Monday, November 26 2018

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

SA can’t condemn US and China on human rights - we’re just like them

Activists who fled to US consulate in 80s would be kicked out of it today - and we'd do the same to Zimbabweans

Justice Malala
Columnist
4 min read

Top medical aids are breaking the law, risking lives, claim doctors

Discovery and GEMS deny wrongdoing as SAPPF asks the regulator to rein in alleged abuses

Katharine Child
Journalist
4 min read

In the altogether now: Naked yoga takes off in the burbs

In a leafy Joburg suburb, clothes and inhibitions are stripped away by the light of the moon

Alex Patrick
Journalist
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Tempted by a deal with a 'cooling-off' clause? Be very, very careful

Many companies go to great lengths to deprive you of the right to cancel a contract, and VHI is one of them

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read

A-Z of getting into faraway top schools just got a bit easier

However, it may still be not enough, according to principals and school governing bodies in Gauteng

Prega Govender
Journalist
3 min read

'I don't want to be the cause of people's grief': SA's best truck driver

In 22 years on the road Stephen Meje has never had a traffic fine, nor been in an accident

Belinda Pheto
Journalist
4 min read

When it comes to wasting food we do give a toss – into the bin

About 30% of all food produced in SA is lost or wasted, ending up in landfills instead of empty stomachs

Sipokazi Fokazi
Journalist
2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Destroy the rod: Corporal punishment is a form of domestic violence

However you try to justify it, it is not okay to hurt a child just because they have 'misbehaved'

Tanya Farber
Journalist
4 min read

DB Cooper: Has the most baffling hijacking in history been solved?

The bizarre 1971 feat has gone down in aviation and criminal folklore, and spawned countless investigations

By Hugh Morris
5 min read

‘Imagine 1,000 wasp stings’: An acid attack survivor’s story

Briton Katie Gee's life changed forever in a violent, excruciating moment while on holiday with a friend in Zanzibar

By Eleanor Steafel
10 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

Rohde's daughters ‘fear for future’

Convicted wife killer Jason Rohde's daughters are fearing for their own futures, according to a report drafted by a social worker. Rapport newspaper reported on Sunday that his daughters, 20-year-old university student Kathryn, and twins Josie and Alexandra, who wrote matric this year, were anxious about what would happen to them when their father goes to jail. The daughters are expected to testify in his defence during sentencing proceedings for the murder of their mother, Susan Rohde. Social worker Rian Perry interviewed family members and drafted a report that was handed in to the High Court in Cape Town. According to the report, daughter Kathryn is concerned she will have to take care of her two younger sisters. According to her, the rest of the family is either not willing to take care of them or does not have the means to do so.

Discovered spy cameras give minister jitters

Spy cameras, with a capability to record sound, were discovered this week in the office of science and technology minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. Kubayi-Ngubane reported the matter to law-enforcement agencies because she feared senior managers in her department were spying on her. The cameras were found after suspicions were raised when senior managers confronted junior staff and whistle-blowers about discussions they had with the minister in her office. The minister has confronted senior managers in her office — who told her the cameras had been installed after a security breach. But she says the answers were not satisfactory.

Huisgenoot journo had ‘affair’ with killer

Afrikaans weekly magazine Huisgenoot has suspended one of its journalists for having a “potentially unprofessional relationship” with one of the convicted Krugersdorp murderers. Huisgenoot editor Yvonne Beyers said the allegations were viewed in a very serious light and an investigation was under way. The journalist had been suspended on Friday. “Pending the outcome of our internal investigation no further comment will be forthcoming,” Beyers said in a statement posted on Netwerk24. Rapport newspaper on Sunday said the journalist was in a romantic relationship with Le Roux Steyn, 22, who has been sentenced to 25 years in jail and who turned state witness in the bizarre trial that has seen mention of satanism and the occult. Cecilia Steyn, Marcel Steyn and former insurance broker Zak Valentine stand accused of being involved in the murder of 11 people between 2012 and 2016. The trio have pleaded not guilty.

