Tuesday, June 18 2019



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Youth Day is nothing to celebrate - we have failed the young

Just look at the job stats. No wonder young South Africans showed politicians the finger at the polls

4 min read

My job’s just too powerful, says DA’s James Selfe

Outgoing federal executive chair says the position needs to by divvied up between party leaders

Thabo Mokone
3 min read

Pink nails, two teeth: How a family ID’d their daughter’s remains

As a teenager appears in court, the family of murdered student believe more people were involved

5 min read



This property con is rife, and you’re on your own

If there's one group of people that should be wise to the e-mail scam, it’s conveyancing attorneys. They aren't

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

Holy mole-rat! Ugly critters could help fight pain

They get a bad rap, but a new study shows they're impervious to certain types of pain

Shain Germaner
4 min read

Airbnb is a ‘lifeline’ for pensioners and the poor

The formal accommodation industry has pressured the government to stifle the booking platform with regulations

5 min read

State ‘must keep its paternalistic mitts off Airbnb’

Opponents of Tourism Amendment Bill say it will hurt tourism, and the economy can't stand more interference

By Bekezela Phakathi
3 min read

Retirement village faces fat fine because it never toad the line

The latest planning row involves Evergreen's failure to meet a six-month deadline to rehabilitate a wetland

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

Urban rain celebrated, but what about the agri sector?

Farmlands use two-thirds of water but they have become less of a priority, say experts

Tanya Farber
2 min read



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SA’s youth don’t need patronising speeches. They need action

Young people have been counting more and more broken promises, and their angry army is growing

Tom Eaton
4 min read
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They wrote it this week: Roasted royalty and a back-stabbing sister

Extracts from diaries and letters written between June 17 and June 23

Robin Crouch
9 min read

Getting high on ancient Egypt’s stereotype-busting women

From Cleo's drug parties to no-nonsense she-kings, here's a peek into the forgotten lives of female potentates

By Bettany Hughes
5 min read


A mass yoga session at the amphitheatre lawns at North Beach in Durban, ahead of the International Day of Yoga (Friday).
FOR A LAWN, HEALTHY LIFE A mass yoga session at the amphitheatre lawns at North Beach in Durban, ahead of the International Day of Yoga (Friday).
Image: Rajesh Jantilal/AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

Man fights off 3 attackers on farm

Three suspects armed with a gun, knife and a knobkerrie assaulted a 68-year-old man on a farm near Citrusdal in the Western Cape at the weekend. "The victim was assaulted by the suspects and transported to hospital for medical attention. The suspects fled the scene and are yet to be arrested," police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana told TimesLIVE on Monday. The man and his wife, from Saldanha Bay, were visiting the farm when they were attacked on Saturday evening. AfriForum's head of community safety, Ian Cameron, tweeted: "Visitor at a farm was attacked by three suspects armed with a firearm, knife and knobkerrie. Victim fought back and was stabbed and hit, but managed to flee into the house and activate the panic alarm. Suspects fled, no arrests made."

It’s been ‘bloodiest weekend’ on SA roads

"This was the bloodiest weekend we have experienced and it again points to recklessness and negligence by drivers." These were the words of Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) CEO Makhosini Msibi on Monday in response to a spate of accidents over the long weekend in which at least 38 people died in just two provinces - Limpopo and Mpumalanga. In one crash, 24 people, travelling in a taxi, died in a crash on the R81 in Limpopo on Sunday at about 10pm. Police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the crash occurred between Mooketsi and Giyani. "It is alleged that a bus and a [Toyota] Quantum which were travelling in opposite directions collided head-on … 24 passengers in the Quantum died instantly and one sustained serious injuries." The bus driver and two bus passengers also suffered serious injuries.

Pilots vow not to ‘sit back’ as SAA flounders

The South African Airways Pilots’ Association (SAAPA) says it may be forced to resort to industrial action unless a “competent leadership team” is appointed to turn around the “dysfunctional” national carrier. The association said on Monday that the appointment of Zuks Ramasia as interim CEO was cause for “profound distress and concern”. Ramasia was appointed after the abrupt resignation earlier this month of Vuyani Jarana who said in his resignation letter that the airline's turnaround strategy was being “systemically undermined” and he could no longer assure the board that it was achievable. “Whilst SAA made some progress under outgoing CEO Vuyani Jarana, some of the most crucial issues remain unresolved. As a result, our airline has been rendered all but dysfunctional,” the association said on Monday. SAA “will not survive unless critical operational and technical deficiencies are immediately addressed by a competent leadership team. SAA needs an interim CEO with the appropriate experience.”

