Friday, September 7 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Did black farmers' group trigger spaza raids?

Farmers United SA's tweet seems to be first reference to  'fake food''

Katharine Child
Journalist
5 min read

Brazil goes nuts after SA cops 'assault' its envoy

The Brazilian Embassy demands answers after its agent was allegedly denied his rights when stopped at a roadblock

Bongani Fuzile
Journalist
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Ja well, no spine: gutless ANC owes Zuma

The party faithful have much in common with the spineless lot behind the 'quiet resistance' in Trump's White House

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read

What the Boks need to do to win on the road

As they go to Australia and New Zealand, a top expert tells what he's learned that will give them an edge

Craig Ray
Journalist
3 min read

‘It tears me apart, I’m her daddy’: Novella victim's parents speak out

'Arrogant' murderer gets 20 years, but is appealing his sentence

Aron Hyman
Journalist
2 min read

Guptas want to have their case and eat it too

Their plea to testify at the state capture inquiry from Dubai  labeled ‘absurd’, as Zondo reserves judgment

Karyn Maughan
Journalist
4 min read

What recession? South Africans shop up a storm online

Baby and kiddie products top list as weak economy fails to curb SA's online spending habits

Kgaugelo Masweneng
Journalist
2 min read

Community service is just what the doctor ordered

But more mentoring is needed, as well as more effort to keep them in rural areas once their stint is over

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Sunglasses belong to the universe

Every pair of shades you lose will end up in the hands of someone who needs them more than you do

5 min read

How nude went from noble to naughty and back

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Journalist
3 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

A Palestinian girl swings from a tree outside her family dwelling.
FREEDOM WILL SWING IN MY FAVOUR A Palestinian girl swings from a tree outside her family dwelling.
Image: Reuters/Ammar Awad

Six things about SA you need to know

Burning Joburg building ‘not the worst’

The Bank of Lisbon building which caught fire on Wednesday - resulting in the death of three firefighters - was not the worst of the government facilities recently assessed for health and safety compliance. The building receiving a score of 21%. Gauteng infrastructure development MEC Jacob Mamabolo made the admission on Thursday. One of the three firefighters who died fell from the building‚ while the two others died inside. The fire continued to burn on Thursday. “Some buildings are below Bank of Lisbon‚” Mamabolo said of the compliance scores. He did not name those buildings. The fire‚ which started on the 23rd floor and kept firefighters busy overnight‚ was spreading to lower floors. Mamabolo said officials were confident the fire would be contained by the end of Thursday, given more manpower from neighbouring metropolitan municipalities.

Beleaguered SABC agrees to settle football debt

Bafana Bafana's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya will be broadcast on SABC on Saturday after the cash-strapped public broadcaster finally caved under considerable pressure on Thursday and agreed to pay a portion of the R50m it owes to the South African Football Association (Safa). Safa announced on Thursday that it amicably resolved the issues around the broadcast of the match after giving the SABC an ultimatum to either pay a third of the R50m it owes from the previous contract between the two parties, or face a blackout. Safa officials had said they wanted certain guarantees before the game could be broadcast since the broke public broadcaster has failed to honour its financial obligations for several months. The match kicks off at 3pm on SABC 1.

Military chief lauds brave SA peacekeepers

The chief of the SA National Defence Force‚ General Solly Shoke‚ has commended SANDF officers in the Force Intervention Brigade deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for their bravery during an encounter with rebels. The incident occurred on Monday‚ September 3‚ he said on Thursday. “Two of our members sustained minor injuries.” SA National Defence Union (Sandu) spokesperson Pikkie Greeff said an SA helicopter took enemy fire in DRC. “Damage to rotor blades‚ crew landed and are safe. Please think about our soldiers!” he tweeted. Shoke said the SANDF is committed to being a part of the peace process in the DRC. “Our soldiers will continue doing a sterling job under difficult circumstances by protecting innocent citizens in DRC,” he said.

Strikers flay Sasol … then braai

Mostly white workers took to the streets of Secunda in Mpumalanga on Thursday to demonstrate their disapproval of a share scheme offered exclusively to black staff at petrochemicals firm Sasol. They marched‚ carried banners and listened to a fiery speech by Solidarity chairperson Flip Buys, who said: “We are not strikers‚ but we have no other choice. Talk no longer helps with the management of Sasol.” They then grabbed tongs and started to braai. The planned shutdown was in stark contrast to militant strike action seen‚ at times‚ in SA. Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann said earlier the union was satisfied with the protest action‚ which began on Monday morning with sit-ins and work-to-rule action‚ where employees do no more than is required by the rules of their contracts. The workers complained that an employee incentive scheme unfairly discriminated against white workers.

