Tuesday, February 26 2019

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

How Eskom bosses fed Guptas secret info to bag big business

Through the utility's bosses the family controlled coal supply agreements and media statements, says Jabu Mabuza

Amil Umraw
Journalist
3 min read

SIU goes after state capture evidence in bid to boost Bosasa probe

The unit is already monitoring the evidence of Agrizzi and co, and wants Cyril to sign off on an extension to its probe

Karyn Maughan
Journalist
3 min read

ANALYSIS: Why the Chicken Licken ad deserved to lose its appeal

We look at its mistakes that made this loss inevitable, and why the ruling nonetheless sets a dangerous precedent

4 min read

Sascoc exploited my abuse story, says Hewitt rape victim

As if having to change her identity wasn't enough, she now says the sports body used pics of her without her permission

Shain Germaner
Journalist
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

RESPECT: Find out what it means to EFF

Leader Julius Malema whipped up hearts, minds and probably votes in a frenzy of emotional utterances in KZN

3 min read

Hell fire as ‘miracle’ pastors dodge oversight

The miracle workers who resurrect the 'dead' and haul in millions in tithes could face peer review

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
1 min read

Victory for Varsity College as court legitimises law degree

High court ruling puts its LLB degree on the same footing as a degree from any public university

By Tania Broughton
2 min read

New estate agency board CEO is raring to break the walls

The new boss can see the challenges, but insists she’ll help change the real estate industry for the better

Shain Germaner
Journalist
4 min read

SA boffins team up with US Army to save lives with synthetic blood

Clinical trial could be a game changer in the resuscitation of trauma victims before they get to hospital

Tanya Farber
Journalist
2 min read

Franschhoek’s chefs rally round in the heat of battle

Firefighters’ hard work stopping wildfires around the town has more than paid off

By Dan Meyer
4 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

And the Droscar goes to … it’s an epic year for our political actors

The winners were clear in the ancient art of play-acting in return for power and money

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

Alas, all you knee-strokers and bum-grabbers, the office romance is a no-go

It’s a dreary, bureaucratically sexless world, thanks to online dating and the threat of being branded a predator

By Zoe Strimpel
4 min read

Male anxiety is getting so bad, it should make men cry

It’s no surprise that more men than women commit suicide

By Tanya Gold
4 min read

SNAPSHOT

Six things about SA you need to know

‘Drug dealer’ parked outside police station is bust

The audacity of a drug dealer who parked a vehicle loaded with drugs in front of a police station has cost him his freedom, police said on Monday. A prisoner was being transported to court by members of the anti-gang unit in Cape Town when they noticed a suspicious-looking vehicle parked in front of the Muizenberg police station. "They recognised the driver of the vehicle, who is known to have links with a local gang in the area. With him in the vehicle was a female passenger, who was making an appearance on a drug-dealing charge at Muizenberg court," said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Andrè Traut. The driver tried to evade police, but was unsuccessful. Police found a plastic bag containing 104 mandrax tablets, five large sticks of compressed dagga and three packets of tik. The two were arrested on charges of dealing in narcotics – and detained at Muizenberg police station.

Tshwane mayor lashed over ‘golden handshake’

The ANC caucus in the City of Tshwane council has lambasted newly elected mayor Stevens Mokgalapa for giving a R250m “golden handshake” to Glad Africa. This comes after Mokgalapa announced that the city would cut ties with the company by June 30. This followed findings by the auditor-general in 2018 of irregularity in the contract entered into by the city and Glad Africa. But the mayor was quoted on Talk a Radio 702 on Monday as saying "there is no golden handshake and there are no terms of agreement”. However, the ANC in the city insisted that the mayor had paid a R250m settlement to the company without the council's approval. The party said it would ask the mayor where he got the mandate to reach an agreement with Glad Africa and why he did so without council's go-ahead.

Bail for teacher who locked up pupil

30-year-old Witbank teacher alleged to have locked a Grade 1 pupil in a strongroom at Blackhill Primary School, forgetting him there overnight, is four months’ pregnant. Submitting her bail application before the Witbank Magistrate's Court on Monday, Fikile Nkambule said in her affidavit that she was also a mother to a nine-year-old child and a positive contributor to society. While prosecutor Fredah Tshwane did not oppose bail, she disputed that Nkambule was an upright citizen. "Positive contributors do not appear in court at all. She is not a positive contributor," said Tshwane. The teacher was charged with a schedule five offence for child neglect and kidnapping. Magistrate Mdumiseni Mavuso granted her bail of R2,000, saying there was no reason to deny the request. The case was postponed to April 26.

