Monday, November 19 2018



Now right-wing monsters like Waluś are treated as heroes

The case of Chris Hani's killer mirrors the insidious re-emergence of right-wing nationalism. It's very dangerous

4 min read

New ID for De Lille? Maybe not, but she could be a coalition queen

She has the political chops and the experience, but former Cape Town mayor isn't saying anything new, says an analyst

3 min read

Plastic-wrap serial killer has cops asking: whose child is next?

The same community has barely had time to recover from the terror of another serial killer

Bongani Fuzile
5 min read

Want a seat at Mabuza's table? It'll cost a cool R500k ...

... and if you want to sit with President Ramaphosa you'll have to be prepared to negotiate

Amil Umraw
3 min read



Yay, it's Black Friday week! But before you splash out, think hard

The sales are tempting, but they aren't for everyone

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
2 min read

Can businesses refuse to take cash? The answer will surprise you

One is for sure though: there is such a thing as paying with too many coins

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
1 min read

Much more than the snor, Movember can save your life

Men need to make ‘man time’ to stay connected and talk about their health, says Movember campaign

2 min read

For the sake of our whales, stop the blastards, Mantashe told

The mineral resources minister has been urged to halt ocean sound-blast surveys used in the search for oil

Tony Carnie
4 min read

Oh, frack! A million hectares face being explored for gas

Environmental groups up in arms as Rhino Oil and Gas applies for rights to explore KZN and Free State for ...

Matthew Savides
News editor
4 min read

From catching crooks to cooking, teens think outside the bots

Creative Diepsloot youngsters build robot prototypes to tackle pressing problems in their area

Leonie Wagner
3 min read

Look out: This lady justice vows to wield sword to break the silence

Being a survivor herself, Durban attorney is determined to help victims of domestic and sexual abuse

By Tania Broughton
3 min read



How scavengers can help forensic scientists identify corpses

Creatures such as the mongoose hold the crucial bits of information forensic scientists need for a postmortem

By Victoria Gibbon
4 min read

Stop blaming moms for poor housing

Poor black ‘nice-time’ moms catch too much flak for shack fires that put kids’ lives in danger. The blame is misdirected

By Katharine Hall
6 min read

Portrait of a market gone mad also paints triumphant picture for art

To pay $90.3m for a Hockney seems insane, but tells us something significant about the values we still attach to art

By Mark Hudson
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


Six things about SA you need to know

Twelve cops injured in Durban crash

A dozen police officers were receiving medical treatment at a Durban hospital after they were involved in a crash in the west of the city on Sunday. Their vehicle veered off the M1 Richmond Road near Mariannhill, Rescue Care Paramedics’ Garrith Jamieson said. The accident occurred shortly after 6am. “Rescue Care Paramedics arrived on the scene to find the single vehicle against an embankment. A total of 12 policeman had sustained various injuries and immediately more ambulances were dispatched to assist. Once all the injured had been stabilised on the scene they were transported to a nearby hospital for the further care that they required,” said Jamieson. The cause of the crash is unknown.

School fees set to soar in new year

Government and private schools have set fee increases for next year well above inflation as they brace for a rise in applications for fee exemptions from cash-strapped parents. A snap survey of 20 schools revealed that increases at state schools averaged 8.2% and hikes at private schools were on average 7.8% - significantly higher than the current 4.9% inflation rate. Economist Azar Jammine warned that above-inflation increases at high-end private schools were going to result in “more and more people no longer finding it affordable” and moving to former Model C schools. “Private schools are becoming the ambit of the corporate elite. One is finding that some of the ordinary, decent professionals are now really struggling to keep pace with some of the private school fees,” he said.

Three hurt in two Gauteng shootings

Three people were wounded in two separate shooting incidents in Gauteng on Saturday, paramedics said. ER24 spokesperson Ineke van Huyssteen said a man and a woman had been wounded in a shooting incident on the corners of Solomon Mahlangu and Bronkhorstspruit roads in Silverton, Pretoria. A man had been shot in the abdomen and foot, and was in a serious condition. A woman had sustained moderate injuries. In the second incident, a man sustained a gunshot wound to his arm at a shop on Trichardts Road in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, on Saturday evening, she said. “When ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene shortly before 6pm, they were led to where a man was seated in the shop. Paramedics treated and stabilised the man on the scene before transporting him to hospital for further medical care. The police were on both scenes.

AfriForum may seek to have Juju declared bankrupt

Civil rights organisation AfriForum says it may have to have Julius Malema and the EFF declared bankrupt in an attempt to recover legal costs that they owe the organisation. It said on Sunday that it was still owed more than R400,000 by Malema and the EFF but that the sheriff of the court had only found assets worth R66,550 in the EFF’s head office in Johannesburg on November 9. “Malema also declared in public that he had no money to pay AfriForum. AfriForum obtained a warrant on November 1 to seize Malema and the EFF’s moving assets to pay off R337,758,68 that Malema in his personal capacity and the EFF as a party owed to AfriForum. This amount was the total of three cost orders that AfriForum had obtained against them since March 2017.

Load-shedding is back, says Eskom

Eskom announced it would be implementing stage 1 rotational load-shedding as of Sunday. The cuts would be from 12.15pm to 10pm. "Eskom has had to implement stage 1 load-shedding. Apologies for the inconvenience that this will cause," spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said. "Customers are advised to keep checking their load-shedding schedules on the Eskom and their municipal websites, and to plan on the assumption that load-shedding will take place," the company said. It called on residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly during this time.