Nine cop killers jailed for life so far in 2019

Nine cop killers have been handed life sentences since the since the start of 2019. "These sentences come as a form of closure to the colleagues and especially the families of the fallen," police spokesperson Colonel Brenda Muridili said on Monday. Welcome Mfiki, Nhlanhla Mvoko, Zwelithini Gibeni, Sinethemba Dangazele, Sonwabile Makhonco and Menzi Zekani were sentenced on June 7 for murdering Warrant Officer Mawethu Siganga near Mthatha on July 4 2012. Warrant Officer Z Nyakaza was killed while off duty in Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape on October 9 2016. One of the killers was sentenced to life imprisonment and the second to 20 years. Two men who stabbed Warrant Officer TN Mkhize to death in Umzinto, KwaZulu-Natal, on October 16 2017 were sentenced to life. The man who stabbed Sergeant KG Lefosa to death in Bloemspruit in the Free State in 2017 was sentenced to 12 years.

Nakhane ‘wasn’t fleeing Inxeba hate’

Musician Nakhane has hit back at suggestions that he fled SA in the wake of backlash against his 2017 film Inxeba: The Wound. Nakhane has been touring the world since he decided to base himself in the UK fulltime more than a year ago. The move came as traditional leaders in SA called for his film to be banned from cinemas for depicting the Xhosa initiation ceremony and its use in a gay love story. But speaking to Huffington Post US, Nakhane denied he had fled the country, saying it simply made sense for him to move for the sake of his career. "I didn’t flee - that’s not really the way it happened. While all of this is happening, the album was getting mixed and mastered. I knew I was going to do a lot of press in Europe. So it made sense, practically, to move."

Locals castrate, kill man accused of raping teens

Residents apparently castrated and killed a man accused of being part of a gang who allegedly raped two girls, aged 14 and 18, on Saturday night in Ivory Park near Tembisa, Gauteng. Police spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said the girls were allegedly walking to Lindokuhle township when three suspects armed with a gun and a knife confronted them. "The suspects then raped them repeatedly. A member of the public who saw the incident alerted the community who came out and confronted the alleged rapists," Dlamini said. "Two of the suspects managed to escape and the other was caught and allegedly killed by members of the community at the scene." The police opened a murder case. No arrests have been made.




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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As delivery drones wing it, it’s high time we asked: who owns the sky?

People could see drones flying over their property as trespassers, as has already happened in a few cases

By Carey L Biron
6 min read

Historic Stonewall riots still hit veterans like a ton of bricks

The LGBT+ protesters who took on the police 50 years ago ‘did not know’ they were making history

By Daniel Trotta
4 min read

Clarkson’s had his innings, but Top Gear hasn’t gone soft, says Flintoff

As he takes over hosting duties, the ex-cricket star says the show has moved on from its boorish days

By Ed Power
6 min read

Ear nor there: Van Gogh’s ‘suicide gun’ for sale

Tests on the revolver support the widely held suicide hypothesis, but even the auctioneers aren't completely sure

3 min read


A protester against the extradition bill walks on the flyover at the occupied Harcourt Road in Hong Kong.
going it alone A protester against the extradition bill walks on the flyover at the occupied Harcourt Road in Hong Kong.
Image: Reuters/Thomas Peter

6 things you need to know about the world

A winch too far for Indian Houdini

An Indian magician who went missing after being lowered into a river while tied up with chains and ropes in a Houdini-inspired stunt is feared drowned, police said Monday.Chanchal Lahiri, known by his stage name "Jadugar Mandrake" (Wizard Mandrake), was lowered by winch into the river in Kolkata on Sunday in a yellow and red costume. But the 40-year-old, his legs and his arms tightly bound, failed to emerge from the water, to the horror of onlookers including his family and team members. Rescue workers have been scouring the fast-flowing, murky waters since Sunday, Syed Waquar Raza from the river traffic police said. Lahiri said beforehand he had pulled off a similar stunt 21 years ago at the same venue, but that it would be tough this time."If I can open it up then it will be magic, but if I can't it will be tragic," he said. – AFP