Willemse surprised by SuperSport contract expiry

Former Springbok winger and SuperSport presenter Ashwin Willemse said on Thursday he was not aware of his commentary contract expiring with the pay-channel. SuperSport announced on Thursday that Willemse‚ who was at the heart of a studio walkout that involved former Springboks Nick Mallett and Naas Botha after a Super Rugby match between the Lions and the Brumbies at Ellis Park on May 19‚ will not be back on air. “You are calling me in regards with something that I haven't read and I don't know what you're talking about‚” Willemse said. Through a statement from its communication co-ordinator Sandile Luthuli‚ SuperSport confirmed that Willemse's contract has expired and he will not be back on air.

Coligny teen ‘killed’ for R60 in sunflower heads

A Coligny teenager was allegedly killed for about R60 worth of sunflower heads‚ the North West High Court heard on Thursday. Phillip Schutte‚ the man accused of throwing Matlhomola Mosweu from a moving bakkie‚ said the boy had five or six sunflower heads in his hands when he and his co-accused apprehended him. Schutte told the court that Matlhomola and his friends had dropped the allegedly stolen sunflower heads and run away after realising that he and co-accused Pieter Doorewaard had seen them. He said Doorewaard stopped them in their tracks and loaded them into the bakkie the two were travelling in. Schutte and Doorewaard are accused of killing Matlhomola by throwing him out of the bakkie on April 20 2017. The case was postponed to September 25 to allow counsel to prepare for arguments.

VISUAL SIDE

An interfaith prayer meeting was held at the site where a body - believed to be that of missing boy Miguel Louw - was found.


THE WORLD

The news you don't normally get to hear

Musk meltdown: If Elon doesn't shut up, he'll be shut out

Elon Musk will be the architect of his own downfall if he doesn't refocus on his business

By Natasha Bernal and Hannah Boland
6 min read

Inside the murky world of Russia's assassination squads

An elite intelligence agency has gained notoriety for its antics, including the poisoning of a former spy in the UK

4 min read

Never mind terrorism, we'd better beware the robots

Artificial intelligence is also more worrying than climate change, a top British scientist warns

By Sarah Knapton
3 min read

Did Posh make a funny? Apparently Queen Vic’s a laugh-a-minute

Victoria Beckham drops her po-faced persona, but insiders says she's always had a killer sense of humour

By Louise Gannoni
3 min read

SNAPSHOT

A man sits down as people walk in Buenos Aires’ financial district in Argentina.
ECONOMIC SLUMP A man sits down as people walk in Buenos Aires’ financial district in Argentina.
Image: Reuters/Marcos Brindicci

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Wrinklies swing and spin into record book

An octogenarian flying trapeze artist, the owner of the world’s fastest jet-propelled go-kart (181km/h) and a dog named Feather with a flair for jumping are among the record-breaking stars to win a place in the latest edition of Guinness World Records. Others to feature in the 2019 edition include the creator of the world’s largest knitting needles (4.42m long) and an Irish butcher, Barry John Crowe, who has produced the most sausages (78) in one minute. Another octogenarian honoured in the book is Sumiko Iwamura, an 83-year-old Japanese restaurant owner who in the evening turns into DJ Sumirock, the world’s oldest professional club disc jockey. Samantha Valle from the US state of Maryland trained Feather, whom she adopted from a rescue centre, to jump over ever higher hurdles until she set a new canine record at 191.7cm. - Reuters

Fur will no longer fly … off the shelves

British luxury fashion group Burberry has stopped burning unsold products and will no longer use real fur and angora in its clothes, chief executive Marco Gobbetti said on Thursday: “Modern luxury means being socially and environmentally responsible.” Campaigners toasted the news, with animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals tweeting “VICTORY!” after “more than a decade of campaigns”. Burberry said its use of real fur had “been restricted for many years to rabbit, fox, mink and Asiatic racoon”, adding: “Going forward, these and Angora will be” phased out. There would be no real fur in Riccardo Tisci’s debut collection revealed in September. But, Mark Oaten, chief executive of the International Fur Federation, expressed disappointment, saying more was needed to ensure respect for the environment. “Substituting natural fur with plastic petroleum-based materials, like fake fur, is ... neither luxury nor responsible and sustainable.” - AFP

