Monday, October 1 2018



EXCLUSIVE: Zuma demands to know: Did Khwezi get paid for rape evidence?

His lawyers have asked or information on 'any' payments to his rape accuser - a request the NPA has rejected

Karyn Maughan
6 min read

The Dros rape, our colonial past and the ‘sexual entitlement of white men’

The perceived racialisation of the crime is rooted deeply in our history, says a sociology professor

Graeme Hosken
5 min read

Making America grate: there's nothing funny about Trump's speech

He came to the UN to tell the world that there was no place for it or the vision of its founders - and this is dangerous

4 min read



Baby death hospital was doomed from the start

Report seen by Times Select shows architectural design flaws exposing newly built hospital to infection control problems

3 min read

Wanna get royally wasted? Zulu king's booze will sort you out

The monarch is branching out into brandy, whisky and beer as part of his ever-growing portfolio of commercial products

3 min read

Jail is a raw deal: Prisoners sentenced to bad food

Bosasa is under scrutiny again. Now it's for the food it serves in prisons - and the contract that allows it to do so

Bongani Fuzile
4 min read

Green light for teachers to learn how to teach reading

Basic education department gives go-ahead for training of 4,800 primary school teachers to begin next year

Prega Govender
2 min read

For a rainy day: Why vitamin D is back on the A-list

The demand for vitamin D supplements in SA has soared, and it's got to do with far more than just healthy bones

Claire Keeton
3 min read



Nasty surprises: That’s what’s in the new Rice Krispies box

Reception to the new breakfast cereal hasn't been great, and not without reason

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

Fearful UK needs to shake this bad case of Theresa May

She loses support by the day, yet she clings on. This political impasse can't hold for much longer

By Charles Moore
6 min read

Snooze or lose: Harvard tells students to sleep more to excel

University undergraduates taking groundbreaking course to explain the perils of sleep deprivation

By Harriet Alexander
3 min read



Today's cryptic crossword

It's time to put your brain to work

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Today's quick crossword

How fast can you get it done?

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Six things about SA you need to know

Dlamini may not be able to foot legal bill: report

Former minister of social development Bathabile Dlamini might not have enough money to pay legal fees a court has ordered her to pay. Rapport reported on Sunday that Dlamini’s share portfolio of R21‚081 and home in Pietermaritzburg might be insufficient to cover legal costs the Constitutional Court ordered her to pay this week. The court ruled on Thursday Dlamini has to pay 20% of the legal costs of the Black Sash Trust and Freedom Under Law‚ including costs of two counsels‚ incurred in the social grants debacle. Dlamini was the social development minister at the time of the debacle‚ and is now the minister in the presidency responsible for women.

DA mayor arrested for alleged assault

Midvaal mayor Bongani Baloyi was arrested for alleged assault at the weekend. Baloyi and a member of the public were both taken into police custody after they laid charges against one another on Saturday. Baloyi was released on bail and will appear in the Vereeniging Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The DA said Baloyi opened a case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm after he was attacked in Ward 11 in Savannah City‚ south of Johannesburg‚ during the municipality’s launch of Arbour Day. “When the mayor was about to go to the podium … ANC members approached him and tried to take the microphone away from him. They physically pushed the mayor and hit him with a rock.” However, ANC Sedibeng regional secretary Jason Mkhwane said Baloyi organised the event as a DA electioneering programme which turned sour when residents “rejected the political nature of the”

Cops probe muso-feud link after four killed

Four people were killed and eight injured in two early-morning shootings near the rural Free State town of Fiksburg on Saturday. The gunmen, who were concealed with blankets, first opened fire on mourners in a tent who were holding a night vigil, before they stormed a nearby house. Police are investigating whether the killings in the Meqheleng area close to the Lesotho border could be linked to a feud between musicians from Lesotho and SA. Free State police spokesman, Brigadier Sam Makhele, said the motive was unknown. "What we do know, and what detectives are looking at as a possible link, is that there is an ongoing feud in the area between musical recording groups from Lesotho and Gauteng. Investigations will look into whether the feud has had a role in the shootings or not and whether the two shootings can be linked."

ANC man dies on way to pay lobola

An ANC member died in a car crash on Friday night while on his way to pay lobola for his girlfriend. ANC Greater Johannesburg region spokesperson Jolidee Matongo confirmed that Tshepo “Slovo” Modikadika was travelling to Kimberley in the Northern Cape on Friday night when the car crashed. “This fearless revolutionary was the secretary of Ward 58 Ghandi Mahlangu branch of the ANC and the acting zonal secretary of the ANC in Zone 6‚” said Matongo. Modikadika’s colleague‚ Msholozi Mphahlele‚ who was with him in the car‚ has been admitted to hospitalis. “The ANC Joburg Region will on Tuesday announce a week-long programme to honour comrade Slovo‚” said Matongo.

Man held for allegedly killing his father

Police in Willowvale in the Eastern Cape have arrested a 37-year-old man for allegedly killing his 67-year-old father. The incident allegedly occurred at their common ancestral home in Shixini Locality‚ Xonyeni Village‚ Willowvale at about 11.30pm on Friday. “According to information‚ both drew their knives and began to stab each other during an alleged dispute. The father was fatally wounded and died on the scene. Willowvale police were called and they acted swiftly‚ resulting in the arrest of the suspect‚” police said. The man would appear in the Willowvale Magistrate’s Court on Monday on a charge of murder.

