Friday, May 17 2019



Makhanda looked a Gift horse of the Givers in the mouth

There's a whiff of double-dealing about the aid group being stiffed by the town - but it is surely not surprising

Tom Eaton
3 min read

Ringo the changes: muso joins surprising list of new MPLs

From a Chinese-born businesswoman to a student, picks for legislature seats are interesting, to say the least

Bongani Fuzile
4 min read

‘They left me for days with my dead baby inside me’

Mom recalls her stillbirth ordeal in which nursing staff refused to let her hold her son's body in a final farewell

Jeff Wicks
Senior reporter
4 min read



It’s a smear campaign, says embattled Durban mayor

WhatsApp messages linking members of a disruptive business forum and city officials have dealt another blow to her image

3 min read

Piping hot and efficient: Wits to save millions using the sun

The varsity now has SA’s largest solar thermal system, and expects to recoup the cost within three years

3 min read

Fund gives innovative Graskop Gorge elevator a huge lift

The company is among a number of black businesses riding high thanks the Tourism Transformation Fund

4 min read

What do an arms maker and a rare leopard have in common?

Trust partners with Denel to capture rare shots of the elusive Cape mountain leopard

2 min read

Rural moms’ cooking secrets are a lifesaving recipe

University of KZN researchers are tapping mothers' expertise to reduce one of the leading causes of death among SA kids

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
2 min read



Ideas FREE

All that sparkles is not gold: Champagne burst my bubble

It was in this French jewel that I found myself in the dismal, backwards, provincial South Africa of my youth

5 min read

Deceitfully true blue DA keeps getting caught red-handed

With a possible DA-EFF dalliance, I can't believe another word Maimane's party has to say on principles or ethics

By Peter Bruce
4 min read

‘Dead woman walking’: Is this Theresa May’s Waterloo?

The British PM goes from one humiliation to another, and a second no-confidence vote, by her own MPs, might be the last

By Camilla Tominey
3 min read

In tap-and-mouse games, no one’s safe, not even WhatsApp

A digital security company got past WhatsApp’s famed security simply by placing a call to a device

By Harry de Quetteville
2 min read


An old bus was painted by protesters campaigning against irrigator allocations at Menindee, Australia.
DOWN AND OUTBACK An old bus was painted by protesters campaigning against irrigator allocations at Menindee, Australia.
Image: Reuters/Tom Westbrook

Six things about SA you need to know

Cyril’s inauguration ‘R100m less’ than Zuma’s

The government is planning to spend more than R100m less on Cyril Ramaphosa’s inauguration ceremony than it did on Jacob Zuma's. Minister in the presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said that because of cost-cutting measures, only heads of state from the Southern African Development Community and heads of state who are chairing continental regional economic blocs had been invited to the May 25 event. "We all know there is economic difficulty in this country. The budget that we are going to spend on this inauguration is more than R100m less than what was spent in the previous inauguration," she said on Thursday. "We had to ensure we don't spend as much as we did in the last inauguration … taking into account inflation." Dlamini-Zuma said the previous inauguration, where former president Jacob Zuma was sworn in for a second term, cost in excess of R240m.

DA, EFF in ‘power sharing’ talks

EFF leader Julius Malema said on Thursday his party was in negotiations with the DA to formally partner in governing Tshwane and Johannesburg. Malema said his party wanted to take over the Tshwane mayorship. He said the party would also join government in the City of Johannesburg as members of the mayoral committee (MMCs). "This is a power-sharing ... We have already started talking to the DA. We will have a mayor in Tshwane, the DA will have MMCs in Tshwane. They will have a mayor in Joburg, we will have MMCs in Joburg," said Malema. He said the party didn’t want current Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba removed because “those ANC people hate Mashaba and I am very happy ... anyone that traumatises the ANC is my hero”.

Now UCT's top four academics are all women

The appointment of the University of Cape Town's third deputy vice-chancellor means the institution's four top academics are women. Sue Harrison will take over on August 1 as deputy vice-chancellor in charge of research and internationalisation, UCT announced on Thursday. Also reporting to vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng, the other two deputies are Loretta Feris (transformation) and Lis Lange (teaching and learning). "This is a significant moment of transformation for women in academia and leadership positions, both in our society and across the world," said Phakeng. "We are delighted that the UCT council has placed its confidence in the experience and expertise of each of my executive colleagues." Harrison is a former deputy dean of research and postgraduate studies in UCT's faculty of engineering and the built environment.

