Monday, October 15 2018

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Which comes first, Mr President, money or murder?

Will SA join the global outcry against the killing of a Saudi journalist or accept investment from his killers?

Justice Malala
Columnist
3 min read

VBS: EFF are behaving just like Zuma's ANC, says Thuli

To prove their ethical superiority, they must probe what Floyd Shivambu did or didn't know, she tells Times Select

Karyn Maughan
Journalist
4 min read

Take note, Divan Serfontein, of Eugenie’s scar of honour

I had scoliosis too. The princess's gesture reminds me of how the ex-Bok and his army doctor stooges mishandled me

David Isaacson
Journalist
5 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Parliament's security still not drunk-teen proof

The youngster spent the night in the legislature, right under the noses of the police VIP unit

Andisiwe Makinana
Journalist
2 min read

Pastor being tried for sex crimes, but still they love him. Why?

We look at the psychology of the flamboyant Timothy Omotoso's slavishly devoted flock - and at his mindset too

By Devon Koen
4 min read

Pharmacists livid at ‘irregular’ election

Disgruntled members question IEC’s ability if it can’t even manage a council election

Katharine Child
Journalist
4 min read

‘Ridiculous levies will kill the last legal abalone fishermen’

‘We are talking about people who are vulnerable, not wealthy, and who cannot run to court for relief’

Bobby Jordan
Journalist
2 min read

When the spirits move him: Meet the Zulu king's praise singer

His gift of praise singing was quite literally handed to him on a plate. It now takes him all over the world

Lwandile Bhengu
Journalist
4 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Squash players cause a racquet as Virgin quashes their courts

Clients were given less than a month’s notice, which they consider a breach of contract

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

Alter your mind about LSD - it's entering a whole new summer of love

Scientists are looking anew at the medical benefits of the long-banned hippie drug of choice

By AFP
4 min read

Sobering idea: Here's a MADD twist to your midlife crisis

Midlife Anxiety Drinking Disorder seems to be more common than ever

By Louise Chunn
5 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

Zulu queens are ‘madams from hell’

King Goodwill Zwelithini’s six wives are being accused of being “madams from hell” by their drivers who have reported them to KwaZulu-Natal premier Willies Mchunu. Drivers claim the queens have been mistreating them by making them work odd hours and having to sleep in cars when on shopping trips. Five drivers assigned to King Zwelithini’s wives — Queen Sibongile MaDlamini, Queen Buhle MaMathe, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini, Queen Thandikela Ndlovu, Queen Nompumelelo Mchiza and Queen Zola Zelusiwe Mafu — lodged the complaint with Mchunu’s office in February and are demanding action. They complained about not being promoted after working for the royals for years, their subsistence and travel claims not being paid immediately, and allowances not being reasonably adjusted. They also took the issue to the general public service sector bargaining council, which has declared a dispute with the premier’s office. Mchunu’s spokesperson, Cecil Msomi, said the drivers were advised about the department of public service and administration’s guidelines for drivers.

Driver doing 229km was ‘late for meeting’

A 33-year-old BMW driver was behind bars over the weekend after being caught driving 229km/h by the Gauteng Traffic Police High Speed Unit. He was driving in Bronkhorstspruit on the N4 towards Witbank at about midday on Friday‚ the Department of Community Safety said. He had told officers “he was rushing to a meeting”. He was arrested on the spot and taken to the Bronkhorstspruit police station where he was formally charged with reckless and negligent driving, and an alternative charge of exceeding the general speed limit.

AfriForum in Oz to talk farm murders

Civil rights group AfriForum is Down Under to discuss farm attacks and murders. “We feel it’s very important that we continue putting pressure from Australia’s side on the South African government to do something‚” AfriForum head of community safety Ian Cameron told Sky News Australia on Sunday. Cameron also met Australian MP and chairperson of the joint committee on intelligence and security Andrew Hastie and will deliver a presentation in the parliament of Western Australian in Perth on Tuesday. “The South African government and especially President Cyril Ramaphosa’s blatant denial of farm murders is viewed here by most mainstream roleplayers as a disgrace. We are now relating the stories of people whose lives have been and are still being destroyed by a government who has turned its back on these victims‚” Cameron said.