Nxesi: Remove DG or ‘risk another Nkandla’

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi has asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene in the feud between him and director-general Sam Vukela amid warnings that keeping Vukela in the post could “return the department to the days of the Nkandla scandal”. Nxesi wrote to Ramaphosa last month, asking him to “redeploy” Vukela because he was “insubordinate and a liar”. Nxesi said Vukela had defied him on a range of issues, including the submission of reports to parliament. “It is therefore my conclusion that I will not be able to achieve any progress with the same DG and have lost trust in him,” the letter reads. Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Khusela Diko, confirmed the president had received the letter and said he was “applying his mind” to it.
Gym members drop balls on images of Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn in London. Reuters/Simon Dawson
TAKE THAT, THERESA! Gym members drop balls on images of Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn in London. Reuters/Simon Dawson



The news you don't normally get to hear

Plenty of big firms outlive their visionary. Tesla will not

The carmaker has not yet reached a critical mass and presence, so that stupid tweet might be its undoing

By Matthew Lynn
5 min read

Move aside, freakishly hairless Ken, Medallion Man is back

Believe it or not, the 'sexually confident' look of jewellery on a hairy chest is a hit again

By Victoria Moss
2 min read

Greece's elite skirt-wearing selfie magnet turns 150. But why the skirts?

The Evzones are carefully selected each year, and their iconic if eccentric uniforms are full of symbolism

3 min read

Crock shock: groom left off royal wedding china

Princess Eugenie is there, but where is the groom? Tea and tequila don't mix at Windsor Castle, it seems

By Hannah Furness
1 min read



It seems Paris prefers Sonia Rykiel to Chanel

In a city yet to name a back alley after Coco Chanel, Parisians stepped out Sunday to do their organic shopping at a street market named after fashion designer Sonia Rykiel. Hours earlier the city's mayor Anne Hidalgo - something of a fashionista herself - had declared Allee Sonya Rykiel open, with her label staging its Paris fashion week show between the twinkling lights of the market stalls. The ’allee’ is in the middle of a grand Left Bank boulevard where the designer, who died in 2016, did her fruit and vegetable shopping. - AFP

Time to paws for peace in the two Koreas

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has sent South Korean President Moon Jae-in a pair of white North Korean Pungsan dogs as a gift, the latest sign of a dramatic thaw in relations between the Korean rivals. Moon and Kim held their third meeting this year in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang in mid-September, when Kim proposed the idea of the canine presents. The breed is known for its loyalty and skills for hunting, even tigers, and is designated as a North Korean ‘natural monument’ animal. – AFP

Editor feared Paddington would be unbearable

He is one of the best-loved children’s characters of all time. But even Paddington’s first editor took a little convincing to fall in love with him, according to a letter which details her ‘initial suspicion’. The 1958 letter, signed by editor Barbara Ker Wilson and released from the HarperCollins archive to celebrate 60 years of Paddington books, tells how she feared the manuscript would be filled with the ‘whimsy-whamsy’ style she had come to expect from anthropomorphised animals, or based on adult innuendos. However, in the end the manuscript ‘completely won her over’. – The Daily Telegraph

Feel like listening to a forest for an hour?

First it was the slow food movement, designed to help diners get back in touch with the natural world, now it's slow radio aiming to calm us all down. The UK’s BBC Radio 3 is to give a permanent slot to programmes that aim to slow down the frantic pace of life, including recordings of a zoo at night and a walk through a German forest. The monthly programme also includes a broadcast of sounds from Durham Cathedral. - The Daily Telegraph

Tsunami toll could go into thousands

The death toll from Indonesia’s quake and tsunami disaster nearly doubled to 832 on Sunday and was expected to rise further, prompting authorities to announce mass burials in a desperate attempt to stave off disease. As shattered survivors scoured make-shift morgues for loved ones, and authorities struggled to dig out the living or assess the scale of the devastation beyond the city of Palu, grim warnings came that the eventual toll could reach thousands. – AFP

Where sheep may unsafely dodge traffic

British TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh and men dressed in medieval costumes drove a flock of sheep across London Bridge on Sunday as part of a centuries-old tradition. Titchmarsh kicked off the annual sheep drive, which sees freemen of the City of London exercise their ancient right to drive the animals over the bridge to raise money for charity. The tradition of freemen — people who enjoy civil or political liberty — stretches back to the Middle Ages, where they would be granted lucrative trading rights and privileges. - Reuters
Visitors take selfies in a pink ball bath at the Supercandy Pop-Up Museum in Cologne, Germany.
DROWNING IN PI(N)XELS Visitors take selfies in a pink ball bath at the Supercandy Pop-Up Museum in Cologne, Germany.
Image: Rolf Vennenbernd/dpa/AFP



The Mining Charter is good, but the haggling isn't over

Gwede Mantashe has delivered a workable document, but more anxiety looms as work begins on its guidelines

By Allan Seccombe
3 min read

The buck stops here: JSE gets tough on listing rules

In the wake of Steinhoff, Ayo and other threats to investor faith, the exchange is getting more picky

By Stuart Theobald
4 min read

Feeling flush: big change in pipeline for Rex Trueform

Fashion retailer to diversify with stake in SA Water Works

By BusinessLIVE
2 min read



High and mighty: The buzz of being up where we belong

Paragliding and ballooning are great ways to take in the beauty of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

By Lwandile Bhengu
2 min read

Let it bleed: Spotify chooses the music that’s in your DNA

If you thought Spotify’s algorithm already knew you, wait until it gets under your skin and into your blood

By Tymon Smith
1 min read

Do you really want to spy on your kid online? Should you?

People like Jamie Oliver unashamedly monitor their kids’ smartphones, which is not to say it’s right 

By Rachel Halliwell
4 min read



SPORTS DAY: All Blacks have point to prove, says Du Toit

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
8 min read

Loftus ideals: Boks have more than blind hope against All Blacks

After downing the Wallabies, the All Blacks clash looms as a hugely significant contest for Rassie's men

Craig Ray
3 min read

Blast from the past: Second tragic end to a Sithole fight

Today in SA sports history: October 1

David Isaacson
1 min read