Wednesday, October 10 2018

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Experts: Why Tito is the total package

He will have a lot on his plate but he has the experience and the gravitas to deliver, they say

By Thabo Mokone and Graeme Hosken
4 min read

It was one little lie: How the Guptas got Nene for good in the end

His split-second response to a surprise question led to his downfall

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
5 min read

Nene dispute hides a profound SA malady: the economy

The absence of a true reform agenda is as depressing as witnessing a good man wrestle with his conscience

Tony Leon
Columnist
6 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Now Denel’s firing salary blanks. Why?

Staff might not be paid as the arms maker's woes point to bigger debt ‘nightmare’ among state-owned enterprises

Katharine Child
Journalist
4 min read

Durban terror accused: Questions we need answered

Press and public shut out as 19 appear in court in a case that bears more hallmarks of an urban terror probe

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
2 min read

'Bungling is blocking land reform, not the Constitution'

Corruption and cadre deployment are also culprits, AgriSA congress hears

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist
2 min read

Fasten your seatbelts: Barbara Hogan is aiming straight for the Guptas

The Mumbai air route? Appointments to SOE boards? She's about to dish the dirt on everything to Zondo

Amil Umraw
Journalist
2 min read

SA rescuers get the boot from disaster-hit Indonesia

Aid groups frustrated as 'new rules' come in and foreign search-and-rescue staff told to leave Palu

By AFP
2 min read

Official death toll of Life Esidimeni tragedy put at 131

Number up from ombudsman's total of 91 in 2017, although the detail now available still contains gaps

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

MIND YOUR MIND

WEDNESDAY IS WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

Welcome to my brain. Welcome to my chronic depression

For Times Select writer Nico Gous, his mental illness is a battle over time, a war against self-doubt

Nico Gous
Journalist
3 min read

Be-teen a rock and a hard place: How mental illness ravages SA’s teens

Almost one in 10 teen deaths is a suicide, and one in five high school pupils have attempted suicide

Suthentira Govender
Journalist
3 min read

How the barber could save men from a fatal close shave

Thanks to trust and a ‘safe space’, barbers could be the unassuming tool in preventing men from taking their lives

Suthentira Govender
Journalist
1 min read

Murdered innocence: easing the anguish of South Sudan’s child soldiers

19,000 kids are used as tools of war there. MSF has a programme to help them with their mental issues

Matthew Savides
News editor
3 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

My phone rang: 'Hello, I have proof God exists'

A call from a stranger set thriller author Peter James on a quest that has taken 30 years to understand

By Peter Stanford
7 min read

Montserrat Caballé: last of the true divas

The Daily Telegraph's colourful and vivid obituaries are a celebrated delight, so we decided to treat you to one

By Telegraph Obituaries
11 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

Six things about SA you need to know

Man who called Cyril the k-word to stay in jail

Convicted fraudster and race-rant accused Kessie Nair will remain behind bars, with judgment on his bail bid reserved on Tuesday. Nair had been applying for bail in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court after his arrest last month. Nair - who served six years in prison for corruption - has been charged with seven counts of crimen injuria and two counts of incitement for his widely circulated racist rant on video and in social media posts. On Tuesday, an affidavit penned by Nair was read into the record in which he denounces his criminal prosecution, insisting it was a waste of time and the charge against him so banal that it was equivalent to urinating in public. He added that his prosecution was just an endeavour to please President Cyril Ramaphosa and, by so doing, the police and the prosecutor in the matter were furthering their careers. Magistrate Ncumisa Gcolotela will deliver her judgment on October 17.

Two trains set alight at Cape Town station

Thick clouds of black smoke poured out of the Cape Town train station on Tuesday as two trains burnt fiercely as the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) briefed parliament nearby about the torching of its trains. Eyewitnesses posted images of the billowing smoke. Cape Town chief fire officer Ian Schnetler confirmed that two trains‚ with three carriages each‚ were burning on platforms 17 and 18. The city’s fire and rescue service said it had responded to reports of a train “well alight” at 12.20pm. Earlier on Tuesday‚ Prasa CEO Sibusiso Sithole told MPs on parliament’s transport committee that it takes three months for the company to refurbish one train coach. The burning of trains has resulted in a huge financial loss for Prasa‚ amounting to R636m over the past three years‚ Sithole said.

Pilot dies in second plane crash in two days

A pilot was killed in a light aircraft crash on Tuesday morning‚ Limpopo police said. The pilot departed from Zwartwater farm to Gauteng at 7.15am‚ said Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe. "Within a few minutes after his departure the aircraft lost control and its front end crashed to the ground in the bushes around Enkelfontein farm‚ killing the pilot instantly." Ngoepe said the pilot was identified by family as Koot Human Steyn‚ 54‚ from Zwartwater farm, outside Lephalale. The cause of the accident was unknown. This is the second light plane crash in as many days. On Monday‚ a female pilot died when her aircraft crashed into a home in Vorna Valley, Midrand‚ also killing a gardener.

