Friday, October 5 2018



Caregiver from hell: disabled child gets kicked in the head

Shocking video emerges of child at Joburg crèche getting a backpack in the face and being called 'stupid'

4 min read

SA cybercriminals hack off the long arm of the law

We're losing increasing amounts to cons, and a big part of the problem is that we're not educating ourselves

Graeme Hosken
4 min read

Mom's agony: Do I give my baby my HIV or do I watch her die?

Read on to find out how this risk-fraught liver transplant went, and what it means for the future of such surgery in SA

4 min read



Artist wires up unique ride for matric dance

A street artist crafted a perfectly roadworthy wire car for a matric couple. Now he's also on the road to success

5 min read

‘It’ll be another Westbury’: Ignored suburb cleans up its koppie of death

With violent crime soaring, Eldorado Park residents are getting desperate

Alex Patrick
4 min read

Illustrator plugs the colour gap in stock image market

Durban graphics pro saw people of colour were underrepresented, so he came up with a bright idea

2 min read

Dying from hunger: food crisis fuels domestic violence

Researchers find a direct line between household food insecurity and domestic violence

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

Caw blimey! That raven just told me to bugger off

Potty-mouthed birds at the Tower of London swear at schoolchildren - and steal their Pringles

By Helena Horton
1 min read



A spoonful of ouzo helps the Medicane go down

If the Greeks have taught me anything, it's that life isn't about what storms may come, but how you deal with them

6 min read

Inky little Muphry ensures pedant punishers get it rong

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
3 min read

The Camus I knew: His daughter recalls a great writer who died too young

Catherine Camus says the death of the literary star in 1960 left a wound that has never healed

By Dominic Cavendish
8 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

SA’s first HIV-positive transplant saves baby

Wits University doctors have conducted SA’s first HIV-positive organ transplant‚ giving a liver to a 13-month-old HI-negative baby who otherwise would have died. The baby was born HIV-negative from a positive mother‚ but had a liver disease. The infant was dying and had waited more than 180 days for a liver. “The window of opportunity was closing‚” said Jean Botha‚ head of transplantation at Wits’ Donald Gordon Hospital. Because of a shortage of organs‚ Wits started a living liver donor programme from 2013‚ he said. Botha‚ a surgeon‚ said a living donor’s liver returned to the original number of cells within six to eight weeks after a segment of it was donated‚ so it didn’t disadvantage them. But all donors used in the programme have been HIV-negative. The University of Cape Town already uses HIV-positive organs from deceased donors for living patients who are HIV-positive. Scientists believe this is the first time worldwide that a positive organ has been used for a negative person.

We’re coming for you, Westbury gangsters warned

Police Minister Bheki Cele issued a stern warning to drug lords and 'gangsters' in Westbury‚ Johannesburg‚ on Thursday. "Officers‚ you go and knock at the doors and get us all the wanted criminals. We have got a top 20 list now‚ it will be given to you‚ and that list says you go and knock at the doors and if no one opens‚ you break the door down‚" Cele said. He was speaking at a stadium in the area on Thursday. He said 143 members of the Tactical Response Team had been selected to stabilise the situation in Westbury. Ten of them will go undercover and gather intelligence. Cele was speaking after a drug turf war led to Westbury residents taking to the streets in protest. "We are here to arrest drug lords‚ we are here to arrest murderers‚ we are here to arrest thieves and rapists. There shall be no space for criminals in this community anymore‚" he said.

Gupta-linked public enterprises DG quits

The embattled Gupta-linked public enterprises director-general Richard Seleke is finally leaving public service after reaching an exit settlement. This brings to an end a deadlock between Seleke and his employer. More than two months ago he accepted a R3m settlement but refused to sign on the dotted line unless a condition preventing him from working for the government until 2020 was scrapped. He vowed at the time to challenge this in the Labour Court. The public enterprises department announced this week that Seleke‚ who was suspended by minister Pravin Gordhan in March‚ was officially vacating his position following a settlement reached with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office and the department. It was not clear whether his exit meant he had accepted a revised settlement offer or the initial one with a cooling-off period. Attempts to get hold of him were unsuccessful.