Workers threaten to destroy Durban over demands

Workers from the eThekwini municipality’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) have given the city seven days to respond to their grievances - or they will start "destroying" the city. The workers marched to the Durban city hall on Thursday to hand over a memorandum of demands to the mayor. Some of their grievances included the permanent absorbing of EPWP workers, who were employed in 2014-15, into the metro police, Durban Solid Waste, water, sanitation and security services, and that first preference be given to them when permanent positions open up in the municipality. "Today was a peaceful war … if we do not get a positive response in seven days we will start destroying," said the workers' task team convener Sibusiso Mkhize. The memorandum was accepted by a senior manager in the mayor's office.

Beware of fake ‘get-out-of-jail cards’

Police have warned of criminals posing as police officers offering to help get an arrested friend or relative released from custody in exchange for cash. This scam had emerged over the past few weeks in the Eastern Cape. "These faceless criminals are phoning relatives of the arrested suspects whom they know are desperately seeking help to have their loved ones or friends released from police custody," said police spokesperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana. "These heartless and unscrupulous individuals pretend they are bringing solutions to cases that are being investigated by the police." The criminals use fake names and ranks, introducing themselves as senior police officers who can help, in exchange for money. He said only a court could order the release of a suspect from custody, and only under certain conditions.

Strong cop presence for final after stampede

Police will be on high alert when Kaizer Chiefs take on TS Galaxy in the Nedbank Cup final at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday. Mayhem erupted at the stadium in April 2018 after soccer hooligans stormed the pitch following Kaizer Chiefs' loss to Free State Stars during a Nedbank Cup semifinal. It resulted in more than R2.5m worth of damage to the stadium and the arrest of nine people. Two months ago, one of the men, Kwezilomo Madiba, who repeatedly kicked a security guard during the pitch invasion, was sentenced to three years in prison. To avoid a repeat of that incident, police and the Premier Soccer League have been planning for weeks to ensure the final goes off smoothly. Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said police would be on the prowl for fake tickets and the resale of match tickets. Knives, firearms, bottles and alcohol were banned and no one would be allowed on to the pitch.


The state brought up discrepancies between Duduzane Zuma’s testimonies in his culpable homicide case as the trial resumed on May 16 2019. Prosecutor Yusuf Baba questioned differing accounts of the speed at which Zuma was driving on the day of the fatal car crash.



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



There’s a giant nuclear ‘coffin’ in the Pacific, and it’s leaking

The dump for radioactive goop from blast tests was only supposed to be a temporary fix - now cracks are appearing

2 min read

For those who fancy brutality, pigeon races are where the money is

Only one in 10 birds finish the Philippines’ longest pigeon race, thanks to bullets, predators and shady characters

3 min read

The real deal or just a Trump wallaby? Well, the Aussie has big bucks

Donald-style mining magnate is giving the country's two major political forces a run for their money

3 min read

Moment of tooth: humans split from Neanderthals far earlier than thought

Study of teeth 'raises the tension' between genetic change against physical and physiological changes in evolution

3 min read


6 things you need to know about the world

Workers to cough up for smoke breaks

Workers who pop out to puff on a cigarette or take time out for a much-needed coffee break in a bar may not be paid for such breaks under new regulations in Spain. The Socialist party government has introduced a law obliging all companies to register their employees' entry and exit times in a bid to prevent the exploitation of workers through unpaid overtime. But the guidelines handed out to companies this week also included an option for employers to stop counting coffee and snack breaks or downtime for smokers as part of the official working day, as they have been up to now. – © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

We can only dream of a commute like this

A prototype of Japan's next-generation Shinkansen bullet train, set to be the fastest train on wheels when it enters service, reached speeds of 320km/h on a test run on Thursday. The train, codenamed ALFA-X, will eventually hit 360km/h when it begins to take passengers in about a decade, according to East Japan Railway. Production of the 10-car train with a long nose-shaped head finished in early May at a cost of 10 billion yen (R1.2bn). The trial run between Sendai and Morioka, cities in northern Japan, was the first open to the media since tests started last week. – AFP

