Wednesday, October 3 2018



ANALYSIS: Only truth will set finance ministry free from its Gupta curse

For the sake of SA, it's time for our parade of finance ministers to man up and dish the state capture dirt

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
4 min read

It's enough to make you sick: medaid costs rocket. Why?

With a premium increase of 104.87%, the costs of medical schemes outstrip salary increases

6 min read

It’s a big hostile Dros out there: Here’s what parents can do

As the child-rape suspect appears in court, experts give their advice on how to keep your children safe

Belinda Pheto
4 min read

Well, at least Cyril likes the former spy boss who Jacques Pauw fingered

Nothing suggests there's anything untoward about Arthur Fraser, Ramaphosa says in court papers

Karyn Maughan
4 min read



WATCH: The human bloodlust behind dog fights

The dogs are left bloody and torn apart, but the violence is a mirror of the societies the fights occur in

Naledi Shange
5 min read

Streets of misery: Westbury says ‘no more’

In Westbury, life is lived at gunpoint. Now more blood is being spilled as they take their anger to the streets

Iavan Pijoos
3 min read

Undertaker hits dead end over costly corpse storage

He says he has preserved a body for four years because the municipality won't cough up

3 min read

Classrooms so packed, kids can’t even hear teachers speak

Schools in the ECape, where often more than 100 pupils crammed into a room, have taken the matter to court

Matthew Savides
News editor
4 min read

Barberton Mountains keep rocking the geological world

First it revealed stunning clues about life on Earth, now the site is disclosing some of the planet's earliest secrets

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

Beekeeper's sting operation is a buzz kill for pesky tuskers

Learning about an elephant's weakness gave him a brainwave that is saving trees across SA

Alex Patrick
4 min read



Hope used to be the thing with feathers for LGBTQI+

They're supposed to celebrate the LGBTI community, but The Feather Awards do more fawning over celebrities

Andile Ndlovu
5 min read

When the crème de la crème starts to whiff a little bit off

One UK newspaper called her ‘Trump's bag lady’, but this is the woman who could be US ambassador to SA

Tom Eaton
3 min read

‘My husband was killed by breast cancer’

Father of two thought his chest pain was a muscle strain. A little more than a year later, he was dead

By Victoria Lambert
7 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

Radio DJ fired over Malema ‘monkey’ remark

The EFF says it will open a criminal case against radio presenter Sasha Martinengo after he referred to party leader Julius Malema as a monkey on air. Martinengo was fired from Hot91.9fm because of his comment. EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi tweeted: We welcome the firing of Sasha Martinengo‚ a @Hot919fm DJ who called CIC Malema a monkey. However‚ we will not end there. We will‚ through our branches in Gauteng‚ be opening a criminal case against him because racists belong in jail.” The station's managing director‚ Lloyd Madurai‚ said: "This morning an unfortunate and completely unacceptable incident took place during the ‘Breakfast Show’ whereby‚ during the course of the broadcast‚ a reference was made by anchor presenter‚ Sasha Martinengo‚ who said “[A]nd people still listen to this monkey‚” referring to Julius Malema." He said Martinengo had been removed from the station with immediate effect.

Pain at the petrol pump

Motorists rushing to fill up their tanks before the budget-busting fuel price hike shared some of their pain at the pumps in Johannesburg on Tuesday. According to the latest increase announced by the department of energy‚ the price of unleaded 93 petrol will rise by 99c‚ unleaded 95 by R1 and diesel by R1.24. Illuminating paraffin will cost an additional R1.04 and liquefied petroleum gas by R1.79. The price hike comes into effect at midnight on Tuesday. One motorist, pensioner Kenneth Sibisi, said: “This is nonsense. These increases are just a way of stealing money. They want to compensate for the damage that Gupta family did. The standard of living is getting very high. I do not have a budget for this thing. I am unemployed and have to survive on R1‚600 monthly.”

Substation vandalised for second day in a row

The Orlando East electricity substation was vandalised for the second straight day‚ leaving thousands without power. The second incident on Tuesday morning involved the theft of cables‚ and has left about 2‚438 customers without electricity supply. Eskom said the latest incident came after cables were stolen in the early hours of Monday at the same substation. No customers were affected by Monday’s theft. The power utility said it has been working around the clock to restore supply‚ but that it wasn’t yet known when power will be restored. It urged residents to report any suspicious activities in and around electricity substations.

