Saturday, December 8 2018

The Eclectic Weekend

12 GREAT READS FROM THIS WEEK'S TIMES SELECT CURATED FOR YOU

Government sheds credibility with every vital service that collapses

From Eskom to education, public confidence in government is shattered - but what is worse is the absence of leadership

Jonathan Jansen
Columnist
4 min read

It can’t keep the lights on, but Eskom is great at generating confusion

While the utility can't even sugar-coat load shedding, we’re stuck with the 'brave' souls trying to fix it

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read

SPECIAL REPORT: Top farm poison is a ‘threat to web of life’

It even poisons honey bees - but SA is still freely using it, while France and the European Union have started imposing ...

Tony Carnie
Journalist
6 min read

South African dreams of being first disabled man in space

'The image I want to capture is me finally lifting out of my wheelchair. Space is the metaphor'

Alex Patrick
Journalist
4 min read

I've told Eskom to solve the load-shed crisis, and this is how: Gordhan

Ex-staffers must 'back off' and senior managers can't take year-end leave. Instead, they must prevent a dark Christmas

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist
3 min read

Bookmarks: Some very good books and some very bad sex

A fortnightly look at books and writers

By Andrew Donaldson
14 min read

Einstein was right: Most of the universe is a strange ‘dark fluid’

This mysterious fluid, which moves towards you as you push it away, solves the dark energy puzzle, say Oxford boffs

By Sarah Knapton
3 min read

Progress is when dudeism loses the purple suede shoes of pejoration

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Journalist
3 min read

Here’s a good tip to chew on this holiday season

Life is stressful enough without gratuity anxiety - but a heartening trend is growing apace

By Anna Hart
4 min read

Domestic worker killed defending employers against robbers

Fighting like a lioness, Mitah Mathinya stood between two knifemen and her ailing employer and his autistic son

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
4 min read

Banyana put the boot into women’s football naysayers

Their confident swagger is fully deserved, because they've come a long way since the days of sexist ridicule

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
3 min read

How to make your pension piggy bank squeal with delight

Alexander Forbes has made illuminating findings about how people handle their pension funds

By Stephen Cranston
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