Friday, December 21 2018



Spat over perks leaves ANC’s Cape list in a gemors, forces rerun

The stakes are high as the list conference determines who goes to parliament or the provincial legislature

3 min read

Tablet saga reveals Zille’s bizarre blind spot - yet again

She always resorts to logic when she has her back to the wall, but she always fails to grasp the power of perception

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

Thanks, Mkhwebane, for your lovely gift of fingering Zille and Mbalula

She gave us a chance to reflect on SA's genius for taking sides no matter what, and taking them to ludicrous extremes

Tom Eaton
3 min read

‘It’s not fair’: Why Motshekga came to Zille’s defence

It's not as if he was using them to DJ, but to teach poor pupils - and he should be applauded, insists minister

Karyn Maughan
2 min read



Drivers unafraid to hit bottle and then the road

Arrive Alive is worried that SA drivers don't fear the consequences of drunk driving

2 min read

A tale of a TV, death and my boyhood nemesis

It was Christmas and Old Man McLaren did not like the sounds of children playing outside his house

6 min read

No more ruff guesses: Check out your mutt's DNA

Looking for the perfect gift this Christmas? Why not find out what mix is in your beloved pet?

Alex Patrick
3 min read

Always got room for pudding? Blame your hunter-gatherer ancestors

Scientist work out why ancient cultures don't get fat - and the real reason will surprise you

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

Roar deal: Disney mauled for ‘stealing’ Lion King catchphrase

Hollywood giant accused of cultural appropriation over trademarking Swahili phrase 'hakuna matata'

By Nick Allen
2 min read

Think Xmas loneliness is your cross to bear? You’re not alone

Social media worsens seasonal depressive disorder, say experts, but it could also work the other way

3 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 you need to know

Schizo teen gets 13 years for killing girl

An Austrian court sentenced a schizophrenic teenager to 13 years in jail for murdering a seven-year-old girl, despite conflicting expert evidence.The boy aged 16 strangled and tried to decapitate his seven-year-old neighbour, who was playing video games at his home, before leaving her body in a skip in Vienna in May.The 16-year-old, who had no prior convictions, said he had been directed by "voices". Vienna's criminal court sentenced him on Wednesday to a 13-year prison term - close to the maximum that could have been given to an offender of his age. It ordered him to be transferred to an "institution for mentally troubled offenders". The court had found that the teenager could be held criminally responsible for his actions, even though two expert witnesses had given contradictory opinions on this point. - AFP

Inuit fear curse of 1845 voyage reawakened

The doomed 1845 Arctic voyage of Sir John Franklin to the Northwest Passage was one of the greatest disasters of British polar history, ending in the deaths of 129 crewmen. Now, the Inuit community where the wreckage of the HMS Terror and its sister ship, the Erebus, were found say its curse has been reawakened - and is claiming lives in the tiny indigenous settlement. Fear has gripped the remote settlement of Gjoa Haven, on Canada's King William Island, amid claims of "non-human" beings stalking the ice. The wrecks of Franklin's "lost expedition" were only discovered recently by Canadian divers near Gjoa Haven - Erebus in 2014 and Terror in 2016.Divers have been removing artefacts from the wrecks which are expected to go on show at a local museum. But six unexpected deaths in two weeks has led to a belief among the 1,000-strong Inuit community that the wrecks should not have been disturbed. – © The Daily Telegraph

Crackdown on rappers pointless: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he does not support concert bans and arrests of musicians, in response to a continuing crackdown on rap stars popular with Russian youngsters. Putin said he is not against rappers and even had a rapper on his campaign once who was covered with tattoos. "About detention of these rappers, I agree with you. That's just pointless … there is nothing good in that," he said. "We can't just jail, ban and punish, that's wrong." Last month popular rapper Husky was jailed after authorities disrupted his concert in southern Russia. Other performers have reported concert cancellations and blockages of online videos. - AFP

Baby Daniel’s mom ‘turned a blind eye’

The mother of a toddler who was abused by her boyfriend caused her child's death by keeping quiet about the abuse, the South Gauteng High Court has found. "Her silence caused the death of her son," acting judge Collin Matshitse said on Thursday as he convicted the boy's mother and her boyfriend. The couple was accused of beating the three-year-old and burning him with boiling water, ultimately leading to the boy's death. They are not being named to protect the identity of the woman’s other children. The child had become known as "Baby Daniel" in the media, and was referred to as "Baby R" in Matshitse’s judgment. Matshitse found the boy's mother guilty on two counts of child neglect, while her boyfriend – who is not the child’s father - was found guilty of child abuse, child neglect and murder.

Almost 800 dead on roads in 18 days

There have been 767 deaths on SA roads in just 18 days. Transport minister Blade Nzimande on Thursday released the annual mid-festive season preliminary road-safety report in Pretoria. The report looked at statistics involving road users from December 1 2018 - December 18 2108. According to the report, KwaZulu-Natal had the most deaths (162) followed by Gauteng (125). Limpopo and Eastern Cape had 89 fatalities each, while Mpumalanga had 82, the Western Cape 81, the Free State 78, the North West 57 and the Northern Cape 24. The minister noted that although the Northern Cape had the fewest road deaths, the province had the highest percentage increase of 71%, followed by Free State with 53% and KwaZulu-Natal with 46%.

Load shedding ‘could be back mid-January’

Eskom might need to reinstate rolling power cuts after factories and businesses reopen following the summer holiday period, said chief executive Phakamani Hadebe. The company is making progress in reducing unplanned outages and maintenance, he said in an interview on Radio 702. “From now up until January 15, the probability of load shedding will be very minimal,” he said. “As we work on the maintenance we hope the situation will be better, but after the 15th probably there might be stage-one load shedding.” Eskom announces stage-one load-shedding when it plans to cut up to 1,000 megawatts from the grid. The utility is mired in debt and isn’t selling enough power to cover all its costs, leaving it scrabbling for money to maintain and replace its ageing plants.
Mini-pigs are seen during a presentation in Balashikha, Russia.
IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS Mini-pigs are seen during a presentation in Balashikha, Russia.
Image: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov



Christmas on repeat: Oh come all ye faithful classics

These timeless CDs are sure to keep the essence of Christmas alive

By Caira Blignaut
2 min read

$100m for Netflix to keep streaming ‘Friends’

Going, going, going ... staying! Platform wisely backtracks on plans to ditch the timeless hit show

By Caira Blignaut
1 min read

No way, José: Brits rejoice as Mourinho gets the boot

The mediocre, and very expensive, manager has finally gone, but it is too late to stop the rot at Manchester United?

Telford Vice
6 min read