Wednesday, September 19 2018



Analysis: Why ConCourt dagga ruling makes the law even more smokey

How much marijuana is legal, and what exactly did the judge mean by smoking in a 'private space'?

3 min read

By being soft on Cosatu, Cyril is dooming SA to hard times

The Cosatu conference was a time to get real about SA's troubles, not only take polite swipes at his comrades

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
4 min read

I was locked in a Kings Park loo with a knife-wielding maniac

In an exclusive interview, the victim of the rugby stadium attack recounts her terrifying ordeal

Jeff Wicks
3 min read



Child lay in morgue as family searched for her

She'd been hit by a car and then dumped next to a road to die

Alex Patrick
4 min read

Can only Cassper #FillUp or is it patent nonsense? The experts explain

As Nyovest locks legal horns with rival musician who used his catchphrase, we look at trademark law to see who'll win

Leonie Wagner
6 min read

SA designer puts Down’s syndrome model on runway to success

Australian makes New York Fashion Week history after being spotted by Hendrik Vermeulen

By Gina Cherelus
4 min read

Healthcare bill will cost SA an arm, a leg and some doctors, report warns

The Health Department has slammed the report on NHI, calling it ‘anti-poor’

4 min read

Teenagers battling cancer are stuck between wards

They are left feeling displaced because there are no guidelines on when they are ready for oncology adult care

Nivashni Nair
2 min read



Dear Customer, how are you? (Even though I frankly don’t care)

I hate that I’m all out of compassion, but I am

Andile Ndlovu
4 min read

Why is this man laughing? ’Cos he thinks he’s hot seat

The mayor who reckons it’s a good idea to encourage sewage spills as proof of his progressive agenda

Tom Eaton
2 min read

Oh holy blight: Western Christianity is committing suicide

Leaders chase relevance at the expense of God, while Christians blame falling numbers on everything but themselves

By Tim Stanley
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


A man writes the message ‘I love you so much’ at a beach in the Spanish Basque city of San Sebastian.
I LOVE YOU TOO, SAID THE SKY A man writes the message ‘I love you so much’ at a beach in the Spanish Basque city of San Sebastian.
Image: Gabriel Bouys/ AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

Maimane out of W Cape premier race

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has withdrawn his candidacy for premier of the Western Cape. The party announced on Tuesday that Maimane had informed the party’s federal executive that he had decided to decline the request for him to stand as the DA’s candidate for premier. "This was a request that required careful consideration and consultation with the relevant party structures which made the initial request to him‚" said spokesperson Solly Malatsi. Malatsi said the federal executive would meet again on Tuesday to consider which candidate in the Western Cape would be selected as the DA’s candidate for premier. The party would announce the successful candidate on Wednesday. Meanwhile‚ Community Safety MEC Dan Plato will be the next Mayor of Cape Town‚ returning to an office he occupied for two years between May 2009 and June 2011.

Cops under fire as kidnapped businessman freed

Western Cape police took flak on Tuesday after private investigators secured the release of kidnapped businessman Liyaqat Parker. To add insult to injury‚ TimesLIVE understands that alleged extortionist Nafiz Modack was involved in securing the release of Parker in Kuils River‚ in the northern suburbs of Cape Town‚ late on Monday. Modack refused to comment on his involvement‚ while the family’s public relations consultant, Kaz Henderson, denied that a ransom was paid and said claims that Modack was involved in Parker's release were not true. Community safety MEC Dan Plato said the 65-year-old’s release was the result of “large sums of extortion money” being paid by the family. “This raises serious questions on SAPS’ role in combating and prevention of kidnappings in the province involving prominent business people.” Plato said he would ask provincial police managers for an update on the investigation when they attended a provincial cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Pupil stabbed teacher for ‘denying him food’

A boy who allegedly stabbed his teacher to death was unhappy because the man had refused him a second plate of food a few days earlier. The 17-year-old went into a classroom and allegedly killed his teacher who was monitoring a class writing exams on Thursday. Gadimang Mokolobate‚ 24‚ was stabbed with a butcher knife at Ramotshere Secondary School in Zeerust‚ North West. The pupil appeared briefly in the Lehurutshe Magistrate’s Court on Monday. After his appearance his grandmother said the boy normally went to school hungry because they often ran out of food. She said the boy’s mother was unemployed and the family survived on social grants for the boy‚ his younger sibling and herself. The 78-year-old woman said the boy had told them just before police took him away on Thursday that he had allegedly killed his teacher for denying him food. She said her other grandchild was stabbed to death at school eight years ago.

