Tuesday, October 2 2018

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

REVEALED: How Nene also had hush-hush Gupta meetings

Finance minister to tell state capture commission all about his meetings to discuss a PIC deal

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
4 min read

Moaning Moyane: Gordhan's got it in for me because he's jealous

'My tenure at SARS was the most successful in the democratic era,' is suspended boss's startling claim

Karyn Maughan
Journalist
5 min read

One in three teachers flee troubled WCape school

Sun Valley Primary hit by walkouts as education department continues to probe allegations against head

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
8 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

The mystery of the missing Sassa evidence

Cops investigate after documents needed to prove syndicate was operating go missing from safe, locked drawers

Aron Hyman
Journalist
2 min read

... and two case files of Sassa's corruption chaos

In both cases, the vanished files would have proved or disproved whether a crime indeed took place

Aron Hyman
Journalist
2 min read

King steps in to solve Wild Coast mining standoff ...

Community will be destroyed, says one side. Most people are jobless and survive on grants, says the other

Bongani Fuzile
Journalist
5 min read

... but with a potential R20bn at stake, tempers run high

Xolobeni has the 10th-largest undeveloped heavy mineral deposit in the world, mining analysts say

By Lisa Steyn
4 min read

Marikana miner’s mom saw it all on TV. This is her story

Her son was on the Marikana koppie when police opened fire. Now her horrific experience has been made into a film

Alex Patrick
Journalist
3 min read

Added value: maths boffins help teachers up their game

Schools across SA get a maths boost as academics help teachers improve their pupils' woeful results

Prega Govender
Journalist
4 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Better to be like birds than brainwashed zombies

We glorify individual uniqueness, but it is comforting to think that an ancient hand is guiding us

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

Just say no: You don't have to fall sick just to have a break

In a society where being busy nonstop is the new status symbol, maybe it's time to make laziness a virtue

By Bryony Gordon
4 min read

Disneyfying the past: are colourised films a big lie?

As director Peter Jackson is finding out, the resistance to the technique is as strong as ever

By Lucy Davies
7 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 team including members of the uShaka Marine World, National Sea Rescue Institute, Kit Case and Umhlanga lifesavers helped a stranded dolphin safely return to the sea off Durban.
WE ALL NEED SOMEBODY A team including members of the uShaka Marine World, National Sea Rescue Institute, Kit Case and Umhlanga lifesavers helped a stranded dolphin safely return to the sea off Durban.
Image: Eugene Ciaglia/Promarc Visual Concepts

Six things about SA you need to know

SARS drops R12m suit against ex-spokesman

SARS has withdrawn civil proceedings it brought against its former spokesperson‚ Adrian Lackay‚ for speaking to committees in parliament about problems at the organisation. In May 2015, Lackay was served with a combined summons in which the tax agency and its suspended commissioner‚ Tom Moyane‚ claimed R12m in damages. Lackay has testified at the Nugent inquiry into Sars‚ where he said‚ again‚ that his working life was made "intolerable" when Moyane ran a "disinformation campaign"‚ making false statements to the media without his knowledge. The damages claims followed a submission he made to the chair of the standing committee on finance and the chair of the joint standing committee on intelligence in parliament in March 2015. He resigned as Sars spokesperson in March 2015.

Blind Paralympian wins case against wine estate

When blind Paralympic swimmer Hendri Herbst and his guide dog Stan were denied access to a well-known Cape Town wine estate four years ago, Herbst experienced the discrimination he had encountered all his life. But his victory in the Equality Court has given him hope that people with disabilities will enjoy shared spaces with greater dignity. The court ordered a settlement between the two parties, with Durbanville Hills told to issue a public apology and take steps to ensure staff take part in sensitivity training. They must pay R50,000 in damages to Herbst, and donate R50,000 to the Guide Dogs Association. Herbst said he hoped the ruling would “raise awareness about the challenges we face and serve as a deterrent for establishments who engage in this kind of intolerance”. Durbanville Hills apologised for the incident and said it would do what it could to ensure it never happened again.

Alert nurse foils human trafficking bid

A vigilant Durban nurse has foiled the attempted abduction of newborns and their mothers by two men posing as home affairs staff. KZN Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said the attempted abduction occurred at Durban's Addington Hospital on Saturday‚ September 22. On Monday‚ Dhlomo heaped praise on the nurse who foiled the attempt. The men were allegedly wearing home affairs departmental name tags which allowed them to gain access to Addington’s maternity ward and told nursing staff that they were collecting mothers and their newborns. This was to help the mothers register for the babies’ birth certificates as part of government’s campaign to register all births within the first 30 days, they said. However‚ the nursing sister in charge of the hospital at the time refused to release the mothers and their babies‚ and the men left. Dhlomo described the incident as "shocking and extremely concerning".

