Tuesday, November 13 2018



Tito declares war! Oh dear, SA, here we go again

We no longer bat an eyelid at all the war talk by politicians who can’t, or are unwilling to, think of proper solutions

Tom Eaton
4 min read

Not just Zuma but the ANC hung me out to dry, says Barbara Hogan

Former minister testifies about political pressure to toe the line on SOE appointments

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
4 min read

Should rhino horn be traded? These two conservation stalwarts think so

It's the best way to save the rhino, they say as the debate on how to stop poaching resumes

Tony Carnie
4 min read



Hannah got no mercy. Joy as killers get none too

Gasps, tears and cheers as judge hands down two life terms each and swiftly turns her back on four murderers

Aron Hyman
4 min read

Locked doors, no water: Firemen relive Bank of Lisbon inferno hell

At last out of hospital, the two tell us what it was like inside the burning building on that dreadful day

Alex Patrick
4 min read

It takes more than one new cancer doc to solve a health crisis, MEC

DA slams ‘band aid’ attempt to fix KZN crisis with one oncologist appointment

4 min read

How did Stone Agers share design tips without Pinterest?

Research on ancient behaviour patterns in SA forces us to change how we think about our ancestors

Tanya Farber
2 min read

No more Tinder mercies: ignore my age, beg over-60s

They say their chances at love are better if they lie about their age - and matchmaking agencies aren't unsympathetic

Nivashni Nair
2 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


A man walks in front of India's presidential palace on a smoggy morning in New Delhi.
THE PRICE WE PAY FOR POLLUTION IS STEEP A man walks in front of India's presidential palace on a smoggy morning in New Delhi.
Image: Reuters/Anushree Fadnav

Six things about SA you need to know

Zuma to blame for SA's woes: Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa has blamed the 10 years of former president Jacob Zuma’s tenure for the troubles the country is facing. He cited high levels of unemployment and corruption as key issues his government needed to address with speed. Ramaphosa was in East London on Sunday. Addressing hundreds of ANC supporters at the Winter Rose stadium in Mdantsane‚ he said: “We are fixing things‚ and even those who were stealing money are on their heels‚ because we want our money back so that we can use it for service delivery. We want to fix things‚ because we want to create jobs because our people are not working.” His words were greeted with loud applause.

Malema gets VIP protection

The police have confirmed that EFF leader Julius Malema is receiving their VIP protection. This comes after Malema's car was seen escorted by a white BMW sedan with blue lights in and around parliament last week. The EFF has previously said Malema's life was being threatened. Police spokesperson Vish Naidoo confirmed that Malema was being protected by the police after due processes were followed. “I cannot divulge details of his protection for security reasons,” he said. EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the party has on many occasions spoken about threats against its leader, who is also an MP. “The police made their independent assessments and arrived at the same conclusion as we did. That is, his life is under threat,” he added. In April, the EFF said it had been alerted to “nefarious and evil plans” to assassinate Malema.

DA wants protector to probe VBS mayors

The DA has requested Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to probe the mayor of the Vhembe district municipality in Limpopo‚ Florence Radzilani‚ along with other mayors who illegally banked with the now defunct VBS Mutual Bank. In total‚ 15 local municipalities deposited about R1.6bn with VBS in contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act and after being instructed not to do so by the National Treasury. Radzilani was mentioned in the findings of the report on the failure of VBS Mutual Bank‚ titled "The Great Bank Heist". The ANC’s integrity commission recommended that party members named in the report be barred from taking part in any ANC activities in order to protect the party’s integrity and reputation. However‚ this recommendation was left up to the national executive committee which passed it on to the national working committee to make the final decision.

Heatwave warning for parts of SA

Blistering hot weather is in store for the next few days with a heatwave warning issued on Monday. Johannesburg Emergency Management Services said it had noted a warning from the South African Weather Service that most parts of Gauteng would experience "persistent high temperatures from Monday until Saturday going into the weekend, with temperatures persistently high to over 36˚C". Temperatures could lead to heat cramps‚ exhaustion or heat stroke‚ the city warned. The weather service issued a warning for "extremely high fire danger" in parts of the North West‚ Free State‚ central Karoo‚ the interior of the Garden Route and Northern Cape. Hot conditions will also be experienced in parts of the Eastern Cape. "Stay indoors in a cool room near a fan if possible. The old and infirm must take extra care to stay hydrated and cool‚" said the weather service.