Bigwigs won’t be hitting this G spot

Sex workers in Osaka will be shown the red light as the city seeks to clean up its image before hosting world leaders for the G20 summit in June. All 159 members of the Tobita Shinchi association, which represents businesses in the red-light district, will close during the Group of 20 meeting to avoid causing "disruption," an association official said. "Because the summit is a huge event, we thought that even a minor bit of trouble between our customers could be a source of disruption, and have decided to close our operations voluntarily," he said. Trouble between customers tends to break out in part because of alcohol consumption in the district, he added. Tobita Shinchi was once known as the largest neighbourhood of licensed brothels in Japan, but to circumvent anti-prostitution laws many establishments now operate as “Japanese-style restaurants”. – AFP

Lights, camera … creche!

In a sunny corner overlooking the yacht-filled harbour, a handful of Cannes' youngest visitors are bouncing around a vibrant-coloured carpet in the first creche at the world's biggest film festival. The brainchild of three film-industry mothers struggling to juggle being a parent with the gruelling annual run of festivals, Le Ballon Rouge (The Red Balloon), is a light, airy room "where children are the new VIPs". Kids had previously been a very rare sight at the annual celebrity-filled festival, which thrives on glitz and glamour but has done little to meet the practical needs of movers and shakers with babies or toddlers in tow. But for the first time, the 2019 festival has opened the special day care centre to lend a hand to parents in the film industry. – AFP

Heil no! Court ads fuel to Nazi fire

Germany's highest court ordered public broadcaster ARD to air a small neo-Nazi party's election campaign clip, overturning a ban on the advert imposed on grounds that it amounted to incitement against foreigners. Last month, ARD refused an advert by the National Democratic Party (NDP) for its European Parliament election campaign in which it calls for the creation of "safe zones" for Germans who have become "victims" of mass immigration. A Berlin court rejected an NPD appeal against ARD’s decision. But the Federal Constitutional Court overturned that decision, saying it infringed on the NPD’s right to campaign and put it at a disadvantage against other parties. – Reuters

Not the most prudent choice, eh Mel?

Mel Gibson has been forced to deny that his new film, Rothchild, is based on the wealthy Jewish Rothschild banking dynasty. The actor's standing in Hollywood was severely damaged more than a decade ago after he launched an anti-Semitic rant at a police officer. His career has been slowly re-emerging but he set off a new controversy after taking the role of a family patriarch, Whitelaw Rothchild, the villain in a dark satire about an exorbitantly rich New York family. A spokesman for Gibson denied the film was about a Jewish family, and said those suggesting it was anything to do with the Rothschilds were wrong. "The criticism stems from the inaccurate reporting that this film is actually about a wealthy family of Jewish bankers, which it is not. – © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)
A light show to celebrate The Eiffel tower's 130th anniversary in Paris.
PLAY AND SPLAY A light show to celebrate The Eiffel tower's 130th anniversary in Paris.
Image: Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes



Bernard Swanepoel: Flowery talk is over, let’s do business

If we fix the fact that it is impossible for a small business to compete in SA, we’ll create the jobs

By Giulietta Talevi
4 min read

Full of debt, Tongaat limps along on the road to anywhere

Impossible not to feel foreboding when Tongaat said it is negotiating a standstill agreement with its banks

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Transaction Capital makes inroads beyond taxi finance

Insurance, vehicle retail and automotive parts distribution now make up 37% of total revenues

By Londiwe Buthelezi
1 min read



Can the Cannes film jamboree surf its own frothy hype?

It looks like a gnarly year, with at least 10 films not to be missed – while plenty of controversy is brewing

By Tymon Smith
5 min read

Keanu as mustard, but the old boy is looking a wee bit weary

Reeves holds his own against waves of stuntmen half his age in ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’

By Tim Robey
5 min read

‘Deep State’: Hit spy series slips into Africa for season 2

Filmed in SA, Morocco and London, the series is about more than Western conspiracies, dirty war and looting

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
2 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
2 min read



SPORTS DAY: Now Caster rival Wambui feels the IAAF heat

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
3 min read

SA’s ken of England gives them an edge over ... England?

Weird pessimism infects England while three of SA’s coaching staff know exactly what conditions are like

Telford Vice
4 min read

Blasts from the past: Bogus 1986 Test won by ‘Cavaliers’

Today in SA sports history: May 17

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read