Wednesday, February 6 2019

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

ANALYSIS: SA may put up with ANC. No one else will

The investment partners' now-infamous memo was just stating the obvious. So why the ANC's over-the-top response?

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
5 min read

I saw Driehoek horror: ‘Children fell from above’

'It could have been me,' says traumatised pupil who describes seeing fellow pupils underneath collapsed walkway

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist
6 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Pigcasso oinks a timely deal

SA's painting porker is the first non-human to be commissioned by Swatch

Suthentira Govender
Journalist
2 min read

Here’s a Krejcir course in postponing the postponement

The Czech fugitive claims torturous prison conditions and bemoans his constant prison transfers 

Shain Germaner
Journalist
3 min read

Alien invasion is sucking SA’s water reserves to the bone

Eradicate non-indigenous trees such as pine and there would be enough water for 3.38 million households

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
3 min read

Pupils pay price as subsidy row leads to libraries’ closure

Eastern Cape council shuts 12 down after grant is withheld over poorly managed finances

Mpumzi Zuzile
Journalist
3 min read

Mind the gender gap: Men’s brains head towards old age faster

Researchers have found there’s a four-year difference between women’s and men’s brains

By Henry Bodkin
2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

The rise of the political professional has paralysed SA parties

Rupert Lorimer's legacy throws into stark relief the power-grabbing spectacle our politics has become

Tony Leon
Columnist
5 min read

DA is making Damme sure it becomes the foul old ANC

Rounding on Phumzile van Damme for breaking ranks and taking on Helen Zille shows how political organisations rot

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read

Misery with a capital C: how I beat post-cancer depression

Medical advances may be saving lives, but the emotional trauma of the disease can create another world of pain

By Rebecca Brazier
6 min read

SNAPSHOT

Vusi Mahlasela performs a tribute at the memorial concert for Zimbabwean musician Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzion Tuesday at the Joburg Theatre. Mtukudzi, who died at the age of 66, released more than 60 albums over his 40-year career.
A LEGEND'S FAREWELL Vusi Mahlasela performs a tribute at the memorial concert for Zimbabwean musician Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzion Tuesday at the Joburg Theatre. Mtukudzi, who died at the age of 66, released more than 60 albums over his 40-year career.
Image: Alaister Russell

Six things about SA you need to know

Maimane slams Ramaphosa’s inaction on Bosasa

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says the government’s failure to take action on corruption allegations involving Bosasa is suspicious. Maimane said on Tuesday that despite evidence pointing to corruption and bribery involving Bosasa, President Cyril Ramaphosa had failed to take any action against the company. Ramaphosa had also failed to order an audit of all government contracts with Bosasa, or to order the cancellation of all contracts with the company. Nor had he made public his son Andile’s contracts with the company. Maimane’s statement comes after he filed a request for access to contracts Andile has with Bosasa after Ramaphosa admitted in parliament that his son was in business with the company. “The circle of secrecy between Bosasa and the Ramaphosas must be broken. We therefore urge the president to stop talking and start acting on corruption – even when it implicates his own family,” said Maimane.

Capetonians brace for new rates

Property owners in Cape Town are about to receive the latest municipal valuation, which will affect the rates they pay for the next five years. Deputy mayor Ian Neilson said the objection period for the 2018 general valuation would open on February 21 and end on March 29 for those objecting in person. Online objections would be accepted until April 30. The valuations of about 875,000 properties have been updated based one actual sales on or around July 2 2018. An indication of rates payable based on new valuations would be ready by April, said Neilson. “This will be after the new rate-in-the-rand is determined by the council, and this is subject to the city’s budget requirements for the 2019-20 financial year.” The first rates bills based on the new valuations will be sent out in July.

Cops stop DA briefing on ‘damning’ corruption

Drama unfolded at the Durban City Hall on Tuesday when the DA was prevented from holding a press briefing on several “damning” reports on fraud and corruption compiled by the city’s integrity and investigation unit. Just before the start of the briefing in the DA’s caucus room, party leaders were informed by city security managers they had received an instruction from the mayor’s parlour that they were not allowed to hold their meeting there, and that if they did they would be forcibly removed. Durban metro police were also called in to physically remove DA members and journalists already inside the venue. DA councillor Heinz de Boer accused the city of using apartheid-style tactics to suppress the opposition. No officials were on hand to comment and the municipality did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cyclist robbed, stabbed on Table Mountain trail

A man was attacked, stabbed and robbed of his mountain bike on a cycling track on Table Mountain early on Tuesday. Table Mountain Bikers posted details of the incident on its Facebook page, saying it had happened on a track above Rugby Road at about 7.45am. “The suspect stole the black Canyon brand full-suspension mountain bike. [He] was wearing an orange backpack and was spotted heading down Molteno Road into the CBD. He will most likely try to sell the bicycle in the city centre,” said the post. The attacker had also “violated the safety of a space many of us enjoy on foot, running or cycling”. The cyclist was stabbed in the leg and was taken to hospital. Table Mountain Watch said in a post that it was the third incident in the area since the start of 2019, and advised cyclists not to ride there alone.

‘Go ahead’: UCT vice-chancellor shrugs off threat

The University of Cape Town is investigating a threat against its vice-chancellor on Tuesday morning. The incident had been “escalated” to campus protection services for an investigation, said Elijah Moholola, senior manager of media liaison at the university. Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng was threatened on campus as she made her way from her from her car to her office. She tweeted about it, saying she refused to “waste UCT money on a driver or bodyguard” and added: “Go ahead and do what you want.” The university “notes with deep concern an incident involving the vice-chancellor” and “condemns this incident as we would any safety and security incident involving staff or students on our campuses”.