Body of missing teen washes up on beach

The body of a 16-year-old boy who got into difficulties while swimming in the sea has been recovered. He went missing on Monday at about 5pm after he had been swept out to sea at Blythedale beach on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast. “The body has been washed out 2km north of Zinkwazi‚” said Rescue Care spokesperson Garrith Jamieson. Searches had taken place daily until fading light or weather conditions brought them to an end.Jamieson said police search-and-rescue divers and Kwadukuza lifeguards were on the scene of the recovery on Thursday and that the body would be handed over to local authorities.

Lion paws found in bag after ‘poaching’ incident

Four animal paws - believed to have been severed from one of five lions killed at the Akwaaba Predator Park in Rustenburg - have been found dumped near a veld‚ North West police confirmed on Thursday. "These have been taken for forensic testing to verify if they are the same ones taken from that lion‚" said Sergeant Ofentse Mokgadi. "These were found three or four farms away from where the lions were killed. They were found by a farmer who was on a jog in the area and he noticed the smell coming from there.” The SA Community Crime Watch Group told TimesLIVE the paws were found in a bag. Mokgadi said no arrests had been made. The lions were killed in the early hours of Monday after being poisoned. The attackers had seemingly gained entry into the park by cutting through the fence.

Guest faces charge for calling hotel worker k-word

An Eastern Cape woman has been left “shaken and traumatised” and has been having “sleepless nights” after a guest at the hotel where she works allegedly called her the k-word last week. Nditsheni Singeni‚ 56‚ a general worker at the Halyards Hotel in Port Alfred‚ has opened a case against the guest‚ saying she was shocked that 24 years after the advent of democracy‚ racism was still alive in SA. The mother of two said the incident took place just after 11am last Friday. “I was cleaning in a neighbouring room when a man came down the passage swearing and speaking at the top of his voice. I looked at him in amazement as he went into his room and‚ as he passed me‚ he said‚ ‘My room is f***ing filthy‚ you f***ing k****r’‚ wagging his finger at me.” A case of crimen injuria has been opened for investigation.


Rapper and producer Kanye West spoke to Detroit art college students on top of a desk on Tuesday, telling them to leave celebrity entrepreneur and Tesla founder Elon Musk alone.


The news you don't normally get to hear

Going to NZ? You may have to give your pin code or fork out R24,000

Those who refuse to give their security codes will face prosecution

By Penny Walker
3 min read

#MeToo has changed how we see sexual abuse, and I for one am grateful

A year in, the campaign has prompted me and many other battle-worn women to re-evaluate our entire existences

By Hannah Betts
4 min read

Surreal life or flake news: Was this celebrity interview true?

Bizarre story about Drew Barrymore and motherhood in Egyptian in-flight magazine goes viral

2 min read

Your phone may be the first to know you're going gaga

The way you use your device signals the onset of dementia long before any doctor's test can

By Anita Singh
2 min read


A butterfly at the butterfly conservatory at the American Natural History Museum in New York.
ON A LARVAL MAGNITUDE A butterfly at the butterfly conservatory at the American Natural History Museum in New York.
Image: Angela Weiss/AFP


Czech us out, we’re not lazy

Members of the Czech Republic’s Roma minority have flooded social media with photos showing them at work, after President Milos Zeman suggested they were work-shy. “It’s no longer amusing to hear people say we don’t work. So we’ll flood Facebook with our work photos,” Stefan Pongo, the mastermind of the campaign, posted on his Facebook page. Only hours later he wrote that he had already received 1,000 photos from Roma holding down various jobs in the Czech Republic but also in Britain, Germany and Ireland. While visiting the eastern town of Kojetin last week, Zeman said most of the unemployed in the area were Roma, before expressing regret that the totalitarian era was over. “Under communism, the Roma were forced to work. They mainly worked as ditch diggers,” said Zeman, who is known for his controversial statements. “Those who refused were labelled as people who are put off by work and were sent to prison.” - AFP

There’s gold in them bones

Switzerland’s largest crematorium has hit on a dazzling plan to turn a profit. It is selling precious metal nuggets that have been extracted from cremated bodies, reports The Local. The Nordheim crematorium does this through technology that filters gold, silver and platinum from the ashes of human bodies, and has installed a filtration system that extracts the nuggets from the ashes. Of the 6,000 people cremated there every year, one-third are said to have chosen this method. Cremation fires reach temperatures of up to 700°C and the heavy metals are the only materials to survive the immense heat, according to a Daily Mail report. These precious remnants are sold to recycling firms. – Staff reporter

