Thursday, December 20 2018

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

ANALYSIS: Was it stupid to ban Chicken Licken ad?

Banning the TV ad - an 'absolutely stupid' move - compounds the problem the regulator is trying to solve, say experts

By Katharine Child and Nico Gous
5 min read

If SA wants good teachers, bring back colleges

With the theory-practice balance out of sync, varsities are not the best place to train primary school teachers

Jonathan Jansen
Columnist
4 min read


SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

WATCH: Lifeguard’s rocky jet ski ‘show-off’ whips up a storm

He was filmed trying to figure out how to use his jet ski on the KZN North Coast

Alex Patrick
Journalist
3 min read

Do you have the skills that SA needs right now? New survey reveals all

If you're deciding what to study, these are the jobs that are guaranteed to be in demand and well paid

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
4 min read

All inmates want this Christmas is their loved ones’ presence

Prison authorities warn that inmates forgotten by their families pose a risk to themselves while in the clink

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
2 min read

Tinder mercies: Would you lie about your age to get a date?

Most midlife daters have taken years off their real age. Here, they reveal how it can all go wrong

By The Daily Telegraph
7 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

G’day mate, indeed: Oz MP caught sexting

A married politician is to leave Australia’s parliament after he had dinner in Hong Kong with a much younger woman he met on a ‘sugar daddies’ dating site. Andrew Broad, 43, also sent the woman explicit texts detailing his intentions. After the woman, apparently Irish, told him she found Aussie accents sexy, he apparently replied: ‘I pull you close, run my strong hands down your back, softly kiss your neck and whisper ‘G’day mate’.’ – The Daily Telegraph

Gym may be as fit as pills for high blood pressure

Exercise may be as effective as drugs in tackling high blood pressure, research suggests. The study found that among those with high blood pressure, exercise tended to be more effective than drugs. Weaning more patients off drugs could protect them from some of the risks associated with taking multiple pills, researchers suggested, but said patients should not immediately give up their drugs. – AFP

Chinese city gags Christmas cheers

Authorities in a city in northern China have banned all festive decorations from its streets. Officials in Langfang said the move was part of efforts to keep the streets clean to win an award for Chinese cities. But critics have said the rules are part of wider curbs on freedom of speech and religion. – The Daily Telegraph

Outrage after man shoots dog four times

Police and SPCA inspectors are searching for a man who shot a dog four times in a cul-de-sac in Winston Park, west of Durban. Resident Vivian Michelle said she had been ready to turn in for the night on Tuesday when she heard a car. "I thought it was my son coming home and the next thing I heard a gunshot and ran to my balcony. The dog ran and the guy shot again. The dog was crying and it was so horrible," she said. "He ended up shooting the dog four times and I triggered my alarm and he spun off.," she said. Jenny Gevers, of the Winston Park Guardians neighbourhood watch, said an SPCA sent an inspector to collect the dog and will do an autopsy. Community crime activist Greg Albert has pledged a R1,000 reward for any information that leads to a successful conviction of the shooter.

So much cannabis, but you can’t smoke it

The cannabis being cultivated on 1,000ha of a farm in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, may look like recreational marijuana but smoking it would have "absolutely no effect". Krithi Thaver, founding member of the Cannabis Development Council of SA, said the variety of cannabis sativa being grown on the farm was industrial hemp. "A passer-by would look at it and say 'Wow, let's take some!' But this is industrial hemp; it cannot be smoked.” Thaver was among those who facilitated a partnership with a Newcastle doctor who owns the farm to cultivate cannabis on his land. The departments of health and agriculture have now issued permits to cultivate industrial hemp on 5,000ha.

Disgraced SA lawyer’s whereabouts unknown

The department of international relations and cooperation (Dirco) was unable on Wednesday to confirm if SA fugitive Dirk Prinsloo had been released from detention in Belarus, Eastern Europe. "We are monitoring the situation and trying to get confirmation. We don't have any official confirmation that he has been released," spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said. Netwerk24 reported that Prinsloo had been detained for nearly a year at Belarus's migration department after he was released on parole. "When a person is released we get a letter saying that this person who comes from your country has been released. That letter has not arrived," said Mabaya. The department had only heard "rumours” of his release. Prinsloo was sentenced to 13 years in prison in Belarus in February 2010 for theft, robbery and "thuggery". He and his partner, Cézanne Visser, nicknamed "Advocate Barbie", were arrested in SA in 2002 on charges of fraud, rape, indecent assault and the manufacturing of child pornography.
A giant pig-shaped lantern lights up ahead of the New Year and Lunar New Year celebrations at Xinghai Square in China
HAVE YOUR PIG OF THE LITTER A giant pig-shaped lantern lights up ahead of the New Year and Lunar New Year celebrations at Xinghai Square in China
Image: China Daily via Reuters

LEISURE

THE FUN STUFF THAT MAKES LIFE WORTH LIVING

On the down load: Fashion podcasts for your December trek

Whether you're going near or far, these podcasts will make sure you arrive in style

By Luke Bayett
2 min read

The good, bad and ugly of the Mzansi Super League

The inaugural edition threw up some stellar performances, but also red flags around scheduling and pulling the crowds

Khanyiso Tshwaku
Journalist
4 min read

Blast from the past: Boks fall again on UK tour

Today in SA sports history

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read