Airport trio bust with R3m in drugs

A multidisciplinary narcotics team arrested three people who left OR Tambo International Airport in a car allegedly containing drugs worth R3m. The trio were tailed from the airport by the K9 Unit and were stopped in Boksburg North. "During an intelligence-driven operation, the multi-disciplinary narcotics team at [OR Tambo] responded to information on suspects who were transporting drugs from the airport," police spokesperson colonel Brenda Muridili said. Police stopped and searched the car and found a "white powdery substance suspected to be heroin". The three will appear in the Boksburg Magistrate's Court on charges of possession and dealing in drugs.

Mosque petrol bombed after court battle

An arson attack on a popular mosque in Durban on Monday comes after it was recently involved in a legal court battle with a former priest. Worshipers believe the arson attack was linked to a court battle that the trust won against a former priest two weeks ago. The priest had apparently offered his services on a voluntary basis but approached the court when his services were no longer required. A security guard and two employees were sleeping in the mosque when they heard windows break during the early hours of Monday. The guard escaped through a door and the other two jumped out of a window. Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said a case of arson had been opened.

Bosasa prison food contracts to end in 30 days

The department of correctional services has issued African Global Operations (formerly Bosasa) with a 30-day notice that it will serve divorce papers for catering contracts at prisons. Justice and correctional services minister Michael Masutha announced this on Monday, after the company notified the department of its intention to apply for voluntary liquidation following the closure of its bank accounts by FNB and Absa. The population of offenders being fed through Bosasa stands at 46,434 inmates. Of the 240 prisons in SA, the department has 31 whose catering services are procured from a private company. Bosasa has a contract for 26 of those. The contract is the last remaining one the department has with Bosasa. Masutha said the department was considering civil and criminal action to recover monies paid unduly to Bosasa and individuals, including department officials.
A woman relaxes among daffodils in warm weather in St James’s Park in London.
HER CHOSEN PARADISE A woman relaxes among daffodils in warm weather in St James’s Park in London.
Image: Tolga Akmen/AFP

THE VISUAL SIDE

Trevor Noah may have got applause at the Oscars on Sunday night for his speech about Wakanda, but local fans were crying with laughter at his inside joke.


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

‘Infidels’ at the gate, but IS will fight on, say women of ‘caliphate’

As the jihadists’ experiment in empire wheezes its last in Syria, the last people to have lived in it remain defiant

By Raf Sanchez
5 min read

Foldable phones could crack it, but are the prices too stiff?

The audiences at both Huawei and Samsung’s unveiling events gasped at the prices 

By AFP
3 min read

The Lord giveth and Twitter taketh away: top Bible quote loses its shine

Young Christians find verse about Jesus's death 'a bit heavy', and relate more to a message of prosperity

By Laura Fitzpatrick
2 min read

How Olivia Colman took Queen Anne’s weight off her shoulders

Meet the highly capable fitness guru who prepared the actress to rule the award season

By Annabel Jones
6 min read

SNAPSHOT

6 things you need to know about the world

Voices in his head were real, not the gun

A would-be hijacker shot and killed by Bangladesh commandos was carrying a fake gun and told negotiators he wanted to commandeer a Dubai-bound flight because he had troubles with his wife, officials said on Monday. The 25-year-old was shot and later died of his wounds after taking a crew member hostage on the Biman Airlines jet, forcing it to make an emergency landing at Chittagong airport late on Sunday. About 134 passengers and 14 crew were released unharmed after an operation that lasted barely 10 minutes. Airport manager Wing Commander Sarwar-e-Jaman said the hijacker was "psychologically imbalanced". The reason he gave for the hijack “was that he had troubles with his wife and he wanted to talk to the prime minister". – AFP

About face for Kim Jong-un lookalike

A Kim Jong-un impersonator was hauled from his hotel on Monday ahead of his planned deportation from Vietnam before the real North Korean leader meets US President Donald Trump in Hanoi this week. Howard X arrived in town with Trump impersonator Russell White last week, staging a fake summit on the steps of Hanoi's Opera House amid a swarm of press and hired security guards. The Kim lookalike was questioned by Hanoi police and informed he would be put on a plane back to Hong Kong where he lives. The impersonator was told by Vietnamese immigration officials his visa was "invalid", but said he received no further explanation." The real reason is I was born with a face looking like Kim Jong-un, that's the real crime," he said. White will be permitted to stay in the city but has been asked to stop appearing in costume in public. – AFP