Global award for East London hospital

In a remarkable turnaround after making headlines for all the wrong reasons in 2012‚ a government-funded hospital in East London is to receive a prestigious international accolade on Wednesday. Frere Hospital was once notorious for its high infant death rate and delayed medical attention to patients. But now it is among six hospitals in the world that will be recognised at the 42nd World Hospital Congress in Brisbane‚ Australia. The International Hospital Federation (IHF) is recognising Frere Hospital for its turnaround quality improvement project‚ the Daily Dispatch reported on Tuesday. The judges looked at 118 health organisations in 33 countries‚ with 27 selected as finalists in four categories. Frere is in the group to receive the top IHF/Dr Kwang Tae Kim Grand Award.

Campaigner starts fund for Dros rape victim

An anonymous campaigner is crowdfunding to help pay for therapy for the seven-year-old girl who was allegedly raped at the Dros restaurant in Silverglen‚ Pretoria. Crowdfunding platform BackaBuddy told TimesLIVE the campaign to raise R20‚000 was launched on Wednesday. Spokesperson Zane Groenewald said the platform had not yet made contact with the child's family, so it would take control of the money raised. "The funds will only be paid to the family directly or to relevant medical practitioners. The anonymous campaign creator will have no access to the funds‚" he said. If BackaBuddy is unable to reach the family‚ donors will be refunded. By Tuesday morning more than R8‚000 had been raised. Describing the group of people who started the campaign as "concerned South Africans"‚ their spokesperson said the child’s medical costs could be high.

H&M on the mend after ‘coolest monkey’ furore

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said on Tuesday fashion retailer H&M was making significant strides in rectifying its wrongs after an outcry over a clothing item that featured the words "coolest monkey in the jungle". The international clothing company caused a stir in January when it advertised the green hoodie in an ad with a black child. Amid a public outcry‚ the brand was accused of racism and was forced to shut more than a dozen of its SA outlets after calls for boycotts and the trashing of some of its stores. H&M later removed the hoodie and issued a public apology. SAHRC provincial manager Buang Jones said the company was "making substantial progress on its commitments to the commission in correcting the offence caused”. Jones added: "It is the commission's hope that H&M and other enterprises understand that they do not operate within a vacuum‚ immune to the respect and attainment of human rights.”
The Soyuz booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft on the launch pad in Kazakhstan.
SENDING A BOUQUET TO SPACE The Soyuz booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft on the launch pad in Kazakhstan.
Image: Yuri Kochetkov/Pool via Reuters

VISUAL SIDE

Russian National Student Soccer League player Norik Avdalyan contributed to his team's 4-0 victory in Kazan in spectacular fashion, with a somersault penalty goal.


THE WORLD

The news you don't normally get to hear

Sheik-up: What the heck is the Saudi crown prince up to?

He wishes to present his reformist face to the West, but a crackdown on dissent tells a different story

By AFP
3 min read

He's flying to the moon, but his feet are firmly on the ground

Billionaire says Elon Musk reckons it won't be too hard to prepare as the first paying passenger to our satellite

By AFP
2 min read

Depressed? Feel guilty too, because you’re killing limpets

Sea snails ‘in a soup’ of antidepressants struggle to cling to rocks, and the drugs dampen their breeding ability

By Henry Bodkin
2 min read

Strictly come cheating: It takes two to tango, says (now ex-) girlfriend

She's accusing her cheating boyfriend of questioning her mental sanity when she asked him about the affair

By Anita Singh and Helena Horton
5 min read

SNAPSHOT

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Welcome to India! Don’t mind the frowns

Armed police at Indian airports have been told to cut down on smiling, with officials blaming the 2001 US terror attacks partly on an excessive focus on friendliness, local media reported Tuesday. The Central Industrial Security Force, in charge of aviation safety, will move from a ‘broad smile system’ to a ‘sufficient smile system’, the Indian Express said in a front-page report. The English-language newspaper said the move was aimed at making the CISF ‘more vigilant than friendly’. ‘We cannot be over-friendly with the passengers because one of the reasons cited as to why 9/11 happened ... was excessive reliance on passenger-friendly features,’ CISF director general Rajesh Ranjan was quoted as saying. Ranjan also said CISF personnel would be trained in behavioural analysis by international consultants. – AFP

Terrorists cooking up next attack – UK minister

The possibility of a terrorist attack involving chemical or biological weapons is getting closer, Britain’s security minister warned on Tuesday. ‘I see plots where the only limit to the ambition of our adversaries is their imagination,’ Ben Wallace told a security conference in London. ‘As I speak, terrorists continue to explore new ways to kill us on our streets: chemical and biological weapons are marching in closer. They have developed and worked on a better arsenal. We have to be prepared for the day that might come to our streets here.’ – Reuters