Hint of manure makes a world of difference

It may be China's national spirit, but for London bartender Ellie Veale it's clear from the first swig why baijiu has not caught on overseas. After some initial fruity notes, Veale crinkles her noise as the crystal-clear booze reveals its intense, earthy essence. "I worked on a cattle farm in Australia and this kind of aftertaste reminds me of the smell of ... cow manure, hay, and horses," she says, in the London bar Demon, Wise & Partners. "It's not the beverage for me," she concedes. And yet baijiu's popularity in China has propelled demand - making it the most consumed spirit in the world, and its major producers the most valuable distilleries globally. – AFP

Sands running out of time

Beneath a block of flats that looms over Monica beach in the western coastal city of Mohammedia, a sole sand dune has escaped the clutches of Morocco's insatiable construction contractors. Here, like elsewhere across the North African tourist magnet, sand has been stolen to help feed an industry that is growing at full tilt. A report last month by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on the global over-exploitation of this resource accuses "sand mafias" of destroying Morocco's beaches and over-urbanising its coastline. "The dunes have disappeared along the entire city's coastline," lamented environmental activist Jawad, referring to Mohammedia, on the Atlantic between Rabat and Casablanca. – AFP

Korean Kim could have been a Kardashian

A biography of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has revealed fresh details of the privileged but cloistered childhood that paved the way to his tyrannical rule. According to The Great Successor: The Secret Rise and Rule of Kim Jong Un by Washington Post journalist Anna Fifield, Kim's lonely early years were spent in walled luxury compounds in the capital Pyongyang and at the family beach home in Wonsan. His father, Kim Jong-il, then the regime's leader, ensured he had Super Mario video games, pinball machines and more gadgets than any European toy store. He watched Ben-Hur, and Dracula and James Bond films in private cinemas. Young Kim was obsessed with model planes and ships but also had a real car his father had modified for him to drive when he was seven - and a Colt.45 pistol that he wore on his hip when he was 11. – © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Poo grows bottom line for eggs

Kenyan farmer Victor Kyalo's chickens have doubled the number of eggs they are laying. The reason: Human excrement. He is feeding them food from a Nairobi-based organics recycling company. Sanergy harvests waste from toilets it operates in a franchise network in Nairobi's sprawling slums and feeds it to fly larvae, which become high-quality animal feed. Kyalo says his customers have noticed the difference in the past three weeks: yellower yolks and larger eggs. "Before we were getting like five trays (of eggs) per day, but now we are getting 10," Kyalo said. "It’s kind of perfect for me." As the world looks to feed 10 billion mouths by 2050, businesses harvesting insects - for human consumption or as animal feed - are growing. – Reuters

Vatican makes quick U-turn on married priests

A Vatican document on Monday said the church should consider ordaining older married men as priests in remote areas of the Amazon, a historic shift which some say could pave the way for their use in other areas where clergy are scarce. The recommendation, contained in a working document prepared by the Vatican for a synod of bishops from the Amazon scheduled for October, also called for some kind of "official ministry" for women in the area, although it did not elaborate. It was the most direct mention yet in a Vatican document of the possibility of a married priesthood, albeit limited, and a greater ministerial role for women in one area of the world. - Reuters



Our troubles may be breeding ground for entrepreneurs

Let’s find people living in the mistakes of our society and ask them to teach us

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

Pravin’s sacking saved us, says ex-Lonmin finance chief

Had Zuma not fired Gordhan, sending the rand sharply weaker, the firm would have breached its debt covenants

By Allan Seccombe
4 min read

Sales plunge as Huawei finds itself on the cutting knife edge

The telecoms giant’s CEO announced cutbacks to weather the storm

3 min read



Just for the record: This is wallpaper music taken to a whole new level

A fortnightly review of music on vinyl

By Andrew Donaldson
10 min read

Book extract: Being a child of activists was its own sort of struggle

'Holding the Fort' by Toni Strasburg

By Jennifer Platt
6 min read

Billions of blistering barnacles! Snowy sketch goes for $1.12m

Admittedly, it's a pretty significant drawing that any Tintin super-fan would give Red Rackham's treasure to own

By Tymon Smith
1 min read

No, it’s not just craft, it’s art, and here is the best Africa has to offer

Be amazed by the beauty on display in Standard Bank’s latest exhibition from its African Art Collection

By Dave Mann
4 min read



SPORTS DAY: Visa snag stops superfan in his tracks

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
7 min read

Brace yourselves, SA, the Barmy Army is coming

The English fan network is giddy about what Mzansi has to offer as it hypes up the 2019 cricket tour

Liam Del Carme
2 min read

Blast from the past: Benni nets big first for SA

Today in SA sports history: June 18

David Isaacson
1 min read