Friday, November 9 2018

THE BIG STORY

LEADING THE AGENDA

Somali gangs: Inside SA's hidden bloody war

Unreported to the police, bloody battles rage on our city's streets leaving an uncounted number dead

Bongani Fuzile
Journalist
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Susan’s last journey: Rohde was damned by his lies

Now heartbreak compounds tragedy as three daughters are left without parents in wake of love triangle murder

Tanya Farber
Journalist
3 min read

‘My family died when Hannah died’

Heartbroken dad and former magistrate steps into court for the first time in the Hannah murder trial

Philani Nombembe
Journalist
4 min read

SA's female miners forced to give sex for protection

The verbal and physical harassment they face daily is often fobbed off as part of mining culture, says a report

Amil Umraw
Journalist
4 min read

How a parking space spat turned into a k-word court row

Cape Town woman says racial slurs started when she moved a traffic cone to park her broken-down car

Belinda Pheto
Journalist
3 min read

GM mozzies could bite off more than we can shoo

Watchdogs fear possible negative effects of release of ‘nonbiting’ mosquitoes into Africa’s malaria areas

Bobby Jordan
Journalist
6 min read

They’re a huge drawcard, but ellies cause jumbo problems

Vanishing trees and a threat to vultures are among the problems posed by swelling elephant populations

Tony Carnie
Journalist
4 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

The day the Sun shone a little fake wonder on the moon

It might have been fake news, but the Great Moon Hoax of 1835 tried to bring us together as humans

4 min read

Congrats, Tanzania. You're officially on the straight and narrow to failure

Here is chapter 1 of ‘How To Turn A Struggling But Hopeful Country Into A Failed State’

Tom Eaton
Columnist
2 min read

Phrase that goes over the top suffers superannoying fate

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

‘Angry’ Cosatu rants over SABC layoffs

Cosatu has called on its workers to support a picket against planned retrenchments at the SABC‚ calling the move by the public broadcaster "unacceptable". The trade union federation’s Gauteng leadership said it was "angry against employers who continue to dismiss workers despite the high levels of unemployment in the country". It said it was absurd that "decimating" the livelihoods of workers was being normalised and was seen as a solution. "We need to support each other on the picket lines or we will find each other on the unemployment lines‚" the branch said. The federation also issued a stern warning against state entities toying with the idea of laying off workers‚ saying it would force them to starve President Cyril Ramaphosa of a platform and an audience of workers going into the 2019 general elections.

Thuli urges Cyril to sign party-funding bill

Former public protector Thuli Madonsela has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to sign the Political Party Funding Bill into law as a “major priority” so voters can know where parties get their money before the 2019 general election. “Especially in the run-up to the elections‚ we need to know who is giving money to who‚” Madonsela told Business Day. Madonsela says the bill‚ sitting on Ramaphosa's desk since it was passed by parliament in March‚ is “extremely important” in ensuring the rights of voters and enabling greater accountability and integrity among political parties. According to voter rights organisation My Vote Counts‚ Ramaphosa has to sign off on the bill before the end of November for it to come into effect before the 2019 poll.

EC emergency services strike might soon be over

While union leaders said they would take the Eastern Cape department of health’s offer to end the emergency medical services strike to workers on Thursday, the state said the strike was over, and that back pay would begin in December. Health bosses met behind closed doors in Bhisho on Wednesday with union leaders. Afterwards, health spokesperson Lwandile Sicwetsha said they had agreed that workers would be back at work on Wednesday night. He could not say how much had been set aside to back-pay workers for overtime. The workers had downed tools on Monday, compelling Bhisho to rope in private ambulances and only respond to critical situations. Nehawu shop steward Luyanda Zide said they would take the offer to their members. The government and unions are expected to sign the agreement in Bhisho on Thursday.

Dead girl’s dad ‘fired several shots’ at hijacked car

Sibonelo Mkhize - accused of murdering Durban schoolgirl Sadia Sukhraj in May – appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. He faces charges relating to the deaths of Sadia and that of an accomplice who died at the scene‚ as well as a single count of aggravated robbery. Sadia, 9, had been with her father on a school run when he was pulled from the car while in the driveway of her grandfather's home. Prosecutor Sipho Mhlongo revealed for the first time that Sadia’s father Shailendra had peppered his own car with bullets as Mkhize and his alleged cohort sped away with his daughter. Sadia’s death was caused by a gunshot wound to her chest. From whose gun the fatal bullet was fired is only likely to be brought into sharp focus when the matter proceeds to trial. Mkhize will appear in the Durban High Court on November 19.