Court sends k-word racist Nair for evaluation

The Verulam Magistrate's Court has ordered that Kessie Nair‚ accused of calling President Cyril Ramaphosa the k-word‚ be sent for a mental evaluation at Fort Napier Hospital in Pietermaritzburg. Magistrate Ncumisa Gcolotela said the state's evidence - a recommendation by a district surgeon and the testimony of Nair's brother - was enough to rule in favour of its application for Nair to be sent for the inpatient assessment. The district surgeon had found that while there were no signs of mental illness‚ Nair was delusional. Following the ruling‚ the state had intended to adjourn the matter to book a bed at Fort Napier for Nair. However‚ is defence attorney Chris Gounden indicated that Nair would formally apply for bail. The matter stood down on Tuesday morning for Gounden to prepare an affidavit for the bail application.

Motorist killed by stray cash-heist bullet

A woman driving past the scene of a cash heist in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape died after being hit by a stray bullet‚ police said on Tuesday. Another man‚ also a bystander‚ was injured‚ said Brigadier Vish Naidoo. The heist occurred on Monday on the N2 at about 6:30pm. "Suspects in a bakkie shot at the security vehicle‚ bringing it to a halt. They disarmed the three security guards‚ tied them up and forced open the safe‚ removing an undisclosed amount of money‚ as well as three firearms belonging to the security guards‚" Naidoo said. Three passing vehicles were hit by stray bullets. “A 30-year-old woman was shot and killed and a man who was wounded was rushed to hospital.” Police tracked down a vehicle in Mthatha, where the damaged money and an unlicensed CZ75 pistol were seized and two male suspects were arrested. Police were looking for the other suspects.

Durban beaches closed due to strike

It’s school holidays‚ but Durban has been forced to close some of its beaches due to a strike by KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board employees. On Tuesday‚ the eThekwini Municipality said it had taken the decision to close some of its beaches after communication from the Sharks Board. The strike resulted in the board being only able to maintain shark nets at certain prioritised beaches‚ the municipality said. "Residents are cautioned to‚ under no circumstances‚ attempt to bathe at beaches where shark nets have been removed. We apologise for the inconvenience‚ residents will be advised of any developments‚" municipal spokesman Mandla Nsele said.
The Grand Palais transformed into a beach scene at Paris Fashion Week.
HUMAN BARRIER TO KEEP THE MERMAIDS FROM LAND The Grand Palais transformed into a beach scene at Paris Fashion Week.
Image: Reuters/Stephane Mahe


The world's most expensive pair of shoes went on sale in a Dubai hotel, with a hefty $17m price tag.


The news you don't normally get to hear

Why the days of Silicon Valley control freaks Musk, Zuckerberg are numbered

Their dictatorial control is no longer working out for them

By James Titcomb
4 min read

Moneybags is all about saving big cats – and shooting them

Randgold chief is on the board of conservation charity, but has a taste for killing animals on big-game hunts

By Robert Mendick
2 min read

Your spine killing you? Your mind has your back

The brain can produce its own drugs if activated by either the doctor or the patient

By Dr Jeremy Howick
6 min read

Pup fiction: Why your dog isn't nearly as clever as you think

When it comes to cognitive ability dogs are at least matched by several species, a study has found

By Henry Bodkin
2 min read



Elephant wrinkles a stroke of genius

A study of the African bush elephant’s deep wrinkles has found they are intricately designed to help the animals keep cool, fight off parasites and defend against sun damage. The millions of channels help the elephant’s skin retain five to 10 times more water than a flat surface, the researchers said. ‘Because of their huge body size, and their warm and dry habitat, African elephants can avoid overheating only by losing calories through evaporation of the water they collect in and on their skin,’ researchers wrote. The scientists found elephant skin channels were not just folds or wrinkles, but actual fractures in the animal’s brittle outermost layer of skin. The skin grows on a tiny lattice framework, they said, causing it to fracture under mechanical stress when the animals move. – Reuters

Pundits come out jewels blazing in fashion war

If Hedi Slimane had crushed a kitten under the heel of one of his studded boots he might have provoked less of an outcry than his debut show for Celine. The howl that went up after the hottest show of Paris fashion week on Friday night has since turned into a war on social media between his defenders -- the Slimaniacs – and the supporters of his predecessor Phoebe Philo, the Philophiles. The latter accuse the superstar designer of grinding the artful British creator's feminist legacy at Celine into the dust, replacing it with retrograde ‘crotch-skimming cocktail dresses’ for wafer-thin teenage vamps. Or as Lou Stoppard of GQ magazine put it, Slimane's slash-and-burn approach to ‘Celine was fucking horrible. A big fuck you to women who just wanted something non-demeaning to wear’. Even Slimane's fans admit the man credited with inventing the much-copied skinny and the oversized looks, drove a steamroller over Philo's baby. – Reuters

