Wednesday, December 19 2018

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Fool circle: We’ve gone from ‘idle bantu’ to ‘lackadaisical white’

Cyril has it in for lazy whites, but his all-purpose smear by racial group is hardly confined to the ‘new dawn’ era

Tony Leon
Columnist
5 min read

Law and disorder: Judges and advocates under siege at high court

The Johannesburg Bar has threatened legal action if the justice department does not improve security at the court

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
4 min read

Is Jacob Zuma really this rubbish as a crook?

Either uBaba has a huge fortune squirrelled away, or he is the most incompetent crook in the history of criminality

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read

ANALYSIS: Zuma and Juju are besties again. What's going on?

They were pals, then sworn enemies, and are now pals again because they share a common enemy

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
5 min read


SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Little Foot kicks more great big evolutionary clues our way

New evidence tells us more about our ancestors’ transition from tree-dwelling apes to walking upright

By Tanya Farber and Dave Chambers
5 min read

Sod it: Judge turfs out grass-seller’s criminal record

If you pay an admission of guilt fine you cannot be saddled with a permanent record, judge rules

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

Students splash out on grad rags for their big day

Some forked out up to R7,500 for their outfits as the trend shifts from plain academic apparel

Philani Nombembe
Journalist
2 min read

‘I was Woody Allen’s underage lover and I have no regrets’

'Manhattan' muse defies #MeToo stereotypes as she looks back on her 1970s 'love story'

By Harriet Alexander
3 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 you need to know

Putin hops in the driver’s seat of rap music

Vladimir Putin says attempts to shut down rap music were counterproductive and that an alternative approach is needed. It marks a surprising softening towards an art form at odds with Putin’s professed aim of restoring traditional values. In recent weeks, concert cancellations by venue owners and local authorities have been reported across the country. – The Daily Telegraph

Lovestruck ‘spy’ released and returned home

An Indian man who spent years in jail for spying after travelling to meet a woman in Pakistan will return home. Hamid Nehal Ansari illegally entered Pakistan in 2012, and was convicted for spying and forging documents in 2015. He told officials he came to the country to see a girl he met on Facebook. Police had waited for him at the woman’s house and arrested him. – AFP

Berlin’s crime ‘clans’ target Arab refugees

Infamous Arab gangs in Berlin, the ‘clans’, have been recruiting newly arrived refugees. The clans have long controlled much of the city’s illegal drug trade, street prostitution and protection rackets. Police warn the clans have targeted members from among the more than one million asylum seekers who have arrived since 2015. The migrant wave that peaked three years ago sparked a xenophobic backlash in Germany, and thrown a new focus on the clans. – AFP

Have yourself a merry little hiss-mas

It wasn’t just presents under the Christmas tree for an Ixopo family on KwaZulu-Natal's south coast who happened upon a slithery squatter that had settled in among the branches. Nicholas Campbell said his girlfriend had been decorating the tree when she inadvertently grabbed what turned out to be a Western Natal green snake. "She grabbed it and it tried to bite her. She screamed and while trying to run away she slipped and fell on her bum in the middle of the dining room. We tried to coral the snake and it moved around the house and then again took refuge in the tree, and that is where it remains. Now that I know that its harmless I think we’ll just leave it.” Durban snake handler Tyrone Ping said the snake was common in southern KZN and wasn’t dangerous.

Ekurhuleni pools closed for festive season

The City of Ekurhuleni says all of its community swimming pools will be closed from Friday until early in 2019. Mayoral committee member for community services Dora Mlambo said the decision had been taken by the council. "The swimming pools will be closed due to the limited number of officials, including lifeguards, available during this time, as most have taken leave," said Mlambo. "As such, this may pose a challenge in adhering to basic health and safety requirements at the facilities." She said the city acknowledged the inconvenience due to the closure but added that the health and safety of bathers was the city’s first priority. The pools will close at 6pm on Friday and reopen January 2 2019.

Rewritten history curriculum on cards

Basic education minister Angie Motshekga has approved the reappointment of a ministerial task team to amend the history curriculum at SA schools. The team was appointed to make the curriculum more "Afrocentric and relevant" to the country's pupils. This was one of the key recommendations from the task team report released in December 2017 which recommended that the curricula of grades 4-12 be overhauled. The team's responsibilities included: developing a new history curriculum from grades 4-12, conducting provincial consultation in the education sector and obtaining inputs into the new history curriculum. Other responsibilities included screening textbooks to ensure alignments with the new curriculum and to propose history teacher development programmes.
A dog plays at ‘Pet Fed’, a pet festival in New Delhi, India.
A BALL OF A TIME A dog plays at ‘Pet Fed’, a pet festival in New Delhi, India.
Image: Sajjad Hussain/AFP

LEISURE

THE FUN STUFF THAT MAKES LIFE WORTH LIVING

For a good Claus: What to feed a new-age Santa

Forget the eggnog. Here's how you can do your bit to keep health-conscious Santa energised on his big night

By Tymon Smith
3 min read

First class for the soul: The airlines leading the wellness travel trend

From bespoke meals and spa treatments, to destress programmes, these carriers have your mind, body and soul covered

By Zola Zingithwa
5 min read

‘Sandpapergate’ scandal dominates cricketing year

As heads rolled following Australian cricket's worst scandal, England had reason to celebrate a pretty good year

By Amlan Chakraborty
3 min read