Thursday, November 15 2018

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

EXPLAINED: How Discovery’s new bank will work

The 'behavioural' tech-led entity will be based on a tried and tested Vitality model, says its CEO

By Angelique Ardé
5 min read

Dad 'castrated preacher for raping his daughter'

Now the father of the nine-year-old has been denied bail because his release 'will fuel fire in the community'

By Bhongo Jacob
3 min read

Manyi keen to toot his own horn on GCIS ... but is more cagey on ANN7

Former spokesperson says he's ready for lawyer ‘itching’ to cross-examine him as long as they ‘stick within the rules’

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Joburg old boys’ club rocked by financial scandal

Old Eds in turmoil with all sorts of allegations flying around

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
4 min read

No, parents, school won't return R41,000 deposit

Row over contract and giving notice ends badly for emigrant family

Prega Govender
Journalist
3 min read

Get real, people: This rape hoax is older than WhatsApp itself

Fearmongering to blame for resurfacing of warnings about rapes at malls in Gauteng and KZN

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
3 min read

Varsity druks 'n pit to Verwoerd with new faculty

In a step towards correcting racist spatial planning, UWC opens a building in the Bellville CBD

Tanya Farber
Journalist
3 min read

Feeling blue? All you have to do is stop scrolling

Study finds social media envy is making people depressed and lonely

Suthentira Govender
Journalist
2 min read

It’s a man’s world but tech can take you over the rAInbow

World-first AI technology launched in SA will combat gender-based violence through an app

Alex Patrick
Journalist
4 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

We attack vice-chancellors’ pay because we despise education

And by branding these highly qualified people as overpaid parasites we risk replacing them with incompetents

Jonathan Jansen
Columnist
4 min read

Heroes for the real world: the marvel of Stan Lee’s genius

The Daily Telegraph obituary celebrates the creator of a timeless superhero universe

By The Daily Telegraph
8 min read

Well, this is embarrassing. You inherit your sex life from mom

A new study reveals that how you conduct your love life reflects how your mother conducted hers

By Rosa Silverman
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

Criminals ‘are masters of social media’

The SA Banking and Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) has warned the public not to let their guard down this festive season, with criminals on the prowl. Kalyani Pillay, SABRIC CEO, said criminals were getting sophisticated, and their tentacles extended to social media. “Criminals are masters of social engineering and know just how to exploit human vulnerabilities to perpetrate crimes, particularly over the festive season where they [victims] tend to let their guard down,” said Pillay. SABRIC had seen in increase in the number of social media profiles being hacked. The criminal either took control of the person’s account by hacking into it, or impersonated the victim and used the account to ask the victim’s friends for money. Pillay said incidents of people being followed from ATMs and banks also remained high as criminals targeted people for their bonuses and stokvel payouts.

Mashaba apologises for ‘insensitive’ Twitter post

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has apologised for an "insensitive" social media post about his citizen's arrest of a man pushing a trolley filled with severed cow heads. "I apologise most sincerely to our residents for my comments relating to the meat also presenting a potential risk of an Ebola outbreak. I also apologise for what has appeared to be insensitivity towards the plight of informal traders in our city attempting to earn a living,” he said. Mashaba, who arrested the man in the Johannesburg CBD on Monday, said his reaction was in response to the many residents who were unable to access quality healthcare and were "vulnerable to the kind of outbreaks that can arise from [the] improper treatment of food".

Siam Lee’s hell ride before her gruesome death

Siam Lee had been held captive for more than 24 hours before she was bludgeoned to death and her body set alight in a secluded sugarcane field in New Hanover in central KwaZulu-Natal. What investigators believe befell the 20-year-old in her final moments was laid bare in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, when the businessman accused of her kidnapping and murder was indicted. This comes 11 months after the escort’s kidnapping and murder after allegedly being snatched by the man from a Durban North brothel. The 30-year-old suspect faces a raft of charges‚ including the kidnapping and murder of Lee‚ and the rape of another woman. He cannot be named until he has pleaded to the rape charge. He was released on R40,000 bail in June after a protracted bid. On Wednesday, magistrate Vanitha Armu refused an application to have his bail conditions relaxed. He will appear in the Durban High Court on March 11 next year.