Off the runway and on to the boardwalk

Karl Lagerfeld took Chanel to the sea Tuesday, creating a huge beach with real waves for his joyously zingy Paris fashion week show. The 85-year-old produced a winningly youthful collection to lift the spirits of jaded fashionistas on the last day of the packed nine-day schedule. With soft drizzle falling outside and the October chill beginning to bite in a grey French capital, more than one regretted not taking a towel. To further lift the spirits, the Kaiser seemed to have found something of a second youth, brilliantly applying the oversized trend to the classic Chanel tweed jacket and sending out a line of accessories and summery looks that set Instagram humming. He even did an impromptu little jig on a pier at the end to acknowledge the prolonged applause. – AFP

The pit stop before spooking pearl-clutching EU

Tens of thousands of migrants have arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa over the past 25 years, the numbers rising and falling in response to events in the Arab world and Africa. The first migrant boats landed here in the early 1990s, initially limited to a few hundred people per year. They increased to several thousand a year in the 2000s, plunging the reception centre into a state of chronic overpopulation until deals signed in 2008 between Silvio Berlusconi and Moamer Kadhafi to limit departures from Libya. In 2011, the ‘Arab Spring drove over 47,000 people there. Half are Tunisians linked to ousted strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The other half was sub-Saharan Africans working in Libya driven out by the conflict. Inhabitants and authorities were overwhelmed, with migrants camping out in the open air for weeks before being evacuated to Sicily. The number of arrivals in Italy jumped sharply to 600,000 between 2014 and the summer of 2017. In mid-July 2017, departures from Libya dropped after a controversial deal between Italy’s centre-left interior minister Marco Minniti and the North African country. Migrant boats began once more to land directly on the shores of Lampedusa. The vessels hailed largely from Tunisia, but from the summer of 2018, boats started arriving again. – AFP

Credits roll for the beach in DiCaprio film to rest

A Thai beach made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio movie ‘The Beach’ will stay closed indefinitely to give its ecosystem time to recover, authorities said on Tuesday. Maya Bay, on Phi Phi Leh island in the Andaman Sea, was closed for four months on June 1 in a bid to salvage the area's coral reefs, which have been damaged by warmer temperatures and a flood of tourists. Up to 6,000 visitors had gone to the beach every day, travelling by speedboat from the nearby resort islands of Phi Phi and Phuket and Krabi on the mainland. ‘Four months' closure was not enough,’ Songtham Sukswang, the director of the Office of National Parks, said. – Reuters

Carmakers charged and ready for electric cars

Auto industry executives gathering this week for the Paris Motor Show will be rubbing shoulders with unusual company: dozens of tech experts eager to tackle what many consider the ultimate connected device. Electric vehicles are the stars of this year’s show, with premium brands like Mercedes and Audi finally jumping into the fray, but the promise of self-driving cars is also on display with dozens of startups on hand. ‘Each of these new cars requires 100 million lines of code: That's five to six times more than in a Boeing,’ Luc Chatel, head of the French auto industry association, said. The enthusiasm for the electrified revolution is partly out of necessity, as regulators and local officials try to cut down on the smog chocking many large cities. – Reuters
A portrait of President Joko Widodo is seen on a collapsed structure after an earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.
REPUTATION IN RUINS A portrait of President Joko Widodo is seen on a collapsed structure after an earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.
Image: Antara Foto/Muhammad Adimaja via Reuters



The pills aren’t working for bitter Ascendis shareholders

New CEO has a devil of a job devising a turnaround strategy to cheer up muttering investors 

By Chris Gilmour
2 min read

MultiChoice: Will foreigners still like what they see?

Offshore shareholders in Naspers watch competition commission’s investigation into SABC deal with interest 

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Manganese, iron ore, chrome: Who needs gold and platinum?

PwC’s SA Mine report makes grim reading for precious metals, but brighter news for bulk commodities

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read



The real cereal killers: don’t be fooled by the sweet talk

Sugar baths masquerading as breakfast? No thanks

By Andrea Burgener
2 min read

Where there’s a will there’s a whale: go to De Hoop and see

The region has fabulous marine life, and so much more

By Mantombi Makhubele
5 min read

Phone facts: Why you should plan your vac like a millennial

You’ll find the right apps make holidays a lot more fun

By Jade Conroy
3 min read



SPORTS DAY: NZ say we’ll see who’s crying on Saturday

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Bareng-Batho Kortjaas
Sunday Times sports editor
6 min read

World Rugby needed some Agustin, and by Jove it’s got it

The most influential man in the game, the global body’s vice chairman has got big plans for a new World League

Liam Del Carme
2 min read