Friday, February 15 2019




So, Ajay Gupta can return to SA, but will he appear before Zondo?

With his arrest warrant having been cancelled, his lawyers remain noncommittal on his plans

Karyn Maughan
2 min read

Axe hovers over Eskom: here are the problems and ways to fix them

As Ramaphosa vows unbundling will go ahead, we analyse the sorry state of the utility, and a few solutions

By By Qaanitah Hunter and Reuters
6 min read

Why Cyril’s state capture squad will almost certainly fail

Experts point out the crucial flaw in the new 'Scorpions' unit that dooms it from the beginning

Jeff Wicks
4 min read

Solly’s folly: SACP figure’s mea culpa to the Sobukwes

Does Mapaila’s faux pas and subsequent flip-floppery represent a national disenchantment?

Jeff Wicks
3 min read



Expedition to a wreck saved from same icy fate

SA ship rescues weather-battered team searching for Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance

Bobby Jordan
3 min read

The Nedbank Cup conjures up a special kind of Magic

Romance of cup comes in watching how amateur clubs use the opportunity to rub shoulders with the elite

By Nick Said
4 min read

Cops and lovers - Cupid strikes again!

Of the more than 25,000 orders that NetFlorist received, 80% were from men for their sweethearts

Nivashni Nair
2 min read

The great whites vanished. Then these sharks took over

What has happened to False Bay's fearsome great white sharks is a mystery

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

You’re dealing with a child’s cancer, then life smacks you in the face

A Joburg mother of a terminally ill child speaks about the financial strain of the disease

Nivashni Nair
3 min read



There is more to the stage of life than just learning your lines

Like actors and statesmen, we’re turning chunks of information into an improbable whole - and we should simply live it

6 min read

If Lekota has dirt on Cyril, why did he sit on it so long?

He might have withheld evidence until he needed it for political gain - but then again, that describes most MPs

Tom Eaton
3 min read

Chris van Wyk: Laughs in the valley of the shadow of death

‘Van Wyk the Storyteller of Riverlea’, a new play starring and written by actor and producer Zane Meas

By Itumeleng Molefi
5 min read


Six things about SA you need to know

After load-shedding come water woes for Joburg

It’s not just load-shedding you have to worry about, the city of Johannesburg has warned. You could also be in for water cuts. The metro warned that water shortages could follow load-shedding. “As we continue to experience load-shedding across the country, Johannesburg Water is working alongside City Power to ensure that residents do not have to face water cuts as well,” said MMC for environment and infrastructure services Nico de Jager. He said that during load-shedding of four or more hours some areas could have water shortages or low water pressure. “This is because Johannesburg Water uses electricity to pump water from the reservoirs into the towers,” he said. Mobile generators were being put in place but residents were encouraged to “ensure they have enough water to last the duration of an outage”.

Six missing as ship catches fire in Durban

Emergency workers responded to a ship on fire in Durban's Bayhead area on Thursday. Life Response 24/7 said members of the fire department were trying to contain the blaze, which started on a fishing trawler on Thursday afternoon. It was initially thought that three people were missing, but Rescue Care paramedics later said that six were "unaccounted for". It is not known how the fire started. By early evening, the six were still missing.

100 stolen guns ‘could feed into other crimes’

Police are concerned that the theft of more than 100 firearms from a gun shop in Boksburg may lead to an increase in so-called “trio crimes” - house and business robberies and hijacking. “We are concerned that our trio crimes will escalate because of this robbery,” police spokesperson Pearl van Staad said. The Limpopo Arms and Ammunition shop on the East Rand came under attack from robbers on Wednesday morning. Five armed robbers fled in a silver Mitsubishi Triton, which was recovered nearby. “Approximately 100 firearms have been taken, of unknown types or values at this stage,” Van Staad said. Adèle Kirsten of Gun Free SA said it was “terrible” that the stolen firearms were now in the hands of criminals. She said it should be a priority for the police to recover the firearms.

