Friday, October 26 2018

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Wave of De Lille hate turns up the heat on a sticky Thursday

Is this the end of the furore surrounding the mayor? Can the Mother City finally resume its smug existence? Maybe not

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

Anyway the wind blows, nothing really matters to Vavi

Veteran flip-flopper has always been willing to stand up for what other people think is right, including Zuma

Tom Eaton
Columnist
2 min read

Making of a mob: where justice just ‘isn’t black and white’

Vigilante group can boast the murder rate has dropped since it started in 2015, but its methods don't sit well with some

By Dan Meyer and Anthony Molyneaux
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Zoned out: Joburg billing bungle causes flat panic

The city's billing system has angry residents in the north queuing for answers

Belinda Pheto
Journalist
4 min read

Rising lawsuit threat puts nervous doctors to the tests

To avoid getting sued, doctors now take extra precaution by doing unnecessary – and costlier – tests

Katharine Child
Journalist
4 min read

This robotics lesson from elephant trunks packs a punch

Going from elephant trunks to robots seems like a leap of logic until you grasp the idea

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

How do you tame a sea monster? With a big pipe, of course

Ocean project uses wind and waves to tackle a huge vortex of rubbish that's bigger than Texas

Bobby Jordan
Journalist
2 min read

It’s the cross that’s the hot bun seller for Woolies

It turns out that keeping the tasteless flour-and-water cross all year round is very good for sales

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

By Toutatis! The Bell that made Asterix sing

Anthea Bell, the translator of the perennial books, gave us more than we knew we wanted

6 min read

Unlike Stikee devils, hunted saints Go to heaven

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Journalist
3 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

Cyril suspends Mrwebi, Jiba from NPA

Senior National Prosecuting Authority officials Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi have been suspended with immediate effect pending inquiries into their fitness to hold office. The presidency said on Thursday President Cyril Ramaphosa had informed Jiba‚ deputy national director of public prosecutions‚ and Mrwebi‚ special director of public prosecutions of his decision to institute inquiries into their fitness to hold office. "President Ramaphosa has also decided to suspend‚ effective October 25‚ advocate Jiba and advocate Mrwebi on full pay pending finalisation of the inquiry." Jiba was initially struck from the roll together with Mrwebi‚ over the manner in which they dealt with charges against former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli. However‚ this was overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeal earlier in 2018.

Payout-error student’s trial postponed

The trial against Walter Sisulu University student Sibongile Mani‚ charged with theft of R14m‚ has been postponed to December 6. Her lawyer‚ Asanda Pakade‚ told magistrate Nomthandazo Vabaza on Thursday he needed an extended time to finalise pre-trial engagements with state prosecutor Advocate Luthando Makoyi. The 28-year-old Mani‚ now a third-year accounting student at WSU‚ was arrested by the Hawks on May 29 for theft relating to R14m allocated to her "erroneously" for meals in June 2017. The case was opened by student funds distributors Intelimali on September 5 2017. The state alleges Mani failed to report the error and instead blew R810‚000 in just 73 days.Vabaza said: "In order to afford the defence time to make representations and further requests from the state‚ the case is postponed to December 6." Mani is out on a warning.

UIF aims to get benefits paid in a day

Acting commissioner Judith Kumbi made a bold statement on Thursday when she told employers that the Unemployment Insurance Fund was working towards paying out benefits within a day. Speaking at a seminar in Sandton‚ Kumbi said the turnaround time of paying unemployment benefits was previously a month before it changed to 15 days. “We will review the current turnaround time of paying within 15 days because it would be ideal for workers who lose their jobs to receive their UIF money within a day‚” said Kumbi. She told employers that the turnaround time for other benefits like maternity‚ illness‚ death and adoption for workers who qualify would also be reviewed.

Three nabbed selling fake IDs, matric certificates

Three people have been arrested for selling fraudulent IDs‚ matric certificates‚ vehicle licence discs and second-hand goods in Diepsloot‚ north of Johannesburg. Gauteng community safety spokesperson Ndivhuho Gadisi said the men were arrested in a joint operation by the police and Gauteng Traffic Police on Wednesday. Law enforcement officers conducted the "Thuma Mina" safety outreach programme in the area. During the raid‚ officers recovered several cellphones‚ bank cards‚ counterfeit CDs and computer screens. Gadisi said various fake matric certificates‚ IDs and vehicle licence discs were also confiscated.