‘Solvent’ Sascoc to battle liquidation bid

The SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) insists it is still solvent and is prepared to battle a bid to sequestrate it. The umbrella sports body was reacting to a report that Highbury Safika Media (HSM)‚ which used to produce its monthly magazine, among other things‚ had applied for the liquidation of Sascoc. “We intend to oppose the application for liquidation of the organisation‚” Sascoc said on Tuesday‚ adding that it had made the company aware in October that it was reviewing all current supplier contracts. HSM had also rejected Sascoc’s offer in December to negotiate a settlement.

THE VISUAL SIDE

The state capture inquiry heard on Tuesday how one man provided Bosasa with millions in cash that was allegedly used to pay off politicians and government officials. Gregory Lawrence shot two videos showing boxes being handed over to a Bosasa staff member at the company’s offices.


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

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

‘My son shines for Venezuela, and that’s a dangerous thing’

In an exclusive interview, the father of opposition leader Juan Guaidó talks about his meteoric rise to power

By Joe Wallen
3 min read

The world has a ‘third pole’, and it’s on very thin ice

Melting ice in Himalayas will push up sea levels and threaten the livelihoods of billions, scientists warn

By Ben Farmer
2 min read

US jail won’t let death row inmate have imam by his side as he dies

State of Alabama says it would violate execution protocol, as critics complain of a Christian bias

By AFP
3 min read

‘I wanted to kill a black b*****d … and I’m ashamed,’ says Liam Neeson

Actor invokes memories of Ireland's Troubles for his racially aggravated reaction to a friend being raped

By Helena Horton
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

6 things you need to know about the world

China: What? Huawei and espionage? Norway!

China has dismissed the Norwegian intelligence service’s warning about Huawei being used to spy on Norway. The intelligence service said there were ‘close connections’ between Huawei and the Chinese regime. The Chinese embassy in Oslo rejected the allegations. – AFP

Facebook unfriends Myanmar rebel groups

Facebook has blacklisted four more of Myanmar’s ethnic rebel groups. The networking giant has been lambasted for its slow and ineffectual response to incendiary posts, particularly against the country’s Rohingya Muslims. – AFP

Former anti-Islam MP turns over a very new page

Former far-right Dutch MP Joram van Klaveren says he has converted to Islam. This comes after years of campaigning against Islam in the Lower House as a lawmaker. Van Klaveren says he changed his mind halfway through writing an anti-Islam book, which he says ‘became a refutation of objections non-Muslims have against the’ faith. – AFP

At least 10 dead in Paris fire by ‘arson’

At least 10 people died and 30 were injured in a blaze at an apartment block in Paris. Police suspect it was deliberately started by a female resident. The 40-year-old woman, said to have ‘psychological problems’, has been arrested. Several local residents said the fire started after a dispute between neighbours in the block. – AFP

Once-deserted camels are now cream of the crop

Demand for chocolates, soaps and skin creams made from camel milk is growing. This has changed the fortunes of India’s declining number of camels and the nomads who rear them. Researchers hope to stop this decline by partnering herdsman with entrepreneurs who need fresh milk for a range of products. – AFP

Hawaii could raise legal smoking age – to 100

Would-be cigarette smokers in Hawaii might have to wait very long for their first legal drag. A lawmaker has introduced a bill that would bar sales to anyone under the age of 100. Under current law, you must be 21 to buy cigarettes in Hawaii. – AFP
A Jai Alai player jumps high during a match in the Basque country, France.
LEVITATION A Jai Alai player jumps high during a match in the Basque country, France.
Image: Reuters/Regis Duvignau

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Prescribed assets point the finger of doom at investors

The in thing in the dying days of apartheid, pension fund members have good reason to fear their comeback

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

Clover sale: Foreign money hasn’t gone sour on SA assets

Buyers must also be confident that healthy consumer spending and economic growth is on the horizon

By Nick Hedley
1 min read

MultiChoice listing: A risky punt for Naspers investors

Tough to decide whether to hang onto the new shares after unbundling, given uncertain prospects in Africa

By Nick Hedley
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Bookmarks: On your Marquis, get set ... for relentless sex

A fortnightly look at books and writers

By Andrew Donaldson
8 min read

We’re forever blowing (hundreds of ront on) bubbles

Nothing wrong with a spot of posh rosé champagne to impress your Valentine. Here’s our guide to the best

By Lucy Kenny
2 min read

Sly sales pitch: Why are celebs going mad for celery juice?

Sylvester Stallone and Gwyneth Paltrow are among the celebrity touts proclaiming its ‘magical’ benefits

By Sanet Oberholzer
2 min read

The pig issue: Where and how to celebrate Chinese New Year

Yay, another new year’s party. Pigs are the symbol of wealth, so spare no expense when enjoying the fun

By Chris Leadbeater
3 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: ‘Just a blip,’ says Liverpool’s Andy Robertson

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

An all-round vexing question: who is SA’s best ODI No 7?

A competent No 7 is crucial to SA’s World Cup cause. Who he might be is more complicated

Telford Vice
Journalist
3 min read

Blasts from the past: Daytona win for SuperVan team in ’84

Today in SA sports history: February 6

David Isaacson
Journalist
2 min read