Sedgefield ‘hammer murderer’ denied bail

A 50-year-old man accused of the violent murder of his neighbour in Sedgefield, in the Western Cape, has been denied bail. Sean Kelly appeared in the Knysna Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. The matter was postponed to March 29 for further investigation. Kelly remains in custody. He is accused of killing his neighbour, 67-year-old Noreen Hampson, with a hammer on the pavement outside her home on the evening of February 2. Hampson sustained injuries to her head and body. Neighbours heard her screams and called the police. Cheryl Britz from the Knysna Community Policing Forum said that on Wednesday that members of the forum and the Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch were attacked when they arrived on the scene. He also allegedly threatened paramedics from the fire department and damaged three cars. Pojie confirmed that Kelly was also facing a charge of malicious damage to property and secondary charges.

Rain welcomed but some dams still worrying

The water and sanitation department has welcomed the rain that has been falling steadily in some parts of the country but expressed concern over provinces where dam levels have dropped. “It’s a good thing that the rain is falling consistently over time, especially in the catchment areas,” said spokesman Sputnik Ratau. On Thursday, the SA Weather Service issued a warning for heavy rain across Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. But Ratau said North West dam levels had declined “considerably”. Dam levels had also dropped in Mpumalanga. On the positive side, though, Gauteng’s dams are slightly fuller than they were in 2018 - 94.3% compared with last year’s 93%,” said Ratau. He said the average national dam level was 73.2%, three percentage points better than 2018.

Death toll at Gupta mine rises to 12

The death toll at the Gloria coal mine near Middelburg in Mpumalanga, which was rocked by an underground gas explosion last week, increased to 12 on Thursday. A business rescue representative for the mine, Mike Elliot, said the rescue team had found seven more bodies underground. However, it was too dangerous for the rescue teams to remain underground and the bodies were not brought to the surface. The Gloria mine forms part of the Optimum Coal assets bought by the Gupta family in 2016. They were put into business rescue early in 2018. Several illegal miners were trapped underground after a gas explosion on February 6 while they were stripping cables at the mine, which has been closed for several months. Initially, the bodies of five miners were recovered. Elliot would not comment on whether the remaining trapped illegal miners were still alive.




Today's cryptic crossword

It's time to put your brain to work

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Today's quick crossword

How fast can you get it done?

1 min read



El of a challenge: Chapo headed for ‘Alcatraz of the Rockies’

The drug lord's escaped from high-security prisons before, but his new digs are not called 'hell on Earth' for nothing

2 min read

Bleep, bloop, phwoar: Prepare the electric eel! The sexbots are coming

They come with a lot of baggage, including that shocker of a price tag

By Caroline Bullock
6 min read

Learn to like it dirty: why hand sanitisers are bad for you

There's a reason why both allergies and sales of hand sanitisers have seen a steep rise

By Maria Lally
3 min read

What, me? Never! Ryan Adams slams sexual misconduct claims

Singer says allegations by seven women who say his offers to help their careers turned sexual, are inaccurate

By The Daily Telegraph
3 min read


6 things you need to know about the world

‘I hate you, but please water my children’

Japanese cultivator of bonsai trees has appealed for the thieves who made off with his expensive potted plants to take good care of them. Seiji Iimura, a fifth-generation bonsai cultivator who runs a garden in Kawaguchi, north of Tokyo, told AFP the seven tiny trees stolen from his garden were his "family treasure". "It's something I would never sell even if I got 10 million yen ($90,000)," he said. "Of course I hate the thief who stole them, but I want to tell him or her: please pour water on them and please take care of them," Iimura said. "I would feel sad if they die." Iimura reported to police last month that seven bonsai trees, worth more than seven million yen (R1m) in total - including a 400-year-old gnarled juniper - had been stolen from his garden. - © The Daily Telegraph

Artists not Havana easy time of it

A law obliging Cuban artists to register with the ministry of culture has created controversy on the Caribbean island known for its spontaneous musical tradition. In the historic old town of Havana, tourists amble through the colourful cobbled streets serenaded by rumba and the sounds of "soperos" -- amateur singers and musicians who can be found on almost every corner. These are the main targets of Decree 349 which bans artists from performing without official authorisation, while also providing sanctions for sexist and vulgar language. The ruling socialist regime says this is to "protect culture." – AFP

