Wednesday, June 19 2019



Cut the waffle, Cyril. It’s time for a clear action plan

At Sona on Thursday, SA must hear exactly what's going to be done about Eskom, SAA and land reform

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
5 min read

Will the EFF take Tshwane? We’re talking about it, says Maimane

DA leader says he must take the EFF's power-sharing proposal to their coalition partners

3 min read

‘We want to teach, not look after criminals’

Teachers fear for their lives while schools' codes of conduct are useless against drug dealers and gangsters

Prega Govender
4 min read

O jewa ke eng?: The tweet that changed the world, and its poster’s life

Meet the woman behind the post that has broken language barriers and helped hundreds of people

4 min read



Ubers are cheaper in Cape Town than in Jozi. Why?

Uber and Bolt have their excuses ... but do they hold up to scrutiny?

Graeme Hosken
3 min read

Decolonisation’s tentacles reach 1820 Settlers Monument

Makhanda is about to change the monument's name and place it 'at the heart of nation building'

By Georgia Carter
2 min read

Mom’s crack at egg farming builds family’s ‘legacy’

Her idea was to ease the burden of feeding six kids, but Wadea Jappie was unwittingly starting a significant business

By Stender Von Oehsen
3 min read

Reduce, recycle and re-purpose is millennial mantra

Changing family dynamics mean young parents recycle goods and spend on experiences, a report reveals

2 min read

When the seesaw between work and play breaks, kids suffer

Parents should make time to play with their children for at least 30 minutes a day, says Unicef SA

Nivashni Nair
4 min read



Have faith, SA! We may lose Faith one day. Or so we pray

The moral bar is so low that the ANC wants her to chair the justice committee, but there may be glimmers of hope

Tom Eaton
2 min read

Wellness or woo-woo: The eight biggest food myths exposed

From Paleo to coconut and the 'power' of turmeric, it's time to ditch the food fads

By Rosie Saunt and Helen West
8 min read

This job is murder: It’s all too much for Facebook content cleaners

Teams of reviewers in 12 global centres are exposed to up to 8,000 vile posts each day - then it's counselling time

By Matthew Field
7 min read


Preparations and rehearsals are under way as parliament gets ready for the State of the Nation Address on Thursday.
A STATEMENT OF INTENT Preparations and rehearsals are under way as parliament gets ready for the State of the Nation Address on Thursday.
Image: Esa Alexander

Six things about SA you need to know

Zim runs out of bread

There is an acute shortage of bread in major towns as Zimbabwe’s wheat reserves continue to plummet. In the four key cities of Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare and Gweru, there is little or no sign of popular bread brands that make up 90% of the market. The Grain Millers' Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) said it has engaged the government to improve the situation. “We are also jointly working with the bakers in engaging the authorities on a number of issues that would improve bread supplies,” said the association.

Your car is on fire

A 47-year-old woman is accused of setting her husband's car alight. This happened outside the Boksburg North police station in Johannesburg, where he went to seek a a protection order against her. While he was telling the police how she abused him, she went outside and set his Nissan bakkie on fire. She has appeared in court on a charge of malicious damage to property.

DA woman punches 'racist'

DA MP Phumzile van Damme punched a young man at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town in an alleged racial incident on Tuesday. She said the man told her to 'voetsek… you're black' and threw her phone to the ground. The Waterfront said it would not tolerate racism and was trying to get in touch with Van Damme to find out what had happened.

Mbalula takes aim at traffic cops

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said we needed more traffic officers on our roads. This after more than 40 people were killed in road accidents in Limpopo at the weekend. “We want to increase boots on the ground. I have been briefed by the CEO of the Road Traffic Management Corporation that we have 22,000 officers on the ground. Those numbers need to increase. We also need to regulate the number of hours worked,” Mbalula said.

Cape Town's dams are just under half full

Dams levels are now at just under half of their capacity (48.7%), while the City of Cape Town's water consumption for the past week rose by 19-million litres a day to a total of 542-million litres a day. This is up from 523-million litres per day last week. Mayoral committee member for water Xanthea Limberg said: “This is good news to see dam levels steadily increasing for two weeks in a row. Although daily consumption has also increased slightly, we remain within our daily allocation of 650-million litres per day."

Cop arrested for gang shooting

Gauteng police arrested an officer whose name came up in the murder trial of Westbury gang leader Leroy Brown. Police spokesperson Kay Makhubela said the 47-year-old officer apparently drove two gang members in a marked police car to Agatha Flats in Newclare. Here, the two gang members embarked from the police car and shot dead one person and injured another.


Dramatic footage of armed robbers attacking a cash-in-transit van has emerged on social media. The incident occurred last Friday.



