read

Blasts from the past: What joy as SA finally beat the British

Today in SA sports history: September 5

David Isaacson
1 min read