Dinkum dust-up leaves a bloody mess

Australian police are investigating a brawl between a senator and a top aide that left blood on the walls of the Australian parliament. Police and parliamentary authorities are looking into a Wednesday-night altercation between 70-year-old Senator Brian Burston and a staffer for senator Pauline Hanson. Burston showed off a cut on his thumb and admitted to smearing his blood on Hanson's parliamentary office door. Burston said he "reported the full matter to the Australian Federal Police" and was asking for a restraining order against the aide, James Ashby. The confrontation occurred as Burston accused Hanson of years of unwanted sexual advances and Hanson accused an unnamed senator -- believed to be Burston -- of sexual misconduct. Hanson, leader of the One Nation party, made light of the harassment allegations by saying she was 64 years old but "not that desperate". – AFP

Italians cheesed off by Saffer racing legend

Italian mozzarella producers are challenging their British counterparts to a grand taste-off after being stung by claims that British-made cheese is better than their own. One proud producer of buffalo mozzarella in Hampshire claimed his cheese was not just equal to the iconic Italian original, but superior. Jody Scheckter, an SA former Formula One world champion who rears 1,000 buffalo at Laverstoke Park Farm near Overton, Hants, said his mozzarella is “better than much of the Italian stuff” and that “our animals spend more time in the fields than buffalo do in Italy”. The fighting talk soon reached Campania, the home of Italian buffalo mozzarella making. “Seeing as Jody Scheckter is used to races, we invite him to a Grand Prix of tasting to establish for consumers who produces the best mozzarella,” said Pier Maria Saccani, the head of the consortium of buffalo mozzarella producers in Campania. - © The Daily Telegraph

Um, we’ll have those posh cars back –all 300

Papua New Guinea police are seeking the return of nearly 300 imported cars lent to officials for driving world leaders around its capital during 2018’s Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation meeting, a commander said. The purchase of the fleet, including 40 slick Maserati Quattroporte sedans, sparked public protest in a country beset by poverty and potholes. The government had promised to auction the cars after the November summit. "There are 284 vehicles ... that were issued to personnel to use during the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) summit that haven't been returned as yet," Superintendent Dennis Corcoran, who heads the State Asset Recovery Unit, said on Tuesday. The vehicles include Landcruisers, Fords, Mazdas and Pajeros, he said. The luxury marques – the Maseratis and three Bentleys – had been tracked down. - © The Daily Telegraph

Toke note: weed is a dangerous downer

Smoking cannabis as teenager could increase the risk of depression in adulthood by almost 40%, a study by Oxford University has found. Researchers warned that use of the drug in adolescence may be responsible for about 60,000 cases of the condition in subsequent decades – about one in 14 of all cases. They warned that some of the strains being pushed today are 10 times as strong as the drugs of 30 years ago. And, cannabis may affect the development of adolescent brains, with "devastating" consequences. The research examined 11 major studies involving more than 23,000 individuals from adolescence until their 30s. Those who had tried cannabis in their teens had a 37% higher risk of depression between the age of 18 and 32, and more than three times the risk of attempting suicide. – © The Daily Telegraph
A rescue team member at a collapsed tailings dam in Brazil.
HOW TO FACE A CHALLENGE A rescue team member at a collapsed tailings dam in Brazil.
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Multinationals still haven’t written off Africa (even SA)

Citibank sees plenty of scope to expand partnerships with companies such as Unilever and Anheuser-Busch

By Warren Thompson
3 min read

Why aren’t JSE stocks getting excited about the gas find?

Although it is still early days, investors should at least be looking hard at the prospects for the likes of M&R

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Workers are the big losers in Amcu’s deadlock with Sibanye

Even if Sibanye relented now, the quantum of wages lost by striking employees would take years to recoup

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read



Who wants Dr Feelgood when we really need tough love?

‘Green Book’ isn't quite schmaltz, but its sentimental view of race relations is wrong for the times

By Tymon Smith
2 min read

Five top streams: Couched in these terms, it’s sofa so good

When all you want to do is stay in

By Tymon Smith
2 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Caster saves fight for court, not media

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
5 min read

Any other goalie as good as Gordon Banks? Don’t be daft

I never saw Banks play but I knew, as I will always know, that he was the greatest goalkeeper who will ever live

Telford Vice
8 min read

Blasts from the past: Wasim sparks yet another SA collapse

Today in SA sports history: February 15

David Isaacson
1 min read