Wits to boost counselling after third suicide

The University of Witwatersrand has responded to the outcry over recent student suicides‚ vowing to increase the institution’s counselling services capacity. The decision comes in the wake of the third student suicide this year at the university. Mpumelelo Tshabalala committed suicide on Wednesday night by jumping off a building in Johannesburg CBD. Senior communications manager Buhle Zuma said the university had measures in place to deal with mental health issues but that they had proven to be insufficient. “We are trying‚ through increasing capacity at CCDU [Counselling and Careers Development Unit] through creating new hotlines‚ through staff identifying students at risk‚ through residence programmes and social media to address issues related to mental health‚ but we clearly need to do more.” The university was also convening a specialist group of psychologists and psychiatrists to advise on how it could better serve students in need and especially how it could reach those who require counselling‚ but do not reach out for that kind of assistance.

Union threatens to shut down E Cape

Thousands of members and supporters of the National Education‚ Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) marched from the Bisho stadium to the office of Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle on Wednesday afternoon. Nehawu is making numerous demands. The union’s provincial chairperson‚ Siya Kobese, said if the premier continued to ignore them‚ “he must brace himself for a massive action. We will do the same thing we did in North West here. If demands are not met‚ next year we won’t vote for the ANC‚ and secondly‚ we will close the province with strike action”. The demands include immediate scrapping of the Provincial Coordinating Management Team based in the office of the premier; safe buildings‚ especially in health and social development offices; absorption of all community healthcare workers and contract workers by government departments; filling of all vacant posts; grade progression for all health professionals; appointment of; and unions to be consulted on the appointment of senior managers.
‘#NotHim’ is projected on the wall of a building, in reference to right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, in Sao Paulo.
DECREPIT PRESIDENTIAL HOPES ‘#NotHim’ is projected on the wall of a building, in reference to right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, in Sao Paulo.
Image: Reuters/Nacho Doce

VISUAL SIDE

CCTV footage shows a Belgian store owner foiling an armed robbery on Saturday October 20 by telling the would-be thieves to return later when there would be more money in the till.


THE WORLD

The news you don't normally get to hear

Denied for decades: an endless fight for indigenous Brazilians

Bloody clashes with trigger-happy farmers are increasing as Indians try to flee life on reserves

By Karla Mendes
5 min read

States of play: Tomorrow's tech stars may not be American

There is concern about the US' reign over the industry, but the sun may be setting on its dominance

By Matthew Lynn
5 min read

Gun-ho: Goat huntress hits back at angry Scots

American slams death threats after images of her Highlands fling sparked outrage

By Auslan Cramb
2 min read

No one told him that this day would go that way

Friends star David Schwimmer did what he does best when he was pegged as a thief on Facebook

By © The Daily Telegraph
1 min read

SNAPSHOT

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Rich put the ‘me’ in meme

Chinese social media users have seized on a viral meme in which people are pictured literally rolling in their own wealth, spawning a range of cheeky counter-posts poking fun at the country's nouveau riche. Posts related to the Wealth-Flaunting Challenge on China's popular Weibo platform had been viewed more than 2.3 billion times, drawing more than a million comments. In the meme, which originated in Russia, social media users post pictures of themselves falling face-down to the pavement as they exit their cars, the ground strewn with their cash, credit cards, jewellery, designer bags and shoes, and other luxury items. The meme has inspired a wealth of parodies, including a man labelled as a “hardworking” staffer who is shown on the ground in front of what appears to be an office building surrounded by cleaning supplies, brooms and mops. - AFP

Life tastes good, but poverty tastes like Coke

The father of two boys, aged three and four, has been jailed in France for feeding them nearly exclusively on Coca-Cola, the children's lawyer said. The father, who can "neither read, nor write, nor count, doesn’t realise the seriousness of the situation and spent all his welfare money on alcohol," Carole Papon, a representative of the association French Victims 87, said. Within a few days of welfare payments being made "the family had nothing to eat. They only had Coca-Cola to drink," she said. The father, described as violent towards his wife and children, was jailed for three months. The eldest boy had to have seven sugar-rotten teeth removed, and the second does not speak. Both have been taken into care where they have been introduced to meat and vegetables. - AFP