School halts anti-hijab action

The Gauteng education department confirmed on Monday it was intervening after allegations that Muslim pupils at Jeppe Girls’ High faced disciplinary action for wearing hijabs at school, which went against the school’s code of conduct. The hearings were meant to have taken place on Saturday but spokesman Steve Mabona confirmed they postponed the disciplinary hearing “pending the meeting between the department and the school governing body”. An agreement had been reached in principle to “amend the code of conduct not to be in contravention with the Constitution”.

Court to rule on man who called Cyril the k-word

The Verulam Magistrate's Court will rule on Tuesday on an application to send Kessie Nair for 28-day mental evaluation at Fort Napier Hospital. The application was brought by the state when Nair, who is accused of calling the President Cyril Ramaphosa the k-word, intended to apply for bail last week. Prosecutor Carlson Govender said on Monday the state was relying on an assessment by a district surgeon, who recommended an inpatient assessment, and Nair's brother who testified that he was mentally unstable. However, defence attorney Chris Gounden argued that the district surgeon was not qualified to assess Nair and that his brothers were “bitter siblings”. Gounden said Nair was willing to pay for a private mental assessment with his own medical aid should he be granted bail. Nair has been charged with seven counts of crimen injuria and two counts of incitement for his widely circulated racist rant on video and social media posts.

Rubber bullets fly in Westbury

Numerous protesting residents of Westbury in Johannesburg were injured on Monday as police tried to disperse them. Police fired rubber bullets at the crowd who had littered the streets with burning tyres and debris. TimesLIVE witnessed a woman limping as she was helped by other residents and taken to the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital. She had been shot in the arm. As rubber bullets flew‚ crowds hurled objects at the police. A man was hit with a brick on his head. Unrest erupted in the area last week after a 45-year-old woman was shot dead during a shootout between three men. A 10-year-old girl was wounded in the incident. Residents vowed to shut down the area to mourn her death and called on the government to deploy the army to clean up the drug-ridden area.

VISUAL SIDE

Johannesburg’s Westbury community was met with police’s tear gas and rubber bullets after they took to the streets in protest against gangsterism and crime in their community on Monday. The protest action came after a woman was shot and killed by a stray bullet on a street in broad daylight, allegedly during a battle between two rival gangs.


THE WORLD

The news you don't normally get to hear

Do Democrats want Trump to dump Rosenstein? Yes and no

They would view his ouster as an election 'gift', but are wary of using the Russia probe as their Trump card

By James Oliphant
5 min read

Aussies face bank robbery scourge – where the banks are the robbers

If you think our banks are bad, just wait till you've read what people have to put up with Down Under

By Iain Withers
3 min read

Instagram eye candy rots young ballerinas, says star

Young dancers can't resist the allure of Instagram videos showcasing amazing tricks

By AFP
3 min read

As mother of the bride, is Fergie on a royal rebound?

A royal outcast for many years, the Duchess of York now has the backing of the queen for her daughter’s wedding

By Camilla Tominey
6 min read

SNAPSHOT

President Emmanuel Macron hugs a youth during a visit to the Caribbean island of Saint-Martin.
SOAKING UP THE MOMENT President Emmanuel Macron hugs a youth during a visit to the Caribbean island of Saint-Martin.
Image: Eliot Blondet/Pool via Reuters

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Phones are destroying dinnertime

Cellphones provoke conflict and argument every day in a fifth of Britain’s families, according to a groundbreaking study into their impact on family life. Half of parents and teenagers admit they get distracted by their phones every day with similar proportions also saying they feel “addicted” to their devices. As a result, conversations and meal-times are regularly disrupted with children and parents critical of each other’s use. Almost two-thirds of parents felt their teenage children spent too much time on their devices but more than a quarter of the children said their parents were also on their phones too much. Two-thirds of families said they set rules on the use of mobiles in the home, such as a ban at meals or bedtime, but 70% admitted they were broken, mostly by the teenagers but in up to 17% of cases by parents. - © The Daily Telegraph

Bottle ban waters down opera fans’ spirits

It’s enough to drive the head of a prestigious opera company to drink. For the English National Opera has begun a crackdown on opera lovers trying to smuggle colourless spirits into the auditorium disguised as mineral water. Audiences turning up to the ENO’s new telling of Richard Strauss’ “Salome” were appalled to find their water bottles seized and the contents emptied out into the street before being allowed in. One opera buff complained that such strict security might be fine for airports - where water is not allowed on to planes for fear of the liquid containing explosives - but was unnecessary for the Coliseum, the ENO’s opulent home in the centre of London. ENO chief executive Stuart Murphy said they were trying to prevent opera-goers smuggling in vodka - and presumably gin also - in water bottles. – © The Daily Telegraph