Grave diggers refuse to bury empty coffin

An unusual saga has been playing out in East London because of a family who changed their mind about a coffin they were buying‚ after the body had already been placed in the casket. The Daily Dispatch reports that permission was granted for the "burial"‚ but cemetery workers refused to bury the empty coffin. After much discussion and negotiation‚ the newspaper reported‚ the coffin was eventually removed by funeral parlour Avbob‚ who owned the casket‚ and disposed of as medical waste. A municipal official said there was some legal confusion because the metro bylaws lacked clarity or guidelines on burying an empty casket in a municipal graveyard. Avbob group communication manager Marius du Plessis told the newspaper it was company policy to destroy used coffins‚ but the coffin was steel and could not be incinerated.

Elderly man killed on fishing trip

A husband was murdered and his wife injured after they were attacked in their tent near a dam in Fochville‚ Gauteng‚ on Saturday night. The couple had spent the evening in their tent next to the dam where they were fishing during the day. But their plans for a relaxed weekend outdoors ended in bloodshed. Werner Vermaak‚ ER24's spokesperson‚ said on Sunday their paramedics were called out at 11pm. They found the husband‚ believed to be 68 ‚ with numerous fatal injuries. "A woman‚ believed to be 60 years old‚ was found with various injuries and severely traumatised‚" said Vermaak. "The exact circumstances surrounding the incident is not yet known. Local authorities attended the scene and will investigate."

Cape train agreement a ‘mixed blessing’

Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for transport‚ Brett Herron‚ has described the compromise reached between the Rail Safety Regulator and Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa)‚ which has been made an order of court‚ as a “mixed blessing”. Prasa must comply with the safety requirements set out by the regulator‚ which has rescinded a suspension notice it issued to the rail services provider a week ago. Herron said he was relieved that a total shutdown of Metrorail services had been avoided, but “on the other hand‚ the safety concerns and service conditions that led the Rail Safety Regulator to issue Prasa with a notice of intention to withdraw its operating permit prevail. Those unsafe and horrifying conditions have not been resolved overnight and remain. So the problem has not been resolved.” He said the city and the province had negotiated an agreement with Prasa which would see a dedicated Rail Enforcement Unit introduced onto the rail network this week.
A burnt portrait of late Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Arnulfo Romero, who was canonised by the Catholic Church on Sunday.
TOUCHED BY THE HOLY FIRE A burnt portrait of late Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Arnulfo Romero, who was canonised by the Catholic Church on Sunday.
Image: Reuters/Jose Cabezas

VISUAL SIDE


THE WORLD

The news you don't normally get to hear

After Kavanaugh it's all become #TooMuch for men

A mother's awkward tweet and the fallout over the Supreme Court nominee have given legs to the #HimToo movement

By AFP
3 min read

Boko Haram brainwashed them. Now they're getting a second chance

Not every freed woman has regrets - becoming a 'bush wife' is the closest some get to 'empowerment'

By Colin Freeman
4 min read

We were wild about Harry's wedding, but, in a way, we loved Eugenie's more

The wind played havoc with hats and frocks and pageboys, but the overall effect was really rather wonderful

By Judith Woods
3 min read

Roo the day: Why you don't mess with a horny marsupial

Enraged kangaroo gives Australian trio a furious working-over, leaving them seriously injured

By AFP
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

A bottle for only a very special occasion

A bottle of 1945 Romanee-Conti wine has fetched a record-smashing $558,000 at an auction held at Sotheby's in New York. The final price, including taxes and commissions, was 17 times the auction house's $32,000 upper estimate for the fine French wine. Romanee-Conti is widely considered the best Burgundy wine, and is one of the world's most prestigious producers. The previous record for a standard wine bottle was held by an 1869 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, sold in Hong Kong in 2010 for $233,000.– The Daily Telegraph

