Tuesday, April 23 2019



World War 2 aircraft firm hit by ‘maintenance fraud’ probe

Civil Aviation Authority steps in after whistleblower reveals service books were allegedly doctored to fly plane to US

Graeme Hosken
5 min read

Marked for a life: get a free tattoo to show you’re an organ donor

A new campaign uses needles and ink to help people show they intend to make that lifesaving decision

Alex Patrick
5 min read

Report said charge him, but this CFO’s boss renewed his contract instead

Gauteng CFO was meant to face disciplinary and criminal charges - and he's not the only one

By Mpumzi Zuzile and Bongani Fuzile
5 min read

We want to believe Cyril is safe, but our fears are not unfounded

Despite the sound arguments, I still believe in the ANC’s supernatural ability to perform miracles of pure destruction

Tom Eaton
4 min read



Get a claws in your policy for pet pandemonium

Check out the exclusion section of your insurance policy to avoid the huge bills when your furries destroy your stuff

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

SA moms get the point of the needle as measles soars globally

The number of cases reported in SA since the start of the year is at an all-time low

Nivashni Nair
3 min read

Babies’ road to health starts from the digital belly

The department of health is set to launch an app that digitises a baby’s developments and health records

2 min read

How waking up and smelling the coffee leaves you full of beans

Coffee cues on their own increase alertness and energy in aficionados (and addicts)

Claire Keeton
2 min read



How I was comforted by an old friend in a most unexpected way

Adult friendship is odd, filled with strange ambivalences and hesitancies - and it's difficult

6 min read

Bow-wowzer, not this schnauzer! When you hate your dog

It may be the ultimate taboo, but I reached a point where I could not stand my dog

By Emma Reed
4 min read

Bananarama ‘didn’t have to sex it up to beat the blokes at their own game’

As they release a new album, they describe how they achieved success in a man's world

By Anita Singh
6 min read


A woman reacts to the sun coming out during the annual Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue, New York.
ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THE ASCENSION A woman reacts to the sun coming out during the annual Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue, New York.
Image: Reuters/Stephanie Keith

Six things about SA you need to know

Trains worth R33m burned in Cape Town

Two train sets that were burnt to ashes at Cape Town station on Sunday were worth an estimated R33m, according to Metrorail. Richard Walker, regional head of Metrorail, said that two platforms were also damaged during the blaze and warned that commuters would feel the knock-on effects. Western Cape Transport MEC Donald Grant said on Monday that CCTV footage had captured images of two people at the scene of the blaze, who were initially apprehended by security but then escaped.

I won’t stand for lies about me: De Lille

‘That review application seeks to continue their malicious lies against me and I will not stand for it.’ These were the words of Good leader Patricia de Lille who on Monday said she had no choice but to go to the high court to get an interdict preventing the DA from telling ‘lies’ to voters that she had been ‘fired’ as the former mayor of Cape Town. The Electoral Commission (IEC) found last week that the DA had breached the Electoral Act and the Electoral Code by instructing its call centre operatives to tell voters that De Lille had been fired from the party. The party was ordered to apologise. But in response, the DA said it would it would go to court to set aside that decision.

Gauteng crime blitz nabs 900

More than 900 suspects were arrested during an extensive Easter holiday crime blitz across Gauteng, police said on Monday. ‘This massive multi-disciplinary operation led to the arrest of more than 905 suspects from Thursday, April 18 2019, as law enforcement agencies paved the way for smooth and crime-free holidays,’ said provincial police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele. People were arrested for various crimes that included the possession of dangerous weapons, possession of drugs, malicious damage to property, defeating the ends of justice, assault GBH, intimidation, theft, driving while under the influence of alcohol, common assault, rape, fraud and kidnapping.

Durban cop shot dead on patrol

A police constable succumbed to his injuries after being shot multiple times while on patrol in Durban. The constable, along with other members of the SAPS, was patrolling the M19 Road, between Reservoir Hills and Pinetown, on Sunday when he noticed a car parked with its hazard lights on and decided to investigate. ‘As the constable approached the vehicle, an occupant of the vehicle shot and fatally wounded the constable. The suspect fled from the scene but handed himself over at the Sydenham police station,’ said SAPS national spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo. Rescue Care paramedics found the shot constable in a state of cardiac arrest. ‘Unfortunately there was nothing more paramedics could do and the man was declared deceased on the scene,’ said Rescue Care.

Three kids drown in abandoned mine

The parents of three children - two siblings and a friend all younger than 10 - are in mourning after the youngsters drowned at an abandoned illegal mine in Mecklenburg, Limpopo, where they had gone to play on Sunday. ‘The parents became suspicious when, at about 5pm, the children had not returned and were nowhere to be found. They searched in the area and proceeded to the illegal mine hole which was filled with water due to the recent rains that fell in the area,’ said police spokesperson Captain Mamphaswa Seabi. ‘On arrival, they were met by the sight of their children's clothes next to the dam and started anticipating that the worst might have happened.’ Police were summoned and ‘the three bodies were later retrieved from the water. They were identified as the Ramabala siblings - Machaba aged eight and Itumeleng aged nine as well as their friend, Pabalelo Mokgethwa, aged seven,’ said Seabi. An inquest case was opened.

Sri Lanka attacks: Cyril vows to fight terrorism

President Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to help prioritise the global fight against terrorism following bombings that claimed the lives of more than 200 people in Sri Lanka over the Easter weekend. ‘The president condemned the attacks in the strongest terms and emphasised that in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka, South Africa will continue to use its non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council to prioritise the fight against terrorism and extremist groups across the world’" said spokesperson for the presidency Khusela Diko. The presidency wished a speedy recovery to those who were injured in what it described as ‘horrific attacks’.




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?

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Harry and Meghan ponder their next home in Africa, but where?