New minimum wage ‘shameful’

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has slammed the minimum wage bill signed into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday. “CEOs in South Africa are paid obscene amounts of money, whilst the workers, who create the wealth, earn peanuts. Workers will earn R20 per hour, whilst CEOs will be earning an average of R8,625,” said Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola. She described the R20-per-hour amount as “shameful”, saying it would worsen the living conditions of workers. “This is an indictment against the ANC government for failing to promote an agenda to genuinely improve and transform the lives of the working class,” Hlubi-Majola said. “Cyril Ramaphosa has legalised slave wages and confirmed to SA corporates that it is OK to exploit African workers and pay them low wages.”

Illegal mining puts Joburg at risk

Experts have sounded the alarm that illegal miners are blasting to within metres of highly flammable gas and fuel lines under Johannesburg. Despite warnings that the city is on the brink of an unprecedented disaster, the government has shrugged off desperate calls by city officials to step in and avert the potential catastrophe. Should one of those lines be damaged, experts say, everything within a 300m radius will be “incinerated”. Key parts of the city are also under imminent threat of collapse because of illegal miners digging and blasting through 140km of underground tunnels beneath Johannesburg. These include the M1 double-decker highway and the M2, sections of Soweto and the 94,000-seat FNB Stadium.

One dead, another critical after shooting

A woman was shot dead and a man seriously wounded in a shooting at a food outlet at a taxi rank in Durban on Sunday morning. Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said the incident occurred at a shop at the Warwick taxi rank on Canongate Road in Berea at about 8:35am. “Reports from the scene indicate that an adult female was shot dead and an adult male had sustained a gunshot wound and was left in a critical condition. The patient was treated on scene by an advanced life support paramedic and once stabilised was rapidly transported to hospital for further treatment,” Herbst said. “Circumstances leading up to the shooting are unknown and will form the subject of an investigation by police, who were on scene.”
An illuminated sculpture of a giraffe at London Zoo.
NECK OF THE WOODS An illuminated sculpture of a giraffe at London Zoo.
Image: Reuters/Henry Nicholls

VISUAL SIDE


THE WORLD

The news you don't normally get to hear

Have William and Harry fallen out? House move hints at royal tensions

Sussexes set to leave London amid rumours, including that the Queen is gatvol with Meghan

By Patrick Sawer
3 min read

Crunch time: How the many Commons factions will vote on Brexit

The deal struck in Brussels faces a tough test in the British parliament. This is how all the camps weigh in

By AFP
4 min read

What was he thinking? The foolish faith of the Christian slain by tribe

Colleague talks about her friend as police plot next move in attempt to retrieve his body from North Sentinel Island

By The Daily Telegraph
4 min read

A missing Degas and the Nazi business of looted art

Germany refuses to help recover £3.5m  painting stolen from their grandfather, says family

By Justin Huggler
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Egypt shows off ‘new’ mummy

Egypt has unveiled a well-preserved mummy of a woman inside a previously unopened coffin dating back to more than 3,000 years. The sarcophagus was one of two found earlier this month by a French-led mission in El-Asasef, a necropolis on the western bank of the Nile. ‘One sarcophagus was rishi-style, which dates back to the 17th dynasty, while the other sarcophagus was from the 18th dynasty, officials said. The Eighteenth Dynasty dates back to the 13th century BC, a period noted for some of the most well known Pharaohs, including Tutankhamen and Ramses II. It was the first known time that authorities had opened a previously unopened sarcophagus before international media. – Reuters

Oz needs to fight corruption, say judges

Dozens of former Australian judges published an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday calling for a national anti-corruption body to restore public trust in the country's democratic process. The letter said there is public suspicion that corruption permeates many government actions. ‘Secrecy is at the core of corrupt conduct,’ they said in the letter. Public concerns over possible corruption in government decision-making have heightened in recent years. A survey in June found 85% of people believe at least some members of the national parliament are corrupt. - Reuters