Cape Town dumps 12,000l of booze down drain

It seems some Cape Town residents found a substitute to quench their thirst when the city battled a water crisis last year: boozing on beaches. But this did not go down well with authorities. City authorities will destroy 12,000 litres of alcohol - 16,926 bottles - on Thursday. Councillor JP Smith, the mayoral committee member for safety and security and social services, said the liquor was confiscated from city beaches and other public spaces during the past financial year. “The disposal is part of the city’s operational readiness plan for the festive season, which takes place every November,” he said. “The alcohol needs to be disposed of to make way for the expected confiscations that are likely to consume much of the festive-season policing effort.”

90 pupils rushed to hospital with cramps

At least 90 pupils from Dlukulwana Senior Primary School in Libode were taken to health facilities after complaining of stomach cramps. According to School Governing Body (SGB) chairperson Bija Masiko, the pupils complained of stomach cramps, which they said started last week Friday. Masiko said residents were in a panic because there had been no real explanation of what the pupils were suffering from. The first group of pupils was immediately sent to Ntlaza Hospital on Friday, and later transferred to St Barnabas Hospital. On Wednesday, another group complained of cramps and was transported to St Barnabas.

Parliament sends condolences after mine murder

Parliament's portfolio committee on mineral resources has extended its condolences to the family and colleagues of a mine safety officer who was gunned down in his car in Welkom in the Free State at the weekend. Chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo said the committee members were concerned about the circumstances of the death of Shai Mikia Mophapi. Luzipo said the shooting came "at the height of many criminal issues facing the sector, including illegal mining". The 54-year-old was a chief safety officer at Sibanye-Stillwater's Beatrix operation near the towns of Welkom and Virginia. Mophapi was shot dead at the Commando shopping centre about 5.30pm on Saturday. He was shot in the chest and left arm. No arrests have been made yet.
A dog that requires wheels to assist it to walk at an animal shelter in China.
FAVOURABLE WHEELS OF FORTUNE A dog that requires wheels to assist it to walk at an animal shelter in China.
Image: STR/AFP

VISUAL SIDE

The new Frits pet hotel and daycare centre might be the largest in the world after opening its doors in Cape Town CBD on November 8. The 2,400 square metres of property, covering three floors, houses dogs and cats, and provides spa treatments, play areas, swimming pool sessions and a 'catio' for felines to roam.


THE WORLD

The news you don't normally get to hear

Charles, ignore the baby doomers. 70 is the age of boom and bloom

Just because the Prince of Wales doesn't like hitting the big seven-oh-no doesn't mean you have to

By Jan Etherington
4 min read

Now it’s Melania Trump’s turn to say: You’re fired!

In an extraordinary move the US first lady demands the sacking of senior national security official

By Rozina Sabur
2 min read

Running Wilde: Are the Queensberry aristocrats really cursed?

The untimely death of Lady Beth Douglas is the latest in the 'dark history' of the dynasty

By Rosa Silverman
6 min read

So, Neanderthals were violent numbskulls? Think again

Their lifestyles were not more dangerous than those of early modern humans, new research reveals

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Swiss head off to buy Marie Antoinette’s jewels

Marie Antoinette’s diamonds and pearls, not seen in public for two centuries, went under the hammer in Geneva on Wednesday in what has been billed as one of the most important royal jewellery auctions in history. Ten dazzling treasures that belonged to the ill-fated queen are part of a 100-piece collection, held by the Italian royal House of Bourbon-Parma, being sold by Sotheby’s. They include a diamond-set monogrammed ring containing a lock of her hair, valued at $8,000-$10,000. Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France before the revolution, was guillotined in Paris in October 1793 at the age of 37. The highlight is Marie Antoinette’s Pearl, a natural pearl and diamond pendant valued at $1-$2m. — AFP

Big banger theory baffles Aussies

It’s the debate that has been sizzling Down Under for days, but new Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to take sides on the hot topic of whether onions should be served on top or under a sausage. Australian hardware chain Bunnings served up a banger of a controversy this week when it emerged it had told staff to put the onions under sausages citing health and safety concerns. The chain — which often runs barbecue fundraisers at its stores — said there were concerns people might be injured by stray onions if the slippery vegetables ended up on the floor. Cue raging debate in Australia on whether the directive was a sensible response to a potential risk, or the latest example of corporate health and safety overkill. ‘Whether the onions are on top or underneath, I’ll always be buying sausages on bread,’ Morrison diplomatically replied. — AFP