Play and pray – it’s Pokémon for the faithful

A smartphone game similar to Pokémon Go has been launched to encourage young Catholics to learn more about their faith and go to church. The game, Follow JC Go!, in which players answer questions about religion and visit churches, has reportedly been praised by Pope Francis. As with Pokémon Go, players explore the real world to look for collectible prizes, but instead of hunting monsters like Pikachu, they are rewarded by adding saints to their team. According to Catholic newspaper Crux, Pope Francis has given the app his blessing. The game was made by an Argentinian team in preparation for World Youth Day 2019, a Catholic event taking place in Panama in January. Pope Francis's Twitter account boasts 7.2 million followers and he has called the internet a "gift from God". - © The Daily Telegraph

More black-lash for House of Cards

House Of Cards cast members cancelled an appearance on a US talk show after the host made controversial comments about blackface. Megyn Kelly apologised after suggesting it was acceptable to wear blackface as long as it was part of a Halloween costume. The 47-year-old host of Today, one of the US' most popular morning chat shows, later backtracked on her remarks and said she realised such behaviour is wrong. A spokesman for Netflix said several members of the House Of Cards cast were due to appear on the programme next week but were no longer scheduled. Kelly had said: "What is racist? Because truly you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was okay as long as you were dressing up as like a character." – © The Daily Telegraph

Pheasant firms fume over French ferries

French game producers are suing cross-Channel ferry companies for refusing to transport baby pheasants and partridges to Britain, alleging pressure from anti-hunting activists. Two major producers, Gibovendee and Envol de Retz, are suing French giant Brittany Ferries, accusing them of "discrimination based on political opinion", their lawyer Alexandre Varaut said. The companies, which sell both chicks and eggs for breeding or to estates for hunting, are also taking on British-based P and O ferries and Danish shipping company DFDS in separate courts for the same reason. The firms, both based in western France, allege that the shipping companies have been refusing to carry their chicks since 2015 over fears of harm to their brand image, largely "because of anti-hunting pressure". - © The Daily Telegraph

Prof gets muggles out of a legal muddle

A die-hard Harry Potter fan has designed a spellbinding course for aspiring lawyers in India, offering classes on the legality of curses and ethics of house elves at a top university. The course at the National University of Juridical Sciences in Kolkata includes subjects such as Unbreakable Vows, Agents of Good or Servants of Evil and Snape and the Order of the Phoenix. The wizard behind it all, assistant law professor Shouvik Kumar Guha, expects students to have read the JK Rowling series at least twice - or leave their wands in Diagon Alley. Guha said the university already offered more than 50 traditional law courses but felt the Potterverse inspired students to apply their wizardry knowledge to the everyday problems of India's muggles. The course, titled An interface between Fantasy Fiction Literature and Law: Special focus on Rowling's Potterverse, is already full. - AFP
Central American migrants protect themselves from the sun as they wait on the bridge that connects Mexico and Guatemala.
NO TIME TO DRAG THEIR FEET Central American migrants protect themselves from the sun as they wait on the bridge that connects Mexico and Guatemala.
Image: Reuters/Edgard Garrido

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Standard Bank: A little behind the curve but getting there

FNB already has more than 600,000 subscribers after launching its mobile virtual network operator in 2015

By Nick Hedley
1 min read

PIC gets heavy with Truworths over transformation agenda

The retailer’s single largest shareholder voted against the group’s remuneration policy at Wednesday’s AGM

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Investors may well be miffed at Howden’s delisting price

Shareholders see the proceeds of years of sacrificed dividends mustered to execute a buyout of minorities

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Mama mia! Beelzebub has a devil put aside for Rami Malek

The real star behind ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ explains how he got his teeth into the role of Freddie Mercury

By Alice Vincent
6 min read

Where you’re likely to spot these local celebs on holiday

The stars reveal their favourite summer destinations 

By Zola Zingithwa
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

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Jele is happy his Pirates are ready to plunder

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

Forget the soccer, it’s the day for handbags and glad rags

Soweto derby features a limp Pirates and Chiefs, but that barely matters on this grand Joburg social occasion

By Nick Said
2 min read

Blasts from the past: Kirsten klaps 87 to overtake India

Today in SA sports history: October 26

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read