Ramaphosa hits E London as ANC plans reshuffle

The President Cyril Ramaphosa-led ANC top six will arrive in the Eastern Cape this weekend as part of the party’s election programme for the 2019 poll. In preparation for a visit from the 80-member national executive committee to East London, ANC bosses met Premier Phumulo Masualle in King William’s Town on Wednesday, where the party was expected to table its plan to reshuffle the Eastern Cape cabinet. The meeting with the premier comes two days after the ANC provincial deployment committee decided to appoint human settlements MEC Mlungisi Mvoko as education MEC, a position left vacant by the death of Mandla Makupula last month. The changes will see ANC provincial treasurer Babalo Madikizela appointed as human settlements MEC.

Church’s copper stolen 3 times in 6 days

Thieves struck the St Cyprian’s Anglican Church three times in one week‚ stealing copper plating from the roof. On Wednesday night last week‚ thieves hit the Umbilo, Durban, church‚ stealing copper from the roof sheeting. They struck again just six days later‚ and again stole copper from the roof on Tuesday night. As if that was not enough they struck again the next day. The three thefts left rector Father Dane Elsworth frustrated‚ as the church is faced with hundreds of rand in damage. The church’s organ‚ worth R3m‚ was also damaged owing of a leaking roof as a result of the theft. The thieves have also stolen copper from the top of the lower drains on the walls of the church’s historic building‚ which was built in 1939. Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele confirmed last week’s theft. No arrests have been made.
Members of the Israeli Ethiopian community are reflected (bottom) in the panel in Jerusalem.
HAUNTED LAYER OF THE ATMOSPHERE Members of the Israeli Ethiopian community are reflected (bottom) in the panel in Jerusalem.
Image: Reuters/Amir Cohen

VISUAL SIDE


THE WORLD

The news you don't normally get to hear

Beyond the noise, this is what the midterms really mean for America

It's a matter of demographics and how they are going to change with time

By Tim Stanley
3 min read

Sons of beaches: Tourism broke the world, but it’s not over

Tourist hot spots are struggling under the weight of their own popularity - and they've had enough

By Greg Dickinson
7 min read

Oldest cave drawings of animals rock the status quo

Earliest animal artwork discovered in Borneo may go back 52,000 years

By Sarah Knapton
1 min read

Charles makes his Markle as pa-in-law, and Harry's thrilled

The prince is always ready to step into a fatherly role in Meghan's life, says his son

By Hannah Furness
3 min read

SNAPSHOT

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

No croaking thanks to ladder drain-wave

A small group of British conservationists are installing mesh- covered ladders in roadside drains to save trapped amphibians from certain death. The Warwickshire Amphibian and Reptile Team (Wart) hopes that by placing 20 of the rust-resistant aluminium ladders down drains near known breeding pools in England’s West Midlands, they can boost the dwindling amphibian population. “The amphibians are coming to breed and then hitting the road, getting across the roads, hitting the curb, along the curb and into the drains. And then that’s it - end of story for them, game over,” said Tim Jenkins, a ladder fitter at Wart. A 2012 study in the Netherlands estimated that more than half a million small vertebrates like frogs, toads and newts end up trapped in gully pots and drains each year. - Reuters

Too much data is a foetal error

Children have more than 1,000 pictures of themselves posted online before they turn 13, the Children's Commissioner for England has warned. Anne Longfield said today children’s digital footprint was starting in the womb, from the moment parents posted their scans on social media. She also warned that children’s lives were being “datafied” on a huge scale as their personal information was being collected by smart toys, smart speakers and even school apps. The findings come as the commissioner’s office released a report raising concerns about the amount of personal data children and their parents were giving away before they turned 18. It warned the sheer volume of information could have serious consequences for children when they grow up as more and more important decisions were being influenced by algorithms looking through personal data. – © The Daily Telegraph