Gold trader finds out he’s dead wrong

Iran executed a trader on Wednesday dubbed the ‘Sultan of Coins’ for his wholesale trafficking in gold to exploit a surge in demand from savers spooked by this year’s currency crisis. Vahid Mazloomin was convicted of ‘corruption on earth’ — Iran’s most serious capital offence — by ‘forming and running a network for disrupting the economy’. Iran has suffered a sharp economic downturn this year, fuelled in part by US President Donald Trump’s decision in May to withdraw from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal and reimpose crippling unilateral sanctions. Fearing for the economy, many Iranians rushed to secure their savings by buying foreign exchange and precious metals, causing the rial to lose around 70% of its value against the dollar and the price of gold coins to quadruple. Police said Mazloomin had ‘amassed around two tonnes of gold coins’ by the time of his arrest on July 2. — AFP

This Robocop is too cute to crack heads

Hi-tech Singapore has deployed an autonomous robot with a swivelling camera for a head and flashing lights to patrol a summit venue — arresting the attention of amused passers-by who stopped to snap selfies. The white, four-wheeled buggy, measuring about 1.5m, trundled around the perimeter of a convention centre in the city-state, providing additional security at a meeting of world leaders. The so far unnamed robot, decked out with flashing blue and red lights, is a prototype which can transmit a 360-degree picture of the area it is patrolling. It navigates independently on a pre-mapped route and can avoid obstacles. But rather than fearing the long robotic arm of the law, many passers-by were amused by the device, with some mistaking it for a gigantic toy. — AFP

Sri Lanka’s Lord of the Rings runs into Gollum

Among Sri Lankans, political veteran Mahinda Rajapakse earned the nickname ‘Lord of the Rings’ thanks to his taste for gem-laden rings and an epic battle. But the former strongman president lost his magic in his latest comeback bid. Renowned and feared for his brutal ending of the country’s prolonged Tamil separatist war in 2009, Rajapakse is a big believer in fate. With nearly every finger bearing a lucky gem, the 72-year-old consults astrologers even for political decisions. But something went wrong when he agreed to become prime minister on October 26. The strategy failed and the numbers in parliament did not add up. The assembly voted Rajapakse’s rival government down on Wednesday. — AFP

South Korea needs a dose of Germaine Greer

In her year-long quest for a job, South Korean college graduate Casey Lee has faced a barrage of personal and contradictory questions. ‘One company asked if I had a boyfriend and when I’d get married,’ she said. ‘Another asked why I didn’t have a boyfriend and wondered if someone like me who had no plan to get married soon was trustworthy enough or had a personality issue.’ Women often struggle to find a foothold in South Korea’s male-dominated corporate culture and a series of firms have now been caught allegedly using sexist recruitment targets to keep it that way. Lee’s first interviewer complained that women tended to quit their positions once they had a child, while the other launched a tirade against ‘irresponsible young women’ like her — she is 25 and single — for abandoning their responsibility to have children ‘for the country’s future’. — AFP
Migrants sit on top of the border fence between Mexico and the US.
NOT HIGH ENOUGH TO REACH THE HELICOPTER Migrants sit on top of the border fence between Mexico and the US.
Image: Reuters/Jorge Duenes

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Why Gordhan is the best guy to help Ramaphosa heal SA

Fix the institutions and it becomes harder for them to be captured again. To do that, Cyril needs Pravin

By Peter Bruce
4 min read

Superfast 5G is coming to SA! Not so fast, warns Vodacom

Africa’s first 5G service rolled out in Lesotho in August.  SA has to wait until regulators make spectrum available

By Nick Hedley
1 min read

Is there room in SA for two new banks? Tyme will tell

They will have their hands full against entrenched operators, but the odds may be slightly in their favour

By Tim Cohen
5 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Fear and clothing: Dresses fit for a diva at SA Style Awards

A weekly column on the vagaries and charms of fashion

Aspasia Karras
Columnist
1 min read

Suits are stale and boring and meant for work ... well, no

There is power in wearing the office staple. Just not in the ways you might have imagined

By Keneilwe Pule
1 min read

How to shine up and sparkle hard this party season

Vogue editor Anna Dello Russo’s guide to party dressing

By Bethan Holt
3 min read

Make acne go again: the miracles of magnesium

Mineral is surprisingly effective for your gut health, sleep patterns, and skin woes such as spots and ageing

By Dominique Temple
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Scotland beef up a wee bit before Boks clash

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
5 min read

Dropping Trevor was not very clever, Rassie

Nyakane should be loosehead prop, not Thomas du Toit

Khanyiso Tshwaku
Journalist
3 min read

Blasts from the past: ‘Hitman’ rubs out Toledo for WBU title

Today in SA sports history: November 15

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read