Serena case was cartooning for dummies

A controversial cartoon of Serena Williams which was accused of being racist and presenting her as “ape-like” has been found by Australia’s media watchdog to be acceptable. The cartoon, which appeared in Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper, depicted a heated exchange between Williams and an umpire during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the final of 2018’s US Open. Some readers found it offensive and sexist and believed it presented a prejudicial racial stereotype of African-American people. But the Australian Press Council found that the cartoon used exaggeration and absurdity but accepted the publisher's claim that “it did not depict Williams as an ape, rather showing her as 'spitting the dummy' [or, throwing a tantrum], a non-racist caricature familiar to most Australian readers”. – © The Daily Telegraph

The sound of one chip clapping

A 400-year-old temple in the deeply traditional Japanese city of Kyoto has unveiled a robotic deity to deliver Buddha’s teachings in a bid to reach younger generations of Japanese. The Android Kannon, based on the traditional Buddhist deity of mercy, delivered its first teachings at Kodaiji temple on Saturday and is due to start preaching to the public in March. Developed at a cost of Y100 million (R12,5m), the robot is a joint project between the Zen temple and Hiroshi Ishiguro, a professor of intelligent robotics at Osaka University. The temple asked Ishiguro to design a humanoid robot that can communicate the Buddha’s teachings in a way that is easy to understand and in a manner that “helps give peace of mind to trouble people”, the Asahi newspaper reported. – © The Daily Telegraph

Icon porn and died in Paris

Tucked away in a narrow Right Bank street, the Beverley held out for decades as Paris' sole pornographic movie theatre, proudly yet discreetly offering non-stop showings of films from the 1970s and 80s. But rising rents and changing social mores have finally caught up and the cinema's fans have just a few days left to pick up memorabilia from a symbol of a bygone Paris. After the final screening last Saturday -- the traditional "couples night" -- owner Maurice Laroche is remaining on site this week to sell films, posters, seats and whatever else is left. "Everything is for sale, except me," Laroche said on Monday as a handful of men pored over boxes of reels or struggled to make off with a huge speaker. – AFP

Trump hits ‘black’ at Spike Lee

US President Donald Trump on Monday accused veteran film director Spike Lee of a "racist hit" job after he won his first competitive Oscar and urged voters to mobilise for the next election. Lee won for best adapted screenplay for BlacKkKlansman, a stranger-than-fiction true story of an African-American police officer who managed to infiltrate the highest levels of the Ku Klux Klan. In an impromptu address that referred to America's history of slavery and his own grandmother, who graduated from college "even though her mother was a slave", Lee did not mention Trump but urged voters to "be on the right side of history" in the 2020 presidential election. "Be nice if Spike Lee could read his notes, or better yet not have to use notes at all, when doing his racist hit on your President," Trump tweeted. - AFP
Spike Lee embraces Samuel L Jackson as he wins best adapted screenplay.
A SPIKE IN JOY Spike Lee embraces Samuel L Jackson as he wins best adapted screenplay.
Image: Reuters/Mike Blake

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Too big to fool again? Don’t be too sure about debt

Corporate leveraged debt is more than double the size of the bad loans that caused the 2008 financial crisis

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

Fizz goes out of De Beers, now infused with Canadian flavour

Company has merged its SA and Canadian assets into a single business unit, marking the end of SA’s leadership

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read

Intu Properties: Somewhat old, somewhat tired

New ideas are needed and some fund managers say the whole management team should leave with the CEO

By Alistair Anderson
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Just for the record: Yola and the Stones, immaculate

A bi-weekly vinyl review

By Andrew Donaldson
10 min read

Race to the bottom: Throwing the book at ‘Green Book’

Jim Crow-era film won best picture at the Oscars, yet there are so many things wrong with it, it’s not funny

By Alice Vincent
11 min read

Book extract: Karin Cronje’s ‘There Goes English Teacher’

Reflections on the nature of identity and the loss of it, sexuality, belief, ageing, displacement and nationhood

By Karin Cronje
9 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Rob du Preez goes from Sharks to Sharks

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
5 min read

If we’re talking turkey, these guys just voted for Christmas

SA made an unbelievable hash of the Test series against Sri Lanka – and I reckon you can blame complacency

Telford Vice
Journalist
4 min read

Blasts from the past: World Cup win on debut for SA in ’92

Today in SA sports history: February 26

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read