Prince Charles gets his car-donnay

He has made it his life’s work to save the planet, regularly attempting to convince the British public to go environmentally friendly for the sake of the next generation. Now, the Prince of Wales has spoken of his highly unusual schemes to put his money where his mouth is, running his car on wine and his mother’s train on cooking oil. The prince has shared the unexpected modifications to his various methods of transport, made at his own insistence despite initial scepticism from engineers. His Aston Martin Volante, which he has had since he was 21, is now run on wine after he demanded its makers find an alternative fuel to petrol. “They discovered they could run it on surplus English white wine, but also I hadn’t realised that they had mixed whey into it too," he says. - © The Daily Telegraph

Man, 69, wants to be the Tinder age of 49

If you can change your gender and your name, why not your age? This is the argument deployed by Dutch "positivity trainer" Emile Ratelband, 69, who has launched a legal battle to change his age and improve his dating prospects, the BBC reports. Ratelband wants to move his birthday from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969. “Why can’t I decide my own age,” he asks, adding that the change is like identifying as transgender. While a court in Arnhem is expected to rule on this within four weeks, officials reportedly insist there is no legal mechanism allowing a person to change their birth date. One judge wanted to know what would become of the 20 years Ratelband wanted to erase. "Who were your parents looking after then? Who was that little boy?" – Staff reporter

Siri, please take over love life entirely

Dating apps are using artificial intelligence to suggest where to go on a first date, recommend what to say and even find a partner who looks like your favourite celebrity. Until recently smartphone dating apps - such as Tinder which lets you see in real time who is available and "swipe" if you wish to meet someone - left it up to users to ask someone out and then make the date go well. But to fight growing fatigue from searching through profiles in vain, the online dating sector is turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to help arrange meetings in real life and act as a dating coach. These new uses for AI (the science of programming computers to reproduce human processes like thinking and decision making) by dating apps were highlighted at a four-day Web Summit in Lisbon this week. – AFP

Woof on a roof really was stuffed

Animal rescuers rushed to the aid of a dog stranded on a roof - only to find a 1.2m cuddly toy. Callers reported seeing the stranded pooch on a church roof and feared it was dead when they realised it wasn't moving. RSPCA inspector Nigel Duguid clambered up to discover the stricken "dog" in Port Talbot, South Wales, was a lifelike toy. He said: "I must admit it was such a relief. I had been preparing myself for what could have been an extremely distressing and difficult job, and then I realised that it wasn't a dog at all!" The drama started when a caller spotted the Great Dane-style toy on top of a flat roof of the Elim Pentecostal Church. The RSPCA inspector rigged up a ladder to reach the pooch - and then carefully took it away in his van. - © The Daily Telegraph
A ship sails towards Colombo main harbour in Galle, Sri Lanka.
A FIERY STRIP A ship sails towards Colombo main harbour in Galle, Sri Lanka.
Image: Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatt

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The unreal suburban dream of Captain Fantastic saving SA

It is a tale of manic depression. One day all is up, the next all is down. Let’s get real about Cyril Ramaphosa

By Jonny Steinberg
4 min read

Down and out in inner Johannesburg? Not so fast

The likes of Old Mutual and Hollard have quietly taken space at less than half the rental cost of Sandton

By Alistair Anderson
4 min read

Sellers leave Ascendis looking rather green about the gills

Healthcare conglomerate looks nothing like the market darling in 2016 famed for its acquisitive exploits

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
3 min read

Nudity, ‘redskins’, dwarfs ... the ‘new’ Welles movie is not for the PC

Late auteur's work on Netflix is very much of its time

By Robbie Collin
3 min read

Laugh, sing, dance for joy ... and then get ready for the jol

Fun stuff to do in Joeys this weekend

By Yolisa Mkele
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Sergio on the surge despite all the bluster

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Marc Strydom
Journalist
4 min read

Super Rugby 2019: Once again the Kiwis leave us floundering

New Zealand franchises have already announced their player rosters for next year’s tournament. And SA? Nope

Khanyiso Tshwaku
Journalist
2 min read

Blasts from the past: Masinga is the man for Bafana again

Today in SA sports history: November 9

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read