Friday, March 15 2019

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Have you heard? Pioneering ear surgeon ready for critics

Pretoria University professor talks about being the first to transplant a 3D-printed bone into the ear of a patient

4 min read

EFF’s Shivambu tried to sway me on VBS, Nene tells Zondo probe

He says he has an SMS to prove it – and also challenges the party to prove he had dealings with ‘dodgy’ people

Amil Umraw
Journalist
3 min read
News FREE

‘We’ll fight the church if it appeals gay marriage ruling’

So say the people who helped overturn a decision by the NGK not to recognise same-sex unions

Shain Germaner
Journalist
3 min read

High hopes Botswana will be next African country to scrap anti-gay laws

High Court hears bid to scrap discrimination in a country that is becoming more tolerant of sexual minorities

By AFP
2 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Repairman helps fulfil Comrades runner’s dream

KZN man's hopes destroyed by bullets, but the guy who fixed his fridge is helping to reignite his passion for running

Belinda Pheto
Journalist
3 min read

Young ’uns aren’t kidding about climate change

Cape pupil's dedication to the global climate strike was inspired by a trip around Africa in a truck powered by veggies

Bobby Jordan
Journalist
3 min read

Get a shoulder to cry on for just R50 a session

This much-needed initiative comes as SA faces an increasing mental health burden

2 min read

Want to live happily ever after? Find the GG-spot

New study finds that the secret to a long-lasting marriage is in one’s genes

2 min read

A wild target won’t stop them turning six cheetahs into hundreds

SA’s wild cheetah population is 350, but at least 1,000 are needed for a genetically viable wild population

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
4 min read

Born to die: study flags Africa’s huge C-section death rate

African women are 50 times more likely to die from the surgery

2 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

John Wayne came in after a terrible howl … a quiet night at the Dun Cow

In an old pub on a rainy winter's night, there is a great deal of nothing to rouse a writer from his golden pint

5 min read

Snowflake colonialists make life sweet like a koeksister for AfriForum

The fallout from their apartheid-apologist film couldn't be better PR, thanks to the Institute for Race Relations

Tom Eaton
Columnist
2 min read
Ideas FREE

Here’s to another quarter century of skelfish, toss-potting joy

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Journalist
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

People enjoy good weather on the Lake Baikal in Russia.
A PIVOT TOWARDS BETTER WEATHER People enjoy good weather on the Lake Baikal in Russia.
Image: Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko

Six things about SA you need to know

Bosasa's back: court sets aside liquidation

The High Court in Johannesburg reversed the liquidation of the African Global Operations group of companies on Thursday. The court set aside the decision taken by six directors of African Global Operations, formerly Bosasa, on February 12 to place the group in voluntary liquidation. In its urgent application, which was heard on Wednesday, African Global Holdings sought a court order declaring that the special resolution taken by the directors was void from the beginning and of no force and effect. The company’s advocate, Mike Hellens SC, had argued that the special resolution was not properly passed. The company had also sought an order that Cloete Murray and Ralph Lutchman had no rights as provisional liquidators or as liquidators in respect of the companies. African Global Operations was not immediately available for comment after the judgment.

Friday load-shedding possible, warns Eskom

Eskom said there was a risk of load-shedding on Friday. "There is a risk, yes. But, because the system is volatile, we can only know for sure tomorrow [Friday] morning when we get feedback from the system operator," spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said. The embattled power utility implemented stage 2 load-shedding on Thursday afternoon, kicking in between 3pm and 11pm. Stage 1 had been in place from Thursday morning. Eskom said the load-shedding was due to plant breakdowns, which resulted in an imbalance between supply and demand.

Mondeor pupil ‘might have been killed for phone’

It was possible that Mondeor High School pupil Kulani Mathebula was killed for his cellphone, Gauteng police said on Thursday. The 19-year-old Mathebula, who was in Grade 11, was stabbed a short distance from his home as he walked to school on Wednesday. Captain Kay Makhubele said preliminary investigations showed his killing could have been part of a botched robbery. Before Mathebula's body was removed from the scene, forensic officials were seen emptying his bag and searching through his blazer as they recorded the items they found on him after the attack. "His phone was not in his possession," said Makhubele. Three suspects have been arrested. One is a 13-year-old boy, while the other two are 15. They are expected in court on Friday.