UK kills scores of ‘innocent’ dogs

More than half the dogs killed after being seized by police in the UK have not harmed anyone, new figures have revealed - prompting calls for urgent reform of the legislation. The majority of dogs destroyed after being seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act, which bans breeds such as pit bull terriers and Japanese tosas, had not exhibited any dangerous behaviour or been involved in any incident with the public. In 2015/16 a total of 307 dogs were destroyed after being seized, but 175 of these (57%) would be widely regarded as ‘innocent’. – The Daily Telegraph

Bring it on, say ‘Notting Hill’ bookshop owners

The owners of the bookshop that inspired the film ‘Notting Hill’ say they expect to be inundated with requests from couples to get engaged in the shop ahead of the film's 20th anniversary. Tourists from around the world visit the shop in London and the proprietors hope to be ‘chock-a-block’ next year - 20 years on from the 1999 film in which Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts's characters fall in love after meeting by chance in Grant's travel book shop. James Malin, who has owned The Notting Hill Bookshop with his brother Howard for 10 years, said they are delighted by the prospect. - The Sunday Telegraph

India’s gays are out and proud at last

Thousands marched proudly through Delhi’s streets on Sunday in the first gay pride parade since the India’s highest court decriminalised homosexuality. Participants waved rainbow flags and placards emblazoned with ‘Love Wins’ and ‘Adios 377’ — a reference to the colonial-era law banning gay sex that was struck down in September. Organisers said the pride march was the biggest since it began in 2007. ‘It’s the first time we are not marching as criminals,’ said Deepti, one of the organisers from the Delhi Queer Pride Group who goes by one name. ‘People are marching with freedom and zero burden.’ – AFP

Justin’s now a Belieber in marriage

Justin Bieber marked his first Thanksgiving as a married man, saying that ‘love isn’t always easy’ but adding he was trying, like Jesus Christ, to be more patient and selfless.The Canadian pop singer, 24, who married model Hailey Baldwin in a hush-hush civil ceremony in September, told his 102 million Instagram followers that Thursday’s US Thanksgiving holiday was the first he had hosted. - Reuters
A migrant boy from Honduras in front of Mexican riot police.
HE THINKS THIS IS NOTHING BUT A LAUGH RIOT A migrant boy from Honduras in front of Mexican riot police.
Image: Reuters/Hannah McKay

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Momentum’s lack of heart is a lesson for the life industry

The Ganas case gives occasion to think more clearly about treating customers fairly

By Stuart Theobald
5 min read

SA moving out of a recession, pins growth hopes on agriculture

The sector provided a boost in 2017, but large contractions have dragged down growth

By Sunita Menon
2 min read

Malls beware: More SA consumers click with shopping online

Online spending in SA has more than tripled over the past five years

By Joan Muller
2 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Hard road: Fear of outdoor dangers is a vicious circle for SA's obese

A study reveals that overweight people in poorer communities don’t feel safe enough to walk

Sipokazi Fokazi
Journalist
3 min read

If you’re close to snapping, reach for a Polaroid camera

The first Polaroid camera was sold 70 years ago, going on to inspire everyone from Andy Warhol to Steve Jobs 

By Zola Zingithwa
3 min read

Don’t sit on the photocopier and other office party tips

How to make your annual hootenanny a pleasant one

By Caira Blignaut
2 min read

On your Mercs, get set ... and you’ll probably go for the BM

New updates from Rimac, BMW, Porsche and Mercedes

By Lerato Matebese
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Zambia draw is a ‘wake-up’ call for Banyana

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
7 min read

Bulls are on the rocks - but perhaps that’s the best thing

With intelligent recruitment and savvy financial management the new CEO might revive the brand

Khanyiso Tshwaku
Journalist
2 min read

Blast from the past: Oz give Shamsi his first Test wicket

Today in SA sports history: November 26

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read