Sex-doll brothel is screwed

The Houston City Council has prevented what was billed as the first brothel in the US equipped with sex dolls from opening in the Texas city, altering a local ordinance to block the business and any others like it. The Houston Chronicle reported that Toronto-based KinkySdollS had planned to open a Houston location, where customers could buy “adult love dolls” or rent them for use in private rooms. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said after the council meeting that the vote amounted to a modification of an existing city ordinance and was not targeted at any specific business. “You cannot engage in sexual activities with any inanimate objects at the business,” Turner. People would still be able to buy the dolls. KinkySdollS founder, Yuval Gavriel, said he is talking to lawyers about suing the city over its decision. - Reuters

Yes, that penguin is staring at you

You might notice something different, and eerily still, about the penguins at Telford Exotic Zoo in the UK. In fact, they don’t waddle about their brand-new enclosure at all, and they’re unusually quiet. That’s because they’re plastic models, says a BBC report. A serious shortage of the birds – owing to an avian malaria outbreak in 2016 - forced the zoo’s owner to think outside the box. Soon, he had an instant population. The six Humboldt penguins he had been after are classified as vulnerable and cannot be taken from the wild, forcing zoos to knock on one another’s doors for specimens. The birds, which are native to Chile and Peru, are sought after partly because they handle the British climate well. – Staff reporter

Leo’s beach is a Thai-tanic mess

The sheltered Thai cove made famous by the movie "The Beach" will be closed indefinitely owing to the damage caused by millions of tourists, which has left it looking "overworked and tired". The news comes as authorities in the Philippines also moved to restrict visitors to Boracay, a tiny island once regarded as the world’s most idyllic holiday spot. The small beach at Maya Bay, on Thailand’s Ko Phi Phi Leh island, was initially closed from June 1 due to an unsustainable influx of tourists since 2000, when it featured in the popular film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Thai authorities planned to reopen it this week but announced that it will remain shut to try to help it to recover from damage caused by the arrival of up to 5,000 tourists a day, more than double its capacity. – © The Daily Telegraph

Even a snifter would break the bank

An extremely rare bottle of whisky has sold for a new world record at auction in. The 60-year-old Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 was sold at Bonhams for £848,750 (about R16m), beating a previous bottle from the same cask that was sold in Hong Kong in May for £814,081. Richard Harvey, a drinks expert at Bonhams, said: “The buyer is from the Far East where there has been an enormous interest in whisky. “Whisky bars are opening up in the Far East everywhere.” Bonhams now holds the record for the three most valuable bottles of whisky ever sold at auction. The whisky was distilled in 1926 and kept in a cask until it was bottled in 1986. Just 24 bottles were produced with labels designed by two famous pop stars. - AFP



We know mines are in deep trouble, but what comes next?

Execs at Indaba say opencast, mechanised mines are the only solution, and the industry has to consolidate

By Allan Seccombe
3 min read

One solution for the sick rand: Turn it into a virtual currency

Reserve Bank is running a pilot project on blockchain, but says a cryptocurrency payments system is far away 

By Nastassia Arendse
2 min read

Jooste: How can you sleep when your beds are burning?

Then-Steinhoff CEO’s decision to vastly overspend on Mattress Firm in 2016 deserves intense scrutiny

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Cell C and Blue Label: Is it a case of waving or drowning?

Investors not convinced by management’s assurances about health of debt-heavy associate company Cell C

By Nick Hedley
1 min read



Weekend jols: Couch potatoes gather moss, others make hay

Oodles of fun to be had in Joburg this weekend

By Yolisa Mkele
1 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
2 min read

‘Venom’: What should have been comical is laughable

It looks like someone drizzled Creme Egg filling onto a bin bag - not a patch on the original Marvel comic 

By Robbie Collin
4 min read

Spring-Summer 2019: Girls who are boys who are girls

From New York to Paris to Milan the divide between women’s wear and men’s wear grows ever thinner 

By Keneilwe Pule
3 min read



SPORTS DAY: Kitshoff, Louw and De Allende rumble back

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Bareng-Batho Kortjaas
Sunday Times sports editor
4 min read

Tongues are wagging whether Boks can do it twice in a row

The last time SA secured consecutive victories over the All Blacks was in 2009, so let’s see what Loftus brings

Craig Ray
3 min read

Blast from the past: Kosie nearly tames ‘The Animal’

Today in SA sports history: October 5

David Isaacson
1 min read