MEC Mazibuko apologises for leaked lambasting

Gauteng sports, arts, culture and recreation MEC Faith Mazibuko has issued a public apology after a leaked audio recording of her lambasting senior staff went viral. "After deep personal reflections, I want to unreservedly apologise for the tone and improper language I used towards my head of department and chief financial officer," she said. The two had been in a "confidential meeting" with Mazibuko. The gist of the meeting was around delivering sports facilities known as "combi courts", which Mazibuko wanted done to bolster support for the ANC ahead of the elections on May 8. As the pair tried to explain why it was not be possible to deliver them as fast as she wanted, Mazibuko lashed out. Her office had said earlier Mazibuko was merely pushing for service delivery targets to be met and that she never gave “unlawful instructions”. However, Mazibuko said she would accept the punishment that came her way.

Cop gets four years for protecting ‘gangster’

Disgraced former police detective Alicia Beeming was sentenced to four years in prison for defeating the ends of justice on Thursday. Handing down her sentence in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court, magistrate Onke Myataza said a custodial sentence was the only option to consider. ‪"She [Beeming] put the lives of colleagues in danger as well as those of witnesses," Myataza said. ‪Beeming pleaded guilty to defeating the ends of justice in August 2017 after she was found to be shielding alleged gangster Hans Jordaan, who was being sought by the police. At the time, Beeming, allegedly in a relationship with Jordaan, was employed in the police's gang unit. Jordaan evaded arrest and was not charged, meaning "victims did not receive justice". All the cases Beeming had been working on at the time were withdrawn and charges were dropped against a number of suspects.

KZN offers R100,000 reward after offices torched

The KZN department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) is offering a R100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the arsonists who torched its offices in Durban on Thursday. “A preliminary assessment of the damages to the park homes that have been burned to the ground is in excess of R17m. The figure does not include valuable files and critical documents. Such wanton destruction of government property cannot go unpunished,” said Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube. Cogta described the arsonists as protesters, believed to be land invaders and informal shack dwellers. The building, which serves as office space for Cogta officials and traditional leadership support, were attacked two days ago.

THE VISUAL SIDE

A man in a wheelchair hurtled down a busy road, reportedly near Pretoria, while holding on to the back of a truck with his arm.


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

Self-help to sex cult: ‘Prefect’ admits running New York slave group

Other shocking details  in the trial include allegations of child porn and the use of branding irons during initiation

By The Daily Telegraph
2 min read

Chic in the head: torture jail turned into a five-star hotel

Developers are accused of wrecking WW2 fortress with a grim history to cash in on Adriatic holiday boom

By Nick Squires and Paul Bradbury
3 min read

The thing about Alzheimer’s is that it’s all relatives

Risk of developing the disease rises by almost 50% if your distant relatives had it, researchers have found

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

If Mo Farah and Big Ben can do it, so can a lazy couch potato

With a zippy running app, you'll be creaking and whooping your way through a half-marathon in no time

By Jack Rear
6 min read

SNAPSHOT

A boy skateboards at the Tibetan Refugee Colony in New Delhi.
FREEWHEELING A boy skateboards at the Tibetan Refugee Colony in New Delhi.
Image: Reuters/Anushree Fadnavis

6 things you need to know about the world

This man has no truck with rural decay

The traditional French cafe where people of all stripes have customarily met is becoming a rare sight in many villages, but a man with a van -- and a liquor licence -- is making the rounds to help revive rural socialising. On a brisk recent Friday, Sebastien Cherrier, a 44-year-old former educational caseworker, was serving drinks and bonhomie from the back of his "Bar Truck" in Villequiers, population 483. More than a dozen patrons were gathered under the pop-up gazebo installed behind the van's open back doors, where Cherrier sat behind a customised oak counter donated by a woodworker. "The last cafe here closed a little over a year ago, but as recently as 1985 we still had four," said Villequiers mayor Pascal Mereau, who, along with other residents, sees Cherrier's initiative as a chance to reknit a civil fabric that's fraying as more people leave for bigger cities, prompting businesses to close and public services to dwindle. - AFP

Survival is in his jeans

Knocked overboard in rough seas off New Zealand, a German yachtsman credited his jeans with saving his life after fashioning them into a makeshift lifejacket that kept him afloat for over three hours before his rescue by coastguards. Arne Murke, 30, was sailing with his brother in Tolaga Bay, on the east coast of New Zealand’s north island, when the yacht’s boom swung unexpectedly, whacking him into the water. Unable to reach the lifejacket thrown by his brother, Murke was soon carried far off by the swell. “Luckily, I knew the trick with the jeans,” Murke told the New Zealand Herald. “Without the jeans I wouldn’t be here today.” He made knots at the end of the legs and pulled them over water to get air inside and then forced them under to trap the air and create an improvised life vest. A rescue helicopter found the German about three and a half hours later. - Reuters