Jou Moore: he’s had enough of Sacha Baron Cohen

Roy Moore, the former US Senate candidate from Alabama,has filed a $95m lawsuit accusing satirist Sacha Baron Cohen of defamation for duping him into appearing on the actor’s TV series “Who Is America?” Moore, a Republican and former chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court, also brought defamation claims against Showtime and its parent, CBS Corp, over a sketch broadcast on July 29 that appeared to portray him as a sex offender. Moore lost his Senate race in Republican-dominated Alabama to Democrat Doug Jones last December after being accused of sexual misconduct toward women when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. One woman said he tried to initiate sexual contact with her when she was 14. The lawsuit said Baron Cohen’s show mocked him with a “false and fraudulent portrayal” that harmed Moore’s reputation and caused “severe emotional distress” to his family. – © The Daily Telegraph

Prince quips up a fashion storm

The Prince of Wales joked about his fashion sense as he appeared at the GQ Men of the Year Awards to be honoured for his services to philanthropy. “I really want to apologise for being wrongly dressed. Really, I feared that none of you would really be able to compete with my incredibly snazzy dinner jacket,” he told the audience, explaining why he had eschewed the black-tie dress code in favour of a double-breasted navy suit. “When I was first told of GQ magazine’s wish to give me a Man of the Year award I felt sure there must have been some kind of mistake and must be an ill-conceived fashion award - particularly as, in fashion terms, I am like a stopped clock. In other words, I’m fashionable every 25 years.” The prince also joked that watching a short film praising his philanthropic work, including a tribute from Idris Elba, was like “letting me have a little bit of a preview of my obituary”. – © The Daily Telegraph

Little primates make monkey out of drunk Kiwi

A drunk man trying to impress his girlfriend got taken down a few pegs – by squirrel monkeys. John Casford clambered into the monkeys’ enclosure at New Zealand’s Wellington Zoo to catch one, reports stuff.co.nz, but it proved to have been ill advised when he ended up with a broken leg, a broken tooth and many bruises from trying to get away. To make things worse, the monkeys ended Casford’s mini crime spree that had been going on for seven months, the site reported. Intending to capture one of the small primates to take home to his girlfriend, he got in through an insecure gate before cutting off two padlocks, said Wellington District Court Judge Bill Hastings. “I don’t know what happened in the enclosure. You know and the squirrel monkeys know, but I don't speak squirrel [monkey],” the judge was reported as saying. The incident had left the animals distressed, with two injured. Casford was jailed for two years and seven months. – Staff reporter

Gay sex gets go-ahead in India

India’s top court scrapped a colonial-era ban on gay sex on Thursday in a landmark judgment that sparked celebrations across the country where gay sex had been punishable by prison for up to 10 years. Gay sex is considered taboo by many in socially conservative India, and it was reinstated as a criminal offence in 2013 after four years of decriminalisation. A five-judge bench in India’s Supreme Court was unanimous in overturning the ban. “Any consensual sexual relationship between two consenting adults - homosexuals, heterosexuals or lesbians - cannot be said to be unconstitutional,” said the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, as he read out the judgment. Supporters of the campaign to scrap the ban milled around the court before the verdict and cheered the decision, hugging one another and waving rainbow flags. – Reuters

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

One hell of a steep Hillie to climb for Meyer at MMI

The product of 2010’s merger between Metropolitan and Momentum has been going backwards

By Giulietta Talevi
5 min read

Heard about MTN, the Russian dynamite ship, and Nigeria?

Conspiracy theories have sprung up all over the place about Nigeria's $10bn ‘retaliation’ against MTN 

By Nick Hedley
1 min read

Taking a dump and making it environmentally friendly

That’s the vision of DRDGold CEO Niel Pretorius

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Ho ho ho, you white people are crazy, but only in a silly way

Spike Lee’s latest film ‘BlacKkKansman’ hammers home the ridiculousness of racism

By Yolisa Mkele
3 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
2 min read

The 'Jackass' hangover was bad for fans – and grim for the cast

The millennial show that put many of its cast in hospital

By Adam White
13 min read

Now CNN climbs onto the #MeToo backlash bandwagon

Channel won't air any episodes of Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ that feature activist actress Asia Argento

By Tymon Smith
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Fresh front row will give Boks grunt

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

Blasts from the past: Baby Jake takes a belting

Today in SA sports history: September 7

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read