Vlakfontein accused wants bail

The man who infiltrated the Khoza family in Vlakfontein by pretending to be a long-lost relative‚ then allegedly went on a killing spree‚ has decided to apply for bail. The 27-year-old Zimbabwean and his 61-year-old co-accused‚ Fita Khupe‚ appeared in the Lenasia Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The younger man’s Legal Aid lawyer‚ Makau Sekgatja‚ said his client had had a change of heart and now wanted to apply for bail. The man‚ who had falsely introduced himself to the family as Sibusiso Khoza‚ cannot be named because he is also facing charges of rape. He is accused of raping three of the family members. The seven family members‚ three women and four children‚ were found murdered and buried in shallow graves inside their home in Gauteng. Monday’s bail application did not proceed on Monday, and was postponed for a week.

KZN health intern suspended after rape threats

An intern at Durban’s Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital has been suspended pending an investigation into a series of sexually offensive social media posts. In the posts, the man, who may not be named, threatened to rape girls aged between seven and 10, who are his neighbours, to "teach them a lesson". KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said on Monday he had instructed the hospital to remove the outsourced trainee - who is not in the medical profession - immediately after he was alerted to his offensive posts over the weekend. The man didn't respond to queries sent to him via his Facebook page.



The news you don't normally get to hear

Why PC fanaticism is just as bad as religious extremism

Be warned: the behaviour of the politically correct left is alarmingly akin to religious fanatics in Pakistan

By Charlotte Gill
4 min read

‘I prepared to die’: SAS veteran’s nightmare on Everest

Years of training mattered little when confronted by tragedy and disaster at the top of the world

By Guy Kelly
6 min read

California fires: You never get used to finding corpses in Paradise

Meet the team whose harrowing mission is to search for human remains in the aftermath of an inferno

By afp.com
2 min read

The bizarre case of the pilot fired for being afraid of flying

No, airline, it's not good enough just to tell him to do a crossword, tribunal rules

By Hayley Dixon
2 min read



The kilo goes the weigh of the metre

Scientists are updating the definition of the kilogram. Just as the redefinition of the second in 1967 helped to ease communication across the world via technologies like GPS and the internet, experts say the change in the kilogram will be better for technology, retail and health. The kilogram has been defined since 1889 by a piece of platinum-iridium held in Paris. All modern mass measurements are traceable back to it. The problem is, the “international prototype kilogram” doesn’t always weigh the same; it gets dusty and dirty, and is affected by the atmosphere. So, at the world’s leading measurement aficionados at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures will vote on Friday to make an “electronic kilogram” the new baseline measure of mass. Just as the metre - once the length of a bar of platinum-iridium, also kept in Paris - is now defined by the constant speed of light in a vacuum, so a kilogram will be defined by a tiny but immutable fundamental value called the Planck constant. - Reuters

It’s fruit and fungus diplomacy

South Korea has sent 200 tons of tangerines to the North in return for mushrooms Pyongyang gave earlier, Seoul said on Monday, in the latest reconciliatory gesture between the neighbours. Seoul is pushing ahead with a rapprochement with the nuclear-armed North while its security ally the US insists pressure on Pyongyang should be maintained until it denuclearises. The tangerines, a rarity in the North, were being airlifted to Pyongyang from the southern island of Jeju, where they were grown, in four flights. The fruits reciprocate two tons of pine mushrooms sent by the North’s leader Kim Jong-un during his September summit with the South’s President Moon Jae-in, Seoul’s presidential office said. The mushrooms - a delicacy claimed to help prevent heart diseases and diabetes, and a key Northern export to China - were distributed to Southern families separated from relatives in the North. – AFP

‘The Klan robes were just fun, but I am a racist’