Giraffe that hurt mom and son moved‚ calf dies

The giraffe cow that seriously injured a mother and son at the Blyde Wildlife Estate in Limpopo was relocated on Tuesday, but her two-month-old calf did not survive. Dr Katy Williams‚ 35‚ and three-year-old Finn were injured when they were attacked by the giraffe at the estate, where they live, outside Hoedspruit on September 3. The mother and son survived but were taken to hospital in a critical condition for surgery. The family’s lawyer‚ Marina Botha ‚ said on Friday that Williams was improving daily. The giraffe cow was relocated to another reserve early on Tuesday. “It is with the utmost sadness that we have to break the news that the two-month-old calf unfortunately did not survive‚” said the directors of the board of the estate. Estate manager Riaan Cilliers said: “We are all devastated by this very sad news.”

No bail for Uber driver held for airport brawl

Former Uber driver Tebogo Makhalemele was denied bail by the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. Makhalemele‚ 30‚ appeared calm as magistrate Motlalepula Mogotsi explained why he would stay in custody. The case returns to court in six weeks. He is accused of murdering 71-year-old Zalman Orlianski‚ who was buried on Tuesday morning. He died in hospital on Sunday after succumbing to injuries sustained on September 9 during their altercation at OR Tambo International Airport. Delivering her judgment‚ that went through submissions made by the defence and state on Monday‚ the magistrate said Makhalemele had failed to submit compelling reasons that he should be released on bail.

Assault case against Mosimane going ahead

A Durban man says he is pressing ahead with a case of assault against Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane. Nathi Ngwenya of Ngwelela Security Services‚ a private company that provides security at AmaZulu’s home matches‚ has alleged that Mosimane landed a blow to his head at the end of a match between AmaZulu and Sundowns at King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday. The alleged assault occurred after the final whistle following a league match that ended with three goals each. Sundowns fans reportedly ran onto the field after the game and Mosimane was not pleased with the way the security personnel removed them‚ and that is when the alleged assault is believed to have happened. Sundowns spokesman Thulani Thuswa said the club has not yet officially commented on the matter but they might issue a statement later on Tuesday after getting all the details.



The news you don't normally get to hear

What keeps Bill Gates awake? And what does he think of Trump and Musk?

In a new interview, he tells us what's on his mind now that the honeymoon period of tech is over

By Joe Shute
7 min read

Now there's help to stop you scrolling past your screen addiction

There are new apps to tell you when to keep your smartphone obsession in check, so no more excuses!

By Matthew Field
4 min read

Forget your Enneagrams and star signs: Here are the real personality types

Science has at last cracked the code of personality, and it turns out you belong to one of four distinct clusters

By Sarah Knapton
4 min read

Are shark attacks on the rise – and should I be worried?

The number of 'unprovoked' attacks worldwide has been rising steadily over the past century

By Annabel Fenwick Elliott
7 min read


Queen Maxima waves as she arrives at the Noordeinde Royal Palace in the Netherlands.
FRAME THIS Queen Maxima waves as she arrives at the Noordeinde Royal Palace in the Netherlands.
Image: Reuters/Eva Plevier


So what are we? Japan foreign minister asks UK

Japan's foreign minister on Tuesday urged his visiting British counterpart to ensure clarity over Brexit amid signs Japanese businesses are growing increasingly nervous about Britain's future outside the EU. Taro Kono said it was ‘indispensable to ensure predictability and transparency as well as legal stability by setting a transition period’ and told counterpart Jeremy Hunt he should ‘continue to listen to Japanese companies’ on the issue. Britain is due to leave the EU in March 2019, but the two sides have not agreed on the shape of their future relations. They have, however, tentatively agreed to a transition period through 2020 to allow businesses and others to adjust to Brexit. Kono's remarks come just weeks after Panasonic decided to move its European headquarters from Britain to the Netherlands over concerns about potential tax issues related to Brexit. Several Japanese have also said they’re planning to move their main EU bases out of London. Britain is hoping to strike trade deals with its major partners including Japan following its exit from the bloc. – AFP

High on hatred: Anti-drug Londoners up the ante

Fake street signs have popped up in a druggy London neighbourhood as part of a campaign by fed-up residents and business owners to shame dealers. Guerrilla street artists amended signposts to read ‘Give way to oncoming drug dealers’, ‘Drug dealers only’ and ‘Needle-free zone’ and also spray-painted a fake ‘Drug dealers only’ parking space in the Columbia Road area of east London. Designed by the anonymous ‘Columbia Road Cartel’ of street artists, the signs were commissioned by frustrated locals in protest at the situation and the lack of police action. A sign reading ‘Crack pick-up point’ appeared outside the restaurant on Sunday. – AFP