Feel that? The net’s having an orgasm

Tapping fingernails triggering goosebumps, whispers sending shivers down the spine: the brain-tingling world of ASMR has the internet clamoring for sounds that feel good. The auditory-sensory phenomenon sees people experience waves of calm and pleasurable quivers of the mind often referred to as “brain orgasms” - and it’s emerging from the depths of the web into the pop culture mainstream as a means to relax. ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response, has become an internet sensation, with YouTube creators notching millions of views for clips featuring stimuli - soft whispers into a microphone, long nails tapping, noodle slurping - to set off a prickle at the back of the neck. A beer commercial aired during the Super Bowl recently showcased ASMR, with actress Zoe Kravitz whispering, drumming her fingers against a bottle and pouring the liquid to release a gentle fizz. – AFP

Moz warned as cyclone bears down

Residents in central Mozambique were bracing on Thursday for a tropical cyclone described as "extremely dangerous" by weather experts, with imminent landfall expected near the port city of Beira, which has a population of about 530,000. "This storm has already triggered torrential rainfall that's led to over 100 fatalities in southern Malawi and Mozambique," according to Derek van Dam, reporting for CNN. Storm Report SA said Cyclone Idai had regained major intensity during the night. "Travelling at a speed of 11km/h, with sustained winds of 195km/h and gusting at 240km/h, she now is once again an extremely dangerous cyclone," said Storm Report. Hurricane/Typhoon/Cyclone Alerts shared this on Facebook: "All people/friends in Mozambique from Inhassoro to Quelimane, are urged to prepare for intense cyclone conditions including torrential tropical squalls, life-threatening coastal and inland flooding and 185-220km/h winds and a 3-5m storm surge." Idai was due to make landfall on Thursday in Sofala province, near Beira. – Staff reporter

Saved by the bell – phone stops arrow

An Australian man had a lucky escape while confronting a man armed with a bow outside his home, as a loosed arrow pierced the cellphone he was holding to photograph the incident, Australian police said on Thursday. The 43-year old had returned on Wednesday to find the man, who was known to him, waiting outside his home in Nimbin, a small east coast town about 150km south of Brisbane. “The resident held up his mobile phone to take a photo of the armed man who then engaged the bow and was ready to fire,” the police said. “It’s alleged the man fired the arrow at the resident which pierced through the man’s mobile phone causing the phone to hit him in the chin. It left a small laceration that didn’t require medical treatment.” A 39-year old man was arrested at the scene and charged, police said. - Reuters

California kills executions

The state of California is to place a moratorium on executions and grant a reprieve to 737 killers, a quarter of all the people on death row in America. Gavin Newsom, the state's newly elected Democrat governor, said capital punishment was "inconsistent with our bedrock values" and "strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a Californian". Amid a lengthy appeals process, the state has not put anyone to death since 2006, when Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor. It therefore has significantly more people on death row than any other state. None of those prisoners will be released, or have their convictions overturned, as a result of the moratorium. In 2016, Californians rejected ending the death penalty in a referendum, and some now accuse Newsom of "usurping" the will of the people. – © The Daily Telegraph

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Old Mutt: Dynamic, modern, thrusting ... oh, wait a sec

Old Mutual sometimes seems to do well in spite of itself

By Stephen Cranston
5 min read

Fishing for tiddlers is how you catch the next whopper

You’d be crazy not to take advantage of a cheap market that statistically outperforms, says fund manager

By Giulietta Talevi
5 min read

Aspen: That’s what happens when the drugs stop working

Amid all the hysteria about Aspen Pharmacare, there may well be a buying opportunity. If you dare, that is

By Jamie Carr
1 min read

Allan Gray and PSG take more than a spoonful of Tongaat

Despite (or maybe because of) the cratering share price, big asset managers have piled in to the sugar producer

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

John Kennedy Toole: A toast to literature’s funniest failure

The tragicomic life of ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’ author John Kennedy Toole comes to the screen

By Martin Chilton
15 min read

Antiques on auction: You wooden believe the quality

Untouched, patinated, authentic Cape furniture pieces in the Johan Bolt collection go under the hammer

By Graham Wood
1 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Lions beef up to prove they’re not chickenfeed

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

Keep those shades on, boys, this World Cup could be good

What would a 5-0 thrashing of Sri Lanka tell SA about their readiness? The future might just be bright

Telford Vice
Journalist
3 min read

Blasts from the past: Vuyani Nene is Baby Jake’s nemesis

Today in SA sports history: March 15

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read