The move will be seen as a symptom of a split between the young dukes

By Hannah Furness
4 min read

Columbine victim’s dad still wears the shoes he was killed in

Daniel Mauser was killed 20 years ago, but the massacre's terrible legacy prevails, his father says

By Charlotte Lytton
6 min read

My terrifying face-off with a polar bear – and its lesson for all of us

The number of human-bear encounters has shot up in recent years, according to Arctic scientists

By Rosie Gloyns
4 min read

Whiskey heiress admits funding ‘sex-trafficking’ cult

Guilty plea by heir to the Seagram fortune leaves Nxivm cult leader Keith Raniere as lone defendant in the case

By Rozina Sabur
2 min read
Supporters of Nicolas Maduro set on fire an effigy depicting Donald Trump and Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido in Caracas.
CARACAS ASSASSINATION Supporters of Nicolas Maduro set on fire an effigy depicting Donald Trump and Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido in Caracas.
Image: Reuters/Manaure Quintero


6 things you need to know about the world

Air of optimism for canny companies

With just days until Japan ushers in a new era with the crowning of a new emperor, one entrepreneurial company is cashing in by selling cans containing "the air of the outgoing era" - a breeze at $10. The can filled with "the air of Heisei" - the 30-year reign of current Emperor Akihito - hit the shelves on Monday at the ambitious price of 1,080 yen (R135), with producers hoping to sell as many as 1,000 units. They contain nothing but "the air of the current era" and a five-yen coin, often considered a lucky charm. – AFP

Jewish group slams burning of effigy

The World Jewish Congress has condemned a Polish town after reports that residents hung and burnt an effigy "made to look like a stereotypical Jew" in a revival of an old Easter tradition. WJC chief executive Robert Singer expressed "disgust and outrage at this latest blatantly anti-Semitic manifestation". He added: "Jews are deeply disturbed by this ghastly revival of medieval anti-Semitism that led to unimaginable violence and suffering.” Polish media reports showed photos and video footage of residents, including children, of the southeastern town of Pruchnik using sticks to beat an effigy of Judas on Good Friday. The figure, which had sidelocks and a large nose, was then beheaded, set on fire and tossed into a river, according to the reports. – AFP

Password fix is as easy as abc123

The UK’s Government Communications Headquarters has warned the public to stop using 100,000 common passwords for their online accounts as it said that the most common words were being shared on the internet by hackers. The UK intelligence agency's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) division has published the 100,000 most commonly used passwords, which reveal that hundreds of thousands of people are using easy-to-guess passwords such as the name of their favourite football team or band. More than 280,000 people use "liverpool" as an online password, while more than 333,000 accounts use "superman". The most common passwords are "123456", which is used for 23.2 million accounts, and "123456789", used for 7.7 million accounts. – © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Heat is on climate-change protesters

The number of environmental campaigners arrested during eight days of direct action in London topped 1,000 on Monday, police said, adding that Waterloo Bridge, one of the sites blockaded by the protests, had re-opened to traffic. Climate group Extinction Rebellion has targeted sites in central London, such as Oxford Circus and Parliament Square, in a campaign of non-violent civil disobedience with the aim of stopping what it calls a global climate crisis. Police said 1,065 people had been arrested in connection with the protests, and they had charged 53 with offences including obstructing the highway. – Reuters

A floating home to die for - literally

Thailand's navy have begun towing to shore the floating cabin of a fugitive US citizen and his Thai girlfriend, both prominent members of the "seasteading" movement who face possible death sentences for setting up their offshore home. The cabin set on top of a spar 14 nautical miles off the island of Phuket had been touted as milestone in the movement to build floating communities in international waters as a way to explore alternative societies and governments. Authorities have revoked the visa of bitcoin trader Chad Elwartowski, 46, and charged him and his partner, Supranee Thepdet, with violating Thai sovereignty, punishable by the death penalty or life in prison. – Reuters

Not quite the China blast Musk had in mind

US electric car maker Tesla said it had sent a team to investigate a video on Chinese social media that showed a parked Tesla Model S car exploding, the latest in a string of fire incidents involving its cars. The video, time-stamped Sunday evening and widely shared on China’s Twitter-like Weibo, shows the parked vehicle emit smoke and burst into flames seconds later. A video purportedly of the aftermath showed a line of three cars completely destroyed. Shares of Tesla were down less than 2% at $268.5 in trading before the bell. Reuters was not immediately able to verify the origins of the videos, which Weibo users said were taken in Shanghai. The cause of the explosion could not be immediately ascertained from the videos. - Reuters



Where we all have to turn on some serious firepower

We must get out of our comfort zones before it becomes downright uncomfortable to be found sitting in them

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

Anglo share price cheers investors, but CEO even more

Boss Mark Cutifani’s remuneration in 2018 more than doubled to £14.2m thanks to company incentive plan

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

EasyEquities: A tough gig, but the band plays on

Purple Group’s simple-to-use investing platform is rocking, although shareholders still await break-even

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read



Book extract: Law have mercy when politics enters the court

What happens when conflicts once fought on streets or in parliament find their way to the judiciary?

By Michelle le Roux and Dennis Davis
7 min read

The weather’s closing in and you’ve got nothing to read?

Eight essential books to read now

By Iona McLaren
2 min read

Just wait a minute and take a long, hard look at your art

Gazing carefully at a work of art has fallen so far out of vogue that Tate Modern in London is taking action

By Hannah Furness
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Zondi makes a strong case for veteran Amla

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
4 min read

Nice one, selectors, you got SA squad pretty much dead right

No surprises as Linda Zondi and his selection panel are the same solidly sensible people they always have been

Telford Vice
2 min read

Blast from the past: Ambrose and Walsh spark SA collapse

Today in SA sports history: April 23

David Isaacson
1 min read