Buble’s lost his mojo after kid’s cancer fight

Michael Bublé has announced plans to "retire" from the music industry after admitting he no longer has the desire for fame following his son Noah's battle with cancer. The Canadian singer, who has won four Grammys and sold 75 million records, put his career on hold after finding out the five-year-old was diagnosed with liver cancer two years ago. Noah is now in remission. ‘My whole being's changed,’ Bublé said. ‘My perception of life. I don't know if I can even get through this conversation without crying.’ – The Daily Telegraph

One giant step backward for mankind

‘Sorry, chaps, you’re obsolete’: that may as well have been the headline of an announcement that has gripped the research community as the birth was revealed of the world’s first mammal born to two mothers. A team at the Chinese Academy of Sciences revealed they had effectively rewritten the rules of reproduction, and in the process discovered exactly why some animals, including humans, need to have sex. The breakthrough came in the form of 29 mice successfully born to same-sex (female) parents. A similar experiment using two male parents failed, however. – The Daily Telegraph

.… unless you’re a gay penguin, that is

Two male penguins have developed an intimate relationship and been given a foster egg to raise after aquarium staff observed the couple building a nest and concluded they would make ‘amazing parents’. The two, named Magic and Sphen, formed a bond before this year's breeding season at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. When staff realised the pair were preparing a real nest, they gave them a fake egg to practise their parenting skills and were then given a real one from a couple that had two. - The Daily Telegraph

It doesn’t pay to be too nice … literally

Nice children are more likely to end up poor later in life, according to a new study. Scientists have found that those with a more agreeable personality are destined to a higher degree of financial mismanagement as adults. Experts analysed the data from more than three million participants and found that those with meaner personalities ended up, on average, richer. Agreeability correlated with lower income, credit scores, lower savings and higher debt. – The Daily Telegraph

Biker shot dead, hunter in shock

A 34-year-old Briton riding a mountain bike was shot dead by a hunter as he sped down a wooded track in the French Alps. Mark Sutton was shot on Saturday evening as a hunting party beat its way through woods near Montriond. The victim, a keen cyclist, was ‘perfectly identifiable’ and was on a well-used but hard to access mountain track when he was shot by a 22-year-old hunter who was taken to hospital in shock.- AFP
A demonstrator displays the words ‘Not him’ on her body in reference to Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right lawmaker and presidential candidate, in Sao Paulo.
NOT HIM, NOT NOW, NOT EVER A demonstrator displays the words ‘Not him’ on her body in reference to Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right lawmaker and presidential candidate, in Sao Paulo.
Image: Reuters/Amanda Perobelli

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

VBS Bank rot grew out of a culture of impunity at the top

The debacle provides salutary lessons about the nature of the Zuma years

By Stuart Theobald
4 min read

SA investors ahead of the curve in responsible investing

Wealthy seek out companies that tick the right environmental, social and corporate governance boxes

By Londiwe Buthelezi
2 min read

Tiger roars back into business with reopened polony plant

Company promises its products will be safe as it reopens Enterprise factory after listeria outbreak

By Siseko Njobeni
2 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

The dangers of oversharing are not virtual any more

If we overshare in haste, it may just be because we’ve lost our bearings in the real world

By Amanda du Preez
4 min read

Beware bearing gifts to geeks

Not every nerd understands irony, so choose carefully

By Lauren Hess
4 min read

New Samsung thing’s got four cameras. Ha! Beat that, Apple

Galaxy A9 is aimed at the ‘Instagram generation’

By The Daily Telegraph
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Safa puts boot into SABC over Bafana deal

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
7 min read

Melisa’s hopes may be foiled by Paralympic categories

Champ swimmer has Down Syndrome, which leaves her at a disadvantage in her intellectual impairment class

Lwandile Bhengu
Journalist
2 min read

Blast from the past: New cap Badenhorst panelbeats Pumas

Today in SA sports history: October 15

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read