Indonesians enjoy a storm in a honey pot

Shrieking with delight, Indonesian kids in disaster-struck Palu rush to cuddle a giant Winnie the Pooh, his horseplay and goofy smiles drawing big smiles in a park surrounded with rubble. Volunteers are cheering up children across Palu with songs and games as the youngsters come to grips with a city hollowed out and twisted by nature. An earthquake and tsunami on September 28 has killed close to 2,000 on Sulawesi island and the carnage is still raw, with thousands more believed buried underneath the rubble. Erna wanted to offer a distraction from the misery. She threw a Winnie the Pooh costume and other props in a car, gathered some friends and drove three hours to Palu. There, a volunteer sweated in the tropical heat inside the red and yellow suit as kids giggled and embraced the loveable bear. ‘I felt sorry for the children, and I didn't want them to be traumatised,’ Erna said. – AFP

Oasis where Hindus can be Pakistani patriots

Considered sacred animals among Hindus, the freely-roaming cow in the Pakistan city of Mithi embody the religious tolerance of this community in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where minorities face heavy discrimination. Here, ‘Muslims respect the beliefs of Hindus,’ said Sham Das, a 72-year-old pensioner. ‘They do not kill cows, or only in remote places, but not in Hindu neighbourhoods.’ Unlike in the rest of Pakistan, cattle in Mithi live very well. They eat as they please, often from rubbish bins, and fall asleep on the roads. At times tuk-tuks and motorcycles navigate a weaving path around the animals. Mithi is a mostly Hindu city of 60,000 people, a rarity in a country where some 95% of the population is Muslim. Mithi is a sharp contrast to the Hindu neighbourhoods in the megacity of Karachi, some 300km away, which are under armed surveillance. Vijay Kumar Gir, a Hindu priest in Karachi, said that of the 360 temples in the city, merely a dozen are still functioning. It’s a bleak situation that is far more representative of the stigmatisation Hindus face across Pakistan, where they are often assumed to be ‘pro-India because of their religion’. – AFP

Famous poet becomes the superhero in the epic

In a red cape, dark hair blowing in the wind, he crosses the dunes under a blazing sun: Antara, the famed 6th century Arab poet born a slave, is now a superhero. A pre-Islamic poet, Antara is celebrated in the collective memory of Arabs as well as in pop culture – a child born to a tribal leader and his Abyssinian slave who rose as a warrior-poet to free himself and demand his father recognise him as his son, and a free man. Now, he stars in his own comic strip, reimagined as a shield-wielding, cape-wearing superhero by Egyptian writer Mumen Hilmi and renowned Indian illustrator Ashraf Ghuri. The story of Antara breaks across the class and race lines that frequently dominate society, the ‘perfect example of what it means to be a superhero,’ writer Hilmi says. ‘Arabs like the exaggerated personality traits of heroes, and we thought why not transform Antara into a superhero like those you see in the US, Europe, Japan.’ ‘Antara’ is the first comic strip to be published by Kalimat, a publishing house based in the UAE emirate of Sharjah, which specialises in Arabic translations of Japanese manga. – AFP

Seen to be heard: YouTube rules music

A music consumer report by the industry's global body found that 86% of people listen to music through on-demand streaming. And nearly half that time, 47% is spent on YouTube. Video as a whole accounted for 52% of the time we spent streaming music, posing challenges to such subscription services as Spotify and SoundCloud. But while Spotify's estimated annual revenue per user was $20 (17.5 euros), YouTube’s was less than a dollar. The report found that digital sales for the first time made up the majority of global revenues thanks to streaming. – AFP
A couple sits in front of an industrial plant for potassium chloride during its inauguration in Bolivia.
AH, THE SMELL OF CHEMICALS. HOW ROMANTIC A couple sits in front of an industrial plant for potassium chloride during its inauguration in Bolivia.
Image: Reuters/David Mercado

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

You can’t turn a shirt factory into one that makes engines

But you can boost SA's manufacturing by switching to making byproducts of the stuff we produce already

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

Pick n Pay: CEO has no option but to sweat that share price

Brasher has a million options but they’re all underwater. He's got 12 months to get investors excited about retail

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Scary times as malls brace for online shopping to catch on

SA is way behind the e-commerce trend in the UK, but retailers and landlords know the tsunami is coming

By Nick Hedley
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Take your pic of the Food Selfie Queen’s tastiest shots

Christy Strever covers herself in food and captures it all on Instagram. Here she gives us a taste of the process 

By Zola Zingithwa
6 min read

Snap. And snap again. And again. Instagram’s new craze

Posting the same picture every day somehow, absurdly, tickles the funny bones of US teenagers

By Tymon Smith
1 min read

All bar none: Where hooch and art cuddle up in Joburg

Three funky new bars to quench your hepcat thirst

By Sylvia McKeown
1 min read

Executive outcome: Back in the Sandton high life again

Balancing work and leisure is made easy at Sandton’s new Capital on the Park

By Matthew McClure
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: What a crock ... more injuries bedevil Baxter

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
5 min read

No need to gnash your teeth, Rassie’s got his plan sorted

Bok coach promised brave decisions and we should let him get on with spreading game time among the squad

Liam Del Carme
Journalist
2 min read

Blasts from the past: Horrible start gets worse for ’92 Bafana

Today in SA sports history: October 10

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read