A couple who gave their son the middle name Adolf in honour of Hitler have been convicted of being members of a British neo-Nazi terrorist group. Adam Thomas, 22, and Claudia Patatas, 38, from Banbury in south England, were charged along with Daniel Bogunovic, 27, from Leicester with being members of the banned National Action. Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court reached a unanimous verdict after being shown photographs of Thomas wearing Ku Klux Klan robes while holding his baby. Thomas claimed the photographs were "just play" but also told the court he was a racist. Prosecutors said Thomas had a "fanatical and tribal belief in white supremacy". The neo-Nazi group was founded in 2013 and outlawed three years later after it celebrated the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by a Nazi sympathiser in northern England. - AFP

Brits chip away at personal freedom

British companies are planning to microchip some of their staff to boost security and stop them accessing sensitive areas. Biohax, a Swedish company that provides human chip implants, said it was in talks with a number of UK legal and financial firms to implant staff with the devices. One prospective client, which cannot be named, is a major financial services firm with “hundreds of thousands of employees”. ”These companies have sensitive documents they are dealing with,” said Jowan Österlund, the founder of Biohax and a former professional body piercer. “[The chips] would allow them to set restrictions for whoever.” – © The Daily Telegraph

Fleeing con artist hides in plane sight

An on-the-run fraudster was able to escape the country by taking a flying lesson and persuading the instructor to drop him off in France, a court heard. Jamie Colwell had been convicted of a £1m VAT scam alongside his father, Brian, and both faced lengthy prison sentences. But while on bail Jamie, 51, hired a third party to drive his 74-year-old father to France via Dover in his new Porsche Cayenne. The driver then returned with him Brian’s passport for his son to use since his had been confiscated as part of his bail conditions. He then booked a flying lesson in southeast Kent in his father's name. When the light aircraft entered French airspace he convinced the instructor to land at an airfield in the Pas-de-Calais region and let him out, the court heard. He met up with his father and the pair fled to Malaga in Spain. – © The Daily Telegraph

Don’t collapse around millennials

While many hope a good Samaritan would stop to help them if they were in distress when out in public, it appears some members of the younger generation cannot be relied upon for assistance. A new survey by Parkinson’s UK has found that a large number of millennials, aged 18 to 34, would not stop to help someone experiencing physical difficulties in public. A fifth of young people said they had seen someone experiencing physical difficulties in public, and had not offered to help. More than a quarter of these said they did not know what to do, while 16% said they would feel awkward doing so. Women in this age group are more likely to help, with just 17% saying they did not stop to give assistance. In comparison, 26% of men did not help. – © The Daily Telegraph
Donald Trump shakes hands Emmanuel Macron in Paris.
IT’S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH Donald Trump shakes hands Emmanuel Macron in Paris.
Image: Reuters/Carlos



Ma, we could all do with going a bit crazy every now and then

Both Jack Ma (Alibaba) and Uri Levine (Waze) extol the virtues of failure. Failure is the new success

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

Net1: There may be life beyond social grants, but it’s a grind

Investors were not persuaded by talk of strong market growth after its SA Social Security Agency stint

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Will Discovery get found out about its secretive new bank?

Launch on Wednesday comes in the face of stiff competition from Bank Zero, TymeBank and Post Bank

By Londiwe Buthelezi
1 min read



Just for the record: You want to get a shiver in the dark?

A bi-weekly vinyl review

By Andrew Donaldson
6 min read

Were one or both sides of the Roald Dahl coin Jew-hating?

The Royal Mint has said no to a Roald Dahl coin - his supposedly anti-Semitic leanings are to blame

By Tymon Smith
3 min read

Book extract: Black and blue and broken in apartheid jail

An extract from Imprisoned: The Experience of a Prisoner Under Apartheid by Sylvia Neame

By Sylvia Neame
10 min read

Where others see ash and death, Beckurts sees fresh life

CTCA Young Creatives Awards winner celebrates ‘the strength of the human spirit and it brings me hope’

By Staff reporter
3 min read



SPORTS DAY: A case of the old one-two as NZ tackle Ireland

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
4 min read

Someone’s going to have to pay for the joy of seeing Laura

It’s a thing of beauty, a slash of bat meets ball that arrests all who see it ... but who’s shelling out for it?

Telford Vice
5 min read

Blasts from the past: Doc sets Bafana on course for ’94 cup

Today in SA sports history: November 13

David Isaacson
1 min read