Brain-eating amoeba kills surfer

US disease experts are testing the water at a surf resort in Texas for a brain-eating amoeba after a surfer died, Newsweek reports. Fabrizio Stabile, 29, had fallen ill after using the wave pool at the BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort in Waco. He died in New Jersey on September 16 after picking up a naegleria fowleri infection. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are reportedly conducting tests. This infection has only been diagnosed 143 times in the past 55 years in the US. A Gofundme page set up to raise awareness says Stabile had first suffered a headache that would not go away. Unable to speak, his symptoms had matched those of bacterial meningitis and medication did not work. He then tested positive for a naegleria fowleri infection, which is 98% fatal, the page said. – Staff reporter

Lana del Rey raps Kanye over Trump

Singer Lana del Rey has branded Kanye West a delusional narcissist, criticising the rapper for his support of Donald Trump. “Trump becoming our president was a loss for the country but your support of him is a loss for the culture," she wrote on Instagram. "I can only assume you relate to his personality on some level. Delusions of grandeur, extreme issues with narcissism – none of which would be a talking point if we weren't speaking about the man leading our country." The rapper is a fan of Del Rey's work, and booked her to perform at a party before his 2014 wedding to Kim Kardashian. But the singer's latest comments represent a growing rift between them. "If you think it's alright to support someone who believes it's OK to grab a woman by the p---y just because he's famous – then you need an intervention as much as he does," she continued. – © The Daily Telegraph

Plastic bottles leave Iceland cold

Iceland is urging tourists to stop buying environmentally damaging plastic bottles of mineral water because they are "wildly overpriced" and pointless in a country with some of the cleanest tap water in the world. The Icelandic environment agency wants tourists to ditch single-use plastic and buy reusable water containers, amid concerns that the country's surge in popularity is putting undue strain on the environment. The Nordic country has a population of just 300,000, but the number of foreign visitors has quadrupled in just six years, with 2.1 million making the trip in 2017. "With increased tourism, we need to do better at informing our guests about the water quality of tap water in Iceland, with the main achievement being the reduction of unnecessary plastic consumption," an environment agency spokeswoman said. – © The Daily Telegraph

Pair bag Nobel for cancer therapy

Two immunologists, James Allison of the US and Tasuku Honjo of Japan, won the 2018 Nobel Medicine Prize for research into how the body’s natural defences can fight cancer, the jury said on Monday. Unlike more traditional forms of cancer treatment that directly target cancer cells, Allison and Honjo figured out how to help the patient’s own immune system tackle the cancer more quickly. This led to treatments targeting proteins made by some immune system cells that act as a “brake” on the body’s natural defences killing cancer cells. The Nobel Assembly said the therapy “has now revolutionised cancer treatment and has fundamentally changed the way we view how cancer can be managed”. In 1995, Allison was one of two scientists to identify the CTLA-4 molecule as an inhibitory receptor on T-cells. T-cells are a type of white blood cell that play a central role in the body’s natural immunity to disease. – AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you don’t break it first, you don’t have to fix it

Bold, significant change is required, and we pretty much all know what has to be done. We don’t need a vote first

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

Pot luck: All fired up for SA’s first official giggle juice

Beer made with cannabis? Well why the heck not ... and Durban bigwigs are piling in with the investment

By Nick Hedley
2 min read

Titi and Du Toit step in as Koseff calls time at Investec

Joint CEOs take over from the founders who led the specialist bank and asset manager for over 40 years

By Londiwe Buthelezi
2 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Bob Dylan: There will be more blood on the tracks

Just for the record: a bi-weekly vinyl review

By Andrew Donaldson
11 min read

Coffee and splutter: The weird side of your morning joe

Monday was International Coffee Day – here are some out of the ordinary coffees for you to try at home

By Zola Zingithwa
3 min read

Insane idea or was he just riding a wave of inspiration?

Remarkable similarities between a Japanese print and Van Gogh’s masterpiece, painted in a mental asylum 

By Elizabeth MacLeod
2 min read

Never a Dahl moment: Matilda meets her newest nemesis

New statues depict a face-off between Roald Dahl’s beloved fictional creation and the US president

By The Daily Telegraph
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Dino's our must-win man, says Baxter

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
7 min read

For once, the spoilt brats actually made us care about golf

Ryder Cup strikes a chord with the world

Craig Ray
Journalist
4 min read

Blast from the past: Faf ton squashes Aussie resistance

Today in SA sports history: October 2

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read