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



‘Florence of Belgravia’: Rory the Tory man of mystery

The man poised to be British PM denies being a spy, tutored William and Harry, and tried to reason with the Taliban

By Camilla Tominey
5 min read

Deep cuts: survivors of female circumcision call for help

The biggest scars are mental, say women at conference to discuss the taboo topic

By Nellie Peyton
2 min read
World FREE

Gloria Vanderbilt: Born into fortune, but not self-pity

She was known for flings with stars, but there were many sides to the heiress, one of them unspeakably tragic

By Daily Telegraph obituary
8 min read

Don’t be fooled by those puppy dog eyes – it’s a doggone trick

Canines have evolved that look to gain a selection advantage with humans, researchers say

By Henry Bodkin
2 min read


A Palestinian child rides a horse past the words ‘village of terrorists’, an hate-crime inscription by Jewish extremists.
RIDING PAST CHEAP WRITING A Palestinian child rides a horse past the words ‘village of terrorists’, an hate-crime inscription by Jewish extremists.
Image: Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

6 things you need to know about the world

UAE refuels drama in disused French palace theatre

A 19th-century theatre outside Paris that fell into disuse has been restored with the help of a €10m donation from Abu Dhabi. The Napoleon III theatre at Fontainebleau Palace was built between 1853 and 1856, and opened in 1857, but was used only a dozen times before being abandoned after the fall of Napoleon III. But Sheikh Khalifa was reportedly so entranced by the theatre that, on the spot, he offered to restore it. – AFP

China ‘harvests’ Falun Gong organs: report

China ‘has been harvesting for years’ organs belonging to members of Falun Gong, a religious practice, according to a panel of lawyers, and allegedly continues today. The panel said it was ‘unanimously, and sure beyond reasonable doubt’ that forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience has been practised involving a very substantial number of victims, mainly made up of Falun Gong practitioners. – AFP

YouTube star buys town, renames it Gay Hell

YouTube star Elijah Daniel has bought the town of Hell and renamed it Gay Hell, only allowing Pride flags to fly in protest at Donald Trump’s administration's refusal to allow US embassies to hoist the flag for LGBT+ Pride month. ‘As of today, I am now the owner of Hell, Michigan. I bought the whole town,’ he tweeted his 600,000 followers. ’And my first act as owner, I have renamed my town to Gay Hell, MI.’ – Reuters

See ya later, hater of the ‘race traitor’

A neo-Nazi teen who called Prince Harry a race traitor months after his marriage to Meghan Markle, whose mother is African-American, and suggested he should be shot was jailed for more than four years on Tuesday. Michal Szewczuk, 19, posted far-right online propaganda that included an image of the Duke of Sussex with a gun to his head with the caption ‘See Ya Later Race Traitor’. – Reuters

Iran is chill, but Trump sends troops anyway

President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would not wage war against any nation, after the US announced more troop deployments to the Middle East. Fears of a confrontation have mounted since two oil tankers were attacked near the Strait of Hormuz shipping lane, which Washington blamed on Tehran. Iran denied involvement in the attack. – Reuters

SE Asia should stop taking crap – activists

Environmental groups called for Southeast Asian countries to ban waste imports from developed countries to help tackle a pollution crisis, as regional leaders prepare to meet this week in Bangkok. Southeast Asia has seen a staggering spike in imports of plastic and electronic waste from developed countries after the world’s top recycler, China, banned imports, causing millions of tons of the trash to be diverted to less regulated countries. – Reuters



Reserve Bank says it’s willing to cut interest rates

This comes as the bank is under even more political scrutiny and in a sensitive spot over key personnel

By Carol Paton
4 min read

Court tells Trillian to pay back R600m in Eskom money

While McKinsey agreed to repay Eskom R1bn it had received, Trillian has refused to amit funds were wrongfully received

By Carol Paton
1 min read

Stor-Age put itself in a box and took the market with it

Since listing at R9.95 in 2015, the share price has risen by 39% to about R14 in 2019

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

Facebook cryptocurrency Libra aims to dazzle on every scale

'Freedom, justice and money' are what the social media behemoth hope to promote in ambitious new venture

By Katie Paul and Anna Irrera
4 min read



Just the way we lake it: Soup is super

It's winter, where did all the soup go?

By Andrea Burgener
2 min read

Ze cheeze is ALIVE!: Get a fromage fix, Parisian style

You can buy cheese like a true Frenchman, even when you're shopping locally

By Sylvia McKeown
4 min read

There’s peace and happiness to be had in Botswana’s dusty Maun

The gateway to the Okavango offers an opportunity to glimpse the idyllic and unspoilt beauty of the country

By Sanet Oberholzer
7 min read



SPORTS DAY: Ngidi says he’s 100% for Black Caps clash

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
5 min read

Just the Ngidi news the Proteas needed, and lord knows they needed it

The last time they beat the Kiwis in a World Cup game was at the same ground, but it's still going to be a big ask

Telford Vice
2 min read

Blast from the past: Boks say ciao and thanks for coming

Today in SA sports history: June 19

David Isaacson
1 min read