Bodies found in car in Evander dam

The bodies of two people were found inside a vehicle under water at the Unicor Dam in Evander earlier this week, Mpumalanga police said. The incident happened on Friday. "The discovery was made by the police diving unit from Secunda together with Delta 1 Rescue, a private-sector organisation, while they were training. In the process, they spotted a VW Citi Golf in the belly of the dam with two bodies inside," said Brigadier Leonard Hlathi. They retrieved the car, which was found to belong to Siyabonga Nkabi, who was reported as missing on July 4 2018 together with Precious Mtsweni. The police could not immediately confirm whether the bodies found in the vehicle were those of the missing two. An autopsy would determine the cause of death.
A Nicaraguan citizen protests against President Daniel Ortega in Guatemala.
THEY THINK ORTEGA IS THE SPAWN OF SATIN A Nicaraguan citizen protests against President Daniel Ortega in Guatemala.
Image: Reuters/Jose Cabezas



The news you don't normally get to hear

Is Theresa May’s stiff upper lip a strength or a weakness?

As the British PM fights for her career over Brexit, we take a look at what keeps her going despite everything

By Judith Woods
3 min read

Nowhere to hide as Indonesia's gays face rein-in of terror

Country is gripped by a 'moral panic' in a lurch toward religious conservatism that imperils the minority

4 min read

Amid all the tragedy, US fire victims still fight to save their pets

Makeshift shelters fill up as pet owners struggle to care for them and put their shattered lives back together

3 min read

'Keep your back straight when lifting.' Turns out, that's rubbish advice

New study argues that 'round-back lifting' can be more efficient and no more hazardous to health

By Henry Bodkin
2 min read



Khashoggi tape too grisly for Trump

US President Donald Trump says he has been fully briefed on an audio recording of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder but does not want to listen to it himself. ‘Because it's a suffering tape. It's a terrible tape,’ he said in an interview with Fox News Sunday that was conducted on Friday. ‘It was very violent, very vicious and terrible.’ - AFP

Bank to pay for its staff’s sex changes

Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs's London staff have been told that they can now have free sex-change surgery and fertility treatments in the latest step to encourage more women to stay with the firm. The move comes as the bank fights to change its reputation as a conservative old boys' club. It is understood that the new perks are aimed at helping ‘the whole issue of inclusiveness’ in the London office. - The Sunday Telegraph

Steve Irwin flashbacks as stingray kills Oz man

A swimmer died after a rare suspected stingray attack off an Australian beach at the weekend. The 42-year-old's death came more than a decade after world-renowned ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin was killed when a stingray barb punctured his chest while he was filming on the famed Great Barrier Reef. The man was in the sea near Hobart when he ‘sustained a puncture wound to his lower abdomen ... possibly inflicted by a marine animal’, police said. He was brought onto the beach by friends but suffered a heart attack and was unable to be resuscitated. - AFP

Stolen Byzantine treasure is back home

One of the last missing pieces of Byzantine art stolen from Cyprus in the 1970s was handed back this week by renowned, and proud Dutch art investigator Arthur Brand. After getting a tip from a London art dealer, Brand travelled to Monaco in August. Through a series of intermediaries - including several in the underground world - Brand finally traced the missing mosaic of St Mark to a flat in the city-state. ‘It was in the possession of a British family, who bought the mosaic in good faith,’ Brand said. The treasure is worth about $11m. - AFP

Bridal mag closes rather than show gay weddings

A leading Australian bridal magazine has shut after being ditched by advertisers for refusing to feature same-sex couples, one year after the country changed its marriage laws. The Christian founders of ‘White’, Luke and Carla Burrell, said they did not feature gay weddings in their magazine as they had ‘no desire to create a social, political or legal war’. In a farewell blog on Saturday, the couple said they were targeted by activists because of their stance and forced to ‘pick a side. – AFP

Romeo somewhere else, demand Verona locals

For romantic tourists, it is a staple in Verona to visit the Gothic palazzo where Shakespeare imagined his Juliet to live … and leave sentimental notes or scrawl their names on the brick walls of the courtyard. Locals are losing patience with the practice as the graffiti, much of it in indelible ink, spreads to neighbouring properties. Business owners have written to Verona city council asking for more surveillance. It is not just graffiti that is a problem. A bronze statue of Juliet had to be removed because so many tourists had taken to rubbing its right breast for good luck. - The Sunday Telegraph
Waves splash at the seafront in Havana, Cuba.
CURRENT PREOCCUPATION Waves splash at the seafront in Havana, Cuba.
Image: Reuters/Alexandre Meneghini



Eskom turns to quick high of diesel to get it through slump

The utility wants to ramp up spending on diesel in a bid to keep the lights on - but it is no solution at all

By Lisa Steyn
3 min read

Heat on PIC to release details of unlisted investments

Corporation is under pressure to disclose unlisted portfolio in view of questionable investment decisions

By Linda Ensor
3 min read

Rupert’s Reinet won’t kick tobacco habit despite BAT hit

CEO takes comfort from underlying financial results, strong dividends and future prospects of British American Tobacco

By Marc Hasenfuss
2 min read



Run, run, get around, I get around ... but why, I ask?

A newbie runner recounts the story of his first marathon

By Yolisa Mkele
3 min read

The hippies were right: LSD really does free your head

Feeling dull, depressed and anxious? Take a tiny dose of hallucinogenic drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms

By Tymon Smith
2 min read

Big tech hacks a new tool to nab social media child abusers

Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook and Snap develop a prototype to flag potential online paedophiles

By Natasha Bernal
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Rassie on a roll after Murrayfield test

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
7 min read

If Bafana don't beat Libya, it's Baxter to the drawing board

A series of Nations Cup qualifying fails - and the horror of Seychelles - make this away clash even more crucial

Marc Strydom
7 min read

Blasts from the past: White Lightning blitzes 300th stick

Today in SA sports history: November 19

David Isaacson
1 min read