The gods rejoice as Cyprus prepares for harvest

The harvest of the ‘wine of gods’ just got under way in Cyprus. Only 14 villages are authorised to produce Commandaria wine each September – a wine that may once have been enjoyed by England's Richard the Lionheart, who used Cyprus as a staging post during the Crusades. Red Mavro and white Xynisteri grapes are left to dry for 10 days, and any rain would mean the ’destruction’ of the harvest. Given the island's arid climate, Commandaria production can vary hugely depending on the rainfall. In 2014, Cyprus produced 1,971 hectolitres of the sweet wine, compared to 3,339 hectolitres last year, according to figures from the agriculture ministry. Under the regulations governing Commandaria’s production, the wine must be aged in oak barrels for at least two years. – AFP

Deforestation to uproot uncontacted tribes

Illegal loggers and militias cleared a massive area in the Amazon this year, threatening an ‘uncontacted’ indigenous tribe, activists said on Tuesday. Brazil's uncontacted tribes, some of the last on earth, depend on large areas of unspoiled forest land to hunt animals and gather the food they need to survive. They are particularly vulnerable when their land rights are threatened because they lack the natural immunity to diseases that are carried by outsiders, rights groups say. Forest loss in Ituna Itata – from which outsiders were banned in 2011 to protect the uncontacted tribe – spiked to about 8 093 713 square kilometres. Brazil is grappling with scores of deadly land conflicts, illustrating the tensions between preserving indigenous culture and economic development. – AFP

Used nappies given a new lease on life

Fed-up with a growing mountain of stinking disposable nappies, a Dutch firm Tuesday started building the country's first recycling plant to turn poo into profit. Plastic from the nappies extracted by the facility in Weurt will have a second life as household items like garden furniture or flower pots. ‘In total, we plan to process some 15,000 tonnes of nappies a year,’ the ARN energy company said. Worldwide, disposable diapers are a major source of pollution with millions of tonnes being dumped in landfills every year, forming a major health hazard according to environmental watchdogs. Slated to start its first recycling operations by December, the factory will initially have one steel ‘reactor’, which uses high-pressure steam to separate plastic compounds in disposable nappies from urine and faeces. ‘The old disposable nappies are heated to 250 degrees Celsius under 40 bars of pressure and everything becomes liquified,’ the company said. ‘Once cooled down, the plastic compound granules float on top and will be separated from the rest of the content which is basically sewage. The plastic is then put through a granulator to be used for a variety of goods. The sewage generates gas and is turned into fuel for power stations and fertiliser, while the rest is piped to a nearby sewage treatment plant. – AFP

Ferrari speeds towards mostly hybrid cars by 2022

Most of the cars made by Ferrari would be hybrid petrol-electric by 2022, the car maker said. Gas-guzzling Ferraris are faced with more and more anti-emission regulations around the world, as well as increasingly environmentally-aware would-be owners. The company will increasingly make hybrid cars ‘as the years unfold to meet specific regulatory requirements but also to satisfy customer desires for significantly improved emissions while retaining the driving emotions that render Ferraris simply unique,’ the company said. Ferrari stock tumbled 8% in August as investors wondered if the company could stay on track for its profit targets after the death of historic boss Sergio Marchionne. – AFP



Dead air: Why investors are hanging up on telecom stocks

Caution advised as all four of the sector’s largest players are now trading at, or near, multi-year lows

By Nick Hedley
2 min read

Learning difficulties: Stadio has a multiversity of solutions

Tertiary students no longer have to scrape into a public university to get an employment-boosting education

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

On your marks, jet set ... what keeps Comair cooking?

Maybe the airline is not consistently brilliant at what it does, but its competitors are consistently bad

By Neels Blom
1 min read

A wobbly balance between jobs and keeping mines afloat

Sibanye-Stillwater’s acquisition of Lonmin somehow has to reduce retrenchments and save the business

By Lisa Steyn
1 min read



Here’s a cracking good idea: eat a good old egg for a change

It’s official! Eggs are back in all their gooey glory

By Andrea Burgener
2 min read

You say you’re feeling tired and jaded? Get out of town!

t’s the long weekend, it’s spring and Heritage Month. Here are four getaways to help you celebrate

By Zola Zingithwa
3 min read

What rubbish is this? How we cleaned Dassen Island

10km from Yzerfontein on the West Coast is a pristine protected island. And it’s full of plastic junk

By Jackie May
5 min read

An oh-so-heavenly taste of Hemelhuijs and it’s So Yum

Ultra-chic Cape eatery teams up in Hyde Park for an out-of-the-ordinary Asian eating sensation

By Sarah Buitendach
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Pitso to get it in the neck for alleged assault

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
4 min read

What’s a bet nobody really knows what sponsors want

Franchises jump into bed with names that should sound the alarm with the match-fixing police

Telford Vice
5 min read

Blast from the past: Cracking ’98 win for Polly and the lads

Today in SA sports history: September 19

David Isaacson
1 min read